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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 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 own home. But when Dolly suddenly skips town, Maddie realizes that uncovering the folds of Paisley’s past will reveal more than one vintage crime…


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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 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 own home. But when Dolly suddenly skips town, Maddie realizes that uncovering the folds of Paisley’s past will reveal more than one vintage crime…

30 review for Cloaked in Malice

  1. 5 out of 5

    C.

    I followed “cozy” series, until gothic and paranormal mercifully resurged via “standard mystery”. I enjoyed four by Annette Blair in two months of 2014. Pleased with psychometry as a premise, which is real and old buildings from whence to draw artifact-derived mysteries: I gave the first two novels five stars and the next pair, four. After a five-year break, “Cloaked In Malice” receives three stars. I outgrew the genre’s silly nature but several flaws in plotting and presentation contributed. Mad I followed “cozy” series, until gothic and paranormal mercifully resurged via “standard mystery”. I enjoyed four by Annette Blair in two months of 2014. Pleased with psychometry as a premise, which is real and old buildings from whence to draw artifact-derived mysteries: I gave the first two novels five stars and the next pair, four. After a five-year break, “Cloaked In Malice” receives three stars. I outgrew the genre’s silly nature but several flaws in plotting and presentation contributed. Madeira wanting to know about her Mother’s psychic background was the most poignant sideline, with my Mom alive until last month. Now, it would move me enormously. Annette dropped it and focuses on humour and sexiness. Those should not replace suspense in a mystery. She also disregarded logic, to conceal details from readers. The couple who raised Paisley, whom she professed not to know if they were guardians or kidnappers, had an exciting, complex background. It arose in Madeira’s reading of children’s clothes. However, when Paisley’s kin are revealed, it is a stretch that they could have harboured the scope of those secrets. Annette did not incorporate an island setting believably. Anyone would explore the whole small place, leave it, and encounter visitors. Inconceivably, everywhere Madeira and Nick walked, Paisley claimed was new to her. Her elderly caregivers knew how to use expensive computers, with service to the internet. They would be easily traceable, which Annette should have known as recently as 2012. I enjoyed the adventure, however, had the flaws been fewer; the tone and pace were marred nonetheless by ditziness. Madeira was startlingly immature. Using sewing words to replace swears was only funny in the first novel. Were this written as a serious “standard mystery”, it would have been enchanting. The last story, which I own, looks more intriguing.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Doris

    I was intrigued by the premise of this book. There are so many books out there dealing with some type of paranormal activity or ability, so it was great to find one that dealt with the art of divination, or psychometry. It also had a good storyline – a mystery shrouded in time, centered on a piece of children's clothing presented by a mysterious young woman. Unfortunately, that young woman, Paisley Skye, was not someone that I thought was a good person. True, she had a less than normal upbringing I was intrigued by the premise of this book. There are so many books out there dealing with some type of paranormal activity or ability, so it was great to find one that dealt with the art of divination, or psychometry. It also had a good storyline – a mystery shrouded in time, centered on a piece of children's clothing presented by a mysterious young woman. Unfortunately, that young woman, Paisley Skye, was not someone that I thought was a good person. True, she had a less than normal upbringing, but overall it did not sound too horrible. The main trouble with it was that everything was very isolated. I simply did not like her, especially since she took advantage of the skills of our central character, Maddie, knowing the reaction Maddie would have to the touch of the clothing. I did wonder how she knew. I liked Maddie though. Other than the fact that she apparently is able to just drag everyone in and get them to help run her shop, she seems pretty well put together. I liked that she is not used to being overlooked, but Paisley Skye's appearance (literal and figurative) eclipsed Maddie and made her invisible. Paisley on the other hand seems to be a manipulator, a user of people. How did she learn this on an island where the only people she knew were "Mam" and "Pap", neither of whom she seemed to like? A few other things: Paisley grew up without television, telephones, or computers, but knows more about them than she should. Yes, she watches television in her hotel, but since she only just left the island, she is way too comfortable with idioms peculiar to the television generations (including the phrase "get a room", which she uses when Maddie and Nick are kissing). Since she was isolated, and presumably so for the most part were Mam and Pap, her language ought to be a little outdated, her phrasing a little odd, and her people skills practically non-existent. In addition – she buried her Mam and Pap and is okay with that. She should at the least have been unnerved by the whole experience, not blowing it away as if it was nothing. If this is a series, I doubt if I will continue reading it. I did like Maddie, Nick and some of the other characters (especially Dolly and Dante!) but Paisley was too unbelievable, and there was too little sleuthing going on throughout the story – it all seemed to come together in the last few chapters. This could work well if woven in with various other clues along the way. (view spoiler)[ but the only clue we get is the girl looks like Dolly, who hies off to Europe as soon as she meets the chit. (hide spoiler)] Closer to 2.5 stars but upgraded because it does have its moments.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Connie N.

