Posted in Cozy, Monday, mystery on October 8, 2012

Today I bring you book four of the Vintage Magic Mystery series by author Annette Blair.  The title is Skirting the Grave.  If you like vintage clothing you will probably like this series!  I like how the main character, Maddie, will use sewing terms as expletives…like Scrap or Tuck, it adds a unique touch to the book and is very appropriate considering the clothing aspect.  If you have not read any of the books in the series, the first three books are: A Veiled Deception, Larceny and Lace, and Death by Diamonds.

On the authors site you can also find vintage handbags that she has found throughout the years.


Even though Maddie is swamped running Vintage Magic and dealing with the consequences of the visions she gets from certain of her fashion treasures, she’s agreed to plan her sister Sherri’s baby shower and mentor a design intern.  But when Maddie goes to the Mystic train station to pick up her new student, she finds a murder scene instead.  The victim: intern Isobel York.  Cause of death: suspicious circumstances.

Later that evening, a woman claiming to be Isobel appears on her doorstep, and Maddie knows it’s not just a case of “whodunit” but “who-is-it”.  Luckily a gift of lusciously luxe vintage clothes offers clues, and though the ’50s wardrobe and accessories are to die for, Maddie is determined to iron out the wrinkles before the murderer can return to put an end to a promising fashion career.