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National bestselling author Annette Blair’s “fast-paced, fascinating” (Fresh Fiction) Vintage Magic series continues as clothing boutique owner Madeira Cutler takes on a murder from the past that won’t stay dead... Maddie’s love of classic fashion has made her Vintage Magic boutique a success—even if the visions she experiences when touching certain items often lead her in National bestselling author Annette Blair’s “fast-paced, fascinating” (Fresh Fiction) Vintage Magic series continues as clothing boutique owner Madeira Cutler takes on a murder from the past that won’t stay dead... Maddie’s love of classic fashion has made her Vintage Magic boutique a success—even if the visions she experiences when touching certain items often lead her into trouble. Decades ago, at a Mystic Country Club costume ball, a secret scavenger hunt ended in an unexplained death, hastily concealed. Now, Maddie's invited to participate in a similar anniversary event: but one touch of the vintage petticoat used to hide evidence of the original crime hurtles Maddie into a scavenger hunt of her own. She must find missing petticoat pieces and re-stitch the clues it reveals...to expose a killer!


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National bestselling author Annette Blair’s “fast-paced, fascinating” (Fresh Fiction) Vintage Magic series continues as clothing boutique owner Madeira Cutler takes on a murder from the past that won’t stay dead... Maddie’s love of classic fashion has made her Vintage Magic boutique a success—even if the visions she experiences when touching certain items often lead her in National bestselling author Annette Blair’s “fast-paced, fascinating” (Fresh Fiction) Vintage Magic series continues as clothing boutique owner Madeira Cutler takes on a murder from the past that won’t stay dead... Maddie’s love of classic fashion has made her Vintage Magic boutique a success—even if the visions she experiences when touching certain items often lead her into trouble. Decades ago, at a Mystic Country Club costume ball, a secret scavenger hunt ended in an unexplained death, hastily concealed. Now, Maddie's invited to participate in a similar anniversary event: but one touch of the vintage petticoat used to hide evidence of the original crime hurtles Maddie into a scavenger hunt of her own. She must find missing petticoat pieces and re-stitch the clues it reveals...to expose a killer!

30 review for Tulle Death Do Us Part

  1. 4 out of 5

    Penny Watson

    The BEST one of the series so far. Divine! Romantic, swoony, with the most delicious ending. OH MY GOODNESS! I have been a bit frustrated with this series after the last couple of books. But the latest installment was absolute perfection! Blair has combined a compelling mystery, her trademark quirky writing voice and snappy dialogue, fun vintage clothing details, and totally satisfying romance. Oh! The romance! Not only did Maddie embark on a wonderful love story (finally, long overdue and she de The BEST one of the series so far. Divine! Romantic, swoony, with the most delicious ending. OH MY GOODNESS! I have been a bit frustrated with this series after the last couple of books. But the latest installment was absolute perfection! Blair has combined a compelling mystery, her trademark quirky writing voice and snappy dialogue, fun vintage clothing details, and totally satisfying romance. Oh! The romance! Not only did Maddie embark on a wonderful love story (finally, long overdue and she deserved it), but some other secondary characters also found their HEAs, too. One paranormal, one firmly on earth. And the fact that Maddie's deceased mother blessed all the happiness (with the sweet scent of chocolate) brought a tear to my eye. This book is WONDERFUL! Grade: A+ #TEAMWERNER #WERNERFORTHEWIN #WERNERISSEXY #WERNERYUMYUM

