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Transplanted to Miami, FL, from Iowa City, IA. Trying to find a balance between reading, knitting, playing mom taxi, and enjoying the sun and sand in Miami.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Where There's a Witch

I finished the new Madelyn Alt this morning. I do love Maggie O'Neill. She has finally found the place where she fits in the world and is learning some confidence in herself. It is wonderful to see her strengthening her backbone in this installment of the Bewitching Mysteries. I have a feeling there is still some trouble brewing in her little town in Indiana.
This book again places Maggie in the wrong place at the wrong time. There is an anti-witch undercurrent in town also that is making business a little difficult at Enchantments, the gift shop where Maggie works. This undercurrent is also causing some issues between Maggie and her police officer beau Tom Fielding. Of course, with Marcus waiting in the wings, maybe that trouble could be good.
I love the characters in Madelyn Alt's series. I care about Maggie and have been excited to take the journey with her as she discovers her abilities and what makes her tick. The mystery itself in this one is kind of a means to an end and mostly helps Maggie discover some things about herself and her abilities. It wasn't really too hard to figure out who the bad guy was, but this series for me is more about the characters and their development and I think the overarching big bad that is building throughout the series. It seems like book 5 brings us closer to that ultimate showdown.
If you're already a fan of Madelyn Alt's series, this book isn't likely to disappoint. If you haven't read any of the previous installments, the first book is called The Trouble With Magic. It's a fun series, with a little bit of paranormal thrown in and a little bit of mystery. But mostly I think it's about finding our place in the world and nurturing our natural talents. The Bewitching Mysteries universe is one that feels real. I can believe in the paranormal that Maggie finds in her world, it doesn't seem so far out.
Bottom line, I highly recommend this series for some light reading, a little light mystery and some fun characters.