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Taking a break from her job at Enchantments, Stony Mill's finest mystical antique shop, Maggie O'Neill visits a carnival where she senses some bad spirits. And when a construction worker is suspected of killing a young woman, it's up to Maggie and the N.I.G.H.T.S. ghosthunting team to uncover the dark spiritual energy leaking into their town before it spoils everyone's fun Taking a break from her job at Enchantments, Stony Mill's finest mystical antique shop, Maggie O'Neill visits a carnival where she senses some bad spirits. And when a construction worker is suspected of killing a young woman, it's up to Maggie and the N.I.G.H.T.S. ghosthunting team to uncover the dark spiritual energy leaking into their town before it spoils everyone's fun.


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Taking a break from her job at Enchantments, Stony Mill's finest mystical antique shop, Maggie O'Neill visits a carnival where she senses some bad spirits. And when a construction worker is suspected of killing a young woman, it's up to Maggie and the N.I.G.H.T.S. ghosthunting team to uncover the dark spiritual energy leaking into their town before it spoils everyone's fun Taking a break from her job at Enchantments, Stony Mill's finest mystical antique shop, Maggie O'Neill visits a carnival where she senses some bad spirits. And when a construction worker is suspected of killing a young woman, it's up to Maggie and the N.I.G.H.T.S. ghosthunting team to uncover the dark spiritual energy leaking into their town before it spoils everyone's fun.

30 review for Where There's a Witch

  1. 5 out of 5

    Leeankh

    Overall, I really like this series a lot. There were some really good things happening in this particular installment, especially in the romance department. If there's one thing I hate about the Stephanie Plum series, it's that Stephanie doesn't progress with either of the men in her life. I find that so irritating, that I no longer look forward to reading the series. However, I'm pleased to see that this series isn't following that same pattern. It appears as though Maggie is making a little mo Overall, I really like this series a lot. There were some really good things happening in this particular installment, especially in the romance department. If there's one thing I hate about the Stephanie Plum series, it's that Stephanie doesn't progress with either of the men in her life. I find that so irritating, that I no longer look forward to reading the series. However, I'm pleased to see that this series isn't following that same pattern. It appears as though Maggie is making a little more headway in her love life and I'm glad to see it. I can only take so much waffling between men before I lose sympathy for your situation. The biggest negative? It has to be the clues for the reveal and how the main characters never seem to figure things out until it's too late. I figured out who did the crime long before all of the clues made sense. But, they made sense to me a LONG time before they made sense to the characters, which I found a little disappointing. However, I did enjoy the ending a lot more than I thought I would. So, even though the main characters seemed a little dense at times, I felt more than satisfied with how it all went down. I look forward to reading more in this series and I hope the author continues to let Maggie's love life develop. :)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)

    Ms Alt has done it again! Maggie is knee deep in paranormal trouble before she can blink! This time she gets suckered into driving the two young assistants from Enchantments over to a local church where there is to be a ground breaking festival ready for a new wing (the boyfriend of Tara, one of the young women, the other being Evie, is one of the construction crew), before they can leave (having had their car boxed in) there is a cave in and a spirit attaches himself to Maggie, with all the exci Ms Alt has done it again! Maggie is knee deep in paranormal trouble before she can blink! This time she gets suckered into driving the two young assistants from Enchantments over to a local church where there is to be a ground breaking festival ready for a new wing (the boyfriend of Tara, one of the young women, the other being Evie, is one of the construction crew), before they can leave (having had their car boxed in) there is a cave in and a spirit attaches himself to Maggie, with all the excitement Tara managed to leave her mobile at the site so back she, her boyfriend Charlie, Maggie, Evie and Marcus go to find it (oh and they DO let the vicarage know!), what they find is more than just the mobile they also find a corpse - so back to spirit helping all round (not assisted by an article in the local paper outing the adults as witches). Maggie and Marcus need to find out what happened so that young Elias (the Spirit) can stop being stuck on the earthly plane and Maggie needs to make a decision about her boyfriend (or is he?) Tom.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Beverly

    Madelyn Alt's Bewitching Mysteries have had me hooked from the first book. They are a fast, fun, read, with eclectic, loveable, and not so loveable characters. In this installment, Tara and Evie wrangle Maggie into coming with them to a church carnival. It is there that Maggie witnesses an argument between a woman and a man...and that woman is found dead that same evening. I was intrigued by the buried room. I really wish we had found out more about it, and all the crosses inside. I really wanted Madelyn Alt's Bewitching Mysteries have had me hooked from the first book. They are a fast, fun, read, with eclectic, loveable, and not so loveable characters. In this installment, Tara and Evie wrangle Maggie into coming with them to a church carnival. It is there that Maggie witnesses an argument between a woman and a man...and that woman is found dead that same evening. I was intrigued by the buried room. I really wish we had found out more about it, and all the crosses inside. I really wanted more information, because I think a lot could have been done with it. Elias communicating with Maggie...loved it. I'm glad Maggie continues to embrace her abilities, and the "u-n-i-c-e"/ ULC riddle was clever. I did figure it out a bit before it was officially solved, but I enjoyed it none the less. Was anyone else as relieved as I was to see Maggie and Marcus officially get together? It's about damn time! The Tom/Maggie/Marcus love triangle had bogged down the series a bit, so I'm glad it has been solved...at least for now. I am really not a fan of Maggie's mother or sister.Mel seems like and A #1 bitch, and I wish Maggie would get angrier with her for instigating the rumors that led to the boycott of the store and Margo's "anonymous" op ed piece in the paper. One to the next! ***** 2016 reread: Same thoughts, for the most part: -Alt has really grown as an author throughout this series and it shows. - favorite book of the series, thus far. - SO much more could have been done with the underground room. -Maggie's sister and mom are still generally awful people and Maggie must have the patience of a saint. -I would have given Tom the boot 2 books ago, but that's just me. - for the love of god, Maggie and Marcus just need to get it on and stop pussyfooting. LOL. On to book 6! :)

