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Lily Ivory hopes to score some great vintage fashions when she buys an antique trunk full of old clothes. But she may have gotten more than she bargained for.… As soon as Lily opens the trunk, she feels strange vibrations emanating from a mysterious velvet cloak. When she tries it on, Lily sees awful visions from the past. And when the antiques dealer who sold her the Lily Ivory hopes to score some great vintage fashions when she buys an antique trunk full of old clothes. But she may have gotten more than she bargained for.… As soon as Lily opens the trunk, she feels strange vibrations emanating from a mysterious velvet cloak. When she tries it on, Lily sees awful visions from the past. And when the antiques dealer who sold her the cape is killed, Lily suspects a supernatural force might be behind his death. Then Lily’s familiar, Oscar the potbellied pig, disappears. Lily will do anything to get him back—including battling the spirit of a powerful witch reaching out from the past. But even with the aid of her grandmother, unmasking a killer and saving Oscar might be more than one well-intentioned sorceress can handle.


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Lily Ivory hopes to score some great vintage fashions when she buys an antique trunk full of old clothes. But she may have gotten more than she bargained for.… As soon as Lily opens the trunk, she feels strange vibrations emanating from a mysterious velvet cloak. When she tries it on, Lily sees awful visions from the past. And when the antiques dealer who sold her the Lily Ivory hopes to score some great vintage fashions when she buys an antique trunk full of old clothes. But she may have gotten more than she bargained for.… As soon as Lily opens the trunk, she feels strange vibrations emanating from a mysterious velvet cloak. When she tries it on, Lily sees awful visions from the past. And when the antiques dealer who sold her the cape is killed, Lily suspects a supernatural force might be behind his death. Then Lily’s familiar, Oscar the potbellied pig, disappears. Lily will do anything to get him back—including battling the spirit of a powerful witch reaching out from the past. But even with the aid of her grandmother, unmasking a killer and saving Oscar might be more than one well-intentioned sorceress can handle.

30 review for A Vision in Velvet

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sandie Herron

    A VISION IN VELVET by Juliet Blackwell, narrated by Xe Sands 6th in Witchcraft series It seems that there are no seams between books in the Lily Ivory mystery series by Juliet Blackwell. She ends one and then another begins as if there were no time gap. A VISION IN VELVET begins with an antiques dealer named Sebastian offering Lily, proprietress of Aunt Cora's Closet, an old trunk full of old clothes, something Lily would normally be excited about, until she looked closely. The trunk traveled over A VISION IN VELVET by Juliet Blackwell, narrated by Xe Sands 6th in Witchcraft series It seems that there are no seams between books in the Lily Ivory mystery series by Juliet Blackwell. She ends one and then another begins as if there were no time gap. A VISION IN VELVET begins with an antiques dealer named Sebastian offering Lily, proprietress of Aunt Cora's Closet, an old trunk full of old clothes, something Lily would normally be excited about, until she looked closely. The trunk traveled over with the pilgrims and then to California with the gold rush, barely holding together. The clothes were in terrible shape, but one item intrigued Lily enough to bargain with Sebastian to buy the trunk. Lily finds a deep gold velvet cape with a purple silk lining, purple and gold fringe decorating the neckline with a silk-lined hood hanging down the back, and an ornate brass frog toggle fastening the neckline. Lily swirled the cape around herself and fastened the closure at her neck without seeing the alarm in her familiar, Oscar's, eyes. Lily was immediately transported to another place and time. She felt a river of cold wash over her followed by heat with unintelligible sounds, As the images began to coalesce, Lily saw an angry mob pointing at her, jeering, and calling out curses. Bronwyn's concerned voice made it through as she shook Lily and undid the clasp to the cape which caused it to slip from her shoulders. When Lily gathered herself together, she knew this was special and began tracking down its source immediately, but calls to Sebastian went unanswered. Lily noticed that Conrad didn't look too well either. He was a "gutterpunk" and explained that while he had a good sleeping spot, he'd been working hard at a petition to not cut down a particular ancient oak tree nicknamed Miss Quercus near the science museum. Apparently she was rotten on the inside, yet even in that state supported all sorts of life such as squirrels, woodpeckers, frogs, and even mushrooms. The town wanted to cut it down so it didn't hurt anyone, but Conrad and his friends wanted to save it as long as possible. Lily had a premonition that something was very wrong. She tried to put facts together such as the cape, Conrad sleeping under the tree and developing headaches, so she asked to see the tree. Lily and Conrad walked there via different routes, and just as Lily arrived, she heard two shots and found Conrad kneeling over a bloody Sebastian, next to fresh digging at the base of the tree. After dinner and meeting members of Sebastian's family, one of whom knew that cape had spent time in Salem Massachusetts. Lily still had to wait til the next night to check it out again. She put it on again, aware finally that she was there where they were burning witches and she was gathering ashes. Oscar warned her about bringing things back from another dimension. It led to a conversation about Miss Quercus, and Oscar said if they visited her, any woodlands creatures would appreciate a gift because they really don't like humans; and the best time to meet them was dawn or very early. Lily and Oscar finally visited early the next morning. It was cold and foggy. No one else was there except the critters who lived there. The massive tree sent a branches to scare Lily. Rustling was going on in the top of the branches. Oscar was growling at it and then scooted up the tree, not to come down. Lily was beside herself; no Oscar? Ever again? She couldn't stand it. The shop became "Pig Central" when Conrad and his friends put out posters and lost pig ads all over town. Even Maya and Bronwyn joined in the search for Oscar. Only Lily and Sailor knew he'd disappeared up the tree. Somehow she had to piece together all her clues, get help from her grandmother and her coven as well as the friendly coven in San Francisco and Sailor and even Aidan. Would they save Miss Quercus or will she be cut down as planned? Will Conrad recovering from being poisoned? With all those women concentrating together against the witch who had been burned at the stake, will they be strong enough to find Oscar? You'll only know if you read the book. Sandie Herron

