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No Rest for the Wiccan (A Bewitching Mystery #4)

3.99  ·  Rating Details ·  3,396 Ratings  ·  131 Reviews
Maggie O’Neill reluctantly volunteers to care for her bedridden, oh-so-perfect sister, Mel, but strange spirits threaten to divert her attention. Then a friend of Mel’s loses her husband to a dreadful fall, and the police call it an accidental death. Maggie’s not so sure, and sets her second sights on finding a first-degree murderer.
Kindle Edition, 308 pages
Published November 4th 2008 by Berkley (first published October 31st 2008)
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The 4th Book in the Bewitching Mystery Series.

Maggie gets a cat in this one - and she named it Minx (& later Minnie Minx) which freaked me out because our 20 year old cat that we put to sleep this past fall was named Minx. It was weird reading about cute little kitten Minx in the book. So my cat is heavy on my mind right now.

I enjoyed this book quite a bit and having eaten the first four books in about a week - I have to say I am a fan and will keep reading the books. I think the romance a
Oh Sugar!!! (I want to say something stronger, but won’t here). Maggie is still futzing around with the cop that I think is so wrong for her. She has this misplaced and misguided sense of loyalty and fairness to seeing the relationship through, even though it’s not going anywhere. Both parties (Maggie and the cop, Tom), both recognize that they are not making time to see if this relationship can go anywhere. They are both caught up in their jobs, and in this book, Maggie also has family commitme ...more
Julie (jjmachshev)
Nov 07, 2008 Julie (jjmachshev) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008-reads
Madelyn Alt's witchy mystery series is well worth the read. Her latest "No Rest for the Wiccan" catches readers up on the heroine Maggie's life and loves. Between being 'outed' by her sister after taking care of a slight 'entity' problem for her, being lambasted by both her mother and the local fire-and-brimstone preacher, getting tangled up in the latest murder in her small town, adopting a new kitten, and juggling the two men in her life...well Maggie's really hoping that surely things will ha ...more
Maybe I'm being too harsh on the last two books in this series. I haven't cared much for them. In this particular installment I'm starting to feel like the writing is mirroring a Stephanie Plum book. Maggie is always in the wrong place at the wrong time, just like Steph. And now, in book 3, we are torn between two men, which again is just like Steph. I know I'm being too harsh because really how much is there to work with in these kind of fun novels. I'll try to be a bit more kind. :-) In regard ...more
Apr 09, 2013 Kat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysterious, 2013, magickal
Basic Plot: Maggie tries to help out her sister, who lets the whole town know about Liss's magickal practices, and also deals with a mysterious death at the local feed mill.

Alt has again crafted a well-thought out story. Maggie's involvement in the mystery felt natural, and the town's reactions to Liss's outing as a witch felt uncomfortably spot-on. Maggie continues to piss me off by mooning over Tom for no good reason, though I think that will be ending soon. There was a lot going on in this bo
Lori Whitwam
I got a bit confused because the story worked in two separate plots; Maggie's snotty sister and the problems at the feed mill. The feed mill seemed to be the important one, but we spent a lot of time with the sister's "spirit" problem... still, I've enjoyed this series and will keep reading it.
No Rest For The Wiccan had potential for being a fun book but never quite hit it. In my opinion.... the book is a COMA FOR ANY WICCAN!
Ruth Ellen
Nov 11, 2016 Ruth Ellen rated it really liked it
what does a slaughterhouse, black kitty and witches have in common and how does a body figure in to the equation? read it and find out.
Nancy H
Dec 07, 2016 Nancy H rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Although I am not a big fan of paranormal mysteries, I do occasionally read them. This one was okay, and was well-written. The plot was good, and I am sure it would be a hit with paranormal fans.
Melissa Ostruszka
I love this story train!
Debbie Winkler
Jul 17, 2013 Debbie Winkler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoy the Bewitching Mystery series, but I found Maggie very frustrating in this book! I was so hoping that Maggie and Marcus, who is one sexy, motorcycle-riding man of mystery – and such a sweetie! – would finally get together in this book, but there is nothing happening! Marcus laid a scorching kiss on Maggie in Hex Marks the Spot (book #3), but Maggie feels terrible that she is dating Tom and lusting after Marcus. The only good news is that Maggie now realizes that Liss, her boss ...more
As in each of the previous books in the series, the murder takes second place, maybe even third place, in the focus of the story lines. In effect, it gets solved as a result of Maggie O’Neill doing what she needs to do, or feels she needs to do, to get through a typical day in her life.

