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The Trouble with Magic (A Bewitching Mystery, Band 1) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 3. Januar 2006

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Starting a new job at Enchantments antique shop, Maggie O'Neill is unexpectedly immersed in mystery when her boss, a self-proclaimed witch, is arrested for murdering her estranged sister, a crime in which it is up to Maggie to prove her innocence, with a little help from beyond. Original.

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Madelyn Alt lives in South Whitley, IN.

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Maggie O'Neill is a pretty average woman in her mid to late twenties; no boyfriend, awful office job, nerve-wrecking mother and uber-perfect sister; little money; stuck in a US-smalltown in the Midwest - which means the people are ultraconservative and pretty intolerant. So imagine her surprise when she finds a new job in a giftshop and her new boss Felicity tells her that she's a witch! Said fact quickly brings Felicity into a lot of trouble when her sister is murdered, she gets framed for it and the police is only too willing to believe she's the murderer because after all, someone like her can't be a good person! Maggie feels she has to help her new boss and friend. So while she's trying to find the real killer, she also finds out that what her family always condemned as too much imagination are actually paranormal abilities she has possessed all her life but could never develop. Not that Tom Fielding, the policeman who would like to date her is too happy when she gets so close to the paranormal and the people involved with it. But then there's also Marcus, the gorgeous member of Felicity's coven...
This book is a mixture between different genres with its paranormal elements and the (quite good) crime story. The title and the references to witches might lead the reader to expect something with more supernatural occurrences and magic, but the book is more into modern witches who practise their craft as a peaceful religion and way of life. There are paranormal elements with ghosts, empathy, protection spells etc., but they don't dominate the story. I think those misled expectations are a reason why some people gave this book bad reviews.
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Erste Bände haben ja immer so ihre Schwächen, das ist hier nicht anders: Die Geschichte hat einige Längen, die erwartete magische Seite ist nicht genau genug ausgestaltet, nimmt aber dafür dann wiederum weite Strecken des Buches ein. Dazu kommt tatsächlich (schon wieder???) eine mögliche Dreiecksbeziehung der Heldin (ohne die ich wirklich langsam auskommen könnte) und (auch schon wieder???) eine bestimmende Mutter. Wenn eine Autorin die beiden letzten Zutaten weglassen könnte, wäre das mal eine echte Neuheit.
Von diesen Kritikpunkten mal abgesehen ist das Buch aber nett zu lesen, die Atmosphäre ist ansprechend und der größte Teil des Buches auch wirklich spannend. Sooo früh hat die Heldin übrigens alle Hinweise nun auch wieder nicht. Ich würde sie nicht unbedingt dumm nennen, ihr Problem ist eher, dass sie durch den Kontakt mit dem Paranormalen doch etwas sehr aus der Bahn geworfen wird und nicht mehr so ganz klar im Kopf ist. Insgesamt ist das Buch durchaus für einen gemütlichen Lesetag geeignet und ich kann mir auch vorstellen, weitere Bände zu lesen. Wie gesagt - der erste Band ist oft nicht ganz so gut. Manchmal frage ich mich, ob man nicht mit einem der späteren anfangen sollte ...
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Von Fuchs Joan am 11. Dezember 2006
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Ich kann mich meiner Vorrezensentin nur anschliessen, ich hatte mir mehr erhofft. Die Geschichte ist stockend, die Heldin wirkt eher dumm, denn sie hat alle Infos schon ziemlich bald, und pocht doch so auf ihre empathischen Fähigkeiten. Die Magie ist so allgemein gehalten, nicht Fisch, nicht Vogel, als ob sich die Autorin nicht festlegen könnte. Die obligate 3-er Geschichte ist einfach nicht originell, zu sehr ein Versuch, sich der Chick Lit anzuschliessen. Dann der offensichtliche "Cliffhanger" am Schluss, der eigentlich mit der Geschichte wenig zu tun hat. Das Ganze wirkt bemüht und dadurch bemühend. Es war ok, aber keinesfalls überwältigend. Ob ich mir den 2. Band noch antue, nun, nur wenn ich wirklich nichts Besseres zu tun habe.
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This book was ok but not as good as I hoped. I expected lots of magic but it was mostly talk about magic. I liked the characters and the storyline wasn't too bad at all.
It says on the book that this is the first in a new series. I think I will need to read the second when it comes out to see what happens next.
All in all worth reading if you like mystery's but if you are looking for lots of magic you maybe dissapointed.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen No new series for me (sigh) 1. März 2011
Von Elle - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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All the elements of an urban fantasy were there, but for me it just didn't click. There were too many problems. First, all the 80's references? The lead character, Maggie, is supposed to be late twenties but she watches Magnum PI reruns with her best friend (even though, she admits, most people in "her generation" only know him as Monica's love interest from friends). Later a graduation year of 1988 is mentioned somewhere in the book. That would make her way too old be late twenties, even if it were the date for one of the other characters supposedly around her age. Another character mentions Jessica Fletcher. If I didn't have an aunt that used to love Murder She Wrote, I wouldn't have understood that reference at all. And yes, that charcter was older, but my point is the same. The references are too old for a book set in '06. Yet another thing, Maggie can't afford a cell phone but she has a home phone? Huh? Money spent on a land line that could go toward a cell? Even in 2006 when this was published? Seriously? I think what probably happened was the author wrote the book back in the late-80's to mid-90's and it just didn't get published until '06. That's fine. But why not just set the dating for back then? Make it an 80's era book. That would have kind of rocked. As it is though, it makes the main character seem nerdy and out-of-touch.
Another major problem I had was Maggie's ambivalence toward EVERYTHING--from her beliefs, to her family, to her attractions, to well, you get the point. She doesn't have a strong enough personality or mind for a lead character.
The mystery was easily solved. I would have liked to scream at Maggie several times in the book for missing such obvious key points and then for putting herself in danger (but seeming to think she's clever). As for the romance, while her two potential love-interests had high and low points, Maggie herself was so scattered and ditzy that I couldn't see how anyone would persist to engage her. Of course, neither guy seemed like the sharpest tool in the shed either.
Not the series for me, obviously. I'm glad others got enjoyment out of it. I tried to like the main character, I really did, but just couldn't. I did like the bookstore setting and the idea of an elder witch mentor (although this one seemed a little creepy--and in an old lady creepy way, not an ethereal, cool-creepy way).
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Really wanted to like it....but..... 14. März 2014
Von Tammy Marshall - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I've been looking for a new paranormal mystery series, and I read good reviews for this one, so I had high hopes. Unfortunately, I just couldn't get into it. I liked the characters well enough, but it was such a slow story. Maggie's paranormal powers were so vague--- she sometimes hears and feels things, but maybe she just imagining it. She has a way of "knowing things" about people, but she doesn't realize who the killer is until it is almost too late. The story didn't really get going until the last quarter of the book, but even that didn't seem realistic. Not as much fun or interesting as other paranormal mysteries like Victoria Laurie's "Psychic Eye" or many others. I won't be reading any more in this series.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Going on 12 23. März 2014
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I like these small-town cozies, and I like this one. But I can't relate to these grown women who seem incapable of setting boundaries or demanding to be treated like adults. It seems as if every protagonist in this genre finds it impossible to just say no to her obnoxious, bullying mommy.

