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

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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