A Cast-Off Coven by Juliet Blackwell
Narrator: Xe Sands
Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
Date Read: 2013
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Mystery
Students are spooked at the San Francisco School of Fine Arts, and Lily is called in to search for possible paranormal activity. In return she's been promised a trunkful of Victorian-era clothes recently discovered in a school storage closet.
But Lily finds something else: the body of a wealthy patron of the school. In between running the store and seeing her new boyfriend, Max—a "mythbuster" who is uncomfortable with her witchcraft—she uses her sleuthing skills to try to solve the murder. 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.
Publisher: Penguin, Tantor
Series: A Witchcraft Mystery #2
Also by this author: If Walls Could Talk, Secondhand Spirits, Keeper of the Castle, In a Witch's Wardrobe, Hexes and Hemlines br> br>
Also in this series: Secondhand Spirits, In a Witch's Wardrobe, Spellcasting In Silk
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Tracking Books Read Review (short)
Overall Rating: 4.25
Story Rating: 4.50
Character Rating: 4.00
Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: A Cast-Off Coven was a wonderful listen with a pretty darn good who-dun-it!
Overall Thoughts: Lily is a unique leading character. I don’t always like her but I always love her gumption. She grew a LOT in A Cast-Off Coven and learned a little bit more about herself in the process. I am hoping part of the process means shucking off her current love interest but that remains to be seen. I LOVED the mystery in A Cast-Off Coven. The school was the perfect setting for this one because it involved Lily’s two shop gals (my favorite characters) more! My favorite parts in the first two books all involved the side characters and I hope they play a bigger role in the future books! There was a little bit of everything involved in this case: fun, twists, turns, and a bit of old-fashioned sleuthing. I love that Lily’s witch powers are just part of how she figures things out! She really does have a great head on her shoulders.
Narrated By Xe Sands / Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
Xe rocks the narration for this series. She plays Lily in a way that totally makes her personality shine. She has really good male voices and her pacing is outstanding. I totally recommend these on audio!
Final Thoughts: I already got the rest of the series on audio and now I need to squeeze them in!
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