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The New York Times bestselling author of Spellcasting in Silk continues as witch and vintage boutique owner Lily Ivory cracks open a Pandora’s box when she investigates some alarming apparel... Even the most skilled sorceress can’t ward off a lawsuit, and Lily is not at her enchanting best with her hands full as the temporary leader of San Francisco's magical community. So after The New York Times bestselling author of Spellcasting in Silk continues as witch and vintage boutique owner Lily Ivory cracks open a Pandora’s box when she investigates some alarming apparel... Even the most skilled sorceress can’t ward off a lawsuit, and Lily is not at her enchanting best with her hands full as the temporary leader of San Francisco's magical community. So after her potbellied pig Oscar head-butts rival clothier Autumn Jennings, Lily tries to make peace without a costly personal injury case.   But any hope of a quiet resolution is shattered when Autumn turns up dead. As one of the prime suspects, Lily searches for a way to clear her name and discovers a cursed trousseau among Autumn’s recently acquired inventory. Lily must deal with a mysterious dogwalker and spend the night in a haunted house as she delves into the trunk’s treacherous past. She’s got to figure out who wanted to harm Autumn fast, before the curse claims another victim…


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The New York Times bestselling author of Spellcasting in Silk continues as witch and vintage boutique owner Lily Ivory cracks open a Pandora’s box when she investigates some alarming apparel... Even the most skilled sorceress can’t ward off a lawsuit, and Lily is not at her enchanting best with her hands full as the temporary leader of San Francisco's magical community. So after The New York Times bestselling author of Spellcasting in Silk continues as witch and vintage boutique owner Lily Ivory cracks open a Pandora’s box when she investigates some alarming apparel... Even the most skilled sorceress can’t ward off a lawsuit, and Lily is not at her enchanting best with her hands full as the temporary leader of San Francisco's magical community. So after her potbellied pig Oscar head-butts rival clothier Autumn Jennings, Lily tries to make peace without a costly personal injury case.   But any hope of a quiet resolution is shattered when Autumn turns up dead. As one of the prime suspects, Lily searches for a way to clear her name and discovers a cursed trousseau among Autumn’s recently acquired inventory. Lily must deal with a mysterious dogwalker and spend the night in a haunted house as she delves into the trunk’s treacherous past. She’s got to figure out who wanted to harm Autumn fast, before the curse claims another victim…

30 review for A Toxic Trousseau

  1. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    I am under the spell (in a good way) of the Witchcraft Mystery series and a big fan of Lily and her store and friends plus Oscar. The added fashion history information was quite interesting, sad, and scary. Book 8 is a good place to start reading the series and then you will want to read the previous books, if you like paranormal books that are not gory.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Abigail Bok

    Readers should know that it pays to read this series in order. By the time you get to this, the eighth entry, a lot of characters have been introduced and have back stories that are only glancingly mentioned here. Lily Ivory is the owner of a successful vintage clothing store in the Haight Ashbury region of San Francisco. She is also a witch--the hereditary kind, not the Wiccan would-be kind. Okay, so expect to suspend disbelief and settle in for a cozy. The tale opens with her being served with Readers should know that it pays to read this series in order. By the time you get to this, the eighth entry, a lot of characters have been introduced and have back stories that are only glancingly mentioned here. Lily Ivory is the owner of a successful vintage clothing store in the Haight Ashbury region of San Francisco. She is also a witch--the hereditary kind, not the Wiccan would-be kind. Okay, so expect to suspend disbelief and settle in for a cozy. The tale opens with her being served with a lawsuit by the owner of a high end vintage clothing place, who is alleging that Lily's pot-bellied pig (who is really a mythical creature and her familiar, of sorts) head-butted the woman, causing her injury. Lily goes to talk to the woman and see if she can smooth things over; she finds her seriously ill and calls the paramedics. This incident soon embroils her in yet another mystery, involving witches, cowans (nonmagical people), and incompetent police inspectors. Meanwhile, the head honcho witch in SF has gone out of town, leaving Lily in charge of adjudicating magical disputes. There is plenty of comic relief and some suspense, along with a good bit of character and relationship development, which should please fans of the series. I enjoyed the twists of the story and am especially hopeful for the next book, which promises to add interesting figures from Lily's past to the mix.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Carmen

    When Lily is served papers detailing a lawsuit involving a certain rogue familiar, she decides to pay Autumn a visit in an attempt to come to a peaceful agreement. Sadly, she stumbles upon Autumn in some of her final moments, leaving her with a new mystery on her hands. Meanwhile, Aidan leaves Lily in charge when he leaves town, allowing her to finally see what his daily job entails. Blackwell has brought yet another delightful installment into our lives. I like that A Toxic Trousseau takes a When Lily is served papers detailing a lawsuit involving a certain rogue familiar, she decides to pay Autumn a visit in an attempt to come to a peaceful agreement. Sadly, she stumbles upon Autumn in some of her final moments, leaving her with a new mystery on her hands. Meanwhile, Aidan leaves Lily in charge when he leaves town, allowing her to finally see what his daily job entails. Blackwell has brought yet another delightful installment into our lives. I like that A Toxic Trousseau takes a different path than previous installments. We see more into Lily and Sailor’s day to day relationship with one another, which allows us to become more invested in the pair. We’re also given a glimpse of what is to come as Lily tries to figure out Aidan’s motive behind leaving her in charge. If anything, learning some of his more popular duties piqued my interest because it allowed Lily to become acquainted with a different side of the magical folk in her city. We now see who Lily and company will be going up against even if we do not know the specifics of what is in store. It was interesting to see the light and dark sides of some of these new characters, so I’m looking forward to seeing them again. This installment takes a bit of a different path than previous installments. The mystery itself seems to be a bit in the air while being connected to multiple parts of the story even if we do not see it at first. We have the cursed trousseau, a mystery house, and mysterious death that weigh heavily on Lily’s mind. We also continue to see Lily grow as she tries to get to the bottom of these different aspects that are plaguing her. Rather than jumping into these mysteries alone, she asks for help and takes her friends along with her. She has made a family for herself that she trusts and relies on, and I love seeing her realize that she can count on these people as much as they count on her. The story is captivating from beginning to end. I also I found myself wanting to attend any party with Bronwyn and company. The final chapter had me yelling in excitement. I am now eagerly awaiting the ninth book!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Arrowood

