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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Home for a Spell (A Bewitching Mystery #7) by Madelyn Alt


Home for a Spell is the seventh book in the Bewitching Mystery series. I've enjoyed the books in this series, even though I haven't rated them especially high. There is a good voice, decent description of magick (the way it is spelled when it's "real" and not sleight of hand), interesting characters, and interesting town.

I had hoped that A Witch in Time was a transition book, and that Home for a Spell would pick back up with some of the ongoing story arcs.  Instead, I believe we saw two books that took a bit of a break with the story arcs. We saw a hint that the next book will pick back up with the metaphysics, since we'll be back into October.

However, even with very little magick/metaphysics in this book, it was still a pretty good book. The plot was a good one, and the relationship "stuff" in this book is good.  

Here's the blurb:

As the newest witch in Indiana, Maggie O'Neill already has plenty to deal with. So being hobbled by a broken leg doesn't help. Neither does the fact that her best friend and upstairs neighbor is getting ready to tie the knot with her own boyfriend and move away. This leads Maggie to wonder if it isn't time to find herself a new pad.

But when she finds a place, Maggie's dream of new digs turns into a nightmare: the apartment manager is found dead before she can even sign the lease. And Maggie finds herself not only searching for a new home- but for a frightfully clever killer.

As for the writing elements: the plot was good and I didn't know who the killer was until the reveal, pacing was fine, prose and dialogue flowed nicely, and character development continues to be well done.

I'm going to give Home for a Spell an 8 of 10, but I'll be leaving the series rating at a 6 of 10.

  • Book Rating: Home for a Spell: 8 of 10
  • Series Rating: Bewitching Mysteries: 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
6. A Witch in Time
7. Home for a Spell


  1. I was wondering about this book. I didn't realize it was part of a long series though. I'm not sure I want to jump into it this late in the game. Does it work as a stand alone?

  2. If you read it as a stand alone then you'll be giving yourself huge spoilers for earlier books. So if you think you may go back and start at the beginning, you may not want to read this one first.

    It could probably be read as a stand alone, especially since the author didn't really give us much where the longer term story arcs are concerned.

    There was a love triangle that was resolved in the previous book, so this book is the one where we get to see her with the guy that some of us have wanted her to be happy with.