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kat Hooper

    Originally posted at Fantasy Literature. http://www.fantasyliterature.com/revi... Juliet Blackwell’s WITCHCRAFT MYSTERIES hasn’t let me down. This is a solid series with a fun setting and great characters. Tantor Audio’s versions read by Xe Sands are terrific and I’m certain that her narration adds a lot to my enjoyment. Honestly, I’ve got a bit of a voice crush on her. I wouldn’t think of reading these books any other way. In A Vision in Velvet, the sixth installment, Lily’s vintage clothing stor Originally posted at Fantasy Literature. http://www.fantasyliterature.com/revi... Juliet Blackwell’s WITCHCRAFT MYSTERIES hasn’t let me down. This is a solid series with a fun setting and great characters. Tantor Audio’s versions read by Xe Sands are terrific and I’m certain that her narration adds a lot to my enjoyment. Honestly, I’ve got a bit of a voice crush on her. I wouldn’t think of reading these books any other way. In A Vision in Velvet, the sixth installment, Lily’s vintage clothing store is thriving, she has made friends with her neighbors on Haight Street, and she’s got a steady romance going. Life is pretty good. But, of course, soon enough Lily manages to get wrapped up in another murder mystery. This one involves a trunk full of old clothes, a velvet cape, a dying tree in Golden Gate Park, some scientists, psychedelic frogs, The Crucible, and an ancient curse. The mystery gets even closer to home when Oscar, Lily’s adorable shape-shifting familiar, disappears. As you’d expect, Lily eventually solves the case, with a little — actually, a lot — of help from her friends. The plots of WITCHCRAFT MYSTERIES are always associated with some sort of legendary or historical witchiness — in this case the Salem Witch Trials. While the mystery plot is always entertaining, the real draw of this series is the characters. Each one of them is unique, interesting, and evolving. Lily has come a long way from the slightly nervous and awkward woman we met in Second Hand Spirits. That Lily was chased out of her hometown, had no friends, and didn’t trust anyone she met. She hasn’t forgotten those days, so she’s amazed and thankful for what she now has and she realizes how precious it is. Her new status becomes obvious to Lily when the whole neighborhood rallies together to help her find Oscar. It’s quite touching. Each of the WITCHCRAFT MYSTERIES is a self-contained mystery, so you could read A Vision in Velvet as a stand-alone without any problem, but you’ll get more out of Lily’s personal development if you start at the beginning. There is a lot that Lily still doesn’t know about her past and there are lots of paths that her future could take, so I’m looking forward to more in this series. Make sure you try this on audio!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kati

    Keeping up with Lily and her merry band of supernatural and other non-magical friends is an entertaining ride. This time Lily comes into possession of a rickety old trunk of ragged clothes, buried with a velvet cloak that possesses the power to transport Lily to the scene of a witch-burning from the early days of US history. In the process of investigating a murder which follows quickly after obtaining the cloak, her trusty pig-familiar goes missing and Lily damn near loses control of her powers Keeping up with Lily and her merry band of supernatural and other non-magical friends is an entertaining ride. This time Lily comes into possession of a rickety old trunk of ragged clothes, buried with a velvet cloak that possesses the power to transport Lily to the scene of a witch-burning from the early days of US history. In the process of investigating a murder which follows quickly after obtaining the cloak, her trusty pig-familiar goes missing and Lily damn near loses control of her powers as she searches frantically for her lost pig. Each of these books has built on the past, often referencing incidences from previous books in the series, and this book is no different. Thankfully, the author has stopped over-introducing each and every character, each time we meet them in the story. I find myself appreciating how much actual magical practice the author intersperses with the "hollywood" magic that makes this a true fantasy series. I have already obtained the next three (thus far, the last 3) books in the series, much anticipating how this series will continue to progress and grow.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tiffy

    Can’t wait to read the next one. I loved this one as much as the others.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Perhaps my favorite so far, although I can't quite say why. I found myself really worried about Oscar, Lily's little familiar, as Lily & Co work to retrieve him from the evil grip of...A TREE! Perhaps my favorite so far, although I can't quite say why. I found myself really worried about Oscar, Lily's little familiar, as Lily & Co work to retrieve him from the evil grip of...A TREE!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    Sometimes I forget why I don't remember to keep up with this series and then I read a book and I do. That sounds more negative than I mean it to. It's fine. It's all fine. It's just not super gripping for me, even by a cozy mystery scale. Sometimes I forget why I don't remember to keep up with this series and then I read a book and I do. That sounds more negative than I mean it to. It's fine. It's all fine. It's just not super gripping for me, even by a cozy mystery scale.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lesa

