Review: A Charmed Death by Madelyn Alt
Monday December 10, 2012 at 12:30 am |

Publisher: Penguin
Published: December 6, 2006
Copyright: 2006
Pages: 289
Form: Paperback
Series: A Bewitching Mystery Series (2)
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Maggie O’Neill was just a small-town girl, stuck in a dead-end job–until she started working at Enchantments, Stony Mill’s finest mystical antique shop.

Now Maggie is Indiana’s newest witch. Learning to cope with her newfound powers is tough enough, but add to that keeping the stock at Enchantments organized and remembering to tape reruns of her favorite show, Magnum, P.I., and Maggie’s got a full plate.

But when she witnesses an altercation between a local teenage princess, and another customer in Enchantments–and later the girl turns up dead–she feels compelled to investigate. Though the police are at a loss, Maggie has some tricks up her sleeve, or to be more specific, some spells, charms, and mystical intuitions. And with the help of her boss (and favorite witch) Felicity Dow, Maggie is spellbound and determined to get to the bottom of this murder.

My Thoughts

This is only my second book in this series, but Alt continues to keep me entertained.  Maggie has taken over the day to day operation of Enchantments while her boss and Wiccan Mentor takes some personal time to grieve over her sister’s death.  When one of her recent teen patrons turns up dead, Maggie is compelled to do all she can to help find her killer.

I’m really into this little cozy series.  Maggie is an easily loveable character.  She is unassuming, caring, and has a true and sincere concern for others.  Though she’s hesitant when it comes to exploring her newly recognized powers, she is also open about the possibilities, and willing to learn more.

The potential love interests in this book  are intriguing.  While Maggie pines away for Deputy Tom Fielding, who is averse to all things paranormal, fellow witch and resident tough guy Marcus is  a great friend to her.  Though Tom is interested in Maggie, he is strongly resistant to the paranormal and her awakening abilities.  I’m partial to Marcus.  Out of the two he seems to be the most consistent, understanding, and involved.  He ‘s very sweet and patient with Maggie, and unbelievably kind.  And although he’s made his displeasure with Tom known to her, he’s yet to out and out admit that he likes her.  And Maggie believes he’s still carrying a torch for her employer and friend Felicity.

I was totally sucked into the mystery of this one.  The plot was well constructed, with well placed clues here and there.  Though I’ll admit to figuring out the guilty parties before the big reveal, the events of the book still didn’t go exactly as I had predicted, and it nothing was taken away from my enjoyment of it.

With an intriguing mystery and expertly paced plot, A Charmed Death is an enchanting little read and I look forward to continuing this series.

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7 Responses to “Review: A Charmed Death by Madelyn Alt”

  1. This one sounds cute. I’m thinking about doing a witch/witchcraft challenge next year and this series seems like it would fit the bill. Thanks for putting this on my radar Jade!

  2. I am a huge fan of cozy mysteries and I have only recently discovered this genre, which is similar in many ways, but adds the element of some sort of paranormal power. I love this stuff. Thanks for your great review. These books have my name on it.

  3. Erin says:

    Oh wow these sound so cute! I’m also a sucker for adorable covers like these.