Jun 14, 2009

No Rest for the Wiccan - Review

No Rest for the Wiccan (Bewitching Mysteries, No. 4)
by Madelyn Alt
Berkley, November, 2008

[reviewed by Breia Brickey]

Maggie O’Neill loves her job at Enchantments as much as she loves being Indiana’s newest witch. But when her family needs her, she's still willing to lend a hand—even if she has to reach beyond the grave…

It's a long, hot summer in Stony Mill, and Maggie is busy watching TV reruns, minding the store, and figuring out her love life. Then she reluctantly volunteers to care for her bedridden, oh-so-perfect sister, Mel, and her beautiful nieces. But Mel isn't the only focus of Maggie's attention. There are some strange spirits hanging about the area—and it looks like a job for Maggie and the N.I.G.H.T.S. ghost hunting team.

And even as she tries to deal with the long-dead, Maggie must cope with the recently-deceased. A friend of Mel's loses her husband to a dreadful fall, and the police are calling it accidental death. Maggie's not so sure, and sets her second sights on finding a first-degree murderer…

I am sorry to say that this is the first time I have read anything by this author. I truly wish that weren't the case after reading this book. It was an engaging and enjoyable read. The main character, Maggie O'Neill, seems to be the typical novice paranormal character that is just getting to know what they are really about. She is an empath and as much as she has been learning about herself there are only a few people who actually know this side of her. She seems to be very comfortable with this part of herself and even stands up to a couple of people who think she should let this side of herself go. She is not in control of everything about her life but she is learning to trust what she feels and even to stand up for herself. I am looking forward to finding the three previous books in this series. This book is slightly lighthearted compared to what I normally like but it was interesting and I am sure I will enjoy more books from Madelyn Alt in the future.

Reviewed by Breia Brickey for Patricia's Vampire Notes

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