A Cast-Off Coven (Witchcraft Mystery Series #2)

A Cast-Off Coven (Witchcraft Mystery Series #2)

by Juliet Blackwell

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San Francisco vintage clothing store owner Lily Ivory must put her more magical abilities to good use in this mystery in the New York Times bestselling Witchcraft series.

When some students get spooked at the San Francisco School of Fine Arts, Lily Ivory is called in to search for possible paranormal activity. In exchange for her help, she’s been promised a trunk full of Victorian era clothes recently discovered in a school storage closet.
What she finds at the foot of the stairs leading to the bell tower is a body—a wealthy patron of the school who has been murdered. She uses her sleuthing skills in between running the store and seeing her new boyfriend, Max, a “mythbuster” uncomfortable with her witchcraft. Soon Lily senses something from the school’s vintage clothes. But it’s not the smell of mothballs—it’s the unmistakable aura of evil intent...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451230492
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/01/2010
Series: Witchcraft Mystery Series , #2
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 108,624
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Juliet Blackwell is the pseudonym for the New York Times bestselling author of the Witchcraft Mystery series, and the Haunted Home Renovation series. She is also the author of the stand-alone novels Letters from Paris and The Paris Key. Together with her sister, Juliet wrote the Art Lover’s Mystery series. The first in that series, Feint of Art, was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Juliet’s lifelong interest in the paranormal world was triggered when her favorite aunt visited and read her fortune—with startling results. As an anthropologist, the author studied systems of spirituality, magic, and health across cultures and throughout history. She currently resides in a happily haunted house in Oakland, California.

