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The Divine Circle Of Ladies Making Mischief (Circle, Book 3) Paperback – March 29, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (March 29, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075820986X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758209863
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #956,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* Riccio's intrepid Wiccan crime fighters are back. What they lack in skills both practical and magical, they more than make up for with their enthusiasm. Their coven, which began as a book-study group at the local library, is made up of the story's narrator, Cassandra "Cass" Shipton, owner of Earthlore Herbal Preparations and Cruelty-Free Cosmetics; Fiona, the branch librarian; a cookbook author; the manager of a vitamin franchise; and a volunteer at the animal shelter. Between her business and her visions, Cass has many conversations with her telepathic, tell-it-like-it-is mutt, Scruffy, while waiting for her true love, Joe Ulysses, to take a break from his Greenpeace activities so that they can finally get married. Action and humor abound as Cass and the coven take an abused wife under their wings and try to find out why the only way people leave Manomet Manor is in a body bag. This is their third case, following Circle of Five (2003) and Charmed Circle (2003), and one can only hope that book number four will follow quickly. Shelley Mosley
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"Witty and fast-paced...charming...a fun read and food for thought."

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kay Martinez on June 25, 2005
Format: Paperback
I just finished Dolores Stewart Riccio's latest, The Divine Circle Of Ladies Making Mischief. It is the third book in her series featuring Cass Shipton who just happens to be Wiccan and is always getting involved in crime solving. Previous books are Circle of Five and Charmed Circle. Cass, who lives in Plymouth, Massachusetts, runs a web-based all natural herbal product business. Cass and her group of friends: Fiona, Heather, Deirdre, and Phillipa, form a Wiccan circle that celebrates the holidays together as well as interact continually in one another's lives. Cass' gift is clairvoyance and she frequently 'sees' things that lead her and her friends into hazardous situations in order to resolve local crimes or mysteries.

Cass' fiancé, Joe is back in this story, as well as Cass' grown children: Becky with husband Ron, Cathy with partner Irene, and Adam, who may or may not be involved with someone. And of course we again catch up with the husbands and boyfriends of the other women in the story also. Cass has a knack for rescuing people who are hurting or in need, and we get to meet her newest 'rescue', Rose in this story. Cass' previous rescues, Tip and Freddie, from previous books make appearances as well. Scruffy, Cass' dog is a big part of all three books. Cass can 'hear' what Scruffy is thinking, their conversations are so wonderful, and I think any dog lover will relate. Ms. Riccio creates three villains for this book that are truly characters I enjoyed seeing get what they deserved for their crimes.

There are three mysteries/crimes in The Divine Of Ladies Making Mischief, and this book had more than enough action to keep me turning the pages. I received this copy on Friday afternoon, and read it all from about seven until two Saturday morning. Ms.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ms Sumida on May 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
I have read all the 'Circle' books and this one continues in that sweet vein.

Do no harm, return favors, LISTENING to your friends, having friends and loved one with substance, belief in self are all themes so sorely missing from many books. Yes there is the 'bad guy', but it is handled deftly.

The real charm of this book is the way the characters live and talk with each other, Scruffy and his comments, and the circle of 5.

Highly recommended
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JINGA JANGAL on March 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
I loved this book , as I have all of this authors work. So much fun and suspense wraped together, impossible to put down. Makes you wish for a "bit" of magic in yourself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kelly (Fantasy Literature) VINE VOICE on June 27, 2006
Format: Paperback
A quintet of upper-class middle-aged women use Wiccan magic and old-fashioned chutzpah to solve mysteries in this light, fun read.

I really enjoyed the mystery plot. Our intrepid heroines' dilemma makes total sense--they know what's going on, but they have no proof beyond their mystical powers, therefore no evidence to take to the police. What's a witch to do? Solve the crime herself, of course.

Along the way there's a lot of cute dog interaction (the POV character has a dog, and an ability to understand Scruffy's thoughts; Scruffy is a very true-to-life dog and so cute), and beautiful description of the women's Wiccan rituals. You can just see the candles flickering, smell the salt air, taste the food.

One minor quibble: The characters have a tendency to speak in sermons and adages rather than in normal dialogue. I don't know anyone who, even in the company of their pagan circle, talks quite this much about "harm none," the threefold law, the proper diet for dogs, "thoughts are things," etc.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Killian HALL OF FAME on March 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
I was familiar with Riccio from her famous book of SUPERFOODS, the book that has kept me healthy since 1998, and in pawing through her volume once again the other day, searching for quinoa recipes, I decided to see if she was still producing books about food. I was slightly startled to discover that she has apparently abandoned natural foods guidebooks to producing a new line of light novels about women with occult powers who share happy times and sad with each other in an area of Massachusetts not too far removed from the "Salem" of the witch trials. I decided to give these books a try and happened on the brand new one, which seems to be the third in a series which includes CIRCLE OF FIVE and CHARMED CIRCLE.

The new "CIRCLE" book is called THE DIVINE CIRCLE OF LADIES MAKING MISCHIEF, an awkward title but one that aptly describes the nonsensical and magical camaraderie among these five (5) women whose backgrounds couldn't be more different, but who share a certain supernatural flair. Cassandra owns a herbal preparatory that mixes up cosmetics which are not tested on animals, and she is pretty much the guiding spirit behind this circle. I predict that this series will appeal to some of the same people who watch ABC-TV's massive hit DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES. Like HOUSEWIVES, it assembles a group of wacky women who come replete with secrets both domestic and deadly.

Little Scruffy, the pooch, gets in many of the best zingers, just as in DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES it is the dead narrator who has all the best lines.

I wish Ms. Riccio would produce another guide to natural foods, perhaps with updated health information, but in the meantime I wish her luck with her humorous and heartfelt series of CIRCLE books.
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