Thursday, February 10, 2011

Home for a Spell by Madelyn Alt

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 finds 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.

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