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

  • 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: #999,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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A good cozy paranormal and romance that has some strange twists. Madeira's sister Brandy has talked her into hiring an intern for her carriage shop. When Mad goes to meet her there is a dead woman whose identity is that of her new intern, Isobel.
Isobel turns up alive that evening. The plot is creative and different as there are twins and cousin involve. The love triangle took away from the plot as it became the focal point of story instead of the mystery.
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