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Dolores Stewart Riccio Books In Order

Publication Order of Cass Shipton Books

Circle of Five (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Charmed Circle (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Divine Circle of Ladies Making Mischief (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Divine Circle of Ladies Courting Trouble (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Divine Circle of Ladies Playing with Fire (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Divine Circle of Ladies Rocking the Boat (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Divine Circle of Ladies Tipping the Scales (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Divine Circle of Ladies Painting the Town (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Divine Circle of Ladies Digging the Dirt (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Divine Circle of Ladies Burning Their Bridges (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Spirit (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Ghost Who Came Home from the Auction (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
My First Murder (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Ghost Who Walked In the Garden (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

366 Delicious Ways to Cook Pasta with Vegetables (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Superfoods for Life (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Antioxidant Power (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Dolores Stewart Riccio is an American author that writes cookbooks, poems, and novels in the mystery and thriller genres. Born in Boston and brought in New England most of the settings of her Circle of Five series of novels are set in Pembroke, Massachusetts where she grew up. She was married to Ottone Riccio an author, teacher, and poet, best known for the Intimate Art of Writing Poetry. From that first marriage she had two children son, Charles Sundance Anderson and daughter Lucy-Marie Sanel both of whom deem themselves among the Penobscots of Maine. Dolores is Scotch-Irish though she held a traditional Penobscot funeral in Indian Island on Old Town, Maine for her son, when she died in 2007. For her cookbooks, she has always preferred to use her married name Dolores Riccio, as she credits her Native American husband, who was insistent that she try many experimental dishes. Conversely, she uses her maiden name of Dolores Stewart when she is writing her poetry. Not one to abandon either of her heritage or past life, she decided to use both of her names when she pivoted to the writing of fiction novels. She has recently moved back to Pinehills, Plymouth the small town that she had always adored growing up as a child in nearby Pembroke. She lives at the Avalon Apartments, a pleasant and peaceful apartment complex in town, where she has all the time to write her thrillers and mysteries.

Her first love was poetry and over the years, she published her very best verse in some of the most renowned journals such as Poetry, Denver Quarterly, The Chicago Review, and American Scholar among others. Bellowing Ark Press published The Nature of Things and Doors to the Universe that are two of her best collections of poems. The two collections are also available at Swan Cottage Books, the author’s own bookstore. After attaining much success with her poetry, she decided to convert her love and talent for the making of exotic recipes into a moneymaking venture by making them into healthy recipe cookbooks. One of the cookbooks entitled Superfoods: 300 Recipes for Foods that Heal Body & Mind, was so successful and sold over 100, 000 copies in print. It was also featured in the Better Homes & Gardens Book Club and the Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club. The success of the cookbook was what she needed, as soon after she quit her job and became a freelance writer and greeting card editorial director. In addition to her poetry and the cookbooks, she has co-authored two paranormal volumes of stories about some of the most known haunted houses of the US. According to the author who is a big fan of the paranormal, researching and writing the volumes of works was some of the most fun she had ever had as a writer.

In recent years, Dolores has moved towards the writing of fiction thrillers. The Cass Shipton Adventures, together with two other freestanding novels are set in Plymouth, Massachusetts and are some of her most popular works. Dolores Stewart Riccio has always had a huge interest in the paranormal and reads a lot of Wicca, which serves as inspiration for her series of novels. Some of her favorite books on Wicca that she draws some of the history and ritualistic practices of her work from include Marion Weinstein’s Positive Magic: Ancient Metaphysical Techniques for Modern Lives, Ann Moura’s Witchcraft: An Alternative Path, Sister Moon’s A Step-by-Step Guide to Becoming a Modern Witch, by Sister Moon, and Starhawk’s The Spiral Dance. The Cass Shipton novels are about a group of five women that practice Wicca and solve crimes. Many of their activities, such as poetry, pets, herbs, food and long life long interests involve the metaphysical. The novels are adorable, good, and fun reads. It has many intricate plots and many interesting stories about the motivations and lives of ordinary women that have a charm of their own. The novels follow the lives of five women with very different lives and motivations that are best friends. These women get in trouble with, vent with, and rock boats with each other in these books. None of their lives are the same and each of the characters brings something different to the table which makes for enthralling, humorous, and brightly colored narratives.

The Circle of Five is the first novel of the Cass Shipton series and is set in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The lead characters do not have much in common but their love for pagan holiday celebrations and Wicca. Diedre, Phillipa, Heather, Fiona, and Cassandra all have their own interests that include lotions, herbs, tarot reading, which they practice in their close-knit support groups. Cassandra, who has a penchant for seeing visions, tells her friends that she has run into a stranger at the local grocery store that she believes could be a danger particularly, as he seems like a child predator. Taking up the investigation rather than take it to the police, the women put their lives in danger, when the killer becomes more violent once he notices that they are on his trail. He vows to destroy the group of five women and all they love if they do not back off.

Charmed Circle is the second novel of the Cass Shipton series of novels. In this fast-paced novel, Cass Shipton and her circle of friends are called in to find a local family that has mysteriously gone missing. Desperate to find the missing family, they find the trail leads to a vicious killer with a violent past. Between Cassandra’s circle of devoted friends, her booming herbalist venture and the wants of Scruffy her eccentric mutt, she finds her hands quite full. Things become worse when she has to take in a troublesome teenager. Winifred “Freddie” McGinty comes into Cassandras life, bringing along a whole lot of chaos to complicate her life. Nonetheless, Cass believes that it is up to her to help the teenager control and understand the powerful gifts that she has. She feels that the girl is very similar to her friends who have similar powers. However, even as she tries to lead the teenager into the right path her friends may have veered off from the path.

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