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The Trouble With Magic by Madelyn Alt
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Mar 29, 11

bookshelves: excellent-mystery-serious, witches
Read from March 25 to 28, 2011

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 reasons why people buy this book at the first glance.
I found the story to be reasonable and even liked it more without the usual forced frivolities that seem to be "in" when writing mysteries with main characters of the witchy sort. But luckily this one had no overwhelming amount of witchcraft truths to swallow, and no tedious chapter long descriptions how to light a candle properly or something. The witching part wasn't exactly missing but it remained unobtrusive enough for this book to be considered a proper mystery book.
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