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Home for a Spell (Bewitching Series #7)
     

Home for a Spell (Bewitching Series #7)

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by Madelyn Alt
 

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Back to work at her antique shop, Enchantments, Maggie's broken leg makes helping customers a lame proposition-but that doesn't mean the rest of her life is slowing down. While her boyfriend, the magically- inclined Marcus, has some unfinished business to attend to and her best friend is getting ready to tie the knot and move away, Maggie decides it's time to find

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Back to work at her antique shop, Enchantments, Maggie's broken leg makes helping customers a lame proposition-but that doesn't mean the rest of her life is slowing down. While her boyfriend, the magically- inclined Marcus, has some unfinished business to attend to and her best friend is getting ready to tie the knot and move away, Maggie decides it's time to find her own change of scenery. And she'll start by finally getting a new apartment.

But Maggie's new dream home turns into a nightmare when the apartment manager is found dead before she can even sign the lease. And Maggie finds herself not only searching for a new home-but for a frightfully clever killer...

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Maggie O'Neill, "empath, intuitive, and sometimes witchy nice girl," is oh-so-slowly recovering from a broken ankle in Alt's sprightly seventh paranormal cozy set in Stony Mill, Ind. (after 2010's A Witch in Time). Though Maggie loves her temporary digs with Marcus Quinn, her doting wizard boyfriend, she doesn't want him to delay his back-to-college plans to care for her. Maggie finds a great deal on a place at New Heritage, a local apartment complex, but before she can sign the lease, she and Marcus discover its manager, Rob Locke, floating in the complex's pool, dead from blunt force trauma. Maggie's ex-boyfriend, policeman Tom Fielding, isn't thrilled that Maggie is once again connected to a murder case. As Rob's involvement in some unsavory doings at New Heritage becomes clearer, Alt's light brew of mystery and romance turns deliciously chilling. (Jan.)
Kirkus Reviews

Maggie O'Neill's search for a new apartment in Stony Mill, Ind., leads her to yet another murder.

The broken ankle Maggie acquired in her last murder investigation (A Witch in Time, 2010) has forced her to move in with her boyfriend Marcus Quinn. Feeling that she's keeping Marcus from returning to college, she decides to look for a ground-floor apartment where she can care for herself. Marcus' uncle Lou knows of a place that might do. He takes Maggie with him to deliver a computer that Marcus had revved up for Robert Locke, who manages a nearby apartment complex. Although Locke is not appealing, the complex is. Despite overhearing a loud fight between Locke and a tenant's boyfriend and almost being run over by a teenaged girl hiding in the apartment, Maggie concludes that Locke is offering a deal too good to turn down. When she returns the next day to sign a lease, however, she and Marcus find the office wrecked and Locke dead in the pool. Maggie's old boyfriend Tom, who's running the investigation, grudgingly asks Marcus to recover information from a crushed flash drive that may provide some leads. With a little help from their witchlike instincts, Maggie, Marcus and her employer Liss come up with a surprising conclusion.

Fans of Alt's Bewitching Mysteries will enjoy an unanticipated ending along with the eminently predictable continuing romance.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101475300
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/04/2011
Series:
Bewitching Series , #7
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
46,918
File size:
252 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Madelyn Alt loves chocolate, Siamese cats, a shivering-good ghost story, the magic in the world around us, and sometimes, more chocolate. Madelyn writes from her home, an 1870s Victorian in northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband and four sons.

