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Not just a matter of who done it, but who is it? Even though Maddie has her hands full running Vintage Magic and dealing with the visions she gets from the garments, she’s agreed to plan her sister Sherri’s baby shower and take on a new fashion design intern. But when Maddie goes to the Mystic train station to pick her up, she finds a murder scene instead. The victim: inter Not just a matter of who done it, but who is it? Even though Maddie has her hands full running Vintage Magic and dealing with the visions she gets from the garments, she’s agreed to plan her sister Sherri’s baby shower and take on a new fashion design intern. But when Maddie goes to the Mystic train station to pick her up, she finds a murder scene instead. The victim: intern Isobel York. Cause of Death: Unknown. But when a woman appears on her doorstep claiming to be Isobel, Maddie has to figure out the real identity of the victim at the train station. Gathering clues from a trunk full of vintage clothes, Maddie sets out to help Isobel, before the murderer can return to put an end to a promising fashion career…


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Not just a matter of who done it, but who is it? Even though Maddie has her hands full running Vintage Magic and dealing with the visions she gets from the garments, she’s agreed to plan her sister Sherri’s baby shower and take on a new fashion design intern. But when Maddie goes to the Mystic train station to pick her up, she finds a murder scene instead. The victim: inter Not just a matter of who done it, but who is it? Even though Maddie has her hands full running Vintage Magic and dealing with the visions she gets from the garments, she’s agreed to plan her sister Sherri’s baby shower and take on a new fashion design intern. But when Maddie goes to the Mystic train station to pick her up, she finds a murder scene instead. The victim: intern Isobel York. Cause of Death: Unknown. But when a woman appears on her doorstep claiming to be Isobel, Maddie has to figure out the real identity of the victim at the train station. Gathering clues from a trunk full of vintage clothes, Maddie sets out to help Isobel, before the murderer can return to put an end to a promising fashion career…

30 review for Skirting The Grave

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lizbeth

    You know....I liked Werner more.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Penny Watson

    I have been really enjoying this series, which combines cute, cozy mysteries with a touch of paranormal and romance. Unfortunately, this was not my favorite of the series. The storyline was okay, but not stellar. I still enjoyed all the vintage clothing descriptions. There were a few totally unbelievable plot moments that popped me out of the story (Isobel finding out her cousin is dead and then joking around with Maddie a few moments later, etc.) that just didn't make sense. Love triangles are t I have been really enjoying this series, which combines cute, cozy mysteries with a touch of paranormal and romance. Unfortunately, this was not my favorite of the series. The storyline was okay, but not stellar. I still enjoyed all the vintage clothing descriptions. There were a few totally unbelievable plot moments that popped me out of the story (Isobel finding out her cousin is dead and then joking around with Maddie a few moments later, etc.) that just didn't make sense. Love triangles are tricky things. They can add sexual tension, but they can also make the heroine look like a fickle tease. The love triangle between Madeira, Werner and Nick was a great addition to the former books in this series. But in this story her waffling really got on my nerves. I'm not going to spoil the end of the book, but she went from struggling with her attraction for both men (and leading them both on) to making a split second decision, which, in my oh so humble opinion, was totally freakin' wrong! She picked the wrong damned guy! Ugh! Overall, a cute story but not as sparkling as her other books. And the love triangle was a big downer and made the heroine look bad. Grade: B

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    Fun read with snappy dialogue. However the romance aspect is what lets this story down. Maddie has two guys to choose from which is fine. However, if the author really wants us to be pleased about the choice she eventually makes rather than disappointed (as I was) she really needs to make an effort to sell their relationship. Instead we have Maddie exchanging witty repartee with guy 1, solving a crime with guy 1, being appreciated by guy 1, finding things in common with guy 1 while guy 2 (whose Fun read with snappy dialogue. However the romance aspect is what lets this story down. Maddie has two guys to choose from which is fine. However, if the author really wants us to be pleased about the choice she eventually makes rather than disappointed (as I was) she really needs to make an effort to sell their relationship. Instead we have Maddie exchanging witty repartee with guy 1, solving a crime with guy 1, being appreciated by guy 1, finding things in common with guy 1 while guy 2 (whose only real claim to Maddie seems to be historical - they used to have a realtionship in which he always took her for granted)glowers jealously in the background occaisionally. Maddie tells guy 1 to meet her at the hosptial (where her sister is giving birth) on the third last page then he turns up there only to be told that Maddie has inexplicably chosen guy 2. It is not that I object to guy 2 so much as the author has really given there relationship very little substance - all they seem to have is some history. If she always intended it to be guy 2 then she should have devoted more of the story to giving them a relationship we could get behind.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ana