    I'm always a proponent of reading a series in order if you can. But, if you can't pick up earlier books in Juliet Blackwell's Witchcraft mystery series, start with A Vision in Velvet. If you don't fall in love with Oscar, the gargoyle/potbellied pig, I'll be surprised. And, I suspect you'll be just as anxious as Lily Ivory when he goes missing. Lily, the witch who owns Aunt Cora's Closet, a vintage clothing store in San Francisco's Haight Ashbury neighborhood, didn't really want the old trunk she I'm always a proponent of reading a series in order if you can. But, if you can't pick up earlier books in Juliet Blackwell's Witchcraft mystery series, start with A Vision in Velvet. If you don't fall in love with Oscar, the gargoyle/potbellied pig, I'll be surprised. And, I suspect you'll be just as anxious as Lily Ivory when he goes missing. Lily, the witch who owns Aunt Cora's Closet, a vintage clothing store in San Francisco's Haight Ashbury neighborhood, didn't really want the old trunk she purchased from Sebastian's Antiques. She could feel a strange energy coming from the gold velvet cape in the bottom of the trunk. But, the cape sent her into another time when she put it on, a time where she had a vision of a woman burned at the stake. Oscar, Lily's familiar, recognized it as a travel cloak, one able to take the wearer back in time. But, Lily only had a feeling of danger until she found Sebastian Crowley from Sebastian's Antiques, shot to death at the foot of a dying tree in Golden Gate Park. It was only when she went to investigate, and Oscar disappeared into the depths of the tree, that Lily realized the murder, the cloak, and the tree were all connected in some evil way. Visions, poisons, nightmares, a travel cloak and Oscar's disappearance are all connected. Fortunately, the lone witch, once kicked out of her hometown in Texas, now has a network of friends to help her. When they rally to look for the missing pig, Lily realizes how far she has come. In her old life, she didn't have to worry about anyone else. "That was back before I had roots and a community. Back before I was embroiled so deeply that I'd do just about anything to keep my loved ones safe." Why read Juliet Blackwell's Witchcraft mysteries, and A Vision in Velvet in particular? These are intriguing mysteries, naturally. However, it's fascinating to see where Lily Ivory was, and how far she's come. Blackwell's witch has shown enormous growth over the course of this series, from a lonely woman, unsure of her powers, to a strong woman, bolstered by love and friendship, who is determined to save those most important to her. Blackwell blends vintage clothing, humor, an interesting corner of San Francisco life, a touch of romance, some powerful magic, and a history of witchcraft and women. A Vision in Velvet is just the latest captivating story in a bewitching series. Juliet Blackwell's website is www.julietblackwell.net

  8. 5 out of 5

    Vickie

    Below is my review from my first time around with this book in 2014. It still holds up. This is a fantastic read and I can definitely recommend the book, series and author. ******** Juliet Blackwell has a way with paranormal cozies and I love reading them. The setting of San Francisco alone makes the reading excellent and has me wanting to visit, wishing that Lily Ivory's shop was real. I'd love to meet Oscar the talking pig, Lily's familiar, and peruse the vintage clothes and mystical items she c Below is my review from my first time around with this book in 2014. It still holds up. This is a fantastic read and I can definitely recommend the book, series and author. ******** Juliet Blackwell has a way with paranormal cozies and I love reading them. The setting of San Francisco alone makes the reading excellent and has me wanting to visit, wishing that Lily Ivory's shop was real. I'd love to meet Oscar the talking pig, Lily's familiar, and peruse the vintage clothes and mystical items she carries in her shop. Oscar disappears after going on an errand for his mistress and Lily is at wit's end. Her only clue is the velvet cloak she discovers in a trunk she's purchased from a less that savory character...who ends up dead under a tree in the park. Lily has a lot on her plate, but she has to get to the bottom of the murder since it will hopefully help her locate Oscar. It's all handled masterfully throughout the storytelling. Suspend belief or choose to believe in Lily's world of talking pigs and magic...I love going along for the ride each time I read one of Juliet's books. Definite recommend.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    Really, this was more on the "just okay" end of the spectrum. The past two books have not really moved the major story arc forward much and the resolution was anticlimactic. I hope that I enjoy the next but I am getting less and less involved in this series. Really, this was more on the "just okay" end of the spectrum. The past two books have not really moved the major story arc forward much and the resolution was anticlimactic. I hope that I enjoy the next but I am getting less and less involved in this series.

