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Maggie O'Neill was just a small-town girl, stuck in a dead-end job--until she started working at Enchantments, Stony Mill's finest mystical antique shop. Now Maggie is Indiana's newest witch. Learning to cope with her newfound powers is tough enough, but add to that keeping the stock at Enchantments organized and remembering to tape reruns of her favorite show, Magnum, P.I. Maggie O'Neill was just a small-town girl, stuck in a dead-end job--until she started working at Enchantments, Stony Mill's finest mystical antique shop. Now Maggie is Indiana's newest witch. Learning to cope with her newfound powers is tough enough, but add to that keeping the stock at Enchantments organized and remembering to tape reruns of her favorite show, Magnum, P.I., and Maggie's got a full plate. But when she witnesses an altercation between a local teenage princess, and another customer in Enchantments--and later the girl turns up dead--she feels compelled to investigate. Though the police are at a loss, Maggie has some tricks up her sleeve, or to be more specific, some spells, charms, and mystical intuitions. And with the help of her boss (and favorite witch) Felicity Dow, Maggie is spellbound and determined to get to the bottom of this murder.


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Maggie O'Neill was just a small-town girl, stuck in a dead-end job--until she started working at Enchantments, Stony Mill's finest mystical antique shop. Now Maggie is Indiana's newest witch. Learning to cope with her newfound powers is tough enough, but add to that keeping the stock at Enchantments organized and remembering to tape reruns of her favorite show, Magnum, P.I. Maggie O'Neill was just a small-town girl, stuck in a dead-end job--until she started working at Enchantments, Stony Mill's finest mystical antique shop. Now Maggie is Indiana's newest witch. Learning to cope with her newfound powers is tough enough, but add to that keeping the stock at Enchantments organized and remembering to tape reruns of her favorite show, Magnum, P.I., and Maggie's got a full plate. But when she witnesses an altercation between a local teenage princess, and another customer in Enchantments--and later the girl turns up dead--she feels compelled to investigate. Though the police are at a loss, Maggie has some tricks up her sleeve, or to be more specific, some spells, charms, and mystical intuitions. And with the help of her boss (and favorite witch) Felicity Dow, Maggie is spellbound and determined to get to the bottom of this murder.

30 review for A Charmed Death

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    Basic Plot: Maggie continues to learn about her empathy, continues to stumble through amateur sleuthing, and continues to not have a boyfriend. If I hadn't already picked up the next book in the series from the library, I'd most likely stop reading these books here and now, and never think twice about it. It's not that this is a *bad* book series, per say, but there are things about it that just hurt my brain. Let's start with the characters, shall we? Marcus: wears leather pants, has beautiful lon Basic Plot: Maggie continues to learn about her empathy, continues to stumble through amateur sleuthing, and continues to not have a boyfriend. If I hadn't already picked up the next book in the series from the library, I'd most likely stop reading these books here and now, and never think twice about it. It's not that this is a *bad* book series, per say, but there are things about it that just hurt my brain. Let's start with the characters, shall we? Marcus: wears leather pants, has beautiful long black hair, rides a Harley, plays in a band, former military intelligence (but a very rebellious, anti-authority guy-WTF???), is basically described as sex on a stick, and is a tech geek who volunteers at the local high school teaching a computer course, cooks, cleans (in his leather pants, no less), and is essentially perfect. He also seems interested in our lead character, though he never makes a move. Maggie: Our main character. I'm not sure what she looks like, though she describes herself as nearly 30 and complains about her weight/body image. That's about all we have. She also does some SINCERELY stupid stuff, but manages to come out smelling like a rose in the end. MARY SUE!!!!! Tom: I have no idea why Maggie's attracted to this bigoted asshole. Though he has a right to be pissed at her, as she constantly butts into his investigations, where she really has NO business. Liss: stereotypical old-world pagan, wise-woman mother-figure. Of course she's Scottish. I could go on about the overbearing mother, perfect sister, and sweet best friend, but it's all too much stereotyped stock character blather to go into without sounding plain old mean. ARGH. The first book had some issues that were forgivable to me partially because it was respectful of paganism and because it was a "first in series" book. I'm generally willing to forgive a lot in a "first" book if I see potential for the series. This book made my suspension of disbelief HURT. A LOT. She told a completely unconnected-to-the-mystery character WHAT? In PUBLIC? WHAT??? This book wasn't even 300 pages, and it took me way longer to finish than it ought to have because i had to keep walking away from it before I did the unthinkable and hurt the book. So why am I continuing on and why does the book get 2 stars instead of only 1? Well, the respect for paganism is still there (which carries a lot of weight in my book), the ending was decent, and the author surprised me a bit with the mystery. I thought I had the whole thing figured out pretty early in the book and I was actually wrong (probably clung to my "superior" opinion too long out of pride). I'll give the author some grudging kudos for not going exactly where I was expecting with the mystery. I can see where some people would like these books a lot more than I do. For someone just looking for a light read, these could be literary popcorn. I think my standards are just a bit higher than Alt is delivering, though. If the next book makes me want to hurl it across the room, I'm stopping the series there and I will NOT look back. Screw with my suspension of disbelief at your peril, authors!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*

