Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Cloaked in Malice - Annette Blair (Prime Crime - July 2012)

Series: Vintage Magic (Book 5)

There's nothing Maddie loves more than fabulous vintage clothes, but the visions she gets while touching them are starting to wear her down. Even so, when a beautifully dressed girl comes to Vintage Magic in search of her past, Maddie isn't about to turn her away, especially since she bears a striking resemblance to her good friend Dolly Sweet.

When Maddie touches Paisley Skye's exquisitely crafted child's cloak, the vision she receives is of the ugliest sort: a decades-old case of kidnapping and murder. To give herself more time to investigate, Maddie enlists the help of her FBI Agent boyfriend Nick and takes Paisley into her home. But when Dolly suddenly skips town, Maddie realizes that uncovering the folds of Paisley's past will reveal more than one vintage crime... 

Good book.  I always enjoy the stories of Maddie and her visions and this one was no exception.  Things had been pretty calm lately when a girl comes into the shop with a cloak she wants some information about.  When Maddie touched that cloak though, she saw a scene of murder and kidnapping.  This sets her off on her inevitable search for the truth.  I love Maddie's persistence in trying to figure out how all the pieces fit together.  I was glad to see that this time she included Nick in the process.  They finally seem to be settling into a steadier relationship.  I really liked the way they were able to work together to unravel the threads of Paisley's past.  I also loved getting more of a look at the past lives of Dolly and the ghost Dante.  There were some great moments of Annette Blair humor, including the timely appearance of Maddie's brother and Nick's partner Alex.  The only character I could never quite make up my mind about was Paisley herself.  She alternated too much between totally naive and then completely comfortable with the modern world.  Overall, I can't wait for the next one.

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