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Cassie Scot

ParaNormal Detective
Narrated by: Melissa Reizian Frank
Series: Cassie Scot, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
4 out of 5 stars (110 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Cassie Scot is the ungifted daughter of powerful sorcerers, born between worlds but belonging to neither. At 21, all she wants is to find a place for herself, but earning a living as a private investigator in the shadow of her family's reputation isn't easy. When she is pulled into a paranormal investigation, and tempted by a powerful and handsome sorcerer, she will have to decide where she truly belongs.

When sorcerers call the shots, what's a girl without powers to do? Get ready for a ripper of a murder mystery full of romance and intrigue, where magic potions bubble, passions spark and vampires are definitely not your friend. Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective grabs you by the heart and won't let go.

©2013 Christine Amsden (P)2013 Christine Amsden

Critic Reviews

"In this entertaining series opener, Amsden ( The Immortality Virus) introduces readers to the eponymous Cassie, a decidedly mundane member of a magical family…Listeners will enjoy Cassie's fish-out-of-water struggles as she fights magical threats with little more than experience and bravado." ( Publisher's Weekly)

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excellent new series (hopefully!)

These days, I rarely buy a new book without reading others' reviews. I had hopes for the book after reading the reviews and I must say, I wasn't disappointed.

The story is simple, yet woven with undercurrents of complexity. The pace is fast, but not a 'race'. The characters are a mix of dark, gritty and normal folks.

The main characters are truly well developed (some comments about Cassie made me think she might come across as a blithering temperamental young adult) and instead, are true to their nature /age /disposition.

I honestly can't wait to get my hands on the sequel and might even go ahead and buy it in paperback format if audible doesn't have it in time!

High praise for both author and narrator, who made the experience quite enjoyable.

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This book hooked me from the beginning!

Would you listen to Cassie Scot again? Why?

Yes, I would, since I felt sad that it was over last night when I finished listening. Actually, I was almost "mad" when it ended - I wanted more, which is the sign of a brilliant writer and good plotting. Ms. Amsden is a superb writer. It's not easy for many young writers to get past the novice stage of overwriting, or distracted writing, or too much embellishment, repetition, or dropping tension - but this new writer is already on the top of her game, right out of the starting gate. She is a natural storyteller, and she writes with such fluid simplicity that the words seamlessly tell the story in a natural, suspenseful fashion. I'm very impressed with her style.

What other book might you compare Cassie Scot to and why?

I've never read many books in this genre. Well, actually, this is my first. But I'd say that although it's marketed as YA, the appeal is very broad and many adults will become hooked on the series, not unlike the Harry Potter books.

What does Melissa Reizian Frank bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I really loved Melissa's dialog interpretations and her varied voices between men and women. Nicely done!. She sounded natural and enthusiastic, and showed great emotion when appropriate. I felt she was totally engaged in the story, and that was exciting to hear.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes! I kept getting mad at Cassie for her very "young," reactions to her world and relationships (not surprising for her character age) such as family and boyfriends. She assumed a lot, which sent her reeling off in wrong directions (often in her own mind). But the natural misinterpretations on her part were well told and absolutely believable, reminding me of real world people I know who do the same.

I laughed a lot - although this book has some pretty tense and scary scenes (being bitten multiple by a villainous vampire was pretty graphically described, and most frightening!), it also had a nice, light, cheeky sense of humor that I adored.

Any additional comments?

So many questions remain. I've heard there's a series and a sequel coming up soon, called Secrets and Lies.

Can't wait to find out why Cassie's parents disowned her - what was that all about? It had to be to protect her or their other children.

What is it about Evan they are so afraid of? There's something really big here, but we still don't know what it is.

Why is Cassie so intuitive, and is that really her "gift?" She showed that intuition all through the book, although she didn't recognize it in herself.

Why doesn't she react like most girls to men who obvious love her? (I kind of liked that part, having raised 3 teenage daughters who were NOT like that, LOL)

Will she be able to overcome her feelings of inadequacy in order to grow into a more confident woman in the future?

