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A Charmed Death (A Bewitching Mystery #2)

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  3,737 Ratings  ·  202 Reviews
Maggie O'Neill must turn on her own charms-mystical and otherwise-while investigating the death of one of her customers from the antique shop, Enchantments.
ebook, 304 pages
Published December 5th 2006 by Berkley
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Apr 02, 2013 Kat rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysterious, 2013, magickal
Basic Plot: Maggie continues to learn about her empathy, continues to stumble through amateur sleuthing, and continues to not have a boyfriend.

If I hadn't already picked up the next book in the series from the library, I'd most likely stop reading these books here and now, and never think twice about it. It's not that this is a *bad* book series, per say, but there are things about it that just hurt my brain.

Let's start with the characters, shall we?

Marcus: wears leather pants, has beautiful lon
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
The fun subgenre of paranormal, cozy mysteries (double-sub really) usually dishes out cute situations, humorous pitfalls and of course a dash of magically-inclined charm. Maybe that’s why this failed? It just didn’t do enough of those traits.

Story isn’t too bad – an obnoxious teen gets killed, the small town finds it tragic, and our protagonist solves the crime. She works at a shop, Enchanted, under her employer, pro-witch type.

The start is semi-sluggish but needed to establish scene of crime.
The second book in the Bewitching Mystery series.

It's about 2 months after the first book took place and the town of Stony Mill is still unsettled after the murder of one of it's residence. Sadly more mayhem is in store for the town in the shape of a young Lolita who meets an untimely end. Maggie, who seems to be channeling her favorite TV hunk Magnum P.I., starts poking her nose in where it doesn't belong - and once again it lands her in (Cliche Warning!) hot water.

I knew who did it immediatly
Jolene Green
I really wanted to like this book. I admit to being one of those people who do occasionially pick a book by the cover. I expected this book to have some magic and comedy based on the cover and the review statements. The problem is that the magic and humor in this story are like the dash of salt you toss into cookie dough. You hardly notice it's there. The main character, Maggie, is likable and has good potential but she is boring. She pines after a guy with no redeemable qualities - seriously we ...more
i liked the myster
i liked the story line
i liked the twists
i hated the damn main character that pushes her way into shit saying that the police cant do anything but if she would have handed over the evidence to the police they would have had the evidence sooner to crack the case but oh no she has to do it because shes better than everyone else.
then theres her powers
i thought the first book would have smashed her resistance to her powers or at least make it so she studied and practice so she could
Aug 06, 2010 Jenn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
This book was readable, but it wasn't great. I was interested in what happened, but it wasn't told very well. It also wasn't well thought out. In the beginning, Felicity's out of town for an extended leave to mourn for the loss of her sister in the first book. It's been about 3 months since her sister died and she's just NOW taking time for this, despite the fact that it's the beginning of December and she's leaving Maggie, who's only been at the shop for that 3 months, alone to run the store fo ...more
Carla Latham
This is the second book in Ms. Alt's "A Bewitching Mystery" series. I'm not sure why I keep reading this series because, so far, the books have been kind of boring. This book picked up the pace about three-quarters of the way through the book. Also, there was a surprise who-dunnit twist. I had figured out who-dunnit pretty quickly in the first and fifth books. In this book, I thought I had the murderer pegged but was pleasantly surprised with the twist!

As I read through the book I had the disti
Debbie Winkler
Jul 17, 2013 Debbie Winkler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ah, Maggie, Maggie, Maggie. So smart one minute and so silly the next! I just love reading about Maggie O’Neill’s character and cannot wait to see what she is going to do next. Maggie thinks that she is being so logical, but she is always jumping to conclusions and doesn’t see what is right in front of her most of the time. Maggie is still holding on to the faint hope that Tom is really interested in her. It has been a couple of months since Tom and Maggie first met in The Trouble With Magic (bo ...more
May 07, 2016 Andrea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hmmm...I really have mixed feelings about this book. I'm a huge fan of murder mysteries and reading this one satisfied that part of me. However, the writing still leaves much to be desired.[return][return]Alt is slightly less annoyingly over-descriptive, but when she does over-describe it is lengthy. She described her childhood home's appearance for nearly two solid pages. And some of her word choices got to me. Maybe I'm being petty, but she did use the word "flotsam" twice in this book and onc ...more
New characters are introduced in this book including Tara, a young, goth-dressing witch, and Amanda, the Queen Bee of Stony Mill high school. The former seems like she's going to be in later books (a young witch who might be a little too adept at playing with the dark side) while the latter, well, she ends up dead.
Why did such a young girl have so much money? What was it about her life that ended up with her dying so young?
And for Maggie, will she be able to accept her fledgling abilities? Or w
Kimberly Ann
Well this is better than the first book in the series.....