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Here I was silently cheering Maddie on about Werner while they traded some kisses and dances and then she goes and ends up with Nick again. Seriously? I mean, I like him a lot but he only seems to remember her when he wants sex between FBI assignments while Werner seems to always be there for her when she needs him. Literally. One call away and he's there. The man even took vacation time to follow her to NY for protection. Nick visited 3 times in seven years. I say it again, seriously? Also Madd Here I was silently cheering Maddie on about Werner while they traded some kisses and dances and then she goes and ends up with Nick again. Seriously? I mean, I like him a lot but he only seems to remember her when he wants sex between FBI assignments while Werner seems to always be there for her when she needs him. Literally. One call away and he's there. The man even took vacation time to follow her to NY for protection. Nick visited 3 times in seven years. I say it again, seriously? Also Maddie only seems to remember 3/4 characteristics about Nick: Italian hunk, hot, steamy and/or mouthwatering. Why? Oh wait...I know. Because they know each other since high school but they don't really know each other perhaps? In the mean time...Werner went from frenemy to seriously hot detective ready to either grab her hair while she pukes, help her solve a crime or kiss her 'till she can't breathe. Yes. Difficult choice.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Craftnut

    Fourth installment of the series, and just OK. I got a little tired of the constant innuendos and the interminable back and forth between the two men in her life. The mystery itself was just OK, but missed the mark of what it could have been. The idea was intriguing, but not fully plotted. The majority of the book seems to be more about Maddie trying to decide which boyfriend she wants, while the end of the book has to wrap up all the loose ends and introduce more plot in the final few conversat Fourth installment of the series, and just OK. I got a little tired of the constant innuendos and the interminable back and forth between the two men in her life. The mystery itself was just OK, but missed the mark of what it could have been. The idea was intriguing, but not fully plotted. The majority of the book seems to be more about Maddie trying to decide which boyfriend she wants, while the end of the book has to wrap up all the loose ends and introduce more plot in the final few conversations. However, the fashion was fun and it is the only reason I give this two stars instead of one.

  6. 5 out of 5

    C.

