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Retro Reading: Skirting the Grave by Annette Blair


Of course everyone is afraid of having their identity stolen, but would happen if you were meeting your new intern for the first time and they arrived dead?

That's what happens when Vintage Magic owner Madeira "Maddie" Cutler faces when she arrives at the Mystick Falls train station and finds her new intern, Isobel York, on a bench. Dead.

The problem is, Maddie's younger sister, Brandy, was supposed to be on the same train, but her purse was stolen along with her train ticket. Plus, Brandy had recommended her for the job (which Maddie wasn't looking for an intern) but reluctantly agreed.

Later that night, there's a knock on the door and a girl claiming to be Isobel apologizes for being late, but she's made it and can't wait to get to work.

Maddie calls in the troops, her on/off again boyfriend, Nick Jaconetti and Detective Lytton Werner. No one tells this Isobel about the death and in the morning, they want her to come down to the police station and provide her fingerprints.

Isobel complies and after she and Maddie get to Vintage Magic, she suggests that Maddie open the trunk of vintage clothes that she sent ahead of her. Maddie knows not to physically touch the clothes since she doesn't want to have any visions, but, some clothes manage to fall on top of her and her visions begin.

Only this time, she's able to enter the body of who the vision is of and realizes that the person she has the vision of is a high class escort. The same happens with other clothes, but with a different person and that person too is a prostitute.

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For a crimozy, you wouldn't expect this type of storyline, but it is rather intriguing.

Anyway, I really can't tell too much more, since this installment has more twists and turns than a raging river.

I can tell you though, that it is another page turner and hard to put down, so again, I wouldn't recommend starting it at night because you will be up all night.

The characters are great and dialogue is perfect that Blair almost has you believing that you're a part of the story. Again, if you're not familiar with vintage clothes, you'll probably zone out for a second or two, but its well worth it.

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