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Home for a Spell (A Bewitching Mystery) Hardcover – January 4, 2011
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Contrary to opinions expressed by some, being a writer does not mean that I sit down at the computer every day for a specific amount of time for a set number of days, effortlessly spilling forth the requisite number of words, until finally, POOF! A novel ready for publication. Writing is hard work. Hard, I tell you. Some days, the only way to get through it with your ego intact is with large quantities of chocolate.
But' that being said, it is all worth it in the end because that's when I meet you. The readers. The beautiful people. Your support has been overwhelmingly positive from the very beginning, and I can't thank you enough... Bless you again, and again, and again!
For those who haven't yet been initiated:
The Bewitching Mysteries feature small town single girl and fledgling empath Maggie O'Neill, her witchy boss, and her circle of ghosthunting friends, the N.I.G.H.T.S., as they investigate an increasing level of paranormal disturbance--not to mention a series of unrelated murders--in Maggie's hometown of Stony Mill, Indiana.
A base of mystery, a dash of paranormal fantasy, a smattering of romantic banter, all blended together to create a magical and irreverent cross-genre brew. Mysteries . . . with Hex Appeal!
Readers can contact me through my website at www.MadelynAlt.com. You can sample my personal blog at www.madmadly.blogspot.com, a fun combined blog I share with the Witchy Chicks at www.witchychicks.blogspot.com, or if you've joined the MySpace movement, you can visit me at www.myspace.com/madelynalt. Feel free to pop in and say hi ' I love the company. =)
Top Customer Reviews
Even while still incapacitated by her leg cast, Maggie still stumbling over corpses and ferreting out killers. Teaming up with both Marcus and Tom, making for some wonderful jealous tension, Maggie's embroiled in the best mystery in the series to date.
Maggie's prospective landlord is killed, and while the motive is obvious early on, the murderer is not. Twists and turns and a mighty unexpected ending will leave readers shocked and anxious for more.
The Bewitching Mystery series is notorious for dragging things out longer than need be. Home for a Spell is no exception. As with the multi-book "should Maggie be with Tom or Marcus?" conundrum, readers will still be wanting to know two big things - What's really going on in Stony Mill? and Is Grandma C a ghosts or what?
Even without all the answers we crave, the Bewitching Mystery series is better and better with each new book. Home for a Spell puts the much needed mystery back in the series.
Maggie lives with Marcus since she broke her ankle and needs his help to get around. When she realizes he is going to delay attending college to take care of her, she decides to move into her own place. Maggie gets a good deal on a rental but when they go to sign the lease, they find the complex manager dead in the pool. Using Marcus' mundane skills and Maggie's arcane gifts, they work with the police to find out what was on a flash drive and a hard drive that was smashed to smithereens. What they learn explains why he was murdered, but who the perpetrator is remains blank.
This whimsical amateur sleuth small town urban fantasy mystery is pure magic as is the overall series (see A Witch In Time). Maggie has matured considerably in the past year as she has learned to love her skills rather than rue having them. The murder is believable and the characters ring true. However, Home for a Spell belongs to the lead couple as the author casts a spellbinder of a tale on enchanted readers.
In this seventh installment of the Bewitching Mysteries series, Alt opens the novel with Maggie back at work again, hobbling around with her broken ankle. Does that stop Maggie from trying to help Marcus discover what is truly behind the death of the manager of an apartment complex? Of course not, this is Maggie I am writing about after all. Her middle name is can't stay out of trouble to save her life. But, is this case going to be "the one" to break Maggie? And what does the high school girl hiding in a closet have to do with anything and everything? And one final question: why does this apartment complex rent to tenants that look as if they've stepped off the Paris runway?
My disappointment in the novel comes at the end. I felt that Alt spent so much time giving readers Maggie & Marcus that she neglected the other reason we buy and read her novels - the mystery itself. That element of the novel was lacking, especially since I would love to see Maggie & Marcus as super-sleuths delving into a deep, complex mystery that is not wrapped up in just a few of the final pages of the novel. In other words: a little more mystery please with a side of romance.
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CANT WAIT FOR THE NEXT FOR THE NEXT BOOK !!!!!! I AM COMPLETELY HOOKED.....PLEASE DONT TAKE TOO LONG. Read morePublished 4 months ago by joanne stedingaedjfd1010@
I am happy to say that I am giving this book a five butterflies because it kept my attention and I actually like the storyline this time. Granted we don’t see much of Steff or Dr. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
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