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Maggie O’Neill reluctantly volunteers to care for her bedridden, oh-so-perfect sister, Mel, but strange spirits threaten to divert her attention. Then a friend of Mel’s loses her husband to a dreadful fall, and the police call it an accidental death. Maggie’s not so sure, and sets her second sights on finding a first-degree murderer.


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Maggie O’Neill reluctantly volunteers to care for her bedridden, oh-so-perfect sister, Mel, but strange spirits threaten to divert her attention. Then a friend of Mel’s loses her husband to a dreadful fall, and the police call it an accidental death. Maggie’s not so sure, and sets her second sights on finding a first-degree murderer.

30 review for No Rest for the Wiccan

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    The 4th Book in the Bewitching Mystery Series. Maggie gets a cat in this one - and she named it Minx (& later Minnie Minx) which freaked me out because our 20 year old cat that we put to sleep this past fall was named Minx. It was weird reading about cute little kitten Minx in the book. So my cat is heavy on my mind right now. I enjoyed this book quite a bit and having eaten the first four books in about a week - I have to say I am a fan and will keep reading the books. I think the romance The 4th Book in the Bewitching Mystery Series. Maggie gets a cat in this one - and she named it Minx (& later Minnie Minx) which freaked me out because our 20 year old cat that we put to sleep this past fall was named Minx. It was weird reading about cute little kitten Minx in the book. So my cat is heavy on my mind right now. I enjoyed this book quite a bit and having eaten the first four books in about a week - I have to say I am a fan and will keep reading the books. I think the romance aspect was handled a little poorly though - mostly just the part on the last 2 pages. (Trying not to spoil anything here.) I will keep reading this series.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    Oh Sugar!!! (I want to say something stronger, but won’t here). Maggie is still futzing around with the cop that I think is so wrong for her. She has this misplaced and misguided sense of loyalty and fairness to seeing the relationship through, even though it’s not going anywhere. Both parties (Maggie and the cop, Tom), both recognize that they are not making time to see if this relationship can go anywhere. They are both caught up in their jobs, and in this book, Maggie also has family Oh Sugar!!! (I want to say something stronger, but won’t here). Maggie is still futzing around with the cop that I think is so wrong for her. She has this misplaced and misguided sense of loyalty and fairness to seeing the relationship through, even though it’s not going anywhere. Both parties (Maggie and the cop, Tom), both recognize that they are not making time to see if this relationship can go anywhere. They are both caught up in their jobs, and in this book, Maggie also has family commitments (helping her pregnant sister who is confined to bed rest) that allows little time to devote to the relationship. What does this tell you; that doesn’t seem to be getting through to them yet? Marcus, the delicious, nonconventional male witch alternative seems to be very patience with Maggie. He is there to help her, when needed, but is not pressuring her (at least not much – leaving her hints I guess). She is obviously very attracted to him, as he is to her. Why can’t she see that he is a better fit – especially since he can accept and help her grow into her newly learned powers as an empathe? Oh well. I really am enjoying Maggie’s journey and her growth and development of her powers; even thought her choices in her love life drive me crazy. I do look forward to the next book. (Rated it a little bit lower than the others, about a 3.5, since I'm getting tired of her fixation on the cop.)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    Basic Plot: Maggie tries to help out her sister, who lets the whole town know about Liss's magickal practices, and also deals with a mysterious death at the local feed mill. Alt has again crafted a well-thought out story. Maggie's involvement in the mystery felt natural, and the town's reactions to Liss's outing as a witch felt uncomfortably spot-on. Maggie continues to piss me off by mooning over Tom for no good reason, though I think that will be ending soon. There was a lot going on in this Basic Plot: Maggie tries to help out her sister, who lets the whole town know about Liss's magickal practices, and also deals with a mysterious death at the local feed mill. Alt has again crafted a well-thought out story. Maggie's involvement in the mystery felt natural, and the town's reactions to Liss's outing as a witch felt uncomfortably spot-on. Maggie continues to piss me off by mooning over Tom for no good reason, though I think that will be ending soon. There was a lot going on in this book plotwise, and it felt like it took an awfully long time to really get going, so I got a bit bored with it at times. When it picked up, though, there was some actual danger, and that was new and different. There's no real re-read value to this book, hence the 3-star rating. The book is literary popcorn. Good while you're eating it, but you're still kinda hungry when it's gone. I'll keep reading because I liked the book, but this was not grand literature by any stretch.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Julie (jjmachshev)