    I like “Skirting The Grave” better than “Death By Diamonds” but still short of the five stars I awarded the first two novels. We return to Madeira’s base, where her house has spirits we haven’t met and her boutique, one. Psychometry and her bizarre, cosmic reaction to it are the highlight of this novel more than ever but the most exciting elements were on the backburner again. Along with spirits and witches, learning about Madeira’s Mom automatically lends a strong emotional vibrancy. Learning a I like “Skirting The Grave” better than “Death By Diamonds” but still short of the five stars I awarded the first two novels. We return to Madeira’s base, where her house has spirits we haven’t met and her boutique, one. Psychometry and her bizarre, cosmic reaction to it are the highlight of this novel more than ever but the most exciting elements were on the backburner again. Along with spirits and witches, learning about Madeira’s Mom automatically lends a strong emotional vibrancy. Learning about one’s self is the most heartrending unveiling of the unknown. However we don’t touch on that subject either and I was absolutely dismayed that the very best character, her Wicca aunt, was reduced to one line in the entire story. Compounded with a muted appearance of my most highly anticipated parts, is irritation that so much is made of a kiss Madeira & Lytton shared - by accident - in the former story. Who cares? If she is not attached to Nick, she is free to choose other options and I hoped she would. I liked that she explored Lytton but Annette Blair shouldn’t have focused on it. I give four stars because this mystery is exceptionally good. An enchanting sense of drama and fantasy accompany it; in the acting out of private moments of the past that other readers will enjoy. I shouldn’t have read Annette’s afterward about her story source because I wonder if I would guess that information about the victim of this mystery. An arrival I very much like is Isobel. Her personality, composure, and humour are far more endearing than those of Madeira’s cutting best friend; whom I hope Isobel eases out. Isobel’s complex family background provided a fantastic mystery plot this time. The use of mind games was wonderfully creative.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    This is part of what I like to call "cotton-candy reads" it's light, it's sweet, and it's fluffy but there's not a whole lotta substance to it even though it's fun for what it is. I love the fashion aspect of the character of Madeira and I like the supporting characters in her world. They are fun, interesting people and add an enjoyable dimension to the books. I run a bit hot and cold on Mad because she is a bit of a flip-flopper. Sometimes she's sharp and smart and on the mark, and other times sh This is part of what I like to call "cotton-candy reads" it's light, it's sweet, and it's fluffy but there's not a whole lotta substance to it even though it's fun for what it is. I love the fashion aspect of the character of Madeira and I like the supporting characters in her world. They are fun, interesting people and add an enjoyable dimension to the books. I run a bit hot and cold on Mad because she is a bit of a flip-flopper. Sometimes she's sharp and smart and on the mark, and other times she becomes a dithering flake of epic proportions. I'm not a fan of dithering flakes, so when she goes there she irritates me. In the end she does manage to pull herself together, but I can't say she is one of my favourite literary characters ever. As to the murder investigation in this book, it was a bit over-the-top for me, which is all I can really say to avoid spoilers. It felt like trying too hard and I rolled my eyes a little once all was revealed. Still, if you like light, fluffy, easy reads with plots and characters that won't make you work too hard to be occupied, and if you are interested in all things fashionista this might be a good series to check out. FYI - the first book is A Veiled Deception.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    I don't know why I keep reading this series. I don't hate the characters or anything, though Maddie does get annoying sometimes because the author tries to make her seem perfect. The chick is crazy. I have nothing against people being into fashion, but come on, what are the odds that everytime she finds a new vintage dress it just happens to fit her. People these days are not the same size as people back in the 50s. And who says 'scrap' instead of 'crap'. Crap is not a bad word lady. I kind of z I don't know why I keep reading this series. I don't hate the characters or anything, though Maddie does get annoying sometimes because the author tries to make her seem perfect. The chick is crazy. I have nothing against people being into fashion, but come on, what are the odds that everytime she finds a new vintage dress it just happens to fit her. People these days are not the same size as people back in the 50s. And who says 'scrap' instead of 'crap'. Crap is not a bad word lady. I kind of zoned out during this one, there were just to many characters. Kind of had a hard time keeping them in track and the storyline really wasn't that exciting. So unless you are a huge fan of the series, you can probably just go ahead and skip this one.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Marge

    I have read all the books in this series and been mildly entertained. This installment tried my patience. First 10 pages were redundant comments about a "thermonuclear kiss" - yep I got it the first 5 times you mentioned it. Then comes the description of the intern at the front door - slingback pumps to match the vintage outfit, 2 pages later during the same scene she has $800 Manolo Blahnik boots on. Really? In a book based on fashion? The author, editor, proofreader, advanced readers did not c I have read all the books in this series and been mildly entertained. This installment tried my patience. First 10 pages were redundant comments about a "thermonuclear kiss" - yep I got it the first 5 times you mentioned it. Then comes the description of the intern at the front door - slingback pumps to match the vintage outfit, 2 pages later during the same scene she has $800 Manolo Blahnik boots on. Really? In a book based on fashion? The author, editor, proofreader, advanced readers did not catch this glaring error? I will not continue this series.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    Well, it seems like there is some resolution to the Werner/Nick debate (for which I'm extremely relieved! I hate interminable triangles where the protag cannot make a decision between two guys). And the story was interesting so overall, I really liked it. There was one part I absolutely hated! At one point, Mad destroys three or four Cuban cigars that Werner has in his desk and that was TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE to me! No matter how much you despise smoking, it is still legal (as opposed to heroine o Well, it seems like there is some resolution to the Werner/Nick debate (for which I'm extremely relieved! I hate interminable triangles where the protag cannot make a decision between two guys). And the story was interesting so overall, I really liked it. There was one part I absolutely hated! At one point, Mad destroys three or four Cuban cigars that Werner has in his desk and that was TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE to me! No matter how much you despise smoking, it is still legal (as opposed to heroine or crack cocaine!) and it is WRONG to destroy someone else's property for which they paid. It is not your right to determine if someone else should or should not do something that is legal, however un-pc it might be nowdays. I'm sick of authors putting their "political" viewpoints on others. I read for entertainment, not lectures by holier than thou leftists, thank you.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Dee