    The fun subgenre of paranormal, cozy mysteries (double-sub really) usually dishes out cute situations, humorous pitfalls and of course a dash of magically-inclined charm. Maybe that’s why this failed? It just didn’t do enough of those traits. Story isn’t too bad – an obnoxious teen gets killed, the small town finds it tragic, and our protagonist solves the crime. She works at a shop, Enchanted, under her employer, pro-witch type. The start is semi-sluggish but needed to establish scene of crime. The fun subgenre of paranormal, cozy mysteries (double-sub really) usually dishes out cute situations, humorous pitfalls and of course a dash of magically-inclined charm. Maybe that’s why this failed? It just didn’t do enough of those traits. Story isn’t too bad – an obnoxious teen gets killed, the small town finds it tragic, and our protagonist solves the crime. She works at a shop, Enchanted, under her employer, pro-witch type. The start is semi-sluggish but needed to establish scene of crime. I didn’t feel enough enchantment to rush back to the book so it took me awhile to finish this one. The middle grows more interesting once some personal drama squirts some needed life into it. What really irked me was that the ending half got much better, only to have the last chapter or so result to stupidity. Suddenly the heroine, a woman with her hand on her shoulders, starts acting stupid for the sake of the story. The whole trip for evidence was just hokey and unnecessary. The phone and picture convenient setup? Puh-leeze. Why steal a frame, who not just take a picture of it? Why wait almost the entire book for high res shots and then want them sent to your cellphone? And even if the person is recognized in the shot, how do you automatically know they are the killer because of that? The heroine is likeable enough, although a bit too goody sometimes. Tom as her romantic interest is dull, have no idea why she cares. Instead of loving Felicity as a super sweet, supportive boss, she irritated me with her clicheness and wise woman persona. There is a clear cookie cutter formula used for characterization. And while I did feel bad for the grieving parents, the ‘victim’ was loathsome and I couldn’t care less about her. Madeline Alt does write well. She keeps to the point, avoids over-elaborating, keeps pacing consistent, but needs to improve on unrealistic, staged dialogue, especially in the last quarter between her and her boss and best friend upstairs. Romance is pretty much not there but there are some hints to come. I have to admit I’m curious on what’s going to happen in that department. The mystery isn’t complicated to solve; there weren’t enough players to strongly consider. I guessed before so it wasn’t a big surprise. On it being paranormal, sometimes it delves into that and other times it went so long without it I’d forget it was supposed to be a paranormal novel. I’m not impressed yet with the magic stuff but it has the potential to develop into something better later. I may like the next book if I get my hands on it. The writer does her job well but there are some rough edges needing polishing.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Maureen

    First I've read in this series....thought Maggie was a bit timid for just finding her powers...sort of wished she wasn't so, but the ending turned out hopeful...will try another in this series.. First I've read in this series....thought Maggie was a bit timid for just finding her powers...sort of wished she wasn't so, but the ending turned out hopeful...will try another in this series..