  4. 5 out of 5

    #ReadAllTheBooks

    If you've been following along in the series, you'll be sympathetic with my gripe about the love triangle between Maggie, Tom & Marcus. It's just been stretched out for far too long in the series. Luckily for us, the love triangle is resolved (although there's always the potential for it to return, I guess). No spoilers, but most fans can guess who Maggie will end up with. This latest volume of the series does focus on the long standing love triangle between the trio, but it also focuses on the If you've been following along in the series, you'll be sympathetic with my gripe about the love triangle between Maggie, Tom & Marcus. It's just been stretched out for far too long in the series. Luckily for us, the love triangle is resolved (although there's always the potential for it to return, I guess). No spoilers, but most fans can guess who Maggie will end up with. This latest volume of the series does focus on the long standing love triangle between the trio, but it also focuses on the tension left after the last book when the town became aware of N.I.G.H.T.S. & the existence of witches. And of course there's a murder. (Can't have a mystery without a murder!) And as always, Maggie seems to find herself in the thick of it when Tara & Evie discover a dead body in an old underground room that was unearthed during the opening ceremonies for the local baptist church. (There was a fair to celebrate a new wing being added onto the church.) If you were worried that this is the last book- have no fear! There is going to be another volume released in the series & we'll get to see much more of the characters! I really have enjoyed this series so far. Yes, there's been a few gripes but overall the quality of the series has endured without falling for most of the cheap gimmicks that many long running series have fallen for. (Ok, so the love triangle was drawn out for way too long.)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Myhotstylist

    5th installment of the series. IMO the strongest so far. The story was easy enough to follow, nothing too complicated here. This go round we follow Maggie, Tara, and Evie to a church carnival. Maggie witnesses an argument between one of the parishioners and her ex-boyfriend, (a construction worker) Soon after the construction kicks off, one of the machines falls into a hole in the ground (a hidden cellar) and releases a spirit trapped within. Later that night the parishioner is found dead near th 5th installment of the series. IMO the strongest so far. The story was easy enough to follow, nothing too complicated here. This go round we follow Maggie, Tara, and Evie to a church carnival. Maggie witnesses an argument between one of the parishioners and her ex-boyfriend, (a construction worker) Soon after the construction kicks off, one of the machines falls into a hole in the ground (a hidden cellar) and releases a spirit trapped within. Later that night the parishioner is found dead near the site. With the entire town in an uproar, the newspaper releases the next day completely outing and bashing Liss, the store, and other paranormal researchers. To solve the case, the girls get down and dirty with a ouijji board talking to the spirit of Elias who gives the girls clues as to who he is, how he died, and who to watch out for. This was a fun, mindless book, and I figured out the clues about 2/3 the way through the book. Maggie finally makes a decision between Tom and Marcus, and I was happy with her choice. Looking forward to reading the next book. :)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    The 5th book in the series and I just really enjoy them. I agree with some of the other reviews I have read that the mystery is pretty easy to puzzle together before Maggie (the main character) does. And yet I find the story and the self reflection and the humor carries the book along. I enjoy the writing and I find almost all the characters very likeable. When I get to the end of the book I am always a little sad that it is over.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    Basic Plot: A bizarre buried room is found when the local Baptist church has a groundbreaking to add a new wing, and pretty soon there's a dead body discovered inside. Unfortunately, this woman is recently deceased and not long buried, and Maggie O'Neill was one of the last people to see this woman alive. Alt continues to keep up a good pace with these books. They're still literary popcorn and not a hearty meal, but they are fun nonetheless, and I like them for what they are. The Enchantments sta Basic Plot: A bizarre buried room is found when the local Baptist church has a groundbreaking to add a new wing, and pretty soon there's a dead body discovered inside. Unfortunately, this woman is recently deceased and not long buried, and Maggie O'Neill was one of the last people to see this woman alive. Alt continues to keep up a good pace with these books. They're still literary popcorn and not a hearty meal, but they are fun nonetheless, and I like them for what they are. The Enchantments staff is still dealing with the community backlash after Maggie's sister spilled the beans about Liss being a witch, so very little happens at the actual store in this book. Maggie FINALLY makes up her mind about her Tom-vs-Marcus non-dilemma (HONESTLY, why did this take 5 books to resolve???). Maggie's involvement in the mystery felt pretty natural, even if she did make a few boneheaded mistakes, and there was actually a sense of danger towards the end. I must confess my biggest issue with this book is that I figured out some major plot points 100 pages before Maggie did. Which kind of irritated me. Especially when the author is hitting the reader with clue-by-fours and Maggie (who has supernatural help in the form of a ghost following her around) is still pondering, "gee, what does this mean?" I wanted to bang my head against the wall a few times. This book was enjoyable enough to perhaps have been a 4-star book for me, except for that. This book wasn't long enough that I should be ABLE to figure out the major mystery a full 100 pages before the main character. I know it's not exactly Sherlock Holmes, but still. 100 pages??? I'll be continuing on, but I'm going to take a book or two's worth of break before I do, so I don't get burned out.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