  2. 4 out of 5

    ❂ Murder by Death

    I was very frustrated with rating this book. It's a GREAT read, but the author pissed me off so badly in one area I almost didn't finish reading the book. So, I'm giving it 3.5 stars but rounding up in good faith that she'll quit screwing around with Mad! (view spoiler)[Madeira and Nick finally get their acts together and declare a commitment to each other in a previous book, after making the reader love him for his charm and his obvious adoration of Maddie. Only to have him act like a complete a I was very frustrated with rating this book. It's a GREAT read, but the author pissed me off so badly in one area I almost didn't finish reading the book. So, I'm giving it 3.5 stars but rounding up in good faith that she'll quit screwing around with Mad! (view spoiler)[Madeira and Nick finally get their acts together and declare a commitment to each other in a previous book, after making the reader love him for his charm and his obvious adoration of Maddie. Only to have him act like a complete ass at the beginning of this book - off stage - by just up and leaving her without any explanation, and when she does finally get in touch - he not only completely blows her off, but he lets a woman answer the phone (a character from the last book)! WTF?!?! And then midway through the book, sends her a text message we're all supposed to embrace as a kindness. Again, WTF?!?! I really like Werner and I always loved the banter and the chemistry between him and Maddie, but I did not appreciate the emotional slap-fest the author puts this reader through. The really good series (and this has been one up to now) - I get emotionally invested and attached to the characters. And well, the way this book started was just crap. (hide spoiler)] Ok, rant over. As I mentioned, Tulle Death Do Us Part is a great read once you get past the bitch-slap the author gives her readers. An old mystery involving the upper crust of Mystick Falls and secret scavenger hunts. And secrets. I'm so attached to these characters, and it's such fun to see them in their element, sleuthing away and trading witty dialogue the entire time. Pure entertainment. Werner has come into his own and he and Maddie have great chemistry, working together to figure out what happened all those years ago. I can't say whether the mystery itself was well done or not. I freely admit to being completely distracted by what was going on with the characters. The ending was climatic for so many reasons; the decades old mystery only one factor. I'll read the next one - I'm too hooked on this series to stop now. But I really hope the author cools it and shows Maddie some compassion.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    The sixth book in the Vintage Magic series finds Maddie Cultler adding another floor to her building. The addition unearth a box wrapped in a unknown silk material. Maddie touch the cloth and is transported back to a dark smelly hole. A group of people were wondering if someone could swim. Maddie took an inordinately did like to a couple of persons there. Research shows that a secret scavenger hunt occurred at time. Valuable items were stolen at the time. The plans were to return the items later The sixth book in the Vintage Magic series finds Maddie Cultler adding another floor to her building. The addition unearth a box wrapped in a unknown silk material. Maddie touch the cloth and is transported back to a dark smelly hole. A group of people were wondering if someone could swim. Maddie took an inordinately did like to a couple of persons there. Research shows that a secret scavenger hunt occurred at time. Valuable items were stolen at the time. The plans were to return the items later. This never happen. One of group disappoint Ear that night. A cover-up was in place, Maddie with the help of a homicide detective tried find answers. Descriptions of vintage clothing are outstanding. I HIGHLY recommend this book and series series.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Yager