  10. 5 out of 5

    IslandRiverScribe

    For once, I found the title of a fictional work easily understandable and clearly pertinent to the story line. Lily Ivory dons a VELVET cloak that is not only giving off paranormal vibrations but is virtually calling to her. When she secures the clasp at her throat, Lily experiences a VISION in which she witnesses a witch being burned at the stake. And thus, we have the title: A Vision in Velvet. Backing up about an hour or so, we find Lily purchasing a battered old trunk full of dry-rotted cloth For once, I found the title of a fictional work easily understandable and clearly pertinent to the story line. Lily Ivory dons a VELVET cloak that is not only giving off paranormal vibrations but is virtually calling to her. When she secures the clasp at her throat, Lily experiences a VISION in which she witnesses a witch being burned at the stake. And thus, we have the title: A Vision in Velvet. Backing up about an hour or so, we find Lily purchasing a battered old trunk full of dry-rotted clothing – and a well-kept velvet cloak – from an antiques dealer by the name of Sebastian Crowley. Sebastian claims to have acquired the trunk from the relative of an older man who is trying to clean up his condo. Supposedly, the trunk originated in Boston around or before the time of the Salem witch trials and was brought west during the California Gold Rush. Feeling the psychic vibrations from the cloak, Lily purchases the trunk and its contents. The moment she fastens the clasp of the cloak, Lily sees the vision of the witch burning and she hears someone screaming the word “deliverance.” Then she feels as if her fingers are burning off as she observes the witch’s ashes being scooped up by a set of hands positioned just in front of her eyes. Forced out of the vision when her worried friends unclasp the cloak, she remembers that she, herself, has no fingerprints. She was born without them, and her fingertips look as if the prints were burned off. Shortly thereafter, the antiques dealer is shot to death in the park near Lily’s shop. His body is found beneath an extremely old and dying oak tree that the park authority has slated for removal. Not believing in coincidences, Lily decides to investigate the provenance of the trunk and the cloak, hoping to find a clue to the identity of the murderer and a clue to the identities of the people in her vision. With Sailor along to help with a little after hours B&E into the antique store, they learn the identity of the trunk’s seller, Bart Woolsey. Upon talking to him and a college professor who specializes in witchcraft as a religion, Lily determines that “deliverance” is not a concept but the name of the witch who was burned. She also learns that, from the pyre, Deliverance put a love curse on the Woolsey family, a curse that seems to have transcended generations. Based on this information as well as evidence discovered at the murder scene, Lily and her familiar, Oscar, go back to that dying oak tree for answers. Now, the promotional blurb for this book clearly states that Oscar disappears sometime during the story. That word “disappear” is an understatement for what really happens to Oscar when they get to the tree. At that point, the plotline shifts sideways, with Lily’s focus completely on rescuing Oscar, rather than on the solution to the murder. Even the store is essentially left to run itself. Juliet Blackwell has crafted an intense 6th entry in her Witchcraft Mystery series. Once Oscar disappears, the pace of the novel quickens and so does the danger to Lily. And by the end of the novel, you are not really sure if there has been an HEA or not. Blackwell has not left us with a cliffhanger, but she has left us with far more than just a hook leading to another adventure. Too many characters have classified their “help” as favors that require payback. One supernatural character was vanquished far too easily. And one major character, in particular, may become more of a nightmare to Lily than the burning witch in her “vision in velvet.”

  11. 4 out of 5

    C.

    Many talents set Juliet Blackwell apart and have my appreciation. She is among few, creating exceptional adult paranormal fiction; not ghoulish vampires but honest to goodness ethereal subjects: ghosts and witches. She excels at plotting mystery. I discourage her categorization in the ‘cozy’ genre because she doesn’t throw together single-threaded drivel like most; the exhausted cliché of finding a body and determining a killer. To my gratitude, Juliet’s plotlines don’t necessarily hinge on crim Many talents set Juliet Blackwell apart and have my appreciation. She is among few, creating exceptional adult paranormal fiction; not ghoulish vampires but honest to goodness ethereal subjects: ghosts and witches. She excels at plotting mystery. I discourage her categorization in the ‘cozy’ genre because she doesn’t throw together single-threaded drivel like most; the exhausted cliché of finding a body and determining a killer. To my gratitude, Juliet’s plotlines don’t necessarily hinge on crime! Some modern event or person draws her attention to a deeper set of circumstances, which are magical. We choose these novels because of their adventuresome mysticism and this enthralling well of subject matter is in no danger of going dry. Woven into Lily’s principal cases are themes of friendship, for this lone witch from Texas and non-judgemental acceptance. There are a Baptist Mother and daughter in her circle who see that witches are needlessly associated with evil-doing; when clearly their friend exemplifies the epitome of compassion. A fun theme is the suggestion that there might be more to our Earth than we see; perhaps critters believed to be nonexistent! This author blends fact and fiction with an exciting pace and an emotional involvement that races through her pages. This is why I postpone each novel as long as I can. One component I dislike is Oscar; whose silly, argumentative nature ruins the mature, old world atmosphere that I treasure. I looked forward to this novel in which he was absent. I love everything else about her work, especially not playing into the worn-out gambit in which police are obstacles and the most magnificent truths are hidden. A detective regularly consults with her. This time we identify a source of evil far back into history, while a saner than usual Conrad commits to saving an immense tree.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    The Witchcraft Mystery series by Juliet Blackwell is an automatic MUST HAVE buy for me. I was so excited to be gifted an advance copy of this sixth novel in exchange for my honest review. Every one gets better and better! Lily Ivory is still running her Vintage Clothing store with the assistance of a cast of wonderful characters, including her unusual "familiar" Oscar, a shifting gobgoyle miniature pig. Lily gets offers of some intriguing acquistions for her store, but often they come with energies The Witchcraft Mystery series by Juliet Blackwell is an automatic MUST HAVE buy for me. I was so excited to be gifted an advance copy of this sixth novel in exchange for my honest review. Every one gets better and better! Lily Ivory is still running her Vintage Clothing store with the assistance of a cast of wonderful characters, including her unusual "familiar" Oscar, a shifting gobgoyle miniature pig. Lily gets offers of some intriguing acquistions for her store, but often they come with energies from past owners and experiences. In this novel, a trunk she purchases is one such energy carrier and creates havoc in Lily and Oscar's lives. Each of the novels stands alone, but to become fully immersed, to get to know each of the wonderful characters, I suggest you read them in order. You will not be sorry. We see growth in Lily, both in her personality and her powers, as the series progresses. We also see changes in the other characters, which adds to the enjoyment of reading this magical series. I found this contribution to have a great deal of historical and magical reference that was fascinating.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Alice Liu

