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A Veiled Deception: A Vintage Magic Mystery (Berkley Prime Crime Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jan 2009

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  • 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)
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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.

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This is a brilliant book to read. There was no reviews when i got this book. Only bought the book because of the front cover. So glad i did now.

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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i have read quite a few cozy crimes now and this one for the authors first go at the cozy crime genre is more of a romance than a crime,i got to 28 pages with this and just could not go any further, it should have been put with the romance section,overly descriptive through every sentance,it was too repetitive,maybe the 2nd book in the series may be better. if not that will be hitting the bin as well
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very good indeed
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Romantic Cozy Mystery 26 Mar. 2009
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I have always enjoyed Annette Blair's books and so I picked up this one expecting the usual solid read Blair always delivers. But, this book was a delightful surprise, more then a solid read and a great kick off to what looks like a great cozy series.

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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange Doings 8 Nov. 2014
By Bettylouise - Published on Amazon.com
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A wonderful and relaxing paranormal cozy mystery with fascinating characters and a nifty plot that will hold your interest.
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.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Solid C Grade 6 Oct. 2009
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Like many first books in a series, the author is under the impression that he or she must pack it with every little fact they think the reader needs while watering down the meat of the story.

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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Starts Slow, But Stick With It! 20 Aug. 2009
By Kate Emburg - Published on Amazon.com
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I expected a paranormal mystery from Annette Sinclair, but nothing of a supernatural nature happened in the first third of the book, and the main character, Maddy, made little progress in solving the mystery. However, it definitely picked up when Maddy decided to open a vintage clothing shop in the carriage house of a former funeral home, complete with resident handsome ghost, Dante Underhill. From there the story held my interest, the suspect list expanded, and the pieces of the mystery fell into place. If this were a stand-alone title I might complain about the large cast of characters --- Maddy has a goth BFF, 3 siblings, a college professor Dad, Aunt Fiona, a boyfriend, the local police chief who in my opinion SHOULD be her boyfriend, an eccentric 103-year-old neighbor, the ghost of Dante, the ghost of Maddy's mother, and a really weird cat. All these characters could be better developed; some do little more than clutter up the story. But since this is the first book in a series, I'm guessing they will play more significant roles in subsequent titles. Now that Maddy has discovered her psychic talents and is on the verge of opening her store, I'm looking forward to Book 2, which should feature more ghosts & more vintage fashions!
4.0 out of 5 stars Cozy Psychic Vintage Clothing Mystery 26 Jun. 2012
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This is a wonderful light, cozy mystery. (Cozy, as in no explicit sex, language, or "on-screen" violence.) "Vintage Magic" is a bit misleading in the series title, as it refers to the name of the vintage clothing store. I don't recall much "magic" (as in witchcraft), but there is plenty of the supernatural (ghosts) and the heroine has the psychic ability to "read" some of her vintage clothing, which gets her involved in solving the mysteries. There are some really fun side characters, especially Dante, the debonaire-but-deceased mortician. My only tiny complaint was the heroine's use of sewing/designer words in lieu of curse words. Since it's a cozy, she can't really swear, but the "Oh, Hermes!" and "Tucking-A!" became annoying almost immediately. I advise readers to overlook that character quirk, and enjoy a really fine series.
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