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Home for a Spell (A Bewitching Mystery #7)

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  2,561 Ratings  ·  174 Reviews
As the newest witch in Indiana, Maggie O'Neill already has plenty to deal with. So being hobbled by a broken leg doesn't help. Neither does the fact that her best friend and upstairs neighbor is getting ready to tie the knot with her own boyfriend and move away. This leads Maggie to wonder if it isn't time to find herself a new pad.

But when she finds a place, Maggie's dre
Hardcover, 290 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by Berkley (first published November 23rd 2010)
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Jan 30, 2011 Myhotstylist rated it did not like it
uggg... what a HOT MESS this book was. Mrs Alts books are becomming more and more chick lit than anything. Skim reading worthy at best. The dead body didnt appear until about the 6th chapter, and the entire 7th chapter was a re-hash of all the first 6 chapters. I was litterally able to skim read the last 2 chapters to get a resolution. I seems the NIGHTS are not active at all anymore. Pfft... so much for the whole paranormal theme they had going.

Im sad to say I honestly dont care anymore what h
Elizabeth Drake
Jan 09, 2011 Elizabeth Drake rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2011-books, witches
I am getting less and less involved in this series as it goes on. The main character continues to annoy me and her love life bores me to no end. The plot plods along with little to no comic relief and, perhaps the most irritating, for a book that is often shelved with paranormal fiction or modern fantasy - There were no elements of the supernatural whatsoever!
Jul 19, 2012 Lea rated it did not like it
Shelves: crappy
Couldn't finish this crap-tastic book for the life of me. I kept thinking 'maybe once they find a dead body it will get interesting'. Close to half-way through the book, reading painful text and over-wrought dialog (from what I can only assume is a 17 year old writer on a red bull binge) I still didn't have a body, a plot, or any desire to keep reading.
Jan 16, 2017 Beverly rated it liked it
Shelves: witches, 2017
I would have liked this book a lot more of the series didn't end here. It was slated for at least two more books, and they were postponed several times, then fizzled out. Not a satisfying ending to the series...I keep wishing that she would take the series back up!!
Marissa Culp
Sep 25, 2011 Marissa Culp rated it really liked it
The latest book in the Bewitching series by Madelyn Alt has heroine Maggie O’Neill side-lined by the broken ankle received in the last book (A Witch in Time). The ankle just isn’t healing as fast as she hoped for and now Maggie feels she’s being a drain on her boyfriend, Quinn. At the same time, her best friend is getting married and preparing to move out of the upstairs apartment where they both live. Feeling a little lost, Maggie decides it’s time for a change and starts apartment hunting. Whe ...more
Andrea Guy
This book was Cute with a capital "C." I found this one at my local library and was seduced by the cute cover. This is one of the few series cozies that I've read that made me wish that I had read the other books in the series. This is Book 7 in the A Bewitching Mystery series. It isn't that this book can't stand alone, but I wanted to know more of the back story between Maggie and her ex-boyfriend.

