Secondhand Spirits by Juliet Blackwell
With ghosts, demons and other witches involved, the possibility for viable suspects is endless. The book ends in a surprise twist which I never saw coming.
Lily Ivory hopes for a normal life when she opens Aunt Cora’s Closet. With her magical knack for vintage fashion – she can sense vibrations of the past from clothing and jewelry – her store becomes a big hit. But when a client is murdered and children start disappearing from the Bay Area, Lily may be the only one who can unravel the crime.
She tries to keep her identity a secret while investigating, but it’s not easy – especially under the spells of sexy “mythbuster” Max Carmichael and powerful witch Aidan Rhodes. Will Lily’s witchy ways be forced out of the closet?
Review by Bridgitte Hokeson:
I LOVED Secondhand Spirits! I got through most of it in a day since every chapter end kept me turning. The book is set in San Francisco and the descriptions of the city brought me right back to places I’ve been many times – described well so that those who’ve not been will want to make the trip someday.
Lily and her friends, Maya and Bronwyn, are characters that remind me of some of my own friends – absolutely lovable. Oscar, Lily’s goblin/potbellied pig familiar, also has his own place in my heart and I couldn’t imagine laughing nearly as much without having him as a part of the story. I laughed throughout the book. I even cried! The research for the series and the depiction of the paranormal escapades throughout is quite impressive as well.
Finished the book and now I want more! I didn’t realize that the book had just been released and finding that I will have to wait to read A Cast-Off Coven is killing me, but good things come to those who wait! Secondhand Spirits is an enjoyable and admirable story that will draw you into a world of magic, spirits, witchcraft, vintage clothes, friendship and Lily finding a true place in life. I highly recommend Secondhand Spirits to any mystery lover!
Review by Vine Voice:
Secondhand Spirits is the start of a great new mystery series. Lily Ivory is a real, live, magical-power having witch. I love that her actions aren’t encumbered by karmic fears. She has no qualms about using her abilities to secure prime parking sports and other frivolous, yet harmless, perks. She lives by her own moral compass and does not relate her hereditary witchiness to any religious belief system. She acquires a goblin-like familiar that pretends to be an innocent pet pig allowing him the luxury of being cuddled by women and the freedom to wander unhindered into changing-rooms.
Lily owns and operates a vintage clothing shop, which I found much more fascinating than I thought I would. Many aspects of the business were portrayed, from the varying sources she acquires the clothing from to how she uses her abilities to match a person to the perfect retro outfit. A soon to be bride and her bridesmaids came in to pick out dresses and the atmosphere was so fun, I felt as though I was there as well.
Lily has two potential romantic candidates. Aidan is a male witch who exudes an air of danger. Max is a skeptic and professional myth-buster who seems to be falling for Lily despite his distaste for the supposed paranormal. Each man seems to have great potential as both heartthrob and heartbreaker.
Many mysterious things happen in Secondhand Spirits, from a missing child to a dead client. With ghosts, demons and other witches involved, the possibility for viable suspects is endless. The book ends in a surprise twist which I never saw coming. Secondhand Spirits is a quality cozy full of witchy fun. I can’t wait for the next book in this series.