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Bad to the Crone

A Spell's Angels Cozy Mystery, Book 1
Narrated by: Meghan Kelly
Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (184 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Scout Randall is more than a witch on a motorcycle. She’s more than the magic she wields. She’s also a woman with a secret past that she can’t remember...a sarcastic wonder who acts before she thinks.

The one thing Scout knows with absolute certainty is that she’s got a purpose in life...and that purpose is fighting evil. That’s why she joined the Spell’s Angels, a biker group with offices all across the world. It’s because of the group that she finds herself in northern Lower Michigan, in a place called Hawthorne Hollow, where magic is out in the open and Scout finds her powers are constantly on display.

She was transferred to the town because they needed help, although no one will tell her what happened to the woman who held the position before her, and she’s constantly distracted by the local denizens, including Gunner Stratton, a shifter with a history he would rather keep to himself.

Scout is determined to do her job...even if it means taking on the congregation of a local church with murky origins. It seems the dead are rising in Hawthorne Hollow, and it’s up to Scout to figure out why.

She’s going to have to learn to trust her new coworkers - and a few random outsiders in the colorful town - on the fly because they’re all going to have to come together to take down an enemy that is strong enough to wipe Hawthorne Hollow off the map.

Get ready for adventure because it’s going to be nonstop from here on out.

©2019 Amanda M. Lee (P)2019 Amanda M. Lee

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Highly Entertaining and Enjoyable

Bad to the Crone is a fantastically entertaining and completely enthralling mystery. I loved losing myself to Lee’s awe-inspiring world of the paranormal with a hint of danger, friendship, and heart. It was such a wonderful breath of fresh air. The originally of the plot and all of the depth and intrigue left me completely delighted and entertained. What a joy to discover incredible characters that never failed to surprise and always held my full attention. I couldn’t have asked for anything more in order to add to this fabulous mystery! It was perfect, and I highly recommend it!

Meghan Kelly never fails to deliver high quality narration, and this one exceeded my expectations! I was left breathless listening to her build the depth and personality to each unique character. Her stunning contribution to this story has brought forth a world that has enriched my literacy appreciation and allowed me the opportunity to experience and savor the work of authors whom I would not normally read. Nothing she creates ever falls flat. Instead, I find my admiration for her work continuing to grow with each foray into her impressive collection. I can’t wait to see what she creates next!

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A must listen selection !

Loved the character and storyline developments; which can spin off in so many interesting avenues, with so many loveable characters. This book grabs the listener and pulls them right in. I am so looking forward to the next release and cannot wait to see which pathway the author takes us down next time!

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Bad To Crone

A great new set of characters from Amanda Lee. I loved the story and magic and confidence heroine. Hope the next in series is soon to come

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Love the New Series!

I love this new addition to the Amanda M. Lee universe. It has some great characters that I can't wait to see develop. I am also anxious to see how this series expands the mythos of the universe. I have my guesses about how Scout fits in and how this series might inform readers about how magic came to be and why it is so diverse and cannot wait to if my guesses are correct.

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Bad to the Crone

Loved this new series. Scout is kind of a bad arse. chang wait to see where things go with Gunner and to see what misadventures follow in Hawthorne Hallow.

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amazing

by far my favorite Amanda m lee book and tags saying lot I love all her work

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Wild and Witchy

Scout's origins are a mystery. After being left as a toddler at a fire station with no memory of her parents, she's taken in and given a name. As she grew, it became apparent that she had a special set of gifts. She feels it's her duty to use her powers for good and joins a biker club called the Spells Angels to fight evil. It means a nomadic lifestyle, loose roots, and the chance to find out where she came from.

When she rolls into Hawthorn Hollow, it's quieter than she expected and Scout can't imagine what dangers the small town could possibly hide. It's so little, she doesn't even need her bike to get around. But it turns out evil likes small and quiet, the kind of cozy places where neighbors trust one another and never lock their doors.

With a team of powerful witches, including a broody, handsome Gunner, Scout fights to keep her new post as monster-free as possible. But questions about her own past and getting to know the ins and outs of her new crew makes for a complicated time for our witchy heroine.

I wish the actual Spells Angels bikers played a bigger part in the book. It had great potential and I thought a witch on a motorcycle was such an awesome idea, but once she's in Hawthorn Hollow, Scout's biker crew is just, well, a crew. It would have made more sense to just make it a coven instead of build up the biker stuff in the beginning just for it to fall a little flat. Since this is a series, I'm hoping the next books have some serious Harley vibes.

Scout was a fun character and I really want to know the rest of her backstory. Strong female leads who don't take any back talk are some of favorites and her sassy comebacks were always welcome. Perhaps Gunner might be strong enough to take her on, but who knows what their idea of romance would be! Knowing them, it'd be rounding up some varied and hitting the biker bar for some wings.

The narrator Kelly couldn't disappoint me if she tried. This particular cast of characters was wild compared to the traditional romances of hers I've heard in the past. The range of her voice is always impressive. She's gone from a sweet school teacher in the Midwest to a werewolf king to a strong biker witch and have none of them sound the same. I like to think I could identify each of the books she's worked on with nothing more than a character clip! Maybe I'll try that one time and put my possible skills to use.

Overall, Bad to the Crone was a fun, light listen that's squeaky clean, making it safe for fans of all ages.

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  • Jan M
  • Southwest
  • 03-24-19

Bad to the Crone

Amanda M Lee has created another great cozy mystery. I love the vivid imagery in this story and found the narration by Meghan Kelly brought the characters to life. She has distinguishable voices for the various characters, and added the right attitude for the snark and humor. This listen is pure escapism with the witches, werewolves, and vampires. Scout is an intriguing character, and I am looking forward to the next book in this series. I will definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator.

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Bad to the Crone

Wow! This book is so interesting to listen to. The way magic is described and the uniqueness of Scout’s abilities is amazing to listen to. I really hope that she and Gunner are able to find their way together and hopefully find out what she is missing in her memories about her childhood.

Narration was phenomenal! The way Meghan does so many different voices seamlessly is beyond amazing. I always knew who was talking at any given time and the emotions she can put into the character’s words are so realistic you feel like you are right there to see it yourself.

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A excellent audio

This audio is full of action from the first scene. You get a sense of something lurking from the first paragraph.
When Scout ends up in Gunners biker bar that’s when everything starts . I like how Scott got her name , from the fire station that she was left at . You have to get this audio to see how there are little twits and turns with a few things to have you waiting to see where they lead , like the dirt in the church . There are a few minor characters that show up regularly, maybe their own story , Like Gunners sister or Mama Moon . Why was Scout left behind when she was little , why was the memory wiped from her mind. You have to get it to see

Meghan Kelly was incredible, her voice brings you right into the story . How she does all the characters at once is incredible, Meghan Kelly has sooo much talent

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  • Miss belle
  • 04-10-19

New series

Great start to a new series. New characters, good storyline and enough magic and mystery to keep me happy