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Skirting the Grave (A Vintage Magic Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – July 5, 2011
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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!
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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Skirting the Grave is the 4th book in the Vintage Magiv series. Madeira (commonly called Maddie) Cutler's business, Vintage Magic, in Mystic Falls, Ct., business is booming... Read morePublished 13 months ago by ricki scheer
Excellent reading. Book kept me guessing all the way through. A story full of suspense with plenty of interesting characters plus the description of the clothes is entertaining as... Read morePublished 16 months ago by DENNY KAY
Great mystery. Well written, and keeps you not wanting to leave it until finished.Published 21 months ago by Barbara S. Behling
Very much a character driven story chocked full of delightful and interesting folk. I'm in love with the whole town and it's one big family atmosphere. Read morePublished on April 30, 2014 by Roxhill
Very good really like to read these types of book can not Waite to read more takes you to a hole new worldPublished on March 28, 2014 by Barbara Harrington
Madeira Cutler runs a vintage clothing shop, mostly so she will have a wide variety of 50s clothing to wear. Read morePublished on January 23, 2014 by Sylvia McIvers
I absolutely loved this. Again she had me from the beginning and sucked me in and held me till the end. Stayed up till 5 in the morning to finish this. Read morePublished on January 11, 2014 by Nancy Luebke