A Magical Match by Juliet Blackwell

A Magical Match

Juliet Blackwell

A case of mistaken identity puts witch and vintage store owner Lily Ivory back in the throes of another mystery. 

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Witch and vintage store owner Lily Ivory faces her most difficult mystery to date with a case of mistaken identity that hits close to home...

Lily Ivory and her friends are planning a 1950s-themed brunch to benefit the local women's shelter. When a figure from her past shows up unannounced, threatening her unless she returns something that belonged to him, Lily's fiancé, Sailor, steps in to defend her. After the same man is found dead later that day, Sailor is the primary suspect. He swears he's innocent, but multiple witnesses ID him as the perpetrator of the assault. Lily vows to clear his name...only she's not sure where to start with the mounting evidence against him.

When she sees Sailor in the neighborhood despite knowing he's in jail, Lily starts to wonder if there could be a doppelganger in San Francisco. When she's not busy helping customers find matching outfits for the upcoming event, searching for a vintage wedding dress for her own nuptials, and dealing with an ill-timed magical cold, Lily begins to suspect one of her magical foes is targeting her loved ones in an attempt to weaken her.


Advance Galley Reviews

Lily Ivory faces her most difficult mystery to date with a case of mistaken identity that hits close to home... Lily Ivory and her friends are planning a 1950s-themed brunch to benefit the local women's shelter. When a figure from her past shows up unannounced, threatening her unless she returns something that belonged to him, Lily's fiancé, Sailor, steps in to defend her. After the same man is found dead later that day, Sailor is the primary suspect. He swears he's innocent, but multiple witnesses ID him as the perpetrator of the assault. Lily vows to clear his name...only she's not sure where to start with the mounting evidence against him. When she sees Sailor in the neighborhood despite knowing he's in jail, Lily starts to wonder if there could be a doppelganger in San Francisco. When she's not busy helping customers find matching outfits for the upcoming event, searching for a vintage wedding dress for her own nuptials, and dealing with an ill-timed magical cold, Lily begins to suspect one of her magical foes is targeting her loved ones in an attempt to weaken her. While I've read all of the books in this series, "A Magical Match" can be read as a stand-alone book. Ms. Blackwell created an alternate San Francisco that is believable and intriguing. I found myself encouraging the various characters as the story developed and groaning at the setbacks Lily experienced trying to prove Sailor's innocence. As usual, I couldn't guess the ending, as I can with other authors. This one kept me up past my bedtime as I kept reading "Just one more chapter", and I thoroughly enjoyed this installment in the series. A great cozy mystery that I have recommended to others.

Witch and vintage store owner Lily Ivory faces her most difficult mystery to date with a case of mistaken identity that hits close to home... San Francisco witch Lily Ivory and her friends are planning a 1950s-themed brunch to benefit the local women's shelter. Everything is going great until a man from Lily's past shows up and demands that she return something she took from him. The only thing is, Lily doesn't have any clue what he is talking about. Later that day a man from Lily's past turns up dead and Lily's fiancé, Sailor, is accused of his murder. He says he's innocent, but many people say they saw him at the scene of the crime. Lily vows to clear his name. At the same time she's preparing for their hand fasting, and dealing with the fact she saw Sailor in his neighborhood, even though he is in jail. Lily works to put the pieces together and deal with her personal life, including an upcoming visit from her mother and her mother's coven, whom are coming from Texas. She needs to get Sailor out of jail before the ceremony, and find the real killer. I've read a few books in this series, but I've missed a few, too. But I was not lost in A Magical Match. In fact, I enjoyed visiting Aunt Cora's Closet and the wonderful people who come through its doors. Ms. Blackwell has created a universe where the reader walks through the door and wants to stay. The descriptions are vivid and the characters are unique and entertaining to watch. There are several themes to this book, including love, family and the mystical world of magic. Ms. Blackwell weaves them all together seamlessly. A Magical Match kept my attention from page one until the end. When you want to escape into a different world this is the perfect place to visit. Kudos to Ms. Blackwell. I look forward to the next installment in the series.

A wonderful cozy mystery! I haven't read the other books in the series, but this one was fantastic and kept me engaged throughout! I always love a good cozy mystery, and this one was simply magical! Juliet Blackwell is a gifted writer with an ability to keep readers guessing until the very end! I loved it, and I will definitely be buying her previous books in the series! 5 stars!