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    The second book in the Bewitching Mystery series. It's about 2 months after the first book took place and the town of Stony Mill is still unsettled after the murder of one of it's residence. Sadly more mayhem is in store for the town in the shape of a young Lolita who meets an untimely end. Maggie, who seems to be channeling her favorite TV hunk Magnum P.I., starts poking her nose in where it doesn't belong - and once again it lands her in (Cliche Warning!) hot water. I knew who did it immediatly The second book in the Bewitching Mystery series. It's about 2 months after the first book took place and the town of Stony Mill is still unsettled after the murder of one of it's residence. Sadly more mayhem is in store for the town in the shape of a young Lolita who meets an untimely end. Maggie, who seems to be channeling her favorite TV hunk Magnum P.I., starts poking her nose in where it doesn't belong - and once again it lands her in (Cliche Warning!) hot water. I knew who did it immediatly upon that person's introduction. (That is the only way I can say that without giving it away - trust me - I rewrote the sentence several times to make sure!)And yet I couldn't stop reading this book even after I knew I was right about who done it. Seriously - I came home tonight and had no intention of finishing the book - my knitting is practically screaming my name to get my attention - but no. I had to finish the book. I liked that the second book was a little darker and delt with a 17 year old power hungry conniving little wench. I know I went to school with girls like that - I imagine a lot people did. I also liked that Maggie seemed to grow up a little bit in this book. I still wish she would tell her mom to piss off - but at least she knows her mom has her twisted in knots - so there is a little hope that one day she will tell her mom where to go and how to get there develope a healthier relationship with the matriarch of the family. I am looking forward to the next book to see if some of the left unresolved stuff gets addressed.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jolene Green

    I really wanted to like this book. I admit to being one of those people who do occasionially pick a book by the cover. I expected this book to have some magic and comedy based on the cover and the review statements. The problem is that the magic and humor in this story are like the dash of salt you toss into cookie dough. You hardly notice it's there. The main character, Maggie, is likable and has good potential but she is boring. She pines after a guy with no redeemable qualities - seriously we I really wanted to like this book. I admit to being one of those people who do occasionially pick a book by the cover. I expected this book to have some magic and comedy based on the cover and the review statements. The problem is that the magic and humor in this story are like the dash of salt you toss into cookie dough. You hardly notice it's there. The main character, Maggie, is likable and has good potential but she is boring. She pines after a guy with no redeemable qualities - seriously we aren't given one reason to like this guy or hope that she gets together with him. The mystery does get interesting near the end as clues are revealed and Maggie gets closer to solving the murder. But then she suddently goes into horror-movie-victim-syndrome and makes one ridiculous move after another (ie She is in the room with the murderer - her phone rings - murderer tells her to answer it- she does but doesn't give one hint of info to the person about where she is or who she is with. It's like she is trying to become the next victim.) As a reader, I never worried for Maggie's safety. This author plays everything too safe and too mild.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Beverly

    3.5 stars, actually. The second installment of this cozy mystery series is leaps and bounds over the first...lots of quotable lines that I loved. Maggie is coming to terms with her newly found abilities, and it's none too soon...a teenage patron of the store she works at has been murdered, and the police don't seem to have any leads. It's going to take some witching, some good ok' Hoosier resourcefulness, and a little bit of luck to help solve this mystery. 3.5 stars, actually. The second installment of this cozy mystery series is leaps and bounds over the first...lots of quotable lines that I loved. Maggie is coming to terms with her newly found abilities, and it's none too soon...a teenage patron of the store she works at has been murdered, and the police don't seem to have any leads. It's going to take some witching, some good ok' Hoosier resourcefulness, and a little bit of luck to help solve this mystery.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Winkler

