Dolores Stewart Riccio

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SPIRIT ... a romance of past and present lives


A romance of past and present lives.

Brigit, a young woman gifted with clairvoyant abilities, struggles to come to terms with her unusual powers in a story that spans the late 1930s through World War II. As a lonely child growing up on the Isle of Man, Brigit turns for companionship to her imaginary friend Michael.

Later, while Brigit is working with psychic researchers studying her skill as a medium, Michael reappears as her control. He identifies himself as the spirit of an ancient Druid priest. Michael guides Brigit through her personal crises and various adventures in which she employs her paranormal powers in the war effort.

In order for the time-crossed couple to consummate their deep love, Michael takes spiritual possession of intelligence officer James Grey. Brigit and Michael share an idyllic time together in war-ravaged England until, as Grey, Michael must return to the fighting The story of Brigit is bracketed by the present-day experiences of Brigit’s daughter Michelle, who is excavating the cairn on the Isle of Man. In the aura of past lives and passions, Michelle falls in love with the chief archeologist and finds the strength to fulfill her own life.

<"Spirit is enthusiastically recommended reading as being a particularly unique and touching story embedded with both a necessary hope and ultimate renewal." MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW

"...enchanting novel..." MENSA BULLETIN


When Olivia Andreas goes to an auction with her friend Jamie Finch, she doesn’t expect to bring home a ghost!

A professional records organizer who starts every day with a “To Do” list and is always on time for appointments, Olivia is not a believer in the paranormal or even an afterlife. In fact, she never glances at her astrology in the newspaper (even though she’s a perfect Virgo). But on a whim, she buys a silver frame and decides to keep intact its photo of a smiling blonde woman whose curious collections were sold that night.

Soon afterwards, a series of strange events completely upsets Olivia’s orderly world. Various ghostly manifestations of former showgirl Lily Lamoureaux shake up Olivia’s personal beliefs. A number of break-ins at Olivia’s home, with nothing stolen, defy explanation. Scary as these events are, there’s an upside. The investigating detective is an attractive guy named Dave Lowenstein who may almost meet Olivia’s carefully listed criteria for a husband.

Olivia’s orderly life becomes increasingly complicated and perilous as evidence surfaces of Mafia involvement in Lily’s death. Seeking revenge, Lily’s ghost draws Olivia and Dave ever deeper into danger as their investigations escalate into a fast-moving, spine-chilling adventure that culminates on the 4th of July in an explosive conclusion


The bewitching ladies of the Circle are digging up trouble in "Witch City", Salem.

The serenity of summer in Plymouth, Massachusetts, is rudely disturbed when a rabid preacher and his ragtag following begins to picket military funerals, liberal churches, and Pagan businesses. This hateful campaign naturally rouses the ire of the Circle of Five: Deidre, Phillipa, Heather, Fiona, and Cass, ladies who follow the Wiccan way—especially since Deidre’s Faeryland is one of the targeted shops.

Before they have time to thwart the preacher for good and all, however, Heather, with characteristic enthusiasm, throws herself into an archeological “dig” at the Morse Homestead in Salem where American Indian artifacts have been unearthed in the strata below the historic “witch” house. Great fun, until a mysterious sniper starts wounding and killing members of the team. Rushing to Heather’s aid, the ladies find themselves lodged in a haunted inn, which, along with an unearthly cold spot at the foot of the stairway, also offers a congenial bar where the five often gather to plan their strategy and fortify their spirits.
Believing that they have confounded the Salem Sniper, the Circle heads home, only to encounter a new challenge. A little girl named Molly Larsson has disappeared! The Circle resolves to employ all their witchy arts and off-the-wall brainstorms to find her. Mayhem, mischief, and magic are non-stop in this exciting new adventure for Cass and her Circle.

As the Harvest Moon rises over the Atlantic, it's hot times again in Plymouth, Massachusetts, for the fantastic five! It all begins when Cass and her bewitching friends try to help a disturbed ex-model, Ada, to cool her flaming desire for revenge against her philandering husband,Jerry, an unscrupulous divorce lawyer conspiring to commit her to a mental institution. Just as the Circle sorts out this tangled web, a kidnapping in Rome impels the ladies to fly off to save a dear friend, and, incidentally, paint the town their own brand of reckless red, as Fiona calls on the aid of the Italian strega, incurring the wrath of the Calabrian Mafia in the bargain. One exciting city leads to another when the Circle finds their journey taking them to Venice and Pompeii as well. Between close calls with scary thugs, the ladies somehow manage to eat, shop, love, and take in the exotic sites with their usual joie de la vivre. Home at last, safe and sound, the ladies discover that Ada has got herself accused of murder, and there are a whole new set of dangers to avert with their customary blend of spunk, smarts, and spirit.

