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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (26 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060850744
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060850746
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,798,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marianne Stillings has loved stories with happy endings since she was three years old and her mother read her The Little Golden Book of The Ugly Duckling. Originally from California, these days she lives in the Pacific Northwest, where she’s the single mom of two fantastic daughters, and where she takes shelter from the rain by writing happy endings of her own.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elaine Corne on 20 Feb. 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the story of Andie Darling (Nate and Ethan Darling's stories can be found in Arousing Suspicions (Avon Romance)Satisfaction. I enjoyed this book as it finished the stories of the siblings (probably best to read the other two books first). Andie has always been protected by Ethan and now Nate's back in the picture she has a lot to live up to. She wants their respect and to be admired for her own achievements rather than that of her brothers. She is given an assignment which turns out to have many complications, not to mention the charming brogue of a certain scotsman! All in all a good read and a nice round-up of the story.
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Good, but still not her best. 8 Sept. 2008
By Janet - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Of the 3 Darling books I think I liked Killer Charms the best. But maybe it is because I had altered my expectations of a Stillings book. It would be very hard for her to top Damsel in This Dress or Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evie. (I do miss those catchy and original titles) Logan and Andie took awhile for me to warm up to. But once the story took off, they were great. The paranormal sub-story seemed a bit out of place at times, and near the end I wondered how it would actually tie in with the main story. The suspense was great and the villain was a baddie. I was caught off guard by the surprise twist, which I liked. I really like that she brought the characters from the other 2 Darling books back and made them a real part of this book.

My main disappointment: Stillings' humor has gotten less with each successive book. Killer Charms had very little to speak of. Considering her 1st several books were filled with laugh out loud moments and scenes, I really miss that in her later books. Her 1st several books were original and had her unique talented voice. Killer Charms was more of a traditional, if you will, romantic suspense.

I'm still a fan.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Enchanting Review: Killer Charms 14 Dec. 2008
By Enchanting Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
KILLER CHARMS
MARIANNE STILLINGS
Contemporary Romance
Avon Romance

Rating: 4 Enchantments

In order to get out of Vice and into homicide where her grandfather, father and brothers had all made their names, SFPD Detective Andie Darling needs to get the dirt on supposed clairvoyant and con man Logan Sinclair. Yet there's something about the Scotchman that has her intrigued, more than she should be. But when she finds herself being blackmailed by a superior into manufacturing dirt on the handsome clairvoyant or risking not only her career but her older brother's as well, Andie suddenly finds herself in more turmoil than she ever imagined.

Logan Sinclair is a `famed' clairvoyant who rose to fame with several celebrated books. Now he's using his supposed gift to help line his pockets with jewels and cash, and he has his eyes on the `Star of Avril' necklace and the beautiful Drew Mochrie. But Logan is more than a conman, in truth, he turned off his true gift at age nineteen after an accident that killed his parents and he learned to block his abilities. But when he walks into the mansion Andie is renting, he's suddenly assaulted with voices, real voices from the other side that have a message for Andie. The woman she was dreaming about was quite real.

Featuring one of the best lines I've read lately, "I'm half American." "Which half?" KILLER CHARMS is a contemporary romance with a twist of paranormal and suspense that will keep the reader on the edge of their seat as the story picks up its pace. I liked Logan and Andie together and the banter between them. One of my favorite parts of the book is when Logan, deciding he needs to push Andie away, takes her out to dinner at a Scottish restaurant, and orders her traditional food, without telling her what is until she`s ready to eat. My only fault with the book was around the midway mark when the murder occurs and suddenly a new character's point of view is introduced, that threw me out of the story a bit.

By day, Marianne works as a senior tech writer for a major Northwest aircraft manufacturing company, but at night, she creates romantic suspense with a humorous edge. Marianne lives in the Northwest with her husband and family, continues to believe in happy endings and intends to keep writing them as long as she has breath in her body, and her fingers don't cramp up. You can visit Marianne online at [...]

Lisa
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November 2008
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
delightful Darling thriller 31 Aug. 2008
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
SFPD vice inspector Andie Darling is very ambitious and her goal is to leave Vice for Homicide as soon as possible. She sees a great opportunity to prove her worthiness to brass when she is assigned to go undercover to catch psychic con artist Logan Sinclair cheat someone.

Logan finds Andie unique as she acts immune to his magnetism. However his failure does not alarm Logan who has not lost sight of his goal; starting with obtaining the Star of Avril necklace. Andie suffers from vivid nightmares starring a woman she has never met. Logan informs his skeptical client that the woman Emma Harte exists. However, a killer has plans that could include murdering Andie; Logan will risk his life to keep her safe.

The third delightful Darling thriller will give readers plenty of SATISFACTION starting with Logan AROUSING SUSPICIONS in the mind and heart of the only female Darling sibling. The fast-paced romantic suspense uses humor especially between the lead couple to somewhat lighten the growing tension. Filled with twists, some involving a bit of the paranormal, fans will relish this "Darling" drama as the heroine wonders if her self- proclaimed protector is her beloved enemy.

Harriet Klausner
Killer Charms 9 May 2009
By M. Nix - Published on Amazon.com
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Inspector Andie Darling is hoping to prove Logan Sinclair is a fake and move up in the ranks of the police department. Logan is known around the world as a clairvoyant, but what is not reported is how he defrauds women of some of their earthly goods. She goes undercover to catch the thief, but gets more than she bargained for.

Logan Sinclair traveled from Scotland to take care of some business. Meeting Andie wasn't in his plans. He keeps to himself, but Andie captures his attention. Sure he can shake her out of his system, he does everything he can to put her off, but instead he finds himself needing her.

Andie finds herself wanting to believe in Logan, but then she finds herself getting blackmailed - bring down Logan, or else. Add in her eerily realistic "dreams" of a woman who died 100 years ago, and Andie doesn't know where to turn.

Killer Charms is a well-layered story, with suspense, drama and romance. The characters are fully three-dimensional, with complicated emotions and reasons for everything they do. The love story is believable and handled with finesse.

Killer Charms has is part of the Darling Detective stories, and I can't wait to find the others and read them as quickly as I read this one.

Niki Lee
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Charming 11 Sept. 2009
By IndigoRaiyne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Overall, I enjoyed this book. It wasn't what I thought it was going to be, but it was still good.

It was the story of Logan Sinclair and Andie Darling. I thought they had good chemistry and I was intrigued by Andie's haunting but the main "mystery" of the book was not developed enough for me. I never understood why Andie's boss wanted the Star of Avril and why he was so intent on setting up Logan. It seemed very contrived.

I also found myself wishing for more explanations. Andie's brother apparently left the police force because he killed his partner. He said he did and nothing more was said. Why did he do it? Was he a murderer or wasn't he?

I also wish more had been done with Logan's legitimate psychic gift. He never seemed to come to terms with his ability and the death of his parents and I didn't like that. I wish there had been more closure. Maybe he could have gone to visit his grandmother.

While I thought the book was well written, the characters likable and the story engaging, I felt there were too many loose ends and I hate loose ends.
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