This is a cozy mystery, but it is more cozy than mystery. The mystery just didn't do it for me. It
I generally enjoy this series, but this particular episode drove me nuts! Maggie has been growing as a character throughout the series. However, in this one she reverts to a two year old throwing temper tantrums and hissy fits throughout. It is as if Alt read somewhere 'romances must have tension to keep it interesting' so she threw in a bunch of gratuitous non-issues for Maggie to agonize and whine about. I read these books primarily because they are mystery novels; if I had wanted to read a fo ...more
Barbara ★
A thoroughly enjoyable cozy mystery set in Indiana. Once again, Maggie O'Neill was in the wrong place at the wrong time! Here she is just trying to rent an apartment when she finds the manager floating in the complex pool. Poor Maggie. If you're reading this series, then you know ex-boyfriend/cop Tom Fielding is involved, as well as her boss, Felicity Dow and her boyfriend, Marcus Quinn. Oh and don't forget her cat, Minnie plays an important role, witches familiar and all that. A quick fun read.
Aug 21, 2012 Keriann rated it did not like it
I couldn't finish this one, it was so boring. Nothing ever happened. I got about halfway through and gave up. I hardly ever stop reading, but this one was a chore to even reach the spot that I did. It's a shame because it had potential.
May 30, 2012 Erin rated it did not like it
Apparently, other books in the series are paranormal comedies and have received high ratings. I thought this was boring and not very interesting. The murder did not happen until Chapter 6 and the solving of the murder was not very thrilling. So, not a fan.
Mar 30, 2014 V rated it did not like it
I wanted a mystery / thriller with a little paranormal skills in the protagonist. This book is too simple and juvenile for me.
Jun 29, 2012 Risa rated it it was ok
not very bewitching... (very very little "witching" / paranormal at all). Not a very engaging or compelling story.
Mar 22, 2013 Doris rated it liked it
Shelves: supernatural, cozies
I read several in this series back to back, although not in order. I have to say that this one did not hold my attention like the previous books – I actually fell asleep reading it.

One of the strong points of this series, and this book, is the building of the relationship between Maggie and Marcus, who were attracted to each other from the first meeting. Here, they are working together on compromises and becoming one, instead of the normal series books which have the main character going back a
Apr 15, 2012 Mirjam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The star in the fun Bewitching Mystery series is Maggie O'Neill, who is definitely the odd one out in her family. In Home For A Spell she is being looked after by boyfriend Marcus while she is recovering from a broken ankle. Maggie believes that her presence at his house is a great inconvenience for and bother to Marcus. She is therefore eager to lighten his load of responsibilities by going home. But the home she has shared with her best friend is about to change, as Steff is getting married an ...more
Mar 05, 2011 Rachelle rated it it was ok
I know I've mentioned it before, but I'll mention it again: For an 'empath' Maggie is extremely obtuse. Should the reader be able to see a motive for murder before the 'psychic' does? I don't think so. She's too busy mooning over her oh-so-perfect-best-man-in-the-whole-world boyfriend, and not working at the job she's always flaking out on to be reading signals or clues or being observant in any way.

Also, the witches in this series are appearing less and less magical. They posture a lot. Play wi
Jan 20, 2011 Marlyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maggie O'Neill is slowly adjusting to her recently discovered empathic abilities. But breaking her leg and being forced to stay with someone, even if it is her new guy Marcus, is frustrating for the normally independent young woman. She's even more frustrated when she finds out that Marcus is considering delaying going back to school for a degree until she's better. Since she can't go back to her own basement apartment, and her best friend/neighbour Steff is moving away anyway, she decides to lo ...more
Sep 15, 2016 Kirsti rated it liked it
Never a good idea to start a series with book 7, although with Mystery it generally doesn't matter. It does with this series though, because there is obviously a lot of background information I'm missing (Tom, Magick, Liss, Steff all that jazz) I felt slightly off kilter the entire time, although I did enjoy the book itself. I felt like the mystery element was a little lacking though, because the body takes a long time to appear, and the actual mystery was one of the weakest I've read in any coz ...more
Apr 09, 2012 Darkand rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mine
Madelyn Alt does it again with another wonderful installment of her Bewitching series. This one really didn't have that witchy flavor but it was still a great read. I'm hoping to see more of the supernatural themes (from previous installments)in Maggie's future as she continues on her path of personal enlightenment and I really enjoy the growing relationship between Maggie & Marcus ~ if I could request a little more steam please ~ *heh*. Now if we could just fix Liss up with a hunky warlock ...more
Sue Em
Aug 24, 2012 Sue Em rated it really liked it
I've always enjoyed this "witchy" series and I enjoyed this one as well. There was less paranormal edge, but the characters are still fun. While the nefarious activities of the victim are more obvious to the reader than the characters, the solution to the mystery isn't.
LaRaine P
Jan 08, 2012 LaRaine P rated it liked it
Shelves: wicca-fun
I think maggie's sister needs to be shot in the foot. Then she would have something to bitch about
N.N. Light
Mar 16, 2017 N.N. Light rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I can't get enough of this series!
This is the 7th entry in the Bewitching Mystery series, with a storyline that begins approximately two weeks following the conclusion of the previous novel, A Witch in Time. Like its predecessors, this is definitely not a standalone novel. The previous entries in the series have built considerable backstory that is necessary to the comprehension of all that happens in this tale.