But I am gonna tell you...I liked the mystery part...and I liked the "paranormal" part, because I live like that...but I do not like dumb-bunny scaredy-cats...and I do not like run on description...that is just filler and has little or no bearing on the story.....

I have just finished this second book, which was better...and not as much description...but there might have been, because I skimmed the "blathering" parts! Oh and the dumb-bunny
Karen (BaronessBookTrove)

Maggie O’Neill is back in another very interesting book. This one takes place in December a few weeks before Christmas and it’s all cold and dreary in Stony Mill, Indiana. Her friend has found a keeper in Dr. Danny but yet Maggie is in a tossup with Officer Tom Fielding. While she is basically taking care of
Kayla Turner
I only made it about half-way through this book. I really want to love this series, but the characters just keep falling flat. This woman is not even close to a private detective, and yet she always seems to take it upon herself to "solve the case". "The case" always seems to be laid out in front of her like breadcrumbs. "A teenager shouldn't walk around with that much cash in her wallet, I wonder where she got it from?" "There's a blog online documenting some local youngster's sex-capades, I wo ...more
Dharia Scarab
Apr 12, 2014 Dharia Scarab rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 05, 2014 Devon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed Madelyn Alt's first installment in her bewitching mystery series 'THE TROUBLE WITH MAGIC' so it was a no brainier to hop on the second book as soon as possible.
'A CHARMED DEATH' started of a bit slow, in my opinion, but quickly picked up the pace once the second murder in as many months occurred in heroine Maggie O'Neill's small Indiana town. This time the victim is one of Stony Mill High School's most popular teenage vixens, the not-so-nice Amanda Robeson. Amanda, who's sexual
Dec 06, 2011 melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, I enjoyed this one. Maybe not as much as the first, there were things that rankled me. But it is a cozy, entertaining read. As I was reading, it irritated me when suddenly we were at the doctor for our 'yearly exam'. (girls, you know what I mean?) Did we really need that in the middle of this kind of mystery? If she had to go to the doctors, couldn't it just be a cold or something? I like mysteries for escapism, not to remind me of what I should be doing... And it could be just me (and I kno ...more
Sherri Hunter
Though I am enjoying this series, the ending of this story seemed sloppy to me. I didn’t get the feeling that Maggie solved the crime as much as falling over the obvious conclusion. The uncertainty of Maggie’s relationship with Deputy Fielding and her attraction to Marcus make Maggie come across as very wishy-washy and confused me even more. I’m led to believe that Marcus and Felicity are a couple (according to Maggie), but I’m given the impression that Felicity’s feelings toward Marcus are not ...more
Julie H.
For a regular mystery reader this is a terrible disappointment. Because the writing is so one-dimensional the Meaningful Clues beat you bloody about the head when they are provided and you will have figured this one out long, long, long before Maggie does. Far more egregious, however, is that this series plays so freely--and borderline disrepectfully--with the occult. I find this most surprising given the author's blurb which claims that the author, Madelyn Alt, is "A born aficianado of all thin ...more
Jul 27, 2011 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
ok I read it and i will never read another one. the story line itself was ok but i was really uncomfortable with all the spellcasting and other things that happened in it. i like Harry Potter but this book was way beyond that. I really didnt like it when they started talking about how Christmas was stolen from the pagans and not really about the birth of Christ. I do know that Christmas has been very commercialized and yes there are probably a few things about it that do correlate with paganism ...more
This is definitely more in the vein of a cozy mystery. However, this seems to be what I would consider a good cozy mystery (rather than an average, run of the mill, cozy, which seems to be the rage these days). It is an easy, enjoyable, satisfying read, but seems to have a heroine that is not too stupid to empathize with or continue to like since her actions in her personal investigations into the murder(s) do not make her TSTL. It is still early I the series – only my second book in the series. ...more
Kelly Ohl
I liked this book, but not as much as the first one. It has second child syndrome but not as bad as it could have been. It's still a good read.

Maggie finds herself once again thrown into the town's current murder drama when a rambunctious and prominent high school girl, Amanda Roberson, goes missing soon after her visit at the antique store Maggie works at.

At this part it's sort of made unclear why Maggie feels the need as an antique store worker, that's not particularly close to the girl, to di
If the first entry into the series was a toddler's first clumsy attempts at walking, then the second book in the Bewitching Mysteries series shows that the books are quickly maturing into a series worth reading.

