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Cloaked in Malice (A Vintage Magic Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – July 3, 2012
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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!
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.Read more ›
A customer comes to Maddie with a valise of children's clothing. The customer is vague but holds a startling resemblance to Mad's favorite Centenarian, Dolly Sweet.
The pace is quick in solving this mystery from page one until Dolly's 104th birthday at the ending.
There are murders, fortresses, kidnappings, spies, trips to France and more as Maddie and her beau, Nick try to solve this (now FBI case,) and expect her other friends, family and Detective Weiner to become involved as well.
I really enjoyed this novel. It kept the integrity of the series I have grown to love, while giving a completely different view of Maddie's abilities.
Next book is 'Operation Petticoat.' Now to wait...
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A stranger enters Maddie Culter's boutique and startled everyone as she looks like Dolly Street. When Maddie touches a piece she goes into a trance. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Bettylouise
I am not really good at reviewing books, primarily because I don't want to hurt any writer's feelings if I don't like it. That isn't the case with this book, however. Read morePublished 14 months ago by S. L. Montag
Like other reviewers, I've enjoyed the past Vintage Magic offerings by Annette Blair. Sad to say, I also agree with those who found the plot convoluted and confusing. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
I really enjoy this series of books. Annette Blair takes you back in time through vintage clothing. It is an easy read with the right amount of mystery and romance.Published 18 months ago by Laura Miranda
At first this story was confusing but the characters are so funny and well done, I read on till it started clearer. Instead of crime, Madeira has to fight..... let s not reveal it. Read morePublished 22 months ago by lidija foglar
This book had so many twists and turns and deep mystery that it was impossible to put down until I had finished it. The characters were well rounded and very well fleshed out. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Denise Fuqua
This was an ok book. Not so sure I like Mad all that much at times. Sort of a high maintenance sort. Plot line was ok. Read morePublished on July 15, 2014 by Sioux76