    I really love this series. Each book just gets better and better! Onto book #6!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bedrooped Bookworms

    I liked this book a little better than the last one. First of all, Tom? Really? Obviously not working out, and when the only thing he has said in the last two books that’s been positive (??) towards developing their relationship is that he would like to get to know Maggie better, isn’t it about time (wink wink, nudge nudge)…um, NO. I think Maggie should be much more annoyed at her sister for letting the cat out of the bag about the witches in town, but she seems to just be okay with moving on fr I liked this book a little better than the last one. First of all, Tom? Really? Obviously not working out, and when the only thing he has said in the last two books that’s been positive (??) towards developing their relationship is that he would like to get to know Maggie better, isn’t it about time (wink wink, nudge nudge)…um, NO. I think Maggie should be much more annoyed at her sister for letting the cat out of the bag about the witches in town, but she seems to just be okay with moving on from that. How Liss chooses to handle the questioning I found really fascinating (what a great portrait of love instead of reacting out of fear). Maggie is starting to really accept and be more comfortable with her magickal abilities which is also fun to read. Overall, I’d give this an 8.5 out of 10 for enjoyment and 4.5 out of 5 for readability. -Holly For the rest of this review, visit: https://bedroopedbookworms.wordpress....

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alexandria

    I have an odd affinity for these books. Sort of a love-hate relationship, except don't hate anything about these books. I just get frustrated. Alt knows how to create sweet-natured characters and compelling interpersonal relations, but she is so heavy-handed on clues and setup that I knew who the murderer was about a third of the way through the book. "Spot the Victim" is also an easy game to play with this author. I enjoy the atmosphere in Alt's books and I'm over the moon that the silly love t I have an odd affinity for these books. Sort of a love-hate relationship, except don't hate anything about these books. I just get frustrated. Alt knows how to create sweet-natured characters and compelling interpersonal relations, but she is so heavy-handed on clues and setup that I knew who the murderer was about a third of the way through the book. "Spot the Victim" is also an easy game to play with this author. I enjoy the atmosphere in Alt's books and I'm over the moon that the silly love triangle is over, though a bit disappointed in how it was resolved. I will be keeping on with the series if only for the campy enjoyment of it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Diane ~Firefly~

    It was a bit slow at the beginning, especially since it had been years since I read the previous book. A good mystery with ties to the past (and a spirit). The town itself has problems and it sounds like they may continue until a big bad is found. The love triangle is finally resolves, which is a good thing. (view spoiler)[I like how the author purposely mis-led us with "sister" and "unice" clues from Elias. Although as soon as they realized Elias was Lettie's sister, I knew it was her. (hide spo It was a bit slow at the beginning, especially since it had been years since I read the previous book. A good mystery with ties to the past (and a spirit). The town itself has problems and it sounds like they may continue until a big bad is found. The love triangle is finally resolves, which is a good thing. (view spoiler)[I like how the author purposely mis-led us with "sister" and "unice" clues from Elias. Although as soon as they realized Elias was Lettie's sister, I knew it was her. (hide spoiler)]

  12. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This mystery was okay in my opinion. Others obviously enjoyed quite a bit, so maybe it’s just not my style. The best character was the cat, Minnie. I found the mystery too easily solvable as the clues are repeated over and over and over and (literally) spell out the name of the murderer. The main character, Maggie, should be embarrassed about how long it took to connect the dots. Not to mention that she’s dull, stringing along two guys, and is serving as a dubious mentor to two teenage girls. I This mystery was okay in my opinion. Others obviously enjoyed quite a bit, so maybe it’s just not my style. The best character was the cat, Minnie. I found the mystery too easily solvable as the clues are repeated over and over and over and (literally) spell out the name of the murderer. The main character, Maggie, should be embarrassed about how long it took to connect the dots. Not to mention that she’s dull, stringing along two guys, and is serving as a dubious mentor to two teenage girls. I couldn’t figure out why anyone really liked her.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Feyheart

    kind of a bittersweet ending, but definitely a fantastic addition to the series. Things for the town are really coming to a head. Also, romantically things come to a head in this book and Maggie finally makes a choice. The flighty back and forth was honestly quite annoying. I'm glad to see that resolved. I love seeing Maggie grow into her abilities. It is definitely encouraging me to stop neglecting my own studies :) kind of a bittersweet ending, but definitely a fantastic addition to the series. Things for the town are really coming to a head. Also, romantically things come to a head in this book and Maggie finally makes a choice. The flighty back and forth was honestly quite annoying. I'm glad to see that resolved. I love seeing Maggie grow into her abilities. It is definitely encouraging me to stop neglecting my own studies :)