    Ah, Maggie, Maggie, Maggie. So smart one minute and so silly the next! I just love reading about Maggie O’Neill’s character and cannot wait to see what she is going to do next. Maggie thinks that she is being so logical, but she is always jumping to conclusions and doesn’t see what is right in front of her most of the time. Maggie is still holding on to the faint hope that Tom is really interested in her. It has been a couple of months since Tom and Maggie first met in The Trouble With Magic (bo Ah, Maggie, Maggie, Maggie. So smart one minute and so silly the next! I just love reading about Maggie O’Neill’s character and cannot wait to see what she is going to do next. Maggie thinks that she is being so logical, but she is always jumping to conclusions and doesn’t see what is right in front of her most of the time. Maggie is still holding on to the faint hope that Tom is really interested in her. It has been a couple of months since Tom and Maggie first met in The Trouble With Magic (book #1) and Tom hasn’t called Maggie since. Now they are thrown together again to solve another crime, even though Tom doesn’t want Maggie to help in any way. On the other hand, you have Marcus, a sexy bad boy who seems to enjoy spending as much time with Maggie as possible. Maggie is convinced that Marcus could never be interested in a girl like her, however, despite all evidence to the contrary. Marcus’s Aunt Marian seems to be doing her level best to get the two of them together, but Marian must not know about Marcus’s May/September relationship with Maggie’s boss, Felicity “Liss” Dow. Um, hello, this is a small town – everyone knows all the gossip on everyone else! I think it is more an issue of Maggie’s lack of self-esteem more than anything else. After all, this is the same girl who tried to call Tom fifteen minutes before their first date to cancel it and then ran out on him before he showed up at her door. I mean, I get nervous before dates, too, but I don’t think I’ve ever run out on someone after I accepted a date. Okay, actually, that is a lie. Now that I think about it, I actually have done that. In my defense, they were not picking me up at my home, but I guess it is still not very nice. Maggie is enjoying her new job at Enchantments. She spends a great deal of her spare time at the store, but she always seems to have plenty of time to get involved into cases and to get herself into all kinds of trouble! In Maggie’s defense, her mother and her sister often get her more involved than Maggie would do on her own, as is certainly the case here. If Maggie’s mother hadn’t dragged her off to Amanda’s home to accept the expensive clock as a return, Maggie never would have gotten her hands on a CD full of information about the dead girl. Turns out Amanda wasn’t the little princess everyone assumed she was. Amanda had been keeping a blog about her many sexual escapades, but all of her partners were given nicknames. Now all Maggie has to do is match the men with their nicknames on the blog and she can give the police a list of suspects with strong motive to kill. Easier said than done! I wouldn’t be too thrilled to read explicit details about someone else’s sexual exploits to solve a crime, but I guess you do what you gotta do. Fortunately, there are only hints and tame details presented to the reader so you don’t need to be worried about reading this book in public! The mystery is pretty easy to solve, but it is the characters and the setting itself that I find the most interested. Maggie is a likeable character and I feel like she has a lot to offer, but she doubts herself too much. I see quite a bit of myself in Maggie, which is probably why I find some of her actions so frustrating! Maggie is smart, funny, naive, and stubborn. She will do anything for those she loves and she has some great friends and family around her. While everyone seems to have an opinion about Maggie’s life, she is doing her level best to walk her own pathway through life. Getting involved in witchcraft is Maggie’s first decision that will change her life. Maggie is still a bit afraid of who and what she is, however, so she makes excuses to avoid her fellow witches. I am sure that this is a temporary reaction and look forward to Maggie becoming more involved with her powers as the series continues. Maggie doesn’t use much more than her own impressions and feelings in this book, but there is enough of a magical touch to the Bewitching Mystery series to make them something unique and special.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Carla Latham

    This is the second book in Ms. Alt's "A Bewitching Mystery" series. I'm not sure why I keep reading this series because, so far, the books have been kind of boring. This book picked up the pace about three-quarters of the way through the book. Also, there was a surprise who-dunnit twist. I had figured out who-dunnit pretty quickly in the first and fifth books. In this book, I thought I had the murderer pegged but was pleasantly surprised with the twist! As I read through the book I had the disti This is the second book in Ms. Alt's "A Bewitching Mystery" series. I'm not sure why I keep reading this series because, so far, the books have been kind of boring. This book picked up the pace about three-quarters of the way through the book. Also, there was a surprise who-dunnit twist. I had figured out who-dunnit pretty quickly in the first and fifth books. In this book, I thought I had the murderer pegged but was pleasantly surprised with the twist! As I read through the book I had the distinct impression the author was trying really hard not to offend anyone. For instance, the murder victim has a secret blog about her sexcapades that the high school kids in town know how to access. The author briefly describes the blog including secret descriptive names for the blogger's sexual partners. And that's about it. She doesn't go into any details about what is in the blog with the exception of making a comment about how flexible the blogger is and how many partners she seems to have had. I don't really want to read explicit descriptions of sex acts and I am not disappointed that the characters don't use every four-letter word in existence, however, I think she has gone a little too far by not including a little color and maybe some believable dialogue would have livened up the story. I kept wondering if she was trying to keep it clean in case one of her children (if she has any), mother, or grandmother read the stories she wouldn't embarrass herself or them. I don't know if I am going to read the 3rd book in the series, but I probably will - hoping against the odds that the 3rd book will be a little more exciting. Plus I can't wait until she finds her furry four-legged black friend that is in the fifth book - that's my real motivation for plugging through these!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Wicked