    Familiar tension! The really great thing about A Vision in Velvet is that Lily is growing and evolving as a witch, and her relationships grow deeper. With any series, it's gratifying to see the protagonist change without losing any of the spark or vulnerability that made the reader (me) fall in love them from the very beginning. When Lily loses Oscar, she is able to gather her usual group of friends and acquaintances to support her in both mundane and witchy ways. The difference is that instead Familiar tension! The really great thing about A Vision in Velvet is that Lily is growing and evolving as a witch, and her relationships grow deeper. With any series, it's gratifying to see the protagonist change without losing any of the spark or vulnerability that made the reader (me) fall in love them from the very beginning. When Lily loses Oscar, she is able to gather her usual group of friends and acquaintances to support her in both mundane and witchy ways. The difference is that instead of grappling desperately in the dark, Lily grapples deliberately as she is more sure of her abilities and her resources. The other characters play a larger part in her life and we get to learn more about them - Conrad (the Con) even joins them in a social outing! It was also interesting to see Lily view Aidan in a more mature and courageous way. I loved the mystery of the historical witch trials and what they reveal about Lily at the end. There's also plenty of familiar-related dramatic tension as well as familiar action. As an animal lover, the appearance of new familiars was a real plus. Blackwell rocks with this paranormal cozy!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Midu Hadi

    It isn’t that I am not fond of Oscar but if more than half of the book is going to be about rescuing a witch’s familiar, then I’m going to have to try harder to remain interested in it. And, I hadn’t expected to have to do that, given that I had picked up a cozy mystery. But that’s exactly what happened: the main mystery was sidelined while our protagonist tried every avenue as she looked for her potbellied pig. Moreover, the threat that was singled out at the beginning was so huge that even the It isn’t that I am not fond of Oscar but if more than half of the book is going to be about rescuing a witch’s familiar, then I’m going to have to try harder to remain interested in it. And, I hadn’t expected to have to do that, given that I had picked up a cozy mystery. But that’s exactly what happened: the main mystery was sidelined while our protagonist tried every avenue as she looked for her potbellied pig. Moreover, the threat that was singled out at the beginning was so huge that even the city’s bad guy who has his fingers in all the pies didn’t want to come anywhere near this. But it didn’t seem that way by the end of the book. Also, I’m so over women with enough sense falling for the guy who at best can be described to have grey morals when a perfectly good guy’s already in their life. I hope that changes in the upcoming books and the mysteries in this series get a little more darker and thicker.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Casey Keen

    Hunting for antique clothing, Lily Ivory stumbles across a very powerful cape at the bottom of an old trunk—A cape with the ability to show her memories from another time period. Once again, she is captivated by a murder mystery thanks to this magical cape. During her investigation, her familiar, Oscar, vanishes. Lily is torn-up about his disappearance, and stops at nothing to find him. Once again, I enjoyed this novel. The characters are well developed and relatable. Lily's tenacity and bravery Hunting for antique clothing, Lily Ivory stumbles across a very powerful cape at the bottom of an old trunk—A cape with the ability to show her memories from another time period. Once again, she is captivated by a murder mystery thanks to this magical cape. During her investigation, her familiar, Oscar, vanishes. Lily is torn-up about his disappearance, and stops at nothing to find him. Once again, I enjoyed this novel. The characters are well developed and relatable. Lily's tenacity and bravery is well defined (not arrogant) and the storyline is solid. So far, Juliet Blackwell's cozy paranormal mysteries have been very entertaining and book six in the Witchcraft Mystery series did not disappoint!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sandie

    I love this book!! I'm so into this series that I feel like I personally know the characters. Lily Ivory buys an old trunk filled with old clothes. In the bottom is an old velvet cape. She is transported back to the days of the Witch trials in Salem, MA. From that experience, there is a murder at an ancient oak tree, strange mushrooms, frogs and Lily's familiar, Oscar, is kidnapped by the tree. Come along for a riveting adventure as Lily and her friends try to get Oscar back. Plus, find a murdere I love this book!! I'm so into this series that I feel like I personally know the characters. Lily Ivory buys an old trunk filled with old clothes. In the bottom is an old velvet cape. She is transported back to the days of the Witch trials in Salem, MA. From that experience, there is a murder at an ancient oak tree, strange mushrooms, frogs and Lily's familiar, Oscar, is kidnapped by the tree. Come along for a riveting adventure as Lily and her friends try to get Oscar back. Plus, find a murderer. Spells, twists and turns, and Lily's hunky boyfriend, Sailor are in the mix also. A great read!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    ❂ Murder by Death

    I can always count on Ms. Blackwell to write a cozy I enjoy reading. I love the characters and the setting. I guessed the murderer, but the plot ended up more complicated than I imagined at first glance. Full review: http://jenn.booklikes.com/post/941485... I can always count on Ms. Blackwell to write a cozy I enjoy reading. I love the characters and the setting. I guessed the murderer, but the plot ended up more complicated than I imagined at first glance. Full review: http://jenn.booklikes.com/post/941485...

