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Monday, April 20, 2009

The Trouble With Magic (Bewitching Mysteries, No. 1) by Madelyn Alt

The Trouble With Magic is your basic paranormal chik-lit book. This one has a mystery to solve while a 30-ish woman is beginning to learn about the world of energy and spirits and a bit of wicca. There is some fashion, though thankfully it's friends and siblings wearing it and not the main character. There is a best friend who lives upstairs. There is a controlling mother.

It was hard for me to get into. I kept putting it down and doing something else, then picking it back up. The last quarter of the book was better, and I've read the reviews of the later books, so I'll be giving the second book a try.

Here's the blurb:
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--the 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 at 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 she'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 .

I can see the possibilities for a bit of a triangle in future books. I can also see that it might be interesting to watch Maggie learn about the spiritual world around her. The reviews for future books talk about Maggie's growth, and that's one of the things that makes me really like a series - watching a character grow and learn and change. So, while I didn't love this book, I think it's got promise that the series might be better than the first book.

I'm giving The Trouble With Magic a 6 of 10.

Book Rating: 6 of 10

1. The Trouble with Magic
2. A Charmed Death
3. Hex Marks the Spot
4. No Rest for the Wiccan
5. Where There's a Witch (July 7, 2009)

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