    i liked the myster i liked the story line i liked the twists i hated the damn main character that pushes her way into shit saying that the police cant do anything but if she would have handed over the evidence to the police they would have had the evidence sooner to crack the case but oh no she has to do it because shes better than everyone else. then theres her powers i thought the first book would have smashed her resistance to her powers or at least make it so she studied and practice so she could i liked the myster i liked the story line i liked the twists i hated the damn main character that pushes her way into shit saying that the police cant do anything but if she would have handed over the evidence to the police they would have had the evidence sooner to crack the case but oh no she has to do it because shes better than everyone else. then theres her powers i thought the first book would have smashed her resistance to her powers or at least make it so she studied and practice so she could have control but instead she pushes those around her to use powers when she wants them then turns around and acts like the powers are evil and on top of that ignores her powers when she doesnt want to admit she has them and when people die its obvious she could use her own powers but instead tries to use other means and hold up the police cuz she thinks she can do better since apparently shes spiritually open when actuality shows she is just as head in the sand and hypocritical as people who dont have powers... her attitude frustrated me to the point where i didnt enjoy the story as much as i could have considering she is an adult and she acts like a preteen.

  10. 4 out of 5

    N.N. Light

    Overall, I really enjoyed this book! It is a fun mystery mixed with magic realism. While it was easy to read, I got lost a few times with the characters and the back story. I would recommend this!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lyn Mckenzie

    This book is even better than the first!!!! I loved reading this, it is such an addictive read, I couldn't stop reading this magical journey! I adored this storyline so much, it is brilliantly written in such a way that compels you to want to know more, not to mention all the twists and surprises that happen in this roller coaster of a book. One of the things that I loved so much about this book was the paranormal aspect as this is something that interests me in my real life and reading the depth This book is even better than the first!!!! I loved reading this, it is such an addictive read, I couldn't stop reading this magical journey! I adored this storyline so much, it is brilliantly written in such a way that compels you to want to know more, not to mention all the twists and surprises that happen in this roller coaster of a book. One of the things that I loved so much about this book was the paranormal aspect as this is something that interests me in my real life and reading the depth and the details of this story shows how much this author has researched into this topic and that makes the story even better!!! It's amazing reading more about the characters, you definitely get to know them all better and better in this book. You have characters that we met in book one but also some new ones. I have to mention Marcus, I think he is one of my favourite characters to read about and I would love to know more about his history and his abilities. Of course i need to mention Maggie, i love her courage and resiliance. She is in a world that she is new to and she takes to it so well, even when she is scared she still copes in her own way. I love how curious she is although it gets her into trouble! This is an amazing book that I think everyone should read! I can't wait to read the next book in this outstanding series to is so addictive and I would recommend this book, series and author to everyone!!!!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This was a fast paced read. I like that Maggie is getting more comfortable with her powers but that she is still uncertain and a bit afraid of them; it makes it more realistic. I an over Tom and she needs to be as well. Marcus is the right guy for her, and I think Marcus realizes it and is giving her time to get used to the idea, just like she has to get used to her powers. As far as the mystery goes, I was not expecting the town doctor to be involved; that was a big surprise. I was not surprise This was a fast paced read. I like that Maggie is getting more comfortable with her powers but that she is still uncertain and a bit afraid of them; it makes it more realistic. I an over Tom and she needs to be as well. Marcus is the right guy for her, and I think Marcus realizes it and is giving her time to get used to the idea, just like she has to get used to her powers. As far as the mystery goes, I was not expecting the town doctor to be involved; that was a big surprise. I was not surprised that the young girl was messing around with people she should not have been messing with; that part was disturbing but not a surprise twist. I am glad that Tara, Marcus' cousin, had nothing to do with Amanda's death and that the binding she was doing at the beginning of the book was to reveal the truth and not harm. While I did not enjoy the underage girl gets sexually involved with older men so she can blackmail them plot I do like this author and will be reading the next book in the series.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Connie N.