Will she resolve things with her family?

Will she marry Evan and have super special babies with powers?

I also want to know if Christine Amsden came from a large family like that of Cassie Scot. She described it so well. ;o)

Thanks, Ms. Amsden, for a great listen!

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Unique coming-of-age story in a paranormal world.

Cassie Scot Paranormal Detective is a paranormal mystery/romance, but it is even more a coming-of-age story. Cassie Scot is a 21 year-old woman living in a modern day world in which vampires and magic exist. She is the daughter of two powerful magicians, and she has six younger siblings of equal magical power. Cassie is the only member of this magical family with no magical skills, and this has shaped her entire life and personality. After a brief stint with the police, Cassie opens a NORMAL detective agency, and she has her first case in this book, putting her back in contact with a childhood friend, Evan, an incredibly power magi. Although the book is filled with plenty of action and some paranormal elements, Cassie's struggles are very relatable to us non-paranormal folks. She is faced with all the major life decisions facing any 20 something, and it was very fun watching her fumble her way through these decisions while being chased by vampires and villains alike. The book wrapped up nicely with a surprise reveal on the bad guy, but it left plenty unresolved, so I hope the series continues on Audible.

Melissa Reizian Frank's narration is very enjoyable. Her delivery is flawless, and she has a light almost bouncy voice that suits Cassie's youthful personality well. I would definitely listen to another audiobook performance by Frank in the future.

I received a copy of this audiobook at my request in exchange for this honest review.

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great paranormal Detective.

a lovely book I enjoyed it very much it's a great great for a series it was very enjoyable the narrator was great and overall it was a wonderful listen

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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Wow! Great Book!

This was a great book! I am going to have to read the whole series! So many questions left unanswered!
Definitely put it on your TBR list.

Narrator was terrific.

I was given this review copy and this is my honest review.

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Pleasantly Surprised

I received this book free of charge in return for an honest review and although I was not truly expecting much when I started it was surprisingly good. The main character felt human and made stupid mistakes just like everyone else. I am already itching for the next book.

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good start

This was an enjoyable listen. The narration was excellent. The story was interesting and the pace was steady. Not sure if I like the main character. She is a bit immature but I suppose that leaves more room for growth in future books.
I was given this free audiobook copy at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Thoroughly charmed and caught in a spell

I have been thoroughly charmed and caught in a spell spun by Christine Amsden. I am not sure what I expected of Cassie Scot but what I got was a lovable and charming character that has won me over. Cassie a “Marilyn Munster” in a magical family has to carve her own way. When nothing is done for the simple reason of favor but has repercussions and debts to be paid, it can be a little tricky. Cassie runs her own detective agency and works with her former boss the police chief to solve magical and cases.

When a client comes into the office with hopes of Cassie serving a subpoena to a love potion making witch thing go from easy to puzzling when Cassie finds a dead body. Only the dead body turns out to be cousin to a powerful and childhood friend/crush Evan. A sorcerer that is rumored to place love spells on the women he meets. They begin to work together to find out who is behind the murders and quickly become gossip.

Added to the mayhem is a crazy and magical family that all live together in one house. All of Cassie’s siblings have magical ability. It is a wildly funny and chaotic atmosphere. All is not perfect in this household. Feeling less than and not good enough has plagued Cassie since childhood and continues.

Cassie struggles to figure out who she is and who she can trust. It’s hard with so many secrets and lies swirling around. Cassie is beginning to realize someone wants her dead. Who will help her? Who will cast her aside and who can she trust?

Such a good story that when I finished I immediately searched for book 2. Sadly we will have to wait till November. ((sad face)) I want it now mummy!

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  • Kira
  • Murray, UT, United States
  • 04-15-14

Great paranormal mystery

Any additional comments?