    #5 in the Vintage Magic Mystery series Love the characters and am especially enjoying Nick and Mad's blossoming romance (although I'm a little sorry for Werner too). This mystery starts out well with the arrival of a mysterious woman who doesn't know anything about her past. But Mad's talent "sees" a potential kidnapping/murder that she intends to investigate. All was well until we started to discover what secrets were being hidden on the island. In my mind, it got pretty complicated with spies a #5 in the Vintage Magic Mystery series Love the characters and am especially enjoying Nick and Mad's blossoming romance (although I'm a little sorry for Werner too). This mystery starts out well with the arrival of a mysterious woman who doesn't know anything about her past. But Mad's talent "sees" a potential kidnapping/murder that she intends to investigate. All was well until we started to discover what secrets were being hidden on the island. In my mind, it got pretty complicated with spies and double agents and counterfeiting and confusing family relationships. I skimmed over a lot of that and just focused on the characters and their development...learning a little more about Dante and Dolly, among others. This is a fun series, but I'm only going to rate this one 3 stars because of the political overtones and complex scenario of spy vs. spy, us vs. them, etc. I will definitely continue with the series, though.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jeannie and Louis Rigod

    In this slightly different approach, our psychic sleuth, Madiera Cutler finds herself befriending a 'Missing Person.' A customer comes to Maddie with a valise of children's clothing. The customer is vague but holds a startling resemblance to Mad's favorite Centenarian, Dolly Sweet. The pace is quick in solving this mystery from page one until Dolly's 104th birthday at the ending. There are murders, fortresses, kidnappings, spys, trips to France and more as Maddie and her beau, Nick try to solve th In this slightly different approach, our psychic sleuth, Madiera Cutler finds herself befriending a 'Missing Person.' A customer comes to Maddie with a valise of children's clothing. The customer is vague but holds a startling resemblance to Mad's favorite Centenarian, Dolly Sweet. The pace is quick in solving this mystery from page one until Dolly's 104th birthday at the ending. There are murders, fortresses, kidnappings, spys, trips to France and more as Maddie and her beau, Nick try to solve this (now FBI case,) and expect her other friends, family and Detective Weiner to become involved as well. I really enjoyed this novel. It kept the integrity of the series I have grown to love, while giving a completely different view of Maddie's abilities. Next book is 'Operation Petticoat.' Now to wait...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    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. 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.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    I absolutely love this fashion-based, mildly paranormal series, and this is one of my favourites of the series. Madeira is a hilarious, over-the-top sleuth/heroine, and I adore her! She is smart, sassy, clever and funny, and her fashion fetish, which bleeds into nearly every page of these stories is an extra feature if you are a fashionista. There are quotes from designers, fashion expletives [sort of] and everything Mad thinks has a fashion twist to it. It's just plain fun. The mystery in this on I absolutely love this fashion-based, mildly paranormal series, and this is one of my favourites of the series. Madeira is a hilarious, over-the-top sleuth/heroine, and I adore her! She is smart, sassy, clever and funny, and her fashion fetish, which bleeds into nearly every page of these stories is an extra feature if you are a fashionista. There are quotes from designers, fashion expletives [sort of] and everything Mad thinks has a fashion twist to it. It's just plain fun. The mystery in this one was also way over the top, and without giving spoilers, it has everything but the kitchen sink thrown in there, and the rag-tag bunch of investigators in Mad's life are just too funny in how they go about trying to figure out - in their adorably bumbling way - what the whipstitch is going on [I stole that one from Madeira]. The whole book is fun, light and super-sweet. Highly recommend this series if you like a gentle murder mystery with a ghost or two, and some fashion-based shenanigans. So much fun!!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Linda Smatzny

