Jun 242019
 


This book releases tomorrow!


Bewitched and Betrothed (Witchcraft Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
10th in Series
Berkley (June 25, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN-10: 0451490614
ISBN-13: 978-0451490612
Kindle ASIN: B07J47LDPM

A supernatural force on the loose in San Francisco and a family reunion keeps witch and vintage storeowner Lily Ivory on her toes as she prepares to walk down the aisle…

When Lily Ivory stumbles on the uniform of a former prisoner from Alcatraz and SFPD inspector Carlos Romero’s cousin is kidnapped, Lily suspects something dangerous has been unleashed on the ghost-ridden island of Alcatraz. She’ll have to sleuth out the culprit—when she’s not busy entertaining her visiting relatives and resolving romantic conflicts as her wedding date approaches. Could recent omens be pointing to the magical threat in her adopted city? If so, she’ll have to line up her allies to change the fate of the Bay Area. Because no matter what, Lily’s determined to celebrate her marriage with her friends by her side—even if it means battling a demonic foe before she can make it to the altar.

Juliet Blackwell was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, the youngest child of a jet pilot from New York and an editor from Texas. She graduated with a degree in Latin American Studies from University of California, Santa Cruz, and went on to earn Masters degrees in Anthropology and Social Work from the State University of New York, Albany. While in graduate school she published several articles based on her research with immigrant families from Mexico and Viet Nam, as well as one full-length translation: Miguel León-Portilla’s seminal work, Endangered Cultures. Juliet taught Medical Anthropology at SUNY-Albany, was a producer for a BBC documentary about Vietnamese children left behind by US soldiers, and worked as an elementary school social worker in rural New York. Upon her return to California, she became a professional artist and ran her own decorative painting, historical renovation, and domestic design studio for more than a decade.

In addition to mainstream novels, Juliet pens the New York Times Bestselling Witchcraft Mysteries and the Haunted Home Renovation series. As Hailey Lind, she wrote the Agatha-Award nominated Art Lover’s Mystery series. She is past president of Northern California Sisters in Crime and former board member of Mystery Writers of America. Juliet lives in a hundred-year-old house with extensive botanical gardens in Northern California but spends as much time as possible in Europe and Latin America. She believes in the magic of language, travel, and cultural exchange to open hearts, minds, and souls.

Find out more about Juliet Blackwell on her webpage here.

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Apr 142018
 

A Magical Match (Witchcraft Mystery)
Paranormal Cozy Mystery
9th in Series
Berkley (April 3, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0399584183
Kindle ASIN: B073YTCGL2

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.

Juliet Blackwell was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, the youngest child of a jet pilot from New York and an editor from Texas. She graduated with a degree in Latin American Studies from University of California, Santa Cruz, and went on to earn Masters degrees in Anthropology and Social Work from the State University of New York, Albany. While in graduate school she published several articles based on her research with immigrant families from Mexico and Viet Nam, as well as one full-length translation: Miguel León-Portilla’s seminal work, Endangered Cultures. Juliet taught Medical Anthropology at SUNY-Albany, was a producer for a BBC documentary about Vietnamese children left behind by US soldiers, and worked as an elementary school social worker in rural New York. Upon her return to California, she became a professional artist and ran her own decorative painting, historical renovation, and domestic design studio for more than a decade.

In addition to mainstream novels, Juliet pens the New York Times Bestselling Witchcraft Mysteries and the Haunted Home Renovation series. As Hailey Lind, she wrote the Agatha-Award nominated Art Lover’s Mystery series. She is past president of Northern California Sisters in Crime and former board member of Mystery Writers of America. Juliet lives in a hundred-year-old house with extensive botanical gardens in Northern California but spends as much time as possible in Europe and Latin America. She believes in the magic of language, travel, and cultural exchange to open hearts, minds, and souls.

Find out more about Juliet Blackwell on her webpage here.

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Jun 242017
 

A Ghostly Light (Haunted Home Renovation)
Cozy Mystery
7th in Series
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (June 27, 2017)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1101989357
Kindle ASIN: B01CZCW50S

 

Dangerous tides ahead…
 
When her friend Alicia hires Turner Construction to renovate a historic lighthouse in the San Francisco Bay, Mel Turner can’t wait to get her hands dirty. Alicia plans to transform the island property into a welcoming inn, and while Mel has never attempted a project so ambitious—or so tall—before, she’s definitely up for the challenge.

