I'm looking forward to her next adventure. I love the little world Madelyn Alt created and gladly read what happens next. While that is nice for a new reader or one who has gone a long time inbetween books, it makes for a repetitive nature if read too closely together, so I think it'll be a while before I pick up the next entry. Maggie is a sympathetic and plausible amateur investigator and Alt portrays her doubts and difficulties convincingly and keeps the murderer's identity well concealed until almost the very last. When a master woodcrafter and member of the Amish faith turns up dead, Maggie feels she has to check things out. As more details come to light, Maggie wonders if the hex symbol really meant anything or if it was only there to throw the police off the right track.
I could definitely see the attraction starting in the second book. Though now that she's using her gift more, this may liven her up in the future, I don't know. At this point, three months since the conclusion of the previous book, she is living in profound fear of this ability. Tom seems to be on call for every crime that takes place in their small town and petty crimes are on the rise, not to mention murders. Normally Liss attends alone, but this year Maggie is getting a break from running the store to help find some new merchandise.
I did enjoy this book. There is an Amish armoire that Felicity has fallen in love with that was made by one of her friends at N. Not to mention the love triangle that occurs. I knew who did it by the end of the first few chapters. Magic is included, but not of the level to be considered by me to be paranormal. Mostly because of the main character, Maggie O'Neill, who I really liked in the first book. Maggie can be a little.
At a craft bazaar Maggie meets Amish craftsman Luc Metzger, who looks like a Greek god; he created the carvings on a dresser that Felicity wanted but went to Louise. Superficial plot and characters are easy to pick up and to put down. The death of Luc Metzger offers an interesting look into the Amish society. While Maggie can be impetuous and impulsive, she does have good common sense and can rein herself in and be more cautious. Boiler Room Bertie, the library's resident ghost, also makes an appearance in this book.
I was happy to see that Stony Mill has finally entered springtime! Not only does Maggie find herself caught in the middle of yet another murder mystery, but that love triangle is really getting good now. And once again I knew who done it pretty early on. But when the hunky craftsman turns up While her boss becomes entranced with a beautiful armoire at the countywide craft bazaar, Maggie can't help noticing the Amish craftsman who made it. The third installment in the Bewitching Mysteries series was definitely my favorite thus far. I highly enjoyed this book. This is the third of a series I really want to like. From the Authors Madelyn Alt is the national bestselling author of the witchy and hip Bewitching Mystery Series, published by Berkley Prime Crime.
The heroine is a special person who though she would like to avoid it, comes to believe in magick because of what she sees and experience. Of course, I've read all of the Sookie Stackhouse books, so ups and downs in a series are nothing new to me, and I might end up reading the whole series out of sheer stubbornness at this point. The work is not hot and steamy nor is it filled with shoot-em-up action on every third page. And Marcus, way to go man! But when the hunky craftsman turns up dead with a strange hex symbol near his corpse, Maggie wonders if the craft involved is the witchy kind. The cozy series is engaging, and there is enough mystery to keep you guessing throughout the story.
Being that the Amish Community in Inidana is pacifist, the biggest question is who wanted the man dead-- and why. In the start of this book, while she acknowledges her gift and has come to accept, love and join others in the paranormal community in her small town, she still is trying to decide if she should embrace her talent or try to avoid it, bury it and shield herself from it. So what's Maggie into this time? The problem is, no matter how Maggie says she loves Liss, her employer and dear friend, at the time she thinks Marcus is Felicity's boyfriend. Alt's book at a nonstop 4, it doesn't seem like a sort of half-hearted chick lit to me. This book's storyline was much more involved and rounded.
Book Summary: The title of this book is Hex Marks the Spot Bewitching Mysteries, No. Unfortunately, the break between crimes was all too brief and Maggie is now back on the case! The Metzgers came from a Pennsylvania community where more decoration was used. In a small town that's seen two murders in that period of time, she's beginning to wonder whether there's more to that new life than she suspected. After the auction, when the handsome Amish craftsman, Luc, turns up dead, Stony Mill now has another murder to it's credit. I am getting frustrated with the boyfriend situation. Luc soon thereafter turns up murdered, with a strange magik symbol near his body.