    The mystery this time is figuring out who Paisley Skye really is. Madeira Cutler sees some of the answers when touching clothing that Paisley has brought to Madeira. The book was a quick easy read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

    Even though I'm only giving this 2 stars, it was still a fun and enjoyable read. This is the penultimate book in a series featuring amateur detective Madeira Cutler, owner of a vintage clothing shop in a fictional town near Mystic, CT., one that happens to be in a converted old funeral home/carriage house and one that has a resident ghost, the very dapper, dressed in top hat and tails, ghost named Dante. Yes, a ghost, and one that only a few 'gifted' like Madeira can see and interact with. You s Even though I'm only giving this 2 stars, it was still a fun and enjoyable read. This is the penultimate book in a series featuring amateur detective Madeira Cutler, owner of a vintage clothing shop in a fictional town near Mystic, CT., one that happens to be in a converted old funeral home/carriage house and one that has a resident ghost, the very dapper, dressed in top hat and tails, ghost named Dante. Yes, a ghost, and one that only a few 'gifted' like Madeira can see and interact with. You see, Madeira has special skills -- comes from a long line of witches if I recall correctly. Besides communicating with ghosts, she can 'read' vintage clothing by touching them - the imprint of what happened to and around the person wearing them. Like murder, or other events where there is high emotion. I really remember loving the first books in this series, finding them quirky, clever, different, and fun. Learning bits about vintage clothing was entertaining although not a passion of mine (author on her website has photos of many of the items featured). This one...not so much. It's still quirky and fun, lots of humorous interchanges and situations. My name is Madeira Cutler, and I'd like to invent a ghostly tracking device. Dante likes to just appear suddenly, making Madeira jump. Or even the way Madeira swears by using fashion-related words: "wooly knobby knits", "scrap silk", "Hermes", "zany zigzag stitch", " scalloped-stitch", "scraptastic clustertuck", and a personal fave: "darning balls." And yet, I found myself mildly irritated by the relentless quirkiness, the non-stop chirpiness of the whole scene. The mystery itself was initially pretty decent. A beautiful young woman looking remarkably like beloved local eccentric centenarian Dolly appears at Madeira's shop one day, dressed in vintage and acting a bit peculiar. She has a crazy story about having escaped an island off the coast of CT after her 'parents' died and left her there. Um yes, you have to suspend disbelief pretty dang quickly. And it gets more and more ridiculous as the book races to a conclusion. I can't say more without spoilers but lets just say that pretty much everything including the kitchen sink, pops up before a totally unbelievable conclusion is reached. I mean the journey was pretty outrageous but the ending! I can't seem to suspend my disbelief THAT far! Will I read the last one in the series? Yes, if I can find a copy (not to be found in ebook, and it looks to be OOP). I like having something to hunt for at used book sales. Plus I want to see which of the 2 love interests she ends up with in the end...I suspect it will not be the one I think she should but still...at least unlike Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum, the back and forth will not continue beyond six books.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jae

    When a lovely young woman comes to Maddie's shop, dressed in vintage and searching for clues to her past, Maddie is eager to help her. That help comes at a price, when Maddie inadvertently reads a child's cloak that woman has with her, giving Maddie a vision of murder and kidnapping. There's also the uncanny resemblance between the stranger, Paisley, and Maddie's elderly friend, Dolly Sweet. After Dolly goes AWOL, Maddie's boyfriend, FBI agent Nick, gets involved as well. Soon, they are explorin When a lovely young woman comes to Maddie's shop, dressed in vintage and searching for clues to her past, Maddie is eager to help her. That help comes at a price, when Maddie inadvertently reads a child's cloak that woman has with her, giving Maddie a vision of murder and kidnapping. There's also the uncanny resemblance between the stranger, Paisley, and Maddie's elderly friend, Dolly Sweet. After Dolly goes AWOL, Maddie's boyfriend, FBI agent Nick, gets involved as well. Soon, they are exploring the small island where Paisley grew up and was a virtual prisoner until her caretakers passed, giving her the opportunity to flag down a boat and escape the island. An old photo is what led her to Mystick Falls and Maddie's shop, but now Maddie isn't sure she can trust Paisley. Is she the "little girl lost" she claims to be, or is she part of an organized crime family or an undercover operative? All of Maddie's visions seem to be of mayhem and murder, and Paisley is definitely at the heart of it all. This story was quite a departure from earlier ones in the series, in that the crime/murder was decades old instead of recent. There was no body for Maddie to stumble across, and no friend or family member whose name needed to be cleared. The story was interesting, but it was sort of all over the place, and it was downright confusing at times. Maddie did a lot of reading in this one, which I liked, even though it took a lot out of her to do so. Not my favorite in this series, even though the narrative zipped along. Giving this one a rating of 4 stars.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Babs

    I just loved this book. I have to admit I have not read the others in this series. I happen to come across this book one day and loved the blurb and got it as a Christmas present. Once I got started I could not put this book down. Mad is a wonderful character and reading clothes is very unique. Dante being a resident ghost in her shop is a nice surprise. Paisley escapes her home after her mam and pop pass away. She is very closed off from the real world no phones, computers etc. She comes to Mad I just loved this book. I have to admit I have not read the others in this series. I happen to come across this book one day and loved the blurb and got it as a Christmas present. Once I got started I could not put this book down. Mad is a wonderful character and reading clothes is very unique. Dante being a resident ghost in her shop is a nice surprise. Paisley escapes her home after her mam and pop pass away. She is very closed off from the real world no phones, computers etc. She comes to Mad for help as someone recommended her. Things start going wonky from the first visit. Dolly is a hoot of a character and she really shows in this book. I can’t wait to see how she is in the others. The relationship with Nick is funny in ways as you can see the green monster on his shoulder anytime Werner is around. Interesting to learn more about the relationship between them all. Speaking of which since I did start with book five I did not feel so out of touch with the characters as some other series. I will be looking at more books from this author along with finishing up this series.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I found the language to be very juvenile and the characters had little depth to them. The story could have been alright, but I found it hard to read because the heroine went from cutesy to tough to childish all on one page - there really was no consistency to her. And why do her two boyfriends put up with her flinging herself around the both of them, right in front of each other? Oh, on the boyfriend note, why are they both so willing to share confidential FBI case information with her?She owns I found the language to be very juvenile and the characters had little depth to them. The story could have been alright, but I found it hard to read because the heroine went from cutesy to tough to childish all on one page - there really was no consistency to her. And why do her two boyfriends put up with her flinging herself around the both of them, right in front of each other? Oh, on the boyfriend note, why are they both so willing to share confidential FBI case information with her?She owns a dress store and "sleuths" on the side as a hobby. Aren't her boyfriends concerned for their jobs when they tell her all about the case? Also, why does Maddie immediately try to find a guy for Paisley, who has been on a deserted island for most of her life, have no concept of reality (but still manages to speak teenager slang throughout the book) and probably need counselling more than a party to find eligible bachelors? Was this book written by a teenager? Or for teenagers? I was left within overall sense of "meh" after reading this book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    A strange girl shows up at Maddie's shop one day who grew up on an island and has no idea who she is. And since she looks a bit like Maddie's friend Dolly, Mad decides to find out who this girl is. So she and her bf take the girl back to the secret island she grew up on to help uncover her past. The farm she lived on seemed a bit like something out of a horror movie, dead bodies and scary rooms and an electric fence. Thought it seemed odd that she grew up without any other people but her parents A strange girl shows up at Maddie's shop one day who grew up on an island and has no idea who she is. And since she looks a bit like Maddie's friend Dolly, Mad decides to find out who this girl is. So she and her bf take the girl back to the secret island she grew up on to help uncover her past. The farm she lived on seemed a bit like something out of a horror movie, dead bodies and scary rooms and an electric fence. Thought it seemed odd that she grew up without any other people but her parents she seemed pretty comfortable about people. You'd think that after being a hermit your whole life, people would freak you out a bit. I found her kind of annoying. I still like the characters in the book so I'll keep reading the series. These books always make me want to start dressing better. I dont know much about fashion, so its jeans and Tshirts for me. lol.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    I love me some Maddie Cutler. I liked this installment of the Vintage Magic series. It wasn't my favorite book in the series, but the story was exciting and kept me entertained, especially Maddie's inventive sewing terms she uses in place of curse words. The question of whether Paisley Skye is a friend or foe kept up the suspense. I think my main problem right now with the series is I really love Werner! Nick's alright, but Werner--he's the guy Maddie should really be with. Also, Eve is almost n I love me some Maddie Cutler. I liked this installment of the Vintage Magic series. It wasn't my favorite book in the series, but the story was exciting and kept me entertained, especially Maddie's inventive sewing terms she uses in place of curse words. The question of whether Paisley Skye is a friend or foe kept up the suspense. I think my main problem right now with the series is I really love Werner! Nick's alright, but Werner--he's the guy Maddie should really be with. Also, Eve is almost non-existant in this story--I really love her, too. I miss the other residents of Mystick Falls I've come to know. Hopefully the next book, Operation Petticoat will involve more of my favorite characters--and more Werner, too!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Melani D

