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The Trouble With Magic (A Bewitching Mystery #1)

3.67  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,991 Ratings  ·  447 Reviews
Antiques-shop clerk Maggie O'Neill was a little weirded out when she discovered her new boss Felicity was a witch. But when Felicity becomes the suspect in a local murder, Maggie must enlist Felicity's wiccan friends for help--and discover her own spellbinding talent.
Paperback, 261 pages
Published January 3rd 2006 by Berkley Prime Crime
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Best Cozy Mystery Series
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Jan 10, 2009 Jennifer rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Wiccan mystery fans
Book 1 in a Bewitching Mystery series.

Maggie O'Neill is going through a bit of a rut. She hates her job (collections) and she hates her boss (The Toad) and she is tired of her mother ragging on her and comparing her to her perfect little sister. While driving to work one day she sidetracks and takes the long way just to prolong her freedom from her icky job. She parks her VW and heads down to the shoppes on old River Street. As she is strolling along looking in the windows of antique shoppes an
I was looking for a fun page-turner to get me through a weekend when I wasn't feeling well. I usually enjoy stories with ghosts and magic, and a few random page reads made this one sound like fun. Wish it had been.

Maggie works for a witch (*gasp!*) who's being investigated for the death of her sister. Maggie immediately knows that her boss isn't the killer (because she has a good heart - not kidding) and sets out to find out who the real killer is, while trying to teach the rest of the town not
Apr 08, 2010 Jess rated it really liked it
This was more of a paranormal mystery, but I didn't feel like adding another shelf, so I just put it in PNR.

I've been meaning to read this book for awhile now, and when one of my groups here on GR voted it in as the April book I was glad I finally had the extra push to get me to read it. I thought it was really interesting. It had an interesting take on the world of magic and witches. Instead of spells and hexes and all of that, the basis of the world was all about energy signatures and spirits.
Kari Anderson
Jul 07, 2011 Kari Anderson rated it really liked it
Maggie O’Neil’s life is in a downward spiral. No relationship and a crappy job are in the mix. That is until she follows an instinct and falls, literally, inside Enchantments, a quaint little antique store. She continues to be down on her luck. Her little fall cost her her crappy job, but then it all turns around just in the nick of time, or so she thinks. The owner of Enchantments, Felicity, offers Maggie a job, but Maggie isn’t there long before she finds out Felicity is a witch and the cops a ...more
Jan 03, 2016 Sally906 rated it really liked it
Opening Sentence: ‘…I don’t know what made me abandon my usual path to work on that particular October Tuesday…’

The first in a new series (Bewitching Mysteries), THE TROUBLE WITH MAGIC is a cosy paranormal mystery. A nice easy read. Maggie O’Neill is in a job she hates so when circumstances leads her to the antique shop ‘Enchantments’ – followed by a job offer from the lovely owner, Felicity, Maggie jumps at the opportunity. She is a little taken aback when Felicity announces that she is a Witch
Oct 29, 2010 Chibineko rated it really liked it
Hungry for more chick lit mysteries with a bit of a supernatural edge, I had someone recommend Madelyn Alt to me. I immediately picked up this volume and found myself suprised and dissapointed at the same time.

The Trouble With Witches follows Maggie as she starts off with having a really bad day. First she's locked out of her car Christine, then she get fired for being late. Inbetween the two events, however, she meets the charismatic and intriguing Liss. Liss owns a local store that sells anyt
Carissa Anne
Jul 12, 2010 Carissa Anne rated it did not like it
Shelves: paranormal, chick-lit
This was not a good book. I started it a few months ago, borrowing it from my cousin, and finished it yesterday simply because I had nothing else to read. While the storyline had the potential to be great, the author decided to write as if her audience was stupid and couldn't piece things together any better than a preschooler. Every little plot twist was explained to a painful extent, leaving no intrigue. Aside from this, the characters weren't believable at all, from the sudden mood swings (be ...more
I'm not a fan of this genre. I don't care for many of the cozy mystery where a girl works in an antique or book store. She usually works for an older lady who either goes missing or is accused of something. A "hot" but judgey copy/handy-man accuses heroine of being a thief, extortionist, murderer, child kidnapper and puppy kicker. They flirt but then he insults her again and repeat insults. She discovers she has magical powers then murder is solved in the last five pages. The boss goes home and ...more
Sep 22, 2012 Penni rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Penni by: Kirs Hall
Shelves: e-book-owned
The way she describes Maggie's world is amazing! It's not your overblown surreal fantasy "witchy" world or your preconceived notion of what a fiction book should be like. She portrays her in an everyday lifestyle that not many books these days have. Most authors tend to make everything "Super-sized" to entice readers. I enjoyed sitting back with a good book that you can actually think "Hey, this could happen to anyone I know" Instead of "Oh only in people's wildest dreams would anything like thi ...more
Dawn (Kat N Hat)
Not at all what I had hoped for. Maggie was sort of a twit. She kept making comments about dumb girls in horror movies and so she didn't do the obvious mistakes only to make smaller mistakes. There was a lot of random babble in the story that really just drug the book out for me. I mean can you just say we chatted during commercials while watching tv. Do we have to hear about every little thing magnum did during the show in the middle of the conversation.

