Hot Best Seller

The Bennett Sisters Mysteries Vol 1-4

Availability: Ready to download

It’s Eat Pray Love meets murder mystery in Lise McClendon’s deliciously cozy chronicles of sisterhood, international travel … and a soupçon of danger. A dead husband with a secret life is always a winner (fictionally speaking, of course), but what about a secret past for a special treat? In fact, a past so secret even Harry the husband didn't know about it. That’s the del It’s Eat Pray Love meets murder mystery in Lise McClendon’s deliciously cozy chronicles of sisterhood, international travel … and a soupçon of danger. A dead husband with a secret life is always a winner (fictionally speaking, of course), but what about a secret past for a special treat? In fact, a past so secret even Harry the husband didn't know about it. That’s the delicious underpinning of this sprawling, exuberant, generous-spirited cozy mystery series with a yummy side of international adventure. A little bit chick lit, a touch of cozy mystery, a whole lot of humor, romance, suspense—all in one box set! BLACKBIRD FLY – Book One A dead husband might be sadder except that once Harry dies, his widow, Merle Bennett realizes almost immediately it was no wonder she didn't know anything about him. They’d pretty much been leading separate lives—several of them, as it turns out. Still, the will’s quite a shock. And so is an intriguing surprise—Harry left her a family home in a tiny French village. Or maybe a family home. Because who was Harry’s family? Finding out is half the fun. Merle sets out to claim her inheritance, adolescent son in tow, and thus begins a sojourn reminiscent of A Year in Provence mixed up with something by Carolyn Hart, maybe, or M.C. Beaton. Because Malcouziac, Merle’s tiny Dordogne town, is the quintessential village—just perfect for a murder. And a rollicking good time. THE GIRL IN THE EMPTY DRESS – Book Two Law practice is in the Bennett sisters' blood—along with designer suits and stilettos. But they've decided to ditch the more predictable Caribbean cruise or spa weekend at a five star hotel to celebrate Merle Bennett's 50th birthday hiking the French countryside of Dordogne. There’s just one catch: Merle’s little sister Francie has decided to bring along a sixth wheel: a work colleague named Gillian Sargent, whose utter aloofness wouldn’t be so bad. Except she seems to be hiding something… GIVE HIM THE OOH-LA-LA – Book Three It’s Bridget Jones does Christmas in the Big Apple, and this year it promises to be especially festive, as all five Bennett sisters are in town for a very special occasion: Annie, the oldest Bennett, is engaged at the tender age of fifty-five. But while Bohemian Annie is securely and happily in love with a devoted fiancé, Merle-in-the-middle is navigating the roller coaster of her own love life: Pascal, her one-time French summer fling, has unexpectedly flown to New York for the holidays. But why? A relationship ultimatum? Or is there something more mysterious in the works? Because a festive family outing to a drag revue at Pascal’s request just begs more questions to be answered…and the unfolding of dangerous connections to Merle’s own family. THE THINGS WE SAID TODAY – Book Four Annie is finally getting hitched to Callum Logan in the picture-postcard idyllic Scottish Highlands. The mother of the groom has generously put up the Bennett family in her Kincardie House estate, a gorgeous hunting lodge that’s been in the Logan family for generations. But Annie has reservations. Meanwhile, Merle and Francie are navigating relationship crises of their own.