  14. 4 out of 5

    Frances Stiles

    Another hit in the series Was thrilled to find one more out of the series that hadn't been read. Easy writing style makes for a quick read of an enjoyable mystery while continuing Maggie's trek through life. Another hit in the series Was thrilled to find one more out of the series that hadn't been read. Easy writing style makes for a quick read of an enjoyable mystery while continuing Maggie's trek through life.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jacqulyn

    This is such a fun series. It's like Stephanie Plum moved to Indiana and became a psychic! If you like Janet Evanovich, you'll enjoy the "A Bewitching Mystery" series. They are perfect reads for a dark and stormy night. This is such a fun series. It's like Stephanie Plum moved to Indiana and became a psychic! If you like Janet Evanovich, you'll enjoy the "A Bewitching Mystery" series. They are perfect reads for a dark and stormy night.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Al

    Finally reading these in order they were written. Excellent characters that carry through from book to book. No surprises in way they act or where they are living. Good, gentle mystery stories with always a hint of romance.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Reynolds

    one of my favorites so far! I had the least amount of eye-roll moments in this one, and we're finally getting some progression in the romance department. Marcus is my bae one of my favorites so far! I had the least amount of eye-roll moments in this one, and we're finally getting some progression in the romance department. Marcus is my bae

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ginny Kollmeier

    It is a very interesting book that had me on the edge of my seat at times. I enjoyed the read enough to start another shelf of a favorite author in my library at home.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Winkler

    Where There’s a Witch is a critical turning point in the series. I could tell that change was afoot in book #4, No Rest for the Wiccan, and I was right! Maggie is dealing with the fallout of her sister, Mel’s, gossiping habit. Maggie, Marcus and Liss helped banish a dark presence that Mel unwittingly invited into her home and then Mel quickly shared the details with all of her closest friends, one of whom is married to the town’s newspaper editor. Stony Mill, Indiana is a nice little town, but t Where There’s a Witch is a critical turning point in the series. I could tell that change was afoot in book #4, No Rest for the Wiccan, and I was right! Maggie is dealing with the fallout of her sister, Mel’s, gossiping habit. Maggie, Marcus and Liss helped banish a dark presence that Mel unwittingly invited into her home and then Mel quickly shared the details with all of her closest friends, one of whom is married to the town’s newspaper editor. Stony Mill, Indiana is a nice little town, but they are pretty religious and very conservative. They definitely don’t understand the concept of good witches and automatically assume that Liss works with the devil. Life gets pretty uncomfortable for Maggie in this book and she is forced to choose sides. Will Maggie stick with what is easy and safe? Her mother wants her to find another job and meet with the minister for counseling. Tom Fielding, the hunky police detective Maggie has been dating, wants Maggie to remove herself from the situation, too. He can’t seem to accept Maggie’s special abilities and, more importantly, Tom doesn’t appear to trust her. Or will Maggie choose to embrace her new life? Maggie can keep her job and stay by Liss’s side while learning more about her abilities and growing her powers so that she can continue to help others. She can defy her mother for the first time and stand up for herself as a thirty-year-old woman. And, more importantly, she can give the gorgeous Marcus a chance! The sparks have definitely been flying between these two and I definitely think that Maggie should give him an opportunity to persuade her to walk on the wild side! Maggie has her hands full as she decides between two very different men, as well as coming into her own for the first time in her life. Fortunately, she has some good friends at her side and the adorable Minnie, her new kitten, to offer comfort and support no matter what. I confess that I was much more interested in Maggie’s personal life than the mystery in this book. The mystery was very much on the back burner this time. The victim is Ronnie, a young woman who made some bad decisions and then turned up dead. But the setting and the spirit attached to the location where they find Ronnie’s body are much more important than the victim herself. What took place in the mysterious underground chamber that the construction crew uncovered? Why are there crucifixes nailed all over the walls? And who is Elias, the spirit who followed Maggie home? He seems to have some important information to share, but Maggie doesn’t understand it until it is too late to prevent another death. A careful reader will connect the dots long before Maggie does and should easily identify the murderer before the end of the book. For those who don’t want to have to worry about solving the mystery on their own, don’t worry, everything is laid out for you in the end. I thoroughly enjoy this cozy mystery series. The Bewitching Mystery series have a touch of the occult, but they are firmly grounded in the real world. Stony Mill feels like a real place and I love how the author allows seasons to pass and the weather to impact the story. It is now mid-July and absolutely blazing. With no moisture in sight, crops are wilting and tempers are fraying. A church carnival to raise funds to build a church addition is a welcome respite for all of the locals, even those like Maggie who are not actively religious. Maggie herself is a wonderful character. She doubts herself and her abilities, but is willing to keep trying and would do anything for those she cares for. I never thought of Maggie as being super attractive, but she has two amazing men who seem to be interested in her romantically so color me jealous! There is a special spark about Maggie that draws others to her. Strangers and friends confide in her, but Maggie never spreads gossip so she uses her empathic abilities well. I always enjoy seeing the world through Maggie’s eyes and find the series consistently delightful to read.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Susan Ferguson