    #2 in the Bewitching Mystery cozy series I'd rate this 3.5 stars, if I could. Maggie is an appealing heroine, just learning about her magick capabilities and exploring how to expand them. She works at Enchantments and has gotten involved in a group of paranormal-interested people who have helped her grow. When a teenage girl dies soon after making a purchase at the shop, Maggie feels involved in the search for her killer. She mostly uses guesswork and intelligence to figure things out, but there #2 in the Bewitching Mystery cozy series I'd rate this 3.5 stars, if I could. Maggie is an appealing heroine, just learning about her magick capabilities and exploring how to expand them. She works at Enchantments and has gotten involved in a group of paranormal-interested people who have helped her grow. When a teenage girl dies soon after making a purchase at the shop, Maggie feels involved in the search for her killer. She mostly uses guesswork and intelligence to figure things out, but there are some things that sort of fall into her lap, perfectly timed to help her out, which made things a little unbelievable. But since this is a paranormal type of series, that's OK. I suspected about the killer about halfway through but only from the book's set-up and not through figuring out the how or the why. I liked this one much better than the first in the series, and this one kept my interest throughout and was a light read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Catt

    Like its predecessor, this book is a light and cozy read about the people of small-town Stony Mill. The use of stereotypes is liberal, so though the characters are predictable, I found them mostly likeable because sometimes you just want to read about kind, uncomplicated people. Where the book falls short is the murder mystery. That plotline is very thin, with dull motives and duller clues. Maggie's decision to withhold and bumble around with evidence is hard to sympathize with when she has no st Like its predecessor, this book is a light and cozy read about the people of small-town Stony Mill. The use of stereotypes is liberal, so though the characters are predictable, I found them mostly likeable because sometimes you just want to read about kind, uncomplicated people. Where the book falls short is the murder mystery. That plotline is very thin, with dull motives and duller clues. Maggie's decision to withhold and bumble around with evidence is hard to sympathize with when she has no stake in the outcome, and when she finds herself in real danger, you can't help but wonder if she didn't realize murder is a serious crime. I'm giving this book four stars instead of three because I really did enjoy it up until the denouement, and I'm genuinely interested in checking out the next books in the series. BUT I hope Maggie will wise up and evolve as any person snooping around this many homicides ought to.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Chris Meads

    Maggie has earned a lot about her new craft and is having some difficulty controlling the emotions (she usually faints if the emotions become too overwhelming). A young female, Amanda, and her friends come into the shop and Amanda buys a very expensive clock for her mom for Christmas (it was close to $500). Where did she get that kind of money? Plus the girls and most of the small town are talking about a hidden blog which Maggie stumbles upon with the help of another young witch. Then there is Maggie has earned a lot about her new craft and is having some difficulty controlling the emotions (she usually faints if the emotions become too overwhelming). A young female, Amanda, and her friends come into the shop and Amanda buys a very expensive clock for her mom for Christmas (it was close to $500). Where did she get that kind of money? Plus the girls and most of the small town are talking about a hidden blog which Maggie stumbles upon with the help of another young witch. Then there is the altercation between Amanda and another young woman, Tara. After that, Amanda disappears.... and turns up dead. Who is behind her disappearance and death? Was it murder? Is the secret blog cause her disappearance? You would be surprised of the outcome. This has become a bewitching little series for those of us who like the cozy mysteries.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ricci Beck

    It’s only the 2nd book in the series, but I’m done. So much potential, but both books were disappointing. The mystery was good, but I hate main characters that behave stupid and Maggie does over and over in this book. Plus so many “clues” that are never linked, several lengthy scenes that end up being pointless. I ended up with a headache after rolling my eyes so much when she talked the receptionist into meeting her during a major snow storm. The ending was just horrible. It wasn’t a a twist fo It’s only the 2nd book in the series, but I’m done. So much potential, but both books were disappointing. The mystery was good, but I hate main characters that behave stupid and Maggie does over and over in this book. Plus so many “clues” that are never linked, several lengthy scenes that end up being pointless. I ended up with a headache after rolling my eyes so much when she talked the receptionist into meeting her during a major snow storm. The ending was just horrible. It wasn’t a a twist for me. There just weren’t enough characters for the ending to be much of a surprise. And the scene on the ice? Please. I really wanted to like this series, but I can’t do another book that’s mostly the main character’s confusing wishy washy inner dialogue or her attachment to a completely unlikeable jerk.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)