    I have a tendency to believe that the further along you get in a series, the quality of each book seems to go down. This is not the case here. A Toxic Trousseau was a brilliant addition to the series. It may actually be my favorite so far! As far as mysteries are concerned, this book is a perfect example the very best - I was way off! I love how the author was throwing me off the scent with every page. It got to a certain point where I was seriously suspecting everybody that Lily enco I have a tendency to believe that the further along you get in a series, the quality of each book seems to go down. This is not the case here. A Toxic Trousseau was a brilliant addition to the series. It may actually be my favorite so far! As far as mysteries are concerned, this book is a perfect example the very best - I was way off! I love how the author was throwing me off the scent with every page. It got to a certain point where I was seriously suspecting everybody that Lily encountered. Lily and Sailors relationship took on a sweeter tone this book, which I don't always like, because you can actually lose the personality of the character to puppy love, which I believe to be a waste. Here, though, it was just beautiful, and so very heart-warming. Some new and VERY interesting characters were introduced in this installment, setting us up for the wild plot ahead. I honestly can't wait! From the moment I received A Toxic Trousseau in my mail box, I started reading and didn't stop until I was finished, about 12 hours later. As soon as I closed the book, I said. "That. Was. Awesome." I will patiently and happily wait another year for the next release, because no matter how long I leave this world, Juliet Blackwell pulls me right back in, as if I never left.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    I'm going to miss Lily, Oscar, and the rest of the gang, as I've just finished the last one in this cozy supernatural mystery series. Hopefully Ms. Blackwell has plans to release a new one soon??