Penguin First to Read ARC. Rating: 3 of 5 stars Have't read any of the previous books and don't plan on it. The premise sounded interesting but this book is just okay. Lily's backstory is strange, she's a witch with great powers but doesn't seem to know how to use them. And her lack of memories from when she found her father, can't remember anything even with a "great memory" and doesn't question how this can be. And then the mystery of "her fiance" killing the dangerous stranger from her past. There's magical things happening but no one will tell her what's going on.

I love this entire series. Its a wonderful book that is difficult to put down. Like the entire series, this book is a fun read and a nice escape from a busy life. I can't wait to see what happens next.

Although the ninth book in the series, you can easily enter the series with this title. I have never read any of the previous witchcraft mysteries and didn't feel lost or that the author burdened the storytelling trying to fill in for the reader. This was enjoyable and l've found myself interested in going back and catching up with the rest of the series, maybe learning some more about Lily and the other characters, especially her relationship with Sailor and how these two came together in the first place. I like how it keeps you guessing who might be behind this whole ordeal framing Sailor and what the motive could be. I did think the ending wrapped up a little quickly for all the lead up and I guess some events you'd expect to happen will be saved for the next book.

I really enjoyed this book. It moved along well and was light hearted. The characters were easy to follow and the whodunnit wasn't obvious. I did not know this was part of a series, but it read well alone. I would probably read another book by Ms. Blackwell, especially from this series.

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I haven’t read any of the other books in this series, but I highly enjoyed this one. This is part of the Witchcraft Mystery series. The wedding of Sailor and Lily is fast approaching, but he is accused of murder and put in jail. Lily must try to get him out of jail, plan their hand fasting, and the upcoming Magical Match fundraiser. Just a little busy! This is a fun book and a must read in this series, I will be going back and reading the rest of them!

I find I must write my review before I am quite finished (a death in the family took me away for several weeks.). But perhaps that is not a bad thing because I remain anxious to get to the denouement and have only three days to do so. I find Juliet Blackwell’s characters quirky and lovable. I’m a bit of a fan of witch books anyway, but this has an original slant. Will they find Sailor’s doppelgänger and clear his name? Will Lily get married at the end or is something else in store for her? Will the grandmothers ever make it to San Francisco and will SF still be standing when they get there? What will happen to Renee the cupcake lady? These are all things I must get to the bottom of. And so must you if you chose a copy of this fun novel.

Thank you First To Read for giving me the opportunity to read an advanced copy of A Magical Match by Juliet Blackwell. This was the first book that I read from this series and I really enjoyed it. There was enough description in this book that if you haven’t read the others you still understand what is going on. It was a good mix of magic, mystery and romance. There were several twist that I didn’t see coming and it kept me wanting to read more. I am excited to start at the beginning of this series and see how the whole story plays out.

One of my favorite recent reads! A little bit of drama and mystery with magic thrown in.....all a recipe for disaster! The story evolves...is it a body-snatcher or astral projection? The story went by fast and I honestly couldn't guess whodunit until the very end. Leaves a little bit of a cliffhanger for a follow-up to the next book. Definitely recommend for anyone wanting a magical break from heavy reading.

I have to admit, this is the first I've read from this series, and, while there is enough back story given so I wasn't completely confused, I would definitely recommend reading the earlier books first. That being said, it was a fun and interesting story, I enjoyed the characters, and it did make me want to go back to the start and read the whole series (which I'm actually going to do)!

A Magical Match is book 9 in A Witchcraft Mystery series. I kind of just hopped right into the series with this book but didn't have any issues following the plot. I was a bit intrigued by some of the characters backstories probably told in the previous books so I went ahead and grabbed book 1 so I can actually read these in order next. If you couldn't tell by the title this is a mystery book with paranormal mixed in! I'm loving this genre and going to have to try a ton of them in the near future. Lily Ivory is a witch that runs a vintage clothing store. She's busy with her coven planning a brunch that will be held at her store and everyone is trying to help out with the plans. Everything seems to be going well until a man turns up dead and Lily's fiance Sailor winds up in jail as the lead suspect. Things take a crazy turn when Lily spots a man walking around and it looks exactly like Sailor. Lily is on the case trying to figure out who the doppelganger is and who really committed the murder. All of this is going on while organizing the brunch and trying to make plans for her upcoming wedding. Add in a shape shifting pig/gargoyle familiar and it's a must read. A Magical Match is a binge worthy series you don't want to miss. I've grabbed book 1 and plan on knocking out these books since I was so entertained by this installment. Though I do think I'll be trying these in audiobook format since I'm preferring those lately. The characters were interesting and it had enough whodunit to keep me intrigued throughout the book. I can't wait to see what the rest of the series holds. All in all, if you're a fan of paranormal + mystery you need to try these books.