    After the events in book 1 of the series (The Trouble With Magic) Maggie has been left in charge of Enchantments whilst her boss, Liss, recovers (Maggie does have some assistance at the weekends and some evenings from a High School girl), as well as all the work Maggie is also trying to get a handle on her Empath abilities and her witchcraft.  When she sees an altercation between a local "princess" and a Goth girl (the latter is related to Marcus - one of the coven) her empathic side isn't happy After the events in book 1 of the series (The Trouble With Magic) Maggie has been left in charge of Enchantments whilst her boss, Liss, recovers (Maggie does have some assistance at the weekends and some evenings from a High School girl), as well as all the work Maggie is also trying to get a handle on her Empath abilities and her witchcraft.  When she sees an altercation between a local "princess" and a Goth girl (the latter is related to Marcus - one of the coven) her empathic side isn't happy, even less so when Amanda, the Princess, ends up dead (and Maggie witnessed Tara - the Goth - doing a binding spell), now Maggie needs to use both standard and paranormal skills to work out what happened to Amanda ... and why.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Briana

    This is the second book in the series and picks up shortly after the first. The mystery part of the book is a well a little lame and I would like there to be more of connection between the magick in it and the mystery . This book had more but still it was confusing there was a spell but the connection with solving the mystery seemed weak at best. also the main character needs more confidence. This is one of those feel sorry for me cause I don't fit in and I don't have enough confidence to stand This is the second book in the series and picks up shortly after the first. The mystery part of the book is a well a little lame and I would like there to be more of connection between the magick in it and the mystery . This book had more but still it was confusing there was a spell but the connection with solving the mystery seemed weak at best. also the main character needs more confidence. This is one of those feel sorry for me cause I don't fit in and I don't have enough confidence to stand out either characters. Hopefully there starts to be more character development. SO as you can see I haven't given up I have the third book and see how it goes before making a final decision.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Alexandria

    I love the kind characters such as Liss and Marcus, and even Maggie herself. I felt the twist in this book was actually fair well-hidden, and that the final climax was written perfectly to leave the reader a little breathless through the whole thing. With any luck, Deputy Fielding will overcome some of his issues and Maggie can learn to piece things together just a wee bit faster. All in all, however, this is a wonderful series if you're looking for a quick cozy mystery series and magic is one o I love the kind characters such as Liss and Marcus, and even Maggie herself. I felt the twist in this book was actually fair well-hidden, and that the final climax was written perfectly to leave the reader a little breathless through the whole thing. With any luck, Deputy Fielding will overcome some of his issues and Maggie can learn to piece things together just a wee bit faster. All in all, however, this is a wonderful series if you're looking for a quick cozy mystery series and magic is one of your interests.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Gen

    Maggie is slowly becoming more. However, she is still struggling with her faith that her Grandmother drilled into her skull growing up and what she is learning about the invisible world around her. She again get herself in another murder mystery in this installment. It's ironic she doesn't see herself as a heroine. Her human failing is that her love life. She doesn't have one and is trying to come to term with that emptiness. I would advise her not rush, because her sister does not seem to be th Maggie is slowly becoming more. However, she is still struggling with her faith that her Grandmother drilled into her skull growing up and what she is learning about the invisible world around her. She again get herself in another murder mystery in this installment. It's ironic she doesn't see herself as a heroine. Her human failing is that her love life. She doesn't have one and is trying to come to term with that emptiness. I would advise her not rush, because her sister does not seem to be that happy. She is leaving vicariously through her husband's career.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Levaria

    I liked this book better than the first one, but I'm not in love with the series. This will probably be the last one I read. I'm still not a fan of the main character--especially her not-so-bright actions (though kind of expected in cozy mysteries) nor her attraction/interaction with her main love interest. The plot itself was pretty good: more magic, more 'suspense,' and a better job at characterization (for both major and minor characters). I liked this book better than the first one, but I'm not in love with the series. This will probably be the last one I read. I'm still not a fan of the main character--especially her not-so-bright actions (though kind of expected in cozy mysteries) nor her attraction/interaction with her main love interest. The plot itself was pretty good: more magic, more 'suspense,' and a better job at characterization (for both major and minor characters).