    Madelyn Alt's witchy mystery series is well worth the read. Her latest "No Rest for the Wiccan" catches readers up on the heroine Maggie's life and loves. Between being 'outed' by her sister after taking care of a slight 'entity' problem for her, being lambasted by both her mother and the local fire-and-brimstone preacher, getting tangled up in the latest murder in her small town, adopting a new kitten, and juggling the two men in her life...well Maggie's really hoping that surely things will Madelyn Alt's witchy mystery series is well worth the read. Her latest "No Rest for the Wiccan" catches readers up on the heroine Maggie's life and loves. Between being 'outed' by her sister after taking care of a slight 'entity' problem for her, being lambasted by both her mother and the local fire-and-brimstone preacher, getting tangled up in the latest murder in her small town, adopting a new kitten, and juggling the two men in her life...well Maggie's really hoping that surely things will have to slow down some. I like Maggie and I'm personally rooting for luscious Marcus (big, bold, long-haired biker wiccan) to win the competition for Maggie's attention. So far there's no sex, but really well plotted mysteries are why I read Alt's books!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lori Whitwam

    I got a bit confused because the story worked in two separate plots; Maggie's snotty sister and the problems at the feed mill. The feed mill seemed to be the important one, but we spent a lot of time with the sister's "spirit" problem... still, I've enjoyed this series and will keep reading it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Alexandria

    The more I read of this series, the harder it is to review. For the most part, it's a very entertaining cozy mystery: the characters are easy to relate to, Alt follows the general formula for cozy mysteries while working in an exploration of basic neo-Wicca, and the side plots are engaging enough to hold the reader's attention in their own right. But there are also some problems: I really don't like love triangles and as a result I'm getting very tired of Maggie's. More time was spent on side The more I read of this series, the harder it is to review. For the most part, it's a very entertaining cozy mystery: the characters are easy to relate to, Alt follows the general formula for cozy mysteries while working in an exploration of basic neo-Wicca, and the side plots are engaging enough to hold the reader's attention in their own right. But there are also some problems: I really don't like love triangles and as a result I'm getting very tired of Maggie's. More time was spent on side plots than the main plot in this book and the resolution was very easy to see coming. And I am vehemently opposed to the way Maggie's family talks down to her, uses guilt and shame to force her to their will, and generally mistreats her...yet she repeatedly says "well, that's family" and their behavior is excused. I understand that a lot of people feel that way, but nobody is allowed to mistreat people in my family, family included. So I grate my teeth every time Alt pulls out the "you forgive family everything they do" excuse. So all in all... it's a decent book with its flaws that may or may not be resolved in the coming books. I'm definitely sticking with the series and recommend it to people who like cozy mysteries.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Bedrooped Bookworms

    Again, I really enjoyed this book. I’m not sure what draws me in with the magical stories other than it’s fascinating to watch others battle with dark and light in their life, however that manifests itself. I also see that while the beliefs may be different, what most belief systems really come down to is that battle between lightness and darkness and striving for the light to prevail. Another plot point I really enjoy in this series is that Maggie’s family lives in town, and Maggie struggles to Again, I really enjoyed this book. I’m not sure what draws me in with the magical stories other than it’s fascinating to watch others battle with dark and light in their life, however that manifests itself. I also see that while the beliefs may be different, what most belief systems really come down to is that battle between lightness and darkness and striving for the light to prevail. Another plot point I really enjoy in this series is that Maggie’s family lives in town, and Maggie struggles to find her own path as a young adult with her parents still nearby and her mom wanting to her to to follow in her footsteps and is greatly disappointed with these choices. Overall, I’d give this book a 8 out of 10 for enjoyment and 4.5 out of 5 for readability. The book was really entertaining and again what I enjoy in a cozy mystery. A good mix of mystery with more to the storyline than just the mystery and a great escape from my 8-5 lifestyle watching Maggie pursue her passions. The book definitely kept me well interested which led to the ease of readability score. Off to read the next! -Holly For more of this review, visit: https://bedroopedbookworms.wordpress....