  18. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    I just find this little, supernatural, cozy mystery series comforting. I am getting close to the end of the series as it stands now, and it makes me a little sad. I look forward to Lily Ivory's adventures in San Francisco, alongside her crazy cast of characters including Oscar the Gobgoyle, a merry coven of witches, Sailor, her not so psychic boyfriend, Aiden, the very mysterious warlock, Conrad, her homeless friend, and Carlos, the friendly SF cop who comes to Lily for help investigating the cr I just find this little, supernatural, cozy mystery series comforting. I am getting close to the end of the series as it stands now, and it makes me a little sad. I look forward to Lily Ivory's adventures in San Francisco, alongside her crazy cast of characters including Oscar the Gobgoyle, a merry coven of witches, Sailor, her not so psychic boyfriend, Aiden, the very mysterious warlock, Conrad, her homeless friend, and Carlos, the friendly SF cop who comes to Lily for help investigating the crimes. In this instalment we have a magical cloak that can transport one in time, a lost pig/gobgoyle, a sinister tree, a dead body, and The Salem Witch Trials...oh my! Lily will need her whole cast of friends to help her solve the mystery and to find Oscar before it's too late. Another great chapter in the life and exploits of Lily Ivory!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Minna

    Another pleasant read. Even though it took me a long time to read due to personal things and fatigue, I thought it ended way too quickly. Bridges are burned, sacrifices are made. I’m wondering if the next installment will be the last or next to last, since this book felt like a steep increase to an imminent ultimate showdown.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kellene

    I do love this series. The characters continue to become more endearing as the series progresses, and the mysteries get deeper each time. Can't wait to read the next installment in Lily's adventures. I do love this series. The characters continue to become more endearing as the series progresses, and the mysteries get deeper each time. Can't wait to read the next installment in Lily's adventures.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth D.

    It's like Juliet Blackwell casts a spell on her readers. Can't wait to start reading the next installment in this series. It's like Juliet Blackwell casts a spell on her readers. Can't wait to start reading the next installment in this series.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sapphyria

    You may find reviews of Books 1-5 here: Book 1: Secondhand Spirits Book 2: A Cast-Off Coven Book 3: Hexes and Hemlines Book 4: In A Witch's Wardrobe Book 5: Tarnished and Torn In the next installment of the Witchcraft Mystery Series by Juliet Blackwell, Sailor has been allowed to return to San Francisco after being banished by Aiden. This is a relief to Lily, who over the course of the first 5 books has really taken a shining to our brooding psychic. The pair get along amazingly and I love their chemi You may find reviews of Books 1-5 here: Book 1: Secondhand Spirits Book 2: A Cast-Off Coven Book 3: Hexes and Hemlines Book 4: In A Witch's Wardrobe Book 5: Tarnished and Torn In the next installment of the Witchcraft Mystery Series by Juliet Blackwell, Sailor has been allowed to return to San Francisco after being banished by Aiden. This is a relief to Lily, who over the course of the first 5 books has really taken a shining to our brooding psychic. The pair get along amazingly and I love their chemistry. Things aren't all wine and roses, however. In what seems to be a normal inquiry about the purchase of an antique trunk filled with clothing, Lily finds that there is one item within that isn't what it seems. It doesn't match the rest of the articles of clothing and has vibrations that should have sent her running. Instead, she does what a lot of cozy mystery protagonists do....she puts it on. I mean, why not? ~ right? Lily finds herself tossed back in time during the burning of a powerful witch. Lily needs to find out what's going on with this cloak and why it's shown up in a trashed trunk full of unusable textiles....and then the dealer who sold her the trunk ends up being murdered in front of a large oak tree in the park. This same tree is one that is scheduled for demolition by the city because it is almost dead and now a hazard. If only the city fathers knew that it was far from dead and is a lot more hazardous than they could even imagine. When the tree seemingly swallows up Oscar during what is supposed to be a meet-and-greet with some of the woodsfolk, Lily is desperate to keep the tree standing long enough to extract her piggy familiar and go head to head with the witch from the past who may using the tree as a conduit to the present. Will Lily get Oscar back and prevent the spirit of the powerful witch from making a comeback? I absolutely love this series. Lily is a fine protagonist that gets more comfortable with her new surroundings in each book. She has friends that accept her for who she is and what she does, a very successful resale shop, and a familiar that sometimes just steals the show. Her brooding companion, Sailor, has some great dialogue and wit. Each story develops nicely and takes the reader on a brand new adventure in the world of the paranormal. The novels are suitable for anyone who wants to read them - teens, adults who don't like sex or swearing, adult who do like those things but also like the cozy mystery scene, too (like me). If you're looking for your next cozy series then I highly recommend Juliet Blackwell's Witchcraft Mysteries. They are written well, have great storylines, solid plots, and easy-to-like characters. The dialogue between all characters is smooth and understandable and the novel is an easy, relaxing read. Review copy courtesy of my bookshelf.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kat Lebo

