First Line: An enchanting afternoon in April, windows wide open to the scent of lilac and ocean breeze freshening the house-- my spirit should have been lifting and soaring like a gull over the waves, but here was Deirdre sipping tea and dispensing gloomy suspicions at my kitchen table.
Between her herbalist business and her circle of friends, Cass Shipton has been busy. The last thing she needs is a troubled teen underfoot, but when "Freddie" McGinty shows up trailing disaster in her wake, Cass feels that it's her duty to help the girl understand and control the powerful gifts she's been given.
All Plymouth is talking about the recent disappearance of a local family, and Cass begins having disturbing visions of dense forests, a shallow grave, and a very sinister man. Cass calls on her circle of friends to help her find the missing family before it's too late.
So far, I've enjoyed this series which gives insight into the Wiccan way of life, a way of life that's very much in tune with nature and has a great deal more to do with common sense and compassion than most people realize. What makes Riccio's books so enjoyable is threefold: (1) Cass's "conversations" with her dog, (2) every woman in Cass's circle of friends has her own foibles; no one is perfect, and (3) it's so refreshing to have a female character over the age of forty who has a fun, healthy sex life.
The thing that I questioned in this book was the treatment of the villain. For most of the book, he's a phantom and very seldom seen. All the reader knows is someone opens a box and-- BOOM! the person is blown to smithereens. As the body count mounts, the bad guy almost becomes Super Villain, and his capture at the end is tame in comparison to the trail of destruction he'd strewn earlier.
Be that as it may, it had been two or three years since I read the first book in the series, but I had no problem getting back into the setting and characters again. Don't feel as though you have to begin at the beginning. The cast of characters and their lifestyle are well worth getting to know.
Another good one from Dolores Stewart Riccio.
Ms. Riccio treats us to another peek into the lives of the Wiccan Circle from CIRCLE OF FIVE. We get to see how much the ladies have grown both in their faith practices and in their personal lives. Again it is a psychic vision from Cass that sets the ladies off on a crime-busting spree. Aside from the main characters from CIRCLE OF FIVE, in CHARMED CIRCLE we also learn more about Cass's grown children and see a bit more of that family's dynamic. We also get to meet a new character and I sincerely hope she re-appears in the next installment as well. Scruffy, Cass's dog, has his own psychic connection going on, with Cass and with a new dog character. I really liked Cass's ability to love and care for younger people, she is clearly portrayed as an Earth Mother in her ability to nurture. As with the first book, this book's setting is Plymouth, Massachusetts, and Cass's cottage by the sea will make every reader yearn for one. This book was just a nice visit with newfound friends and I hope Ms. Riccio lets us visit again soon.
Great Follow-Up to Circle Of Five!!!!
Life in Plymouth, Massachusetts, may not be fast-paced, but it's certainly busy enough for Cass Shipton. Between her thriving herbalist business and her circle of devoted friends-not to mention tending to the needs of her eccentric mutt, Scruffy-Cass has her hands full. The last thing she needs is to take in a troubled teen under her wing, but when Winifred "Freddie" McGinty shows up, trailing chaos in her wake, Cass feels it's her duty to help the girl understand and control the powerful gifts she's been given...gifts that remind Cass of those rare abilities she shares with her friends. Gifts that many once again be leading them into trouble...
#2 Cassandra Shipton and friends mystery featuring the circle of five Wiccan women in Massachusetts. This time, Deidre becomes concerned when a playmate of her daughter's disappears without warningâwhen investigated, it turns out the whole family's gone. The father was a financial counselor who was about to be investigated for fraud, so did they just scarper off to Mexico as many seem to think? Cass's vision tells her noâthat and the practical observation that the wife didn't take her purse and left the iron plugged in. Once again the circle is drawn into using their gifts to find the culprit. The mystery wasn't much of a mystery and was solved about halfway through, but this is more of a story about the group of women than anything. I'm beginning to really love this series.