    Disappointing and aggravating. I don't usually get emotionally invested in what I lovingly call my "fluff" books, into which category the endearing, adorable, and delightful Vintage Magic series falls, but this final book of the series frustrated me endlessly. The premise, the stories, the characters of the series are pure fun, and up until I finished the final book last night, this was my latest go-to series when I needed a quick break from my work and the world. But this felt like a rushed and Disappointing and aggravating. I don't usually get emotionally invested in what I lovingly call my "fluff" books, into which category the endearing, adorable, and delightful Vintage Magic series falls, but this final book of the series frustrated me endlessly. The premise, the stories, the characters of the series are pure fun, and up until I finished the final book last night, this was my latest go-to series when I needed a quick break from my work and the world. But this felt like a rushed and sloppy wrap-up to the series, like maybe the author was just anxious to move on to something new. As a few have pointed out, this mystery was a little convoluted and "solved" too conveniently and "off stage" in order for Maddie and dishy Detective Werner to surprise the culprit with a literally staged reveal that dragged on too long with character after character coming forward and conveniently spilling the truth that had been hidden from the audience. Weak. But as most reviewers have pointed out, the most difficult pill to swallow in this, the concluding book, was the romantic progression of the characters. Whether you were Team Nick or Team Werner, going from Book 5 to Book 6 was whiplash-inducing. In book 5, Maddie's past almost-relationship with Werner was referred to as a "blip" and as a "wake up call" to lifelong love Nick; they're getting closer to commitment, are crazy-in-love, and by the end are "life partners." Nick clearly cherishes her. And then like a bitch slap from the author, book 6 happens. (view spoiler)[Nick's abrupt off-page departure and absence from the book felt like he'd either quit or been fired from the story. If this had been a tv show, that's exactly what I would have assumed happened. Either that or they changed out writers. Him ditching Maddie and then the implication that something was happening/about to happen with Paisley Skye (seriously? Paisley?? Why, Annette, WHY?! Anyone but Paisley!) made me feel physically ill, a new experience for me with my adored, unaffecting fluff books. I like Werner, have always liked Werner, and love him with Maddie, but I felt like Nick was always The One (didn't Maddie even have that epiphany at the end of book 4?) because they were each other's first loves and always came back to each other. Always. Who the heck would want to follow that if you knew there was always a chance fireworks would go off as soon as they saw each other again--something bound to happen eventually even with Nick moving overseas because Maddie's brother is his best friend and Maddie's niece and nephew his godchildren. Book 5 felt like a natural progression of that and like their relationship was finally maturing, and then book 6 acted like the whole "life partner" thing from book 5 never even happened. I honestly don't know if it was actually Nick who let me down by revealing himself as the douche I never thought he was or Annette Blair for giving his character the shaft as she tried to wrap up the series. I tend to lean toward the latter, given the bizarre absence of any mention to them having been life partners (something Maddie surely would have brought up in their brief conversation or in her thoughts), Nick's complete physical absence from the story, and that ridiculously stupid text that he sent giving Maddie "permission" to move on/get laid. I'm delighted Werner got his happy ending, and given the way Book 6 was crafted, he was certainly the right choice for Maddie. But because of the WAY it happened, Maddie's "choosing" of Werner indeed felt like sloppy seconds since it only happened because Nick dumped her and/or Nick was literally ejected from the book. She "chose" Werner because he was the only one left. And regardless of whose team you're on, I think we can all agree that Werner deserved way better than that. (hide spoiler)] The most enjoyable and satisfying relationship of the entire series is Dolly, the feisty centenarian, and Dante, her Cary Grant-charming dead lover, haunting Maddie's shop and waiting for his beloved to join him in the afterlife. Simply for more of them, I wish Annette Blair would write another Vintage Magic book. And also to let us FINALLY get a look at that mysterious cellar in Maddie's shop that she's STILL never even glanced in. With all the deliciously quirky things in these books, the twists, the convenient finds, the supernatural events, it is the fact that someone could buy a building and turn it into their entire life and yet never look in their own basement that is to me the least believable. Despite my frustration with its conclusion, I still highly enjoy Annette Blair's Vintage Magic books and recommend them for fun, light reading. Just be prepared for the portkey-worthy mental jerk from books 5-6 and a rushed wrap up. If you can get past how it comes to be, Maddie and the guy she "chooses" are pretty darn adorable together, and I love knowing that this spunky, glamazon heroine I've come to love will be as cherished as every woman wants to be.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Diana Brown

    What can I say but YEAH Werner!!!!!!! I have been a BIG Lytton Werner fan since A veiled deception -- and the infamous electric blue mace....I call him my "duck duck" hero!!! This is another winner, with sassy Maddy once again sleuthing via vintage clothing. I am a big fan of this series, its light and fun with snappy dialogue with haute couture thrown in....for anyone who is a clothes, bag or shoe fanatic these books are right up your alley....I suggest reading them in order though. Cant wait f What can I say but YEAH Werner!!!!!!! I have been a BIG Lytton Werner fan since A veiled deception -- and the infamous electric blue mace....I call him my "duck duck" hero!!! This is another winner, with sassy Maddy once again sleuthing via vintage clothing. I am a big fan of this series, its light and fun with snappy dialogue with haute couture thrown in....for anyone who is a clothes, bag or shoe fanatic these books are right up your alley....I suggest reading them in order though. Cant wait for the next one!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    I am kind of over this series. Mostly because I can't get past Mad's stupid decision to pick Nick in the previous book. It made no sense. While (view spoiler)[ Mad & Werner get together in this book it was a book too late. It is like the author tried to remedy the mistake of having Mad pick Nick in the previous book - it start 5 mths later with Nick having left her without a word AGAIN and now living in Paris (permanently and with out telling her - I mean he put his house on the market before he I am kind of over this series. Mostly because I can't get past Mad's stupid decision to pick Nick in the previous book. It made no sense. While (view spoiler)[ Mad & Werner get together in this book it was a book too late. It is like the author tried to remedy the mistake of having Mad pick Nick in the previous book - it start 5 mths later with Nick having left her without a word AGAIN and now living in Paris (permanently and with out telling her - I mean he put his house on the market before he told her the jerk) and having Mad therefore decide to move onto to Werner. It was too late. It made Werner seem like second choice when he should obviously have been 1st choice. It also made Mad seem kind of a jerk. I'll pick Nick. Oh he has treated me like shit and seems to have moved onto to Paisley ( another thing which bugged me) so I will move onto Werner who will obviously be waiting in the wings for my wonderful self.(view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)]