In this story the murder occurs about one-third of the way through the book. Again Maggie and Marcus discover the body
Dec 29, 2012 C. rated it really liked it
Shelves: up-to-2012
I wish lead character Maggie had had the balls to tell her family about Marcus and that she is happy. The O’Neills only knowing because Marcus answered her Grandpa’s question, is disappointing. Happily, we sidestepped the disdain I expected; perhaps with attention on Melanie’s difficult labour in the former novel. I like that her sister is overcoming strife and not a pampered housewife. In “Home For A Spell”, Maggie has lived with Marcus about three weeks. Madelyn Alt mercifully dispensed with d ...more
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Alannah Davis
Jul 02, 2012 Alannah Davis rated it really liked it
This isn't the first book in this cozy mystery series, but it's the first one I've read. When you love to shop for books the old-fashioned way - IN PERSON, flipping through the pages of something you hold in your hands, as opposed to something done online or otherwise electronically - you're kind of stuck when you live in a not-so-big town where the only places that sell books are Target and a local store that is a combination Hallmark shop/bookstore. In other words, not so much variety. So when ...more
Apr 03, 2011 Dorri rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
From Publisher's Weekly: "Though Maggie loves her temporary digs with Marcus Quinn, her doting wizard boyfriend, she doesn't want him to delay his back-to-college plans to care for her. Maggie finds a great deal on a place at New Heritage, a local apartment complex, but before she can sign the lease, she and Marcus discover its manager, Rob Locke, floating in the complex's pool, dead from blunt force trauma. Maggie's ex-boyfriend, policeman Tom Fielding, isn't thrilled that Maggie is once again ...more
Oct 03, 2012 Chibineko rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nice-enough
I read this shortly after the previous book, having rediscovered it on my floor. With this entry I can safely say that I'm kind of ambivalent about all of this now. The series is still "nice enough" but it lacks the oomph of the earlier novels.

First off, I'll state that like the previous entry, this novel also establishes the relationship between Maggie and Marcus. I like this, as it's something you don't often see in ongoing series. Many authors like to keep a "will they, won't they" thing goi
Crys (The Hodgenator)
Alt doesn't leave us guessing in this novel, but I was a little disappointed with this one - it is as if Alt wasn't too sure where she wanted to take her character, Maggie, especially now that she is with Marcus. Still, the book was worth the read if you're a fan of the series. After all, Maggie is always finding herself at the wrong place at the wrong time, and it usually has to do with dead bodies. This novel is no exception.

In this seventh installment of the Bewitching Mysteries series, Alt o
This would have probably been 2.5 stars or so up until the ending.

It was an enjoyable series up to a point, and before now it had gotten all 3-4 stars from me. Light. A little fluffy. But interesting characters. It just got watered down and watered down and watered down.....and now it's just bland.

The body doesn't show up until almost halfway through!

NIGHTS is non-existant.

Small spoiler, but was a HUGE reason for the one star: (view spoiler)
Mar 09, 2012 Fred rated it really liked it
Home For A Spell is the ninth book in the Bewitching Mystery series.

Maggie, recovering from a broken ankle, is staying with her boyfriend, Marcus. But when Marcus decides to put off returning to college, she figures it is time for her to look for a place to live while hobbling around with a cast on her leg. Marcus' uncle gets a lead on an apartment and Maggie goes to check it out. The next morning she returns to sign the lease, only to find the manager has been murdered and floating in the pool.
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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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