  6. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    This story held a delightful plot line, and even though it was book #8, it really delivered a really good story. For those of you who have already experienced this witchy cozy goodness, A TOXIC TROUSSEAU, the seventh installment, won't disappoint. A girl breezes into Aunt Cora's and serves Lily with a personal injury lawsuit from Autumn Jennings. Jennings, a sort-of competitor, visited the store, but Oscar, the potbellied pig didn't like how she treated the clothing or the people and This story held a delightful plot line, and even though it was book #8, it really delivered a really good story. For those of you who have already experienced this witchy cozy goodness, A TOXIC TROUSSEAU, the seventh installment, won't disappoint. A girl breezes into Aunt Cora's and serves Lily with a personal injury lawsuit from Autumn Jennings. Jennings, a sort-of competitor, visited the store, but Oscar, the potbellied pig didn't like how she treated the clothing or the people and head butted her. She fell but seemed all right when she left. Lily would rather handle this situation peacefully if she can, especially after Aiden Rhodes has left her in charge of the city's witches while he's out of town, but all is not well at Autumn's store when Lily and Maya arrive. In fact, Autumn seems very ill and ends up dying after she's taken to the hospital. Lily, of course, is the police's prime suspect, so she sets out to find out whodunit. Blackwell introduces some interesting characters from the dog walker/process server, who runs away when she sees Lily on the street; Renee, the cupcake baker; an old woman named Mrs. Morgan who has a poodle; Jamie, the curse banisher; and Cody who works at the Winchester haunted house and, along with his wife, Eleanor, owns a dog named Mr. Bojangles. It all ties together so nicely when Bronwyn opts to have her birthday party, a slumber party no less, at the haunted house with Sailor and Lily as bodyguards. No Lily Ivory mystery is complete without haunted clothing though. In this case, it's a cursed trousseau; the legend tells of a shoeshine boy, a rich guy and a fiancée, and many believe the trousseau still holds the curse. There's a lot going on in this story. Some threads have dealt solely with this particular story while others give additional background on characters and move the series itself a head with details about a coming magical event. SUMMARY Even the most skilled sorceress can’t ward off a lawsuit, and Lily is not at her enchanting best with her hands full as the temporary leader of San Francisco's magical community. So after her potbellied pig Oscar head-butts rival clothier Autumn Jennings, Lily tries to make peace without a costly personal injury case. But any hope of a quiet resolution is shattered when Autumn turns up dead. As one of the prime suspects, Lily searches for a way to clear her name and discovers a cursed trousseau among Autumn’s recently acquired inventory. Lily must deal with a mysterious dogwalker and spend the night in a haunted house as she delves into the trunk’s treacherous past. She’s got to figure out who wanted to harm Autumn fast, before the curse claims another victim… This book was really quite a delightful surprise. I often don't pick this genre, but have been a little more over the last couple years. Highly recommend.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    A Toxic Trousseau by Juliet Blackwell is the eighth Witchcraft Mystery novel. Lily Ivory owns Aunt Cora’s Closet in San Francisco, California. Lily sells gently used vintage clothing and encourages her customers to wear the items (Lily loves to wear the clothes from her store). Lily is in the store when a young woman approaches her. It turns out that Lily is being sued. Autumn Jennings came into the store recently and was disdainful of the merchandise. Oscar, Lily’s shape-shifting familiar, gave A Toxic Trousseau by Juliet Blackwell is the eighth Witchcraft Mystery novel. Lily Ivory owns Aunt Cora’s Closet in San Francisco, California. Lily sells gently used vintage clothing and encourages her customers to wear the items (Lily loves to wear the clothes from her store). Lily is in the store when a young woman approaches her. It turns out that Lily is being sued. Autumn Jennings came into the store recently and was disdainful of the merchandise. Oscar, Lily’s shape-shifting familiar, gave her a nudge (well, maybe a head butt) into some clothing. Ms. Jennings is claiming that she was injured (from falling into some clothing) and is suing for compensation. It turns out that Autumn owns a vintage clothing store as well, though she carries older clothing (Victorian, 20s, Edwardian) with designer labels that people could not wear on an everyday basis (they are better for museum displays). Lily cannot afford a lawsuit and goes to talk with Autumn (and takes Maya with her). They do not find anyone in the store and then they hear thumping above. They go to investigate and end up with a gun pointed at them. Autumn is unstable on her feet and then collapses. Unfortunately for Lily, she ends up a prime suspect because of the lawsuit. Inspector Carlos Romero (whom Lily is used to working with on cases) did not get assigned the case. Inspectors Stinson and Ng get the case and they hope for a quick solution. Lily feels compelled to investigate. Sailor tags along to keep Lily safe (he has certainly changed) and Oscar manages to join in (he does not want to be left out especially if there is going to be food). Lily investigation leads her to a cursed trousseau, a supposed haunted house, and a dog walker (who just happened to be the process server). Lily is not sure if there is anything magical in this case, but it is definitely suspicious. In addition, Aidan Rhodes is going out of town and asks Lily for a favor (she owes him one). Lily needs to take of Aidan’s satchel (which everyone is afraid of) and handle witchy disputes (and some licensing issues). Lily is going to need her wits about her to get through this week! Join Lily, Maya, Bronwyn, Sailor, and Oscar in A Toxic Trousseau. A Toxic Trousseau was just delightful. It was wonderful to visit Lily Ivory, Sailor, Oscar, Maya, and friends in San Francisco. The mystery was complex, twisty, and hard to figure out (just the way like them). There is some misdirection as well (to throw the reader off the scent of the real killer). I enjoyed the information on vintage (Victorian) clothing and how certain colors were created (green wallpaper was known to kill off people). Oscar’s hijinks are humorous and highly entertaining. I did not want this book to end. I give A Toxic Trousseau 5 out of 5 stars (I loved it as you can tell). A Toxic Trousseau has an enchanting (and romantic) ending! I cannot wait for the next book in A Witchcraft Mystery series. We will finally get to meet Lily's grandmother, Graceila and her coven (and Lily's mother). If you like magical cozy mysteries, you will be delighted with this book and series. A Toxic Trousseau can be read alone, but I highly recommend reading the previous books in the series. They will help you understand the characters, their relationships, and their abilities. In A Toxic Trousseau will get more information on the upcoming magical battle and meet the enemy (it will surprise you). I received a complimentary copy of the novel in exchange for an honest evaluation of the book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Katreader

    A TOXIC TROUSSEAU by Juliet Blackwell The 8th Witchcraft Mystery Lily Ivory is surprised when she is served papers and finds herself being sued! Autumn Jennings is claiming that Oscar attacked her in Aunt Cora's Closet and is seeking compensation. But Autumn is no ordinary customer. In fact, not only does she run a high end vintage clothing shop she's also in debt to the witchy godfather of San Fransisco - Aidan Rhodes. When Lily and Maya go to Autumn's store to attempt to work t A TOXIC TROUSSEAU by Juliet Blackwell The 8th Witchcraft Mystery Lily Ivory is surprised when she is served papers and finds herself being sued! Autumn Jennings is claiming that Oscar attacked her in Aunt Cora's Closet and is seeking compensation. But Autumn is no ordinary customer. In fact, not only does she run a high end vintage clothing shop she's also in debt to the witchy godfather of San Fransisco - Aidan Rhodes. When Lily and Maya go to Autumn's store to attempt to work things out-they find her spouting paranoid ideation while holding a gun on them and ultimately collapsing. Despite the prompt arrival of paramedics Autumn dies in the hospital. When doctors and police suspect poison Lily and Bronwyn top their suspect list. Now Lily needs to find out what's really going on. Could it have something to do with Autumn's latest clothing addition? With Sailor and Oscar for support Lily searches for the truth while handling city matters for Aidan and preparing for the Nebulous Big Nasty which is heading their way. A TOXIC TROUSSEAU is unique in that the mystery takes a more meandering path. In fact, we're not sure what the mystery really is. The mystery of the trousseau, of the curse, of the house, of the death, and who and where is Scarlet; all these questions entwine Lily, along with the mysterious satchel and the job with which Aiden has tasked her. Instead of a simple mystery story it's more of a preparatory book, setting the stage for a huge magical showdown. By the end of the book we have a much clearer view of that Nebulous Big Nasty heading their way, as well as a group of reinforcements coming to town. Lily and her friends continue to delight. These characters are imbued with such spirit and vitality, it's sometimes difficult to believe they're fictional. Character development has been an integral part of this series, deepening the bonds connecting the characters, both with each other and readers. Lily has grown so much, yet she still manages to keep a sense of innocence, awkwardness, and charm even as she has become a powerful woman. Part of that power has come from her ability to accept help and friendship from others. While a part of her will always be a solitary witch, she can count on the love and friendship of others to support and encourage her, even as she supports and encourages them. And while Sailor remains swoonworthy, it is Oscar who has truly captured my heart! Juliet Blackwell's Witchcraft series continues to be one of my most favorite series. A TOXIC TROUSSEAU is a multifaceted mystery including a local legend involving a curse, a fictional representation of the famous Winchester House, and a fascinating part of fashion history which combine to create a captivating story.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Bryson