    Not one hundred percent sure on this one - but I did start in the middle of the series. I'll have to go back and read the first one and see what went before. There is a dark undercurrent running through the stories apparently that spells trouble for all sensitives, witches, ghost hunters, etc. One of the churches is circulating a petition blaming all the recent troubles in the area on these "worshippers of the dark" (which none of them are). And Felicity Dow, the owner of the Enchantress Antique Not one hundred percent sure on this one - but I did start in the middle of the series. I'll have to go back and read the first one and see what went before. There is a dark undercurrent running through the stories apparently that spells trouble for all sensitives, witches, ghost hunters, etc. One of the churches is circulating a petition blaming all the recent troubles in the area on these "worshippers of the dark" (which none of them are). And Felicity Dow, the owner of the Enchantress Antiques and Gifts, has been identified as one of the witches - thanks to Maggie's sister Melanie - a shallow drama queen who loves gossip. Maggie herself is having trouble with Tom, her boyfriend and forensic investigator for the police and sheriff offices. He disapproves of her working at the shop for Felicity. Maggie is an empath and a sensitive and has only recently realized this and started working on her control with Felicity's help. Maggie has also acquired an adorable black kitten named Minnie who goes everywhere with her. She has permission from Felicity to bring her to the shop where the other employees play with her and keep her happy as well. Tara has a sharp edge to her wit and mind and Evie, about Tara's edge, is a happy and light. Both are sensitives. Tara's cousin Marcus, a medium, is also causing trouble in Maggie's heart, but she is trying to resolve her relationship with Tom. Maggie, Tara and Evie have gone to a church fundraiser/groundbreaking because Tara wants to see her boyfriend, Charlie, who is working with the construction company for the summer. While there, Maggie overhears an argument between Ty Bennet and Veronica Maddox. Ronnie is furious because Ty has broken up with her and she wasn't ready for the relationship to end. Despite her taunts and accusations, Ty is holding steady and not responding to her abuse, physically or otherwise. Then Ronnie hits him and Maggie decides she needs to intervene before it escalates out of control. At the ground breaking, a caterpillar breaks through the ground and reveals a room, the walls of which are covered with crosses. All work stops until the place can be evaluated for stability. Tara has lost her phone at the groundbreaking ceremony, so Maggie returns with Tara, Evie and Marcus to hunt for it and to meet Charlie there. They find a body in the hole in the ground and the sheriff informs Maggie that he can't reach Tom. But Tara, Evie and Maggie realize that they saw something escape from the hole when the room was broken open. And Maggie finds she has a spirit after that called Elias C - a young boy. Does he have anything to do with the secret room, the bad things happening or the murder? The group are struggling with the incomplete answers to their questions....Meanwhile, the police have arrested Ty since the body was that of Ronnie, but Maggie is pretty sure he is not the murderer. Things deteriorate between her and Tom - I think he may not realize she is an empath - but at any rate he would like for her to get a different job and not associate with the people at the Enchantress.