  7. 5 out of 5

    Deena

    2.5. Maybe. I continue to have problems with this series, and with Ms. Blair's writing, and truthfully I'm not sure why I keep trying. It's not that the books are bad. It's just that they're nothing special, and have some really annoying features. Without creating spoilers, here are a couple from this particular title: If he's a lit professor, he surely knows that "quote" is a verb, not a noun. Hopefully, as said lit professor, he'd use the correct form at the correct time. The whole thing with Ni 2.5. Maybe. I continue to have problems with this series, and with Ms. Blair's writing, and truthfully I'm not sure why I keep trying. It's not that the books are bad. It's just that they're nothing special, and have some really annoying features. Without creating spoilers, here are a couple from this particular title: If he's a lit professor, he surely knows that "quote" is a verb, not a noun. Hopefully, as said lit professor, he'd use the correct form at the correct time. The whole thing with Nick and the very sudden, told-to-us, not shown, transfer of romantic allegiance? Not buying it. This is a case of being able to see the writing too plainly. I guess perhaps the latter sums it up for me. I can see the writing, and there are too many books out there for me to continue to waste time with mediocrity. I may be done with this series.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    This has been a favourite series of mine for a while. I've been up and down with some of the installments, but overall, as a sweet gentle slightly magical cozy story this is a great series for when you just want to be entertained and not think too hard. Some of the other reviewers have not been happy about how Mad's love life developed in this book, but it made sense to me, given how past books have played out. I won't say more, except, I also think this plot line will be very effective for futur This has been a favourite series of mine for a while. I've been up and down with some of the installments, but overall, as a sweet gentle slightly magical cozy story this is a great series for when you just want to be entertained and not think too hard. Some of the other reviewers have not been happy about how Mad's love life developed in this book, but it made sense to me, given how past books have played out. I won't say more, except, I also think this plot line will be very effective for future books. The actual mystery Madeira was investigating in this book was the least interesting to me of recent books. I'm just not that interested on the distant past, I guess. I liked the story line of this book enough to keep going with the series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bungluna

    I've enjoyed these books tremendously, though the last one wasn't my favorite. This time around, the mystery was a bit convoluted but I still had fun with Mad and Co. I have to admit that I felt like I'd missed a book somewhere that showed what' we're told in a few convenient sentences. I mean (view spoiler)[that abrupt switch from Nick to Werner just didn't work for me. I needed more show, less tell. Mad and Lit may be a match made in heaven, but I thought Nick deserved a better exit. (hide spo I've enjoyed these books tremendously, though the last one wasn't my favorite. This time around, the mystery was a bit convoluted but I still had fun with Mad and Co. I have to admit that I felt like I'd missed a book somewhere that showed what' we're told in a few convenient sentences. I mean (view spoiler)[that abrupt switch from Nick to Werner just didn't work for me. I needed more show, less tell. Mad and Lit may be a match made in heaven, but I thought Nick deserved a better exit. (hide spoiler)]

  10. 4 out of 5

    K.

    I liked that Mad finally wound up with the right guy, but it felt extremely rushed. She was completely happy with Nick and they were starting a life together and then BOOM, he's overseas and selling his house. I just couldn't understand how she split with Nick and got with Werner so quickly after everything that happened in the last book. And Nick is a douche. He basically tells her to have sex with Werner while wearing a certain pair of panties. Ew. Ew. Ew. I hope Paisley screws him over and he I liked that Mad finally wound up with the right guy, but it felt extremely rushed. She was completely happy with Nick and they were starting a life together and then BOOM, he's overseas and selling his house. I just couldn't understand how she split with Nick and got with Werner so quickly after everything that happened in the last book. And Nick is a douche. He basically tells her to have sex with Werner while wearing a certain pair of panties. Ew. Ew. Ew. I hope Paisley screws him over and he realizes what he lost when he ditched Mad.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    so wonderful. I actually shed happy tears.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Theresa

