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Author: Juliet Blackwell

Juliet Blackwell has been fascinated with witchcraft, alternative healing, and spirits of all kinds ever since she was a child. As an anthropologist, she studied systems of physical and mental health care all over the world.

Blackwell is the New York Times bestselling author of the Witchcraft Mystery series, which features a misfit witch with a vintage clothing store in San Francisco's Haight Ashbury neighborhood. The series includes Secondhand Spirits, A Cast-off Coven, Hexes and Hemlines, In a Witch's Wardrobe, and Tarnished and Torn (to be released July 3, 2012).

The Haunted Home Renovation series --in which Mel Turner, a restorer of historic homes, finds ghosts behind the walls-- includes If Walls Could Talk, Dead Bolt, and Murder on the House.

Under the pseudonym Hailey Lind, Juliet penned the Art Lover's Mystery series with her sister Carolyn--including the Agatha-nominated Feint of Art. Arsenic and Old Paint is the latest in the series.

A former anthropologist and social worker, Juliet has worked and studied in Mexico, Spain, Cuba, Italy, the Philippines, and France. She now lives in a happily haunted house in Oakland, California, where she is a muralist and portrait painter. She served two terms as president of Northern California Sisters in Crime, and sat on the board of Northern California Mystery Writers of America.

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A Magical Match - A Witchcraft Mystery, #9

A Magical Match
  • Number: B073YTCGL2
  • Release: 2018-04-03
  • Author: Juliet Blackwell
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: * Supernatural, * Susp: Mystery, * Susp: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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Witch and vintage store owner Lily Ivory faces her most difficult mystery to date with a case of mistaken identity that hits close to home...

Lily Ivory and her friends are planning a 1950s-themed brunch to benefit the local women's shelter. When a figure from her past shows up unannounced, threatening her unless she returns something that belonged to him, Lily's fiancé, Sailor, steps in to defend her. After the same man is found dead later that day, Sailor is the primary suspect. He swears he's innocent, but multiple witnesses ID him as the perpetrator of the assault. Lily vows to clear his name...only she's not sure where to start with the mounting evidence against him.

When she sees Sailor in the neighborhood despite knowing he's in jail, Lily starts to wonder if there could be a doppelganger in San Francisco. When she's not busy helping customers find matching outfits for the upcoming event, searching for a vintage wedding dress for her own nuptials, and dealing with an ill-timed magical cold, Lily begins to suspect one of her magical foes is targeting her loved ones in an attempt to weaken her.


Letters from Paris

Letters from Paris
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: 9780451473707
  • Release: 2016-09-06
  • Author: Juliet Blackwell
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Women's Fiction
  • Publisher: Berkley
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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Key comes the story of a mysterious work of art and the woman inspired to uncover its history in the City of Light.

After surviving the accident that took her mother’s life, Claire Broussard has worked hard to escape her small Louisiana hometown. But these days she feels something is lacking. Abruptly leaving her lucrative job in Chicago, Claire returns home to care for her ailing grandmother. There, she unearths a beautiful piece of artwork that her great-grandfather sent home from Paris after World War II. 

At her grandmother’s urging, Claire travels to Paris to track down the century-old mask-making atelier where the object, known only as “L’Inconnue”—or The Unknown Woman—was created. Under the watchful eye of a surly mask-maker, Claire discovers a cache of letters that offers insight into the life of the Belle Epoque woman immortalized in the work of art. As Claire explores the unknown woman’s tragic fate, she begins to unravel deeply buried secrets in her own life.


A Toxic Trousseau - Witchcraft Mystery, #8

A Toxic Trousseau
  • Number: 9780451465795
  • Release: 2016-07-05
  • Author: Juliet Blackwell
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: * Supernatural, * Susp: Mystery, * Susp: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: NAL
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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 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…


Give Up the Ghost - A Haunted Home Renovation Mystery, #6

Give Up the Ghost
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: 9780451465818
  • Release: 2015-12-01
  • Author: Juliet Blackwell
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: * Susp: Mystery, * Susp: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: NAL
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Keeper of the Castle, San Francisco contractor and ghost whisperer Mel Turner must solve a murder mystery at a haunted mansion in the Pacific Heights...