    What a fun, relaxing read! I needed light stuff, not creepy, scary thrillers to keep me awake longer, but something fun, light, a little mystery, a little boy-girl chemistry, and this one fit the bill to a T. The characters are fun, vaguely reminiscent of Stephanie Plum's dilemma of too many men, not enough girl or willpower. Throw in a ghost, sweet-natured family elderlies, small town quirkiness and you've got a winning combination for a campy little book if you're in the mood for fun. The dial What a fun, relaxing read! I needed light stuff, not creepy, scary thrillers to keep me awake longer, but something fun, light, a little mystery, a little boy-girl chemistry, and this one fit the bill to a T. The characters are fun, vaguely reminiscent of Stephanie Plum's dilemma of too many men, not enough girl or willpower. Throw in a ghost, sweet-natured family elderlies, small town quirkiness and you've got a winning combination for a campy little book if you're in the mood for fun. The dialogue is snarky, sarcastic, adult, no profanities to throw off your reading pace, no heavy breathing sex scenes to bring on a hot flash, but a well thought out story line, good pacing, excellent character and scene development. Annette Blair is one of the best at this genre and I'll keep reading her books for as long as possible.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Genevieve Bomes

    SPOILER ALERT This book was slow to start with and I had problems getting into the story line to begin with but I soon became involved in the mystery and Mad and her on and off relationship with her two guys. The story line seemed a little reaching this time but it was interesting and definetly had its twists and turns.I do like this series but this wasn't my favorite in the series. That being said I do love all the characters and her fantastic descriptions of people and the clothes. How could Mad SPOILER ALERT This book was slow to start with and I had problems getting into the story line to begin with but I soon became involved in the mystery and Mad and her on and off relationship with her two guys. The story line seemed a little reaching this time but it was interesting and definetly had its twists and turns.I do like this series but this wasn't my favorite in the series. That being said I do love all the characters and her fantastic descriptions of people and the clothes. How could Mad choose FBI idiot over Werner. I mean all Nick does is say we are on again and want hot sex with her and then disappears. That is not a relationship Mad go with the guy who holds your hair up when you throw up. Who thinks you are smart,sexy and a fantastic girl. The one who treats you as a treasure than a "lay".

  13. 5 out of 5

    Shirley

    Maddie, owner of a vintage clothing boutique, offers to plan her sister's baby shower and mentor a new design intern, one whom she has never met, as a big favor to her sister. The intern had sent a trunk of family heirloom vintage clothing prior to her arrival and Maddie can't wait to discover what treasures lay inside. When Maddie arrives at the train station to pick up the intern, she finds the girl dead. Later that night the 'real' intern, a carbon copy of the dead girl, shows up and throws e Maddie, owner of a vintage clothing boutique, offers to plan her sister's baby shower and mentor a new design intern, one whom she has never met, as a big favor to her sister. The intern had sent a trunk of family heirloom vintage clothing prior to her arrival and Maddie can't wait to discover what treasures lay inside. When Maddie arrives at the train station to pick up the intern, she finds the girl dead. Later that night the 'real' intern, a carbon copy of the dead girl, shows up and throws everyone for a loop. Mattie's special gift, that of seeing the past when she touches certain vintage clothing, will help solve the mystery of who is who. and who done it. During the investigation, the rivalry between Nick and Werner comes out into the open and Mattie makes a decision.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dharia Scarab

    Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books... 1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future. 2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author. 3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up. 4 sta Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books... 1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future. 2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author. 3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up. 4 stars... I really enjoyed this book and will definitely be on the look out to pick up more from the series/author. 5 stars... I loved this book! It has earned a permanent home in my collection and I'll be picking up the rest of the series and other books from the author ASAP.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Great fun. I like Maddie and the way she "sees" into the lives of the women who wore her vintage clothes. She always seems to end up in the middle of a murder mystery. I also really liked Isobel, and hope that she sticks around for more books. The other thing that Maddie is in the middle of, is two men who want her. Nick, the FBI agent, who is her on again, off again boyfriend, and Werner, the local cop, who is new to her fan club (they detested each other as kids). I love AB's books, because th Great fun. I like Maddie and the way she "sees" into the lives of the women who wore her vintage clothes. She always seems to end up in the middle of a murder mystery. I also really liked Isobel, and hope that she sticks around for more books. The other thing that Maddie is in the middle of, is two men who want her. Nick, the FBI agent, who is her on again, off again boyfriend, and Werner, the local cop, who is new to her fan club (they detested each other as kids). I love AB's books, because things are never as simple as they appear. Every time I thought I had things figured out, something happened to change my mind. Can't wait for the next book!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mary Wenner

    I have read all the books in this series and while I love this author and series this one was my least favorite. The mystery part was good although convoluted. I think I am most disappointed in the romantic story line and even more disappointed in the ending of that part of the story. I don't like when cool characters make strange decisions in my opinion. That said I'll still be reading the next book out in July. :) I have read all the books in this series and while I love this author and series this one was my least favorite. The mystery part was good although convoluted. I think I am most disappointed in the romantic story line and even more disappointed in the ending of that part of the story. I don't like when cool characters make strange decisions in my opinion. That said I'll still be reading the next book out in July. :)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    A mix of mystery, paranormal activity, fashion and romance. Fun read.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cameron Toney

    I picked this up at a used bookshop without much research. I was in the market for some fluffy, easy reading, and this seemed to fit the bill. When I picked it up out of the pile o' doom to read, I grew a little anxious. Crime and vintage clothing? Good! This is relevant to my interests, sign me up. Magic and psychic visions? Hmmm. I can't recall a single book I've read that mixes magic and murder in ways that I've enjoyed. And these are two things I love separately! But I've always thought about I picked this up at a used bookshop without much research. I was in the market for some fluffy, easy reading, and this seemed to fit the bill. When I picked it up out of the pile o' doom to read, I grew a little anxious. Crime and vintage clothing? Good! This is relevant to my interests, sign me up. Magic and psychic visions? Hmmm. I can't recall a single book I've read that mixes magic and murder in ways that I've enjoyed. And these are two things I love separately! But I've always thought about it like spaghetti and ice cream. Great separately, but blended together.....? But, to my amusement and delight, I found that everything here to work! Now, mind you, this is all rather silly, but that's not a criticism. Sometimes I want a gritty, Nordic style mystery, and sometimes I'd rather have a pastel fluffy pile of silliness and humor. This is firmly in the second camp. I won't say this is a perfect book. I found the mystery to be lacking, coming together in the eleventh hour with no real sleuthing required, and the psychic visions seem a little too convenient, but still. It has a lot of fun doing what it's doing, and it's easy to get caught up in it. I found myself wanting to read more, partially for the silly fun, and partially because our heroine, Maddie, made a decision in the end that I think was the wrong one, and would like to see if that changes! I finished this book willing to read more, so that's a success!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Hannah L.

    Skirting the Grave by Annette Blair was a bit different than what I expected. Romance, a design intern, some guy calling you and saying that said intern is dead, being able to see ghosts. Oh! Not to mention being able to go back in time when you put something on! Wait, what? In this particular series of Vintage Magic Mystery, we get Maddie Cutler who runs a boutique shop in New York. During this story, Maddie goes to the train station to pick up her intern - only to find that she's dead as a doo Skirting the Grave by Annette Blair was a bit different than what I expected. Romance, a design intern, some guy calling you and saying that said intern is dead, being able to see ghosts. Oh! Not to mention being able to go back in time when you put something on! Wait, what? In this particular series of Vintage Magic Mystery, we get Maddie Cutler who runs a boutique shop in New York. During this story, Maddie goes to the train station to pick up her intern - only to find that she's dead as a doornail and has been apparently murdered. Not to mention the love triangle hovering around every few chapters. Plenty of humor and romance. The book was very intriguing and became my aid to help pass time and boredom. Not to mention that it had a couple of well detailed and planned outfits and designs. It had my attention the entire time and kept me wanting to read more the entire time!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie Drummond

