Cloaked in Malice by Annette Blair is the 5th book in the “Vintage Magic” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, July 2012
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…
This was a great story that captured my attention immediately and the fast-paced action didn’t stop until the revealing conclusion. A young woman’s past is a puzzle to her future and with a touch of her clothing Maddie is taken on a ride that is filled with intrigued and doesn’t stop until the young woman’s identity is exposed with ties to one of the people in Maddie’s circle of friends. The mystery surroundinh her life was fun to see come apart and I also enjoyed watching both Maddie and Nick work this case. Aunt Fee, Dolly, Dante and Eve lent a hand in the recovery of a young woman’s past. An exciting and fun read and I can’t wait for the next adventures with Maddie and her friends.