Compare

It’s Eat Pray Love meets murder mystery in Lise McClendon’s deliciously cozy chronicles of sisterhood, international travel … and a soupçon of danger. A dead husband with a secret life is always a winner (fictionally speaking, of course), but what about a secret past for a special treat? In fact, a past so secret even Harry the husband didn't know about it. That’s the del It’s Eat Pray Love meets murder mystery in Lise McClendon’s deliciously cozy chronicles of sisterhood, international travel … and a soupçon of danger. A dead husband with a secret life is always a winner (fictionally speaking, of course), but what about a secret past for a special treat? In fact, a past so secret even Harry the husband didn't know about it. That’s the delicious underpinning of this sprawling, exuberant, generous-spirited cozy mystery series with a yummy side of international adventure. A little bit chick lit, a touch of cozy mystery, a whole lot of humor, romance, suspense—all in one box set! BLACKBIRD FLY – Book One A dead husband might be sadder except that once Harry dies, his widow, Merle Bennett realizes almost immediately it was no wonder she didn't know anything about him. They’d pretty much been leading separate lives—several of them, as it turns out. Still, the will’s quite a shock. And so is an intriguing surprise—Harry left her a family home in a tiny French village. Or maybe a family home. Because who was Harry’s family? Finding out is half the fun. Merle sets out to claim her inheritance, adolescent son in tow, and thus begins a sojourn reminiscent of A Year in Provence mixed up with something by Carolyn Hart, maybe, or M.C. Beaton. Because Malcouziac, Merle’s tiny Dordogne town, is the quintessential village—just perfect for a murder. And a rollicking good time. THE GIRL IN THE EMPTY DRESS – Book Two Law practice is in the Bennett sisters' blood—along with designer suits and stilettos. But they've decided to ditch the more predictable Caribbean cruise or spa weekend at a five star hotel to celebrate Merle Bennett's 50th birthday hiking the French countryside of Dordogne. There’s just one catch: Merle’s little sister Francie has decided to bring along a sixth wheel: a work colleague named Gillian Sargent, whose utter aloofness wouldn’t be so bad. Except she seems to be hiding something… GIVE HIM THE OOH-LA-LA – Book Three It’s Bridget Jones does Christmas in the Big Apple, and this year it promises to be especially festive, as all five Bennett sisters are in town for a very special occasion: Annie, the oldest Bennett, is engaged at the tender age of fifty-five. But while Bohemian Annie is securely and happily in love with a devoted fiancé, Merle-in-the-middle is navigating the roller coaster of her own love life: Pascal, her one-time French summer fling, has unexpectedly flown to New York for the holidays. But why? A relationship ultimatum? Or is there something more mysterious in the works? Because a festive family outing to a drag revue at Pascal’s request just begs more questions to be answered…and the unfolding of dangerous connections to Merle’s own family. THE THINGS WE SAID TODAY – Book Four Annie is finally getting hitched to Callum Logan in the picture-postcard idyllic Scottish Highlands. The mother of the groom has generously put up the Bennett family in her Kincardie House estate, a gorgeous hunting lodge that’s been in the Logan family for generations. But Annie has reservations. Meanwhile, Merle and Francie are navigating relationship crises of their own.

30 review for The Bennett Sisters Mysteries Vol 1-4

  1. 4 out of 5

    Pat Luke

    French Country Charm I loved each of the characters, thus far, in this series. The French settings were so well detailed I often felt transported. This author can tell a story that leaves its reader hungry for more adventures with these sisters!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    Another great read from Lise McClendon! I thoroughly enjoyed this fourth installment of the Bennett Sisters Mysteries by Lisa McClendon. It contained lots of mystery and intrigue, love and romance, and plenty of excitement! I enjoyed the setting of Scotland and learning about the countryside there. As always, the characters were very interesting and well-developed and the plot quite interesting. I hated to see this one end! Ms. McClendon is quite a storyteller. I look forward to reading Book 5.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Pkelsay

    A quarter of the way through the first book, I have encountered no sympathetic characters whatsoever. I don't have the emotional energy to slog through another page of whiny, shallow characters who seem to emote either through panic attacks or depressing flashbacks. Maybe in a different season, I will have the willpower to slog through the muck for the promised "cozy" or "mystery" in the blurb. A quarter of the way through the first book, I have encountered no sympathetic characters whatsoever. I don't have the emotional energy to slog through another page of whiny, shallow characters who seem to emote either through panic attacks or depressing flashbacks. Maybe in a different season, I will have the willpower to slog through the muck for the promised "cozy" or "mystery" in the blurb.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sylvia

    Highly recommend ! Can't wait for book 5 of this series. Each book in the series pulls you in and keeps your interest to the end. Leaves you wanting more. Each sister is different but the family bond is always there. Highly recommend ! Can't wait for book 5 of this series. Each book in the series pulls you in and keeps your interest to the end. Leaves you wanting more. Each sister is different but the family bond is always there.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Texas