I was very let down by this book and sor
This was much more of a mystery that happened to have some magic elements than it was a fantasy book. The truth is, it just wasn't what I was in the mood for, so I can't really say how good or bad it was. It seems like a good book and the beginning of a fun series. I will try it again in the future.
Mar 05, 2014 Devon rated it really liked it
'THE TROUBLE WITH MAGIC' is the very promising debut in the series featuring the Magnum PI loving heroin Maggie O'Connell and a cast full of "enchanting" characters.

After losing her job Maggie literally stumbles upon a great opportunity working at Enchantment's, an antique store that specializes in unique treasures. The stores owner, Felicity Dow, is everything Maggie aspires to be, worldly, sophisticated, wise...and, oh did I mention she is also a witch? Growing up as a "good catholic girl" Mag
Mailis Viiand
Mar 29, 2011 Mailis Viiand rated it it was amazing
I think the otherwise gorgeous cover of the book is a bit misleading, and some folks who are in search of light reading with funny sassy witches with humor providing feline support cast, might be a tad disappointed when they find actually quite a serious mystery, where witchcraft really has a secondary role to play and sometimes the overall mood gets to be tiny bit depressing. This book would have done quite well with a darker cover, but at the same time, the artwork is probably one of the reaso ...more
Sep 17, 2009 Amber rated it it was ok
I picked up this book because it's a mystery (and I seem to be in a bit of a mystery phase), it contained a bit of magic and it took place in Indiana. Sadly, I was very disappointed. Usually I read one book at a time because I get so involved, but I read two entire books while I was working through this one.

Anyway, in this book Maggie falls into a new job (literally) at a charming antique store called Enchantments. It is run by Felicity, a sophisticated English woman who tells Maggie she is a w
Jul 07, 2012 C. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: up-to-2012
This is the first witch novel I've ever read and it instantly carried me away! It doesn't go at all like you expect, it's a completely original take, and that's the best possible story; a change and a surprise.

Most reviews have huge synopsises that spoil chunks of action! Please stick to what it is/how it is, never how it GOES!

A normal person with rueful family dynamics, is concerned with paycheques and keeping a car running. She doesn't believe in metaphysics and the author was brilliant to let
Mar 19, 2013 Samantha rated it really liked it
Summary from Goodreads:

"Antiques-shop clerk Maggie O'Neill was a little weirded out when she discovered her new boss Felicity was a witch. But when Felicity becomes the suspect in a local murder, Maggie must enlist Felicity's wiccan friends for help--and discover her own spellbinding talent."

My Thoughts:

The Trouble With Magic is the beginning to a cozy mystery series that I had wanted to begin for some time. I'm so glad that I finally found the time to read it because it was quite an enjoyable r
Jan 30, 2013 Sarah rated it did not like it
First of all, I really hate when authors spend an entire book ramming their location down your throat. Okay. We get it. You're from Indiana. I don't need you to say "Hoosier" this and "Hoosier" that every other sentence. I don't need a lesson on how someone is a typical Hoosier because they're wearing flannel. I also don't care that something is off of CR 500. The only people are who going to appreciate that are other people from Indiana; the rest of us are irritated. Stick to the story and stop ...more
Jul 27, 2013 Marilyn rated it really liked it
For someone who's often said she doesn't care for mysteries/crime books, I've read quite a few recently. It helps when the protagonist is witchy or there's some kind of magical aspect (or there's a series with a woman protagonist that I'll be getting back too also, having read the 1st book). And if there's a bit of humor mixed in, terrific.

Alt writes a good story that keeps the reader involved. Main character Maggie lives a pretty empty, depressing life- then walks into an odd little book store
The Flooze
Some interesting elements...and some very irritating ones.

The mystery itself includes varied suspects and motives--enough to keep you guessing--but the suddenly so obvious reveal should've been guessed by Maggie. Still, I can't fault this aspect of the story too much since the who dunnit puzzled me for most of the book.