    The series ends satisfyingly with a pretty decent mystery, many side plots wrapped up nicely, and Madeira ending up in a HEA with one of her two on again/off again boyfriends. It could have stood a couple more rounds of editing but all in all a very good read. Madeira's father and Fiona have volunteered her to judge a local country club charity event involving vintage clothing from the country club's jubilee celebration 40 years earlier (early 1970s). An aside - I can't tell you how weird it fel The series ends satisfyingly with a pretty decent mystery, many side plots wrapped up nicely, and Madeira ending up in a HEA with one of her two on again/off again boyfriends. It could have stood a couple more rounds of editing but all in all a very good read. Madeira's father and Fiona have volunteered her to judge a local country club charity event involving vintage clothing from the country club's jubilee celebration 40 years earlier (early 1970s). An aside - I can't tell you how weird it felt to have a book revolve around an historic event that occurred at a time I would have been of an age to attend as an adult - something about this particular story just struck me oddly in that way of something in my adult lifetime being 'historic' or 'vintage' *sigh*. They spring the volunteer job on her just as the contractor raising the roof, literally, on her carriage house (creating a third floor) discovers a large box wrapped in vintage tulle tucked under the roof rafters. Since Madeira's witchy magic is the ability to 'read' events from vintage clothing, when the wind accidentally causes the tulle to brush her face, she finds herself observing events that occurred around a scavenger hunt that was part of the golden jubilee celebration, ones that seem to have included murder. How coincidental - another vintage mystery for Madeira to solve, with the help of friends, family, and hunky Detective Werner, and being volunteered to judge a charity event that allows her direct access to lots of vintage clothes from that night. The scavenger hunt is of course not as simple or innocent, having been subverted evilly by the spoiled rich kid brats involved. But truth is outted, justice is served, all sorts of character story lines are wrapped up nicely, and there are several happy ever afters, with one final very bittersweet one, in the final page. The author used the public reveal of all in a room together, so familiar from Dame Christie's books, in an effective and original way which I rather loved. What I did not love where the rough and jerky transitions that happened all too frequently in the story line, after pages spent building color and atmosphere. Some of them were so awkward as to have me going back to see if I skipped a page or two by accident - not an easy thing to do (skipping pages) given I was reading a print paperback. Continuity suffered at times. It still had all the fun and charm I came to expect from the series, such as her cat Chakra's addition to vintage tulle, without tipping into too perky or arch. I actually give this 3.5 stars rounded down. Oh, and yes, she ended up in the end with the beau I really wanted for her!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jae

