Saturday, August 20, 2016

Spellcasting in Silk

Author:  Juliet Blackwell
Series:  Witchcraft Mystery #7
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publisher:   Obsidian (Berkley)
Publication Date:  July 7, 2015

Description:  Lily would like nothing better than to relax, enjoy her friends, and take care of business at her store, which is booming thanks to San Francisco's upcoming Summer of Love Festival.  But as the unofficial witchy consultant to the SFPD, she is pulled into yet another case.

A woman has jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge, and her apparent suicide may be connected to a suspicious botanica in the Mission District. When the police investigate the shop, they ask Lily to look into its mysterious owner, whose granddaughter also appears to be missing. As Lily searches for the truth, she finds herself confronted with a confounding mystery and some very powerful magic.

My Review

With book eight having been released in July of this year, I thought it was time to catch up on this series, which as you can see I'm a bit behind in reading.  As I opened the book and read through the first chapter, I realized how much I missed reading about Lily and the rest of the group and sad that I had let myself get behind.  This has been one of my favorite series and I was glad to be back for a visit.

I very much enjoyed Spellcasting in Silk and most of that has to due with the characters.  In this book, we get to see Lily embracing her powers  and really trying to learn how to use and develop them.  She has a lot of power and she wants to be responsible and learn how to control it.   Lily and the rest of the cast are pretty well developed, three dimensional characters at this point and feel like comfortable friends.  I particularly like how Lily is written.  Yes she is still vulnerable and has flaws, but she continues to grow in her magic, her professional life and her personal life as she tries to manage a relationship with Sailor. Oscar is Oscar and is a a completely lovable familiar.  He provides the humor in this series.  For me, both Sailor's and Aiden's characters are still a bit of a mystery as we haven't learned much more about their history.  I am hoping that will unfold some more in the next installments.

I thought the mystery was once again very solid.  There were plenty of suspects to choose from both in the magical and mortal worlds.  Juliet Blackwell does a great job of weaving clues, twists and turns into the story so that the reader really needs to be on his/her toes in order to discover the identity of the killer.  In this case, the killer was someone I did not expect and wasn't even on my radar.  One of the things I like about the series is that usually when Lily gets involved in a mystery it is because the police ask for her assistance.  She does not just go out and try to solve a mystery to try and show up the police.  I enjoy that aspect of the mystery.

As I mentioned in the beginning, this is one of my favorite series.  I actually think it might be the second or third cozy series that I started to read when I first got hooked on the genre.  It has wonderful characters, solid mysteries, a dose of paranormal and a terrific backdrop as it is set in San Francisco.  I can't wait to delve into book five and finally be caught up on the series.

1 comment:

  1. This is a new series for me. Thanks for making me aware of it.