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Witchcraft Mysteries

"Lily Ivory is a twenty-first-century Samantha Stevens, minus the nose wriggling."
   —Romantic Times

Lily Ivory, a natural-born witch skilled in brewing and botanicals, opens a vintage clothing store called Aunt Cora's Closet in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, where she makes friends—and becomes part of a community—for the first time in her life. Unfortunately, San Francisco is brimming with supernatural mischief...and very human murder.

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A Magical Match

A Magical Match
Book 9

Available Spring 2018!

Lily's seeing double...

When Lily offered to host a charity tea featuring matching mother-daughter outfits, little did she realize what spirits she might be inviting into Aunt Cora's Closet. Are doppelgängers a thing? Lily's not quite sure. Meanwhile, Sailor is arrested for the murder of a man who made threats against Lily. To prove her fiancĂ©'s innocence—and get him out of jail in time for their wedding—Lily must go up against a dangerous adversary, and confront painful memories from her past.

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A Toxic Trousseau

A Toxic Trousseau
Book 8

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Natural-born 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 clothing'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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NAL, Mass Market Paperback (July 2016), ISBN: 9780451465795


Spellcasting in Silk

Spellcasting in Silk
Book 7

Lily would like nothing better than to relax, enjoy her friends, and take care of business at her store, which is booming thanks to San Francisco's upcoming Summer of Love Festival. But as the unofficial witchy consultant to the SFPD, she is pulled into yet another case.

A woman has jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge, and her apparent suicide may be connected to a suspicious botanica in the Mission District. When the police investigate the shop, they ask Lily to look into its mysterious owner, whose granddaughter also appears to be missing. As Lily searches for the truth, she finds herself confronted with a confounding mystery and some very powerful magic...

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NAL, Mass Market Paperback (July 2015), ISBN: 9780451465788


A Vision in Velvet

Vision in Velvet
Book 6

Lily Ivory hopes to score some great vintage fashion when she buys an antique trunk full of old clothes. But she may have gotten more than she bargained for...

As soon as Lily opens the trunk she feels strange vibrations emanating from a mysterious velvet cloak. When she tries it on, Lily sees awful visions from the past. And when the antique dealer who sold her the cape is killed, Lily suspects a supernatural force might be behind his death.

Then Lily's familiar, Oscar, disappears. Lily will do anything to get him back—including battling the spirit of a powerful witch reaching out from the past. But even with the aid of her grandmother, unmasking a killer and saving Oscar might be more than one well-intentioned sorceress can handle...

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Penguin Group, Mass Market Paperback (June 2014), ISBN: 9780451240903


Tarnished and Torn

Tarnished and Torn
Book 5

As the owner of a popular vintage clothing store, Lily Ivory can enjoy a day of antique jewelry shopping and still call it work. But as one of San Francisco's resident witches, searching for hidden treasures can sometimes lead to dangerous discoveries...

When Lily arrives at an antique jewelry fair, her bargain sensors go off left and right—but she also picks up a faint vibration of magic. Could the hard-bargaining merchant Griselda be a fellow practitioner? It certainly seems that way when a sudden fire sends panic through the crowd, and Lily discovers Griselda murdered in a way that nods to an old-fashioned witch hunt...

A crime that hits close to home turns into an unwelcome flash from the past when the police bring in their lead suspect—Lily's estranged father. Though he may not deserve her help, Lily is determined to clear her father's name and solve a murder that's anything but crystal clear.

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Penguin Group, Mass Market Paperback (July 2013), ISBN-13: 9780451240095


In a Witch's Wardrobe

In a Witch's Wardrobe
Book 4

Lily Ivory is living her dream of owning a vintage clothing store—and practicing magic on the side. But when she encounters a sinister sleeping spell, Lily comes face-to-face with a nightmarish evil...

Taking a night off from running her successful San Francisco clothing store, Lily attends a local art deco ball where vintage fashions steal the show. But when a young woman at the event falls under a mysterious sleeping sickness, Lily senses that a curse was placed on the woman's corsage.

Before Lily can solve the woman's magical ailment, she's asked to assist in investigating a string of poisonings in the Bay Area Witchcraft community. She's gained the trust of the local covens by supporting women's charities through her clothing store. But soon, Lily suspects that one of her new acquaintances might not be so well intentioned and could be dabbling in dark magic and deadly botany...

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Penguin Group, Mass Market Paperback (July 2012), ISBN-13: 9780451237477


Hexes and Hemlines

Hexes and Hemlines
Book 3

With her vintage clothing store taking off, Lily Ivory is finding that life in San Francisco suits her just fine. But her ability to sense vibrations from the past, so useful in locating secondhand gems, has landed her in the middle of a new mystery...

Lily gets called away from Aunt Cora's Closet when the police need a witch's take on a strange case. Malachi Zazi was stabbed to death in his apartment, under a ladder, surrounded by the number thirteen, a broken mirror, and a black cat—superstitions that the victim, as head of a rationalist society, was devoted to discrediting.

When the police identify a suspect from the Serpentarian Society, Lily is shocked to learn it's someone she knows. But with bad luck plaguing all its members, she begins to wonder if there's more at work than mere coincidence. And while there aren't many clues from the crime scene, Lily finds evidence of dark witchcraft and a hex on her friend's doorstep. With her friend's safety at stake, Lily is determined to use magic to find the murderer before everyone's luck runs out...

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Penguin Group, Mass Market Paperback (June 2011), ISBN-13: 9780451233783


A Cast Off Coven

A Cast Off Coven
Book 2

A National Bestseller

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.

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Penguin Group, Mass Market Paperback (June 2010), ISBN-13: 9780451230492


Secondhand Spirits

Secondhand Spirits
Book 1

Lily Ivory is not your average witch. Her spell-casting powers tend to draw mischievous spirits while keeping normal humans at a distance. But now her vintage clothing store could give her a chance to make friends in San Francisco....

Lily hopes for a normal life when she opens Aunt Cora's Closet. With her magical knack for vintage fashion -she can sense vibrations of the past from clothing and jewelry—her store becomes a big hit.

But when a client is murdered and children start disappearing from the Bay Area, Lily may be the only one who can unravel the crime. She tries to keep her identity a secret while investigating, but it's not easy—especially under the spells of sexy "mythbuster" Max Carmichael and powerful witch Aidan Rhodes. Will Lily's witchy ways be forced out of the closet?

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Signet Paperback (July 2009), ISBN-13: 978-0451227454