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Hex Marks the Spot (A Bewitching Mystery #3)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  3,768 ratings  ·  150 reviews
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. Though his clothes may be plain, he himself is more handsome than a man sporting a jawline-only beard has any right to be. And he seems pretty aware that the ladies love But when the hunky craftsman turns up ...more
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Published November 27th 2007 by Penguin Group (USA)
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The 3rd book in the Bewitching Mystery Series.

Maggie knows that something is not right with her town. She can feel it in her newly found empathic bones. She tags along with her boss and friend Felicity Dow to the countywide craft bazaar in the hopes of scoring some locally made treasures that they can sell at Felicity’s shop Enchantments. While there, Felicity bids on an armoire at the craft auction made by their friend Eli and another Amish craftsman Luc Metzger. Luc is quite the hotty - and mo
I do enjoy Maggie O’Neill and her struggles to come to terms with her paranormal talent as an empath. 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.

This is definitely a cozy mystery, but a good cozy mystery. While Maggie can be impetuous and impulsive, she does have good comm
Basic Plot: Maggie finds herself at the center of another murder in small-town Indiana, this time of an Amish man.

I think Alt has found her stride with this book, and I found myself actually glad that I hadn't given up on the series after such a disappointing sophomore effort as the second book was. I finished this book WAY faster than book 2. The pacing of the mystery was much better, she doled out the clues with a little more subtlety (which made the mystery actually mysterious!), and Maggie d
Here we are into the third entry into the Bewitching Mystery series. So what's Maggie into this time? The murder of an Amish ladies' man, one who's married and has young kids, at that. She also has struggles with her love life and is overcoming her fear of the "unknown" and becoming more adept at using her gift.

May contain minor spoilers of previous books.

A few times throughout this short book (246 pages), I felt like throwing in the towel. After reading the first book, I really felt this was
This is a fun mystery! Not only does Maggie find herself caught in the middle of yet another murder mystery, but that love triangle is really getting good now. The Amish setting is equally interesting, although I would have liked to know more about the Amish characters. It's easy to get invested. I find myself talking to the book telling Maggie to open her eyes!
Third in a murder mystery series. Has tons of stuff right up my alley; tea, antiques, food, hunky guys, and witchiness. Although this series is far from great literature, it's fun, low-key reading.
Loving this series. Maggie O'Neil just can't stay outa trouble. Paranormal trouble, of course, but there always seems to be a dead body that shows up too. And she can't figure out (yet) why there's so much weird activity in her hometown of late.

Then there's the two "love interests" that plague Maggie, who is not used to such double-attention. (Personally I favor Marcus but, in this book at least, she still seems to be leaning toward dedicated local cop & investigator Tom.

I'd call this series
Karen (BaronessBookTrove)

Oh my god. I didn’t realize how long it has been while I was off and on reading this book. I mean I know I started it on July 2 and I’m just now finishing it on July 17. Well for one thing it has been one crazy month so far for me. Well not only that but at times I didn’t feel up to reading or I was just so t
I was sent this book by another BCer. I read it because the story takes place in Indiana, which works in with my state challenge. However, it was the 3rd book in the series, and you obviously really need to read them in order. They kept talking about "what happened to me in December" but you never found out what that was! The story is about a group of people with "special" talents who are trying to solve the murder of an Amish friend. They are also into investigating paranormal activities around ...more
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
** Kindle Read **

I got the first two books in this series from out of my Uncle's stash. He may have had the rest of them as well in paperback, but I didn't want to wait until we brought the next bath down to find out. ;)

Definitely just a light, fluffy mystery read that continues to entertain.

The end of this one was especially amusing in regards to her personal relationships.

Maggie kind of backs off from embracing her abilities as an empath in this one which was sliiiightly disappointing, but
Julie H.
For anyone who regularly reads mysteries, the "mystery" here is solved the first time you meet the particular character who is the guilty party. As for the stuff that goes on around that, it's an okay read--sort of empty calories, but not anything harmful to your braincells and some nice escape fiction. What I liked most about Hex Marks is the fact that main character Maggie O'Neill has at oh so very long last (i.e., only in the third book of a multi-book series) finally been able to distinguish ...more
Kelly Ohl
The third installment in the Bewitching Mysteries series was definitely my favorite thus far. Maggie is finally growing as a character and even though I rate Ms. 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.

Winter has come and gone, with two murders under it's belt, in Stony Mill Indiana. It;s the opening day of the country fermer's market/craft bazaar and the main item of interest in the auction
The former volume had an explosive, unexpected ending. I was certain Felicity and others would discuss the phenomena Maggie dredged up to save her life! I was perplexed "Hex Marks The Spot" backslid instead. The normal outcome would be to explore the energy she accessed, in thankfulness. Instead, she's so afraid, she can't bear to join a large group for benign ghost-hunting? At the opportunity to see a haunted building or orb photography; I've rarely met anyone who's reaction wasn’t "Cool!" I re ...more
Although I find there are way too many paranormal mystery series out there, I cannot help myself from picking them up and enjoying them thoroughly. They're like crack! Addictive! Mind, I'm not complaining, but I read them quicker than they are being

This book does not disappoint. Maggie is an empath, she has the ability to feel other people's emotions and sometimes even the reason behind the emotions that they're having. And she knows that something "evil" is happening around/in h
As in the previous book in this series, the solving of the murder is not the main focus of our main character, Maggie O’Neill. Therefore, it is not the main focus of the novel. Based on that knowledge, many die-hard mystery/thriller readers will probably dismiss this work as weak or boring. It is anything but.