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Home for a Spell (Bewitching Series #7) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 85 reviews.
KTinNY More than 1 year ago
So as much as I love Maggie and the Bewitching Mysteries series, I feel like Alt is running out of steam. This isn't an issue for me since all authors go through this with lengthy series, which I think is why trilogies are becoming popular with writers. That being said, I have faith that Alt will bring back all of the charm of her earlier books in her next installment. But this raises the question: Where the heck is Book 8?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really love this series, the characters are great! I wish the next book would be released, it seems like forever.
Snowtgrr More than 1 year ago
Madelyn Alt creates wonderful light reads. Her books captivate you and keep you turning the pages well into the night. I don't feel like I need a degree to read them. On the other hand she weaves together whit, smiles and laughter within the prose of each page. Keeping you on your toes as everything starts coming together. She has successfully researched the "Earth Faiths" and portrays them correctly and gently within her books. It is very nice to see "others" being acknowledged without fear and with being gentle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great beach book. This book has less supernatural and witchy interest than previous books. More attention was given to the blooming relationship than to dark currents of the town. I hope the next book reveals more of what is happening to the town.
tfountain82 More than 1 year ago
This series started out with a bang for me. The first five books looked very promising and exciting. However, the last two have left me very disappointed. I was hoping to see Maggie excel with her powers, a little more steamey romance between her and Marcus, and a mystery that you can't solve after reading the first three or four chapters. I know this author has it in her as she has proved it time and time again, but I won't be so quick to run out and buy the new hardcover editions as I have been, anytime soon. I'll wait for paperbacks until I'm sure I don't feel like I'm wasting $25.00.
cassiopeia27 More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of this series since the beginning and love the light atmosphere the author creates. However, at this point, I expected Maggie's abilities to really be shining through, and I didn't feel that she progressed at all in this story. Not only that, but to be an "intuitive," she's not very, and in fact sometimes seems a little slow on the uptake. I enjoy the storytelling, but hopefully future installments will heat up, not only the witchcraft, but especially the intimacy level between our two main characters!
reader_barbara More than 1 year ago
Home for a Spell (A Bewitching Mystery) is Madelyn Alt's latest offering in the Bewitching Mystery series. It picks up a short time after A Witch In Time (A Bewitching Mystery) ended. We find Maggie, still with a cast on her leg, happily cohabiting with Marcus and hoping things in Stony Mill have started to calm down. Of course, things haven't calmed down--that wouldn't make much of a story, would it? So, when the lives of those around Maggie start to change and impact her own, she sees it as a sign to affect some change for herself. Fearing that she is holding Marcus back, she decides to find a new apartment that is accessible for her while still in a cast. Naturally, the apartment manager, a creepy little man to begin with, ends up murdered and Maggie ends finding his body. The mystery that follows isn't complicated, but there is a bit of a surprise at the end. What I liked about this book, and the whole series for that matter, is Maggie's personal growth. She's come a long way from the first book, where whisperings of her power made her uncomfortable, to a place where she is trusting her instincts, for the most part, and is even broadening her horizons into the world of the supernatural. One thing I've noticed in the more recent offerings in the series is the lack of supernatural. In fact, at one point Maggie mentions this & Marcus responds that once summer is over & the veil thins, things will change. I'm hoping that this is a bit of foreshadowing on Alt's part because I really enjoy the supernatural aspects of the series. I think that the lack of supernatural events, however, have actually encouraged Maggie to use and develop her gifts, perhaps because she'll need them in the books to come? Home for a Spell (A Bewitching Mystery) is another great addition to the Bewitching Mysteries series. I love Maggie & I especially love Marcus & can't wait to see how things develop in the future. Follow me as readerbarbara at blogspot dot com
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Since I was so disappointed with #6, I immediately dove into #7. I think the mystery in this book was more interesting than the previous book, although very predictable, but still, the book does not seem to have the same fire as previous books. There isn't much I can say about the book itself, but I do hope the series returns to its former glory. I'm going to hand on for one more book...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really really love these stories of maggie, liss, marcus & tom. Not to say less for our two teenagers tara & evie. All the N.I.G.H.T.S. I wish #8 was released already! I don't understand why the huge gap for this one to maybe not even getting Madelyn's # 8 & then more! Imma put good thoughts out there & see what fate brings us. Lol maybe you can do the same. Rhop
BaronessBookTrove More than 1 year ago
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. Dan or of mostly anyone else in the N.I.G.H.T.S unless they are the ones working at the antique shop with Maggie, Liss, Tara, and Evie. 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. 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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This series of books is okay. Not bad, not good. I feel they could be better written.
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MsPQ More than 1 year ago
Was a tad boring at first but then was a very cute read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love your series Madelyn! You clearly did your homework on "witchy" ways and seem to get "it". But there is a happy place between being a "Hoosier" and Fifty Shades" when it comes to Marcus. Go ahead and jump off the cliff a bit. You have wondered a bit from the spiritual goings on. Would like to "see" more of that back. Maybe a fun trip to Shipshawanna? Or the Notre Dame???? Of course I am a Boiler and I am sure the N.I.G.H.T.S would have a blast in Tippicanoe County! (The Tippicanoe Batttlefield) I am looking forward to the next one. I just love mind-candy! Best
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this was a fun book to read, it carries the series on quiet nicely. its a pretty quick read but it is entertaining along the way.
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Read-2-Imagine More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of this series. I love Maggie and especially with Marcus.
debbieaheaton More than 1 year ago
In Alt’s mystery novel, Maggie is back at work with her broken ankle still in a cast. A lot is going on from her best friend preparing to leave town, to her boyfriend Marcus working and preparing to go to school to her desire to find new lodging. With some help from Marcus’ Uncle Lou, Maggie finds a new dream home that quickly turns into a nightmare when the creepy apartment manager is found murdered before she can sign the lease. But what’s worse, Maggie finds herself knee deep in the search for a new home and a very clever killer on the loose and determined to stay that way. The character of Maggie continues to mature while never once losing her sense of humor. Charmingly spooky, a true page-tuner that will keep readers wondering if something lurks in the darkness beyond.
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