- Mass Market Paperback: 246 pages
- Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime; Reprint edition (Jan. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425226409
- ISBN-13: 978-0425226407
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 1.9 x 17.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 930,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Veiled Deception: A Vintage Magic Mystery (Berkley Prime Crime Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jan 2009
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"Ms. Blair's writing is smooth as a fine Kentucky bourbon."
About the Author
Annette Blair writes historical and contemporary romances, including My Favorite Witch and The Kitchen Witch.
Top Customer Reviews
With years of experience working for a top New York designer, Madeira Cutler has learned to appreciate the clean lines, rich texture, and elegant draping of a finely crafted garment. Its not until Maddie goes home to Mystick Falls, Connecticut, for her sister's wedding, however, that she discovers her understanding of fashion goes much deeper.........
Before the accessory shopping and fittings can begin, the festivities hit a snag when Maddie finds her sister's nemesis strangled with the bride-to-be's veil. In between opening her own vintage clothing shop and keeping the wedding on track, Maddie's determined to perform her own investigation to clear her family's name. She soon finds that her best witness may be an antique wedding dress that magically unveils to her the secrets of those who have worn it. But if the gown doesnt talk fast, the lives of everyone Maddie loves will surely fall apart at the seams.
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Perhaps as another reviewer noted there is a little too much romance for mystery readers--but I always like my cozies with a little romance in them and this certainly qualifies as Romantic Suspense.
I loved the paranormal elements and I thought Blair did a great job setting up the series, while still not losing control of the story as she introduced a lot of characters.
I especially love the 103 year old woman and her ghostly lover--what a delight and I can't wait to read more about them.
I also sense a Stephanie Plumesque choice between the solid if sometimes dorky Werner and the ooh la la Nick. Although I have a feeling that there is a lot more to Nick then just his libido.
I loved it when Madeira apologized to Lytton Warner for dubbing him "Little Weiner" in elementary school. He acknowledged that the nickname made him tough (he got in a lot of fights) and may have influenced his becoming a star football player and cop--but I can understand his grudgingly not quite accepting her apology.
The deep backgrounds and long history of these characters add depth to the story and the relationships.
As for the paranormal elements, I lost my Mother last May and the final ghost at the wedding did make me shed a few tears. If only all of us could have that kind of closure--but it made for a great ending.
I also loved the gorgeous cover with the foil accents, I can hardly wait to read the next one in the series.
Madeleine Cutler returns home for her sister, Sherry's wedding. She meets relatives and childhood friends again. Deborah Vancourtland Sherry's future Mother-in-law has invited Jasmine Justin's ex girlfriend to the engagement party. After Sherry threatens Justine, she is found strangled with the bridal veil. Maddie has strange visions after touching the wedding gown. Maddie needs to understand these visions with the aid of Aunt Fiona. Will Maddie and friends find the KILLER before there is another death? I am ready to read the next one.
The premise of the book is nothing new, picking up vibes from objects or clothing has been used in other books, some good and some bad. Ms Blair managed to take it and turn it into a Grade C story.
The mystery, how shall I describe it? Okay, someone was murdered? A very unpleasant person was murdered brought into the plot by another unpleasant person; I had more sympathy for the murderer.
The process of solving the crime was overall ho-hum. They were some passages that were cute and some that actually made me chuckle.
I liked the fact that the professionals in the book weren't portrayed as complete idiots.
Mad, the main female character wasn't bad, we did learn that she wasn't happy with her job, she raised her siblings and that she's been having an on again - off again relationship with a very attractive F.B.I. agent who walked though the book and while we learned what Mad did I felt I didn't learn that much about her.
I also wanted to know more about Nick and it would be nice to see better chemistry-interaction between him and Mad. In addition, I would like to learn why their relationship was described as on-again/off-again but deep down I want them to remain on-again.
Then there was Eve, Mad's stereotypical friend and recent roommate who should mind her own business. You'll know what I mean when and if you read the book.
Some of the characters reminded me of extras in a TV program, they were there and they took part in the story but except for a couple of characters including the Sweets, Mother and daughter-in-law none of them was worth remembering.
And dropping names of fashion houses may be of interest for some people but it really didn't add to the story and made no impression on me what's-so-ever and I couldn't care less if they were real.