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Intending to add a third floor to her shop, Vintage Magic, Maddie has the roof raised. Removing it exposes a hidden cash box, the contents of which lead Maddie and the police to question a decades-old death in Mystic. When Maddie inadvertently 'reads' a vintage gown, she gets a vision of the past, wherein several conspirators and fellow scavenger hunt participants reveal that the woman's death may have been more than an accident. Maddie provides what clues she can to Detective Lytton Werner, whi Intending to add a third floor to her shop, Vintage Magic, Maddie has the roof raised. Removing it exposes a hidden cash box, the contents of which lead Maddie and the police to question a decades-old death in Mystic. When Maddie inadvertently 'reads' a vintage gown, she gets a vision of the past, wherein several conspirators and fellow scavenger hunt participants reveal that the woman's death may have been more than an accident. Maddie provides what clues she can to Detective Lytton Werner, while she and her BFF, Eve, do some side-sleuthing of their own. Their investigations lead them into danger, because someone wants the past to stay buried. I'm on the fence with this one. On one hand, the plot was engrossing and moved along at a good pace. On the other, Maddie washes her hands of her relationship with Nick and dives into a new romance with Werner. In days, they're declaring their love for one another, and I'm sitting here like, 'Wha...?' I mean, Maddie has harbored an attraction for Werner for some time, and while it's true that Nick has been gone for awhile, I just can't see things going so quickly with Werner. In addition, the reader was not privy to whatever clues or answers or what-have-you's that led to the solution of the mystery. We were there for the big reveal, but had no idea how we got to that point. Finally, it seemed that everyone in the story got a happily-ever-after, which makes me wonder if this is the last installment...? I see it was written in 2013, and there have been no further books in this series. If it's the last one, then inform the reader of that, please! Not happy.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    Errors as I find them. Eve lived with Maderia in New York yet this book says she never moved out of her parents home. Eve was outside when she is handed the fabric wrapped package that was in the way of the new top floor wall, yet when she comes out of the vision, she is inside. The man she sees whom she calls Odd duck and wonders if it is Eve's new man toy, she later says is about mid to late 50s or 60. Why would Eve date someone so old? In her vision she talks about a girl in a crinolined gown, th Errors as I find them. Eve lived with Maderia in New York yet this book says she never moved out of her parents home. Eve was outside when she is handed the fabric wrapped package that was in the way of the new top floor wall, yet when she comes out of the vision, she is inside. The man she sees whom she calls Odd duck and wonders if it is Eve's new man toy, she later says is about mid to late 50s or 60. Why would Eve date someone so old? In her vision she talks about a girl in a crinolined gown, then that same girl removes one of her petticoats and rips it up. Crinoline and petticoats are not the same and a fashionista should know that. The fabric that gave her the vision is from Vainglory's dress, but Maderia is not in that body but in someone name Bambi, why? She dumped Werner for Nick but then Nick up leaves the country and dumps her. Stooooopid! PIA doesn't stand for pain in the ass, PITA does. Ok I got tired of citing errors and just read the rest of the book. Like previous books in this series, the ending is just wrapped up witout a lot of logical explanation. Dante says in one breath, of the man who hid the box "we were kids together" and then a paragraph later he says "he was 5 when I passed". So not kids together as Dante passed in his 30s or 40s. The same Vera Wang quote is used in at least 3 books of this series. Ok I got tired of citing glaring errors and just read the rest of the book. The flip flopping between Nick and Werner is nausiating. Like the other books in this series, the ending was just wrapped up without any logical explanations. People who were not known to be at the scene are suddenly cast as suspects. It is like this author comes up with a reasonable storyline

  15. 4 out of 5

    Armanda Moncton

    This series looked promising, a bit of fashion, a bit of magic, a bit of mystery, a bit of romance - sounds like fun to me. Hmmm. Unfortunately, the romance is totally lacking in subtlety or even believability. The action-adventure is also really hard to believe. And the fashion is not charming but offensive in its snobbery - trying to wow you with designer labels and expensive brands. I really wanted to like the main character, the way I like Lily Ivory in the witchcraft mysteries by Juliet Blac This series looked promising, a bit of fashion, a bit of magic, a bit of mystery, a bit of romance - sounds like fun to me. Hmmm. Unfortunately, the romance is totally lacking in subtlety or even believability. The action-adventure is also really hard to believe. And the fashion is not charming but offensive in its snobbery - trying to wow you with designer labels and expensive brands. I really wanted to like the main character, the way I like Lily Ivory in the witchcraft mysteries by Juliet Blackwell. Madeira Cutler, the protagonist, is confident to the point of cockiness, and she treats her beaus with a carelessness that is the opposite of endearing. This series promised a lot, but for me it did not deliver.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Aurian Booklover