This weird, wonderful, witchy coterie is at it again." Tom Elliott, in the Mensa Bulletin.

The Fabulous Five are out for justice—one way or another!

The ladies of the Circle are rushing to the rescue again, crusading for the Goddess of Justice in their own preternatural way—even if that means tipping Her scales a bit. It all begins at Lammas, the August Festival of Bread, when Cass Shipton is called to jury duty in Plymouth County—the tragic case of a home invasion, the brutal death of a mother and daughter. Although she considers it her Libran calling to weigh evidence in the most impartial way, Cass the Clairvoyant soon finds herself knowing too much for comfort. Meanwhile, Heather Devlin, the Circle’s intrepid animal activist, pursues a local dog-fighting ring with her own zany brand of “special ops.” Fiona helps a light-footed young widow named Ashling lay to rest the ghost of her late husband, an irascible poet. Phillipa cooks up trouble at favorite local restaurant. And Deidre runs into an old flame. Clearly, the ladies have a full agenda on their hands. With their usual flair for mischief, mayhem, and a little judicious spell-working, the ladies of the Circle are off on another wickedly exciting romp.

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All Aboard for High Seas and Misdemeanors!

A cruise through the Bermuda Triangle on the good ship Norse Goddess of the Sea--right in time to celebrate Samhain! How can Cass Shipton and her bewitching circle resist such an enchanting prospect? Embarking on a restful holiday from crime-solving, the ladies soon find that they've sailed into their most challenging adventure yet! Haunted by the ghost of a drowned bride and enlivened by a cast of eccentric shipmates, their vacation voyage proves to be filled with eerie mysteries, romantic possibilities, rough weather, chancy spell-work, and young women in need of rescue. Armed with their unique psychic talents,the fabulous five travel into dangerous waters where the murderous threat they encounter may even follow them home to historic Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Hot Times in Old Towns!

They’re back! The bewitching ladies of the Wiccan Circle of Five have returned for more crime-solving escapades on the historic South Shore of Massachusetts.
When Fresh Meadow stable is set ablaze one frosty January night, clairvoyant Cass Shipton has a flash of déjà vu—the vivid impression that someone she knew in a past life has come back to haunt the present. Ever willing to “walk on the wild side,” Cass and her circle of talented friends make it their quest to reveal the identity of this fire-starter in their midst. Can they bring the clever arsonist to justice before more animals and humans are harmed? And how will they protect their new young friend Sylvie from her abusive stalker? All of the circle’s courage, resourcefulness, and magical skills will be needed to cope with the danger and tragedy of this fast-paced adventure.

October in New England is a magical time--great for enjoying Halloween celebratons and their age-old customs of carving pumpkins, bobbing for apples, "trick or treat." It's a fun time, too, for baking tasty treats. But in this fourth Circle of Five adventure, when a hemlock-laced brownie at the church hospitality hour spells the end for an elderly townswoman, Cass Shipton and her fabulous friends get to work using their special brand of detective skills to ferret out the culprit. After all, their unorthodox recipe of magic, clairvoyance, and good old-fashioned common sense hasn't let them down yet.

Alas, this book is no longer available new, but there are used copies for sale, and it's also available on Kindle.

In this third novel, The Circle of Five investigates an “angel of death,” whom they suspect of murdering patients at a local rehabilitation center. Between forays into crime-fighting, they also befriend a runaway wife, learn about Druids from the new family in town, and settle an environmental score with a polluting pig farm. Despite all that's going on in their crusading lives, Cass and Joe Uylsses set the date for a Yule wedding.

Kensington Books, November 2003.

The adventure continues... Between her thriving herbalist business and her circle of devoted friends--not to mention tending to the needs of her eccentric mutt, Scruffy--Cass Shipton has her hands full. The last thing she needs is to take a troubled teen under her wing, but when Winifred "Freddie" McGarity shows up, trailing chaos in her wake, Cass feels it's her duty to help the girl understand and control the powerful gifts she's been that remind Cass of those rare abilities she shares with her friends. Gifts that may once again be leading them into trouble...

Kensington Books, March 2003.

Now that her children are grown, her lout of an ex-husband is gone, and her herbal remedy business has taken off, Cass Shipton is free to enjoy the simple comforts of her grown-up life. There's her cozy Cape Cod home overlooking Plymouth Harbor. Her scruffy disdainful pooch. And the strong connection she shares with four other ordinary women who get together to sip tea, trade stories, cast the odd spell and work a bit of magic. Just your typical, everyday Wiccans who work at the local library, carpool the kids, and run the vitamin store at the mall.

Wickedly funny, harrowingly suspenseful, and as deliciously warm-hearted as a girls' night in, Circle of Five is a joyful celebration of the kind of friendship that makes a magic all of its own.

