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Subject: Madelyn Alt's Bewitching Mysteries
Date Posted: 5/12/2008 6:35 PM ET
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Has anyone else around here read these? I'm just finishing the 3rd in the series and I'm not sure what I think. I get really frustrated with the heroine and how scared she is of her empath powers not to mention her weird love life. lol 

Just wondered what everyone else thought. :)

Date Posted: 5/12/2008 7:48 PM ET
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My wife has read the first two and finds the protagonist so annoying she hasn't read the third. Ja, ja, we get that she has had a difficult family and all that, says my wife, but she needs to quit whining and take charge of her life.

My wife calls them a triumph of form over substance, since they are well-written for the genre, but the characters are so unsatisfying.

I haven't read any of them, myself.

Date Posted: 5/13/2008 3:52 AM ET
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Uh oh - I'm just starting the first and I have all three of them. Hopefully, I'll like them. But if not, they're wishlisted (I think - they were when I looked before) so they'll go away quickly! :)

ETA: Hey Collette! :)  I've got to get back on Shelfari now that things have gotten sort of back to normal with one of my kids.  I missed it - whereas before, I was too stressed to miss anything except keep up with PBS. lol



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Date Posted: 5/13/2008 4:43 AM ET
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uh oh for me too..I have the first 2 or 3..think 3 - in my TBR. guess I'lll hvae to see...I think I'd be scared of those powers too if I had them LOL!

Les, what are some good light mysteries your wife recommends? I loved the Psychic Eye and Ghost Hunters ones by victoria Laurie..also like Laura Child's tea shop ones(like learning about the different teas but have to be careful 'cause after reading the last one I was on ebay searching for teapots...) I liked the 2 by Margaret Dumas too but they're longer books than cozies. I've read 2 of the flower shop mysteries by kate collins and will probaby eventually read the other couple I have but I don't like the woman in that one..feel like smacking her sometimes! and I guess I realized I didn'tl ike her when I didnt' care if she got killed or not in the 2nd book LOL :-( ok I should be ashamed... I remember from a previous posting that your wife and I had similar tastes in children's mysteries!

Date Posted: 5/13/2008 7:44 AM ET
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Well good to hear I wasn't the only one that found her annoying a bit. I think the idea and the stories are enough to carry the books, so read away ladies. I would push them in your pile though as when I checked the first two weren't wl'd anymore but that might have changed too. I checked a bit before reading the 3rd one which has a long wl. You know how wl's are though.

The other characters are fun really and this last one ended to where now I want to read the next one so no worries.  She finally seems to be embracing her powers a bit more which I found out after I posted my ?.

Hey Susan....I haven't been around Shelfari either lately. I'm not sure why. Maybe I was a bit tired of being preyed upon by authors. lol  I'll get back there though and get caught up. Hope things keep getting better at home.

Susanna....thanks for the other suggestions of some cozies. I love them but I guess we can't always like all the characters. lol  Loved your snippet about looking on Ebay after reading the one cozies. I can relate.

Date Posted: 5/13/2008 10:01 AM ET
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yeah, I also stocked up on enough celestial seasonings teas to last me 5 yrs...

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Date Posted: 5/13/2008 10:21 PM ET
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   I also thought the main character was extremely annoying, plus I'm really tired of reading books whose characters have those annoying, overbearing mothers.   I read the first, but dont' know if I'll read the second. It was rather unappealing to me.

Date Posted: 5/13/2008 11:39 PM ET
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Date Posted: 5/14/2008 2:40 AM ET
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Oh shoot. *sigh*  I've begun reading it and you know, it's not really appealing to me either. The character is already draining on me with her "woe is me" attitude.  I'll give it a bit more and if I don't like them you'll be seeing them advertised on book bazaar so I can send all three to the same home ! :)

Date Posted: 5/14/2008 9:31 AM ET
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Lisa,

I have the first one in my tbr pile, so haven't read it yet but have you tried the Shirley Damsgaard Ophelia and Abby mysteries? Another author I heard about was Yasmine Glenhorn and her Chintz 'n China series. Charlaine Harris has her Harper Connelly mysteries.

Date Posted: 5/14/2008 9:39 PM ET
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Date Posted: 5/25/2008 2:56 AM ET
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Have to let you know - an update of sorts - that I decided I actually liked this book.  Took awhile to get into but I really do like it and will definitley read the next two in the series.

Date Posted: 5/25/2008 6:47 PM ET
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I just finished the third book but haven't read the first two.  Not sure about the characters either - I was surprised she was still fussing about her powers in the third book.