    An excellent installment in Lily's adventures in San Francisco! In this go-around, not so much combating evil as a plain old-fashioned who-dun it. Far from diminishing the tale, scaling back the paranormal just a tad gives the reader a chance to visit with all the characters who make up this series and a good look at the progress Lily's made as a character. Rest assured however, the end is not in sight! This is just the pause that's the set-up for wild new adventures to come!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Risa

    This is one of the best books if not the best book to join the Witchcraft Mysteries series.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Replogle

    A fun, light read. Humor, romance, mystety and Wiccan, spell casting in San Francisco.

  12. 4 out of 5

    OpenBookSociety.com

    http://openbooksociety.com/article/a-... A Toxic Trousseau A Witchcraft Mystery #8 By Juliet Blackwell ISBN#9780451465795 www.Julietblackwell.net Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Daniele Synopsis: Even the most skilled sorceress can’t ward off a lawsuit, and Lily is not at her enchanting best with her hands full as the temporary leader of San Francisco’s magical community. So after her potbellied pig Oscar head-butts rival clothier Autumn Jennings, Lily tries to http://openbooksociety.com/article/a-... A Toxic Trousseau A Witchcraft Mystery #8 By Juliet Blackwell ISBN#9780451465795 www.Julietblackwell.net Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Daniele Synopsis: Even the most skilled sorceress can’t ward off a lawsuit, and Lily is not at her enchanting best with her hands full as the temporary leader of San Francisco’s magical community. So after her potbellied pig Oscar head-butts rival clothier Autumn Jennings, Lily tries to make peace without a costly personal injury case. But any hope of a quiet resolution is shattered when Autumn turns up dead. As one of the prime suspects, Lily searches for a way to clear her name and discovers a cursed trousseau among Autumn’s recently acquired inventory. Lily must deal with a mysterious dog walker and spend the night in a haunted house as she delves into the trunk’s treacherous past. She’s got to figure out who wanted to harm Autumn fast, before the curse claims another victim…(Goodreads.com) Review: Lily Ivory and company cast their spell on readers once again in this enjoyable eighth entry in the Witchcraft Mystery series. Vintage clothing store proprietor Lily Ivory is surprised to find herself being sued by a rival period clothier Autumn Jennings. She claims to have been injured by Lily’s pot bellied pig familiar Oscar when he head-butted her one day in the shop. Lily has not even met the woman so she and her shop assistant Maya go by Autumn’s store to discuss the matter in person, only to find Autumn very agitated and obviously ill. Despite quick action on the medics’ part, Autumn dies at the hospital. When it comes to light that she was most likely poisoned, Lily becomes a prime suspect, and her police detective friend is not in charge of the case to help her out. Along with her boyfriend Sailor, Lily sets out to find out who is responsible for Autumn’s death and if she was the victim of a hereditary curse. In addition to the mystery at hand, Aiden, San Francisco’s witchy godfather, leaves Lily in charge of the magical community while he is away. However, he does not give her any instructions or guidelines about what to do. I really enjoy the Witchcraft Mystery series, and A Toxic Trousseau is great fun. Lily has grown a lot over the course of the series from an awkward, distrustful young woman to a much more confident, powerful witch. She is gradually relying more on her friends and trusting those around her more. She is surrounded by an interesting variety of characters that keep the story fresh. Her good hearted friend Bronwyn and her coven, her cynical assistant Maya, her smoldering, psychic love interest Sailor, and mysterious Aiden all add to the enjoyment of the story. My favorite character, though, is goblin/gargoyle/pot bellied pig familiar Oscar. His insatiable appetite, attitude, and boundless loyalty make him a fabulous addition to the books, and he often adds a little extra levity to the proceedings. The mystery in A Toxic Trousseau is pretty convoluted, making it somewhat complex. At times, I feel like it gets a little bogged down in itself. However, the way that everything fits together by the end more than makes up for any slow bits. A poisoning that may or may not be the manifestation of a hereditary family curse, a trunk of a long deceased young woman’s trousseau that harbors unsavory magic, a potentially haunted house, a dog walker, and a long standing need for revenge are all wonderful elements of the mystery surrounding Autumn’s death. I do wish that we could have gotten to know Autumn better before her death. Even with after-the-fact information, I never really connected with her and it was hard to feel bad about her death. I did not figure out whodunit until almost the end of the book (which is a good thing), and this also added to my enjoyment of the story. The San Francisco setting is ideal for the magical community. There is just enough of the “real” world included to keep it believable. The series long subplot involving a coming battle of good and evil really starts to take shape within these pages, and I am curious to see if this is the focus of the next book. I look forward to seeing how it all plays out. With changes in Sailor and Lily’s relationship and a gathering of witches looming, I think big things are in store for Lily and her friends. I recommend A Toxic Trousseau to fans of paranormal cozy series.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dena

