Review: The Trouble With Magic by Madelyn Alt
Friday September 16, 2011 at 12:00 am |

thetroublewithmagic-maPublisher: Penguin
Copyright: 2006
Published: January 3, 2006
Pages: 261
Form: Paperback
Series: A Bewitching Mystery (1)
Author: Madelyn Alt
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Bringing a little culture to Stony Mill, Indiana, Enchantments is one of the area’s finest antique shops.  But shop clerk Maggie O’Neill and her employer Felicity Dow do more than conjure up curios for the locals–they each possess a talent for spellbinding sleuthing. . .

Bored with her office job (and subsequently fired for excessive tardiness), Maggie jumps at the opportunity to work in Enchantments.  She was a little weirded out when Felicity described herself as a witch, but if her boss wants to play with broomsticks and cauldrons, where’s the harm?  However, Maggie’s first day on the job may turn out to be her last when police question Felicity in the murder of her estranged sister.

With everyone in town proclaiming Felicity’s guilt faster than the Salem Witch Trials, Maggie finds herself wondering if he’ll also be tied to the stake.  And lately, she’s been receiving messages on a spiritual frequency guiding her to prove Felicity’s innocence–and to embrace her own “charmed” life. . .

My Thoughts:

This was a cute little cozy mystery, and I had a lovely time getting to know Maggie and being introduced to her world.  Maggie finds herself a new job at a quaint downtown shop called Enchantments after being unceremoniously fired from her old job.  Accepting the new job, Maggie is dumbfounded her first day when she learns that her new employer is the main suspect in the murder of her estranged sister.  Unable to understand why, Maggie is convinced of Felicity’s innocence and will do whatever she has to to prove to herself and others that she is right.

Maggie is charming and kind and pretty darn funny at times.  From a child she’s had the ability to know and feel what others are feeling and thinking.  Thinking that these instances are just flukes or coincidence, Maggie never explores the possibility that she may have extrasensory abilities until meeting Felicity.  I love that even though Maggie finds all the hoodoo difficult to believe and approaches it all with caution, she is open to the possibility and doesn’t scoff or dismiss the beliefs of those around her.  She proves to be a very loyal friend, and a pretty decent sleuth.

The secondary characters in this book were pretty awesome too.  Felicity was the picture of calm and assurance while Stefanie, her best friend, was supportive and joined her in her indulgence of sweets and Magnum P.I..  I adored Marcus, a good friend of Felicity’s.  He was the hot bad boy with a very caring and sensitive side.  I immediately liked Marcus from the start and am looking forward to getting to know more about him.  There was also Deputy Tom Fielding.  While he was alright, I didn’t particularly take to him like I did Marcus.  While he was nice enough, I just didn’t care for him or feel the chemistry.  But it was her grandpa who enchanted me most.  He was a hilarious pistol in his motorized wheelchair, and I couldn’t help chuckling at his antics.

The pacing of the book was nice, with clues discovered at just the right times.  Although this wasn’t the most complicated or intricate plot I’ve ever read, it was still well-developed and totally captivating.  Overall, I really enjoyed the book and the characters.  I will most definitely be reading the rest of this series.

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12 Responses to “Review: The Trouble With Magic by Madelyn Alt”

  1. Rebecca says:

    Great review! I can’t say that I’ve heard much about this one before, but I have seen it around and have always been a bit curious about it. I’m glad you liked it, especially enough to continue the series! I might have to take a closer look at this one. 🙂

    • Jade Jade says:

      Thanks Bex. I wasn’t sure how I would like it as I picked them up because they were on sale at my going out of business Borders. But I adored this first book. It’s a fun light read.

  2. Sounds so cute and fun! Great review.

    • Jade Jade says:

      Thats EXACTLY what it is. Cut and fun. Something that should be read when your in the mood for a light read. Although the creepiness at some points got a bit heavy.

  3. Missie says:

    I think with books like this, you can help but want the story to live up to the cover. Sounds like this one nailed it. This is yet another series I hadn’t heard of before, but it’s good to know that both the characters and plot are well developed. 🙂

  4. This does sound like a good read. I will add to my TBR list. nice review too.

  5. Brie says:

    Judging by your review the cover pretty much illustrates what the book is about and the tone right? It looks like a cute light story, something everyone can enjoy, nothing too scary or to complicated, just a fun light read. It has a bit of a chick-lit feel to it right? I might have to check it out.

  6. Another great review Jade! I’m very curious about these characters. They sound fun especially Grandpa. I’m adding this to my wishlist.