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Opal Fire: A Stacy Justice Mystery, Book 1 | [Barbra Annino]

Opal Fire: A Stacy Justice Mystery, Book 1

Stacy Justice is your average small-town reporter...who just so happens to be a witch. She’s never had the time or patience to mess around with the magic her grandmother and great-aunts are into, even though Grandma says Stacy has a higher calling. Right now, Stacy has stories to cover, her cousin Cinnamon’s bar to help run, and her cute cop boyfriend and flatulent Great Dane to keep her company. But when someone sets Cinnamon’s bar ablaze - almost killing Stacy in the process - the green-eyed redhead will have to embrace her inner witch after all.
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Publisher's Summary

Stacy Justice is your average small-town reporter...who just so happens to be a witch. She’s never had the time or patience to mess around with the magic her grandmother and great-aunts are into, even though Grandma says Stacy has a higher calling. Right now, Stacy has stories to cover, her cousin Cinnamon’s bar to help run, and her cute cop boyfriend and flatulent Great Dane to keep her company.

But when someone sets Cinnamon’s bar ablaze - almost killing Stacy in the process - the green-eyed redhead will have to embrace her inner witch after all. Then her investigation into the crime reveals two things: Someone wants Stacy dead, and her so-called magic skills are rusty. If she doesn’t get her mojo back soon, she won’t live long enough to find out if Grandma was right.

A bewitching tale of mystery, magic, and mayhem, Opal Fire ignites a dazzling new mystery series.

©2012 Barbra Annino (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    susan Columbus, Ohio, United States 01-15-13
    susan Columbus, Ohio, United States 01-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Very enjoyable mystery with a slight bit of magic"
    What did you love best about Opal Fire?

    The story was very entertaining and I'm a sucker for a story that has an animal as part of the story (Stacy's pet dog). Not only was it comical in places, but it had a good mystery at the heart of the story. Her family provided several laugh out loud moments and added to the story. This was a cleverly written who-done-it, without getting bogged down in the details. It was a very easy listen and the narrator was very good. I look forward to the other two books in the series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really liked Stacy's character and her relationship with her dog and family. Even though she was a witch, that was not the main focus of the story. She is a very normal type of person who just happens to have magical abilities and a dysfunctional family.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking for a lighthearted, fun mystery with several quirky characters and a strong female lead character who is very likeable, then this is the story for you.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth edgewater, FL, United States 01-21-13
    Elizabeth edgewater, FL, United States 01-21-13
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    "Love the Story Line"
    What did you love best about Opal Fire?

    The story line is great at first I had a hard time getting into it but once I did I finished it in one night


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really wish i could say Stacy but I really love the sister bound between the three older ladies coming from a three sister family I know how they really feel when they take care of one another I think I would be lolly even though I am the youngest lol I like to be out there sometimes!!!


    What about Amy Rubinate’s performance did you like?

    I did Like The way the Story Was told so Thumbs up


    If you could rename Opal Fire, what would you call it?

    I can't re name it the name fits when you read the book


    Any additional comments?

    I wish they were longer!!!!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Serenity Greenwood, IN, United States 09-19-13
    Serenity Greenwood, IN, United States 09-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Horrible narration"
    What disappointed you about Opal Fire?

    The narrator is reading so fast its hard to absorb the story. She also reads this so emotionless. Save your money and just the kindle version where your kindle can read it to you. What a waste the story looked good. Just could not listen to this at all.


    What was most disappointing about Barbra Annino’s story?

    Not sure couldn't listen to it due to narration


    How could the performance have been better?

    Different narrator, or get this woman to slow down instead of speed reading it and possibly get her some emotions.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Opal Fire?

    Unsure


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Branford, CT, United States 03-18-13
    Jean Branford, CT, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2010

    A five star rating is a rare occurrence from me, as is a one star rating. I primarily listen to sci-fi though I will branch out occasionally. Political satire/comedy and I did manage to laugh my way through that whole E.L. James series... you know the one...

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    "There are some holes here, but decent effort"
    What did you like best about Opal Fire? What did you like least?

    Here we have a supernatural mystery where the supernatural doesn't overwhelm the story. It gives the story a good grounding while having enough wonder at what the supernatural side of things will contribute.

    On the downside the characters were a little two dimensional. There needs to be a bit more development there. The villain of the piece was a little obvious and could have been more of a surprise with a few more tweaks and less mustache twirling.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Barbra Annino? Why or why not?

    I've already picked up the next two in the series. I listen to a lot of audiobooks and am always looking for promising authors.


    What does Amy Rubinate bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A good narrator can make or break an audiobook. Additionally, the right narrator can really bring the characters to life. Amy R. does a good job here and I think can be safely added to the list of Narrators that I will gladly listen to.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    JEAN nederland, TX, United States 07-25-13
    JEAN nederland, TX, United States 07-25-13 Member Since 2009
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    "fun listen"

    fun listen it was full of twist and turns liked it when i was listening to it but when i got time to write the review i had problems remembering the storyline i had to go back. i had oh yeah that one moment. is worth the listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Farrell Colorado Springs, CO, United States 03-05-13
    Farrell Colorado Springs, CO, United States 03-05-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Cute"

    Light and funny. A good pass of a few hours. I'll probably continue with the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sara 02-04-13
    Sara 02-04-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Super Fun Listen!~"

    Loved it and think the series is very fun! I can't wait to download the second book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. Schmidt Mid-America 01-18-13
    C. Schmidt Mid-America 01-18-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Narrator has an odd voice"
    What did you love best about Opal Fire?

    This is straight genre writing. It's a satisfying story and a good mystery.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Amy Rubinate’s performances?

    Yes and no. I want to listen to the other titles in this series, but I would rather this narrator were not doing them. I would never seek out this narrator. Her voice is very flat and has an odd inflection. Words like "death" sound like "dath," and I find that distracting.


    Any additional comments?

    It's interesting to learn a bit about wicken culture.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-28-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Love the narrator! Great book too."
    Would you listen to Opal Fire again? Why?

    Totally!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Opal was awesome and funny.


    Have you listened to any of Amy Rubinate’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I bought this book because I like supernatural suspense, but I also liked the sample of narration that I read. Totally worked to the end.


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    Shawn Frederick, MD, United States 02-08-14
    Shawn Frederick, MD, United States 02-08-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Sad! Sounded like it could be a new series for me!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't think I know anyone that would enjoy it. I didn't even finish it because the story just wasn't going anywhere. I thought that the concept sounded like a new series to try but was disappointed.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I couldn't stand the narrator's speaking pattern!! It was so annoying that this could have been part of the reason I couldn't get into the story. I thought this was a character choice because of the personality of the character. However, whenever she spoke lines from the character she didn't use that same pattern, so it left me annoyed!!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It didn't really have any redeeming qualities because maybe if the story had been stronger, the narrator wouldn't have bothered me so much.


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    "Opal Fire is on fire!"

    Congrats to Barbra for a fab story line - I have read this e-book but to hear it the narrator Any Rubinate has done a fabulous job in helping to tell the story. I'm always a little worried about picking the right narrator for a book I've already read, but this was a great choice. Thanks to Audible for publishing.... I've brought all three now to listen to. Well done all involved.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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