  21. 4 out of 5

    IslandRiverScribe

    This is the 5th entry in the Bewitching Mystery series, with a storyline that begins less than a month following the conclusion of the previous novel, No Rest for the Wiccan. This is definitely not a standalone novel. The previous entries in the series contain considerable backstory that is necessary to the comprehension of all that happens in this tale. Furthermore, this is the pivotal novel of the series to date. At the conclusion of the last novel, we had reached the critical point in the stor This is the 5th entry in the Bewitching Mystery series, with a storyline that begins less than a month following the conclusion of the previous novel, No Rest for the Wiccan. This is definitely not a standalone novel. The previous entries in the series contain considerable backstory that is necessary to the comprehension of all that happens in this tale. Furthermore, this is the pivotal novel of the series to date. At the conclusion of the last novel, we had reached the critical point in the storyline where certain situations had to be resolved for both believability and continuity of readership. Quite frankly, in this novel, the author had to fish or cut bait as far as Maggie’s character and personal situation was concerned. And fish she did! The author sets into motion events that solidify Maggie’s fledgling backbone. Before the novel is over, these events push Maggie to face up to her empathic nature, face down Tom and his emotional unavailability, face down her mother and her manipulations and face up to her feelings for Marcus. And each of those scenarios is both powerfully written and emotionally explosive. Now, as in the previous novels, does Maggie determine the identity of the murderer before the police do? Oh, yes. Does Maggie nearly die as a result of that knowledge? You bet. Does Maggie escape the murderer using only her own abilities? Nope. Is Maggie essentially rescued at the last minute by a third party? Yep. Is that rescue believable and explainable to both the reader and other characters? Absolutely! As good as the plot arc was staged, however, there were several noticeable weaknesses. While the murder mystery has never been the focal point in any story within the series, instead serving primarily as a catalyst for Maggie’s growth, it has always been adequately crafted. But for the first time in the series, the reason for the murder was revealed, but the details of how it was accomplished were not. We are left not knowing where the murder actually took place, what was the actual cause of death, what the murder weapon was, nor what instrument left strange puncture marks in the skin of the victim (On that point, I own a farm and recognized that pattern of marks immediately. But for the urban reader, this clue might not be so obvious and would prolong the mystery.) In other words, plot threads are opened but never developed, leaving the reader to wander about in confusion even after the last sentence of the book is read. But more importantly, the author turns the police chief and the county sheriff into bickering children with a heavy leaning toward being prejudicial, uneducated, backwoods hicks. I realize that the author is setting up a future story arc that pits the religious bigots of the town against Maggie and her group. However, creating a situation where the entire city and county police forces appear to blame everything on the “witches” and turn against the rules of evidence is a bit unrealistic for today’s society.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. another cute little story. These aren't exactly Agatha Christie mysteries... the culprit is normally pretty obvious, but they are still a fun little read. Maggie is a sweet character and the others that have become part of her circle are too. The prejudice that she and Liss face is a little frustrating, but it was good in this book to see her stand up to her mother a little (and it was just a little). It was also nice to see the Marcus/Tom thing come to a head at the end of this book. One of the another cute little story. These aren't exactly Agatha Christie mysteries... the culprit is normally pretty obvious, but they are still a fun little read. Maggie is a sweet character and the others that have become part of her circle are too. The prejudice that she and Liss face is a little frustrating, but it was good in this book to see her stand up to her mother a little (and it was just a little). It was also nice to see the Marcus/Tom thing come to a head at the end of this book. One of the more refreshing parts of these books is the acknowledgement that having all these crimes happen in one small town is a little weird. That way, you don't have to wonder why all the rimes always happen in cabot cove (at least, I used to wonder that with the Murder She Wrote stories). It would be nice to see a little more magic and romance, but then maybe these wouldn't be classified mysteries. They are quick reads, cute little plots, and the characters and the settings feel very midwestern. In some ways, its a relief to read some stories that don't take place in NYC. In this installment, Maggie ends up, again, in the wrong place at the wrong time when she and her friends discover a dead body at the site of a fair/future church addition. Still reeling from the ramifications of her sister's big mouth, and the lack of business that means for Enchantments, she ends up first witnessing an argument or two with the woman who becomes the victim and then she ends up on site when the dead body is found. Tom, as usually, takes issue with Maggie being there and lets her know his frustration. Like in all the other books, she and her band of N.I.G.H.T.S. (although not through a formal NIGHTS event) figure it out. She ends up thrown into a scary situation with Marcus, and they finally come together. The murder is solved, tied up in a nice bow, like usual, and we are left looking forward to the next installment. There was a little less of Liss in this book - and that was disappointing since she is my second favorite character. But, I expect we will see more of her in the future. Off to get the next one....

  23. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    I am so, so enjoying this series. It is a cozy mystery, with paranormal elements; its light and an easy read; but I also find it to be very well written and compelling to read. I think that may be because as Maggie O’Neill learns more about and grows into her powers as an empathe, the reader (if they connect with Maggie) grow along with her and become more interested in her development and the evolution of the stories. Obviously, at this point in time, I have connected with Maggie and need to fi I am so, so enjoying this series. It is a cozy mystery, with paranormal elements; its light and an easy read; but I also find it to be very well written and compelling to read. I think that may be because as Maggie O’Neill learns more about and grows into her powers as an empathe, the reader (if they connect with Maggie) grow along with her and become more interested in her development and the evolution of the stories. Obviously, at this point in time, I have connected with Maggie and need to find out how she grows and develops and understand more about why this small town in Indiana seems to be a hot bed of paranormal activity and the possible site of a growing battle between good and evil forces. I am totally invested in this series and am finding myself impatient to read the next book. I also am so, very, very happy that in this book Maggie has finally come to her senses with respect to her love life. Her overdeveloped sense of fairness and loyalty to her budding relationship with local police officer, Tom Fielding, has driven me crazy. Tom is divorced and while not pining for or harboring feelings for his ex, he still can’t seem to be motivated and interested enough to invest any time in his relationship with Maggie. To be fair, she is equally guilty of not investing time in the relationship, but she has also been sidetracked by her discovery that she has physic abilities and learning about her powers and the physic community in town. Tom’s complete disrespect for and non-belief in paranormal abilities or powers has crippled the relationship from the start. Both characters have been at cross-purposes from the start and were extremely slow to pick up on this. Finally, finally, finally, she has accepted and recognized Marcus, a fellow empathe and medium, as the man who can accept and support her. I am so relieved and happy. I hope future books don’t have her turning back from Marcus and gravitating back to Tom for some “stupid” reason. I’ll be totally angry and frustrated enough to give up on this series.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Karen (BaronessBookTrove)

