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With her vintage clothing store taking off, Lily Ivory is finding that life in San Francisco suits her just fine. But her ability to sense vibrations from the past, so useful in locating secondhand gems, has landed her in the middle of a new mystery... Lily gets called away from Aunt Cora's Closet when the police need a witch's take on a strange case. Malachi Zazi was stabb With her vintage clothing store taking off, Lily Ivory is finding that life in San Francisco suits her just fine. But her ability to sense vibrations from the past, so useful in locating secondhand gems, has landed her in the middle of a new mystery... Lily gets called away from Aunt Cora's Closet when the police need a witch's take on a strange case. Malachi Zazi was stabbed to death in his apartment, under a ladder, surrounded by the number thirteen, a broken mirror, and a black cat—superstitions that the victim, as head of a rationalist society, was devoted to discrediting. When the police identify a suspect from the Serpentarian Society, Lily is shocked to learn it's someone she knows. But with bad luck plaguing all its members, she begins to wonder if there's more at work than mere coincidence. And while there aren't many clues from the crime scene, Lily finds evidence of dark witchcraft and a hex on her friend's doorstep. With her friend's safety at stake, Lily is determined to use magic to find the murderer before everyone's luck runs out...


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With her vintage clothing store taking off, Lily Ivory is finding that life in San Francisco suits her just fine. But her ability to sense vibrations from the past, so useful in locating secondhand gems, has landed her in the middle of a new mystery... Lily gets called away from Aunt Cora's Closet when the police need a witch's take on a strange case. Malachi Zazi was stabb With her vintage clothing store taking off, Lily Ivory is finding that life in San Francisco suits her just fine. But her ability to sense vibrations from the past, so useful in locating secondhand gems, has landed her in the middle of a new mystery... Lily gets called away from Aunt Cora's Closet when the police need a witch's take on a strange case. Malachi Zazi was stabbed to death in his apartment, under a ladder, surrounded by the number thirteen, a broken mirror, and a black cat—superstitions that the victim, as head of a rationalist society, was devoted to discrediting. When the police identify a suspect from the Serpentarian Society, Lily is shocked to learn it's someone she knows. But with bad luck plaguing all its members, she begins to wonder if there's more at work than mere coincidence. And while there aren't many clues from the crime scene, Lily finds evidence of dark witchcraft and a hex on her friend's doorstep. With her friend's safety at stake, Lily is determined to use magic to find the murderer before everyone's luck runs out...

30 review for Hexes and Hemlines

  1. 4 out of 5

    Montzalee Wittmann

    Hexes and Hemlines (A Witchcraft Mystery #3) by Juliet Blackwell is a fun cozy, witchy mystery. I like the supernatural and it is a nice break for the heavier books to read a cozy book once in a while so this is perfect. It is a easy and fun read that kept me entertained.

  2. 5 out of 5

    ✨ Gramy ✨

    .. Excerpt from book: "Creative energy is very powerful. For people, making arts and crafts brings up a kind of relaxed concentration, similar to meditation, allowing the positive energy to flow through your hands and into the item you're working on." This cozy mystery takes place in San Francisco, California and has a heavy dose of witchcraft that blends myth and legend together with the paranormal aspects. In this introductory installation of Juliet Blackwell's Witchcraft Mystery, the reader i .. Excerpt from book: "Creative energy is very powerful. For people, making arts and crafts brings up a kind of relaxed concentration, similar to meditation, allowing the positive energy to flow through your hands and into the item you're working on." This cozy mystery takes place in San Francisco, California and has a heavy dose of witchcraft that blends myth and legend together with the paranormal aspects. In this introductory installation of Juliet Blackwell's Witchcraft Mystery, the reader is introduced to Lily Ivory, who is confronted with a ghost, a demon, jealous boyfriend, and demon possessed people. Book Blurb: "Lily gets called away from her vintage clothing store to give police a witch's take on how the leader of a rationalist society could be murdered, surrounded by superstitions he discredited. Evidence points to dark witchcraft. Lily's determined to use magic of her own to find the murderer before everyone's luck runs out." Juliet Blackwell is the pseudonym for a mystery author who, together with her sister, wrote the Art Lover's Mystery series, which includes Shooting Gallery, Brush with Death, and the Agatha Award-nominated Feint of Art. A former anthropologist and social worker, Juliet currently resides in Oakland, California. San Francisco vintage clothing store owner Lily Ivory must put her more magical abilities to good use in this mystery in the New York Times bestselling Witchcraft series. The series seems to contain legitimate aspects of the craft. The content is captivating and compelling most of the time. There are small bits where you may feel discombobulated by the twists, turns, and change of scenery without proper explanation. But overall, it is a very entertaining mystery in the paranormal genre. Its ability to captivate my attention and urge me to read quickly earned it ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ stars from me. “An excellent blend of mystery, paranormal, and light humor.”—The Romance Readers Connection Note: I was able to read this series through the Amazon Prime - Kindle Unlimited Program.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Oh, I'm just so in love with this series! I pick up a book, and just read it right through! Although the "witchcraft" is a bit on the odd side, the characters are engaging and fun, they are multilayered (very few "all good" or "all bad" guys here. As in real life, there are many shade of gray. Oscar, the familiar, is just entrancing, as well.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tiffy

