Lily Ivory is the owner of Aunt Cora's Closet, a vintage clothing shop in San Francisco. She's a solitary witch, due in part to being treated like an outcast growing up in a small Texas town. But now she's slowly coming out of her shell and cautiously mingling with the local magical community. I liked Lily. She was easy to connect with, had great smarts, skills and style, and seemed like the type of friend I'd love to hang out with. Even with her social awkwardness, she was a compassionate person always willing to lend a hand to someone in need.
The mystery in this book is intriguing. It centers around a young mother who falls under a mysterious "Sleeping Beauty" curse. What happened to this woman may be connected to other poisonings in the witchcraft community. In addition, a group calling themselves the "Defenders of Morality" are targeting New Age and magical businesses in the area, vandalizing stores and leaving threats. Wanting to help out, Lily starts investigating. This was not an easy mystery to solve; it had many layers and players, and really kept me on my toes.
IN A WITCH'S WARDROBE was a well-written, fast-paced cozy with a little romance and some funny moments too. I enjoyed the magical "shop talk." Ms. Blackwell seems to know her craft! The book ended with a cliffhanger of sorts, so I'm looking forward to seeing what comes next for Lily.
Review copy courtesy of Obsidian Mystery.
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