But trouble soon arises when Alicia’s abusive ex-husband shows up to threaten both her and Mel, and later turns up dead at the base of the lighthouse stairs. With no other suspects in sight, things start looking choppy for Alicia. Now, if Mel wants to clear her friend’s name, she’ll need the help of the lighthouse’s resident ghosts to shine a light on the real culprit…

Find out more about Juliet Blackwell on her webpage here.

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Sep 082016
 

letters from paris

Letters from Paris by Juliet Blackwell
Historical Fiction/Women’s Fiction
Setting – Paris, France
Berkley Books (September 6, 2016)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Paperback: 384 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451473707
E-Book – ASIN: B01BS7FY5Y
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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.

*Note there are mentions of suicides in this story.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Claire/Chance Broussard goes home to Louisiana to be with her grandmother as she lives out her last days. When she finds a broken piece of artwork in the attic. Her grandmother tells her to go to Paris. There is a story that goes with the artwork she found but she will only hear it in Paris. Soon after her grandmother passes Claire heads to Paris and the trip changes her life forever.

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As soon as Claire found the broken mask I was on the internet so I had the right picture of the mask in my head. But this story was about so much more that a mask. Ms. Blackwell takes us back in time where we meet Sabine, a young woman working as an artist’s model. It was not the life she had imagined. Then we alternate and come to present day and Claire’s experiences in Paris. The author entwines these stories together to give us a wonderful story. One I had a hard time putting down.

The characters from past and present feel so alive and real. I found myself immersed both of their stories at times not wanting to switch back and forth, but the author’s way of doing this made each of the stories even more powerful. These characters are unique but in certain ways the same. The were both searching for something and what they found was so unexpected. There is a twist toward the end the totally just floored me. I just didn’t see it coming at all.

I enjoyed the description of the setting in both time periods and how over the years many of the places are virtually the same. I was so moved by Blackwell’s book The Paris Key that I ended my review of that book hoping to someday travel there. This book has me wishing even harder. I want to see with my own eyes and feel with my own hands these magnificent places.

I enjoyed learning the story of “The Unknown Woman of the Seine” even though yet again there was that suicide element. Learning about death masks was very interesting too. Somehow I feel as my son is nearby as I read these passages and he helps me know I can handle it and to just keep reading. The story overrides my moments of pain.

Letters from Paris is a story of discovery and strength, heartwarming and heartbreaking. A story that will resonate with everyone who reads it.

perfect 2016

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Find out more about Juliet Blackwell on her webpage here.

While both of these stories are set in Paris, they are stand alone novels.



Also by Juliet Blackwell

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Jul 042015
 

spellcasting in silk
Spellcasting in Silk:
A Witchcraft Mystery

7th in Series
Cozy Mystery
An Obsidian Mystery
An Imprint of New American Library
Published by The Penguin Group
Release Date – July 7, 2015
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451465788
E-Book ASIN: B00PT4IVM6
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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…

Find out more about Juliet Blackwell and her books on her webpage here.

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Jun 272014
 

 

vision in velvet spotlight
A Vision in Velvet: A Witchcraft Mystery
6th in Series
A Obsidian Mystery
New American Library (July 1, 2014)
Published The Penguin Group
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451240903
E-Book File Size: 1236 KB
ASIN: B00HDMM7UY
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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.

Find out more about Juliet Blackwell and her books on her webpage here.

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Dec 192012
 

cozy wednesdayWelcome to Cozy Wednesday!

I am so happy that Juliet could be here today. Her new book Murder on the House: A Haunted Home Renovation Mystery was just released. She gives us the story behind the story today.

Welcome Juliet!

Hi Everyone!

julietpublicityI love doing research.  Maybe it’s because of my background as a graduate student in Anthropology, but I can get lost in the research for my books: spending hours on the internet, reading entire swaths of the library, and passing whole days walking the streets of the neighborhoods where I set my stories (notepad in hand, of course!).

In fact, one of my very favorite things about being an author is getting to hang out “researching” for days on end –and getting to call it “work”!  One of the hardest things, of course, is later making the tough decisions about what to include in one’s book — and what to leave out.  I might find  home renovation fascinating , but not everyone is up for me waxing poetic about the art of floor sanding, however intriguing it might seem to me when I witness a really good floor guy at work. (Seriously – these guys are impressive!)

murder on the houseBut researching for my Haunted Home Renovation series also includes looking up ghost stories – and those are SO much fun. The seed for my latest novel, Murder on the House, was planted one day when I met a friend for lunch in the Castro District, a quirky, wonderful San Francisco neighborhood.

