Praise for the Witchcraft Mysteries
Spellcasting in Silk
"Blackwell knows what it takes to write a great mystery. Lily and her gang, including her pig familiar Oscar, are trying to solve another case, and again have stumbled across more than they bargained for. A great story for Blackwell's fans."
—Romantic Times 4 Stars (read the full review)
"Spellcasting in Silk has an intriguing setup, a complex plot, and does a great job forwarding the series arc...What really sets Juliet Blackwell apart from the pack, though, is her stellar character work. Lily's a marvelous heroine—fearless, funny, and flawed—but I confess, it's her supporting cast that keeps me coming back, book after book...And anyone who doesn't love Lily's familiar, Oscar the gobgoyle, is clearly dead inside."
—Katrina Niidas Holm, Crimespree magazine
"This is a truly enchanting series ... Lily is a contradictory character, full of vulnerabilities despite an awareness of her increasing magical powers... Her continued companionship with Oscar, a goblin/gargoyle who hides under the guise of a Vietnamese potbellied pig, ensures that the novel contains the author's trademark blend of humor and strong emotions. This is as much a fantasy series as it is a mystery novel, and it is always a joy to spend time in this charming world inhabited by such fascinating characters."
—Cynthia Chow, King's River Life Magazine
"Juliet Blackwell's mystery series are some of my favorites with the strong female characters, the complex relationships, and the paranormal elements.... Spellcasting in Silk, with its touches of humor (thank you, Oscar), traces of romance, mystery and paranormal elements is another not-to-be-missed entry in a beguiling series."
—Lesa Holstine, Lesa's Book Critiques
A Vision in Velvet
"...this one is a true homerun. The author uses her obvious extensive knowledge about antiques and the paranormal for this plot. And although a standalone, readers should definitely meet Lily from her very beginnings; a lonely witch that has grown into a strong woman with many friends to help her on her journey."
"I believe this is the best of this series...The complex issues are key to creating the tension that ratchets up through Lily's struggles. I also enjoyed the expansion of information about some of the secondary characters... Juliet Blackwell is a master at weaving back story so that it does not interfere with the main thrust of the book but truly, reading the entire series is a pleasure well-worth the time and money invested."
Tarnished and Torn
"Blackwell has another winner with the fifth installment of her Witchcraft Mysteries....This story is a great entry in a really great series."
—Romantic Times, 4 stars
"This book cast a spell on me. I enjoyed the quirky characters, witchy and otherwise, plus the murders ...Blackwell writes a cleverly crafted story, which kept me fascinated. I eagerly skipped down this San Francisco-style yellow brick road, so, if you're looking for something completely different, Tarnished and Torn
is a perfectly paced summer read."
"Tarnished and Torn
is perhaps my favorite entry in Juliet Blackwell's Witchcraft Mystery series...we are led through the twists and knots of a very well-plotted whodunit... The setting in San Francisco is so well-drawn it might as well be a character in and of itself."
"The series never disappoints and draws the reader into Lily's life instantly."
—Mysteries and My Musings
"The fifth in the Witchcraft Mystery series continues to build on creating a very strong mythology around Lily and her continually growing powers as a witch. Blackwell incorporates an impressive amount of fascinating Aztec lore and builds a very believable world where different myths collide and yet still coexist... The social insecurity of an extraordinarily powerful witch is very craftily explored in this enjoyable and exciting paranormal mystery that features plenty of romance, fashion, thrills, and humor."
—King's River Life
In a Witch's Wardrobe
"A smashingly fabulous tale."
—New York Times bestselling author Victoria Laurie
"Funny and thoughtful, In a Witch's Wardrobe
is an easy read with an enjoyable heroine and a touch of witchy intuition."
—The Mystery Reader
"Another engrossing story by an author with marvelous storytelling skills."
"A really entertaining read . . . I look forward to the next installment."
"Juliet's writing is creative and wickedly imaginative."
—Once Upon a Romance
"A wonderful paranormal amateur sleuth tale. . . . Fans will enjoy Lily's magical mystery tour of San Francisco."
—Genre Go Round Reviews
Hexes and Hemlines
"The third novel in Juliet Blackwell's Witchcraft series is as delectable as the previous two... Blending a mystery with all things paranormal and her customary light humor, this title doesn't disappoint. Strong writing, a solid plot, and a spunky, likable heroine add up to this cleverly written, top-notch cozy mystery."
4 Stars, Romantic Times
"The imagery alone is worth the price you'll pay for a Juliet Blackwell Witchcraft Mystery. Dressed in the vintage clothing that she sells in the Haight Ashbury section of San Francisco in her shop Aunt Cora's Closet, with a pig... or was that a half ogre/half gargoyle familiar named Oscar, Lily Ivory must be a sight to be seen... Hexes and Hemlines carries you along with an unconventional cast where nothing is out of bounds. Extraordinarily entertaining!"
Shannon Raab with Suspense Magazine
"This is a fun and totally engrossing series that hooks you instantly and makes you want more... I love the mix of vintage clothes, magic and a lingering possibility of romance combined with mystery... "
"This exciting urban fantasy murder mystery... is an entertaining paranormal whodunit... Her familiar Oscar, a half goblin-gargoyle becomes a cute pot bellied pig who adds jocularity to the fast-paced story line as part of the quirky cast (benign, kind, and evil) that helps make this spellbinding tale a fun read."
"Juliet Blackwell has created a series that will appeal to mystery fans as well as paranormal enthusiasts."
—Debbie's Book Bag
A Cast Off Coven
"If you like your mysteries with a side of spell casting and demon vanquishing, you'll enjoy the second title in Blackwell's Witchcraft mysteries."
"This awesome paranormal mystery stars a terrific heroine."
"Somehow, Juliet Blackwell manages to combine witches, vintage clothing, history, humor, romance, murder, and a serious evil threat in a marvelous story, A Cast-Off Coven. This isn't a lighthearted cozy witchcraft mystery. It's a story with a great deal of depth... filled with fascinating characters and a good mystery, but adding magic, romance, and, even some fascinating history of San Francisco. A Cast-Off Coven is genre-blending at its best."
Lesa Holstine, Lesa's Book Critiques
"I so loved flipping the pages of this wonderful blend of quirkiness, paranormal elements, and contemporary setting that I ran out and bought the first book in Juliet Blackwell's Witchcraft Mysteries. I can't wait to read future installments as this bohemian witch continues to earn her living in a bustling metropolis."
Two Lips Reviews
"I recommend A Cast-Off Coven as a fun read, especially for those who enjoy a bit of magic with their mystery."
Paula Myers, Fresh Fiction
"[A Cast-Off Coven
] is intense, creepy, and intriguing with a fine blend of charm, wit, and light-heartedness."
Connie Payne, Once Upon a Romance Reviews
"An excellent blend of mystery, paranormal, and light humor, creating a cozy that is a must-read for anyone with an interest in literature with paranormal elements."
Romance Readers Connection
"It's a fun story, with romance possibilities with a couple hunky men, terrific vintage clothing, and the enchanting Oscar. But there is so much more to this book. It has serious depth."
The Herald News (MA)
"Lily Ivory is a twenty-first-century Samantha Stevens, minus the nose wriggling. The story combines fun and seriousness for an entertaining read."
"Juliet Blackwell provides terrific urban fantasy with the opening of the Witchcraft Mystery series."
Genre Go Round Reviews
"Solid plotting and realistic but odd characters brings a cozy tone to this wonderful debut... Looking forward to the second."