Publication Date: June 1, 2010
Series: A Witchcraft Mystery #2
Published by Berkley Books Genres: Cozy Mystery, Paranormal
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Students are spooked at the San Francisco School of Fine Arts, and Lily is called in to search for possible paranormal activity. In return she's been promised a trunkful of Victorian-era clothes recently discovered in a school storage closet.
But Lily finds something else: the body of a wealthy patron of the school. In between running the store and seeing her new boyfriend, Max—a "mythbuster" who is uncomfortable with her witchcraft—she uses her sleuthing skills to try to solve the murder. Soon Lily senses something from the school's vintage clothes, but it's not the smell of mothballs—it's the unmistakable aura of evil intent.
A Cast-Off Coven is the second book in the paranormal cozy mystery series by Juliette Blackwell. This is a must have, spooky tale, and one no cozy mystery wants to miss
Is it me, or is this cozy mystery series really dark? I feel the like paranormal aspects are a little scary if I am being honest! First our amateur sleuth, Lily was casting off La Llorna and now she is ridding demons? Yikes! In any event, I really am finding that I love this series! It’s been quite a while since I have found a paranormal book that holds my attention but this series is. In fact, I immediately picked up the third book in this series and plan to read it soon. Perhaps this year I’ll work my way through the series! Here’s to hoping.
Anyway, since this is an older series I will keep this review short and sweet. All the books in the Witchcraft Mystery series are to be read in order as they all follow the same sleuth Lily. Lily is a witch that owns and operates a vintage clothing boutique. She enjoys finding vintage clothes from any era and making them special once again. But this is not the only calling for Lily as she is also a witch. Not the kind of witch that waves a wand and makes things happen, but a witch that only uses her powers for good like helping people. In this novel, Lily is set to stop a demon from wreaking havoc at a local school and with a little help from her coven and friends she just may be able to do it.
If you are a cozy mystery fan or paranormal mystery lover this truly a must read series. The author incorporates both the paranormal and amateur sleuthing nicely making it the perfect blend.
– The author clearly has knowledge of vintage clothing and how to take care of them and I feel like every time I read one of these books that I get smarter about how to take care of the delicate fabrics that once graced our world.
– The paranormal aspects of the story are truly interesting and I find myself wanting to learn more about them as I read. I think the author put a lot of work into the books subject and it shows.
– I love Lily and her pig. They are such fun characters to get to know!
What Didn’t Work
– Honestly, I think the book is near perfect and there weren’t any specific things that didn’t work for me. The only thing that holds me back from giving it 5 stars is that I felt like the book was longer than it actually is.