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Annette Blair writes historical and contemporary romances, including My Favorite Witch and The Kitchen Witch.

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  • Series: A Vintage Magic Mystery (Book 4)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (July 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425242226
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425242223
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #452,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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,

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Detra Fitch on July 10, 2011
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Madeira "Maddie" Cutler is well known in the world of fashion. She specializes in vintage clothing. In Mystic Falls, Connecticut, Maddie owns and operates her designer vintage dress shop, Vintage Magic. The shop seems quaint to customers. Only the locals know that the shop sits in a former funeral home carriage house. (Horse-drawn hearses, caskets, old embalming room, and all.) Though Maddie lives and breathes vintage fashion, she must be extremely careful whenever she handles anything classic. You see, Maddie receives psychometric vibes from items with tales to tell. The two people who know of this gift (or curse, you decide) is her best friend, Eve Meyers, and her on-again-off-again boyfriend, FBI Special Agent Nick Jaconetti. Currently Nick and Maddie are off-again. While Nick has been away on assignment, Maddie has slowly been making friends with Detective Sergeant Lytton Werner. As kids they had not like each other; however, due to Maddie's psychometry gift and her habit of attracting trouble, the two have become "frienemies". Lytton no longer tries to keep Maddie from investigating mysteries. In fact, Lytton has come to respect and value Maddie's thoughts and instincts - and that is in no way connected with the thermonuclear kiss they shared in the recent past.

Brandy, Maddie's sister who does not believe in the paranormal (be it abilities or spirits), is coming home. She is the development director for the Nurture Kids Foundation and is holding a huge fund-raiser next weekend. As usual, Brandy has handed the entire responsibility of its planning and organizing over to Maddie. Brandy will arrive home shortly before the event date. In addition, Brandy has coerced Maddie into hiring a temporary intern, Isobel York.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cr8zyC8tL8dy VINE VOICE on July 25, 2011
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I have read the first three in the series and was excited for the fourth. I really did love the fourth book and could hardly put it down. However, I gave it only 4 stars for a few reasons. There wasn't quite enough involvment around the mystery. The book mostly focused on the main character's personal/love life. The cat was only mentioned a few times as well as my favorite part of these books, the ghost, Dante. I would like to see Dante become a bigger character in the books, more-so like he was in the first two. Otherwise, this is a great series and a must read.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Deborah V VINE VOICE on July 13, 2011
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Since vintage fashion is an interest of mine, this series featuring Madeira (Maddie) Cutler is always interesting to read as Blair really knows her vintage clothing.

In this, the fourth installment to the series, Maddie reluctantly takes on an intern that her do-gooder sister, Brandy, foists on her. Maddie goes to pick Isobel York up at the train station only to find her dead and the police already there, including Lytton Warner, lead detective and a man from her childhood that she is attracted to. Although there are no obvious signs of murder, Werner and Maddie are both sure Isobel has been killed. Maddie is perplexed though because Isobel is wearing very ordinary clothes and is not the fashionista that she was led to believe her new intern was.

The plot thickens though when not only Nick Jaconetti, FBI special agent and Maddie's on again/off again love shows up unexpectedly, but also Isobel. So who is dead?

The rest of the book has twists and turns as to who has been murdered and why.

For those that have not read this series, Maddie is a bit of a witch. She gets flashbacks when she touches vintage clothing. Before Isobel showed up, she had shipped Maddie a trunk of vintage clothing belonging to her grandmother. As Maddie accidentally, for the most part, touches each piece, the history of the York family is interwoven with the current day mystery as to who killed the woman at the train station. Maddie gets hints as to why the murder was committed, but as only two people, her best friend Eve and Nick (the on again/off again boyfriend) know of her talent, she has to be careful as to how she drops her clues.

Also providing complications to the plot are Maddie's attraction to both Nick and Lytton.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J & L Rigod on September 23, 2011
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I have to say, I wish there was twenty more novels in my TBR in this series. Alas, I'm up to date. I seem to really like the books set in Mystick, CT. I wish there had been more of our Dante in this edition but, honestly, it was filled with so much activity of the mysterious type that there simply wasn't extra room.

Among the deliciously described clothes of vintage 1950's, which I enjoyed due to having only been a baby/child during the time frame, bringing back memories of Car-Hops, and seething romantic situations, there were confusions, murders, mysterious phone calls and more! And, the Handbags. Oh my!

My hands are tied in trying to write this review as I do not want to be a 'spoiler.'

So, allow me to say, "Cloked in Malice" can not be published soon enough for me!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mary Ann Hasbrouck on August 14, 2011
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I totally enjoyed this book. It was the first one in the series that I read. I am planning on starting with the first one and working my way through the entire series. It is a light read and lots of fun. I would have liked a bit more of the paranormal, but I was very happy with the story anyway. Likeable characters, some romance, some paranormal, and a good mystery. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys cozy mystery books. I can't wait to get the next book and start reading from book number one!
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