  8. 4 out of 5

    Chris Meads

    It's summer in Stony Mill, and there hasn't been any rain. Everyone is hot and the spirits are restless. Maggie is trying to work things out with Tom, but still has thoughts of Marcus (that kiss really got to her). But when her sister starts having problems with a nasty spirit, Maggie calls on Felicity and Marcus to help. Felicity goes with Maggie for a visit at Mel's (Maggie's sister) and on their way home, they take a short cut near the grain silos. An incident has happened there--a stuffed It's summer in Stony Mill, and there hasn't been any rain. Everyone is hot and the spirits are restless. Maggie is trying to work things out with Tom, but still has thoughts of Marcus (that kiss really got to her). But when her sister starts having problems with a nasty spirit, Maggie calls on Felicity and Marcus to help. Felicity goes with Maggie for a visit at Mel's (Maggie's sister) and on their way home, they take a short cut near the grain silos. An incident has happened there--a stuffed dummy has been found hanging from the highest silo. Finally when the girls can leave, Maggie finds a little kitten who claims Maggie for her own. Then later, they find out that the owner of the grain silos has been killed. It appears he fell from the highest silo. They are not sure whether it is a accident or murder. In the meantime, Felicity and Marcus get rid of the nasty spirit at Mel's and Mel spills the beans that they are witches. What happened to the fellow that was killed? Was it an accident? Who could have done such a deed and how was it pulled off? And will Maggie and Tom become an item? (I think she'd be better off with Marcus). Another great read about Maggie

  9. 5 out of 5

    Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)

    Oooh Maggie is in the thick of it again! Her sister is pregnant with her third child and has been put on bed rest, Mel and Maggie's mother is being run ragged and so Maggie starts to help out in the evenings after work. She discovers that although her sister's house is fairly new there are a couple of resident spirits, one really friendly to the two young daughters (and called Coco) and the other anything but! Now Maggie and some of the N.I.G.H.T.S (namely her boss Liss and her "I don't fancy Oooh Maggie is in the thick of it again! Her sister is pregnant with her third child and has been put on bed rest, Mel and Maggie's mother is being run ragged and so Maggie starts to help out in the evenings after work. She discovers that although her sister's house is fairly new there are a couple of resident spirits, one really friendly to the two young daughters (and called Coco) and the other anything but! Now Maggie and some of the N.I.G.H.T.S (namely her boss Liss and her "I don't fancy him really ... no I don't" friend Marcus) need to get rid of it. This means outing themselves to Mel though - who is in the midst of gossip central! One of Mel's friends though has her own problems which culminate in the death of her husband, the problem is most people think this is an accident, Maggie, Liss and surprisingly Tom (the police officer and maybe Maggie's boyfriend) don't agree - so now they want to find out the truth (oh and just for fun Maggie now has a kitten familiar!)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Reynolds

    this is probably my least favorite of the books so far in terms of storyline. I felt as though the "mystery" aspect was a second thought, and wasn't entirely well developed throughout the entire book--everything comes together and happens all at the end of the book. ALTHOUGH, Maggie gets her little kitten Minnie in this book, and I'm already in love.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Chels

    The book was fine. It did all that it was supposed to do for a cozy mystery and it was a vaguely fun read. I probably won't remember it in two months time though. Nothing about it stuck with me. It was merely just fine.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ewa

    I thought it would be nearly as good as the first one - the ghosts motive was really nice and although there was too much magic, it was going OK. However near the end it was over - main character's comments about pigs made me hate her and this book. not what I expected from a wiccan...

