The Bennett Sisters

6 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 63 ratings

Blackbird Fly Publisher's Summary

The sudden death of her husband turns Merle Bennett's life upside down. She finds herself doing what she least expected, decamping to France for the summer to fix up the ancestral home. The village in southwest France should be idyllic: warm sunshine, vineyards, and walls of golden stone. As the past unravels, colliding with modern tensions and the filthy trials of renovation, the summer takes on a dark cast, full of secrets best left buried.In her first stand-alone suspense novel, Lise McClendon reaches deep into the past to find a France untouched by the outside world of tourism and fashion. Writing in a "lyrical, often humorous style," she brings both the pain and rewards of rebirth and the rich French countryside to life.

©2009 Lise McClendon (P)2011 Iambik Audio inc.
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  • Book 1

    • Blackbird Fly

    • By: Lise McClendon
    • Narrated by: Denice Stradling
    • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 39
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 33

    The sudden death of her husband turns Merle Bennett's life upside down. She finds herself doing what she least expected, decamping to France for the summer to fix up the ancestral home. The village in southwest France should be idyllic: warm sunshine, vineyards, and walls of golden stone.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Intelligent Interesting Read

    • By Andrea on 03-12-17

    Regular price: $11.19

  • Book 2

    • The Girl in the Empty Dress

    • Bennett Sisters Novels, Book 2
    • By: Lise McClendon
    • Narrated by: Denice Stradling
    • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    Merle Bennett is turning 50, and her four sisters are helping her celebrate by going to France on a walking tour of the Dordogne. But one sister invites along a law colleague whose annoying ways upset what Merle had hoped would be just "wine, women, and walking". When Gillian Sargent, the sixth wheel, finds an injured dog beside the road, the idyllic summer vacation takes a dark and dangerous turn. Why is the dog special? Who is after her? And what will they do to get the dog back?

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Speed Reader

    • By Cynthia Lott on 09-12-18

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 3

    • Give Him the Ooh-La-La

    • Bennett Sisters, Book 3
    • By: Lise McClendon
    • Narrated by: Denice Stradling
    • Length: 4 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    One of the Bennett Sisters got engaged at the end of The Girl in the Empty Dress. Now it's Christmas and time for an engagement party. Merle's French lover arrives just in time and sweeps her off her feet again. But is he really here for the engagement party and the holidays, or does he have a secret agenda?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoy the Bennett Sisters

    • By Alexis on 10-01-17

    Regular price: $14.95

  • Book 4

    • The Things We Said Today

    • Bennett Sisters, Book 4
    • By: Lise McClendon
    • Narrated by: Denice Stradling
    • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Another summer, another Bennett Sisters adventure. This time the whole family travels to Scotland for oldest sister Annie's wedding to a handsome Scot. They take over his family hunting lodge in the Highlands for a week. But is Annie, 14 years older than her groom and a confirmed bohemian, ready to give up her independence in her middle 50s?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fun series!

    • By Alexis on 10-01-17

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 5

    • The Frenchman

    • Bennett Sisters Mysteries, Book 5
    • By: Lise McClendon
    • Narrated by: Denice Stradling
    • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    Merle Bennett goes back to France - and her Frenchman - in this fifth installment of the Bennett Sisters mysteries. Sure that la belle France will cure all her ills and help her write a novel about the French Revolution, she sets out to prove her theory correct. Pascal, her Frenchman, scoffs at this. As a policeman, he knows France is pretty to look at but not all that pretty under surface. While Merle writes and renovates her stone cottage, Pascal encounters an old enemy, a man he put in prison years before. When Pascal disappears, Merle isn't sure if their relationship is over or something terrible has happened to Pascal.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • More, please!!

    • By Andrea on 04-19-18

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 6

    • Odette and the Great Fear

    • A Bennett Sisters Bonus (Bennett Sisters Mysteries, Book 6)
    • By: Lise McClendon, Merle Bennett
    • Narrated by: Denice Stradling
    • Length: 2 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Deep in the French countryside - as the country reels through rebellion, beheadings, and starvation - a goat herder named Odette is trying to survive. Just that is on her mind - survival. Since she marched to Versailles with a group of Parisian women to protest the high prices of wheat, her life has spun out of control. She's fled the capital for the countryside. But what will happen to her? Can she stay in the Dordogne, where the kindly farmers have taken pity on her?

    Regular price: $6.95