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The Trouble With Magic

(A Bewitching Mystery #1)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  6,997 ratings  ·  529 reviews

Antiques-shop clerk Maggie O'Neill was a little weirded out when she discovered her new boss Felicity was a witch. But when Felicity becomes the suspect in a local murder, Maggie must enlist Felicity's wiccan friends for help--and discover her own spellbinding talent.

Paperback, 261 pages
Published January 3rd 2006 by Berkley Prime Crime
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I was looking for a fun page-turner to get me through a weekend when I wasn't feeling well. I usually enjoy stories with ghosts and magic, and a few random page reads made this one sound like fun. Wish it had been.

Maggie works for a witch (*gasp!*) who's being investigated for the death of her sister. Maggie immediately knows that her boss isn't the killer (because she has a good heart - not kidding) and sets out to find out who the real killer is, while trying to teach the rest of the town not
Nov 11, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Wiccan mystery fans
Book 1 in a Bewitching Mystery series.

Maggie O'Neill is going through a bit of a rut. She hates her job (collections) and she hates her boss (The Toad) and she is tired of her mother ragging on her and comparing her to her perfect little sister. While driving to work one day she sidetracks and takes the long way just to prolong her freedom from her icky job. She parks her VW and heads down to the shoppes on old River Street. As she is strolling along looking in the windows of antique shoppes an
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is the first witch novel I've ever read and it instantly carried me away! It doesn't go at all like you expect, it's a completely original take, and that's the best possible story; a change and a surprise.

Most reviews have huge synopsises that spoil chunks of action! Please stick to what it is/how it is, never how it GOES!

A normal person with rueful family dynamics, is concerned with paycheques and keeping a car running. She doesn't believe in metaphysics and the author was brilliant to let
Dec 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Maggie is the black sheep of her family and has recently lost her job that she disliked and accepted a new position at a small shop called Enchantments. Her new boss Felicity is a suspect in the death of her sister. The book was lacking in something and I found myself having difficulties getting into the book. I just didn't care much about the lead character or the supporting characters. I don't think this will be a series that I will continue to read. ...more
Jul 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: z-2018-jul
The Trouble With Magic is the first book in Madelyn Alt's A Bewitching Mystery series. This is the first book I have read by this author. I really liked the locale of an antique store. I think that the series is probably going to be a little too much magic for me. It was borderline in this book. My main complaint is that there is a black cat on the cover, but there is not one in the book. I felt like it was false advertising as I prefer my cozies to have pets. 3 stars ...more
Paige  Bookdragon

Maybe I'm just not that sold to the author's way of writing.
Kari Anderson
Jul 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Maggie O’Neil’s life is in a downward spiral. No relationship and a crappy job are in the mix. That is until she follows an instinct and falls, literally, inside Enchantments, a quaint little antique store. She continues to be down on her luck. Her little fall cost her her crappy job, but then it all turns around just in the nick of time, or so she thinks. The owner of Enchantments, Felicity, offers Maggie a job, but Maggie isn’t there long before she finds out Felicity is a witch and the cops a ...more
Aug 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
This was more of a paranormal mystery, but I didn't feel like adding another shelf, so I just put it in PNR.