San Francisco millionaire Andrew Flynt wants to sell his Victorian mansion, but ghostly music, the squeaking of a long-disappeared weathervane, and an angry ghost keep running off potential buyers. After a famous psychic is called in, she informs the Flynts that their multi-million-dollar renovations to “update” the home have left its resident ghost extremely agitated. So contractor Mel Turner is engaged to track down and replace some of the original features of the house. 

But when the beautiful psychic is found stabbed, it appears someone had a very human motive for murder. Now Mel must use her ghost whispering gift to uncover the secrets of the haunted house on the hill, and her sleuthing skills to catch a killer.


The Paris Key

The Paris Key
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: 9780451473691
  • Release: 2015-09-01
  • Author: Juliet Blackwell
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Women's Fiction
  • Publisher: NAL
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An American in Paris navigates her family’s secret past and unlocks her own future, in this emotionally evocative novel by New York Times bestselling author Juliet Blackwell.

As a girl, Genevieve Martin spent the happiest summer of her life in Paris, learning the delicate art of locksmithing at her uncle’s side. But since then, living back in the States, she has become more private, more subdued. She has been an observer of life rather than an active participant, holding herself back from those around her, including her soon-to-be-ex-husband.

Paris never really left Genevieve, and, as her marriage crumbles, she finds herself faced with an incredible opportunity: return to the magical city of her youth to take over her late uncle’s shop. But as she absorbs all that Parisian culture has to offer, she realizes the city also holds secrets about her family that could change her forever, and that locked doors can protect you or imprison you, depending on which side of them you stand.


Spellcasting in Silk - A Witchcraft Mystery, #7

Spellcasting in Silk
  • Number: 9780451465788
  • Release: 2015-07-07
  • Author: Juliet Blackwell
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: * Susp: Mystery, * Susp: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: NAL
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From the New York Times bestselling author of A Vision in Velvet comes more spooky sleuthing with Lily Ivory, vintage boutique owner and gifted witch…

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…


Keeper of the Castle - A Haunted Home Renovation Mystery

Keeper of the Castle
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: 9780451465801
  • Release: 2014-12-02
  • Author: Juliet Blackwell
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: * Supernatural, * Susp: Action / Thriller, * Susp: Mystery
  • Publisher: Signet
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In the latest Haunted Home Renovation mystery from New York Times bestselling author Juliet Blackwell, San Francisco contractor?and reluctant ghostbuster?Mel Turner gets hired for a job that's to die for.

Lately, Mel has been worried about finding enough historic renovation work to pay the bills. But while Turner Construction is in need of a project, Mel’s boyfriend, Graham, has his hands full managing the reconstruction of an ancient building shipped over from Scotland.

With the job plagued by rumors that the stones are cursed, Graham brings in Mel to look for paranormal activity. And while the ghost of a charming Scottish clansman does seem to be hanging around the site, the real shock comes when they stumble upon a body.

When the original construction crew starts running scared, Mel brings in her team to finish the job. Now all she has to do is nail down the killer, and put the spirits to rest, before anyone else winds up heading for the highlands


A Vision in Velvet - A Witchcraft Mystery, #6

A Vision in Velvet
  • Number: B00HDMM7UY
  • Release: 2014-07-01
  • Author: Juliet Blackwell
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: * Supernatural, * Susp: Mystery, * Susp: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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Lily Ivory hopes to score some great vintage fashions 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 antiques dealer who sold her the cape is killed, Lily suspects a supernatural force might be behind his death.

Then Lily’s familiar, Oscar the potbellied pig, 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.


Home For the Haunting - A Haunted Home Renovation Mystery, #4

Home For the Haunting
  • Number: B00C5QZBXS
  • Release: 2013-12-03
  • Author: Juliet Blackwell
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: * Susp: Mystery, * Susp: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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No good deed goes unpunished.

San Francisco contractor Mel Turner is leading a volunteer home renovation project, and while she expects lots of questions from her inexperienced crew, she can’t help asking a few of her own—especially about the haunted house next door…the place local kids call the Murder House.

But when volunteers discover a body while cleaning out a shed, questions pile up faster than discarded lumber. Mel notices signs of ghostly activity next door and she wonders: Are the Murder House ghosts reaching out to her for help, or has the house claimed another victim?

Now, surprised to find herself as the SFPD’s unofficial “ghost consultant,” Mel must investigate murders both past and present before a spooky killer finishes another job.


Tarnished and Torn - A Witchcraft Mystery

Tarnished and Torn
  • Number: 9780451240095
  • Release: 2013-07-02
  • Author: Juliet Blackwell
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: * Supernatural, * Susp: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Signet
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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.