The plotline of this book has Maggie plunged headfirst into yet another murder mystery in her hometown. When the high school's resident mean girl turns up dead no one is quite sure where to look. The high school sweetheart? The lovestruck friend? Or is it someone completely unexpected? I
Martina the Book Fairy
This book isn't typical PNR - it's more of a mystery, but it does have a paranormal element.

With just a few weeks until Christmas, Maggie's job at Enchantments gift shop is as hectic as it is exciting. But when she witnesses a teenage goth girl getting brutally picked on by a trio of mean classmates, her intuition warns her that something very bad is about to happen. When one of the assailants turns up dead a few days later, Maggie's curiosity gets the best of her and she investigates -- only t
Mar 20, 2013 Doris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This second book in the Bewitching Mystery series picks up right after the previous one ended, just a short while after Maggie has discovered that her weird empathy for others and her ability to seemingly read their minds isn't a sign of insanity or evil, but a gift to be used.

Maggie is pulled into the mystery of the disappearance of a teen prom queen type, who flashes loads of cash and a disdain of mere mortals (aka the rest of us) that took me back to my teen years, and not in a good way. We g
Aug 08, 2012 Sarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
I did not finish this book. I find the main character to be boring, annoying, and sort of stupid. There's a hot guy right there who is always nice to you, so you go chasing after the guy who is a bigot and who is a jerk to you. Nice one. We also have the author using the term "feminazis." This is really ironic considering in order to be a published writer as a female, you have benefited from some form of feminism and you are acting on some form of feminism. Which always makes anti-feminist women ...more
Jul 13, 2009 Andi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this second in a series, the main character, Maggie, is more the focus on a spiritual level than in the first book. The story was good and truly there was not much to give away the culprit until close to the end, but getting there was a little slow. It was as well written as the first, but a little too much hokus-pokus detail for my taste. I'm still not sure if the author is trying to promote the wiccan beliefs or is just making them part of the storyline, but I found much of the detail in th ...more
Aug 28, 2012 C. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: up-to-2012
I prefer later instalments of series. Introductions are passed, we know the setting, and protagonist. We're freer to acquaint others and get going. Familiarity contributes to enjoyment and book #2 is fantastic, segued deftly by Madelyn Alt.

Susan Wittig Albert panders to midway readers, bogging well-informed fans down. She re-introduces every individual, re-hashes their history. Madelyn’s tiny refreshers catch us up from previous events, using a ‘what’s happened since’ angle that is rewarding. He
Nov 01, 2011 Tiffany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery lovers
Recommended to Tiffany by: amazon suggestions
Shelves: magic
Alt's second book of the series takes place a few months after the first with Liss taking a leave of absence from the store to mourn her sister's death and Maggie acting as the big boss. After Maggie witnesses an argument among two high school students in the store, one popular Amanda and one outsider Tara, Amanda goes missing and is later found dead. Even though she knows she shouldn't, Maggie starts to investigate who's the killer anyways. Tara was first suspected but although she's different ...more
Dec 27, 2012 Jadaloves rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is only my second book in this series, but Alt continues to keep me entertained. Maggie has taken over the day to day operation of Enchantments while her boss and Wiccan Mentor takes some personal time to grieve over her sister’s death. When one of her recent teen patrons turns up dead, Maggie is compelled to do all she can to help find her killer.

I’m really into this little cozy series. Maggie is an easily loveable character. She is unassuming, caring, and has a true and sincere concern fo
While this is a murder mystery, it is not the typical mystery. Our protagonist is not a cop or a PI; she’s the assistant manger of an upscale New Age shop. Her investigation into the murder is based on a feeling of personal responsibility to the truth. She does not feel the need to take over the investigation or insert herself into it formally. She simply needs to resolve what has happened with what she discovers as part of her daily experiences. She feels a need to help expose the evil, but she ...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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“Lady of the silver moon
Enchantress of the night
Protect me and mine within this circle fairly cast.
Earth Mother, mother of the sleeping earth,
Keep safe all who gather here
Within the protective shelter of your arms.

By the earth that is Her body,
By the air that is Her breath,
By the fire that is Her bright spirit,
And by the living waters of Her womb,
Our circle is cast,
None shall come to harm here,
From any forces,
On any level.

As we will,
So shall it be done.
As we will,
So mote it be.”
“Funny how every day we are given choices to make in our lives. Some are just more far-reaching than others.” 2 likes
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