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Circle Of Five (Cass Shipton #1)

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Now that her children are grown, her loutish ex-husband has left, and her herbal remedy business has taken off, Cass Shipton is free to enjoy her life. But her idyll is broken after she bumps trolleys in a local supermarket with a sinister stranger in a green cap.
Trade Paperback, 296 pages
Published March 1st 2003 by Kensington
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Feb 07, 2009 Karen rated it really liked it
This was an entertaining book, and was fairly suspenseful. I think I would read more in the series. It's not for those who are offended by the Wicca belief system, but I found it interesting.

Just for laughs; there is a character named Q and a character named Tip. I didn't put Q-Tip together until a particularly high action section where the two were involved with each other - then I started laughing. I doubt it was intentional.

As I almost always do, I found a typo in the book. :-)
Apr 22, 2008 Gina rated it really liked it
I had heard what Liane was saying about this book, and I had emailed her to inquire what it was about. LOL, this book is absolute adorable, I loved it. There's a little action, but it's not the whole story, which is different for me, and welcomed, I might add. It had a little plot of it's own, and although not at-the-edge-of-your-seat exciting, the story has its own charm. The lives of five, totally different ladies, gathered together, becoming the best of friends (to vent to, or get in trouble ...more
Aug 31, 2007 Sharon rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Wiccans
Good, clean, witchy fun... imagine a nice friendly coven of witches in your sleepy Cape Cod (of course) town- they bake, garden, have a book club going, perform rituals and solve murders! Being a Wiccan myself, I am happy to finally find a book that just tells it more or less like it is; no flying lawnmowers, no devil worship (none in the Craft- that's a Christian invention), no nonsense. They stretch a bit with some of the clairvoyance bits, but I'm not willing to rule some of that stuff out ei ...more
Jan 26, 2011 JoAnn rated it liked it
This book is an expanded, older version of Charmed! The Wiccan aspect was very interesting. I loved the seaside New England setting. I liked the underlining friendship, romance and mystery themes. It moved very fast and kept my attention all throughout. I am looking forward to reading the others in the series.
In Plymouth, MA, five women friends have found that they have a lot in common, especially their practice of Wicca and celebration of pagan holidays. Cassandra, Fiona, Heather, Phillipa and Diedre all have their specialties, including tarot reading, herbs and lotions, and the five women have formed a close knit group of support. Cass often has visions and one afternoon at the grocery store she bumps into a stranger and immediately senses that he is a dangerous man who preys on young boys. The wom ...more
Feb 26, 2012 Krista rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
I really liked this story. It was enjoyable to read about believable women practicing Wicca. I have purchased the next three stories to continue to explore Cass et al's world.
Rexanna Ipock-Brown
Aug 04, 2008 Rexanna Ipock-Brown rated it really liked it
The circle of five strong women make this book and this series one of my favorites. There is mystery, magic, and murder. All good elements for an entertaining read.
Jan 27, 2009 Laura rated it really liked it
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Helene Slowik
Feb 02, 2015 Helene Slowik rated it really liked it
Shelves: oprf-book-club
totally fun - loved how the friends supported each other even supporting a suspicion.
Apr 01, 2014 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Wonderful witchy mystery. Amazing characters and very true to life in depiction of Wicca.
Julie Bolin
Mar 31, 2014 Julie Bolin rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book and felt that it was good to see Wiccans portrayed in a positive way.
Judi Wells
Feb 22, 2010 Judi Wells rated it it was amazing
Dolores’s characters are so 'real' and familiar I felt like I was a part of their adventure, sitting in the background and watching it all unfold.
Once in a while you are fortunate enough to happen across and Author that when you read their book you are able to see and feel what the author is describing.
When I read this book I could not put it down, it was as if I saw it all in my mind, Cassandra’s kitchen, the woods, all the ladies of the circle, as if I were right there.
I looked forward to an
Nov 23, 2009 Mawgojzeta rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book. Unfortunately that was not the case.

I felt like Riccio was trying too, too, too hard to be "witchy" - just don't know how else to word it. It was like every page screamed out, "Look, look! Look what kind of magic(k), witchy, pagan thing I am doing now!" I don't want that regardless of what religion the characters are.