    A Vision In Velvet: A Witchcraft Mystery By Juliet Blackwell Lily Ivory is back – and, along with her are all your favorites: the gobgoyle, Oscar, the ever dishy Sailor, Bronwyn, Maya, Conrad, Inspector Carlos Romero, Lily’s grandmother, Graciela, and, of course, Aiden. Once again, things are more than just complicated in San Francisco. In this episode, Lily purchases an old, beat up trunk from an Antiques Dealer she knows, Sebastian Crowley. It doesn’t contain anything of value for use at Aunt Cor A Vision In Velvet: A Witchcraft Mystery By Juliet Blackwell Lily Ivory is back – and, along with her are all your favorites: the gobgoyle, Oscar, the ever dishy Sailor, Bronwyn, Maya, Conrad, Inspector Carlos Romero, Lily’s grandmother, Graciela, and, of course, Aiden. Once again, things are more than just complicated in San Francisco. In this episode, Lily purchases an old, beat up trunk from an Antiques Dealer she knows, Sebastian Crowley. It doesn’t contain anything of value for use at Aunt Cora’s Closet, but Lily can’t stand the thought of this historic piece being set out with the trash. Also, it seems to be speaking to her, sort of, maybe, in some magical way. When she gets it back to the store with May, Bronwyn and Conrad, she finds a mysterious gold velvet cape in the bottom of the trunk. Later, she tries it on, and is suddenly psychically transported back to the site of a witch burning in early Massachusetts. Just as suddenly, she is back at Cora’s Closet amidst all her usual friends. She discovers that the tree that Conrad, who has been suffering from recurring nightmares, usually sleeps under in Golden Gate Park is scheduled to be cut down. Conrad and his friends are trying to convince the city not to terminate the old Oak tree by gathering petition signatures. Lily signs, but doesn’t think much of the situation at the time. Later that day, she goes to the park to meet Conrad and see the tree, only to find it is now the scene of a crime, as Sebastian Crowley has been murdered under Conrad’s tree. Suddenly, there seems to be a connection between Sebastian Crowley, that old trunk and cape, and this dying Oak. Enter Inspector Romero, incredulous that, once again, Lily is seemingly at the center of one of his investigations. While speaking with Carlos, Lily discovers that Sebastian’s shop was ransacked prior to his murder. This sets her Spidey senses a-tingling and we are off again on an amazing journey to tie up loose ends from the past that are still loose in the present. Along the way we will meet the owner of the trunk purchased from Sebastian, Bartholomew Woolsey, and learn of his connections to the long ago witch whose burning Lily witnessed. We’ll see a generations-long curse in operation, experience Lily’s pain at the abduction/disappearance of Oscar, see a bit more of her relationship with Sailor, experience the power of two covens, and get a glimpse of Lily’s true power. Great editing and proofreading (A+ in my opinion), wonderful characterizations, plotting and pacing, and an overall terrific summer read! Lots of excitement keeps the reader turning pages and the enchanting fantasy of Lily’s life keeps a smile on the reader’s face. Will this book make you believe in magic? Maybe, maybe not; but it certainly will make you want to believe.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jessica (a GREAT read)

    Juliet Blackwell's latest mystery in the Witchcraft Mystery series is A Vision in Velvet and it was quite the exciting and thrilling read! I love a good paranormal mystery read and Juliet is one of my go-to for that one! (Victoria Laurie is another!) Each book is a sort of standalone in some sense, but as always there are some plot points that get carried over, such as past adventures and relationships, but I would say one can read this without needing to read the others, but as always I highly Juliet Blackwell's latest mystery in the Witchcraft Mystery series is A Vision in Velvet and it was quite the exciting and thrilling read! I love a good paranormal mystery read and Juliet is one of my go-to for that one! (Victoria Laurie is another!) Each book is a sort of standalone in some sense, but as always there are some plot points that get carried over, such as past adventures and relationships, but I would say one can read this without needing to read the others, but as always I highly recommend reading the others! Lily finds herself in the thick of another mystery when one of her fellow shopkeepers in the area is murdered shortly after she did business with him. Not that she's a main suspect, but it does present quite the problem. As Lily starts to investigate the shopkeeper's most recent dealings, tragedy strikes when Oscar suddenly goes missing and Lily is pretty sure it's in the magical way meaning it will be a lot harder to find him. This was another fun mystery and I loved it! While considered "cozy", I still found it rather thrilling! There are plenty of danger filled moments for Lily when she gets herself in way over her head. Luckily, she has amazing friends with their own powerful abilities that she can turn to in a bind. I enjoy Lily's character! She's spunky! She has a simple touch to her, she doesn't have a cell phone and she's working to get her GED...she's not your average witch, yet she's still a lovable and enjoyable character. The mystery was pretty intense, as it got a lot darker than I thought it would. Naturally, the mystery took a magical turn. While Lily is struggling to solve the mystery, she's also desperate to find Oscar, because, naturally, she's grown attached to the little guy that was thrust upon her. Aidan remains to be a man of mystery and it's quite possible the relationship Lily has formed with him will be taking a very dramatic turn come next book! Things happened, things change...it was intense! And then there's Sailor! You gotta love that man! He's still got that kind of dangerous vibe about him, but Lily has wormed her way into his heart. The mystery itself was good too! I so didn't see this one coming! Naturally, I'm making my guesses and while I was right a time or two...my end result was far from the actual answer! And let me tell you, those last few moments were pretty scary and intense! I was freaked for a bit there! LOL! Juliet brings us another delightful and incredible mystery and I look forward to more from her! Seriously, if you want a paranormal mystery start with Juliet Blackwell! You won't be disappointed! Overall Rating 5/5 stars

