A Charmed Death (Bewitching Series #2)

A Charmed Death (Bewitching Series #2)

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by Madelyn Alt

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Maggie O'Neill must turn on her own charms-mystical and otherwise-while investigating the death of one of her customers from the antique shop, Enchantments.  See more details below


Maggie O'Neill must turn on her own charms-mystical and otherwise-while investigating the death of one of her customers from the antique shop, Enchantments.

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The second installment of Madelyn Alt's Bewitching Mystery saga -- a narrative blend of amateur whodunit, paranormal fantasy, and tongue-in-cheek chick lit that features lovable protagonist Maggie O'Neill -- finds the almost-30-year-old single resident of Stony Mill, Indiana, at the center of a murder mystery involving illicit sex, arcane witchcraft, and more than a few otherworldly spirits.

With just a few weeks until Christmas, O'Neill's job as a clerk at Enchantments, an upscale gift shop owned by her friend Felicity Dow, is as hectic as it is exciting. But when O'Neill witnesses a teenage goth girl getting brutally picked on by a trio of mean classmates, her intuition warns her that something very bad is about to happen. When one of the assailants turns up dead a few days later, O'Neill's curiosity gets the best of her and she investigates -- only to uncover a secret sex blog that implicates some of Stony Mill's most respected residents…

Mystery fans who seek out "feel-good" reads for their literary escapism (books by authors like Janet Evanovich, Charlaine Harris, Kyra Davis, et al.) should definitely check out Alt's Bewitching Mystery saga, which is powered by her Everywoman heroine O'Neill. A small-town girl struggling to find her place in the world, she has an optimistic and idealistic outlook on an oftentimes malevolent and depressing reality -- as well an addiction to old episodes of Magnum P.I. -- that makes her one of the most refreshing and endearing protagonists to grace the amateur sleuth genre in years. Alt certainly picked the right name for this series. It's a bewitching saga by a positively witchy chick. Highly recommended. Paul Goat Allen

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Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
Bewitching Series, #2
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Product dimensions:
6.74(w) x 10.92(h) x 0.81(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Charmed Death (Bewitching Series #2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 85 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the plot of this book. Continue to like the tone and attitude with which Madelyn Alt writes. A little annoyed with Maggie's passiveness and the character Tom needs some work. I felt in this book and the first that the author isn't sure which direction to take.
sharno22 More than 1 year ago
Having read this second book in this series, I want to move to Indiana and work at Enchantments! Great cozy read. I loved the ending and didn't see it coming. Can't wait to read the next installment.
stephel147 More than 1 year ago
This book has its hint of romance and also some jelousy between Tom and Marcus. The words flow easily and its easy to lose yourself into the book. It has a well thought plot line and keeps its reader guessing. A wonderful mystery novel with loving characters like Felicity Dow and Maggie O'Neill. Love the small western town setting and the lovely stores described in this story.
Ranick More than 1 year ago
I love the story telling and the characters. I love nice cozy stories with some unexpected turns and development of her and the others. Very witty. I miss reading them and I wish she would have more soon.
KristaStMarie More than 1 year ago
This series is for anyone who has ever believed in magic.
JACk1026 More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for some light reading, you'll like this series.
astucity More than 1 year ago
I liked this book, but not as much as the first one. It has second child syndrome but not as bad as it could have been. It's still a good read. Maggie finds herself once again thrown into the town's current murder drama when a rambunctious and prominent high school girl, Amanda Roberson, goes missing soon after her visit at the antique store Maggie works at. At this part it's sort of made unclear why Maggie feels the need as an antique store worker, that's not particularly close to the girl, to dive in on trying to find out where she is but I guess that's me nitpicking. The story has to start off somewhere right? A few hours later Amanda's car is found under an old abandon covered wooden bridge and the murder investigation starts. Maggie really starts getting into the investigation when Amanda's mother wanted to return the clock Amanda had bought that day for her Christmas present. Hidden inside the clock was some incriminating photos with Amanda entertaining an older gentleman, along with evidence she was running an underground sex blog that the high school population was frequenting. Tom, her love interest to be, (for reasons I don't entirely understand, he seems like your typical small town narrow minded bigoted cop), doesn't make much of a return in this one but her sidekick in all these little mysteries so far, Marcus Quinn, does. Maggie seems to think he and her boss and friend Felicity have this torrid May-September romance going on but it's painfully obvious they don't. It's just kind of ridiculous, in my opinion, she is supposed to be this crime solving wiz and the reader (us) is sitting there going, "Oh give me a break. Could it be anymore clear that there is nothing going on?". A few chapters before it ended I knew who it was. It being the dastardly murderer of said high school tramp Amanda Roberson. The mysteries are a little better than standard but the series is more than that. It has genuine pagan witchcraft as it is today and not any of that Charmed crap. (Sorry if you liked Charmed, I personally hated it) You get an understanding of who modern witches are. Both the flighty and powder puff types to the vastly intelligent personality set. The rituals and tools explained in the book are genuine information that witches use in practice today, so if this series succeeds and becomes mainstream at least it is contributing to easing some of the horrid stereotypes inflicted upon this religion.
BaronessBookTrove 9 months ago
Maggie O’Neill is back in another very interesting book. This one takes place in December a few weeks before Christmas and it’s all cold and dreary in Stony Mill, Indiana. Her friend has found a keeper in Dr. Danny but yet Maggie is in a tossup with Officer Tom Fielding. While she is basically taking care of Enchantments full time, with the help of Evie, as her boss/friend Felicity Dow has decided to take some time off so that she could mourn the loss of her murdered sister. The victim of murder in this book was kind of someone that Maggie knew. Granted it is a small town so everyone almost always knows everyone. This time though it’s a teenage girl that isn't living the life her parents think and the one that almost everyone else knows of. We get to meet her friend and a cousin of Marcus named Tara. Tara is very interesting, the complete opposite of Evie wholesomeness. Maggie also got to do her first ghost N.I.G.H.T.S investigation. The poor girl was scared out of her mind but then again I guess anyone would be if they always got the heebie jeebies from cemetery’s and only recently found out why they had that reaction. This whole book is a really good one. It kept me guessing and the murderer wasn't who I thought it was at all. But then again that is the whole point of these books I think. To get the reader guessing while trying to figure it out as you read along with it. I am going to give this book a five since it was really good and I loved it. Happy Reading! :-) Anyways until next time enjoy this book review brought to you by Baroness’ Book Trove. To read more book reviews like this one please go to my book review blog site @ baronessbooktrove. Thanks so much! You won't regret it!!!
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