The over-riding theme of this tale seems to be that of personal independence, taking and maintaining control of one’s own life in the face of family and societal objections. She lets Tom Fielding constantly push h
I've enjoyed all of Madelyn Alt's books so far, but I have to admit that I've gotten a teensy bit annoyed with the way that her main character Maggie behaves around her family and men. This book somewhat solves the first part, but stays somewhat ambivalent on the second.

The story in this book is actually quite short and the murder mystery is more of a background story (even though it's supposed to be a main plot arc). The book first concerns itself with Maggie's older sister Mel, who is current
Jul 18, 2010 Jennifer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-cozy
No Rest for the Wiccan was an uneven fourth O'Neil's world. The mystery was good but the killer was a little obvious from early on. While the "who" was apparent, the "why" and the "how" left mystery lovers with something to drive them towards the end of the book.

The love triangle between Maggie, Marcus and Tom in the Bewitching Mystery series is getting very annoying. In every book the same thing happens over and over again. Maggie denies her obvious passionate attraction to Marcus while desper
Julie H.
For those of us who've long wondered why the clever cover art--which is quite attractive but often has little (if any) connection to the story--includes a small black cat, the mystery is finally solved. Yet another stereotypical witch cliche? No, because in freakin' book four of the series, Maggie actually acquires a black cat. Mystery solved!

I'd have to say that No Rest for the Wiccan is the best yet in the Bewitched Series as we are finally getting to the Wicca part. The story is interesting,
Oct 03, 2012 C. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: up-to-2012
In volume four by Madelyn Alt, the ‘a girl has to’ narrative was a nuisance and I worried enjoyment would wane. I had praised Susan Wittig Albert’s first three ‘cottage tales’ but style suddenly grated and characters went nowhere. I truly begged out loud: “please Madelyn, I want to keep loving your books”! Quirkiness we appreciated from her burns out with irritating sentences like ‘sorta kinda’. Girl power is unsuited to Maggie because she hasn’t stood up for anything. It didn't help that “No Re ...more
Karen (BaronessBookTrove)

This book was awesome. I’m giving it four butterflies because it was one that I really really liked and I was caught up in the story after the first chapter. Granted it took me a little bit longer to finish this book then I wanted, but that’s okay I guess.

Even though I am reading these books after my mom, aun
Dec 09, 2008 Patricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maggie O’Neill has found that she has a special talent and this talent has led her to become a member of a group called the N.I.G.H.T.S. The initials stand for the North Indiana Ghost Hunting and Tracking Society. Maggie’s employment at Enchantment, a shop run by Felicity Dow, has led her to become involved with the N.I.G.H.T.S.

A sister can be a real blessing but at times when your sister can’t seem to keep from gossiping it would be very easy to strangle her or at least gag her. This is the sit
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
Wanda Paryla
Jun 19, 2013 Wanda Paryla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 4th book in the series and I enjoyed the book as much as I enjoyed the others in this series. However, it had a slower start for me & I got a bit bored during the first few chapters, and then the reveal near the end seemed cut short. Like the evil-doers were pegged and then thrown in your face. I would've like to have seen a bit more of them at the end, denying they did anything, or trying to explain things away. Instead of the author just narrated it. We don't see a reaction fro ...more
**Kindle Read**

At first, I was really enamored with the fact that things were moving at such a slow pace with the relationships between Tom and Maggie and Maggie and Marcus. Kind of a back and forth of WHICH ONE even though anyone can see from the synchonicity of Maggie/Marcus and the utter lack of Tom/Maggie ever, EVER having time to even be in the same room with each other what will eventually happen. It's just gone on for a little long right now.

I kind of want to smack Maggie's sister.

