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Product Details

  • Series: A Vintage Magic Mystery (Book 5)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; 1ST edition (July 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425251438
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425251430
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 4.1 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A book by Annette Blair is a guaranteed roller coaster ride."—Fresh Fiction

"Blair has the magic touch."—The Best Reviews

About the Author

Magic or destiny, Annette Blair’s bewitching romantic comedies became her first national bestsellers. Now she’s entered a world of bewitching mysteries and designer vintage, a journey sure to be Vintage Magic.

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Dear Readers,

Thank you! I'm officially a New York Times & a USA Today Bestselling Author.

Writers have many dreams for their careers, not the least of which is to have their books hit those lists. But it came as a delightful surprise, 2 days after surgery, to learn that JACOB'S RETURN, a book of my heart, hit that coveted milestone in its second release, fifteen years after the first. Many thanks to you, my wonderful readers. for making it possible. For those who are not familiar with the story, JACOB'S RETURN is a SEXY Amish Historical Romance, though no Amish writing rules existed when the book was written in the late nineteen-eighties. Now sexy Amish Historicals have become something of a trademark. My dedicated readers want the love scenes.

Meanwhile my New York Times Bestselling Mystery Series increased by one. TULLE DEATH DO US PART, my 6th Vintage Magic Mystery brought more notes and email than ever. I love hearing from you, so thank you so much. Your words delight and encourage me. Thanks too for your reviews, for telling your friends & posting your enthusiasm on social sites. Nothing is as valuable as word of mouth. Thank you for mentioning my work. A writer can't succeed alone. I could never succeed without you.

It's been nearly eight years since I left my job as a Development Director at a New England Prep School to become a full time writer, and I am still loving the heck out of it. I will admit that my knee replacement surgeries interfered with my creativity in 2013. I had one in March and one in September. Your cards, good thoughts, vibes, white light, & prayers, are much appreciated.

I didn't always know I wanted to be a writer, but I discovered Jane Eyre soon after I got my first library card. I was eleven and already giving every story a romantic spin, whether it called for one or not. In high school, I wrote romances about my friends and their boyfriends. Racy stuff for which their mothers did not thank me. That was my single true rebellion as a teen, and I'm so glad I ran with it. Because over-achieving, goody-two-shoes have no fun.

When my children were young, I jotted plot ideas on corners of envelopes, recipe cards, and such, and threw them in my nightstand. One day, I picked one and started writing. I have since journeyed to Regency England; 19th century Amish America; twenty-first century Salem, Massachusetts; Newport, Rhode Island; and Mystic, Connecticut; falling in love and solving mysteries along the way. I created a host of sassy, sexy witches who tantalize and torment the men in their lives. Hopefully, those men and women, witches and rogues alike, will make some happy magic for you.

I've re-released: The Rogues Club, a Multi-Award-Winning series of Regency Historical Romances. UNDENIABLE ROGUE, UNFORGETTABLE ROGUE, UNMISTAKABLE ROGUE & UNTAMABLE ROGUE. They're Unputdownable, as are: SEA SCOUNDREL, CAPTIVE SCOUNDREL, PROPER SCOUNDREL & HOLY SCOUNDREL.

Many of you have asked me, "What's next?" To get through a recovery that can be depressing--pain and physical therapy are a drag--I gravitated toward a Contemporary Romantic Comedy Series with a touch of Magic. It's filling my creative well, making me laugh, and keeping me working. You can expect WISHING WELL WEDDING (tentative title) in the first quarter of 2014.

Happy Reading, Happy New Year, and much love,
Annette

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I bought this book yesterday and finished it today!
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I have enjoyed reading all of Annette Blair's series, especially the Vintage Clothes Shop.
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The plots move along nicely and she the writing is good prose.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Linda Hurst on July 5, 2012
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I love this series so much that in June I reread the 4 earlier books just to refresh my memory of Mystic and all of it's charm.

Not only did this book not disappoint, but with the exception of one flaw at the end I think it is one of the best in the series. I loved the fact that the paganism and witchy stuff took a far back seat this go round. I was not offended by all the paganism and witch holiday exposition in previous books, but I was bored by it and found myself skipping over parts that were TMI in past books.