    An enjoyable book to read while traveling via Amtrak from New York to Washington D.C.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kat Lebo

    A toxic Trousseau, A Witchcraft Mystery by Juliet Blackwell I love this fun series (8 books at this time) about a young witch who owns a vintage clothing store in the Haight District of San Francisco. Easy reads, this series abounds in interesting characters, nice plots, enough danger and red herrings to make them great mysteries, and enough character development to make you happily anticipate the next in the series. Pacing is great, editing and proofing is very good. I did find A toxic Trousseau, A Witchcraft Mystery by Juliet Blackwell I love this fun series (8 books at this time) about a young witch who owns a vintage clothing store in the Haight District of San Francisco. Easy reads, this series abounds in interesting characters, nice plots, enough danger and red herrings to make them great mysteries, and enough character development to make you happily anticipate the next in the series. Pacing is great, editing and proofing is very good. I did find one strange proofing problem. Not really an error. But from 3729 to 3755 on my Kindle, during 4 paragraphs of conversation between Lily and Sailor, each use the exact same phrase: "...Brad's not the only person who rides a motorcycle..." There's really no reason for the repeat, one character is confirming the other's statement, nor mocking it. Not really a mistake, but it did take me out of the story for the time it took to go back and look at the first use of the phrase, and then to re-read the entire conversation to be sure I didn't miss a qualifier. In this episode, Lily and her business, Aunt Cora's Closet, is being sued by another vintage apparel shop ower, because Oscar, in his pig form, knocked her down when she was creating a scene at Aunt Cora's Closet in Lily's absence. Add to the shock of being sued, Aiden is leaving town for a while and has left Lily "in charge" of all paranormal disputes in his absence. Of course, Lily wants to speak to the woman who is suing her, Autumn Jennings, to see if a solution might be found out of court. She and Maya go to Autumn's shop, but find her dying in her upstairs apartment. As Lily tries to figure out what happened, it comes to light that Autumn believed she was under a family curse. Will Lily find a witchy cause for Autumn's death, or will an all-too-human villain be to blame? Lots of investigation, an overnight stay in a haunted house, adjudicating the spats between some of San Francisco's other paranormals, taking in dogs abandoned when their owners die, and some real changes in Lily and Sailor's relationship will keep any reader up all night reading! Great summer read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Silvara Wilde

    Check out my other reviews, discussions and link ups at Fantasy of the Silver Dragon. I received this book for free from Obsidian in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. This sounded like it might be fun, and then once I started reading it I realized that the Winchester Mystery House was part of the book! It's been renamed, and the rifles and actual people from the House have also been renamed. But anyone who has ever Check out my other reviews, discussions and link ups at Fantasy of the Silver Dragon. I received this book for free from Obsidian in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. This sounded like it might be fun, and then once I started reading it I realized that the Winchester Mystery House was part of the book! It's been renamed, and the rifles and actual people from the House have also been renamed. But anyone who has ever been there will know exactly what the book is talking about, even with the name changes! I liked all the twists and turns the book took. Besides the main mystery, Lily is put in charge of San Francisco's magical community. And there were a number of funny moments because of this. I'm super curious about "the satchel" now. I also liked her familiar Oscar. He's a goblin/gargoyle cross, who likes to take on the appearance of a pot bellied pig around non-magical people. The bits of Victorian clothing knowledge was something I hadn't heard about before, and made for some interesting reading. Can't say a lot about it as it's used in part of a plot twist. I was completely wrong about who the murderer was. It made sense when all was revealed, but like Lily, I never would have guessed. Even with being a paranormal cozy, this book wasn't as heavy on the magic aspect as I expected. Which isn't a bad thing. I'll definitely be looking for the next book in this series. If you like paranormal cozies, you need to try this book. This review was originally posted on Fantasy of the Silver Dragon

  16. 5 out of 5

    Roxanne Rhoads

    Another fabulous installment of Blackwell's Witchcraft Mysteries series. Murder, mystery, and romance all rolled into another page turner that I couldn't put down. Lily Ivory is once again embroiled in a murder investigation- this time the victim is a rival vintage clothing dealer who just happened to serve papers to Lily regarding a personal injury lawsuit claiming that Oscar made her fall and get hurt. Lily goes to speak to Autumn about the lawsuit and discovers Autumn is very ill, Another fabulous installment of Blackwell's Witchcraft Mysteries series. Murder, mystery, and romance all rolled into another page turner that I couldn't put down. Lily Ivory is once again embroiled in a murder investigation- this time the victim is a rival vintage clothing dealer who just happened to serve papers to Lily regarding a personal injury lawsuit claiming that Oscar made her fall and get hurt. Lily goes to speak to Autumn about the lawsuit and discovers Autumn is very ill, she is taken to the hospital where she passes away. Poor Lily becomes a suspect once again. The police even close down her store to investigate. But that might be a good thing because Lily has her hands full as the temporary witchy leader of San Francisco while Aiden is away. Plus she has to investigate this murder with a little help from her friends. She discovers there may be witchy things at play in this murder thanks to a cursed trousseau. Clues are all over the place, she's connecting dots wherever she goes...but who is really involved in the murder and who has other ulterior motives. How can Lily get a clear picture of what is going on with so many coincidences and connections? In the end the murderer might be someone she never even suspected. Blackwell is a mystery master. I'm never disappointed by her mysteries. I rarely ever guess who the murderer is. She leads you on twists, turns and subterfuge to keep you guessing and reading. Once I finish one of her books I am always eagerly awaiting the next. If you love cozy mysteries with paranormal elements, I highly recommend Juliet Blackwell.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Peggy R

