BOOK REVIEW: Murder, Magic, and What We Wore by Kelly Jones

“A touch of Jane Austen, a dash of adventure, and just a hint of magic make it shine.” —Booklist


Title: Murder, Magic, and What We Wore

Author: Kelly Jones

Publisher: Knopf Books

Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction

Format: Physical book (I got this from BookOutlet)

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐/5


The year is 1818, the city is London, and our heroine, 16-year-old Annis Whitworth, has just learned that her father is dead and all his money is missing. And so, of course, she decides to become a spy.

Annis always suspected that her father was a spy, so following in his footsteps to unmask his killer makes perfect sense. Alas, it does not make sense to England’s current spymasters—not even when Annis reveals that she has the rare magical ability to sew glamours: garments that can disguise the wearer completely.

Well, if the spies are too pigheaded to take on a young woman of quality, then Annis will take them on.

She’ll follow the clues her father left behind and discover what befell him.

She’ll prove she can sew an impenetrable disguise.

She’ll earn a living without stooping to become a—shudder—governess.

It can’t be any harder than navigating the London social season, can it?


Murder, Magic, and What We Wore was an interesting book. It is set in England during the early 1800’s. Annis is a young woman who lives a very lavish life. Her father is quite wealthy and she gets to attend fancy parties and have nice things! That is, until her father dies (mysteriously I might add). She and her cousin, Cassia, are left with nothing and have to move away from the life they know so well.

Annis has a magical gift that she puts to use to make money for herself and Cassia. This leads to finding out information about her father, spies, dangerous men hunting her down, and the truth about her family, including Cassia.

Nothing exciting happened in this story until about 50% through. It was really quite boring. As soon as Annis started to investigate things on her own, it truly became interesting and I did like the mystery. It was fun and fast paced! I enjoyed the magic aspect of the story as well and I do have to say the end discovery got me! I had no idea! So there were a lot of positives!

The characters were a little dry to me though. I liked Annis and Cassia. They had a maid, Millicent, who was pretty cool too! However, there were so many characters and because of that, most were just glossed over and felt like fillers.

The story was cute though and I would say I did enjoy it but there were definitely some downfalls to it!

What do you think of this book? Has anyone read it? Does this sound like something you would enjoy?

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