    Annette Blair has got a go thing going in this series. Poor Mags has her hands full with helping her sister with a Fundraiser a new intern and if that wasn't enough theres her on again off again boyfriend and the hunky sexy detective who shared a thermolnucular kiss with her that every one can't stop talking about. And then theres a murder that has Mags and everyone else on edge because it all comes back to her new interns family. Will Mags be able to solve the murder and try to put her heart to Annette Blair has got a go thing going in this series. Poor Mags has her hands full with helping her sister with a Fundraiser a new intern and if that wasn't enough theres her on again off again boyfriend and the hunky sexy detective who shared a thermolnucular kiss with her that every one can't stop talking about. And then theres a murder that has Mags and everyone else on edge because it all comes back to her new interns family. Will Mags be able to solve the murder and try to put her heart to one of the two hunky sexy men in her life to rest once and for all or will she end up dead or alone. Grab a copy and fined put.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dantegideon

    This was a bit of a mess. Plot all over the place, rushed ending, and a very poor job setting up the guy she chooses. Plus Maddie spent the entire time passing out or throwing up. Still stuff to enjoy, but it was a big step back from the previous book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Pianogirl1126

    fun read! I have missed reading this series.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Kennerley

    I really enjoy this series.

  24. 5 out of 5

    TinaMarie

    On-going romance between fashonista, sleuth and her two beaus

  25. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Patterson

    I think Mad chose wrong

  26. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    A fun crazy read when you're looking for something light to read. A fun crazy read when you're looking for something light to read.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    Meh. I kinda liked this story better but not the ending so much. Everything just wrapped up too quickly without explaining some things. Also the boyfriend flip-flopping pissed me off.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sylvia McIvers