    This is the eighth installment in the Witchcraft Mystery series and it is a great addition. What I love about this series is that the authors just pulls the reader in with each new book and has them engaged until the story ends. The books are all well written, which is what we have come to expect from Ms. Blackwell. She weaves an entertaining series that is full of delightful characters. Lily is really starting to come into her own both with her powers and her acclimation to the "normal" world. This is the eighth installment in the Witchcraft Mystery series and it is a great addition. What I love about this series is that the authors just pulls the reader in with each new book and has them engaged until the story ends. The books are all well written, which is what we have come to expect from Ms. Blackwell. She weaves an entertaining series that is full of delightful characters. Lily is really starting to come into her own both with her powers and her acclimation to the "normal" world. Her character has really grown over the course of the series and is now filled with friendship and love. The mystery is a bit historical in nature and perhaps more complex because of it but well plotted, at least in my opinion. There are plenty of twists and turns that keep the reader guessing until the culprit is revealed. This is one of my favorite series. I enjoy the paranormal element to the story. The characters are full, complex, well rounded characters that have depth to them. The mystery is complex with plenty of twists and turns. I will definitely be back to see what is in store for the next book in the series.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Betty

    Adrian stops by Lily's store and informs that her she is the arbitrator of the magical community and leaves his satchel with her. He tells her nothing about her duties. Lily is being sued because Oscar's head but a woman in her store. Lily goes to see the woman, Autumn and finds her dying. The officers on the case feel she is a suspect because of all the herbs in Aunt Cora's Closet. To celebrate Bronwyn's Birthday, the coven spends a night in a haunted house. Exploring Autumn's death Lily finds Adrian stops by Lily's store and informs that her she is the arbitrator of the magical community and leaves his satchel with her. He tells her nothing about her duties. Lily is being sued because Oscar's head but a woman in her store. Lily goes to see the woman, Autumn and finds her dying. The officers on the case feel she is a suspect because of all the herbs in Aunt Cora's Closet. To celebrate Bronwyn's Birthday, the coven spends a night in a haunted house. Exploring Autumn's death Lily finds out about cursed trousseau. A bee visits Lily at times and disappears. The wait to find out where this story will head will be a long one. I recommend this series. Disclosure: I received a free copy from Berkley Publishing Group through NetGalley for an honest review of the book. I would like to thank them for this opportunity to read and review the book. The opinions are my own.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Doward Wilson

    Meet Lily Ivory, a skilled witch and the owner of Aunt Cora's Closet, a vintage clothing store in San Francisco. Along with her familiar, a pot bellied pig named Oscar, who is actually a shape shifter, Lily works to solve murders involving the magical members of the city. Her latest case involves a high end vintage clothing store owner who was suing her for injuries sustained by being head butted by Oscar in his guise as a potbellied pig. These are wonderful entertaining characters with a lot of Meet Lily Ivory, a skilled witch and the owner of Aunt Cora's Closet, a vintage clothing store in San Francisco. Along with her familiar, a pot bellied pig named Oscar, who is actually a shape shifter, Lily works to solve murders involving the magical members of the city. Her latest case involves a high end vintage clothing store owner who was suing her for injuries sustained by being head butted by Oscar in his guise as a potbellied pig. These are wonderful entertaining characters with a lot of humor in them. The paranormal theme is a simple, Good vs. Evil, and the murder plots all have unique and unexpected twists. Don't pass over this fun series just because of the paranormal theme. They are intriguing and well plotted mysteries that will keep you laughing and turning the pages.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Di

    Another highly enjoyable book in this series! This one didn't have as much of the supernatural element that I really enjoy, the story still kept me engaged. I especially liked the scenes during Bronwyn's birthday party and that we got a glimpse into some of the things Aidan does in the community. A couple underlying story lines progressed also and the last few pages left me really curious about the next installment. I listened to a little bit of this on audiobook. This was the first t Another highly enjoyable book in this series! This one didn't have as much of the supernatural element that I really enjoy, the story still kept me engaged. I especially liked the scenes during Bronwyn's birthday party and that we got a glimpse into some of the things Aidan does in the community. A couple underlying story lines progressed also and the last few pages left me really curious about the next installment. I listened to a little bit of this on audiobook. This was the first time that I had done that with one of the books in this series and though I did enjoy the narrator, reading the physical copy allowed me to consume the story faster. As always, can't wait for the next installment!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Earlier this week I read and loved Juliet Blackwell's A Toxic Trousseau, book number 8 in one of my most favorite paranormal series! It was a true delight to have this book on my table and to read the book on the edge of my couch as I did. I love the suspense that Juliet creates and the characters relationships, exchanges and adventures always has me smiling. Juliet Blackwell has done a brilliant job with this mystery, with main character Lilly and all the gang. I think Oscar is at his best in t Earlier this week I read and loved Juliet Blackwell's A Toxic Trousseau, book number 8 in one of my most favorite paranormal series! It was a true delight to have this book on my table and to read the book on the edge of my couch as I did. I love the suspense that Juliet creates and the characters relationships, exchanges and adventures always has me smiling. Juliet Blackwell has done a brilliant job with this mystery, with main character Lilly and all the gang. I think Oscar is at his best in this story and all the my favorite characters return for more of that magic the series is known for.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rachel- Goodbye Borders