The only flaw with this one is that the plot is VERY complicated, which was a good thing but it is wrapped up so quickly at the end that I had to reread it a couple of times to be sure all the i's were dotted and the t's crossed; they were, but it was just too quickly done for me.

What turns this into a 4 star read is that not only is the plot original and complex, with great characters (I was over-joyed to see Nick and Mad back together--Wiener will just have to find someone else LOL), but nothing is as it seems and I am amazed at how deftly Blair kept all the balls in the air without a slip--till the fast wind up at the end.

One of the funniest and sexiest scenes in the story is when Mad enters Dolly's and Dante's world and discovers what a sexy man and great kisser he was--no wonder Dolly is off in the corner with her 'ghost' at the Vintage
shop LOL! They were truly a love for the ages and I think Nick and Maddy can be an interesting and fun couple for many future books.

In short, I loved this book and it will go on my comfort shelf (well my kindle archive) because when the next one comes out I am sure I will have to reread the whole series once again!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 5, 2012
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I bought this book yesterday and finished it today! It was just as fun as the other books in the series, loved the new character! I am a fellow clothing designer (though of medieval clothing, lol) and love reading about her fashion finds as well :) Overall, 5 stars for a fun, quick cozy mystery with strong characters and great story line!
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
No designer vintage clothing shop would be complete without a resident specter, especially one housed in a former funeral home. Dante, a "renowned rake" in his day, enjoyed being the token ghost in Madeira Cutler's shop, Vintage Magic. Maddie, who was psychically gifted, welcomed the company, but when an unusual young woman crossed the threshold of her shop, she needed to focus. Dante was taken aback when he saw a striking resemblance between Paisley Skye and his earthly love, Dolly Sweet. Paisley was enamored with the vintage clothing in Maddie's shop and brought several pieces of her own in search of answers. Could they hold clues to her past, to her identity?

Little did Maddie know that her psychometric gift of reading clothes would plunge her into a world of horror when she touched a small child's cloak. Her gift, "bestowed by a universe that decides which significant events" she would envision, brought her back through time into the body of a tiny, helpless child. The little girl's daddy lay before her as his life's blood began to color the snow with its crimson dye. A man's hand reached toward her, but then Maddie's vision unexpectedly ended, leaving her startled and uneasy. Dolly Sweet too was somehow frightened by the mere sight of Paisley and quickly disappeared from Mystic without telling a soul.

Paisley began to tell a strange, fragmented tale of her childhood with her Mam and Pap on a secluded island. Disjointed memories of an electric fence surrounding the house, her Bepah, and a so-called Dogpatch Cemetery were haunting. She had come to Mystic after her escape from the island, only carrying a few items of vintage clothing and a photograph. Maddie knew from her vision that she had a possible murder and kidnapping on her hands.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nancy L. Bradford on July 4, 2012
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I am not one to recap a book, I just state my fellings. Another great Cozy. I loved the new character and hope to see more of her in the future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gerry on October 21, 2012
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Vintage Magic series is addictive! In this installment we find Madeira Cutler sleuthing once more thanks to a vision seen through her psychometric gift. After touching a child's dress owned by a woman with no childhood memories, Mad sees a man stabbed and left to bleed to death in the snow. She sets out to solve the mystery with the usual cast and crew are at her side. All of these characters grow on you as the series evolves and for that reason I recommend reading them in chronological order. This is definitely an enjoyable read and I will continue to follow Mad's madness, although I cannot, for the life of me, understand why she is with Nick when detective Werner is the guy for her. Note to author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laura Hinds on July 31, 2012
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I am quite taken with the series. I've read many other paranormal mysteries over the past few years and am always pleased when I read one that seamlessly blends a true-to-life mystery with a healthy dose of the believe-it-or-not magic.

As a book filled with deeply entwined personal relationships, a hot and steamy ghostly romance between seniors- one living and one dead- magic, mystery, suspense and wittiness, this is one you won't want to miss.

You may read my entire review at MyShelf.com
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