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HOME FOR A SPELL by Madelyn Alt

HOME FOR A SPELL

By Madelyn Alt

Pub Date: Jan. 4th, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-425-23867-7
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime

Maggie O’Neill’s search for a new apartment in Stony Mill, Ind., leads her to yet another murder.

The broken ankle Maggie acquired in her last murder investigation (A Witch in Time, 2010) has forced her to move in with her boyfriend Marcus Quinn. Feeling that she’s keeping Marcus from returning to college, she decides to look for a ground-floor apartment where she can care for herself. Marcus’ uncle Lou knows of a place that might do. He takes Maggie with him to deliver a computer that Marcus had revved up for Robert Locke, who manages a nearby apartment complex. Although Locke is not appealing, the complex is. Despite overhearing a loud fight between Locke and a tenant’s boyfriend and almost being run over by a teenaged girl hiding in the apartment, Maggie concludes that Locke is offering a deal too good to turn down. When she returns the next day to sign a lease, however, she and Marcus find the office wrecked and Locke dead in the pool. Maggie’s old boyfriend Tom, who’s running the investigation, grudgingly asks Marcus to recover information from a crushed flash drive that may provide some leads. With a little help from their witchlike instincts, Maggie, Marcus and her employer Liss come up with a surprising conclusion.

Fans of Alt’s Bewitching Mysteries will enjoy an unanticipated ending along with the eminently predictable continuing romance.