In A Magical Match, the ninth book in Juliet Blackwell’s WITCHCRAFT MYSTERIES, vintage clothing store owner Lily Ivory is preparing for her wedding, but something is wrong with her groom. He’s been acting strangely, and then he is accused of a murder. Witnesses saw him at the scene, and it looks like an open and shut case, until Lily realizes there may be a magical explanation. Can she discover the truth and get her fiancé out of jail before the wedding?
Sometimes it’s not necessary to write a book review and this is one of those times. Fans of Juliet Blackwell’s paranormal cozy mysteries just need to know that A Magical Match maintains the quality of the WITCHCRAFT MYSTERIES series. If you love hanging around Aunt Cora’s Closet on Haight Street with Lily and her friends, you’ll be happy with this installment.
An added bonus is that we finally get to learn a lot more about Lily’s family and we get to meet some of them, too. Some of what we learn is hard to believe (or, rather, it’s hard to believe that Lily didn’t know it previously) but I think readers will forgive that. There’s a really dumb villain in this installment (the villain unwisely spills everything at the end), but that’s fine, too. I doubt that fans will complain.
It’s clear that there’s much more to come in this series as dark forces seem to be gathering on the horizon and Lily finds out that there’s an ominous-sounding prophecy that involves her. It will be interesting to see where Juliet Blackwell is going with this.
I’m giving A Magical Match four stars, not because I think it’s challenging or world-changing speculative fiction, but because I think it does what it intends to do very well. This is a very good example of a cozy paranormal mystery and will make its fans happy. Cozy mysteries aren’t my favorite thing, but I have to admit that I look forward to each new WITCHCRAFT MYSTERY.
If you’re a fan of the WITCHCRAFT MYSTERIES and haven’t tried the audio versions yet, I highly recommend that you do. Xe Sands gives a brilliant performance and if you’re not listening to these, you’re really missing out. They’re produced by Tantor Audio.