On the other hand, I was sick when I read the book, and pretty grumpy. I may try to re-read this in the future to see if I feel differently.
Sep 06, 2012 Kelly rated it really liked it
This was a fun witchy read. The coven of witches were all normal, everyday women with normal problems and issues. There is a element to the book re the subject matter of the evil as to child murderers/pedophiles that might be disconcerting to someone, but no real details emerge regarding these events. Of course, this is the first book in a series, so I suspect that future volumes have these witchy women solving all kinds of crimes, along with helping each other with their personal lives.
Laura Lucy
Feb 26, 2012 Laura Lucy rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book, but it was a bit schizophrenic. You've got a group of mostly middle aged women practicing Wicca. The story centered around them is kind of fun, sometimes lighthearted and a little goofy. But they're also trying to nab a serial child killer. I enjoy both genres, but I wouldn't say this book does the best job of mashing up the two. I would give this author another shot, but I thought this story was kind of disjointed.
Apr 09, 2012 Anita rated it it was amazing
I read this book on the suggestion of a friend and co-worker. I really enjoyed the book - it was easy to "get in to" and very hard to put down. I guess I'm hooked - because now I'm looking for the next in the series. Cass Shipton is a character that I related to easily.

The story had a little bit of everything and even kept me on the edge of my seat at one point.
Jul 16, 2010 Stephanie rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, witches, series
I'm not sure I liked the writing style in this book. There were times when I found it hard to follow. But the story held my interest and I didn't want to put it down, so that is definitely a plus. Overall a fun light read. Great for a summer read.
Nicole Diamond
May 06, 2016 Nicole Diamond rated it it was ok
If it has one star I liked it a lot
If it has two stars I liked it a lot and would recommend it
If it has three stars I really really liked it a lot
If it has four stars I insist you read it
If it has five stars it was life changing
Aug 24, 2011 Laura rated it liked it
Shelves: magic
Recommended by mom; I really liked the characters, but the middle dragged with too much unnecessary detail. The ending wrapped up the story nicely and I imagine the other books in the series will explore the remaining female characters.
Jan 20, 2015 Ilia added it
I loved the book! The author has taken quite a different spin on a "magical" fiction. You will love the characters, especially Scruffy, the dog. If you like a mystery with a little magic thrown in, this is the book for you.
Feb 27, 2013 Kari rated it did not like it
i do not like mysteries with hints of such bloody violence. Nor do I care for books that portray witches as those who cause harm to others. The Witches Rede (the word we live by!) is:
"An ye harm none, do as ye will".
Peggy Donnelly
Dec 07, 2012 Peggy Donnelly rated it it was ok
This book tried too hard. It felt like the author went back and added adjective just to beef it up. The story was mildly engaging but I never felt connected with the characters.
May 18, 2011 Sharon rated it liked it
Bit of fluff and not terribly believable, but had its moments of fun and tension. I did not find the conclusion very satisfying, seemed a weak cop-out.
Aug 30, 2011 Jasmine rated it really liked it
Really good debut book for this author!! Nice easy read, good plot! A little unbelievable at one time or another, but not enough to dislike it!!!
Oct 23, 2009 Anita rated it liked it
liked this story. thot the characters were interesting. and their reasons for earth based spirit, and interests were good. good mystery too.
Nov 05, 2014 Theresa rated it it was amazing
I loved this hokey book and am already on book 3!
Feb 16, 2010 Marge rated it liked it
This wasn't a bad book, nor was it that thrilling. It was a decent mystery/thriller. Not sure that I would care to read the sequel.
Jun 24, 2011 Jan rated it really liked it
Shelves: chicklit, own-copy
I liked the five quirky characters, Cass in particular. The story line held my interest but lacked the "oomph" that would give it 5*s.
Jul 15, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed both the plot and the characters in this book. The Wiccan aspects were well portrayed and inspiring.
Aug 27, 2007 Bobbi rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Those who like magic and mystery
Loved it! Couldn't put it down. If you're into Wicca, crime solving mysteries this one's for you.
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AKA Dolores Riccio
AKA Dolores Stewart

Dolores Stewart Riccio was born in Boston and grew up in Pembroke, a small New England town on the South Shore of Massachusetts. She currently lives in Duxbury which is located near the town of Plymouth, the setting for her Circle novels.

Riccio writes "As a poet, I’d always signed my maiden name, Dolores Stewart. For cookbooks, I preferred my married name, Dolo
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