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jeanette

    As usual I loved this story. :)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Who would have thought that buying a trunk full of old moldy clothes would lead to so much trouble? When Lily is invited over to Sebastian's shop to see if she was interested in buying a trunk full of vintage clothes, she almost turned him down because the vintage clothes were practically dust. But something in the bottom of the trunk sparked a magical feeler so she agreed to buy the lot. Getting it back to the store, she discovers a velvet cape that when wrapped around her shoulders transports Who would have thought that buying a trunk full of old moldy clothes would lead to so much trouble? When Lily is invited over to Sebastian's shop to see if she was interested in buying a trunk full of vintage clothes, she almost turned him down because the vintage clothes were practically dust. But something in the bottom of the trunk sparked a magical feeler so she agreed to buy the lot. Getting it back to the store, she discovers a velvet cape that when wrapped around her shoulders transports her back to voices and a mob scene. Before she can investigate it further, her friend Conrad seeks her help with his petition to prevent the chopping down of an ancient tree in the park. But when she goes with Conrad to the tree, she is shocked to find a dying Sebastian. Is there a connection with the trunk and his death? And before she can find the link, her precious familiar, Oscar, vanishes into the ancient tree. Between finding her familiar, coping with Sebastian's murder, and analyzing the scene played out by the velvet cape, is Lily's magic able to handle all of this? I love the diversity of characters in this series, from Lily to her boyfriend, Sailor, to her friends in the shop. Although Lily has always thought of herself as a loner, with each book in the series, she finds herself with more and more friends and help mates with her magical dilemmas. I am looking forward to reading the next Witchcraft Mystery. Disclosure: I was provided an advance reading copy in exchange for an honest review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    April

    I adore this series, a witchy cozy mystery. It is a very enchanting with plenty of great charters to charm and entertain. I love Sailor and Lily together, I wish we could get more of their dynamic. Again great supporting characters. The mystery this time was a touch darker. I was on the verge of solving it, Ms Blackwell throws curve balls into the mix. I expect things will soon come to a head with Aiden. Definitely curious about all the loose threads at the end of this one. The major plot is res I adore this series, a witchy cozy mystery. It is a very enchanting with plenty of great charters to charm and entertain. I love Sailor and Lily together, I wish we could get more of their dynamic. Again great supporting characters. The mystery this time was a touch darker. I was on the verge of solving it, Ms Blackwell throws curve balls into the mix. I expect things will soon come to a head with Aiden. Definitely curious about all the loose threads at the end of this one. The major plot is resolved but there are plenty of things to carry on into a few more books. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Xe Sands, who is always great! She has a terrific pace that keeps the story moving along nicely. Great voices that stay consistent throughout the book and the series. She has a wonderful way of adding energy to the read and bringing actions scenes to life. One of my favorite narrators. I love this series and am more than ready to see what happens next for everybody.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Judy Hall

    Lily buys a book of old clothes when she gets a tingle from one item. That item leads her to a vision of a woman burning at the stake. While she's still recovering from that, her friend Conrad asks for her help saving the tree he sleeps under in Golden Gate Park. From there, synchronicity brings the two missions together. Lily Ivory remains an interesting character. I like the way she is growing in her confidence and her strength. She is trusting in her friends more an opening herself to other fr Lily buys a book of old clothes when she gets a tingle from one item. That item leads her to a vision of a woman burning at the stake. While she's still recovering from that, her friend Conrad asks for her help saving the tree he sleeps under in Golden Gate Park. From there, synchronicity brings the two missions together. Lily Ivory remains an interesting character. I like the way she is growing in her confidence and her strength. She is trusting in her friends more an opening herself to other friends. From a story point, I thought this was the weakest in the series. It had all the right elements. There was just something missing for me and I can't quite put my finger on it. Strangely enough, it might be the size of the supporting cast. It might be the need to constantly reference events in previous books. That starts to take up space. The good news is that if this wasn't the best, that means the whole series is pretty darn good.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Christi Yip

    LOVED LOVED LOVED this one. I just couldn't seem to put it down. I was flustered, because I was so sure that I had finished #5 of this particular series, but couldn't seem to remember some of the things happening. However, considering that my teenage daughter was still on summer break and I still have a really young baby to care for, this was the fastest that I was able to read a book in a VERY long time. I am hoping to go see the author sometime too, and perhaps get a few books signed by her. I LOVED LOVED LOVED this one. I just couldn't seem to put it down. I was flustered, because I was so sure that I had finished #5 of this particular series, but couldn't seem to remember some of the things happening. However, considering that my teenage daughter was still on summer break and I still have a really young baby to care for, this was the fastest that I was able to read a book in a VERY long time. I am hoping to go see the author sometime too, and perhaps get a few books signed by her. I will most likely go back and read the other one. It was so great to see that Lily and Sailor are finally finding their way together, so to speak. And I used to talk to my husband about Oscar and now I find myself looking around at buildings to see if I spot any gargoyles, not to mention that I just see them differently now, in general. GREAT book!!! Looking forward to more.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ricki

    I love this series! I just finished this latest installment in the Witchcraft Mystery series by s. Blackwell, and found it to be another excellent book in the series. The characters are all finely developed and over the course of the series so far you really do come to appreciate each one of them in their own way. As in each of the previous books in the series, the plot line and conflict are well crafted and the story moves smoothly and easily. I would heartily recommend any of Ms. Blackwell's b I love this series! I just finished this latest installment in the Witchcraft Mystery series by s. Blackwell, and found it to be another excellent book in the series. The characters are all finely developed and over the course of the series so far you really do come to appreciate each one of them in their own way. As in each of the previous books in the series, the plot line and conflict are well crafted and the story moves smoothly and easily. I would heartily recommend any of Ms. Blackwell's books if you are looking for a fast-paced, well-researched and well-written book. Her Haunted Home Renovation Mysteries series are also delightful treasures. I can't recommend Ms. Blackwell and her books highly enough. I eagerly away her next installments in each of her series.

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