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Home for a Spell (A Bewitching Mystery) Hardcover – January 4, 2011
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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.
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.
The one time that Steff is mentioned is when Liss tells her that she is moving with Dr. Dan sometime soon. Which is how Maggie ends up trying to find a new place and she kind of does. Even if the apartment manager gives her the creeps and she had no clue why.
This time I actually figured out who did it along with Maggie and them. Granted I didn’t understand the motive for this person. However, I did realize it was her and we found out the reason at the end of the book. Let’s just say that even though the ending of the book is perfect. This might be the last book of Maggie’s life and that is sad. And we are left to our own devices on thinking up stuff for Maggie and the N.I.G.H.T.S. and what has been going on in their life.
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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.
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This book is fiction, and as such, written in a conservative sleepy little Indiana town where everything that is considered "out of the norm" is taken into question (I have... Read morePublished 2 months ago by L. Herrold
CANT WAIT FOR THE NEXT FOR THE NEXT BOOK !!!!!! I AM COMPLETELY HOOKED.....PLEASE DONT TAKE TOO LONG. Read morePublished 10 months ago by joanne stedingaedjfd1010@
It is with a heavy heart that I have finished for the second time mind you this series. Waiting for another glimpse into the magic that is Madlyn AltPublished 13 months ago by Tippie Biko
Is this it? Okay, I need some closure here. What was the reasons behind all the thing happening in Stony Mill? Was Jeremy Harding involved or knew about Locke's spying?Published 15 months ago by Kindle Customer