    CAUTION!! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS! IF YOU DON’T WANT TO READ ANY SPOILERS PLEASE STOP READING NOW! IF YOU DO WANT TO READ SPOILERS CONTINUE ON! I WON’T ALWAYS HAVE SPOILERS THOUGH!! Woot! I am done reading this book! I am really happy that Maggie finally choses between Marcus and Tom and that she chose the one that I liked. Granted it has taken her five books to finally make up her mind but she has finally chosen. Once again Mrs. Alt has surprised me with who the killer is. I had a feelin CAUTION!! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS! IF YOU DON’T WANT TO READ ANY SPOILERS PLEASE STOP READING NOW! IF YOU DO WANT TO READ SPOILERS CONTINUE ON! I WON’T ALWAYS HAVE SPOILERS THOUGH!! Woot! I am done reading this book! I am really happy that Maggie finally choses between Marcus and Tom and that she chose the one that I liked. Granted it has taken her five books to finally make up her mind but she has finally chosen. Once again Mrs. Alt has surprised me with who the killer is. I had a feeling though that it was someone with the church this time. I wasn’t too far off with my guessing of who was the murderer. I can’t believe what that person was doing to the people they loved. I won’t tell who the killer is, but still, wow. I do hate that Melanie, Maggie’s sister told Margo about Marcus, Felicity, and their group of friends being witches. Margo, aka Melanie’s best friend and is Maggie’s arch enemy, then told her husband, who writes a newspaper, and wrote a letter in the newspaper but signed it Anonymous. After that most of the town was interested in going to the store to see the witches. But mostly to judge as the townspeople are church going people that want to stop Maggie and friends “evil Devil ways.” Then there are ones that just don’t care what the newspaper printed. Granted it did take a little bit of time after the newspaper was out and about before Evie’s mom found out. Once she did Evie was no longer allowed to work there or see Maggie, Tara and Felicity. Of course that’s mostly because Evie hasn’t told her parents about her gift so they don’t see why she is connected to them. I am giving this book five butterflies because it captured my attention, kept me guessing and I was able to finish it a whole lot faster. Not only that but this story was really good and with each story the characters are growing a little bit more. I especially like the new side of Tara, who I misjudges and she isn’t the polar opposite of Evie as I first assumed. Anyways until next time enjoy this book review brought to you by Baroness’ Book Trove.

  25. 4 out of 5

    C.

    I loved Madelyn Alt from the beginning. I am invested in the characters but bewildered by a 'third novel curse'! Look at my other reviews. I couldn't rave enough about the first and second novels of other authors. Out of nowhere, something about their style grates on my nerves and in Madelyn's case; I am uncomfortable and annoyed with the first forty pages of every story. Then it becomes captivating, keeping my assessment from sinking lower than three stars. I regret reporting, vocabulary like "k I loved Madelyn Alt from the beginning. I am invested in the characters but bewildered by a 'third novel curse'! Look at my other reviews. I couldn't rave enough about the first and second novels of other authors. Out of nowhere, something about their style grates on my nerves and in Madelyn's case; I am uncomfortable and annoyed with the first forty pages of every story. Then it becomes captivating, keeping my assessment from sinking lower than three stars. I regret reporting, vocabulary like "kinda sorta" is no longer cute. A good writer doesn't misspell words or defy punctuation to emphasize dialogue, like shoving a period after one word to convey an angry staccato, or Tara's irritating "wouldja". A book versus a movie should let us envision characters! I nearly threw the book against a wall when she wrote “ruh roh” instead of “oh oh”! I lost considerable respect for this author from that 'Scooby Doo' nonsense alone! Comprehending the quote did nothing to alleviate feeling it’s the last straw, of another talented author who has taken too many liberties. I beg her to raise the writing back to the calibre she's capable of. Misused grammar is a turnoff. Accosting an arguing couple was unrealistic and seeking a lost cell at night, contrived. The rest of the story was excellent. I love Marcus' perseverance, Maggie prohibiting any more of her mother’s appointments, and always adore Liss and Steff just for appearing on a page. We lacked information about the excavated room but it made a fantastic plot, like the ghost. Town history in the series, from the Protestant minister this time and otherwise by Marion, is always integral and enjoyable. Martha Brooks once taught me: “Don’t tell a story. SHOW a story”! It is the most valuable tip there is.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    There are two totally different aspects of Where There's a Witch - the overall series story line and the book specific mystery. Just when long-awaited things start heating up in the series, the mystery in this book falls flat. When asked which man she wants, Marcus or Tom, Maggie claims to be more concerned with not wanting to hurt anyone. This has been the problem from the beginning of the series. Maggie refuses to chose, therefore she hurts everyone, including herself. Thankfully, things finall There are two totally different aspects of Where There's a Witch - the overall series story line and the book specific mystery. Just when long-awaited things start heating up in the series, the mystery in this book falls flat. When asked which man she wants, Marcus or Tom, Maggie claims to be more concerned with not wanting to hurt anyone. This has been the problem from the beginning of the series. Maggie refuses to chose, therefore she hurts everyone, including herself. Thankfully, things finally start moving in the romance department in Where There's a Witch. The solution to the mystery was painfully obvious from the very beginning. Maggie receives some ghostly clues that are very easily deciphered by the reader. Statements are made that basically name the killer and Maggie conveniently forgets them for chapters at a time. Small town fear of the occult is rising at a brisk pace in Where There's a Witch. Much animosity towards Liss and all those who associate with her is brewing rapidly, with the occasional surprise show of support from certain townspeople. Things definitely seem to be building towards an exciting event in this area. The promise of this, plus the newly embarked upon romance are what keeps me excited about the series. Maggie continues to be more than a little naive. She's overly caring, most likely due to her empathic ability. It's hard to sympathize for her when she seems blind to most other people's real motives. If Maggie could just become slightly more empowered, or if the mystery had been a lot more mysterious, the book would have been wonderful. The tension, romance and potential foreshadowing are what holds this book together. It won't be enough to draw new readers to the series, but it does give long-time fans hope for the future.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Ann