    Loved this one too. Onto the next one!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Lily Ivory is pulled away from her vintage clothing store, Aunt Cora’s Closet, to give the police a witch’s take on a strange crime scene. Rationalist Malachi Zazi has been found stabbed to death in his apartment surrounded by symbols of the very bad luck he was trying to disprove. When a suspect from his own Serpentarian Society is identified by the police Lily is shocked to find that it’s someone she knows. As bad luck strikes all of the Serpentarian Society members, Lily begins to wonder if i Lily Ivory is pulled away from her vintage clothing store, Aunt Cora’s Closet, to give the police a witch’s take on a strange crime scene. Rationalist Malachi Zazi has been found stabbed to death in his apartment surrounded by symbols of the very bad luck he was trying to disprove. When a suspect from his own Serpentarian Society is identified by the police Lily is shocked to find that it’s someone she knows. As bad luck strikes all of the Serpentarian Society members, Lily begins to wonder if it’s coincidence or if something darker is in play. Juliet Blackwell’s Hexes and Hemlines is one of those light mysteries that are perfect for a summer beach read or a slow weekend. The murder plot gets a bit lost in Lily worrying about her shop and her employees as well as descriptions of various vintage clothes that were lost on me. There were also a few nitpicky little things, like the author taking a full paragraph to describe one of the love interest guys’ eyes both times it comes up. Aside from that the writing is fairly tight and it makes for a fast read. There were nitpicky things though such as the bit where Lily mentioned having a thing with snakes. This kept coming up and kept coming up but didn’t resolve until late in the story with a flow shattering expository passage. The descriptions for Max’s eyes didn’t sit right with the rest of the story. The first time could have been passed off as Lily being caught off guard at seeing him again, but the second time just felt out of place. It seems a bit funny, but Hexes and Hemlines could have also safely dropped a good deal of the talk about magic. It got to a point where it almost felt like Blackwell thought her audience would forget that Lily’s a witch if they weren’t reminded every few pages. The repetition took something away from it for me, so it wound up feeling like a clue by four hanging over every problem. All said Hexes and Hemlines is a decent weekend mystery. It’s not terribly memorable but it’s also a fun, quick read. I doubt that I would read another book in this series, but I would give a non-magic mystery series by Blackwell a try. I’m giving this one a three out of five for being entertaining if somewhat forgettable.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    I am still liking this series, although this book has me a bit confused about where it's going to go from here. Lily Ivory is a witch. And for most of her life she's kept that under wraps, because it hasn't done her any favours to let people know about her powers, and she's been running from place to place most of her life to avoid complications. But now, Lily's decided to stay put in San Francisco, where she runs her vintage clothing shop Aunt Cora's Closet in the famous hippy Haight Ashbury area I am still liking this series, although this book has me a bit confused about where it's going to go from here. Lily Ivory is a witch. And for most of her life she's kept that under wraps, because it hasn't done her any favours to let people know about her powers, and she's been running from place to place most of her life to avoid complications. But now, Lily's decided to stay put in San Francisco, where she runs her vintage clothing shop Aunt Cora's Closet in the famous hippy Haight Ashbury area. She also somhow seems to keep getting caught up in murders and mayhem. This time around Lily's been asked to look at a murder scene that is filled with bad luck symbols - broken mirrors, ladders to walk under - the works. But Lily doesn't sense anything. And that is the weirdest thing of all since she always senses SOMETHING. Then, when Lily's employee Bronwyn asks her to look into the same murder because her son-in-law is involved and could be under suspicion, and a hex is left for Bronwyn shortly thereafter, Lily realizes something nasty is going on and she's determined to get to the bottom of it no matter who tries to stop her! The character of Lily clearly has a very complicated back-story, and as the series progresses, we get a bit more information about it, but I think the author has a plan for how future books will play out and the readers have to keep coming back if they want the full story. Lily seems to have very unique perspectives on right and wrong and what her powers entitle her to do, and that is different from most fiction about witches. Lily also doesn't have full control of her powers because of her unfortunate childhood - her mother didn't want her to be a witch and tried to exorcise her at 17 leading to a bad scene and a fast run out of town. So Lily needs friends and help with her powers. There are several magical people in town who might be able to help Lily in this area. The only problem is that she doesn't trust any of them. Overall, this series is a fun, easy read, with interesting stories and characters with a nice combination of uniqueness and conflictions. I will continue with this series as I am enjoying it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    I don't know what it is about this series, but I get a kick out of it. A cozy, supernatural, witchy mystery is just what I need when I have read too many heavy books in a row, and Juliet Blackwell's Witchcraft Mysteries fit the bill to a tee. I love San Francisco, and what better town for the shenanigans of a spunky witch, her pig/gargoyle/goblin familiar, an unwilling psychic, a questionable warlock, a sceptic police officer, as well as an unbelieving journalist. Add in a great secondhand/vintag I don't know what it is about this series, but I get a kick out of it. A cozy, supernatural, witchy mystery is just what I need when I have read too many heavy books in a row, and Juliet Blackwell's Witchcraft Mysteries fit the bill to a tee. I love San Francisco, and what better town for the shenanigans of a spunky witch, her pig/gargoyle/goblin familiar, an unwilling psychic, a questionable warlock, a sceptic police officer, as well as an unbelieving journalist. Add in a great secondhand/vintage clothing store, and you've got a great setting and host of characters for a cozy mystery. This one is a bit slower than the first two, but the reader is given a bit more in way of character development, and back stories of those characters. We are starting to see why Lily hasn't finished her training, why Max is so sceptical, Sailor's story is also coming to light, as well as Bronwyn's and Oscar's. Love these characters and I am looking forward to #4! *very slight spoiler* Being a huge cat lover, I wish Lily had found a way to keep the cat.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Fantasy Literature