Of the characters, Felicity is the most charming. I enjoyed the descriptions of the townspeople, as well as Maggie's family and friends. Grandpa is a hoot. The N.I.G.H.T.S. are a
Linda C
Sep 30, 2014 Linda C rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal, mystery
Maggie O'Neill is fired from her job at a collection agency for again being tardy on the same day she is offered a job at an antique shop owned by a self-proclaimed witch. Maggie feels a connection to the woman and accepts. However, after one days employment, Felicity, the owner, is under suspicion for the murder of her estranged sister. Because of this connection she feels, she attempts to help Felicity with the assistance of Felicity's group of magical friends. During her investigation she is ...more
Kirs Hall
Sep 22, 2012 Kirs Hall rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
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Barbara ★
TERRIFIC! Maggie O'Neill, a fiesty woman with latent magic abilities finds herself unexpectedly employee by Felicity, a witch who owns a magic shop. The same day, Felicity is arrested for the murder of her estranged sister. The evidence is plenty but circumstantial. It is obvious that she is being framed but the police are convinced she did it. Maggie, however, is damn sure she didn't. Maggie doesn't feel that the police are investigating properly and starts an investigation herself. And, of cou ...more
May 19, 2012 Kim rated it liked it
It is more like 3 1/2 stars. It's not a bad start, but the Jessica Fletcher syndrome may happen here. The main character did not find the body (a shock I know) nor did they in their investigation make the police look like idiots anther shock. I did not figure out the who or why until just before the main character which is unusual for me. I do feel that setting a mystery series about witches in the belt buckle of the North of the Mason-Dixon line bible belt may be overly heavy handed as well as ...more
Aug 15, 2011 Katie rated it liked it
I wish I could give this book three and a half stars. I really liked its combination of mystery and magic, and the characters were actually likable. I also really liked the setting (small town Indiana) and the fact that Maggie works in a quaint gift shop. The only thing that started to bug me was Maggie's constant insistence that Felicity was innocent, because she based this opinion solely on feeling, not fact. She couldn't seem to understand that the police were doing their jobs, after all. Oth ...more
Apr 01, 2016 Di rated it really liked it
Was able to squeeze in one more book for #MarchMysteryMadness

Though this started out pretty slow for me, it ended up being a rather enjoyable read. I did expect it to have a bit more witchiness than it did, but it is understandable why there wasn't as much of this since this is the first book in the series. I am hoping that future installments include more of this element as that was part of the draw to this series for me. I think there's already a love triangle in the making (ugh), but the mys
Mar 04, 2012 Kimberly rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
I wanted to like this book. It's been sitting on my shelves for ages. It's a paranormal mystery with a little romance mixed in. Well, the little romance turned into a whole lot of nothing. I hope the author doesn't drag that out with the two characters.
The mystery part of the book turned out to be interesting. I wasn't sure who the murderer was until the end. And the reason why was somewhat interesting.
I ordered the next book to see if this first book was just set up for the rest of the series.
Jun 02, 2015 Gianna rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery_cozy
I don't mind a cozy mystery with a touch of the paranormal when I want to unwind after a long week. A few I read (rather, listened to) have been really good. I don't know if it's because it's the first book in a series, but The Trouble with Magic failed to grab me. Most of the books in this genre have a main character who is baking or working in a vintage store, and the main character here is not an exception. She lands a job in an antique shop just when she needed it, and a murder, involving th ...more
Apr 16, 2015 erinthedreamer rated it liked it
The title really should have been The Trouble with Magick. This is not a supernatural book, this is a Wiccan cozy mystery. There’s a huge difference. If you’re looking for magic spells and flashy supernatural fixes then you’ve come to the wrong place. All the magic that is referenced in this book is based on Wiccan beliefs, magick. It’s possible in the next books that changes, but nothing in this book seemed out of the realm of what Wiccans believe.
Set in a small town that is apparently ruled by
Maggie O'Neill has always been a good girl in her small town in Indiana. But lately, she's quit her job impulsively and started working in an antiques store whose owner has just come under suspicion for murdering her sister. Maggie is plunged into a new world. The shop owner, Felicity, is known to be a witch. A lot of the story is about how small-minded and religious southern Indiana is. I remember reading this book when it came out and thinking that, to a large extent, this was true of Indiana, ...more
Sarah Ball
Alt's cozy mystery really spoke to my own beliefs and interests, and she had me giggling or pursing my lips in all the right places. The Trouble with Magic is a bit clumsy at times, but it's nothing that you wouldn't find in any first-in-a-series book. I loved the characters, found the narrative to be well-paced, and had a grand old time. I'll certainly be looking for the rest of the series!
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Madelyn Alt is the national bestselling author of the witchy and hip Bewitching Mystery Series, published by Berkley Prime Crime. The Bewitching series features small town single girl and fledgling empath Maggie O'Neill, her witchy boss, and an unlikely circle of ghosthunting friends, the N.I.G.H.T.S., as they investigate an increasing level of paranormal disturbance--not
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