For me, at least, it prevents fully identifying with the heroine, because by the time I was pushing 30, I would have had no problem telling my mother that I wasn't ready to bring a man to dinner to meet my family before we had even had our first date.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Where was the magic? 17. März 2013
Von Christopher Haggenjos - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Now that the Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood book series will be ending soon, I thought I would give this series a shot. Some of the reviews that I read about it claimed the characters were lame and predictable. I found the main character interesting, but in this first book all she could do is "sense the spirit world." Some of the other characters in the book are wiccan, but there really wasn't any "magic" in the story. I was hoping for something a little more like "Charmed" but got a lighter version of "The Sixth Sense." Maybe the other books in this series are a bit more Magical, but I'm not sure if I am willing to find out.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Charming Mystery 4. April 2008
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Maggie O'Neill is unhappy with her job and when she practically falls into an offer to work at an antique store called Enchantments she eagerly agrees. She quickly becomes friends with storeowner Felicity Dow and is intrigued when she finds out that Felicity calls herself a witch. Maggie is just starting to learn the ropes at Enchantments when Felicity's estranged sister Isabella is murdered and the police consider Felicity to be their number one suspect. Maggie doesn't believe Felicity is the killer and sets out to convince the police. But by doing so, she not only risks the wrath of hunky Deputy Tom Fielding, but she's putting herself in danger from a crazed killer.

"The Trouble with Magic" is the very good first book in what looks like a charming series. I love the antique store setting and the magic elements in the book. Author Madelyn Alt does a good job of depicting life in a small town and the many secrets people living there have. Maggie is a good heroine - bored with her job and her life and looking for a change. She's a loyal friend, although I have to admit I wondered why she was so willing to help Felicity when she barely knew her. Felicity too is a great character - although perhaps a little too trusting. Of the other characters Tom Fielding and the mysterious Marcus Quinn stand out. It will be interesting to see how Maggie's relationship with the two of them develops in future books. The magical elements are well done and quite believable. The mystery itself is well plotted, with plenty of suspects, although readers may figure out who the killer is a bit earlier than they would like.

A Charmed Death (Bewitching Mystery, Book 2) is the second book in this bewitching series. Enjoy.
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