 

I'd strongly recommend the Damsgaard Ophelia and Abby series - really entertaining!  I actually prefer Charlaine Harris's other series to the southern vamp ones.  The Harper Connelly Grave stuff is very good, as are her Teagarden and Bard series.  Those can be hard to find as they have been OOP for awhile, but they are slowly bringing them back into print over the next year.

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Date Posted: 5/26/2008 7:33 AM ET
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  I've just finally read the first of the Ophelia and Abby mystery series by Damsgaard and it was really very good!  I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

Date Posted: 5/27/2008 4:42 PM ET
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I have read all three of these "Bewitching" mysteries, but you're right...by the third book you expect a bit of character development, but it just doesn't happen and I have already decided not to continue on in the series...there is a fourth on the horizon called No Rest for the Wiccan that's due out in November for those who may want to wishlist it. :) I absolutely love Maggie's friend Felicity and wish she were the main character. But Maggie, I'd like to slap upside the head sometimes. LOL

I also have given up on Ophelia and Abby--I read the first four (and actually enjoyed books two and three quite a bit) but after the fourth one decided I'd had enough of Ophelia's wishy-washy character. And again, I would love to read a series featuring Abby (the grandmother) as the main character.

I really liked Yasmine Galenorn's Chintz n China series, but she's ended that one after five books.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 6/3/2008 11:24 AM ET
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How old is the female lead in these? The subject looked good to me, so I have been scouting out deals on these books. If the heroine is 20'ish, I actually would be able to accept whining later into the series, ut, if she is more 30'ish it would probably bug the heck out of me, too and I will just avoid the series rather than waste my limited time.

 

Susanna, If you like Laura Child's tea shoppe books, perhaps you would also like Cleo Coyle's coffeehouse mysteries.

 

As far as cozy paranormal- I would like some suggestions here, too. I have just started the "Aunt Dimity" series. Cozy mysteries with one of the lead characters being a deceased women who communicates through a blue journal.

 

L.

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Date Posted: 6/3/2008 11:28 AM ET
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 Leslie, I think she's in her late 20's early 30's, which annoyed me that at that age she's still whiny about her mother, her religion and her life in general.  Having a hard time is one thing, whining about it and doing nothing to change it just sticks in my craw!

  I've read the first 5 or 6 of the Aunt Dimity books and really loved them. I like the idea of it, and I like the characters in the books.

Date Posted: 6/3/2008 12:14 PM ET
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Oh Kim, I agree. *puke*.  Yes, the 30's are a bit old for teen angst.  I do know of people personally in their 30's who are still whining about the wrongs done to them by their parents, and most of them aren't people I want to know personally. So I can totally grasp not wanting to read about them, either!

 

Well that sucks for me. I was actually excited about somehting paranormal/mysterious that wasn't a "bodice ripper". 

 

At least I have the Aunt Dimity books to look forward to!

 

L.

Date Posted: 6/3/2008 2:44 PM ET
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I'm on book 3 of the series now, and I'm enjoying the books.  I agree, there really is no character development, but I kinda just think of it as one long book, I guess.  The series is really reminding me of the Stephanie Plum series, just without the humor.  So many elements are the same. 

Date Posted: 6/3/2008 8:53 PM ET
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One of DW's friends just read the 3rd book in the series and said there is some development going on. She also said (I haven't read these books) that the three books take place over just a few months, so I guess a person can't expect too much development in a few months. At any rate, DW is going to try the 3rd book and see what's there. They are well-written for the genre, says she.

Cheryl, she's another one who enjoyed the Abby and Ophelia series for the first 2-3 books and then got bored. Now they've introduced a teenager and DW just crossed her eyes and sent the books back to the library unread.

Kim (Mistry) -
Date Posted: 6/5/2008 1:10 PM ET
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Leslie, yep, the Aunt Dimities are true stand-by's for me, too!

 Lester, if your DW likes the 3rd book, I may give it a try, but we'll see :)  I'll wait  to see what she says ;)

Date Posted: 6/6/2008 7:41 AM ET
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Kim, don't wait for Marilyn. She says she's about #100 on the library's waiting list for it. We have a sadly underfunded library. Sometimes I think they get 1/2 their collection by going to other libraries' FOL sales.

Kim (Mistry) -
Date Posted: 6/6/2008 11:46 AM ET
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 LOL Okay, Les, but I've got tons of others to read before I'll even order it, so we may  be ready at the same time :)