    Madeira Cutler runs a vintage clothing shop, mostly so she will have a wide variety of 50s clothing to wear. (And shoes and hats and pocketbooks…) Most of her customers can’t see Dante, the resident ghost, but the few who do certainly enjoy his company. Maddy has been sent a trunk of vintage clothing by her potential intern, but she’s afraid to open it. What if she touches the clothing and picks up a psychic reading? Strong impressions make her faint. She needs the intern to help handle the new Madeira Cutler runs a vintage clothing shop, mostly so she will have a wide variety of 50s clothing to wear. (And shoes and hats and pocketbooks…) Most of her customers can’t see Dante, the resident ghost, but the few who do certainly enjoy his company. Maddy has been sent a trunk of vintage clothing by her potential intern, but she’s afraid to open it. What if she touches the clothing and picks up a psychic reading? Strong impressions make her faint. She needs the intern to help handle the new stock until she knows it’s safe. Skirting the Grave (A Vintage Magic Mystery, #4) Her sister Brandy met Isobel, ‘the perfect intern’ and Maddy heads to the train-station to pick her up… only to find her on a train-station bench, dead. But is it really her? Would a fashionista wear an orange top and peach bobby socks? Would Maddy’s intern have the bad taste to show up dead? There must be some mistake. Maddy knows two people who can solve the problem. Her former boyfriend, Nick from the FBI, and her ‘certainly not a boyfriend, well maybe he is a boyfriend’ Werner the cop. Can the two men share a case without fighting over Maddy? Maddy handles the boyfriend question very well – she, not trying to make them guess what’s on her mind, not playing them off one against the other, and certainly not sneaking behind anyone’s back. She tells both exactly what she thinks, whether she’s happy with them or annoyed with them. In so many mysteries and romances, page after page is spent while the main character tries to keep two friends from knowing about each other. Here, the romance enhances the mystery without overwhelming the other elements of the story. The badly-dressed corpse has Isobel’s ID, and the picture matches the dead face. That midnight, someone pounds on Maddy’s door – with the same face. What’s going on? This new person talks like a fashion maven, is she the real Isobel? Then who was on the bench? Isobel has an identical twin sister and a cousin who looks like them both. It could be either one. Isobel’s dad is running for office. Does his political game have anything to do with this murder? It certainly leaves him very little time to talk to his daughter. While looking through the trunk of vintage clothing, Maddy picks up psychic impressions of Isobel’s grandmother – she has a past that doesn’t fit her current high-society, intensely political image. Does her sordid past have anything to do with Isobel’s dead relative? The psychic visions give Maddy plenty of information, but with twins, she can never be sure which sister she is seeing. Someone following in grandmother’s footsteps – but who? And can she figure out how to bring her information to the police without sounding like a crazy person? Nick from the FBI knows about her visions, but he isn’t working the case. Werner the cop is working the case, but doesn’t know about her psychic talent. Oh, the mix-ups and confusion that ensue… Meanwhile, Maddy is helping her sister Brandy run a 50s-themed charity fund-raiser, and her other sister Sherry prepare for her baby shower. Maddy uses information from her visions to prepare a trap for one of the murder suspects, and tricks that person into making a confession to the police – but not about the murder. This confession throws light on another murder suspect. Three sisters, Madeira, Brandy and Sherry – what were their parents thinking? And why doesn’t their brother Alex named Porter to complete the set? With a shop to run, a mystery to help solve, a fund-raiser to plan, a baby shower to plan, and psychic impressions knocking her out, Maddy should be excused for some righteous cussing – but all her cuss words are based on stitchery Sherry’s wealthy father-in-law is allowing Maddy and Brandy to use his mansion for the fund-raiser. Isobel’s dad and grandmother will be good little politicians and glad-hand all the wealthy donors. The murderer will be a bad little murderer and ruin things for Maddy. Annette Blaire keeps the readers interest with quick plot turns, witty dialogue, and clothing descriptions that enrich the story without overwhelming it. The roller skating scenes were dog-eared in my book, because roller skating in a clothing store is too much fun to read only once. The other skating scenes were even better. (My own roller skates are gathering dust, sigh.) From the beautiful dress on the cover to the murderer’s confession, this book was a pleasure through and through. I plan to read the previous three books in the series ASAP.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    I have read the first 3 books of this series, about Maddie who returns home to Mystic Falls to run her own Vintage clothes shop, called Vintage Magic. In the shop, which was previously a funeral home carriage house, there is a resident ghost, whom she can see and chat to. She can also tell the history of a garment when she touches it. She has her best friend Eve, her on/off boyfriend Nick (FBI agent) and Detective Sergeant Lytton Werner (because she always finds herself in the middle of trouble) I have read the first 3 books of this series, about Maddie who returns home to Mystic Falls to run her own Vintage clothes shop, called Vintage Magic. In the shop, which was previously a funeral home carriage house, there is a resident ghost, whom she can see and chat to. She can also tell the history of a garment when she touches it. She has her best friend Eve, her on/off boyfriend Nick (FBI agent) and Detective Sergeant Lytton Werner (because she always finds herself in the middle of trouble) Maddie has also discovered that her mother was a witch. In this book, Maddie’s sister Brandy is coming home to host a huge fund raiser, but making Maddie do all the work, at the same time she coerces Maddie into taking on a temp intern to learn her trade. As usual there is a murder, plenty of twists and turns, mystery and mayhem. So if you enjoy a supernatural mystery with some romance thrown in, you will love this, I enjoy her easy style of writing and will be ready when book 5 comes out

  30. 4 out of 5

    Angie Finder

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I love Annette Blair's books. This series is very enjoyable. This particular book was not as good as some of her previous books. The ending was a little muddled and confusing. I liked the chemistry between the main character and her love triangle boyfriends. I don't know which guy she should choose! She picked one by the end of the book but I'm not sure it was the right one. The mystery was secondary to the love story lines of Madeira and her two beaus, and her father and her Aunt. The author br I love Annette Blair's books. This series is very enjoyable. This particular book was not as good as some of her previous books. The ending was a little muddled and confusing. I liked the chemistry between the main character and her love triangle boyfriends. I don't know which guy she should choose! She picked one by the end of the book but I'm not sure it was the right one. The mystery was secondary to the love story lines of Madeira and her two beaus, and her father and her Aunt. The author brought in characters from her other book series and not really sure why she did that or if it was necessary. Just more confusion for the reader if you didn't know who those people were. I would like to have more detailed relationships, in following books, with her sisters. I hope she keeps the new fashion intern in the story line as well. I love learning about vintage fashion, and it's not too in depth or over the top. I would recommend this series but not necessarily this book.

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