Lily is surrounded by intriguing people. Her boyfriend Sailor is a necromancer, and part of a Rom clan. Her pet pig is really a part goblin/part gargoyle shapechanger. Her "little sister" is a witch in training. Her friend Herve' is a voodoo practitioner. And one of her many enemies owns a cupcake boutique and has plans to take over the city. Of course, she also has to deal with an upcoming fundraiser for the women's shelter, the plans for her wedding, a visit from her grandmother's coven, a reunion with her mother, and...oh, yeah...and having her husband-to-be under arrest for murder. Nothing that your typical witch and vintage clothing store owner can't deal with, right? If you enjoy urban fantasy with a strong sense of setting (the San Fran area comes through loud and clear), an eclectic mix of characters, and a murder mystery thrown in for good measure, then A Magical Match is the title for you. I will say that much of what is happening seems apparent to the reader while it takes Lily and company a while to figure things out, but that often happens in cozy mysteries.

What a fun paranormal cozy mystery Juliet Blackwell has created a loveavle cast of characters that I fell for. This is my first Magical Mystery in the 9 books she has written in the series. I will now have to go back and read the rest, I dare you not to read this book. It’s just a witchy delight.

I love the Witchcraft Mysteries series. Lily Ivory is just the sweetest little witch. Oscar and Sailor are awesome too. This addition to series is a nice cozy mystery to entertain.

What a great book! Twists and turns...you don't know who to believe. And silverfish...never thought bugs would be important in a mystery. A must read.

Unfortunately, the blurb gives away a lot of the plot. Due to reading that, a lot of what happens is very obvious to the reader, if not to the characters.This does make things seem to move a bit slow, and makes things seem obvious and missed at time, but the character interactions are good, and although there is less humor than in previous books, the humor is still there. Enjoyable, and a nice entry showing a build up to something more in later books. I intend to continue following this series throughout the future.

I have not kept up with series after reading the first couple of books. Was good to be able to read another in the series. I like Lily and the cast of characters. I have all the other books but will need to go back and read as I forgot how much I enjoyed this series. The to be read pile is too long! This will not disappoint.

3.5 stars! Firstly, I should note that when I requested this book I had never read any in the series, so I hurried up and did that. My other negative comment comes from that because of all the repeat information. A lot of times information will be repeated so the reader remembers because generally it is a year or more between books. However, if you read them all at once it gets a bit annoying and you end up skipping sections. I loved everything else. It was a great addition and advancement in the story. We learn a little bit more about Renee, but of course get more questions as well. The mystery was intriguing and didn't feel stale, though I do wish Lily would tell Bronwyn and Maya more. I guess that is my feeling because I wouldn't want to be left in the dark about all the ins and outs. Grandma and the coven show up, I can't wait to get more of them in the next book. I do worry about all the warnings Lily has been getting about getting married to Sailor. I hope it doesn't go down that off again on again that some books do. This is a great light-hearted (except for the murders) series that you can relax and enjoy.

Lily Ivory (a witch) of Aunt Cora's Closet, a vintage clothing shop, is not only hosting a Magical Match Tea but is also preparing for her upcoming wedding to her fiancé, Sailor ( a necromancer). When out from her past comes Tristan Dupree looking to get back what she stole from him. But before she can wrack her brains trying to figure out what it was, he is murdered and Sailor is arrested. So Lily, along with her familiar, Oscar, and the head of the magical community, Aiden Rhodes and her assorted friends and family, begin to find out how, what and who really murdered Tristan Dupree. This book is the latest in this cozy mystery series and while I hadn't read any previous ones, I enjoyed the tale and look forward to reading more about this community of witches in San Francisco. Thank you First-to-Read for this free e-copy of "A Magical Match".

A MAGICAL MATCH is book 9 in Juliet Blackwell's Witchcraft Mystery series. This book brought with it a surprising amount of emotion. Book 8 leaves us with Lily and Sailor engaged, Graciela and her coven heading out from TX for the handfasting with Lily's long estranged mother accompanying them, and well aware that there might be some one else in town looking to team up against Lily and Aiden. I will say that my tears were tears of happiness over a beloved character making a life choice change. My laughter, louder than any previous book, was definitely over Oscar stealing cupcakes Lily had thrown into the dumpster (because she didn't trust they weren't poisoned), only to have them being pot-cupcakes...I think my household will be walking around mumbling "fart goblin" for two days after my reaction to it. Also was thrilled to see two...not quite rivals, but sort of...come together for a much larger and important cause. The book didn't end as I anticipated. There was a new plot twist that definitely already has me begging for he next book. If you're not familiar with the series, I really always try to tell people to go back and make sure they read cozy mystery series in order. A book or two in, maybe you can get away with piecing together backstory, but nine books in, you'll get it, but all the little nuances won't quite make sense, and it'll be hard to go read the previous books.

