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Hex Marks The Spot by Madelyn Alt
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Hex Marks The Spot

by Madelyn Alt

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Series: A Bewitching Mystery (3)

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Maggie O'Neill finds mystical mayhem at the countywide craft bazaar when a hunky Amish furniture-maker, who has a special way with the ladies, is found dead with a strange hex symbol etched near his corpse.

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Mystery with preachy wiccan, New Age ideas, a woman attracted to two different men, toss in some Amish ( )
  wyldheartreads | Jun 20, 2019 |
At first I did not like the book or the blithering blathering narrative.... Just like a silly excited teen, going on & on & on about herself....

When I finally got past chapter one, then I became more interested, although I did continue to skim throughout most of the book.

Margaret Mary Catherine O'Neill (Maggie) is an empath, which is not the same as a psychic. She "feels" things but can not usually "know" or decipher what is going on. She works in a metaphysical shop whose owner, Felicity, runs a ghost hunting & tracking group.

Maggie & Felicity go to a local festival where the local Amish have booths & sell their wares. One of the pieces a lovely & intricately carved Armoire is bid on by Felicity, but she loses to an older woman... The woodworker is a stunningly handsome Amish man by the name of Luc Metzger who is "more handsome than a man sporting a jawline-only beard has any right to be".

Shortly before the end of the festival, Luc goes off to do some work, leaving his wife behind in a state of upset.... On the way home after the festival, Maggie is held up in traffic by a congregation of Amish Buggies, what she & her friend Marcus find is the body of Luc, bashed in the back of the head.

As Maggie investigates she finds that she & her metaphysically blessed friends are not the only ones who work with magic & hexes. ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Mar 31, 2019 |
Well dumb-bunny is finally "getting" it....that paranormal is "normal"...and the Hottie Cop is back and finally beginning to believe.

She's standing up to her mother a tad, there was a good mystery, and she didn't do anything really stoopid this time around.

So, they are at the Town Festival, and there are Amish there selling their wares & foods. 1 particular Amish man is Too Hot for his own good and knowing it....his wife (a "seer") gives dumb-bunny a warning and later the husband is found on the side of the road with his head bashed in...

There was a bit about Hex signs, but not really enough information there...and we get to know more about historical rumors turning into truth...lies people tell themselves....and the ghost in the library basement.

I liked this book and I'm glad I stuck with the series. ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jan 18, 2016 |
Hex Marks the Spot has been my introduction to the Bewitching Mystery series and I liked it a lot. Maggie O'Neill, empath and sensitive, is an engaging heroine. She's a life-long resident of the fictional small town of Stony Mill, Indiana. Maggie is 29 and her powers activated only six months ago. She's having trouble adjusting. From references to events in the two earlier books, A Charmed Death and The Trouble With Magic, Maggie is afraid of her powers.

There are two attractive men in Maggie's life. Deputy Tom Fielding has two strikes against him in my book: he's showing interest in Maggie although he's only separated from his wife, not divorced, and he's not open-minded about the supernatural/paranormal. I like the mysterious Marcus Quinn better. He and Maggie are both members of N.I.G.H.T.S., the Northeastern Indiana Ghost Hunting and Tracking Society. He's also the magical partner of Felicity 'Liss' Dow, Maggie's boss, so we know he's a believer. On the other hand, Maggie's reaction to the author photo on Liss' copy of The Light-worker's Complete Encyclopedia of Magical Symbols makes me wonder if Liss' nephew, Dr. Merrick C. Butler, might be in Maggie's future. (That is, if Dr. Butler can get away from the Parapsychology Unit at the University of Edinburgh.)

There's plenty to make the reader chuckle (such as the titles of Maggie's Magnum, P.I. tapes -- see chapter 7) as well as spooky moments. Something dark has come to Stony Mills and it wouldn't surprise me if the-Devil-is-everywhere Reverend Baxter Martin and his First Evangelical Church of Light might turn out to be part of it, either directly or because their nasty, narrow little hearts are creating an opening for evil to enter. Not in this book, though.

Cat lovers, the cat on the cover does not appear in here. Dog Lovers, there is a sweet pooch to enjoy.

I look forward to reading more of this series. ( )
  JalenV | Jun 14, 2014 |
very good ( )
  JanetArmentani | Jul 25, 2013 |
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Lagerman, JudithCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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They say, 'Everything's all right.'
They say, 'Better days are near.'
They tell us, 'These are the good times.'
But they don't live around here.

-- WARREN ZEVON,
'THE INDIFFERENCE OF HEAVEN'
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For Mom and Dad, for always believing in me, no matter what...

And for my boys of assorted shapes and sizes....love you always....
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My name is Margaret Mary-Catherine O'Neill--Maggie to those who know and love me best--and I have a secret.
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