  13. 4 out of 5

    Levia

    I do love the books. The waffling on the guys Eh not so much. I do like gossip, but it has its place and some things just shouldn't be said especially without permission. I really hope there's more Marcus to come.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Aki

    review to come. I need to think about this one

  15. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    Cute

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lynnette E Long

    Spell Binding Read I thoroughly enjoy this series of books. It holds your attention and leaves you wanting more of the story after each book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Al

    Very delightful light romance. A bit of a mystery, a kitten, two men and a Wiccan who saves the day and solves the mystery. Good read. Will follow the series.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Shelby

    I have a new favorite character in this series. Mini Minx, kitten extraordinaire!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Alane

    I had hoped for some more clever, Wiccan details since I knew quite a few practitioners when young. This fell short on the characters but was still a fun and different read.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Faith

    Ugh why. Only a few more to go.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Winkler

    I thoroughly enjoy the Bewitching Mystery series, but I found Maggie very frustrating in this book! I was so hoping that Maggie and Marcus, who is one sexy, motorcycle-riding man of mystery – and such a sweetie! – would finally get together in this book, but there is nothing happening! Marcus laid a scorching kiss on Maggie in Hex Marks the Spot (book #3), but Maggie feels terrible that she is dating Tom and lusting after Marcus. The only good news is that Maggie now realizes that Liss, her boss I thoroughly enjoy the Bewitching Mystery series, but I found Maggie very frustrating in this book! I was so hoping that Maggie and Marcus, who is one sexy, motorcycle-riding man of mystery – and such a sweetie! – would finally get together in this book, but there is nothing happening! Marcus laid a scorching kiss on Maggie in Hex Marks the Spot (book #3), but Maggie feels terrible that she is dating Tom and lusting after Marcus. The only good news is that Maggie now realizes that Liss, her boss and mentor, and Marcus are just friends and are not involved in a relationship so that clears the path a bit. I understand Maggie’s loyalty to Tom, but it hardly feels like they are dating at all, let alone in an exclusive relationship. It appears that Maggie has persuaded herself that Marcus is completely out of her league while Tom is attainable. For pure appearance alone, I totally get it, but I would absolutely give Marcus a chance before settling for Tom! My other frustration with Maggie is her inability to stand up for herself in this book. She has a tendency to simply give in when her mother asks for something rather than even trying to stand up for herself. Maggie is almost 30-years-old and I would love to see her cut the apron strings! I am 100% supportive of Maggie helping Mel while she is on bedrest, but there are some other aspects of Maggie’s life that she should be able to control rather than live in fear of her mother. Kudos to Maggie for standing up for herself enough to keep her job at Enchantments, but that is about all she did in this book. After Maggie persuades Liss and Marcus to help her banish the dark spirit in Mel’s home, Mel immediately spreads the gossip about it all over town, effectively outing Liss and everyone around her as witches. While people can be thoughtless and uncaring, it really bothers me when others simply accept it and don’t even try to change it. Maggie had every right to call Mel out on her behavior and to let her know how it made her feel, but Maggie chose to say nothing about it. Maggie even blamed herself as she knows what a terrible gossip Mel is. What?! Don’t be such a doormat girl – give that spoiled little sister of yours a piece of your mind and let her know that no more favors will be forthcoming until there is some reestablished trust! I was way more interested in Maggie’s love life – or lack thereof – than in the mystery, but the mystery did manage to catch my attention about halfway through the book. A prominent local businessman was found at the base of his company’s tallest tower. Obviously, he was dead. But was it an accident, a suicide, or was foul play involved? Clearly, it had to be a murder because we are in Stony Mills, Indiana, and the dark is rising, right? I had my eye on a suspicious character from the get-go and was gratified to see that I was correct, even though there were very few clues or evidence to back up my supposition. I was happy to see that Maggie is getting a bit more comfortable using her powers and is even becoming a willing participant in the local witch group rather than avoiding all interaction. I hope to see Maggie continue to grow and develop over the series into a more confident, capable witch who can get the kind of results that Marcus and Liss can. Though I don’t believe in witchcraft, I totally believe in the power of calming and centering yourself, as well as projecting happiness and light out from within yourself to change your surroundings. We have tremendous powers in our minds and, if we can tap into it, we can change our own realities. Liss is a calm, capable, confident woman who makes her life what she wants it to be rather than accepts it for what it is. I love that about her and wish that I was more like Liss! I love that Madelyn Alt captures the feeling of small town America. Granted, most small towns do not have so many violent deaths in such a short time frame, but the rest of the setting rings true. Local farmers are worried about their crops and the steamy heat is making it difficult for anyone to focus on anything other than whether their air conditioning is working. Families are tight-knit and involved in each others’ lives, sometimes too involved! Religion and social status are very important. It was fun to read about Mel’s subdivision and to realize that it matched the description of many local suburbs in my own city! While I think that the Enchantments store and its witchy owner add a bit of magic and zest to life in Stony Mills, I am sure that most residents will disagree and that we will see some conflicts coming up in the future. I will surely be reading all of Maggie’s future adventures and cannot wait to see what is going to happen next!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Ostruszka

    I love this story train!