Magical Match took me to a somewhat lighthearted location that proceeded to add devious twist as you turned the corner. Lilly seems to be an enlightened character and never seems to lose you. I enjoyed the concept and Juliet Blackwell took me on a wonderful adventure. Thank you first to read for this opportunity to enjoy!

I love Juliet Blackwell. Her stories always delight me. This one does not disappoint. Lily and Sailor are a spectacular couple. Cannot wait for the next in this series!

I’ve read every book in this series and felt like I was reuniting with old friends when I opened the pages of this newest installment. The 1950’s themed benefit pulled me in and the mystery of Sailor’s doppelgänger kept me interested until I turned the last page. I can’t wait for the next in the series. Definitely 5 out of 5 stars in my book!

This is the first book I have read by this author. Not a great stand-alone book. I enjoyed the writing style and the clever dialogue. There were a couple annoyances (how many times did she say she didn't get colds? and her inner dialogue was repetitious) but overall it was a good cozy mystery. Needs a little more passion to feel like a love story. Not sure I would read another from this author out of sequence but I enjoyed it.

I haven't really read any modern day witch stories before. I don't really like jumping into the midst of an established series since there were quite a few storylines already in progress that I was a bit lost trying to navigate them. It was interesting to read about some of the various witch activities and accessories as well as the other "magical" people in her life. I did like the characters and as the action picked up, I made sure I kept reading to see what happened so it did keep my attention to the end.

I am one f those people who does not keep up with most book series so I will often skip a few books or read out of order. Shameful maybe, but there are so many books out there that it is hard to keep up with one series and that goes double for cozy mysteries with new series appearing weekly. I love cozies but I get burned out on them because some are much better than others and even the good ones will have a few clunkers and I turn my attention elsewhere. I definitely like Juliet Blackwell's Witchy mystery series but have missed a few. It was nice tto catch up with Lily Ivory and Aunt Cora;s Closet and am glad to know she is getting married...or is she ?...with fiance Sailor in jail accused of the murder of Tristan Dupree a man who Lily is familiar with from her past who accused her of stealing something that belonged to him. The trouble is Lily has no idea what he is talking about. Lily has faith that Sailor will be sprung in time for the wedding if she can only figure out who really murdered Dupree. She also has a Magical Match Tea at the shop to plan as well as dealing with Renee Baker, the evil cupcake lady, and a host of other funny and entertaining characters who surround her, from her frenemy Patience, her familiar pig Oscar, to following the trail; of the Texas coven's bus trip to San Francisco with her mother on board. I thoroughly enjoyed MAGICAL MATCH TEA! The characters are so great, the setting n San Francisco is wonderful and I was laughing out loud at some of the hilarious dialogue! I am certain I will be catching up on Lily Ivory's series and am looking forward to the next installment. As cozy mysterious go, this is one of the best! Thank you First To Read for the free digital galley copy in exchange for my honest review. It was a treat to read it!

I really enjoyed this book. It had just the right amount of suspense and humor. Sometimes I have a really hard time getting into books that I know nothing about the author and/or their writing style. I was pleasantly surprised that I got into this book from page 1. I will be trying to find more books by the same author

In another tantalizing tale of Magic, Mayhem, and Matching vintage clothing, author Juliet Blackwell enchants her readers with A Magical Match. A man from the past visits and threatens Lily if she does not produce his coveted possession. As more about Lily's mysterious past is revealed, her incredible abilities as a witch come to light. But the man turns up dead and Sailor is seen leaving the scene. As Lily and her friends try to find out who really killed him, a temporary truce is formed as rivals work together to free Sailor from jail. But where is Lily's mother, grandmother and her coven? What pattern are they making as they seem to be taking a haphazard route from Texas to San Francisco and what does it mean? Will they make it to Lily's? What is Aiden up to now with his offer to help Lily, but at a cost? A Magical Match makes mysteries magnificent!

This is the first book in this series that I have read. The book makes regular references to things that I'm guessing were mentioned in the previous books, so if that's a deal breaker, then I recommend that you start with the first book before reading this one. The author wrote an entertaining story, but not have read the previous books, I felt a little lost at times. That being said, I found it engaging enough that I am adding the earlier books to my TBR pile.