I've been meaning to read this book for awhile now, and when one of my groups here on GR voted it in as the April book I was glad I finally had the extra push to get me to read it. I thought it was really interesting. It had an interesting take on the world of magic and witches. Instead of spells and hexes and all of that, the basis of the world was all about energy signatures and spirits.
Jan 28, 2013 rated it did not like it
First of all, I really hate when authors spend an entire book ramming their location down your throat. Okay. We get it. You're from Indiana. I don't need you to say "Hoosier" this and "Hoosier" that every other sentence. I don't need a lesson on how someone is a typical Hoosier because they're wearing flannel. I also don't care that something is off of CR 500. The only people are who going to appreciate that are other people from Indiana; the rest of us are irritated. Stick to the story and stop ...more
Carissa Anne
Jul 11, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: paranormal, chick-lit
This was not a good book. I started it a few months ago, borrowing it from my cousin, and finished it yesterday simply because I had nothing else to read. While the story line had the potential to be great, the author decided to write as if her audience was stupid and couldn't piece things together any better than a preschooler. Every minuscule plot twist was explained to a painful extent, leaving no intrigue. Aside from this, the characters weren't believable at all, from the sudden mood swings ...more
Dawn (Kat N Hat)
Not at all what I had hoped for. Maggie was sort of a twit. She kept making comments about dumb girls in horror movies and so she didn't do the obvious mistakes only to make smaller mistakes. There was a lot of random babble in the story that really just drug the book out for me. I mean can you just say we chatted during commercials while watching tv. Do we have to hear about every little thing magnum did during the show in the middle of the conversation.

I was very let down by this book and sor
Jan 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, witches, 2016
A charming beginning to this cozy mystery series. Maggie O'Neill is stuck in rut when she literally falls into the life of Felicity Dow, owner and operator of the store Enchantments.

When Liss is accused of murdering her sister, Maggie uses both her Hoosier resourcefulness and her newfound insight to help bring the real murderer to justice.

This is probably my least favorite book in the series, but I enjoyed it enough to want to keep going with the series.
Ruth Ellen
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
discovering your superpowers can be scary. Not listening to them deadly. Read and discover the truth.
Sections seem to be attempts to gain followers rather than readers. LIke the references to Magnum PI! Dialogue not always crisp. Still, interesting characters & setting; humorous...I will try #2.
Oct 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Hungry for more chick lit mysteries with a bit of a supernatural edge, I had someone recommend Madelyn Alt to me. I immediately picked up this volume and found myself suprised and dissapointed at the same time.

The Trouble With Witches follows Maggie as she starts off with having a really bad day. First she's locked out of her car Christine, then she get fired for being late. Inbetween the two events, however, she meets the charismatic and intriguing Liss. Liss owns a local store that sells anyt
Nov 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Opening Sentence: ‘…I don’t know what made me abandon my usual path to work on that particular October Tuesday…’

The first in a new series (Bewitching Mysteries), THE TROUBLE WITH MAGIC is a cosy paranormal mystery. A nice easy read. Maggie O’Neill is in a job she hates so when circumstances leads her to the antique shop ‘Enchantments’ – followed by a job offer from the lovely owner, Felicity, Maggie jumps at the opportunity. She is a little taken aback when Felicity announces that she is a Witch
Sep 08, 2009 rated it it was ok
I picked up this book because it's a mystery (and I seem to be in a bit of a mystery phase), it contained a bit of magic and it took place in Indiana. Sadly, I was very disappointed. Usually I read one book at a time because I get so involved, but I read two entire books while I was working through this one.

Anyway, in this book Maggie falls into a new job (literally) at a charming antique store called Enchantments. It is run by Felicity, a sophisticated English woman who tells Maggie she is a w
I'm not a fan of this genre. I don't care for many of the cozy mystery where a girl works in an antique or book store. She usually works for an older lady who either goes missing or is accused of something. A "hot" but judgey copy/handy-man accuses heroine of being a thief, extortionist, murderer, child kidnapper and puppy kicker. They flirt but then he insults her again and repeat insults. She discovers she has magical powers then murder is solved in the last five pages. The boss goes home and ...more
Sep 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Penni by: Kirs Hall
Shelves: e-book-owned
The way she describes Maggie's world is amazing! It's not your overblown surreal fantasy "witchy" world or your preconceived notion of what a fiction book should be like. She portrays her in an everyday lifestyle that not many books these days have. Most authors tend to make everything "Super-sized" to entice readers. I enjoyed sitting back with a good book that you can actually think "Hey, this could happen to anyone I know" Instead of "Oh only in people's wildest dreams would anything like thi ...more
This was much more of a mystery that happened to have some magic elements than it was a fantasy book. The truth is, it just wasn't what I was in the mood for, so I can't really say how good or bad it was. It seems like a good book and the beginning of a fun series. I will try it again in the future. ...more
Westminster Library
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: debbra
Maggie O'Neil has a fortuitous meeting with the owner of an antique shop,
Felicity, which leads to a timely job offer. While investigating Felicity's
sisters' murder, Maggie is introduced to a witches coven. Maggie is a
skeptic; she had no idea that her empathy was a magical talent. The
interesting plot and characters makes this an exciting read.

