- By Juliet Blackwell Xe Sands

Secondhand Spirits

  • Title: Secondhand Spirits
  • Author: Juliet Blackwell Xe Sands
  • ISBN: 9781452606354
  • Page: 392
  • Format: Audiobook
  • Secondhand Spirits 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 h

    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 secreLily 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

    1 thought on “Secondhand Spirits

    1. As a Wiccan I'm always both tempted by and leery of books about witches. That being said, I really like what Blackwell did in this book, how she made her main character, witch Lily Ivory, into a fictional witch with magical powers but also honored the tradition of Wicca without stereotyping Wiccans as either fluffy bunnies or evil wannabes. I'm always intrigued by a plot having to do with La Llorona/A Woman in White. It's such a sad myth and Blackwell respected by sadness while not shying away f [...]

    2. Now this is my kind of a paranormal novel!! "Real" people in the real world, dealing with psychic, extrasensory or paranormal abilities and entities. I intend to read more of this author!

    3. I really liked this book a lot. Any of my friends know I'm not much for a book without romance being the key factor. I am a changed woman! At least for this book. It is book one in the Witchcraft Mystery series and it was great! Our heroine is Lily Ivory. She is an incredibly powerful natural born witch who has moved around a lot in life, never really wanting to settle down. But San Francisco changed her mind, and she opened up a vintage clothing shop. In fact, the tagline on the cover is Love t [...]

    4. THIS IS NOT A COZY MYSTERYPuh-lease. If you have demons, evil spirits who drags anyone into the water and creepy houses, that means the book is not "cozy". If the heroine is a teenager, this would have been a YA thriller. It's not a bad book though. It's fun and totally easy to read. Just don't expect this to be a cozy read because you'll be disappointed.

    5. The Five W's of the Cozy Mystery ReviewWho is the protagonist? Lily Ivory, practicing witch and shopkeeper of "Aunt Cora's Closet", a vintage clothing storeWhat is the premise of the story?Children have been disappearing, and the dreaded "La Llorona" might be to blameWhere does the story take place?The San Francisco Bay areaWhen does the story take place?present dayWhy does the protagonist become involved?Can't tellmight give too much away!Cozies are ridiculous, but totally fun, especially if th [...]

    6. i'm pretty lucky with my books choices lately. and this book was just perfect for a light reading. basically, anything with, murder, female leads, and everything about magic are my auto buy. The story started when Lily Ivory moves to a new town in San Fransisco because of some sign from a parrot. Yep, a parrot. Lily is a witch, and she was determined to make some new friend in her new town. To get her life together, she opens a vintage store called "Aunt Cora Closet". Everything seem pretty good [...]

    7. Don't know why I love these short little reads from authors most folks have never heard of, but I absolutely adore them! This one is a fun, quick read about a vintage clothing store owner, Lily Ivory, who has certain, shall we say, 'gifts' when it comes to her merchandise. She senses the emotions and memories within the items, good or bad, that she finds for her clothing store. She runs the store with her aunt and meets quite a few very unique people along the way in this first in a series by Ju [...]

    8. Cute paranormal mystery.I enjoyed this. I listened to it as an audiobook and it's narrated by Xe Sands who has the most wonderful, easy-to-listen-to voice. The story introduces us to Lily Ivory. A twenty-something witch and vintage clothing expert and store owner. Funnily enough, I actually have a bit of a thing for vintage clothing and period costumery myself. There's this wonderful Facebook page I follow called Au fil des passions to get my daily fix. It has photos of dresses, accessories and [...]

    9. Secondhand Spirits is the first in the Witchcraft Mysteries series by Juliet Blackwell. The series centers on Lily Ivory, a natural witch who has traveled the world looking for a place to belong, and finds it in the eccentric Haight-Ashbury neighborhood in San Francisco. She owns a vintage clothing shop, and her magical abilities help her in her business by allowing her to sense something of the history of a garment and thereby match it with the right customer. In Secondhand Spirits, Lily purcha [...]

    10. 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 [...]

    11. I just discovered these types of cozy, paranormal mysteries, and I have to say I am ready for more. Secondhand Spirits is light and breezy fun with a bit of darkness for some edge. For me witches can always add to the recipe for a good time; throw in some vintage fashion, a cool San Francisco Haight-Ashbury setting, a haunted house, a gargoyle that can morph into a pot-belly pig, herbs, spells, and demons and well, what more can you want. And there are NO vampires, a huge plus as far as I'm con [...]

    12. If I could pick a supernatural being to be it will always be a witch, And some people in my life might say I'm almost thereHow could I not like Lilly she is a witch who loves fashion this is from what I can tell, a good start to a series that probably gets better and better and better. this first book definitely had all the things I truly enjoy about a good series, and that is amazing characters, I can just see all these characters growing on me, even though I believe there might be a possible l [...]

    13. I'm writing this up just after writing up another UF book, A Modern Witch, and the two of them have become rather linked in my mind. (Whether the connection will make sense to anyone else or not is another matter.) By all normal standards, I'd have to say Secondhand Spirits is a "better" book, but I liked it much less. I was a bit disappointed with my own lack of love, both because it's always nice agreeing with friends' take on books, and because there was a lot to like in Secondhand Spirits. L [...]

