Larceny and Lace by Annette Blair is the 2nd book in the “Vintage Magic” cozy mystery series.  Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime (Penguin), August 2009

With all the stress of opening her new vintage clothing store (housed in the renovated old town morgue) Madeira Cutler feels like a bag of bones–until she discovers the real deal, unearthed by an intruder, in one of the old body drawers. And the bones are as vintage as Maddie’s stock (Classic Mod–so 60s!), or so says Maddie’s sexy resident ghost, Dante Underhill.

Could the break-in have something to do with the local playhouse and its curator going down in flames?  Somehow Maddie will have to juggle dressing the store, party planning, and crime solving all at once.  Add to the brew the local witch’s costume ball, which is being held at her store, and Madeira is wishing she knew how to ride a broom right out of there…

This was a fun and light-hearted murder mystery. Maddie does it again by becoming involved in another murder, both past and present, all because she has the ability to learn about the owners when she touches vintage apparel and antiques. With the help of her best friend, aunt and a ghostly figure, Maddie will find out the truth. My rating: 4 stars

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