Nine Lives (Lily Dale Mystery Series #1)

Nine Lives (Lily Dale Mystery Series #1)

by Wendy Corsi Staub

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Nine Lives 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Marla-Bradeen More than 1 year ago
NINE LIVES is an entertaining and touching paranormal mystery. I enjoyed the characters and the small-town setting, and the heroine is someone you'll root for from the very beginning. There are enough paranormal aspects to be intriguing, but not so many as to turn off readers who might prefer more traditional mysteries. Cozy mystery fans, especially those who like cats, will enjoy this book. Disclosure: I won a free copy of this book in a giveaway.
Mama_Cat More than 1 year ago
Oh, how I miss having young Max and his mom, Bella, in my car! These delightful characters of Wendy Corsi Staub’s, in the first novel of the Lily Dale mystery series, have been windshield companions by way of audio CD’s in recent days. As one who loves cozy mysteries, I was excited to listen to the first of the author’s cozy series. It is so much better than I could have imagined! Bella, a young widow and mother to little Max, was recently laid off from her teaching position. With no other place to go, they were driving from New York to Chicago where they would live with her stern mother-in-law. Searching for a campground that nobody has heard of led Bella and Max off the freeway, along with a very pregnant cat sitting across their lane, forcing them to stop and pick her up. They went from a local vet who read the microchip data, to the address of the owner in Lily Dale. They learned from a neighbor that Leona, the owner of the cat (that Max named Chance the Cat), died unexpectedly and mysteriously merely days earlier. What began as a one-night stay in the guesthouse that Leona owned turned into a few more days. Bella helped with guests while waiting for her car to be repaired. Lily Dale was having its annual event with psychic mediums and seminars, and the inn was fully booked. Some positive things occur; Max finds a young friend to play with. The vet paid a house call to see how Chance the Cat is and befriends the family of two plus cat. His help is invaluable with the kittens, especially with the tiny one who needs dropper feeding. But the unusual things begin, such as the visions Bella have of herself in the mirror. Chance disappearing from a locked room and turning up somewhere else. Max’s friend Jiffy talking about going for treasure in the lake after seeing someone drop what looked like a chest into it late one night. And it only gets worse. I really, really like Bella and Max. The narrator brings to life to their delightful and loving dialog, as does the author with these endearing characters. Others who live in and near Lily Dale are likable while a bit eccentric. The vet, the mechanic who works on Bella’s car, and the person who inherits the guesthouse are welcome people in Bella’s life, at least for the short time she plans to be in this little town. This mother-son family is appealing, and I want better for them than Bella’s mother-in-law, whose home seemed so…sterile! The plot is infused with twists and turns that begin with the initial sightings of Chance the Cat before they even reach Lily Dale. While some surprises can be filed away in the back of one’s mind for later reference, some change the landscape of the entire mystery. Bella begins to ponder whether Leona died as the result of an accident or from something more sinister, even otherworldly…even though she didn’t believe in paranormal activity. The ultimate terrifying crisis and explosively stunning denouement resolves the events in Lily Dale. The culprit was someone totally off my radar, someone I had not considered. I highly recommend Nine Lives to fans of Wendy Corsi Staub, well-written cozy mysteries, and a protagonist who didn’t intend on being a sleuth. I am now looking forward to reading the third in series, Dead of Winter, when it is released later this year. From a thankful heart: I received the audio CD of this novel from the author through a Writerspace contest; no review was requested.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fun good book with humor and suspense! Cant wait to read the next one
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought the psychic aspect would be hokey, but it worked. Great story!
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
This was my first book by this author and it won't be my last. And this was a great choice for the month of October. Apparently Lily Dale is a town of Psychics and Mediums and what have you. Due to circumstances beyond her control, recently widowed Bella ends up there. And every time she thinks "this is her last day", something else happens to keep her there. I thought this was a great little cozy mystery with lots of suspects and lots of nice neighborly people. There are several secrets going on besides the recent death of Leona the Manor House owner. I think it all came at a great time for Bella. Otherwise, she was going to have to go live with her mother-in-law. (I'm shivering to think that would have to happen.) Read the book and you would shiver too. It was definitely a fun read which I found captivating and pleasant. Thanks Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley for the free e-galley in exchange for an honest review. You have turned me on to another new author!
Ron More than 1 year ago
I read Wendy's In the Blink of an Eye. Then the 4 book series Awakening, Believing, Connecting and Discovering about Lily Dale and Calla's extraordinary experiences at Lily Dale. I just could not wait for another one of Wendy's books about Lily Dale. When I received Nine Lives I read the book cover to cover-I just could not put it down. Nine Lives is the start of another suspense series about Lily Dale and it is going to be as good or better. These books peek into the inner lives and lifestyles of an entire village of mediums and healers, all spiritualists. Fun to read, with humor and suspense. I highly recommend this book for anyone and all ages....