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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
A bit more history and character development
Good character narration and voice.
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
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!!!
I did Like The way the Story Was told so Thumbs up
I can't re name it the name fits when you read the book
I wish they were longer!!!!!
Cute story line, but I get the feeling that she wants to have some quirky/different characters but she doesn't pull it off,
It was an okay story, but I wouldn't buy it again if I were given the choice.
A lover of cozy mysteries, contemporary romance and getting lost in the world of audiobooks
I thought this would be a cute witchy kinda book, like Hocus Pocus. But this book had far too many supernatural elements & real Pagan elements. It wasn't an enjoyable read. It just went a step too far. If you're looking for a Sabrina the teenage witch cute cozy read this is NOT that.
I bought this book because it was the daily deal and I like mysteries. The story had potential, but the writing is lackluster and amateurish. The character development is poor. The reading was the worst part though. The narrator gives this awful, breathy performance that annoyed me throughout the story. When the characters are angry you would never know it from her voice as it never changes. I was disappointed because I thought it would be a fun series to get into but it just wasn't enough for me,
I enjoyed this book and have since listened to book two. This tale is easy to listen and has enough story-line to keep me keen to return to find out what happens. Stacy Justice and her faithful Great Dane work to solve a mystery when her cousin's bar is burned down. Stacy lives in a small town with colourful friends, family, and neighbours.
For me, the story was dull, the narration was one-note, and I just didn't care about any of them.
The narrator is clear and can make voice distinctions and has diction and pronunciation down cold, but there was no variation in ... mood? I get that this is supposed to be a "serious" story, (crazy witches in capes and arson and drunks in a weird bar with with a dominatrix owner/manager and a Great Dane dog/familiar) but, in my head, there would have been some humor to go with the anger. And the lead characters were all angry. And serious. Yikes.
The author can write a scene and sentence; she is absolutely capable with the mechanics of her craft. Her characters were clear -- I could pick them out in a crowd. Or maybe a mob. An angry mob. Or at least a snotty one.
But maybe it is just me. I will not be revisiting this author nor this narrator, but absolutely, YMMV.
"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.
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