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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (517 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marcia Talley Narrator: Susan Ericksen Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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The promise of discretion and pampering - and a longer overdue reconciliation with her mother - draws Caroline Blessing, the young wife of a newly elected congressman, to the fancy Phoenix Spa. But after her first night in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, Caroline wakes to find the rich and famous guests in turmoil and under suspicion: the spa's flamboyant and ambitious owner has been murdered. As the secrets come out - and the body count rises - can Caroline keep herself from becoming the next victim?

In the tradition of such collaborative classics as Naked Came The Manatee and The Floating Admiral, each chapter in this serial novel is written by one of today's most talented mystery novelists. They include Nevada Barr, J. D. Robb, Nancy Pickard, Lisa Scottoline, Pam O'Shaughnessy, Mary O'Shaughnessy, J. A. Jance, Faye Kellerman, Mary Jane Clark, Anne Perry, Diana Gabaldon, Val McDermid, and Laurie R. King.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mei | 2/11/2014

    " How could this not be a good book? Women at a spa, romance and murder! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phil | 1/9/2014

    " A collaborative effort between a dozen female authors. Well done, fun to read - fun to see how each author took the story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 1/2/2014

    " I loved the concept of each author writing a chapter, which could and did cause some twists and turns. For me, the story lost some continuity because where one author attempted to make a character a sympathetic personality, the next would turn that character into the polar opposite. Tells me I get very engaged with the characters! Given the format, it was a pretty good tale and kudos to the last in the line who was left to mop up all the pieces and make them into a plausible ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra | 12/30/2013

    " Written by many different detective fiction authors (all women), this book is, at times, rather disjointed and somewhat unbelievable. All that being said, it was great fun!!! I enjoyed seeing my favorite authors writing in a different setting and even a different time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt Laduke | 12/14/2013

    " Very cool book with more twist that a mountain road. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Betti | 12/10/2013

    " A book written by 12 (I think - maybe 13) different mystery authors - one for each chapter. It was a fun concept to consider and a fun book to read - surprisingly the story hung together very well and after the first page or two of each chapter, I totally forgot that there was a different author writing. I'd love to hear the authors talk about their experience and how the ending was like or not what they had imagined when writing their own chapter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Freddy | 12/6/2013

    " A really fun mystery - especially with the twists from so many writers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 11/25/2013

    " was interesting to see each author put her spin the story.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kait Roe | 11/22/2013

    " great fun, with Nevada Barr, Diana Gabaldon and Laurie R. King one really can't go wrong. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 11/3/2013

    " Interesting concept. A serial mystery written by 13 top-notch mystery writers. Easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mindy | 10/18/2013

    " Interesting concept, collaboration writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 10/16/2013

    " Clever serial novel with a chapter from a number of top authors in romantic suspense/mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 7/11/2013

    " A murder mystery with each chapter written by a different author. Fun idea and well edited such that the story flows from author to author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheldon Lehman | 6/19/2013

    " It really was interesting to see how each author took the story on her chapter. I would comment on the ending but it would be a spoiler "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elaine | 8/4/2012

    " an odd conglomeration of writing styles "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth Marshall | 7/31/2012

    " Fun book, love the concept of each author building on what came before them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karin | 7/8/2012

    " This is the first book of it's kind to come to my attention and the idea of several writers writing one story together is really interesting.The story itsself was a bit weak but I thought it was a remarkable effort. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nick | 6/10/2012

    " I loved the idea of this book. Each chapter written by a different author. Unfortunately it didn't seem to work. I though the characters were sometimes inconsistent, like some authors didn't really know them. Also by the end it was pretty far-fetched. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zaanodes | 11/11/2011

    " This was such a fun read. It is amazing to me that 13 writers can put together a cohesive story. I may try other serial novels! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori Mason | 10/3/2011

    " A humorous mystery, each chapter written by a well-known author. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nita | 3/3/2011

    " I gave up on this one. Like many serial, it gets more & more absurd but wasn't even entertaining like the Hiassen ones. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 2/12/2011

    " A fun mystery listen on audiobook. I particularly enjoyed the different voices from each writer and the convoluted ending was hilarious. It was like listening to a soap opera! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karin | 1/21/2011

    " This is the first book of it's kind to come to my attention and the idea of several writers writing one story together is really interesting.The story itsself was a bit weak but I thought it was a remarkable effort. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra | 1/10/2011

    " Written by many different detective fiction authors (all women), this book is, at times, rather disjointed and somewhat unbelievable. All that being said, it was great fun!!! I enjoyed seeing my favorite authors writing in a different setting and even a different time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 10/6/2010

    " Interesting concept. A serial mystery written by 13 top-notch mystery writers. Easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kait | 2/21/2010

    " great fun, with Nevada Barr, Diana Gabaldon and Laurie R. King one really can't go wrong. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zaanodes | 9/23/2009

    " This was such a fun read. It is amazing to me that 13 writers can put together a cohesive story. I may try other serial novels! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 WK | 6/23/2009

    " This is one you read for the plot, but not in the usual way. Thirteen chapters written by thirteen authors (if I remember correctly), each trying to make it more difficult for the next author. Fun!
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 8/6/2008

    " Clever serial novel with a chapter from a number of top authors in romantic suspense/mystery. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nita | 7/30/2008

    " I gave up on this one. Like many serial, it gets more & more absurd but wasn't even entertaining like the Hiassen ones. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 3/17/2008

    " A humorous mystery, each chapter written by a well-known author. "

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About the Narrator

Susan Ericksen is an actor and voice-over artist. She has been awarded nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as the prestigious Audie Award. As an actor and director, she has worked in theaters throughout the country.