Wednesday, March 25, 2009

A Quirky Bewitching Mystery

Maggie O'Neill loves her job at Enchantments as much as she loves being Indiana's newest witch. But when her family needs her, she's still willing to lend a hand- even if she has to reach beyond the grave.

It's a long, hot summer in Stony Mill, and Maggie is busy watching TV reruns, minding the store, and figuring out her love life. Then she reluctantly volunteers to care for her bedridden, oh-so-perfect sister, Mel. But Mel isn't the only focus of Maggie's attention. There are some strange sprits hanging around the area- and it looks like a job for Maggie and the N.I.G.H.T.S. ghost-hunting team.

Even as she tries to deal with the long dead, Maggie must also cope with the recently deceased. When a friend of Mel's loses her husband to a dreadful fall, the police call it an accidental death. Maggie's not so sure, and sets her second sights on finding a first-degree murderer...

Title: No Rest for the Wiccan
Author: Madelyn Alt
Series: Bewitching Mysteries, Book 4
Start & Finished: 12/29/08- 12/30/08
Published: 2008
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Pages: 304 (paperback)
Genre: Cozy Mystery- Paranormal

Empath and now novice witch Maggie O'Neill has a serious ghost and sister problem in No Rest for the Wiccan, not to mention the murder! The current story Madelyn Alt's Bewitching Mystery series shows no sign of slowing down, and in fact, over the eight months these four books take place, the little town of Stony Mill, Indiana has just gotten a whole lot “livelier.”

Soon after the third book, Hex Marks the Spot came out I discovered Alt’s delightfully magical series and I read them all in one sitting. They were marvelous! The characters were spunky and interesting, and as I noted in my review of the first one, "You just can’t go wrong with witches, ghosts, and antiques in a murder mystery!" The characters have come a long way since The Trouble with Magic, especially the main character Maggie who has really become a believer over the course of the series. Not only in ghosts but in her own abilities as well. Now if only she’d realize that she belongs with Marcus I’d be completely happy.

There were quite a few things that mad me very angry in this story but not at the author. No, she’s such a good writer that at times I felt like I could see the characters and goodness knows if I could have gotten my hands on that bigoted preacher… well, never mind. I knew from the previous books that I wasn’t crazy about the women in Maggie’s family either but even with the severe guilt-trips (which gets her into this particular predicament), I had learned to get along her mother, however her sister is a whole ‘nother ballgame! Like I said, there are a couple of people in this story that truly irked me but that’s because they almost feel like real people and not characters.

When asked to describe her series the author said, “The Bewitching Mysteries are a bit of a cross-genre blending of several of my favorite elements: mystery, the paranormal world, speculative elements, mysticism, witchery in various forms, wit, and romance. Not necessarily in that order.” Ms. Alt says that the idea for this story was truly magical as “all of a sudden, a flurry of images and thoughts hit me, and I felt this intense need to write it all down,” which she did and then forgot about it for months until she had another bit of a “brain dump” which resulted in Maggie, Felicity, their little town, and eventually a truly amazing series.

Bewitching Mystery Series
1. The Trouble with Magic (2006)
2. A Charmed Death (2006)
3. Hex Marks the Spot (2007)
4. No Rest for The Wiccan (2008)
5. Where There's a Witch There's a Way (2009)

Blogs: Myspace, All Things Madly, Witchy Chicks, Amazon.com
Interview: Amberkatze's Book Blog, Prime Crime

Picture Explanations:
Cat: Maggie finally adopts the cat that has been on all of the covers and names her Minnie, "Minx when we wish to be formal."
Ouija Board: Maggie's sister Melanie decides to try to contact the ghost in her house for fun with some friends. Only to find out that it's not "just a game."
Barn Fire: One of the most action-packed scenes...

15 comments:

  1. I haven't read any of Madelyn Alt's series but you make them sound like a lot of fun. Will have to check them out.

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  2. This sounds like such an excellent series. I'll have to look into it. One of my friends reads them and just loves them.

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  3. These books look like so much fun. I love the cover on this one.

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  4. You know the author has done her job when she can make you angry at some of her characters (the ones she wants you to feel that about, anyway). I've been wanting to read this series and am glad it continues to be a good one.

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  5. Wow! I haven't heard of this series or the author. Thanks for the heads-up. I might need this for the 999 Reading Challenge. ;)

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  6. Oh...I've been wanting to read this series!! Looks like fun!

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  7. Wanted to let you know that I have an award for you at my blog, Unmainstream Mom Reads if you want to go pick it up.

    Also, I am running 7 different book contests right now - you'll find links on the righthand sidebar at the top :)

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  8. Another new to me series...when aren't you adding to my TBR list??? :) Keep em coming!

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  9. I have this one somewhere in my TBR mountain. I hope I can get to it sometime this decade. LOL

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  10. I really like this series! (And often wonder if I'm the only one keeping my fingers crossed for Marcus.)

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  11. I have this one sitting in my TBR (soon) pile. And I've liked the past three. I can see I'm going to have to brace myself to handle some of the characters though.=)

    Anyway, I have an award for you. You can "pick it up" as Mo said, at: http://ponderingthelibrary.blogspot.com/2009/03/proximidade-award.html

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  12. SciFiGuy: They are good! Hope you enjoy them :)

    Dar: They're really interesting and very unique. Hope you enjoy them!

    Bermudaonion: Aren't the covers awesome?! I can't remember who the illustrator is off the top of my head though.

    Wendy: Yep! Her next book in this series comes out in July and it's going to actually be in hardcover this time. She's getting very popular!

    J. Kaye: I'd be interested to see what you think of it! I really enjoy these :)

    Stephanie: They are! I hope you get to try them soon!

    Mo from Unmainstream Mom Reads: Thank you!

    Lenore: I love her titles, they're very cute.

    Naida: :o)

    Samantha: Lol, I love it when that happens! I have a few coming up before too much longer that I think you'd like.

    Monie G: Lol, Definitely know what you mean. While we're moving I set aside a pile of books I might read while we're waiting on closing and I didn't even make a dent!

    Chelle: There wasn't much room for Marcus in this story which didn't make me very happy :( Hope he's in the next one more!

    Jo: Yep but it's still good. It's especially worth it now that she has Minnie, too cute! Aw, thanks so very much!!!

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  13. Oh, would you stop already? I just got the first ghost mystery in, and now I have to add these to the list too! :-)

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