The Bewitching Mysteries isn't like the old TV show, Bewitched. Not at all. Another reviewer was mistaken - it's Bewitching Mysteries. No Samantha, Darin, Endora, but a wonderful series featuring Maggie O'Neill.
The premise of this delightful series is a young lady, Maggie O'Neill, living in Stoney Mill, Indiana getting a job in a wonderful shop called Enchantments. Her new boss, Liss, not only runs a store with beautiful one of a kind objects, but teas and trendy products. Charming is a great description of Liss and Enchantments.
There in small town main stream America, there is a secret: Liss is a practising witch. She and others meet in the attic space of Enchantments.
Maggie also opens herself to her intuition and finds she is an empath. Rather than judge, she sees the reality these people are hardworking folks who worship and revere the earth, not evil stereotypes.
Liss also helps Maggie in her education into the metaphysical.
One of the members of the 'coven' is Marcus Quinn, a most handsome,good man, who is attracted to Maggie.
Maggie has an on and off again policeman boyfriend, who isn't too thrilled with all of this 'witch business'.
Maggie, Liss and their friends delve into mysteries that may have a metaphysical basis.
No Rest for the Wiccan investigates a most suspicious death of a husband of Maggie's sister's friend. Something just doesn't add up.
Maggie's sister, Mel is pregnant and is on bed rest. It is up to Maggie and her Mom to help the household until the baby comes. Maggie's nieces are delightful and have 'imaginary' friends and seem to have the same gifts Maggie has. The very bored Mel has her socialite girlfriends over to help pass the time, and they do one of the big NO-NO's - they play with a Ouija Board.
While many thing the Ouija Board is just a harmless game, it can be a portal allowing not so nice entities into our space. This happens and Mel asks Maggie and Liss for help to rid her house of this evil presence.
Together dealing with the entity and the murder investigation, and Mel's friends talking about Liss helping Mel, the town starts to learn more about the witches in Stoney Mill.
Madelyn Alt writes with beauty, not just describing, a person or situation, but paints a picture bringing you into the action and feelings.
Wiccan is the strongest of the series and is a wonderful read.
There is a really cute addition to the Enchantments crew, and the ending of Wiccan is so beautifully written, it leaves fans already wanting to order the next in the series.
The only down side I can see is, like the Southern Vampire series, being overpowered by some townfolk who have discovered the wiccan, see Enchantments and vampires as spawns of the devil. While it looks like that conflict will be part of the plots, one hopes that the main thrust will be on the Enchantment crew and their goodness.
An excellent series - truly magic!