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Publisher's Summary

Scarlet receives another cryptic message during her late night call-in show. The man believes she’s responsible for his friend’s disappearance. Scarlet dismisses the accusation until she learns the missing girl and James’ sister, Amy, have a connection. Cedar Acres, the beautiful and tranquil care facility Amy calls home is also the last place the missing young woman was seen.

When James is denied access to his sister, the group of amateur sleuths find an alternative form of entry. Tom and Scarlet go undercover as patients in the hope of finding out what’s really going on at this mysterious facility.

Where is Amy? What happened to the missing girl and will Tom and Scarlet’s true identity be discovered?

With the aid of quirky aliases, spy gadgets, and bloodhounds, Scarlet and friends discover Cedar Acres is far from what it appears.

One thing is certain, there’s a murderer in their midst, and Scarlet’s running out of time. Can she solve the two young women’s disappearance before she becomes the killer’s next victim?

If you enjoy pause-resisting suspense and smart, feisty heroines, you’ll love Scarlet Oaks! 

This is the third book in the Scarlet Oaks series. Continue the adventure - buy Scarlet Oaks and the Banished Witness today!

©2019 Michaela James (P)2020 Michaela James

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Enjoyable end?

I’m unsure if this is the last S. Oaks book but it was a decent wrap up if it is. The story was entertaining, the narration is decent but the differentiations are very slight. This authors writing style is long winded and I get impatient listening when you can see where the storyline is going. This book did a better job than the second (on par with the first) with twists you don’t necessarily see coming. Overall enjoyable; parents there is some mild language. —I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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This series just gets better and better...........

Scarlet Oaks and the Banished Witness is the third book in this fun cozy mystery series. Although the mystery can easily stand on it's own, I think listeners will get the most enjoyment if they listen to the books in order. So many of the secondary characters and their relationships with each other and Scarlet continue to evolve from book to book. As with any cozy mystery, it is this character development that makes the Scarlet Oaks series so enjoyable. In her third outing into the amateur sleuth game, Scarlet and her compatriots take their investigation to a whole new level. I would actually describe their investigation as professional, given the many tentacled undercover operations involved. James has a great talent for finding the perfect balance between crazy, hilarious antics versus truly scary encounters and situations for the entire crew. I also thought she handled the issue of mental health and depression with finesse; she didn't downplay the seriousness of these conditions, but she added some lighter dialogue to fit with the cozy nature of the story. I highly recommend Scarlet Oaks and the Banished Witness as well as the entire series to any and all mystery fans. Kimberly M Wetherell narrates all the books in the series, and she is the perfect fit for Scarlet's bright, bubbly personality. Even with the high number of secondary characters, Wetherell always adds something unique to each, so the narration is very easy to follow. Her performance is flawless, and she takes an already entertaining story and makes it even more fun as an audiobook. I received a copy of this audiobook at my request in exchange for this honest review.

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Book 3 in great series

Are you a fan of quirky characters? How about mysteries you can't decipher in the first three chapters. Well I have a great read for you. This is book three in the Scarlet Oaks series but it can be read as a stand-alone book. I have read the other two books and they do add a little to the storyline plus I highly recommend them because they are wonderful. Kimberly M. Wetherell is the narrator of this book as well as the other two books. Kimberly does a wonderful job bringing the written word to life. I was gifted this audiobook by the author but this review is all my own words.

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Mystery Inc.

Scarlett Oaks and her friends foils the bad guys again. I can't forget about her little pig cutie Prudence who is always so much fu . This book offers intrigue, drama murder and love. I must admit just when I think I had it all figured out twist and turns took me in a new direction. The book is well written with quirky characters ad a amazing storyline to match. I am in love with this series. I received this book at my request and I am voluntarily leaving my honest review.

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Great mystery!

Great mystery! Good continuation of the series but would work as a stand alone also. I thought it was over twice and it sucked me back in with other twists and turns! I received a free copy and left my honest review

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Scarlet Oaks

Michaela James has a panache for writing quirky characters that are endearing. I so enjoy Scarlet Oaks and her friends and her pet pig. The imagery in the book is fantastic. I can envision so much. This cozy mystery kept me guessing, which I love. The Cedar Acres care facility was the perfect backdrop for this book. The spy gadgets were a plus too. The suspense and humor were well balanced. Kimberly M. Wetherell was great bringing the characters to life. She gave them distinguishable voices, so I knew who was speaking. This book is both a standalone listen and part of a series.

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  • 07-02-20

Wow! I really enjoyed this book.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. From cute pet pigs and evil doers this was a delicious little cosy mystery at Cedar Acres care facility. Something is going on with missing residents and Scarlet is soon playing amateur sleuth hot on the case. As a heroine, she's fantastic, witty and fun, so are her circle of friends. Narration by Kimberley Wetherhall really brings this story to life. Each character was distinct and the performance is a credit to her skill. I don't want to give any spoilers, but this is a perfect tale for curling up with a cuppa coffee and your own quirky four-legged companion, or some candles and a soak in the tub. This is the third in the series and I listened to it hungrily after books 1 & 2.

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  • 05-16-20

Don't banish this book because it's to good

Wow, I really enjoyed this book.This is book three in the series and the rest of the books are well worth a listen too. The book could be a stand alone book but you would miss out on all the history between the characters and two other very enjoyable reads. I love the quirky characters and there unique way of solving the mysteries from the undercover acting to the spy gadgets, making it very entertaining and a book you won't want to hit the pause button while In the middle of. The story does jump between characters as Scarlet and all her friends get in on the action in order to solve the murder, even Scarlet's pet pig gets into character. The mystery was good with plenty of plot twists as it unfolds. All in all a good light hearted cozy mystery that will leave waiting for the next book in the series to come out. Scarlet while on air at the local radio station gets another caller claiming to know about a murder. With no other information she can't follow through until the phone call in tracked back to the very same place as her boyfriend James sister is a resident of. The very same place he has been denied access to. Worried about hopefully her future sister in law Amy, Scarlet and her friends hatch an elaborate plan to bust her out of the care home by going in under cover, armed with lots of spy gadgets. But finding Amy in the home proves to be difficult and the more they investigate the more they don't like what is happening because the missing girl the caller phoned in about isn't the only person to have gone missing. Can Scarlet and her friends find out what is really going on at the care home? I liked the narrator and thought she did a really good job of bringing the characters to life with there own unique voices. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.