    14. With so many different books crossing multiple genres, most are a bit hard to place in one specific genre, which is one of the things about this book. It's not really that much of a mystery, at least not in the traditional sense. There aren't very many "whodunit" parts to the book & while there is a mystery, much of the book is spent talking about clothes, the past & mystical creatures. Not that that's a bad thing, mind you.The story follows Lily, a natural born witch who has fled her na [...]

    15. I discovered author Juliet Blackwell awhile back when I found her Haunted Home Renovation Series, and I loved that first book so much, that I researched the author to see what else she might hve written, and discovered this series, A Witchcraft Mystery.I loved this book. Lily is our lead, a powerful witch, that we know very little about, so we discover just a little about her history, with so many more mysteries in her as a person herself yet to discover. Bronwyn is actually a wiccan, a normal h [...]

    16. I enjoy ‘magick’ themes. However if I knew it contained ‘a troll’ and touched on ‘demons’ although lightly; I wouldn't have bought it. The small, diverse cast grew on me later but it took some doing to finish reading. Let's forget witches and note that any distinct lifestyle needs to be broken in. Introduce a basic person and surroundings, then ease into a trade. We wouldn't relate to a book immediately spouting plumbing details. Let us sample the person on common ground, then we'll [...]

    17. 3.5 Stars Cute start for another paranormal mystery. Lily had some problems in Texas (who doesn't?) so she uproots herself to San Fran and opens a vintage clothing store on the famous Haight-Ashbury district. She keeps her witchiness under wraps but Wiccans pretty much tell everyone they are Wiccan. Trouble starts with sexy witch Aidan Rhodes stops in and gives her a familiar, which she names Oscar. I love him! At the house of Mrs. Potts Lily and her coworker/friend Maya hear the cry of a demon [...]

    18. What a fun little read!I wasn't too sure about the premise, characters, or storyline going in, but it all added up to a quirky, fun, cozy mystery. In the end what's not to love; a young good hearted witch, her gifted gargoyle/pot-bellied pig familiar, Oscar, a couple ghosts, demons, male witches, a coven, spells, curses, San Francisco, hippies, a vintage clothing shop, and a happy ending that makes me want to continue reading the series.

    19. I just COULD NOT get into the tone of this book. I really hate almost everything about the mc's pov voice. She complains all the time and she is so hyppocritical. SHe talks about liking humans and doing good for them but then usues her magic on them all the time. She moralizes about trading someone's soul like- it's ok they were probably evil anyway.So yeah. I normally like these campy pnrs but not this one.

    20. This was a fun paranormal cozy mystery with a good cast of characters and a satisfying ending. The only jarring note for me was the love interest, Max. He just wasn’t an appealing character. I had previously really enjoyed this author’s Art Lover’s mystery series under the pseudonym Hailey Lind, and am looking forward to continuing with this series.

    21. This book was quite a little adventure. I love mysteries, especially if they involve a little something extra like magic, and Blackwell nailed it with this one. Lily settles in San Francico and opens a shop selling antiques and vintage clothing. While getting new inventory from old Mrs. Potts, she hears the ominous cry of an infamous demon. Despite casting a spell protecting her, Lily soon finds that Mrs. Potts has indeed died and a child has been snatched from the neighborhood.Lily is an intere [...]

    22. Secondhand Spirits2 StarsA vintage clothing store on the streets of San Francisco run by a witch who becomes involved in the investigation of a missing girl - sounds like a recipe for perfection? Unfortunately not!Despite the intriguing premise, the plot of Secondhand Spirits is boring and completely lacking in tension and suspense. Furthermore, the heroine, Lily Ivory, is as dull as dishwater. There are no details on the precise origin, nature or extent of her powers and her abilities consisten [...]

    23. I really enjoyed this paranormal cozy mystery. Lily is a witch who owns a secondhand store and hopes she can just live a normal life without using witchcraft, but things don’t quite work out for her. While buying a collection of clothes from an elderly lady a child goes missing and Lily feels like Mrs. Potts’ life is in danger and her premonition is right on the money and the next day she is found dead. Lily tries to find out what happened to the little girl and Mrs. Potts.There is also a my [...]

    24. Narrated by Xe Sands - Narration 4 1/2*sThis light mystery story with a paranormal bend gets 3 1/2 stars rounded to 4 here. There was a lot to like about this first book of a series especially in audio with excellent character voices and personality portrayals. The mens voices in particular are stellar. I enjoyed the main characters and got a kick out of the familiar that paraded about in the guise of a pot bellied pig. The detailed recipes and sets up for potions or spell casting etc bored me a [...]

    25. ***3.5***This was a fun book. I was pretty stop / start-ish with the read, because I was busy this week, and I think that impacted my ability to emotionally engage as much as I ordinarily would. But I thought it was a good, solid story, with interesting characters. It definitely read as the first book in the series - it felt like we didn't dig in-depth on anyone, really it was just a lot of setup. But I liked Lily, Bronwyn and Maya. I withhold judgement on Aidan and Max - I don't trust either of [...]

    26. That was my first cozy mystery that's had really dark moments in it. I've always loved books involving magic and when I discovered cozy mysteries and then found out about this series I knew it'd be a perfect match. I loved all the spells used and the use of Hand of Glory (which always reminds me of Harry Potter). Didn't guess the whodunit part but I can say I enjoyed the entire story.

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