  23. 5 out of 5

    IslandRiverScribe

    As in each of the previous books in the series, the murder takes second place, maybe even third place, in the focus of the story lines. In effect, it gets solved as a result of Maggie O’Neill doing what she needs to do, or feels she needs to do, to get through a typical day in her life. The over-riding theme of this tale seems to be that of personal independence, taking and maintaining control of one’s own life in the face of family and societal objections. She lets Tom Fielding constantly push As in each of the previous books in the series, the murder takes second place, maybe even third place, in the focus of the story lines. In effect, it gets solved as a result of Maggie O’Neill doing what she needs to do, or feels she needs to do, to get through a typical day in her life. The over-riding theme of this tale seems to be that of personal independence, taking and maintaining control of one’s own life in the face of family and societal objections. She lets Tom Fielding constantly push her aside using his work as a police special investigator as an excuse. She lets herself get railroaded by her mother into helping her pregnant, toxemic and bedridden younger sister every, and I do mean every, evening after work. She lets her sister insult her to her face privately and in front of the sister’s friends as well as order her around as if she were an indentured servant rather than a sister. Frankly, I got aggravated with the author for this tactic; this is the fourth book of waiting and wondering just when Maggie was going to grow a backbone as far as her sister, her mother and Tom were concerned. This situation with the family has been going on for 25 years and with Tom for 9 months. Then I remembered just how long it took me to grow a backbone of my own, and I calmed off. It took a third murder in less than a year, another kiss interrupted by a police scanner, a stupid stunt by her sister, a rejection of her very essence by her mother – and a kitten – for that backbone to appear. And when it did, all the passive-aggressive tactics went in the trash. The author did not have Maggie go from wimp to superwoman in the blink of an eye, but she did have Maggie stop sidestepping the issues and begin confronting them more directly. And the extent of the fallout will probably not be fully realized until the next novel in the series. Again, Maggie’s empathic abilities help to solve the murder. And again, she nearly dies. And yet again, the author makes no excuses about the coincidental circumstances of her rescue. There is no use of the deus ex machina device here, however. The author simply has her characters use their individual skills, intelligence and available tools to avoid impending death as much as possible, for as long as possible. Then she throws in some good timing and a little bit of fate to finish the job – nothing heroic or otherworldly, just realistic possibility. Good writing, smooth transitions between scenes, realistic situations realistically written – this is a novel where you get to concentrate on the characters instead of on the author’s peccadilloes

  24. 4 out of 5

    Chibineko

    I've enjoyed all of Madelyn Alt's books so far, but I have to admit that I've gotten a teensy bit annoyed with the way that her main character Maggie behaves around her family and men. This book somewhat solves the first part, but stays somewhat ambivalent on the second. The story in this book is actually quite short and the murder mystery is more of a background story (even though it's supposed to be a main plot arc). The book first concerns itself with Maggie's older sister Mel, who is I've enjoyed all of Madelyn Alt's books so far, but I have to admit that I've gotten a teensy bit annoyed with the way that her main character Maggie behaves around her family and men. This book somewhat solves the first part, but stays somewhat ambivalent on the second. The story in this book is actually quite short and the murder mystery is more of a background story (even though it's supposed to be a main plot arc). The book first concerns itself with Maggie's older sister Mel, who is currently pregnant and bedridden. Maggie finds herself volunteered into helping, only to discover that there's some friendly (and not so friendly) ghosts in her sister's house. Maggie enlists her boss's help to purify the house only to have her sister's friends blab Liss's witchy secret all over town. The story then shifts over to the murder mystery that'd been brewing in the background. The murder du'jour is the owner of the local pig farm, the wife of whom is a friend of Mel's. To be honest, I really thought that the book could have easily been supported by either the house posession or the murder mystery. They're really more of a plot device to the real meat of the book (spoiler)- the outing of Liss & her paranormal group. That's not to say that they weren't a pleasure to read, but neither story was really that well fleshed out & felt rushed as a result. The other big thing that irks me is the lack of a resolution to the would-be romatic triangle in the book. On one hand you have the lackluster relationship between Tom and Maggie, then on the other hand you have a chemistry laden combination between Maggie and Marcus. At times it's obvious that the only reason Tom is still in the equation is when Ms Alt needs to have a reason for Maggie to talk to the police & get info. (It's obvious because those *ARE* the only times that Maggie ever talks to him!) I really think that Ms Alt needs to resolve the romantic triangle angle so she can focus on the more interesting parts- such as the mystery, magic, and N.I.G.H.T.S. , plot points that still have a lot of space to be explored. The romance angle? Not so much- the whole waffling thing stopped being interesting in the 2nd book & became more of an eye rolling element.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Julie H.