    Opens right away with Lily being served. Then, Aidan leaves town leaving Lily in charge of the "satchel." I thought Lily handled it well. The mystery was a good one and nicely solved at the end. A new threat is revealed which (I assume) sets up the plot for the next book. Lily is ever growing and evolving into an intelligent, strong, confident witch. I loved Lily and Sailor's relationship which takes a leap forward in this book. I want to see it work out, despite Aidan's warning (prediction?).

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    I enjoyed this book very much. The complicated and well written mystery kept me turning pages. I was surprised at the resolution and the author handed the reader an enticing cliffhanger in the last several pages. I can't wait to see where this goes. Too bad it'll probably be another year before I find out. The only thing I didn't like was the obvious use of the Winchester House as the model for the Rodchester House. I honestly think the author could have been a bit more creative in this area. It I enjoyed this book very much. The complicated and well written mystery kept me turning pages. I was surprised at the resolution and the author handed the reader an enticing cliffhanger in the last several pages. I can't wait to see where this goes. Too bad it'll probably be another year before I find out. The only thing I didn't like was the obvious use of the Winchester House as the model for the Rodchester House. I honestly think the author could have been a bit more creative in this area. It worked but just barely. Regardless, I highly recommend A Toxic Trousseau as a light summer read.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Gigi

    Juliet Blackwell creates the most wonderful cast of characters that surround San Francisco vintage clothing store owner (and witch) Lily Ivory. This mystery series was already great but keeps getting better.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Johnna

    Another great installment to a fun series. I love the play on the Rodchester/Winchester house aspect. This title ends with a fun surprise for the characters, but I wont spoil it for those who haven't read it yet.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Melodie

    Love this series. Characters grow and change, as do relationships. When another vintage clothing dealer dies somewhat suspiciously, is it really due to a "cursed" trousseau, or is it something much simpler than that? RECOMMEND!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jessica (a GREAT read)

    A Toxic Trousseau is the eighth installment in Juliet Blackwell’s Witchcraft Mystery series and is definitely a surprising one in more ways than one! I love that this series doesn’t necessarily require you to know all the details of the previous novel, because I am starting to have a short-term memory problem apparently! Lol. But each mystery stands on its own and only a few details about Lily’s life carry over from book to book and the surprises in this one are bound to come back around in the A Toxic Trousseau is the eighth installment in Juliet Blackwell’s Witchcraft Mystery series and is definitely a surprising one in more ways than one! I love that this series doesn’t necessarily require you to know all the details of the previous novel, because I am starting to have a short-term memory problem apparently! Lol. But each mystery stands on its own and only a few details about Lily’s life carry over from book to book and the surprises in this one are bound to come back around in the next two installments. Lily is having quite the morning when she comes to open her beloved vintage clothing shop only to be served with papers for a lawsuit. It seems Oscar caused “severe and traumatic” injury to a customer. When Lily tries to go talk to this woman, another vintage clothing dealer by the name of Autumn, she finds her falling to the floor completely sick, except, as it turns out, she was poisoned. And as the story description will tell you, Autumn doesn’t make it and dies. Now Lily is a suspect in what might be a murder case and if she doesn’t find out who the true culprit is, she might be in deeper waters than she anticipated. Aidan also reins Lily in to filling in his position while he goes out of town for some mysterious reason. She will now be the go to witch for witchy and warlocky related disputes. There’s something about Aidan’s satchel that he leaves behind with her that has everyone seriously freaked out when Lily even dares to mention it. While that part of the story doesn’t get a lot of attention, it does have me curious for what will come next. I got to hand it to Juliet, she really knows how to write an entertaining and insightful book! I have no doubts about the research she put in to revealing information about how women’s ballgowns and what not were made wayyy back in the day. As it turns out, some of those dresses were laced with poison! It had something to do with the dye, despite having no knowledge about fashion from the past, I have no doubts that Juliet studied up on the subject for this book. And let’s also add in the fact that a very famous mansion from California made it into this book…under another name of course. I wasn’t quite sure why there was a name change, I assumed copyright laws, but within minutes I put it together about what house was being discussed and I couldn’t help but smile. I hope to visit that house someday! The mystery itself was another one that had me guessing until the very end! I have to say that I came nowhere close to guessing the whodunit. But that just goes to show how poorly of a detective I would make, despite knowing who the bad guy was in every Scooby Doo episode I ever watched! Lol. Though I will say, the mystery was definitely more complex in terms of whodunit. There was a lot more to it then the simplicity of who wanted to murder Autumn for what reason. I will be interested to see how that will turn out in future books. There’s more mentioning of this big event that has yet to come to San Francisco that Aidan has SEEN. He knows it coming and it seems like that day is getting closer and closer. Though something else happens that might throw a wrench into his plans for Lily that I am excited to see happen! Lol. All in all, A Toxic Trousseau was yet another delightful mystical and magical mystery! I have so enjoyed getting caught back up in this series and alas, I find it’s time I get back to some of my review books that have piled up, but hopefully it won’t be too long before I can pick up the next installment, though it will likely be after the newest one comes out next month, more binge reading ahead for me! Overall Rating 5/5 stars

