Berkley Prime Crime, 2006
I am not sure how long The Trouble with Magic has been sitting in my TBR collection. A long time, I'd guess. That seems to be the fate of many of my TBR books. Sitting and waiting. Books are very patient, did you know? At least mine have been.
I can't remember how I first came to discover this gem of a book or where I bought it. All I know is that I am glad I did. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Maggie O'Neill. She's much older in my mind than she is in the book--probably because I put her at my age, a bad habit of mine. She's smart (are heroines these days ever not smart?), skeptical and a do it yourself-er. I liked her right away. I'll forgive her for her love for all things Magnum, although I have to admit, it fit with Maggie's character, and I think it was great how the author continued that tiny thread throughout the book.
As you can guess from the title, this cozy mystery has a bit of magic in it. After losing her office job, Maggie takes a job working at an eccentric antique store in town. Maggie takes to the owner immediately, a nice woman named Felicity Dow. Felicity just happens to be a witch. Maggie puts on her amateur sleuth hat when Felicity becomes the main suspect in Felicity's sister's murder. In the course of her investigation, Maggie begrudgingly acknowledges that she may have a little something magical in her veins too that opens her up to the spirit world. She's plenty skeptical though and doesn't come to accept it easily--something I really appreciated as a reader.
There's a teeny weeny hint of romance, some action and humor mixed into The Trouble with Magic. The reader is likely to figure out the whodunit before Maggie does but that doesn't detract from the novel. The Trouble with Magic is a great start to a series I'm looking forward to continuing in the future.
You can learn more about Madelyn Alt and her books on the author's website.
Source: From my own personal collection, bought and paid for by myself.
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