Still e
May 11, 2011 Megan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Having started with the 4th book in the series, I feel like I missed out on some of the character history. Not having it didn't affect understanding what was happening, but I got the feeling that I'd have been better able to appreciate inter-character relationships if I had.

Overall, it was a cute book, though since I don't like thrillers or horrors, the first paranormal interaction made me uncomfortable enough to put down the book and not pick it up for many months. I simply don't like the unkno
Barbara ★
This is my least favorite book in the series. Maggie spent the last 3 books keeping away from her aggravating sister for a reason. Unfortunately, this book revolves around her pregnant bed-ridden sister. It is now very clear why Maggie ignores Mel. The first half of the book is Mel ordering Maggie around. Very tedious and annoying.

Luckily, the second half of the book is better or I would have rated it 1 star instead of 2. In the last two books, Maggie is pulled between two guys -- Tom (the cop)
Feb 08, 2013 Leya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-book
Another good quick read. I can devour one easily enough in a day. I just wished I had more time to do it...

In this book Maggie and her possy investigate not only a ghost/spirit possession of her sister's house but also a bizarre murder. And neither these two take too much of the book. It's more about her involvement with NIGHTS and it coming to the public. There's also this love triangle going on between Maggie, Marcus and Tom.

I'm hoping that the author won't prolong the triangle, I really hate
Feb 04, 2014 Marilyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm reading through Madelyn Alt's "Bewitching Mystery" series and loving it. NO REST FOR THE WICCAN is the 4th one, and Stony Mill's newest witch (whether or not she thinks of herself as a witch yet), Maggie O'Neill, manages to get herself into more messes. With family, ghosts and the two gorgeous guys who seem hot on her tail (this two-guy scenario is not something she's used to either). Of course, there's a dead body involved as well, which is getting to be a regular thing in nothing-happens-h ...more
This time, Maggie is still working her job and building her spiritual skills. She is also helping out her snobby sister, Melanie, who is bed bound for the remainder of her pregnancy. Maggie really does not resent the task, she gets to spend time with her precious neices.. But the disquiet in the small town is increasing and this time Maggie's sister's house is invaded by spirits. Add to this an accidental death that might not be so accidental? Just another day in Maggie's life.

This series is a l
Mar 20, 2013 Doris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: supernatural, cozies
This is a charming little series about a physic / empath who stumbles - literally - into a witchy world of the occult. The witches around her are good people, and are willing to help when Maggie's sister calls with a weird event at her home, which of course turns out to be paranormal in nature.

I like Maggie - she is real, not whiny or helpless, although a bit hapless. I dislike the cop she was on/off dating, and her mother and sister would drive me around the bend.

Her sister is her mother's fa
May 17, 2011 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, fantasy
This one was a bit boring compared to the others in the series...a lot of filler, i found myself skipping to the actual conversations as I don't need described to me what the inside of a pig barn looks, feels, or smells like in great detail. I am growing a little tired of her indecision on which man would be better suited for her, Tom is too busy and isn't putting forth any effort toward their relationship and Marcus, who would be perfect for her, intimidates her to the point of acting foolish a ...more
Jan 12, 2009 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Madelyn Alt writes a fun cozy mystery series with practical magick involved. Maggie O'Neill lives in small town Stony Mill, Indiana working in an antique/gift shop. Her boss is a white witch and they belong to a ghostbusters group that the small town knows nothing about. Since Maggie's discovery from the first book that she is an empath, her journey has been one of incredible discovery but also fraught with danger. She doesn't always understand or like her spiritual gift, but is doing the best s ...more
Yvonne Boag
Maggie works at Enchantments, a cafe/shop in Stony Mill that caters to those with special abilities as well as mundanes. It is hot and humid, her sister is bed ridden for three months while pregnant and her mum is nagging her. One of Mel's friend's husband dies from a terrible fall and Maggie is in the vicinity after it happens. She gets a bad feeling about it and doesn't agree it is an accidental death. Can she solve the mystery before there are more deaths? And can she choose between Tom the h ...more
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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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A Bewitching Mystery (8 books)
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