Amsden, Christine, Cassie Scot: Paranormal Detective. 8:27 hrs. Audible Download, 2013.
Daughter of two powerful sorcerers, powerless Cassie Scot is a disappointment to her family and doesn’t feel like she fits in. When a vampire starts killing other magical practitioners, Cassie enlists the help of local, powerful sorcerer and cousin of one of the victims, Evan Blackwood to solve the case. As she investigates, however, her friend, Angie becomes the next target. When she and Evan take on the friend’s vampiric boyfriend on their own, however, the stakes heat up and now the mysterious vampire is out to get her. To make matters worse, her mom is pregnant again and her and her father think that their only ideal magical protection is to disown Cassie. Fortunately, her cousin, Jason, and her brother, Nicholas aren’t about to leave her in the dark. Without a magical protector, however, Cassie’s life is more in danger than ever. Can Cassie solve the crime without becoming vampire chow? Will she ever be able to repair her relationship with her family after her parents’ betrayal?

The characters in this book are entertaining and well-developed. Although, the readers will probably want to strangle her parents for their stupidity, the family dynamic for most of the book is engaging and easily draws the reader into Cassie’s world. The plot is well-paced, engaging, and well-developed. The love triangle between Cassie, Braden, and Evan is masterfully done, but the reader will feel left unsatisfied with the ending. Fortunately, there is a sequel which will leave plenty of chance for this triangle to run its course. Readers who like paranormal mystery with a little bit of romance will enjoy reading this book.

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Awesome Urban Fantasy

This is a really fantastic story, think cozy mystery meets urban fantasy. Really awesome from beginning to end!!! The story flowed and never had any dull moments. The mystery was just tough enough to keep you guessing right along with Cassie!

Cassie is really well written and not super angsty. She has just the right amount of attitude and spunk for a girl just coming into her own. Twenty one is a tough age, you are considered an adult but still feeling your way in life choices. She has the additional troubles of being part of a very powerful magical family and not having powers herself. Although, there are hints that everything may not be as cut and dry as they seem.

I really liked Evan and am totally routing for him!!! While most of the book is written in Cassie's POV, there is an Epilogue that is all Evan. It really made me see the real guy behind all that power and bluster.

The steamiest you get here is a scorching hot kiss. But there is hope for the next booking getting hotter!

There are also many supporting characters that round out the quirky cast. Cassie straddles the line between Paranormal and average gal, and her friends and family reflect that situation.

I listened to the audio book, the narrator Melissa Reizian Frank is terrific!!! She had great voices and characterization a that were easy to identify. She drew you more into the story and had you by the heart at emotional moments! I am definitely putting her on my listen list!!

Can't wait for the next book! There are a few issues still to resolve and I am really eager to see if I am right about Cassie!!! I am easily addicted here!!

*Discosure- I was given a copy of this book for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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  • Inishowen Cailin
  • 04-18-19

Brilliant

I really loved this book and I listened to it in one go. I couldn't put it down. The story was exciting from start to finish with plenty of twists and turns and a whole host of quirky, mysterious and magical characters. Excellent! The narration was spot on which made the book an easy listen and the rest of the series a must buy for me.
I can't wait to listen to the rest!

I voluntarily reviewed an advance reading audio copy.

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  • Mac
  • 04-18-19

Brilliant

This is an awesome book, couldn’t stop listening to it. Fabulous storyline and great characters. The narrator is spot on. I would love to listen to more in this series I highly recommend this audiobook.👍😍😄

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  • ChaosKay
  • 04-03-19

Fabulous start to the series.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Cassie Scot is the oldest child of 7 powerful magic children and parents , however she hasn’t any magic herself .
The family are rather dysfunctional and although Cassie feels bitter about her lack of magic she loves them dearly.
She left the police to become a normal private investigator but no matter what she does she gets sucked into the paranormal.
She eventually ends up working with her child hood sweetheart Evan Blackwood but her parents have a long standing feud with his Father about what she doesn’t know but they are determined to stop Cassie having anything to do with Evan.
I really enjoyed this first book and the narrator really made the characters come to life. I’ve already read book 2 and will be buying further books in this series .