    For those of us who've long wondered why the clever cover art--which is quite attractive but often has little (if any) connection to the story--includes a small black cat, the mystery is finally solved. Yet another stereotypical witch cliche? No, because in freakin' book four of the series, Maggie actually acquires a black cat. Mystery solved! I'd have to say that No Rest for the Wiccan is the best yet in the Bewitched Series as we are finally getting to the Wicca part. The story is interesting, For those of us who've long wondered why the clever cover art--which is quite attractive but often has little (if any) connection to the story--includes a small black cat, the mystery is finally solved. Yet another stereotypical witch cliche? No, because in freakin' book four of the series, Maggie actually acquires a black cat. Mystery solved! I'd have to say that No Rest for the Wiccan is the best yet in the Bewitched Series as we are finally getting to the Wicca part. The story is interesting, but light, and includes spirits that have not moved on. It also nicely juxtaposes light and dark forces, which is kinda cool. Sadly, Maggie's prima donna sister "outs" Liss and Maggie as witches in her never-ending quest to be queen of the Suburban Gossip Sandbox, so there's doubtless mucho trouble ahead for them--esp. as suggested by the visit paid to their shop by the very reverent Rev. Baxter Martin. (Cue the sinister bad guy music.) As a consequence of this same blabbing by Mel the Perfect, Maggie finally has the occasion to tell off her buttinski Mom. It's actually quite satisfying, if long overdue. There's also loads of foreshadowing going on here. Most interesting, Maggie's niece Jenna appears to have some sort of predilection for The Sight. And Maggie's holier-than-thou mother may well have once flirted with some sort of occult interest or behavior. Too bad Mrs. O'Neill is not sympathetic enough that you'd care to learn about it. This is a light little series, and I am sincerely hoping that the same sort of "learn who your friends really are" theme that is being developed as word spreads through this small conservative town in northeast Indiana will also apply to the membership of Northeast Indiana Ghost Hunting and Tracking Society (N.I.G.H.T.S.) which, until now, has sort of been glossed over as though it functions as Liss' coven. There's absolutely no way that this is the case given the group's composition, including an Amish farmer. More work for Ms. Alt, and I sincerely hope she's up to the task.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    No Rest for the Wiccan was an uneven fourth O'Neil's world. The mystery was good but the killer was a little obvious from early on. While the "who" was apparent, the "why" and the "how" left mystery lovers with something to drive them towards the end of the book. The love triangle between Maggie, Marcus and Tom in the Bewitching Mystery series is getting very annoying. In every book the same thing happens over and over again. Maggie denies her obvious passionate attraction to Marcus while No Rest for the Wiccan was an uneven fourth O'Neil's world. The mystery was good but the killer was a little obvious from early on. While the "who" was apparent, the "why" and the "how" left mystery lovers with something to drive them towards the end of the book. The love triangle between Maggie, Marcus and Tom in the Bewitching Mystery series is getting very annoying. In every book the same thing happens over and over again. Maggie denies her obvious passionate attraction to Marcus while desperately trying to convince herself that feeling safe and comfortable with Tom is enough to stay with him. And by stay with him, I mean casually date him without any real agreement not to date others. Maggie continually denies herself Marcus for no other reason that fear of the unknown and while that may have created thrilling sexual tension in the first few books, I think that same tension is starting to feel forced. Maggie's time spent with her sister Mel did more to showcase Maggie's weakness and inability to say no to people rather than her love and willingness to accept familial obligations. Mel walks, or rather lounges on bedrest, all over Maggie even when she does her best to help. When Maggie goes above and beyond to make sure her sister and her family is safe, Mel thinks nothing of the possible effect on Maggie's life when she gossips with her friends about it. And Maggie just accepts it as how her sister is. Throughout the series we've watched Maggie strive to become her own, stronger person and the scenes with Mel had her reverting back to her former self. It was not Maggie's best moments. The scenes in the store were where the best of the book happen. Maggie continues to show herself loyal to her employer Liss. She even manages to face down a priest without cracking under the pressure. Maggie and the series have a lot of good points, but this book wasn't the best of the bunch. The groundwork for possible character growth and change has been laid and I look forward to reading more of the series to see if things get better.