He told me about a nearby building called Nobby Clark’s Folly, a mansion built on 17 acres in “Eureka Valley” (now know as the Castro) in 1892.  This was back before cars, when the area was considered to be out in the boonies for those living in downtown San Francisco. In fact, Clark’s wife decided it was too remote from Nob Hill, so she never moved in.  You can see pictures and read the whole story here:

http://foundsf.org/index.php?title=Nobby_Clark%27s_Folly

http://www.fuzzygruf.com/mansionstory.html

http://www.victorianalliance.org/house-tour/house-histories/nobby-clarkes-folly/

For the purposes of the story in Murder on the House, I changed the architecture from a Victorian extravaganza to an eclectic Greek revival with Italianate flourishes because the Victorian was too close to the home I described in my last book in the series, Dead Bolt. Nobby’s Folly became SF General hospital –it was that large!—which led me to make my fictional house a maternity hospital.

And, like just about any decent historic building in San Francisco, Nobby’s Folly, abandoned as it was, was rumored to be haunted.  As one account read:

On nights when the coastal fog creeps down over Twin Peaks and the nearby hills with long white fingers, the huge house looms darkly out of the weblike mist. The hollow “clops” of horses’ hoofs on cobblestone streets and the rickety clink of carriages and harnesses can sometimes be heard passing by, unseen, on wet, cold streets outside the mansion… some of the tenants have heard heavy measured footsteps in the hallways, passing by on their way to some ghostly business. Could these sounds be the ghost of Mr. Clarke returning to survey the old estate that he loved so well?

I ask you, how can a mystery author read something like that and not think up a plot or two?  Guess that’s why I love research!

~Juliet

Thank you so much Juliet for sharing your inspiration for this story! I hope you will come back again soon!

About This Author

Juliet Blackwell is the NYT bestselling author of the Haunted Home Renovation mystery series (If Walls Could Talk, Dead Bolt, Murder on the House) and the Witchcraft mystery series (Secondhand Spirits, A Cast-off Coven, Hexes and Hemlines, In a Witch’s Wardrobe, and the upcoming Tarnished and Torn). As Hailey Lind, Juliet penned the Art Lover’s Mystery series, including Agatha-nominated Feint of Art. 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 was a two-term president of Northern California Sisters in Crime.

Visit Juliet at www.julietblackwell.net;
on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JulietBlackwellAuthor;
and Twitter @JulietBlackwell

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Murder on the House:
A Haunted Home Renovation Mystery

3rd in Series
Cozy Mystery
An Obsidian Mystery (December 4, 2012)
Published by New American Library
A Division of The Penguin Group
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451238849

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

Bed-and-breakfast—with a side of ghosts.

Mel Turner has a way with ghosts and people are starting to talk. So much so that the new owners of a historic house have contacted her not only to restore the house but to use her abilities to encourage the ghosts thought to be there to roam about. They want to open a haunted Bed & Breakfast.

In order to win the contact she must stay overnight in the house with another prospective contractor and the elderly caretaker, who also is the previous owner. The sleepover comes to an abrupt halt when the estate gains another supernatural occupant. Someone didn’t make it through the night. Mel hopes that she can get the resident spirits help her find the killer before she becomes another victim and joins them in their ghostly world .

Dollycas’s Thoughts
These stories first drew me in because of my house construction background but now in addition to that it is the history woven into the story. Juliet Blackwell blends the history with the mystery to give us readers an excellent read. That the house the story is based on could actually have been haunted just added to the story.  I could hear the creaks and the groans and the marbles bouncing down the stairs – sent shivers up my spine.

Mel is a spunky protagonist and seems to have no fear most of the time but even this set of ghosts took their toll on her. Her life is not turning out the way she planned. She wanted to take off for Paris but her dad needed her so she came home. She enjoys restoring homes but there are days she wishes for Paris, but I think the trouble who just follow her there. Her gift now realizes would sneak up on her wherever she goes. I am glad she is sticking around San Francisco and the construction biz. Who knows who she will have haunting her during her next renovation?

Murder on the House is a smart and clever mystery all cozy lovers will enjoy!!

a perfect escape

5 STARFISH

 

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