    Now her father and “aunt” Fee are openly in love, and planning to live together in Fee’s house, and her brother Alex has bought their home from their father, Maddie needs another place to live, in order to give the other couples some privacy. And so she decided to put another story on her shop, Vintage Magic, where she sells vintage clothing and accessories. The ancient building started out as a carriage house, has housed an undertaker business, and is now completely renovated after decades of n Now her father and “aunt” Fee are openly in love, and planning to live together in Fee’s house, and her brother Alex has bought their home from their father, Maddie needs another place to live, in order to give the other couples some privacy. And so she decided to put another story on her shop, Vintage Magic, where she sells vintage clothing and accessories. The ancient building started out as a carriage house, has housed an undertaker business, and is now completely renovated after decades of neglect. Maddie really loves her shop, and with this new floor, she will be living in one of the three new condo’s and rent out the other two. But construction stalls, when the foreman finds some hidden treasure. When he hands the fabric draped chest to Madeira, a piece of it touches her forearm, and she sinks in a vision. And it is not a happy one, some young rich spoiled people went on a scavenger hunt, and now a woman is missing as she went overboard in the storm. They don’t seem to care about that at all, they just want to keep it hushed up. And Maddie thinks she should now some of those people, especially the woman who is wearing such a gorgeous dress. But she callously tears up the matching petticoat, so she and the others can wrap their scavenged treasures. Madeira is determined to find out more, did the woman drown, or did she escape after all? She was on Vassar’s swim team according to the others. As her ex-boyfriend FBI-agent Nick is not only out of town, but out of the country, she has no choice but to ask her friend and local police detective Lytton Werner for his help in solving the case. He doesn’t know she is psychic, only that she is good in sleuthing, and that their kisses are explosive. They have known each other since kindergarten, but were not always good friends. Lytton wants more than friendship with Maddie, but she has been in a long term on-off relationship with Nick for years. Maddie’s best fried Eve really dislikes Nick for leaving Maddie behind without any notice, and she seems to like Werner a lot better. Especially as he saves them both from their sleuthing scrapes a few times. Maddie has not yet opened the box the foreman gave her, she wants to do that with a witness present, and Werner is the one. Inside they find a lot of old money, and some priceless objects. And the list of scavenges the conspirators talked about, and it sure is not all harmless! Werner finds out that Robin, the woman who jumped overboard in a storm, never surfaced. Her brother and his wife had her declared legally dead exactly seven years after the “incident”, and inherited her half of the estate left by their very rich grandparents. Surely that does sound like motive. Maddie is also very busy with the Valentines Ball at the country club, thanks to her father and aunt Fee asking her to judge the vintage costume contest. They are doing a segment of “this is your life”, and Maddie is needed to fit the clothes that were once worn at the Golden Anniversary of the country club to their current owners. As this is the best opportunity to come into contact with those members who participated in the scavenger hunt all those years ago, she agrees. With the help of Dante, her inherited ghost, her best friend Eve and Werner, Maddie sets out to unravel the mystery and to see justice done… A great new book in this fun cozy mystery series. I do have a weakness for the psychic ones as you might have noticed if you have been following my blog for a while. Maddie is a great character, and I was very happy that she finally let go of Nick, and moved on with her life. The fact that he left the country, and selling his house in town without telling her, should tell her enough of her importance to him. More a convenience I think. And so she finally feels free to explore her lingering feelings for Werner. After the few explosive kisses they shared in the past (while her relationship with Nick was on the off-fase!), it was about time. I loved how Werner always loved seeing her in the vintage outfits Maddie loves to wear, and how she drives him crazy. The description of those clothes often goes above my head, as I really am not a fashionista, but it is still very interesting. I wish this book came with pictures! As always, I love the interaction between Maddie and her best friend Eve, who have been best friends since kindergarten, although they did not start out that way. Eve is brilliant, and loves to dress gothic, with Maddie taking care of the necessary fashion details to make her stand out even more. Maddie loves men, and goes through boyfriends like candy. But in the end of this book, well, perhaps … Maddie’s father and her aunt Fiona, her late mother’s best friend, are finally openly happy together, and it was good to read about them as well. And then there is our cover model, Chakra, Maddie’s kitten. She sure loves all the tulle in Maddie’s shop and workspace. Dottie also plays a small role, she is 106 years old and still loves to make out with Dante, who used to be her “secret” lover back in the day. She can also see him, and more ;). But the end, well, that does deserve a tear and a smile, and already I cannot wait for the next book. Annette Blair writes with humor and passion, her characters are so very lifelike, I wish I could visit Vintage Magic and meet all of them, even the town’s gossiping butcher. There is never a dull moment in the life of Maddie Cutler, she has a great relationship with her family and friends, and it is just sweet to read about. 9 stars. © 2013 Reviews by Aurian Full review on my blog, www.boeklogboek.blogspot.com