Now, Maggie does solve the murder, but that occurs almost as a sideline to her main objective – to come to grips with the knowledge that she is an empath. At this point, three months since
Debbie Winkler
I was happy to see that Stony Mill has finally entered springtime! Winter was pretty bleak and there were a couple of tough mysteries that took place during those cold months so I was delighted to see a change of scenery. Unfortunately, the break between crimes was all too brief and Maggie is now back on the case! Luc Metzger, an Amish carpenter, seems to be quite the ladies man. He is one of the most beautiful men that Maggie has ever seen and Luc definitely knows what kind of impact he has on ...more
This is 4th in the Maggie O'Neill series. Maggie works at Enchantments, an antique store in small town Stony Mill, Indiana, and is a fledgling empath. Her boss, Felicity Dow, own the store and is also a witch. Maggie became aware of her empath ability in the first book and has been helped along by Felicity along with a circle of friends who have their own individual magic. In this book, Maggie helps solve the murder of Luc Metzger, an Amish farmer. Strange things have been happening in Stony Mil ...more
Maggie starts off this mystery at an auction. The cabinet but by a VERY handsome young Amish man goes for a bundle of money but the young man ends up dead. And under mysterious circumstances.
Even while the magic and mayhem is increasing around town, Maggie still battles the conflict within herself about whether her newly awakened powers are helpful or detrimental.
A good addition to the series. Probably my favorite so far.
Plodding, plain & vague -- & that's just the protagonist. Everyone seems to lose color from book to book, becoming more thinly sketched characters that are difficult to like. Maggie whines, Liss calls Maggie "Ducks," Tom's a cop caricature, Steff's AWOL & Marcus is mysterious. The teens are less bland than before & the Amish theme is interesting, but finishing this book was more completionism than pleasure.
Martina the Book Fairy
This series is more mystery with a bit of romance & paranormal tossed in than true PNR. Fans of Victoria Laurie will also like this series.

In this book, our protagonist, Maggie goes with her boss to the local craft fair where they fall in love with a armoire crafted by a stunningly attractive Amish man. A man who, later that evening, turns up dead. When a folk magic hex sign is found near his body, Maggie and friends begin working to unravel the mystery of his death . . . but Maggie's on-aga
Hex Marks The Spot Maggie continues to learn about being empath. Maggie is in charge of Enchantment as Liz takes a leave to recover from her sister's death. Maggie witness a hostile meeting of teenagers in store. One buys an expensive clock. Amanda is later found murder and her Mother asks Maggie to help her save her daughter's reputation. Maggie with Marcus help must find the answer before death finds her. The ending is good and unusual.
Loved it!! I am so addicted to this series right now and to think I wasn't sure I was going to like it at first. The characters and the situations are so relatable especially the main character. Minus the whole empath part I feel like I am so like her. Same age, same questions about religion, same brooding about all the wonderful things her sister has that she doesn't, stuck in a thankless job that you just want to get out of.

Of the three books I've read so far this is the first one I didn't se
This is #3 in A Bewitching Mystery.

It is cute and very cozy. Maybe just a little cozy for my taste, but it was still an enjoyable read.

You didn't really learn anything about the witches this time and I find that to be the most enjoyable part.

I am giving this 4 out of 5 stars as it was just lacking in places.
One of the joys of this series is that it is light, easily read, and doesn't leave thoughts churning to disrupt sleep. I also like that each book opens with a rather clever recap of the characters and how all their stories tie together.

Unfortunately that leads to a staleness in the books, and reinforces the blahness of the main character, Maggie O'Neill, to the point that I have to wonder how she has not one but two hot men chasing after her.

Her ability to misinterpret basic facts is actually a
Jan 15, 2011 Jennifer rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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Shelves: mystery-cozy
Hex Marks the Spot was the first book I read in the Bewitching Mystery series and my least favorite. A lot of interesting ghost action in this novel and the mystery itself was good, if forgotten at some point. The focus shifts from the murder to the growing love-triangle between Tom, Maggie and Marcus and seems to forget to return to the murder for a good chunk of time. Once back on the trail of the killer, the mystery is quickly and neatly wrapped up, leaving only Maggie's love life up in the a ...more
I found finishing the story a real challenge because I lost empathy and interest in Maggie. (view spoiler) ...more
DK Hoffman
Absolutely loved it! The mystery was quite interesting and I learned some things about the Amish that I hadn't known before. Really liked all the characters, especially the main character - she reminded me of me! Definitely want to read more in this series. This a total keeper.
Another Easy Read

Nice to have an enjoyable read. This time Maggie is learning about Hexes and that not Amish men are alike. Third murder in eight months for this quiet little town.
This was a nice, light read, would give 3.5 stars if I could. The Amish thread was an interesting one, too, with the furniture and the community adding a unique twist to this normally paranormal series.
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From the Authors Website

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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Other Books in the Series

A Bewitching Mystery (8 books)
  • The Trouble With Magic (A Bewitching Mystery, #1)
  • A Charmed Death (A Bewitching Mystery, #2)
  • No Rest for the Wiccan (A Bewitching Mystery, #4)
  • Where There's a Witch (A Bewitching Mystery, #5)
  • A Witch in Time (A Bewitching Mystery, #6)
  • Home for a Spell (A Bewitching Mystery, #7)
  • In Charm's Way (A Bewitching Mystery, #8)
The Trouble With Magic (A Bewitching Mystery, #1) A Charmed Death (A Bewitching Mystery, #2) No Rest for the Wiccan (A Bewitching Mystery, #4) Where There's a Witch (A Bewitching Mystery, #5) Home for a Spell (A Bewitching Mystery, #7)

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