The Divine Circle of Ladies Courting Trouble (Cass Shipton Series #4)

The Divine Circle of Ladies Courting Trouble (Cass Shipton Series #4)

by Dolores Stewart Riccio

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"If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun."
--Katharine Hepburn

In her bewitching novels of female friendship, fun, and delicious mischief, Dolores Stewart Riccio has charmed readers who want to know more about marvelous Cass, sweet Heather, wickedly witty Phillipa, eccentric mom Deidre, and whip-smart Fiona--five deeply committed sisters-in-arms with a little something extra on their side. Now, in Ladies Courting Trouble, the most fascinating women in Plymouth, Massachusetts, are back in the thick of the action, which suits them just fine. . .

October in New England is a grand time--great for carving pumpkins, throwing Halloween parties, baking and eating brownies, and. . .dropping dead? When a helmlock-laced brownie at the church hospitality hour spells the end for an elderly townswoman, Cass Shipton and her circle of fabulous friends get to work using their very special brand of detective skills to ferret out the culprit. After all, their unorthodox recipe of magic, clairvoyance, and good old-fashioned common sense hasn't let them down yet. . .

Praise for Dolores Stewart Riccio and Circle of Five

"A bewitching tale."--Midwest Book Review

"This story has everything from suspense to laughter. Delicious. . .with a magic all its own."

"Humorous moments are deftly intertwined with truly creepy ones."

"Delicious. . .filled with magic. . .and delight."--Phyllis Curott

"Witty and fast-paced. . .charming. . .a fun read and food for thought."
--Joe Haldeman

Dolores Stewart Riccio is the author of three previous Cass Shipton novels, The Divine Circle of Ladies Making Mischief, Circle of Five, and Charmed Circle, as well as numerous highly acclaimed nonfiction books on the subjects of health and cooking. She lives in Rhode Island and is currently at work on her next novel.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780758266590
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 03/01/2006
Series: Cass Shipton Series , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
File size: 588 KB

About the Author

Dolores Riccio is the author of eight cookbooks, including Superfoods: 300 Recipes for Foods that Heal the Mind and Body and Superfoods for Women: 300 Recipes that Fulfill Your Special Nutritional Needs. She is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals. She lives in Warwick, Rhode Island.

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Divine Circle of Ladies Courting Trouble (Cass Shipton Series #4) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
NewsieQ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The ¿Ladies¿ the title refers to are Cassandra Shipton and her four friends, all of whom are followers of the Wicca religion, all of whom have supernatural powers and a history of crime solving in Plymouth MA. In The Divine Circle of Ladies Courting Trouble, the crimes they¿re trying to solve involve poisoning¿ all at pot-luck events. The first victim is Lydia Craig, an elderly woman who, as it turns out, leaves most of her sizable estate to the pastor of the Garden of Gethsemane Presbyterian Church. The Ladies ¿ Cass, Diedre, Fiona, Heather and Phillipa ¿ zero in on the Craig family -- whose members were almost entirely cut out of Lydia Craig¿s will. As they go about their everyday business, the ladies use their natural curiosity and supernatural powers to determine which of the family members might have done the crime. Soon, they and Reverend Peacedale are targeted ¿ by the murderer? ¿ with some dirty and possibly deadly tricks. I had high hopes for this book, thinking that I might learn something about Wicca. Although the author threw around unfamiliar words related to Wiccan beliefs and celebration, she didn¿t make much of an attempt to put anything in context. I guess it was too much to hope she¿d enlighten me as the late Harry Kemelman did about the Jewish faith in his Rabbi Small books.Several stumbling blocks got in the way of my enjoying the book. The author has an out-of-control need to give names to people who are only mentioned in passing. I believe authors should stick to naming characters that are truly important in the story; otherwise the reader tries hopelessly to keep the names all straight when it¿s not necessary. It was so annoying I went back and counted the names (I¿m not usually that obsessive). I came up with more than 80 human and a dozen animal names scattered throughout. I also thought the plot was pretty thin and the entire book was even further watered down by endless ¿stuff¿ that had nothing to do with the story. All this was topped off by an incredibly unsatisfying resolution. Review based on publisher- or author-provided review copy.
reannon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the fourth in Dolores Stewart Riccio's series about a Wiccan herbalist, Cass Shipton, and the other ladies in her circle. It is the best fictional series I know that depicts Wicca well. In this case the ladies try to solve poisonings happening in their hometown of Plymouth, Massachusetts. I've loved the whole series (once past a very grim scene that starts the first book) and I Want More!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of this series from the beginning (Circle of Five) and each book since (Charmed Circle, The Divine Circle of Ladies Making Mischief) has been such a pleasure to read. The Divine Circle of Ladies Courting Trouble continues Ms. Riccio's fine tradition of a good mystery with characters you can care about and action that grabs you from the beginning. One of the best things about this series is the superbly written friendships among the Ladies of the Circle. Cass, Phillipa, Deirdre, Heather, and Fiona have these wonderful adventures and come together to support each other using their strengths and weaknesses to work for common goals. The Circle's Wiccan faith is so much a part of the story, their holiday observances and spell workings are very well done. This gives the reader a lovely window into who the ladies are and how they live their lives.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Plymouth, Massachusetts, Wicca practitioner Cass Shipton gives talk on the origins of Halloween to the Garden of Gethsemane Ladies League members afterward everyone nibbled on the food, but soon complain of stomach problems. Cass though feeling ill realizes the bitter aftertaste in the brownies was hemlock. One attendee, chocoholic Lydia Craig died from the poisoning no one knows who provided the brownies. --- After a stomach pump and finally recovering, Cass attends the Kitchen Magic cooking show on South Shore TV Access when once again the participants are poisoned this time from pumpkin cranberry bread Cass still not having her stomach fully back did not partake of the poisoned food. While Detectives Stern and Mann struggle with the case and Cass¿ lover is with Greenpeace in Florida and Greece, Cass and her circle of friends begin using their otherworldly powers as well as inductive reasoning to ferret out a killer even as they wonder if the motive had something to do with Lydia¿s strange will. --- The fourth Circle of Five paranormal mystery is a lighthearted charming cozy that sub-genre readers will appreciate due to the solid cast that make believers out of even skeptical readers. The investigation is cleverly developed on two fronts with Cass at the point of both, though predominantly through the psychic abilities of the Circle members. The likable cast makes for a fine who-done-it, Wiccan-style newcomers will feel the spell to seek out the previous three Cass and company capers while fans of the series will once again taste the magic. --- Harriet Klausner