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  9. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    I'm ready for the next one, a witch who is an outsider, determined and has interesting companions. I like how the background and details are revealed.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lourdes

    This series is so addicting I’m speeding right through them! Juliet Blackwell has a new follower in me, so glad “she found me”. I started this series because I absolutely loved her two latest books, “The Paris Key” and “Letters from Paris”. To my delighted kiddy witchy surprise it turned out she has a series whose protagonist is a Witch, a white Witch, named Lily Ivory. Perfect reading for this time of the year don’t you think?! (Halloween is my favorite Holiday). So much to love about Lily Ivor This series is so addicting I’m speeding right through them! Juliet Blackwell has a new follower in me, so glad “she found me”. I started this series because I absolutely loved her two latest books, “The Paris Key” and “Letters from Paris”. To my delighted kiddy witchy surprise it turned out she has a series whose protagonist is a Witch, a white Witch, named Lily Ivory. Perfect reading for this time of the year don’t you think?! (Halloween is my favorite Holiday). So much to love about Lily Ivory. Her background, her vintage shop “Cora’s Closet”, her mentors, her friends, her love of gardening and herbs, and the men in her life (Aidan, Sailor and Max), oh the men! But my most favorite character is her “familiar” Oscar, who has actually made me laugh out loud with his antics. The stories are all set in San Francisco. I personally have never been to San Francisco but after reading three of her books, I’ve bumped it up to the top of my “travel bucket list”. Grabbing a cup of java at “Coffee to the People” in “The Haight” must surely be a one of a kind experience. Each book starts with a mystery and ends with a mystery, setting it up for the next book in the series. I love that! The downfall is that when I’m finished with the series what am I to do!?!?! I am fascinated by the inclusion of so many details about paranormal activity and the craft. I know it is a fictional book but can’t help being intrigued and wonder how close to the truth it all is. I am truly enjoying the series. A quick and easy read…nice change of pace and get away from the norm for me. So far the only negative are the covers...a little too juvenile. I would have not chosen the book by it's cover had I not read "The Paris Key" which I did choose because of the cover. This review is based on the first three books in the series.....stay tuned for the rest!