  17. 5 out of 5

    TinaMarie

    SPOILER: If you haven't read this series, part of it is her on again off again relationship with Nick. In the prev book Nick claimed Maddie was his lifemate, at the start of this book they are off again. Huge surprise and while they did try to explain it, it just didn't jive well. However, I did like her choice in this book while she solved yet another mystery of a woman lost at sea during a scavenger hunt. Some editing issues but only a few I caught, solid read from beginning to end. SPOILER: If you haven't read this series, part of it is her on again off again relationship with Nick. In the prev book Nick claimed Maddie was his lifemate, at the start of this book they are off again. Huge surprise and while they did try to explain it, it just didn't jive well. However, I did like her choice in this book while she solved yet another mystery of a woman lost at sea during a scavenger hunt. Some editing issues but only a few I caught, solid read from beginning to end.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    Mostly I love the atmosphere of these books, although I find the mysteries to be pretty convoluted until the ending reveal. I’m not sure if I skim more than I think I do or if I just don’t follow the author’s mind as much as I should, but I often have to go back and read parts again to discover how we got where we are, and even after I’m a bit confused. Still, the overall storyline and character arcs are great and engaging enough that I don’t really mind.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Genevieve Bomes

    Another fantastic story by Annette Blair. Mad is helping judge the country club gala event which of course is vintage. She finds through reading the clothes that a girl Robynn was presumed drowned thanks to the group of kids she was with. Mad teams up with Werner to find out the answers. Yes that is right Mad finally finds her true love I hope with Werner and I couldn't be happier. A great book with a great story line and the ending a little sad and a little happy. Another fantastic story by Annette Blair. Mad is helping judge the country club gala event which of course is vintage. She finds through reading the clothes that a girl Robynn was presumed drowned thanks to the group of kids she was with. Mad teams up with Werner to find out the answers. Yes that is right Mad finally finds her true love I hope with Werner and I couldn't be happier. A great book with a great story line and the ending a little sad and a little happy.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sherrie

    This is a really good series of Annette Blair. I really enjoy reading about Maddie and when she touches any fabric she is brought back to what happens. This time it is with a petticoat. She finds out what actually happened to the person who had worn the petticoat and it pertains to the people who do the costume ball.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    I absolutely love Maddie. I seriously love her comment about the jumpsuits. I am also really happy to report that she is with Lytton. I am upset that Nick didn't at least end it to her face and with some sadness. Lytton is definitely the man for her. I absolutely love Maddie. I seriously love her comment about the jumpsuits. I am also really happy to report that she is with Lytton. I am upset that Nick didn't at least end it to her face and with some sadness. Lytton is definitely the man for her.

  22. 5 out of 5

    'jean

    These are always fun. I had to re-read this one a few times because I got confused by the timing/ages of the people/history etc. I appreciate that the author did not follow the normal order of clues in her previous mysteries; it was refreshing.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Pianogirl1126

    Good book! I think it is the end of this series? Haven't seen any indications from the author about going further...but some ends got tied up which is nice...and Mad seems happy with her man choice so good for her!!! i enjoyed this series a great deal Good book! I think it is the end of this series? Haven't seen any indications from the author about going further...but some ends got tied up which is nice...and Mad seems happy with her man choice so good for her!!! i enjoyed this series a great deal

  24. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Cute and cozy. I love Mad as the main character of the series. I really didn't like the love triangle, especially as it felt very explained through this book. The complexity of the mystery and the heartfelt ending made up for that though. Cute and cozy. I love Mad as the main character of the series. I really didn't like the love triangle, especially as it felt very explained through this book. The complexity of the mystery and the heartfelt ending made up for that though.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Rivero

    Almost like Quantum Leap except she travels to time and place when she touches vintage fabric. Overall, an engaging read. I did get a little tired of the repeated "thermonuclear kisses" with her current boyfriend. Every. Single. One. Almost like Quantum Leap except she travels to time and place when she touches vintage fabric. Overall, an engaging read. I did get a little tired of the repeated "thermonuclear kisses" with her current boyfriend. Every. Single. One.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Kennerley

    Loved this series! I'm really going to miss it. Loved this series! I'm really going to miss it.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    I really wish there would be more to this series. I enjoy the characters and would like to know how everyone's lives progress. I really wish there would be more to this series. I enjoy the characters and would like to know how everyone's lives progress.

  28. 4 out of 5

    BarbaraH

    This was the best one of this series so far. I really enjoy reading this Cozy Mystery story and you will too.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ricki

    I forgot what a fun series this is to read! Very light reading...just what you need sometimes to get away from real life!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rachelle

    I really liked this series of Cozy Mysteries. I enjoyed the setting and the descriptions of the fashions and the people.

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