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Monday, May 25, 2009

Hex Marks the Spot (Bewitching Mysteries, No. 3) by Madelyn Alt

Hex Marks the Spot
is book three of the Bewitching Mysteries series. As were the first two books in the series, this one is also your basic paranormal chik-lit book. There is (again) 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. The author tried to insert some romance in this book, but it fell kind of flat for me.

Here's the blurb:
Maggie O'Neill loves her job at Enchantments, Indiana's finest mystical antique shop. But something dark is brewing in Stony Mill -- and it's not just the fabulous coffee Maggie serves to browsing customers. Looking for charming stock for the store, Maggie accompanies her boss--and favorite witch--Felicity Dow to the countywide craft bazaar. Felicity falls hard for a beautiful armoire, intricately carved by an Amish craftsman. Maggie can't help noticing that though his clothes may be plain, he himself is more handsome than a man sporting a jawline-only beard has any right to be. And he seems pretty aware that the ladies love his . . . furniture. But when the hunky craftsman turns up dead, with a strange hex symbol etched near his corpse, Maggie can't help but wonder if the craft involved might be the witchy kind. Because Maggie knows that the dead man could well have been oversexed . . . but she worries that he was also overhexed.

I'll be reading book four next, and I'm really hoping to see something better in the next book. If not, I won't be buying any more of this series.

The first three books have been a 6 of 10 for me, and that's what I'm giving the series as well.

Book Rating: 6 of 10
Series 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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