Murder on the House - A Haunted Home Renovation Mystery, #3

Murder on the House
  • Number: B0090UOISQ
  • Release: 2012-12-04
  • Author: Juliet Blackwell
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: * Susp: Mystery, * Susp: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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Bed-and-breakfast—with a side of ghosts.

Word has spread that contractor Mel Turner can communicate with the spirits of the dead, and she’s having a hard time maintaining a low profile. She decides to embrace her reputation for the chance to restore a historic house that calls to her. The new owners, who hope to run a haunted bed-and-breakfast, want Mel to encourage the ghosts that supposedly roam the halls to enhance the house’s paranormal charm.

The catch: Mel has to spend one night in the house to win the project. During the spine-chilling sleepover, the estate gains another supernatural occupant when someone doesn’t survive the night. As Mel tries to coax the resident spirits into revealing the identity of the killer, she risks becoming the next casualty of this dangerous renovation.


In a Witch's Wardrobe - A Witchcraft Mystery, #4

In a Witch's Wardrobe
  • Number: B0073XV2D6
  • Release: 2012-07-03
  • Author: Juliet Blackwell
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: * Supernatural, * Susp: Mystery, * Susp: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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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…


Dead Bolt - A Haunted Home Renovation Mystery, #2

Dead Bolt
  • Number: B005GSYZHA
  • Release: 2011-12-06
  • Author: Juliet Blackwell
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: * Susp: Mystery, * Susp: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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Turner Construction's latest restoration project is a historic Queen Anne Victorian in San Francisco. This time general contractor Mel Turner has to work around the owners who insist on sticking around- along with some ghosts that insist in their own way that the work stops...

The ghosts aren't the only ones standing in the way of the renovations. A crotchety neighbor, Emile Blunt, secretly wants this house, and could be behind some of the disturbances. But when Emile is found dead, it's Mel who appears guilty. Now she must restore the building-and her reputation-before it's too late.


Hexes and Hemlines - A Witchcraft Mystery, #3

Hexes and Hemlines
  • Number: B004R1QX8Q
  • Release: 2011-06-07
  • Author: Juliet Blackwell
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: * Supernatural, * Susp: Mystery, * Susp: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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Lily gets called away from her vintage clothing store 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, before everyone's luck runs out.


If Walls Could Talk - A Haunted Home Renovation Mystery, #1

If Walls Could Talk
  • Number: B0046ECIWY
  • Release: 2010-12-07
  • Author: Juliet Blackwell
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: * Susp: Mystery, * Susp: Cozy Mystery, #FirstInaSeries
  • Publisher: Berkley
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Melanie Turner has made quite a name for herself remodeling historic houses in the San Francisco Bay Area. But now her reputation may be on the line.

At her newest project, a run-down Pacific Heights mansion, Mel is visited by the ghost of a colleague who recently met a bad end with power tools. Mel hopes that by nailing the killer, she can rid herself of the ghostly presence of the murdered man-and not end up a construction casualty herself...


A Cast-Off Coven - A Witchcraft Mystery, #2

A Cast-Off Coven
  • Number: B003NX7O4G
  • Release: 2010-05-26
  • Author: Juliet Blackwell
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: * Supernatural, * Susp: Mystery, * Susp: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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Lily Ivory is not your average witch. She runs a vintage clothing store called Aunt Cora's Closet and has the magical ability to sense vibrations of the past from clothing and jewelry. When students are spooked at the San Francisco School for the Arts, Lily is called in to search for paranormal activity. She finds a dead body00and a closet full of old clothes with some very bad vibes.


Secondhand Spirits - A Witchcraft Mystery, #1

Secondhand Spirits
  • Number: B002AU7MS6
  • Release: 2009-05-22
  • Author: Juliet Blackwell
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: * Supernatural, * Susp: Mystery, * Susp: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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Love the vintage- not the ghosts

Lily Ivory feels that she can finally fit in somewhere and conceal her "witchiness" in San Francisco. It's there that she opens her vintage clothing shop, outfitting customers both spiritually and stylistically.

Just when things seem normal, a client is murdered and children start disappearing from the Bay Area. Lily has a good idea that some bad phantoms are behind it. Can she keep her identity secret, or will her witchy ways be forced out of the closet as she attempts to stop the phantom?


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