Witchcraft Mystery, Book 9
By Juliet Blackwell
Tantor Audio, April 3, 2018
Length: 8 hours and 29 minutes
Lily Ivory, vintage clothing store owner and witch, is busy planning her wedding to her beau, Sailor. Lily’s grandmother and many of her coven, in addition to her mother, boarded a bus two weeks ago and are taking the scenic route to San Francisco to see Lily and Sailor marry. Yet Lily has another pressing date and event to handle – a mother-daughter brunch to benefit the women’s shelter with the ladies to arrive in matching outfits from the 1950s.
Suddenly a man named Tristan Dupree shows up at the shop and abruptly states that Lily has stolen something from him and that she has 48 hours to give it back. Sailor overhears him and threatens him if he bothers Lily again. Lily has no idea what Tristan is asking about or much recollection of their meeting. Lily visits the head of the witch community in San Francisco named Aidan and learns that the item is probably a piece of jewelry or a ring. Lily knows that she must recover the repressed memories of meeting Tristan which occurred when she confronted her father 15 years ago. She knows that Aidan can help her. Many hours pass as they work, but they only touch the surface of her memories.
As Lily heads home, she learns that Sailor is in jail for murdering Tristan Dupree! The evidence is overwhelming with several witness statements and surveillance tapes showing Sailor leaving Tristan’s hotel covered in blood. Yet when Sailor is apprehended, his clothing is not bloody nor is he bruised from their fight. The next day Lily sees Sailor in the neighborhood yet she knows he’s in jail. Could there be a doppelganger who murdered Tristan rather than Sailor himself?
With so much on her plate planning the mother-daughter brunch, planning her wedding, working on recovering repressed memories, tracking her grandmother’s bus, Lily must find time to help Sailor form a defense. She enlists the aid of several friends with special talents to try and determine what happened and whodunit.
I always enjoy a new witchy book from Juliet Blackwell, and this ninth entry in the series is no exception. San Francisco is a favorite city of mine as well as Lily Ivory. I enjoy the sidekick role that Lily’s familiar Oscar, the gobgoyle, plays. I’m rooting for her romance with Sailor. Lily hears the words from her mother that she needed to hear so many years ago. And finally, Lily begins to truly believe in herself and her powers.