"Humorous moments are deftly entwined with truly creepy ones as Riccio's intrepid Wiccan crime fighters struggle to solve their first case, hopefully the first of many."
Shelley Mosley, BOOKLIST

"Dolores Stewart Riccio's witty and fast-paced novel is literally charming...A fun read and food for thought." Joe Haldeman

"Enchanting relationship crime drama..."
Harriet Klausner

Copyright©Dolores Stewart Riccio 2003

Plume/ Penguin Putnam Inc.. 1997

Cavaletti. Farfalle. Orzo. Penne. Fusilli. Pasta is the ultimate staple food! It comes is so many different shapes and sizes--pair it with the perfect companion vegetable: peas and proscuitto nested in tiny shells, asparagus and shrimp with ziti, Creole leeks with fettuccini.

With an alphabet of vegetables from A for Artichokes to Z for Zucchini, combine two fabulous foods to create dishes that are simple to prepare, beautiful to behold, delightful to eat, and good for you! Antioxidants-rich vegetables maintain health and resist aging, and pasta is rightly known as a "good mood food."

Also included in this cookbook: A Palette of Six Tomato Sauces: Light Tomato, Marinara (rich in herbs), Salsa di Puttana (spicy); fresh tomato sauces, cooked and uncooked, and Meat Sauce A.K.A. "ragu" or (in Italian homes) "Gravy."

Enjoy the infinite "pastabilities" every day of the week!

Pasta with Vegetables is out of print, but a signed copy may be ordered from author at

ANTIOXIDANT POWER 366 Delicious Recipes for Great Health and Long Life
Plume/ Penguin Putnam, 1998

This innnovative cookbook contains 366 delicious antioxidant-rich recipes to tempt you taste buds and give you a nutritious diet high in fiber and low in saturated fats. From savory soups and chowders to scrumptious breads and pastas, from mouthwatering appetizers to main dishes and'll find lots of ways here to add more antioxidants to your daily fare.

Try these tasty, easy recipes: Baba Ghanouj with Roasted Garlic, Crabmeat-stuffed cherry tomatoes, Butternut and Bell Pepper Chowder, Pork Chops Normandy with Cabbage and Sweet Potatoes, Apricot-Chocolate Cheesecake.

A complete A-Z listing of antioxidant foods, plus a menu planner, and shopping tips are included.

SUPERFOODS: 300 Recipes for Foods That Heal Body & Mind
Warner, 1993.

Superfoods is a "YES" book!!! Unlike all those "low" and "lite" books that tell you what you should give up for good health, Superfoods introduces you to the foods you ought to be eating--often!--to live longer and age more gracefully.

Today's cooks are increasingly aware of the natural healing powers of many foods. In this cookbook, you'll learn which foods actually enhance immune function and ward off specific diseases. Organized from Apples to Yogurt, Superfoods offers you 300 plus good-to-eat, good-for-you, and easy-to prepare recipes.

"Convincing...a case for changing our diets to healthy ones." L.A. DAILY NEWS.

Haunted Houses, U.S.A. (with Joan Bingham)
Pocket Travel, 1989

Ghost-hunting--it's not just for Halloween anymore! Pick up your passport to the paranormal world, and take a tour of America's Most Haunted--all of them open to the public, many with romantic histories to enthrall you as well as spooky appearances to chill you.

Stories told by docents of historical homes, by tourists who encountered chilling revenants, by parapsychologists who investigated mysterious places, and by local people who remembered what happened--collected here for the adventurous traveler. But maybe you won't have to travel all that far--check out your own state!


The 8th Cass Shipton Adventure
As the Harvest Moon rises over the Atlantic, the fantastic five embark on an adventure that spans two continents--coming to the aid of a disturbed ex-model in Plymouth, Massachuetts, then flying off to Rome, Italy, to rescue a dear friend and paint the town their own brand of reckless red.
The 7th Cass Shipton Adventure
THE DIVINE CIRCLE OF LADIES TIPPING THE SCALES The ladies of the Circle are rushing to the rescue again, crusading for the Goddess of Justice in their own preternatural way—even if that means tipping Her scales a bit.
The 6th Cass Shipton Adventure
All aboard for high seas and misdemeanors! A cruise through the Bermuda Triangle--right in time to celebrate Samhain. How can Cass Shipton and her bewitching circle resist such an enchanting prospect?
The 5th Circle Adventure
The bewitching ladies of the Wiccan Circle of Five have returned for more crime-solving escapades on the historic South Shore of Massachusetts.
The 4th Circle Adventure
The most fascinating women in Plymouth MA are back in action solving a case of multiple poisonings with their unorthodox recipe of magic, clairvoyance, and good old common sense. Kensington Books 2005
Kensington Books, November 2003.
Kensington Books, March 2003.