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A Cast-Off Coven (Witchcraft Mystery Series #2) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 105 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just discovered this author a month ago and am so pleased. If you like witches and magick and San Francisco as the backdrop, you will enjoy this series. Lily runs a lovely vintage clothing shop and has a gargoyle familiar who often turns himself into an adorable pig. She would have a cat, but she is allergic. These are witchy murder mysteries that arent gory but get the message across. Fun easy reading with neat characters and great descriptive text and story-line. I love reading them at night to relax. Try to read in order if you can so you dont miss anything!
escape47 More than 1 year ago
I love this series. The author has combined a mystery with a bygone era and then tossed in the magic. Great combination
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I totally enjoyed this "second in the series" book. Ms. Blackwell does get a tad carried away with details, but is interesting and I'm getting used to it. On to the next book......
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. The story was well paced and kept your attention all the way to the end. My only issue is the rushed conclusion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Different and fun to read. Both of Ms. Blackwell's series are worth the time.
Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Witchcraft Mystery series by Juliet Blackwell. This book opens shortly after the end of the first book, Secondhand Spirits. This time, Bronwyn, the Wiccan herbalist who has a small corner of Ivy's vintage clothing store, Aunt Cora's Closet, knows that Ivy is a natural witch. Maya, the young student who is now working for Ivy, does not. Maya thinks that Ivy is some kind of "sensitive" and brokers a deal with the provost of the local arts college for Ivy to do some investigating of strange noises in exchange for some vintage Victorian clothing recently found found in a storage room at the college.  Unfortunately, on the evening of Ivy and Maya's initial investigation, they find a dead body, the wealthy father of one of the students. Ivy doesn't think that the gentleman died of paranormal causes, but finds that there is some ghost and possible demon activity going on at the college and former nunnery. And Ivy feels compelled to find out what exactly is going on.  We are treated to a returning cast of characters, including the possible love interest Max Charmichael, male witch Aidan Rhodes, the "gutter punk" Conrad, the gifted familiar/potbellied pig Oscar, fashion editor Susan Rogers, as well as Bronwyn and Maya. The by-play between the characters, Lily's colorful southern language and her lack of knowledge of American Pop Culture references help keep the story lively and interesting. I gave this book 4 stars on Goodreads. It was a fast, fun read with enough twists and turns to keep me guessing. A perfect follow up to Secondhand Spirits.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in this series. I love it. The story is fun and flows at a nice pace. I also love hearing about the clothes. Well worth paying for!
PoesRavenNJ More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Really like the main character and fully developed secondary characters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was the first book I've read by this author. I was impressed. I went back and bought the first one in this series. I look forward to reading more.
tippie52 More than 1 year ago
funny, read the first one... can't wait for another.... like this series ..
bookfanaticCP More than 1 year ago
This was a great second book for the series. It's only getting better. I can't wait for more. If you haven't read the first book in the series, that's fine because this is a great book on it's own. You don't need to have read the first book to understand this book. However, I do suggest that you read it because it's a great book. I definitely suggest this book to anyone who loves a good story.
bridget3420 More than 1 year ago
I liked this book as much as I liked Secondhand Spirits. This series has to be one of my favorites of all time. Lily is such a fun main character and it's really easy to relate to her. I give this book five stars too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great second book. Lily is more likable, but still needs some work to make me really like her character. The historical details were great, descriptions helped me paint images in my mind throughout the book. Dancing dresses was a fabulous descriptor of emotions. The mystery was compelling and I really didn't want to put the book down...I just needed to know. I stayed up until 1a reading despite having to be in work at 6a, that's dedication. I'm not sure why I felt this way, but there seemed to be too many characters in this story, many had relevance but I felt like a number of others were just mentioned to keep you mindful of the first story and didn't contribute enough that it was worth muddying the waters. Nevertheless, this series is no longer a filler for me. I can't wait until June 2011 when the next book will be released. I'm wondering if the writers in these series could take a page out of the books of romance writers and at least produce one book a quarter. Ok, I'm very impatient. I will have to console myself with the knowledge that it takes time to write a really good book!
jazzycat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
fun, and gripping series....
dbhutch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ms. Blackwell's second go 'round with Lily as a paranormal investigator/msyery solver/super witch has proven she knows what she is doing. Not missing a beat with her characters, she forges ahead, plungign Lily into another encounter with a benevolent demon, as well as a few rugh and tumble humans as well. Lily draws closer to some of her new frineds, other shop-owners, a reporter, a journalist, and the coven that one of her friends belongs to. This time Lily takes on what is thought to be a ghost in a school bell tower. The ghost is there - but its warning students, and Lily of something far more sinister around the tower. With the murder of a national businessman, who is also the father of one of the students, things get confusing, and scary quickly at the Fine Arts school. With Adian's nudging help, and help of some of his associates, Lily learns that wahtsint he bell tower is no ghost, but a high level demon conjured by a coven of nuns over 100 years ago. Can Lily bind the demon back in its own world before more harm comes to the school?
Squeex on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
do enjoy this series. It's a great mixture of mystery and paranormal with a nice dollop of humor and neat characters.Lily is learning what it's like to have friends. She's never had them before since she was a cast out in her hometown in Texas. Since moving to San Francisco, she has friends, a lovely shop that is highl popular and a neat familiar, Oscar the shape-shifting critter.The evil that Lily finds in the closet at the School of Fine Arts is a mystery, but she knows she must get to the bottom of it and can with the help of the coven and her really mysterious friend and possible mentor, Aiden Rhodes. Lily is also trying to figure out how to have a relationship with her myth-busting possible boyfriend, Max. She is a powerful witch and Max doesn't believe in magic or anything mystic. Will the relationship work out? Five mystical magical beans.....
Kate_T on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
About half way through I started to force myself to finish the book. Never a good sign! While I enjoyed the first book, this one I felt didn't hit the mark. At times I felt her second book was being forced and dragging.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Entertaining page turner.
BaronessBookTrove More than 1 year ago
Lily Ivory is back in another great book from Juliet Blackwell. This time we are dealing with some weird stuff going on at the San Francisco School of Fine Arts. Poor Lily. That’s all I gotta say because that girl has to deal with Max’s jealously over some certain men that she sees throughout the book along with not wanting her to do anything with her “witchy” powers. All I gotta say is…BEWITCHED 2.0!! Haha okay I’m done. But seriously they just need to change their names and go back into time to when Bewitched was shot and their they go. But yeah Lily has to deal with a ghost, a demon, jealous boyfriend, and demon possessed people. This book was pretty good as it held my interest. Well that is until I got busy and so totally forgot about this book until yesterday. I am quite glad that I got to finish it and that I found Juliet Blackwell. Who I wish the utmost best of luck with all of her series’ that she is doing and that I can’t wait to see what else happens for Lily, Oscar, Aidan, Max, Bronwyn, and Maya. Those four are all going to be a whole lot busy while Lily stays in San Francisco. Anyways until next time enjoy this book review brought to you by Baroness’ Book Trove. To read more book reviews like this one please go to my book review blog site @ baronessbooktrove. Thanks so much! You won't regret it!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've just finished the fifth novel and loved every one. Ms. Blackwell always not only keeps me guessing, but out loud laughing as well!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Blackwell'ssecond Witchcraft book is better than the first but it still needs a little work. I enjoyed the book bit found it tedious in some parts with a bit too much detail. The main character also still needs a bit of work to be more likeable. The secondary characters are good. I think Oscar in particular has really improved. Good second book, but not great yet. Stephanie Clanahan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago