Series: A Vintage Magic Mystery #6
Genres: Paranormal Mystery
Published by Berkley on 2 July 2013
Reading Challenges: 2013 Bachelorette Challenge
This is another solid outing for Madeira “Maddie” Cutler with a satisfying mystery and huge relationship development. Maddie runs a vintage clothing store which can be a bit of a problem as she gets visions of the past from some of the clothes she touches. The builders renovating her store, Vintage Magic, find a box in the attic with a scrap of a vintage petticoat inside. When she touches the fabric, she gets a vision of a scavenger hunt that went terribly wrong and sets about investigating a possible death.
Maddie has gone through quite a few changes in the last few books. She discovered that her mother was a witch and that she had a psychic connection with people through their clothing. Her investigation skills still need work as she does some fairly silly things. I can give her some leeway though because it would be pretty hard to rock up to a police station and claim you “saw” a crime that occurred fifty years ago. Her friends are always willing to help out, whether she needs someone to mind the store or help her break-and-enter. I guess true friends are the ones who are willing to risk getting a criminal record for you. One of the most frustrating aspects however has always been her on-again-off-again relationship with FBI agent Nick especially since Chief Lytton Werner has been waiting in the wings. Suffice to say this issue is resolved to the satisfaction of all parties in this novel.
One of the biggest issues I have with this series is the sheer volume of clues that Maddie just trips over. As soon as she wonders about something, someone volunteers the information even though she is a complete stranger and has no real right to ask those questions. If someone in the present can’t help, then she gets another vision which provides the solution. This wouldn’t matter as much if there were more red herrings. The mystery moved along at quite a fast pace which made it feel like this novel was the last in the series – extra time was spent making sure all loose ends were tied up in a very neat bow.
I enjoyed seeing Maddie take on even more challenges and the development in both her personal life and that of other secondary characters. Tulle Death Do Us Part is a sweet paranormal cozy mystery.