    I have thoroughly enjoyed every book I've read by the author until this one. The mystery was so convoluted and hard to follow. The character Paisley was unbelievable and unlikable and annoying. It felt like a sketch of a character rather than a well developed one. And the constant use of Hermes or "O Scrap" in lieu of expletives just feels childish and forced. Clearly this was not one of my favorites. I will continue to read and recommend books by the author in hopes that future titles are more I have thoroughly enjoyed every book I've read by the author until this one. The mystery was so convoluted and hard to follow. The character Paisley was unbelievable and unlikable and annoying. It felt like a sketch of a character rather than a well developed one. And the constant use of Hermes or "O Scrap" in lieu of expletives just feels childish and forced. Clearly this was not one of my favorites. I will continue to read and recommend books by the author in hopes that future titles are more consistent with past publications.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Darlene Ferland

    A visit to Mystick Falls, Connecticut is always fun. This one was not as light-hearted but just as enjoyable. The drama centers around an innocent young lady, vintage clothing, Dolly who is 104 years old, Paris and a shooting. Life is disrupted again for Vintage Dress Shop owner Maddie Cutler when she encounters a child's winter coat. . . If you have followed this series you will love this new read. If you haven't begun to read the vintage clothing, please treat yourself to a series that will re A visit to Mystick Falls, Connecticut is always fun. This one was not as light-hearted but just as enjoyable. The drama centers around an innocent young lady, vintage clothing, Dolly who is 104 years old, Paris and a shooting. Life is disrupted again for Vintage Dress Shop owner Maddie Cutler when she encounters a child's winter coat. . . If you have followed this series you will love this new read. If you haven't begun to read the vintage clothing, please treat yourself to a series that will really add to your summer.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    This was a 2.5 star read for me. I think my main problem is I am just not invested in a Maddie & Nick relationship. As I said in my review of the previous book it is not so much that I object to Nick as that Werner and Maddie seem to have a much more developed relationship and better connection. Even after 4?? books I still don't have much sense of Nick as a character. Also I found the mystery more than a little ridiculous and Paisley didn't seem like her own character just a random assortment o This was a 2.5 star read for me. I think my main problem is I am just not invested in a Maddie & Nick relationship. As I said in my review of the previous book it is not so much that I object to Nick as that Werner and Maddie seem to have a much more developed relationship and better connection. Even after 4?? books I still don't have much sense of Nick as a character. Also I found the mystery more than a little ridiculous and Paisley didn't seem like her own character just a random assortment of Maddie like lines.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nora-adrienne

    Maddie and Nick, along with Dolly and the crew have reached new heights. We are now going to be drawn into finding the past life of the stranger that shows up at Maddie's store and finding who she is. The depth of the story and its characters head into directions that are definitely out of their comfort zones and they all perform with panache.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    Dolly's Lookalike A stranger enters Maddie Culter's boutique and startled everyone as she looks like Dolly Street. When Maddie touches a piece she goes into a trance. This starts the new adventure takes Maddie to an island off the coast. There are several twists and turns as this cold case unravels. The ending will surprised you.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Dantegideon

    This featured a plot so ridiculous that I’ve decided Maddie was actually in an institution hallucinating the whole thing. A lot of stuff in the story actually makes sense from that point of view. And only from that point of view. I think I’m done with these.

