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Alt is in no hurry to get to the bloodshed in her mild sixth paranormal mystery featuring Stony Mill, Ind., psychic empath Maggie O'Neil, Alt's first in hardcover (after 2009's Where There's a Witch). When Maggie's sister, Melanie, goes into labor, Maggie rushes to the hospital. En route to the delivery floor, Maggie gets stuck in an elevator, where she overhears an ominous conversation between two men (It's in the bag. No way she'll ever suspect. Not until it's too late). Maggie later breaks her foot after missing a step on the hospital stairway, offering an opportunity for her hunky wizard boyfriend, Marcus Quinn, to invite her to stay with him while she mends. Plenty of make-out scenes pass between Maggie and Marcus before a corpse turns up. The explanation for the suggestive dialogue she heard will strike many as a letdown. Those expecting only a simple puzzle tacked on to the heroine's continuing quest for romantic fulfillment will be satisfied. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • Series: A Bewitching Mystery
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Hardcover; 1 edition (April 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425232611
  • ASIN: B004HEXSVS
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.1 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,225,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Madelyn Alt, here. When it comes to The Bewitching Mysteries, I am a blend of creator, innocent bystander, and goddess divine. Which means, I am a writer, a.k.a. one of those strange people who sits staring at the walls for most of the day, sometimes glazed over, sometimes frowning, and sometimes giggling {madly!}.

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. =)

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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Writer in Woodstock on April 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I fell for Madelyn Alt's books with the magical theme since Maggie O'Neill first stumbled into Enchantments one rainy cold morning and met her future boss and mentor - Felicity. I have eagerly looked forward to each new installment and raced home to brew a pot of tea, find my favorite cat, pillow and blanket and settle in for a good long read. Each of Ms. Alt's books has built on the previous premise of magic, mystery and romance. "A Witch in Time" is her newest entry, and in hard cover. It is, ultimately (and early on) disappointing. Although Ms. Alt is a very good writer, for some reason, she has chosen to concentrate on Maggie's personal relationships with her family in this book and leaves the actual magic by the wayside. Nothing much seems to happen at all. Maggie's deepening relationship with Marcus is explored, but it never lives up to the tease of the last scene in her previous book. As for Maggie's growing "witchy" talents, for some reason, Ms. Alt chose not to write much about those until nearly the end of the book and then they are barely touched upon. Maggie's wonderful and quirky boss and mentor, Felicity, finally makes an appearance but not much of one at that. The mystery isn't much of a mystery and frankly, I found myself not caring at all about the characters involved. When I was done reading the book, I only wished I had waited for the paperback and not plunked down good cash for the hardcover. I have no idea why Ms. Alt chose not to write about witchcraft, magic or The Craft in this book, rather, to write very little about them as those themes have been so wonderfully explored in her previous books, but I was incredibly disappointed. It is the magic, Maggie's growing talents and the promise of more magic that keeps us coming back for more.Read more ›
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By ellen VINE VOICE on April 13, 2010
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Madelyn Alt has created a wonderful series, where a young lady, Maggie O'Neill, finds herself working at a magickal antiques shop called Enchantments run by Felicity Dow. The place is more than its name - Felicity and her friends are practicing witches.
Maggie's previous adventures have been discovering her own power, and seeing that these kind people who call themselves witches are regular folks who just worship in a different environment and may be gifted with different 'powers'.
The magic happens in these books, heretofore paperbacks, is when Felicity Dow is actively a participant in the body of the book. Alt's portrayal of her is indeed magical - a kind soul who has been allowed to grow and study her religion and help others who are so inclined to help grow with her.
What is so disappointing in this hardback book debut is, it focuses on Maggie, and while Maggie is our heroine, she is not the heart of this series. Felicity is.
The hunky witch Marcus has been interested in Maggie for a while, and she finally gets rid of her dud boyfriend Tom. Marcus and Maggie do some heavy kissing, and it is a prelude to them 'taking the plunge', i.e., making love, but it's romance interruptus when Maggie gets a call her sister is in labor and she has to go to the hospital stat.
Marcus is downsized from hunky sexy slightly dangerous dude to Maggie carrier (she breaks her ankle) and just another nice guy who dates Maggie.
Felicity is relegated to a disembodied voice on the telephone that more often than not only says, "What's up Ducks?".
No growth, no progression of characters, aside from Maggie's sister giving unexpected birth and some actions that reflect greatly from that.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Deborah V VINE VOICE on April 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Madelyn Alt has created a wonderful series with her Bewitching protagonist, Maggie who has discovered some new, rather witchy talents.

In this, the sixth book in the series, Maggie and Marcus are now a couple and throughout the story are trying to take their relationship to the next level, but something keeps interfering--like her "perfect" self-centered sister who gives birth to twins, her sister's husband leaving her, friend Steff's problems, continued crime in Stony Mill, and a broken leg.

The book moved slowly and the mystery wasn't that interesting as it was easy to guess "who done it" and why almost from the beginning. Personally I find Maggie's sister Mel to be hugely annoying as well as her mother. Unfortunately if you are like-minded, this book does have a lot of scenes with Mel and Mom. Maggie and Marcus's inability to advance their relationship is a source of frustration not only for them, but for the reader. While it is nice that their emotional commitment deepens, the journey of the pair through the book moves slowly with very little tension (in terms of keeping the reader's focus) provided.

Hopefully in future books, Alt will return her focus to her more interesting characters and focus a bit more on the "witch" issues or magic issues.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K. Albeck on May 26, 2010
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I loved Madelyn Alt and her series about Maggie O'Neill, budding psychic and paranormal investigator. This is her first hardcover book, and in my opinion, a poor one with which to take that step.

Maggie's sister Melanie goes to the hospital and has twins, Maggie and Marcus are in love but are thwarted in their attempts to "further their relationship", Maggie breaks her leg. That's about it for the book. There's a mystery of sorts but it feels like an afterthought - we never get a chance to really know the victim or the perpetrator and the other characters central to the mystery, and it's solved (fairly obviously) in an almost slapdash manner. We can see it coming, and we don't care.

Other characters that we've come to enjoy in the series have walk-on parts, but nothing of substance to contribute, and there is virtually no paranormal activity in the book, something that has been central in the previous books - no mention of the dark thing in the apartment, no woo-woo stuff about the town, nothing, really, except Maggie's rather unpleasant grandmother who has taken to talking in Maggie's ear.

Sometimes in a series, there is a book that seems mostly to exist to further the overall story line, but this one doesn't even seem to fit that description. I enjoyed it well enough, I suppose, as a sort of bland romance novel, but if you're looking for the sort of paranormal mystery Alt's previous books gave her readers, you may as well wait for the next one in the series. If you're interested in Maggie and Marcus, get this one from the library and spend your money on Yasmine Galenorn's Chintz and China series, Wendy Roberts' Ghost Dusters, Shirley Damsgaard's Ophelia and Abby books, or Victoria Laurie's Ghost Hunter series, all fine mysteries with strong paranormal content.
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