    Oh my, Maggie Scaredy-Cat has gone backwards to being a very stoopid Dumb-Bunny again. The church is planning an expansion...as the ground caves in a buried chamber littered with animal bones and covered with crosses is unearthed. When Maggie allows the kidlets to make a Ouija board and use it after the opening of the buried chamber the spirit of Elias, attaches itself to Maggie. But of course, she misinterprets all of the messages. After helping clear out the house, Maggie's sister Mel spreads t Oh my, Maggie Scaredy-Cat has gone backwards to being a very stoopid Dumb-Bunny again. The church is planning an expansion...as the ground caves in a buried chamber littered with animal bones and covered with crosses is unearthed. When Maggie allows the kidlets to make a Ouija board and use it after the opening of the buried chamber the spirit of Elias, attaches itself to Maggie. But of course, she misinterprets all of the messages. After helping clear out the house, Maggie's sister Mel spreads the gossip about "witches" to Maggie's high school rival (husband owns the local newspaper) and as soon as the news hits the special edition the town begins to turn against Felicity, Maggie & the Enchantments Shoppe. Tara needs a Major Attitude Adjustment, she is just plain Nasty to the women who have saved her bacon and I find her very irritating, especially since not one of the adults will put her in her place. The Last thing this series needs is a negative snarky adolescent... The cop who is supposed to be "into" Maggie is dating on the side and is still trying to run Maggie's life. However...Maggie does finally stand up to her mother. The story was easy to decipher, for me there was No "Mystery". The clues are very plain and clear as daylight. I believe this is a mediocre series at best. I believe that with some effort that Madelyn Alt could do so much more with her characters and plots. I am very disappointed.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    The writing's not bad, but the solution is handed to you about halfway into the book and it's frustrating to put up with the main character's obliviousness. The only surprise was the motive, and that was only because it came more or less out of nowhere. I was expecting a pregnancy to be the trigger, but instead it was just a mixture of sociopathy and OCD (I'm not spoiling anything, because by the time you get a hint that the character has OCD the book is on it's last couple of chapters and you'v The writing's not bad, but the solution is handed to you about halfway into the book and it's frustrating to put up with the main character's obliviousness. The only surprise was the motive, and that was only because it came more or less out of nowhere. I was expecting a pregnancy to be the trigger, but instead it was just a mixture of sociopathy and OCD (I'm not spoiling anything, because by the time you get a hint that the character has OCD the book is on it's last couple of chapters and you've got everything solved). Which actually is extra strange since this isn't the murderer's first kill, and the last victim's death had nothing to do with the murderer's OCD, so it feels like the author got to the end of the book, realized the motive was weak and needed a boost, and went back to fluff it up with something else. Only, what the author must have assumed would be taken as a hint to the murderer's condition just came across as the person being responsible and organized, as someone with their duties would naturally have to be. And why the hell were they drugging their family? It was pointless and couldn't be hand-waved as part of either of their conditions. That said, the writing is decent and I'm sure most of it makes sense if you've been reading from book #1.

  29. 5 out of 5

    GoldenjoyBazyll

    This was not her best of the series but still enjoyable. The crew is at it again! The shop is slow with customers these days because they have all been accused of dabbbbling in the occult.... not them. Well, they have Maggie's sister to blame for this mess- sort of. No one ever enjoys a person with loose lips and that is exactly what Mel has. After the N.I.G.H.T.S. rid her of a spirit wreeeeeeking hacok in her house she tells her best friend who tells half the world. Meanwhile.... there is a murd This was not her best of the series but still enjoyable. The crew is at it again! The shop is slow with customers these days because they have all been accused of dabbbbling in the occult.... not them. Well, they have Maggie's sister to blame for this mess- sort of. No one ever enjoys a person with loose lips and that is exactly what Mel has. After the N.I.G.H.T.S. rid her of a spirit wreeeeeeking hacok in her house she tells her best friend who tells half the world. Meanwhile.... there is a murder at a church festival and guess who is a witness.... our very own Maggie!!!!! This book is filled with secret rooms... child spirits.... angry church ladies (Yes... I said it.... angry church ladies) AND love triangles. It is a short read and if you enjoy her work you will enjoy this. What did learn from this book.... something I always knew.... people gossip because they want to be known as the one to have the info first... gets attention appearing like you are inner circle. No thank you for me.... no thank you very much!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dharia Scarab

    I really enjoyed this series, not for the mystery aspect (which were offer easy to solve) but for the characters and sub plots. While you can jump in mid series, it is best read them in order, as the character development and relationships are really the star of the series. Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books... 1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this auth I really enjoyed this series, not for the mystery aspect (which were offer easy to solve) but for the characters and sub plots. While you can jump in mid series, it is best read them in order, as the character development and relationships are really the star of the series. Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books... 1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future. 2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author. 3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up. 4 stars... I really enjoyed this book and will definitely be on the look out to pick up more from the series/author. 5 stars... I loved this book! It had earned a permanent home in my collection and I'll be picking up the rest of the series and other books from the author ASAP.

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