  27. 5 out of 5

    C.

    In volume four by Madelyn Alt, the ‘a girl has to’ narrative was a nuisance and I worried enjoyment would wane. I had praised Susan Wittig Albert’s first three ‘cottage tales’ but style suddenly grated and characters went nowhere. I truly begged out loud: “please Madelyn, I want to keep loving your books”! Quirkiness we appreciated from her burns out with irritating sentences like ‘sorta kinda’. Girl power is unsuited to Maggie because she hasn’t stood up for anything. It didn't help that “No In volume four by Madelyn Alt, the ‘a girl has to’ narrative was a nuisance and I worried enjoyment would wane. I had praised Susan Wittig Albert’s first three ‘cottage tales’ but style suddenly grated and characters went nowhere. I truly begged out loud: “please Madelyn, I want to keep loving your books”! Quirkiness we appreciated from her burns out with irritating sentences like ‘sorta kinda’. Girl power is unsuited to Maggie because she hasn’t stood up for anything. It didn't help that “No Rest For The Wiccan” opens with a foiled date. Readers reject Tom to begin with. That they don't produce one luscious moment for entertainment, is a waste of time. Fortunately we shift to Maggie's nieces, relieving the false start with this introduction and unexpected intrigue. If we invest in a protagonist, exiting the usual setting is more natural than gothic heroines, orphaned and not leaving a mansion. It’s rewarding Melanie turns to her instead of friends and regards her as an expert on something. Silly avoidance of metaphysics is shed for the sake of family and finally, Maggie tests something she’s learned! I’m exasperated she doesn’t seize Marcus, knowing he’s available! The old bit where Tom finds them at crime scenes and goes “what are you doing here” is cliché but for once, we appreciate his presence. The death is uninteresting but leaves room for much more important threads. It’s a push that the alternative religion of dear friends is out and it is triumphant that Maggie speaks her mind to her mother. A precious new character is very welcome. I’ll leap into the sequel hurriedly, to find out if Marcus sleeps with Maggie at last! Please don’t make it about a long road. Let’s get the couple there, so we can enjoy seeing them together.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Karen (BaronessBookTrove)

    CAUTION!! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS! IF YOU DON’T WANT TO READ ANY SPOILERS PLEASE STOP READING NOW! IF YOU DO WANT TO READ SPOILERS CONTINUE ON! I WON’T ALWAYS HAVE SPOILERS THOUGH!! This book was awesome. I’m giving it four butterflies because it was one that I really really liked and I was caught up in the story after the first chapter. Granted it took me a little bit longer to finish this book then I wanted, but that’s okay I guess. Even though I am reading these books after my mom, CAUTION!! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS! IF YOU DON’T WANT TO READ ANY SPOILERS PLEASE STOP READING NOW! IF YOU DO WANT TO READ SPOILERS CONTINUE ON! I WON’T ALWAYS HAVE SPOILERS THOUGH!! This book was awesome. I’m giving it four butterflies because it was one that I really really liked and I was caught up in the story after the first chapter. Granted it took me a little bit longer to finish this book then I wanted, but that’s okay I guess. Even though I am reading these books after my mom, aunt, and sister I am enjoying reading them. I felt so sorry for Maggie throughout the whole book because of her having to deal with her younger drama queen of a pregnant sister, Tom’s jealousy toward Marcus, trying not to run into Marcus, and a bunch of other things. I am quite pleased to say that Maggie caught a pretty friendly kitten. I hope that Maggie figures out her feelings for both Marcus and Tom since a love triangle is pretty exciting for a little bit but it does faze out as well. I still stand by my early comment before that Maggie would be better off with Marcus than with Tom in the long run. Then again that is just my thinking and I wonder if we ever actually do find out. Overall this book is really exciting and pretty entertaining. I actually never thought of the murderer being two people and let alone the two people that it was. But then again that is usually how it always is for me with these mystery books. I always think of one person and having it completely turned around and the actual killer surprising me. But then again I can’t believe what Melanie and Margo did to Maggie, Marcus, and Liss about their witch ways. To read more of my reviews please go to my blog site:: baronessbooktrove

