The Trouble with Magic (Bewitching Series #1)

The Trouble with Magic (Bewitching Series #1)

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by Madelyn Alt

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Antiques-shop clerk Maggie O'Neill was a little weirded out when she discovered her new boss Felicity was a witch. But when Felicity becomes the suspect in a local murder, Maggie must enlist Felicity's wiccan friends for help—and discover her own spellbinding talent.  See more details below


Antiques-shop clerk Maggie O'Neill was a little weirded out when she discovered her new boss Felicity was a witch. But when Felicity becomes the suspect in a local murder, Maggie must enlist Felicity's wiccan friends for help—and discover her own spellbinding talent.

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Equal parts amateur whodunit, supernatural fantasy, and quirky romance, The Trouble with Magic -- the first installment of Madelyn Alt's Bewitching Mystery saga -- features Maggie O'Neill, a woman at a crossroads of what has thus far been an uneventful life.

Single, almost 30, and recently terminated from a lousy collections job, Maggie's life in small-town Indiana is at a standstill -- until she fatefully meets Felicity Dow, the owner of an upscale antiques and fine-gifts shop. The two women hit it off immediately, and Maggie is hired on as Felicity's assistant. Felicity -- who happens to be a witch and the head of a group that investigates paranormal encounters in and around northeastern Indiana -- introduces Maggie to an exciting, consciousness-expanding world that includes Wiccanism, spirits, and ghosts; but before Maggie can even finish a full day of work, the estranged sister of her new boss is found murdered in her home, and the good-hearted witch is tagged as the prime suspect. With rumors running rampant and circumstantial evidence piling up, Maggie must somehow find the real killer before Felicity is figuratively burned alive at the stake.

Although fast-paced, lighthearted, and charmingly witty, Alt's The Trouble with Magic tackles some weighty topics (religious intolerance and persecution, the karmic Rule of Three, etc.) with both subtlety and style. This debut novel in the Bewitching Mystery saga is not only a page-turner of the highest order but also the beginning of what should be a highly entertaining paranormal-powered series. Paul Goat Allen

