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Book Review of The Trouble with Magic (Bewitching, Bk 1)

The Trouble with Magic (Bewitching, Bk 1)
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Helpful Score: 7

First in a series featuring Maggie O'Neill, a young woman in a small-town Indiana 'northern Bible belt' town who finds herself out of one job but fallen into another--as an assistant in Enchantments, a mystical antique shop. She takes the job despite her new boss, Felicity, confessing to Maggie that she's a practicing witch. Maggie's Catholic upbringing makes her skeptical and uneasy at first, but after getting to know Felicity and her friends, comes to discover that there's nothing evil about them, though Felicity becomes the number one suspect when her sister is brutally murdered. I really enjoyed this book, though I was dubious before starting it--these cozy mysteries with a mystical lean to them seem to be something I either really like or really can't stand. This series seems to be getting off on a good foot--I liked Maggie (although I don't think she's come into her own yet) and Felicity, the author's writing style was smooth and easy to read, and the 'witchy' bits were realistically portrayed.

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