Friday, December 9, 2016

Book Review: A Toxic Trousseau (A Witchcraft Mystery, Book 8) by Juliet Blackwell #CozyMystery


From the Back Cover of the Paperback:

Vintage boutique owner and gifted witch Lily Ivory cracks open a Pandora’s box when she investigates some alarming apparel...

Even the most skilled sorceress can’t ward off a lawsuit, and Lily is not at her enchanting best with her hands full as the temporary leader of San Francisco's magical community. So after her potbellied pig Oscar head-butts rival clothier Autumn Jennings, Lily tries to make peace without a costly personal injury case.

But any hope of a quiet resolution is shattered when Autumn turns up dead. As one of the prime suspects, Lily searches for a way to clear her name and discovers a cursed trousseau among Autumn’s recently acquired inventory. Lily must deal with a mysterious dogwalker and spend the night in a haunted house as she delves into the trunk’s treacherous past. She’s got to figure out who wanted to harm Autumn fast, before the curse claims another victim…

Book Details:

Series: Witchcraft Mystery (Book 8)
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: NAL 
Publish Date; July 5, 2016
ISBN-10: 0451465792
ISBN-13: 978-0451465795

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My Review of A Toxic  Trousseau:

Oscar has caused a bit of trouble for Aunt Cora's Closet when he bumps a rude customer, causing her to fall.  When a lawsuit is slapped on Lily unexpectedly, she tries to smooth things over by meeting with the plaintiff, Autumn, face-to-face.  Unfortunately, the meeting goes south when bizarre behavior leaves Autumn dead.  With Lily having the best established motive, she has to work quickly to clear her name.

When Lily's investigation leads to knowledge of Autumn's recent acquisition of a presumed cursed trousseau, a new layer is added to the mystery.  Include a local dog walker acting strangely and various residents who frequent the dog park and Lily has her work cut out for her.  There also may be a link between Autumn, the trunk, and a local haunted house.  In the end, was it the cursed trunk that killed Autumn or something more sinister?

A Toxic Trousseau is another great book in Juliet Blackwell's Witchcraft Mystery series.  The cozy mystery is fast paced, engaging, and full of excitement.  There isn't a dull moment or lull in the story from start to finish.  Lily continues to evolve and open up to those closest to her.  She's a very different person now than she was at the beginning of the series.  The author has done a fantastic job developing Lily's character, along with the characters that Lily spends the most time with.  

The Witchcraft Mysteries is one of my favorite cozy series'.  Each story develops nicely and takes the reader on a brand new adventure in the world of the paranormal. The novels are suitable for anyone who wants to read them, as they are clean reads- no sex or swearing.

If you're looking for your next cozy series then I highly recommend Juliet Blackwell's Witchcraft Mysteries. They are written well, have great storylines, solid plots, and easy-to-like characters. The dialogue between all characters is smooth and understandable and the novel is an easy, relaxing read.  I highly suggest your start with book 1 in the series.

I purchased this book myself.

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