Home for a Spell by Madelyn Alt is the 7th book in the “Bewitching” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime (Penguin), January 2011

Maggie is back at work at the antique shop Enchantments. Unfortunately, she’s hobbled by a broken ankle, which makes helping customers a pretty lame proposition. But just because she’s sporting a bright yellow, sparkle-covered cast doesn’t mean the rest of her life is slowing down.

Her boyfriend, the magically inclined Marcus, has some unfinished business that she feels guilty about distracting him from. And her best friend and upstairs neighbor is getting ready to tie the knot with her own boyfriend and move away. This leads Maggie to wonder if it isn’t time to find her own change of scenery. First things first: a new apartment.

But when she finally finds a place to cal her own, Maggie’s dream of new digs turns into a nightmare after the apartment manager is found dead before she can even sign the lease. And Maggie finds herself not only searching for a new home—but for a frightfully clever killer.

What a delightful series that I’m new to. When Maggie feels her boyfriend, Marcus, is putting his life on hold to take care of her, she takes things into her hands and begins a search for a new apartment. When the apartment manager is found dead and information is learned, she is one happy person to not have signed a lease. With Marcus as he’s assisting the police in solving the murder, they uncover a criminal act that is related to the murder. This was a good read with quirky characters, a lovely setting and witty dialogue that kept me turning the pages. I plan to read the previous books in this series and look forward to the next adventures with Maggie and friends.

*new-to-me author

FTC Full Disclosure – The publisher sent me a copy of this book

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