I was given an advance copy of this book to read in return for an honest review. The author has a vivid imagination and a gift for creating characters. It was confusing for me when it continually referred to past situations and I was not familiar with the characters involved. I probably would not read future stories, unless I was able to start the series from the beginning. It was not a good stand alone book. However, the ideas are clever with a lot of details. It ended well. I would not recommend unless you had read the other books in the series.

I'm sorry, I could not read past the first few chapters of this book. Perhaps if I'd read the rest of the series it would have been more enjoyable, but as it was, the main character annoyed me to no end, and her fiancé was utterly unlikeable. I don't think this was a good introduction for me to Juliet Blackwell's writing.

Fun and light with a fantastic mix of mystery and magic that kept me turning pages. Lily is a neat character; she's capable and self-sufficient but she also knows when to ask for help. The characters she's surrounded by read like real people and always added extra intrigue and interest to the plot. I particularly appreciated how easy it was to delve into the world despite this being my first look into this series. Things and people are explained just enough to keep things straight for beginners without bogging things down with too much information.

It's always a good time visiting with Lily and friends. A bit of excitement, a few belly laughs, and an eye opener or two makes this installment a wonderful way to spend a weekend!

I had a bit of trouble at first with jumping in to the series at book 9. Relationships and even just basic identities were a bit challenging and the magical elements didn't ease that. After a while though I did get interested in what was going on with the doppelganger and the bigger mystery of what was going on with this power struggle. Might check out the first in the series to see where it all began.

This book gives way too much backstory for characters. This is book 9, so you would think it would just be about plot. I could not finish.

I've definitely been on a mystery kick lately and I love witches, so I was excited to try out one of Blackwell's Witchcraft Mysteries. I enjoyed it. I really liked the main character of Lily and I was intrigued by her world, especially her past and how she plays into this threat to San Francisco. I liked that this series seems to have a larger mystery playing throughout it but was glad I didn't feel lost having not read any of the previous books. The mystery of this individual novel was structured well with quite a few surprises and the other characters around Lily really add to the whole world Blackwell has built. Overall a nice light read.

It is a light, funny story, with nice characters. Even the bad guys are funny. I liked the pig familiar. I have not read the other books in the series, but I'm intrigued now about the beginnings.

This is one of my favorite series - and this book was great addition! Can't wait for the next book in the series!

I love this series and I must say how much I love this book! Magical Match was such a great read! Once again we get to join Lilly and the crew while they solve the next magical mystery. I found this book to be one of the best! It was so entertaining and exciting! I couldn't put it down! I highly recommend this book and even encourage it as a read to someone new to the series!

Juliet Blackwell may not be a witch, but she writes bewitching cozies filled with magic and are difficult to put down. Lily Ivory, owner of Aunt Cora’s Closet and a witch in San Francisco, is once again caught up in a murder investigation because Sailor, her fiancé, has been arrested. Eyewitnesses identified Sailor as the man who beat the victim to death. The characters with magical abilities believe magic is involved while the police feel sure they have their culprit. In addition to tracking down the real killer, Lily has a few other distractions: her grandmother and mother are on their way to visit and she hasn’t seen her mother since she was eight years old; she is heading up a group putting on a fund-raising event, Magical Match, in her shop; she is mentoring a young teenager, Selena, who is trying to learn how to control her magical powers; and she is worried about Renee, another witch and the owner of a local bakery, who makes cupcakes filled with spell inducing ingredients. The only drawback to this story might be the challenge of keeping up with all the moving parts. However, this reader enjoyed the pace provided by various diversions. A delightful feature of these books is the interaction between Lily and her familiar, Oscar, a pot-bellied pig who is a shape shifter. Oscar is naturally a gobgoyle, a cross between a goblin and a gargoyle and he often provides a humorous touch. In this adventure he sneaks into a box of Renee’s cupcakes and ends up high as the cupcakes are laced with pot. Ms. Blackwell has once again crafted a captivating story filled with fascinating characters, realistic dialogue, plenty of red herrings, and a dash of humor in the ninth adventure of the Witchcraft Mystery series.

I wait in anticipation every year for the next installment in this series, and the latest did not disappoint! I love traveling through chaos with Lily and company! There is something so endearing about the characters, even the ones that you root against. The author has such a way weaving words, you get completely lost in the series and are surprised when you reach the last page. I love how in this story, Lily actually starts to face her inner demons and finally makes peace with something that has been touched on since day one in the series. Overall this read was incredible and I cannot wait for Lily's next chapter.

I loved it! I look forward to a new addition to this series each year. It's so much fun visiting places around San Francisco with Lily and her friends. Now I think I need a cupcake!

I love magical mysteries and enjoyed this book very much. A great read!

 


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