  22. 4 out of 5

    Laura Boston

    I was so excited to read this series once I found out about it and even though I gave the 1st book 3 stars I just can't give the 2nd one anymore than 2. I really really wanted to enjoy this series and read all of them but sadly I will not continue on. I can understand Maggie's apprehension in the 1st book but having her still scared of her own shadow in the second and then not able to stand up for herself is just too much for me. I was so excited to read this series once I found out about it and even though I gave the 1st book 3 stars I just can't give the 2nd one anymore than 2. I really really wanted to enjoy this series and read all of them but sadly I will not continue on. I can understand Maggie's apprehension in the 1st book but having her still scared of her own shadow in the second and then not able to stand up for herself is just too much for me.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Al

    Very gentle mystery with a bit of a possible romance and in a mild paranormal setting. Good characters, well put together variation of today's world that the characters move in. Very excellent descriptions of settings without boring one with minute details. Just the right amount of detail throughout. Good enough to re-read in a year or so. Want to read more by Alt. Very gentle mystery with a bit of a possible romance and in a mild paranormal setting. Good characters, well put together variation of today's world that the characters move in. Very excellent descriptions of settings without boring one with minute details. Just the right amount of detail throughout. Good enough to re-read in a year or so. Want to read more by Alt.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Reynolds

    I liked this one better than the first book, mainly because we're starting to get more of a progression into the paranormal aspects of the story (obviously I'm a fan). I actually guessed who the "villain" was before Maggie did, so I wasn't surprised by the ending. And although I had a few eye-roll moments, I'm enjoying the simplicity and cheesy-ness of this series. I liked this one better than the first book, mainly because we're starting to get more of a progression into the paranormal aspects of the story (obviously I'm a fan). I actually guessed who the "villain" was before Maggie did, so I wasn't surprised by the ending. And although I had a few eye-roll moments, I'm enjoying the simplicity and cheesy-ness of this series.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I read the first in this series many years ago. Having read all the books in every mystery series I’m currently interested in, I got kind of desperate and decided to go back to this mystery series. Well, I remember why I didn’t continue. The book was decent but not great. I might continue with the series if I feel desperate again, but it’s not a first choice.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Aki

    3.5 stars. I think the premise for this could have been better besides a mean girl dying. but overall I think the relationship between Marcus and Maggie improved so I'm looking forward to them getting together eventually. 3.5 stars. I think the premise for this could have been better besides a mean girl dying. but overall I think the relationship between Marcus and Maggie improved so I'm looking forward to them getting together eventually.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Feyheart

    I love reading of Maggie's growth in Magick. She's not as condemning in this book. I do not like Tom the Cop. He is rude and close-minded and she should just be with Marcus haha. Love the series and already have the next book to continue reading. I love reading of Maggie's growth in Magick. She's not as condemning in this book. I do not like Tom the Cop. He is rude and close-minded and she should just be with Marcus haha. Love the series and already have the next book to continue reading.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Stacey

    Better than the first book. A little more focused although it seemed as though some random characters were kinda thrown in aka Randy. I liked seeing her use her powers and have more of the supernatural side used.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Laura Ruetz

    This was a very entertaining book. Great mystery with a nice premise. As you can guess from the title, it has a paranormal tone to it, as it deals with witches. Fun cozy mystery that has enjoyable characters and an engaging plot.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Terri Benedict

    flying through this series. It's short, sweet, kinda predictable but sometimes that is just what you need. Characters are decently fleshed out, setting is believable as a vaguely small to mid-size mid-western town ... enough to get a feel for it. Fun easy series. flying through this series. It's short, sweet, kinda predictable but sometimes that is just what you need. Characters are decently fleshed out, setting is believable as a vaguely small to mid-size mid-western town ... enough to get a feel for it. Fun easy series.

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