Secondhand Spirits by Juliet Blackwell

Posted June 7, 2015 by karenbaron in Cozy, Fantasy, Magic, Mystery, Paranormal, Paranormal Mystery, Review, Series, Supernatural, Urban, Witches / 0 Comments

Secondhand Spirits by Juliet BlackwellSecondhand Spirits by Juliet Blackwell
Series: A Witchcraft Mystery #1
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by NAL on July 7, 2009
Genres: Cozy, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Paranormal
Pages: 313
Format: Paperback
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Lily Ivory is not your average witch. Her spell-casting powers tend to draw mischievous spirits while keeping normal humans at a distance. But now her vintage clothing store could give her a chance to make friends in San Francisco....
Lily hopes for a normal life when she opens Aunt Cora's Closet. With her magical knack for vintage fashion -she can sense vibrations of the past from clothing and jewelry—her store becomes a big hit.
But when a client is murdered and children start disappearing from the Bay Area, Lily may be the only one who can unravel the crime. She tries to keep her identity a secret while investigating, but it's not easy—especially under the spells of sexy "mythbuster" Max Carmichael and powerful witch Aidan Rhodes. Will Lily's witchy ways be forced out of the closet?

My take on this book: CAUTION! IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THIS BOOK YET. CONTINUE AT YOUR OWN RISK! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!!

Hello my fellow readers! Baroness Karen here for another book review. This one was sooo good. Even if I had to stop it to work on this blog and had to reread it from the beginning to the point I was at. Anyways off to the book review.

I love everything about this book. Especially since it combines Supernatural, Mystery, and Romance altogether. This book was a good one. Granted I didn’t think it would be but it turned out to be good. The reason I didn’t think it would be was all because my mom bought the book at an airport and we all know that sometimes books that come from there are not always good ones. But oh well.

Anyways this book follows the daily life of Lily Ivory. It was quite amazing to see and read about it since mostly I didn’t think much about some of the stuff. Granted there is some Spanish in the book but Miss Blackwell is always able to make sure that you know what that one person said in the next sentence or two. I mean I took a Spanish class in high school and I didn’t really think much when our Spanish teacher told us a little bit about La Llorona. Then in this book when I read that she was in there I was a little bit spooked and felt sorry for all of the kids.

All throughout the book I thought that I knew who the killer was but I was seriously wrong. I even felt sorry for Mrs. Potts only living daughter, Mrs. Potts was the client mentioned in the plot, with what her mother did to her. But then at the end of the book I understood with why and I think the daughter did too. And yes I know that this book is fiction but sometimes I think that the characters are real. Anyways this book is a really good and it will keep you guessing. Or at least it did with me. I am giving this book five stars.

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About Juliet Blackwell

Juliet Blackwell was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, the youngest child of a jet pilot from New York and an editor from Texas. She graduated with a degree in Latin American Studies from University of California, Santa Cruz, and went on to earn Masters degrees in Anthropology and Social Work from the State University of New York, Albany.

While in graduate school she published several articles based on her research with immigrant families from Mexico and Viet Nam, as well as one full-length translation: Miguel León-Portilla’s seminal work, Endangered Cultures. Juliet taught Medical Anthropology at SUNY-Albany, was a producer for a BBC documentary about Vietnamese children left behind by US soldiers, and worked as an elementary school social worker in rural New York. Upon her return to California, she became a professional artist and ran her own decorative painting, historical renovation, and domestic design studio for more than a decade.

In addition to mainstream novels, Juliet pens the New York Times Bestselling Witchcraft Mysteries and the Haunted Home Renovation series. As Hailey Lind, she wrote the Agatha Award-nominated Art Lover’s Mystery series. She is past president of Northern California Sisters in Crime and former board member of Mystery Writers of America.

Juliet lives in a hundred-year-old house with extensive botanical gardens in Northern California but spends as much time as possible in Europe and Latin America. She believes in the magic of language, travel, and cultural exchange to open hearts, minds, and souls.