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sapphyria

    Oscar has caused a bit of trouble for Aunt Cora's Closet when he bumps a rude customer, causing her to fall. When a lawsuit is slapped on Lily unexpectedly, she tries to smooth things over by meeting with the plaintiff, Autumn, face-to-face. Unfortunately, the meeting goes south when bizarre behavior leaves Autumn dead. With Lily having the best established motive, she has to work quickly to clear her name. When Lily's investigation leads to knowledge of Autumn's recent acquisition of Oscar has caused a bit of trouble for Aunt Cora's Closet when he bumps a rude customer, causing her to fall. When a lawsuit is slapped on Lily unexpectedly, she tries to smooth things over by meeting with the plaintiff, Autumn, face-to-face. Unfortunately, the meeting goes south when bizarre behavior leaves Autumn dead. With Lily having the best established motive, she has to work quickly to clear her name. When Lily's investigation leads to knowledge of Autumn's recent acquisition of a presumed cursed trousseau, a new layer is added to the mystery. Include a local dog walker acting strangely and various residents who frequent the dog park and Lily has her work cut out for her. There also may be a link between Autumn, the trunk, and a local haunted house. In the end, was it the cursed trunk that killed Autumn or something more sinister? A Toxic Trousseau is another great book in Juliet Blackwell's Witchcraft Mystery series. The cozy mystery is fast paced, engaging, and full of excitement. There isn't a dull moment or lull in the story from start to finish. Lily continues to evolve and open up to those closest to her. She's a very different person now than she was at the beginning of the series. The author has done a fantastic job developing Lily's character, along with the characters that Lily spends the most time with. The Witchcraft Mysteries is one of my favorite cozy series'. Each story develops nicely and takes the reader on a brand new adventure in the world of the paranormal. The novels are suitable for anyone who wants to read them, as they are clean reads- no sex or swearing. If you're looking for your next cozy series then I highly recommend Juliet Blackwell's Witchcraft Mysteries. They are written well, have great storylines, solid plots, and easy-to-like characters. The dialogue between all characters is smooth and understandable and the novel is an easy, relaxing read. I highly suggest your start with book 1 in the series. I purchased this book myself.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    Plot Lily is served papers by a rival vintage clothing retailer--then she goes to inquire about the details, the woman is incoherent, and later dies at the hospital. The girl who delivered the papers runs from Lily the next time they see each other. When Lily's store is suspected, and then trashed, she goes back to investigate the dead woman's house. She and Sailor find a trousseau with dresses that were likely made with arsenic. Now, Lily is caught up in all sorts of webs, plus Aiden's magical br Plot Lily is served papers by a rival vintage clothing retailer--then she goes to inquire about the details, the woman is incoherent, and later dies at the hospital. The girl who delivered the papers runs from Lily the next time they see each other. When Lily's store is suspected, and then trashed, she goes back to investigate the dead woman's house. She and Sailor find a trousseau with dresses that were likely made with arsenic. Now, Lily is caught up in all sorts of webs, plus Aiden's magical briefcase is in her possession and she has to act as a witchy city councilwoman. Review With this book, I'm guessing Blackwell wasn't allowed to use the name Winchester Mystery House, so instead it was retitled the Rodchester House of Spirits. But she kept all of the same history--San Diego location, woman whose child and husband died, she moved to the west coast and started having work done on an insane mansion that contained a seance room. Blackwell really really really likes to include in history about the San Francisco area. Partly it's annoying, but mostly it's nice to read books that aren't set in NY. Winchester/Rodchester Answer: Juliet Blackwell's Facebook | September 21, 2015 In A Toxic Trousseau (Witchcraft #8, coming July 2016), Bronwyn holds a birthday party sleepover at the "Rodchester House of Spirits" -- which *might* have been based on a famously spooky mansion in San Jose (they wouldn't let me use their name!)... This is probably one of the few adult witch books where there's not any sex or much violence. 👍

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman

    So disappointed ... I'm caught up on the Witchcraft Mystery Series. Now I have to wait for Juliet Blackwell's upcoming release in Spring 2018 of A Magical Match. But, getting back to A Toxic Trousseau ... I loved seeing Lily in action without Aiden! She is definitely becoming quite the powerhouse. The idea that an item could hold a curse for generations - like the trousseau - makes me wonder if an item could also hold a blessing or a protection through generations. I did feel like the So disappointed ... I'm caught up on the Witchcraft Mystery Series. Now I have to wait for Juliet Blackwell's upcoming release in Spring 2018 of A Magical Match. But, getting back to A Toxic Trousseau ... I loved seeing Lily in action without Aiden! She is definitely becoming quite the powerhouse. The idea that an item could hold a curse for generations - like the trousseau - makes me wonder if an item could also hold a blessing or a protection through generations. I did feel like there were a few loose ends up til the very end but they were not really essential to the story anyway. And by then, I was sidetracked. Sailor, buddy, it's about time! Didn't that seem like it took forever for him to pop the question? Love the foreshadowing at the end. If Lily's grandmother and her entire coven have announced they are coming, it does seem like Blackwell is building up to something.

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