  11. 5 out of 5

    TheGeekyBlogger

    Listened/Read for Fun (Tantor/Paperback) Overall Rating: 3.75 Story Rating: 4.00 Character Rating: 3.50 Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating) First Thought when Finished: Hexes and Hemlines by Juliet Blackwell while not being my favorite in the series was still a pretty darn good read! Overall Thoughts 1: While this wasn't my favorite in the series. I still had a really good time reading it. 2: The more I read this series, the more I wished I could find a vintage clothing shop near me. 3: Listened/Read for Fun (Tantor/Paperback) Overall Rating: 3.75 Story Rating: 4.00 Character Rating: 3.50 Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating) First Thought when Finished: Hexes and Hemlines by Juliet Blackwell while not being my favorite in the series was still a pretty darn good read! Overall Thoughts 1: While this wasn't my favorite in the series. I still had a really good time reading it. 2: The more I read this series, the more I wished I could find a vintage clothing shop near me. 3: The side characters make this series. I was a little sad that I didn't get enough of them. 4: Lily is whip smart! 5: Need more Sailor! (and Oscar to boot) Audio Thoughts Narrated by: Xe Sands /Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins / Publisher: Tantor Audio Xe nails Lily! She brings her to life and adds a richness to the character. She does a really good job with all the characters--making them unique and fun. I really enjoy this series on audio. Part of my Read It, Rate It, File It, DONE! Reviews

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kerry

    This is kind of a fun series

  13. 4 out of 5

    Bridget Vollmer

    I don't know...this series just isn't for me. I usually like witchy/paranormal cozy mysteries but for some reason I just don't like Juliet Blackwell's writing (I seem to be in the minority here). I may try the next in this series, but this may be it for me. Too many other books out there for me to read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Minx

    Ya know, I am just kinda done with this series. I like the mystery but this series seems to be following the same formula as her other series that I just read. The first two books were great but then it lost what makes it unique, in this case the whole vintage clothes angle, and it just becomes a mystery but with a main character who has love interest issues. Meh.

  15. 5 out of 5

    K Whatsherface

    Wow...Lily went through some crap in her past. Looking forward to seeing more of it because you know there is more. We also get to see what's up with Sailor's past and a few new details about Aidan. I'm loving Sailor.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Gena

    This is my favorite one, so far! I love all the local stuff.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Amy lifewiththe_williams

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Loved! Beginning to really love all of our main characters and who I ship seems to change with almost every book which never happens!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Amy "the book-bat"

    I really enjoy this series. I love Oscar the "pig"

  19. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    Exiled from her native Texas, witch and vintage clothing seller, Lily Ivory, has been slowly building a new life in San Francisco. She’s developing friendships she never had in childhood, her business is growing, and she’s dealing, more or less, with the men in her life. Lily’s talent as a witch is known to at least one police inspector, so when a murdered man is found in a room filled with bad luck charms, the inspector asks for Lily’s take on the crime scene. Since the prime suspect is the son Exiled from her native Texas, witch and vintage clothing seller, Lily Ivory, has been slowly building a new life in San Francisco. She’s developing friendships she never had in childhood, her business is growing, and she’s dealing, more or less, with the men in her life. Lily’s talent as a witch is known to at least one police inspector, so when a murdered man is found in a room filled with bad luck charms, the inspector asks for Lily’s take on the crime scene. Since the prime suspect is the son-in-law of her friend and employee, Bronwyn, Lily starts to ask questions, putting her and others in danger. Hexes and Hemlines is the third in Juliet Blackwell’s witchcraft mysteries series, although this is the first I’ve read. The writing is intelligent and, despite lighter moments with her shape-shifting familiar, there is a serious undertone to the themes in this book. The author deftly weaves background about Lily’s life in Texas, which provides important insight to her state of mind. I have no idea if the spell-casting came from the author’s imagination or not, but they were an interesting component to this entertaining read.

  20. 5 out of 5

    April

    Check out my other listens at Eargasms Audiobook Reviews Book three in the series takes us a touch further into everybody's back stories. Still many unanswered questions. This is definitely the slow reveal method. I really like Lily, she is surprisingly spunky and sweet at the same time. She has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to the fellas. Who should she end up with? I have my ideas but I hope this does not take over the series. I prefer the romance to be a side element in a cozy myster Check out my other listens at Eargasms Audiobook Reviews Book three in the series takes us a touch further into everybody's back stories. Still many unanswered questions. This is definitely the slow reveal method. I really like Lily, she is surprisingly spunky and sweet at the same time. She has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to the fellas. Who should she end up with? I have my ideas but I hope this does not take over the series. I prefer the romance to be a side element in a cozy mystery. Great story, loads of twists and turns. The paranormal elements get a touch confusing at moments, a lot of info comes at you from many directions. Just when you think you have a handle on things, they take a sharp left. I have the audiobooks of this series, great deal on Audible. The narrator, Xe Sands, is fantastic. I love her style and her tone is perfect. She really has a way of making the story come alive, animated and dynamic read. Definitely adding her to my list of narrators to fangirl over!! We are again left with a hint at the next books mystery. Great way to keep a reader hooked.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    The Good: Have I ever mentioned how much I love Juliet Blackwell's writing? Probably. But I really, really do. Lily takes on another mystery in Hexes and Hemlines, one revolving around magic and superstitions and possible satanic worship. While uncovering a killer, she still manages to run a successful business, become further confused by Aidan, deal with Max, befriend (sort of) Sailor, and learn more about both Voodoo and Romani magic. The mystery was amazing, Lily continues to be a great chara The Good: Have I ever mentioned how much I love Juliet Blackwell's writing? Probably. But I really, really do. Lily takes on another mystery in Hexes and Hemlines, one revolving around magic and superstitions and possible satanic worship. While uncovering a killer, she still manages to run a successful business, become further confused by Aidan, deal with Max, befriend (sort of) Sailor, and learn more about both Voodoo and Romani magic. The mystery was amazing, Lily continues to be a great character and the magic is, well, magical. The Bad: Lily is pretty self-aware when it comes to her lack of experience when it comes to friendship and dealing with other people, so why, oh why, does she ALWAYS think she knows what's best? Granted, she's usually right, but what would possess her to believe she would be?

  22. 5 out of 5

    Casey Keen

    Hexes and Hemlines by Juliet Blackwell is a well- written and witty witchcraft series! I loved this book. The cover design is whimsical and playful, matching Juliet’s tone. The elementary murder mystery makes this good for a light, summer read. Although some of the author’s description was on the heavy side at times, I really enjoyed it! A very unique characteristic was Lily’s ability to read “vibes” off of clothing. I was never into vintage clothing, but after reading this, I feel like in need Hexes and Hemlines by Juliet Blackwell is a well- written and witty witchcraft series! I loved this book. The cover design is whimsical and playful, matching Juliet’s tone. The elementary murder mystery makes this good for a light, summer read. Although some of the author’s description was on the heavy side at times, I really enjoyed it! A very unique characteristic was Lily’s ability to read “vibes” off of clothing. I was never into vintage clothing, but after reading this, I feel like in need to look into it!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Shelley Pearson

    I like how Maya's mom is making reproductions of vintage patterns in larger sizes. I like how there was more info about Lily's backstory in this book. I wish that the titles of the books had to do with the storylines. I kept getting confused about what color the cat was, or did Lily have two cats? I thought she had the black cat but then at the end there was a white cat? I wish she wasn't allergic to cats. Or that there was more Oscar. Can she trust him? I don't know!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa Wallace

    I love a good paranormal mystery and Hexes and Hemlines never had a dull moment. Juliet Blackwell created such a good story with Lily. I love love love her clothing store she owns and loves that she gets vibes from clothes that give her clues to solving murders. Hexes and Hemlines is my favorite one in the series so far and I hope they keep coming.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Conly

    intresting characters and premise. however, the climax was to quickly and neatly resolved, but with too mamy unanswered questions (like what was the killers motivation, and how did it happen?). and too many loose ends at the end. the last page really upset me. speaking as a parent, it was exactly the way NOT to end a book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rachel- Goodbye Borders

    I'm really enjoying this series. I appreciate the author has done her research. Each book gives a little more about Lily's back-story; she did not have a loving childhood. We also learn what event lead to her banishment from her town.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kelley

    Hmmm this one was a little darker than the previous too. Still mostly light and cozy in tone but definitely a darker subject matter this go round.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Fluffy urban-fantasy mystery. I wouldn't call it top-quality, but very entertaining when the urban-fantasy itch needs scratching!

  29. 5 out of 5

    gigi pryce

    Love this series. I'm listening to them on audio book and I can't get enough,

  30. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    Aiden is just so freaking interesting I want him to be with Lily and I want to know more about him.

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