  29. 4 out of 5

    Patricia

    Maggie O’Neill has found that she has a special talent and this talent has led her to become a member of a group called the N.I.G.H.T.S. The initials stand for the North Indiana Ghost Hunting and Tracking Society. Maggie’s employment at Enchantment, a shop run by Felicity Dow, has led her to become involved with the N.I.G.H.T.S. A sister can be a real blessing but at times when your sister can’t seem to keep from gossiping it would be very easy to strangle her or at least gag her. This is the Maggie O’Neill has found that she has a special talent and this talent has led her to become a member of a group called the N.I.G.H.T.S. The initials stand for the North Indiana Ghost Hunting and Tracking Society. Maggie’s employment at Enchantment, a shop run by Felicity Dow, has led her to become involved with the N.I.G.H.T.S. A sister can be a real blessing but at times when your sister can’t seem to keep from gossiping it would be very easy to strangle her or at least gag her. This is the situation with Maggie O’Neill and her sister Mel. Mel is the sister that went out into the world and did exactly what her mother wanted for her. She married a man successful in his business, lives in a beautiful home and is now pregnant with her third child. This pregnancy has forced Mel to stay in bed and her mother has leaned on Maggie to help out with the children and the chores. Maggie relents and helps out Mel but soon finds that there is a spirit dwelling in Mel’s home. Mel begs Maggie to take action and get her friends to help chase away the spirit. Soon Maggie is the talk of the town. Mel just can’t keep a secret and everyone in the town of Stony Mill is talking about spirits, ghosts and goblins. When a local man dies from what appears to be an accident his wife comes to Maggie to clear the business of his spirit or any spirits that might be hanging out there. Soon Maggie figures out that the accident isn’t really an accident. No Rest for the Wiccan is an entertaining book with not nearly as much paranormal as you would think from the title.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    Maybe I'm being too harsh on the last two books in this series. I haven't cared much for them. In this particular installment I'm starting to feel like the writing is mirroring a Stephanie Plum book. Maggie is always in the wrong place at the wrong time, just like Steph. And now, in book 3, we are torn between two men, which again is just like Steph. I know I'm being too harsh because really how much is there to work with in these kind of fun novels. I'll try to be a bit more kind. :-) In regard Maybe I'm being too harsh on the last two books in this series. I haven't cared much for them. In this particular installment I'm starting to feel like the writing is mirroring a Stephanie Plum book. Maggie is always in the wrong place at the wrong time, just like Steph. And now, in book 3, we are torn between two men, which again is just like Steph. I know I'm being too harsh because really how much is there to work with in these kind of fun novels. I'll try to be a bit more kind. :-) In regard to Maggie's romantic status (or lack therof), it is very much annoying me that she's sticking so steadfast to Tom when he's clearly a jerk (he's proven that many times - at least in my mind). But, what do I know..... **SMALL SPOILER ALERT** I was very happy to see them get into an argument towards the end of this book and was hoping against hope that they'd finally agree that they aren't a good match. Tom really needs to be dumped! But it seems they sort of patched things up. Although, the very ending holds some promise. I'll keep reading this series because these types of fluff books are always a welcome diversion to my work day. I'll also keeping hoping and waiting for a much anticipated (by me) hot, hot, hott! scene involving Marcus and Maggie! And if Tom's jealousy makes him end up driving off a bridge, then, oh, too bad! ;-)

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