Hexes and Hemlines (Paperback)
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Short Description for Hexes and Hemlines Lily is called to give police a witch's take on how the leader of a rationalist society could be murdered, surrounded by superstitions he discredited. Evidence points to dark witchcraft. Lily's determined to use magic of her own to find the murderer. Original.
- Published: 07 June 2011
- Format: Paperback 324 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780451233783 ISBN 10: 0451233786
- Sales rank: 84,827
Reviews for Hexes and Hemlines
- Top review
Impressive flair with dialogue.
Because I buy interesting stories discovered on sale, it can be years before they're read. This served me well with Juliet Blackwell. Her San Francisco series has unique angles that are up my alley. But I dislike the troll and was blunted with hardcore witchcraft on page one without any introduction to the setting. I didn't think I'd pursue more but my buying trend had already gathered most of the series. I loved "A Cast-Off Coven" and was so glad the series meshed with me more; that I next leapt to "Hexes And Hemlines" as an anticipating fan.
I find volume III even better, a case of polishing each release. I dislike the demon angle of previous titles and troll. Observations about being "oh so powerful" diminished and it only takes omission of niggling areas to love someone's work. Amy Tan remarked to Stephen King that of all questions, fans never inquire about language. Juliet's descriptions, life breathed into characters, and narration are top notch. Even the guy sitting outside the store makes me laugh, saying: "Dude"! It helps relate to Lily that she is a person with down home manners and an accent that is conveyed exceptionally well. I adore the sprinkling of Spanish too, because a Texan would have the basics and I happen to speak it. Cultural flair is always of great interest to me and the best way to tangibly portray people.
The previous back story about French nuns and art school were fictional but Juliet blends a majesty of history I can't get enough of. Uncovering research is an exciting part of adventures. In this case of the seventh zodiac and omitted month, those ancient details are enchanting but also satisfying to learn. I enjoyed the closer look at Bronwyn and Aidan this time too. by C. Riedel