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Amy lifewiththe_williams
I didn’t feel this was as strong a start as I was wanting it to be. I will still read book 2, in hopes that it will get better tho
Art (aka Whistler Reads)
In this series, life goes on within well defined environs with believable relationships between fully developed characters. Mysteries are solved as the main character struggles with her discovery and gradual acceptance of magik and the paranormal.
As often happens, I picked this to review for a bingo challenge, and got carried away. As I post this, I am beginning #4 in the series, so, obviously, I highly recommend it.

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Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars! I always love a good mystery, and with the little witchy additions, this was a nice, light read.

Maggie O'Neal is stuck in a rut. She hates her collections job (mostly because of the tyrant she works for, affectionately known as "The Toad"), she has an old, cantankerous car, and her love life is non-existent. While wasting a bit of extra time before work, she literally falls into a small shop called Enchantments. The owner, the eccentric Felicity Dow, is very nice, if a little
May 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Summary from Goodreads:

"Antiques-shop clerk Maggie O'Neill was a little weirded out when she discovered her new boss Felicity was a witch. But when Felicity becomes the suspect in a local murder, Maggie must enlist Felicity's wiccan friends for help--and discover her own spellbinding talent."

My Thoughts:

The Trouble With Magic is the beginning to a cozy mystery series that I had wanted to begin for some time. I'm so glad that I finally found the time to read it because it was quite an enjoyable r
The Flooze
Some interesting elements...and some very irritating ones.

The mystery itself includes varied suspects and motives--enough to keep you guessing--but the suddenly so obvious reveal should've been guessed by Maggie. Still, I can't fault this aspect of the story too much since the who dunnit puzzled me for most of the book.

Of the characters, Felicity is the most charming. I enjoyed the descriptions of the townspeople, as well as Maggie's family and friends. Grandpa is a hoot. The N.I.G.H.T.S. are a
May 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
'THE TROUBLE WITH MAGIC' is the very promising debut in the series featuring the Magnum PI loving heroin Maggie O'Connell and a cast full of "enchanting" characters.

After losing her job Maggie literally stumbles upon a great opportunity working at Enchantment's, an antique store that specializes in unique treasures. The stores owner, Felicity Dow, is everything Maggie aspires to be, worldly, sophisticated, wise...and, oh did I mention she is also a witch? Growing up as a "good catholic girl" Mag
Mailis Viiand
Mar 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 reaso ...more
Jul 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
For someone who's often said she doesn't care for mysteries/crime books, I've read quite a few recently. It helps when the protagonist is witchy or there's some kind of magical aspect (or there's a series with a woman protagonist that I'll be getting back too also, having read the 1st book). And if there's a bit of humor mixed in, terrific.

Alt writes a good story that keeps the reader involved. Main character Maggie lives a pretty empty, depressing life- then walks into an odd little book store
Barbara ★
TERRIFIC! Maggie O'Neill, a fiesty woman with latent magic abilities finds herself unexpectedly employee by Felicity, a witch who owns a magic shop. The same day, Felicity is arrested for the murder of her estranged sister. The evidence is plenty but circumstantial. It is obvious that she is being framed but the police are convinced she did it. Maggie, however, is damn sure she didn't. Maggie doesn't feel that the police are investigating properly and starts an investigation herself. And, of cou ...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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