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Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
Bewitching Series, #1
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Product dimensions:
4.29(w) x 6.82(h) x 0.77(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Trouble with Magic (Bewitching Series #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 163 reviews.
ReadForFun16 More than 1 year ago
I was looking for a new supernatural series experience to read about (since I've read the Twilight series 4 times through already). I love vampires, but wanted to go another route. When I saw this book, I instantly thought it would be great. I've always been fascinated by all things witchy. The characters are great. The author does a great job describing their appearances and personalities. The plot is super easy to follow and definitely interesting. This book certainly has me going back for more every chance that I get to read. You are instantly taken into the world of witchcraft curiosity and into the middle of the story. If you want a book series that you can get hooked on and can help you escape from everyday normalcy, this is for you. I will definitely read the others in this series.
sharno22 More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure if I would like this book when I bought it. I read a "supernatural" type mystery by another author and I wasn't really impressed. This book, however, turned out to be quite nice. The characters are all likeable. The references to witchcraft and paranormal activity seem genuine and believable without being over the top. I enjoyed the descriptions of the town and the small town atmosphere. I would readily recommend this book to any cozy lover. I bought the second book in this series as soon as I finished this one.
CarrieJameson More than 1 year ago
I have a new favorite series, and I admit that I now haunt the bookstore waiting for Madelyn Alt's next installment of The Bewitching Mystery Series. I've read all of them so far, but I still go back and read this first one about once a year because I loved it so much. Maggie and Marcus. There is no more compelling couple on the planet, even if Maggie can't quite give in just yet. This has the perfect amount of romantic interest, a wonderful mentor figure, and a compelling, lovable, flawed-and-finding-herself heroine/amateur sleuth. These stories are different, in a really good way. Not your typical "bakery/sewing shop/restaurant chef cozy." This one has some teeth, and a believable dark side. I've never been a fangirl about anything before, but Madelyn Alt has made me one with this series, from this first book, through all the rest of them.
Exotic_TeaLady More than 1 year ago
This is great series with a lot of potential. While the plot wasn't overly complex (I had a good idea whodunit about a quarter of the way into the book) the journey and the finale did not leave me wanting as there were surprises along the way. And I loved the way the end of this book left me anxious to start the next. I'm glad I don't have to wait. I think I've found a new friend in Maggie O'Neill and I'm looking forward to indulging myself in more stories about her and all the spooky goings-on in Stony Mill, IN for a long time to come. Well done on your first book, Ms Alt.
JACk1026 More than 1 year ago
Decent mystery but not a lot of character-development.
tco619 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book so much, I went out & read the rest of the series. Cant wait till next year for the next release!!
Ladywolf_AZ More than 1 year ago
I was so impressed in the way the author introduced the world of Wicca and witchcraft to the reader. I shared the book with others to help them understand a little of my own life and faith. The humor, the mystery, the great storytelling had me reading the book in one sitting (thank goodness for weekends). I had to immediately start the next book in the series. I will be watching for all new books from this author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Trouble With Magic draws you right in from the first page. Maggie, dissatisfied with her current job makes a leap of faith,and accepts a job offer to work for Felicity, owner of an upscale antique shoppe, and incidently a practising Witch. The two womnen quickly become friends, and their story spirals into an enchanting, intelligent, often witty tale of magic, self-discovery, murder and mystery. The result is the reader, at least this reader is left wanting MORE, PLEASE. Madelyn Alt is an intelligent, exciting new author who has already become a great favorite of mine.
jwilen16 More than 1 year ago
So I admit that I am a very slow reader, takes me sometimes a month or two, having a one year old and a full time job I just don't have a lot of time. With this book I read it in a week, and that is unheard of for myself, it speaks alot about the book. I couldn't put it down, I loved the love interests in the book and can't wait to read the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fairly short story with smart & sassy characters. The plot is solid & flows smoothly. Overall, an enjoyable read. I look forward to reading "A Charmed Death".
BaronessBookTrove 9 months ago
To be honest with all of you this will be my second attempt at this book. The first time I was trying to read this book I was in I think my freshman or sophomore year of high school. Around that time I was trying to focus on my homework and reading whatever I needed to for school along with roleplaying. Not sex roleplaying but the type where you type up a reply to someone else. It’s kind of like writing a book but not really. I have decided to quit and it’s really hard….. Anyways back to the reason for this blog post. I just finished this book and I have got to tell you. I liked…no that isn’t the correct word for how I felt about this book. I loved it! I mean it kept me entertained all the way through. Granted I didn’t start reading it until today, June 27, even though on goodreads I added it last night. I am happy though that I started to read this book. The main character, and the person that is telling the story, is none other than Maggie O’Neill who at the beginning of the book is weary of her old job and just wanted a way out. Which lead her to meet Felicity an antique store owner that needed some help. Unknown to Maggie at the time that she would be thrown into a world full of “witchy” stuff that she didn’t know existed until then. Let alone with who she is either. Maggie, slowly, throughout the book starts to realize that maybe her boss isn’t all that crazy. The one thing that I lead about this book is that I was guessing throughout the whole thing and I thought I knew who did it until I got blown a whimmy. For me I thought it was Felicity’s recently deceased husband but then again once we got to a point I thought it could have been his mistress at the time. Though I never thought that it would have been who it was. This book I will give it a five star review since it met all my requirements and I love it so very much. I am going to be starting the next book soon I hope. Plus reading helps me a little bit in this heat wave that I am in Montana. Or at least it is trying too. I am hoping that next month will be easier especially since I am hoping to be writing for Camp Nanowrimo. Camp Nanowrimo, for everyone that doesn’t know, is a plus where we can literally for a whole month just write a book or whatever we want to. It’s quite fun even though I haven’t exactly finished a month really. But I am hoping to change that this year especially with its main even in November. Granted this will be my second attempt at winning at camp. Hopefully I can do it. Wow I just realized that this is my third book that I have finished in three days. WOOT! I am so happy of myself since this will make me on schedule again for my book challenge on goodreads! 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!!!
Dorak11 More than 1 year ago
Will not be reading the rest of this series. The main character and personality issues. She was not likeable. Story line was slow and dragged on. Not recommended for anyone to read
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Started this series because I got a mystery bug. Ended up enjoying the first book so much now I am on the 3rd book. If you like an easy mystery with a touch of new age then this is your series.
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Found this fun series and love it. So good noteable quotes to go with my ever increasing interest in the traditional MAGIK CRAFT and fun who done it.
Penni-Freels More than 1 year ago
The way she describes Maggie's world is amazing! It's not your overblown surreal fantasy "witchy" world or your preconceived notion of what a fiction book should be like. She portrays her in an everyday lifestyle that not many books these days have. Most authors tend to make everything "Super-sized" to entice readers. I enjoyed sitting back with a good book that you can actually think "Hey, this could happen to anyone I know" Instead of "Oh only in people's wildest dreams would anything like this happen" Looking forward to finishing the rest of the books in this series!
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Persephone_Jones More than 1 year ago
This is a very entertaining light read. The crime isn't too complex and you have a reasonable idea who the villain is, but aren't 100% until the big showdown at the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story line keeps you guessing and is unique to other mystery books.