Monday, August 24, 2015

Secondhand Spirits by Juliet Blackwell


I just finished listening to the audio book, Secondhand Spirits by Juliet Blackwell, and immediately went to audible.com and ordered the second book in this series. Lily Ivory has begun to settle in to life in the San Francisco Bay area, opening and running Aunt Cora's Closet, a vintage clothing store. Vintage clothing is more than a business for Lily as she can sense vibrations from the previous owners, sometimes darker than expected. When a newly acquired friend and clothing source turns up dead and a local girl goes missing, Lily must pull her resources to find the link between the two. Having left her hometown in Texas due to local harassment due to her paranormal abilities, Lily now finds that she must trust in her friends and others who may have ulterior motives, in order to try to save the child.

Juliet Blackwell provides the reader with an engaging heroine, interesting side characters and even a demon familiar who doubles as a pet potbellied pig. Her characters are each interesting in his/her own right and I feel that as the series continues, each will have his/her own story as well. Ms. Blackwell does a good job allowing us to get to know Lily a small bit at a time as the story plays out. She is a serious natural witch who can still find friendship with the charming local Wicca coven as they bring a picnic to a demon cleansing. The book is fun and entertaining and I look forward to the next installment, A Cast-Off Coven.

Xe Sands does a very nice job narrating the story. If you love audiobooks like I do, you'll enjoy her reading of Secondhand Spirits. 

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