Witchcraft Mysteries #8
Written by Juliet Blackwell, Narrated by Xe Sands
Listening Length: 7 hours and 41 minutes
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Audible.com Release Date: July 5, 2016
Vintage clothing dealer Lily Ivory almost stumbles down the stairs
from her second floor apartment to open Aunt Cora’s Closet only to
open the front door and be served papers! Autumn Jennings had
visited Lily and her shop and had bothered Lily’s witch’s familiar
Oscar in his public persona as a miniature pot-bellied pig so much
that he head butted her! She fell into a rack of clothing but was
none the worse for wear until she decided to sue Lily.
Trying to avoid the suit altogether, Lily visited Autumn across town. This time Autumn looked rather ill and confused. When Lily referenced the suit, they both went upstairs to Autumn’s apartment where Lily notices what appears to be a complete vintage trousseau. Autumn spoke of the items being cursed and how the curse went back several generations. The curse had been placed on one of Autumn’s male relations plus anyone born of the same line. It was a coincidence that found the trousseau for which Autumn had spent decades searching.
The next day when Lily returned with some scrumptious cupcakes, she found Autumn dead upstairs. Cause of death was the clothes from the trousseau! Cursed or deliberate poisoning? Plus now there was a charming dog with no owner. As Lily and the women in her shop looked for a new home for the dog, they found a friendly dog park where they politely gathered more information and met more people involved in this peculiar case.
One of Lily’s best workers had a birthday for which her beau treated her and her entire coven to sleep over at a haunted house once owned by a very wealthy widow. The woman had been renovating when her husband died, and she could never stop construction. The mansion had 75 bedrooms, 6 kitchens, and 10,000 windows. Along as protection for the coven, Lily and her beau Sailor, found doors opened onto walls and other peculiar features of the house. When they inadvertently went to an area denied visitors, an alarm sounded in the caretaker’s home, who struck up a friendship with the lovebirds when he came to investigate.
Did I mention that Sailor’s nemesis Aidan, head of the magical community in San Francisco, left on a trip and left Lily in charge for which she needed his well-worn leather satchel. The Mayor’s private number was included along with many slips from people who owed Aidan for some favor or deed. Others feared the Satchel. It held quite a lot of power that Lily might have known if so much else wasn’t going on in her life..
All of these items were figuratively blended and brewed until Lily figured out who was responsible for many of the calamities going around. I was shocked when the main perpetrator revealed herself. Enough clues had been dropped throughout the book that a more astute reader would have put to the open case, especially when the curse hit another outside the family. Unfortunately, I did not so did not determine who the killer was until it was revealed in the book. Lots of fun with full impact hitting me as it hit Lily!
I consider Xe Sands one of my favorite narrators. Different characters have been given subtle changes from each other but never so much that could be considered overdone. She can switch gears from catching the murderer to a romantic scene that leaves Lily utterly speechless to another scene that leaves Aidan out of sorts. It all makes up the eighth book of the Witchcraft Series by Juliet Blackwell. Now, I need some juju to help me wait for number nine!