  20. 4 out of 5

    CK

    good book kept my interest but in the end it feels like she pulled back from all the sinister plot drama building up and felt it was to dark to follow thru with.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    The mystery in this book is very convoluted, covering decades. Just when you think you know what happened the author throws in another twist. It definitely kept me reading.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Heather L

    Not a bad read (view spoiler)[-- although the Russian circus clown angle at the end was really stretching it (hide spoiler)] . Not a bad read (view spoiler)[-- although the Russian circus clown angle at the end was really stretching it (hide spoiler)] .

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sandie Laughner

    This series just keeps getting better!! :)

  24. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    This was a weird one. And I fully believe that Maddie and Werner should be together.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    This was very confusing and honestly, barely held together as a story for me. It was kind of all over the place, and it ended really abruptly, too. Not my favorite.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    At times it was confusing to me.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    This story has some serious continuety problems. Spoilers ahead Huge mistake. Dolly's brother's photo shop in Mystic falls closed 6 months after he disappeared, which was when he was supposed to get married. So the shop closed before he was married, before his son was born, before he son married, before Paisley his grand daughter was born...so how was there a photo of her at the anniversary party in the cape with her grandfather that bore the address of his shop in Mystic falls? Which is how she This story has some serious continuety problems. Spoilers ahead Huge mistake. Dolly's brother's photo shop in Mystic falls closed 6 months after he disappeared, which was when he was supposed to get married. So the shop closed before he was married, before his son was born, before he son married, before Paisley his grand daughter was born...so how was there a photo of her at the anniversary party in the cape with her grandfather that bore the address of his shop in Mystic falls? Which is how she found Maderia and started the entire ball rolling. Russian clowns?! Really?! Once again the ending is wrapped up in the most convoluted scenario possible. The FBI was in contact with her Mam and Pap to give them supplies and computers etc, which they never questioned and allowed her captures to drug her repeatedly? And the FBI just let this happen for 20 odd yrs? Sounds pretty messed up to me. Also does not explain the nursery or baby crying on the night her parents were killed. Paisley was at least 2 or 3 so wouldn't need a nursery. Very confused and not well thought out. Also, in previous books Dante has been dead for 70ish yrs, then in this one it is only 50 yrs.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Digital And Vellum

    Annette did a good job taking your assumptions about where the characters and the plot were going and turning it on its head! Cloaked in Malice follows our favorite vintage clothing psychic as she befriends a woman who doesn't even know her real name. Paisley Skye was raised on an island away from society, brainwashed after watching her parents get murdered, and finally escaped... Now who is she really? I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was light and engaging. It kept me on my toes until the very Annette did a good job taking your assumptions about where the characters and the plot were going and turning it on its head! Cloaked in Malice follows our favorite vintage clothing psychic as she befriends a woman who doesn't even know her real name. Paisley Skye was raised on an island away from society, brainwashed after watching her parents get murdered, and finally escaped... Now who is she really? I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was light and engaging. It kept me on my toes until the very last few pages. This is a book I happily own in my library :) If you are looking for a cozy mystery give this one a try!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Genevieve Bomes

    The fifth book of A Vintage Magic series is a really good read. The story line is full of strange people, spies and of course death. How is Mad's friend Dolly involved? Could she be a spy? Who is the girl who shows up at the shop who looks just like a young Dolly? The characters in this book are great from Mad to her Dad who can't admit he is in love. To her best friend and of course Nick and Wiener. Nick seems to actually be a more solid choice than in previous books but I still wanted Wiener to The fifth book of A Vintage Magic series is a really good read. The story line is full of strange people, spies and of course death. How is Mad's friend Dolly involved? Could she be a spy? Who is the girl who shows up at the shop who looks just like a young Dolly? The characters in this book are great from Mad to her Dad who can't admit he is in love. To her best friend and of course Nick and Wiener. Nick seems to actually be a more solid choice than in previous books but I still wanted Wiener to win. This series is amazing and I hope it contines for a long time.

  30. 5 out of 5

    TinaMarie

    Madeira has a customer who looks very similar to Dolly, her clothes and story launch Madeira and friends into another mystery to solve who Paisley Skye really is, her story is bizarre. Alnog with a little ghostly help from Dante. This story is full of vintage clothing, quirky switches of words, like tuck instead of fuck.

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