    Blackbird Fly #1 - This is my first read by this author and it was not what I expected. A good story filled with plenty of storylines that did keep my interest. Merle has so much happen to her with the death of her husband; her discoveries are many and varied. I like that the characters are real and do not follow the stupidity formula so commonplace today. There are several mysteries ongoing and while you know some of the endings, there is more depth than expected. I did find too much wordiness Blackbird Fly #1 - This is my first read by this author and it was not what I expected. A good story filled with plenty of storylines that did keep my interest. Merle has so much happen to her with the death of her husband; her discoveries are many and varied. I like that the characters are real and do not follow the stupidity formula so commonplace today. There are several mysteries ongoing and while you know some of the endings, there is more depth than expected. I did find too much wordiness with quite a few unnecessary details, which proper editing would have reduced the page length and corrected the possessive vs. plural usage and other errors. There is infrequent vulgar language, which I did not find necessary. 4* The Girl in the Empty Dress #2 - This book begins a year after Blackbird ends. I like the way the blog told parts of the story without the wordy descriptions that are too much in these stories. There's an increase in the vulgar language. Editing is needed for the misuse of words, for example: guano, the improper use of God and expressions with God, and the wordiness with unnecessary details. I was confused by the chauvinist label when a policeman told Merle to be careful with the kidnappers; that was not being a chauvinist, that was common sense. There is not much of a mystery, but the other storylines are still interesting, especially the relationship between Merle and Pascal. The regular characters are growing with each addition to the series and are still interesting. 3.5* Give Him the Ooh-La-La #3 - This starts five months after Girl ends. I do not understand why someone is in love and yet distrusts or resorts to secrecy without good reason, instead of communicating their concerns to their beloved. Merle disappoints me with her avoidance and bad thoughts of Pascal, and the way she thought about the Christmas gift. She is definitely following the stupidity formula so common today; I am losing respect for her. There is not much of a mystery in this story. Needs the same type of editing as the previous books. 3* The Things We Said Today #4 - This book starts six months after Give ends. The same as the last two, but this one is heavily against marriage - not modern, but the old traditional one of man is obeyed. Gee, the intolerance and prejudice by supposedly intelligent, older women who act so stupid about men and marriage. Merle does act better in this addition. There's not much mystery but a lot of worries and doubts by many of the characters. This is mainly about the lives of the sisters. Pascal still shines in his role. Needs editing; has the modern trend usage of God, which reeks of intolerance and prejudice. 3* Blame it on Paris #7 - I read the first four books because I had them a while in my library and volunteering to review Blame made me clean out my library of these books; I do not find them worth keeping, not even the first and I liked it. But I promised to review this book; the others were purchases I never made time to read. This book starts since one year after Things ends. The emphasis is on Francie and her woes; sexual harassment charges at work from a younger man, which allows her three weeks in Paris to help an American in prison facing drug charges. With her involvement with the American there is finally an involved mystery, which the other books just attempted as a sideline. Unfortunately, the culprits were easy to figure out in both the harassment and the drug charges. Merle and Pascal are still a good part of the storylines, which I was happy to see them involved so much with Francie. Francie was not an interesting character for me, but M and P were my favorite characters throughout this series. I still have a problem with the lack of basic editing: God; proper names lowercased; etc. I found this book on Booksprout; the others are purchased. 3.5 Bennett Sisters French Cookbook #8 - This cookbook consists of basically 25 well known French recipes and depending on where you live some ingredients will be difficult to find. There are histories behind the recipes; the books in which they appear; and some excerpts from those stories. Those already knowledgeable about the recipes and Bennett Sisters books will not find this book a good addition to the series or cookbook collection. Many of the recipes are better written from other sources; Julia Child is the go to for these recipes, but they are available everywhere. For those who are absolutely in love with this series and do not care that the author has her personal opinions infused in the recipes and/or may never try a recipe, this book is for you. Gee, you can boil potatoes in cold, salted water? Silly me, I always used fresh water brought to a boil; all that Swiss chef school training wasted on me. Be careful, there were mistakes. 4*

  6. 4 out of 5

    Voirrey

    I really like these Bennett sisters - whose only similarities to those of Miss Austen are their number and surname All five are in their forties or fifties, and all are lawyers - both facts that are not central to the plots, simply aspects of them. Middle sister Merle is the central character of the stories, and in the first story we find her just widowed and finding her husband had a secret - but it turns out to be nowhere as big as the secrets of the generation before which suddenly become very I really like these Bennett sisters - whose only similarities to those of Miss Austen are their number and surname All five are in their forties or fifties, and all are lawyers - both facts that are not central to the plots, simply aspects of them. Middle sister Merle is the central character of the stories, and in the first story we find her just widowed and finding her husband had a secret - but it turns out to be nowhere as big as the secrets of the generation before which suddenly become very ventral to Merle's own life. All the stories are very readable - and the third is also very funny!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Belinda Earl Turner

    A Treat for Romance Readers! The author gives each of five sisters distinct physical and psychological characteristics which make each distinct personalities in these three beginning books of the Bennett Sisters series. Though each book contains a tad of a mystery, the sisters, for the most part, are not sleuths. They’re lawyers! There is a lot of sisterly interaction and a great deal of romance contained in each book. So far the author uses settings in the U. S., France, and Scotland. She gives go A Treat for Romance Readers! The author gives each of five sisters distinct physical and psychological characteristics which make each distinct personalities in these three beginning books of the Bennett Sisters series. Though each book contains a tad of a mystery, the sisters, for the most part, are not sleuths. They’re lawyers! There is a lot of sisterly interaction and a great deal of romance contained in each book. So far the author uses settings in the U. S., France, and Scotland. She gives good descriptions of landscapes, local people, and customs in each locale with scads of adjectives! This is a treat for romance readers! ♥️✝️🐑✡️♥️

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jma

    Good entertaining series with enough mystery to keep them interesting. The details of the old family home and the ocean-side town pulled you into the series. I really enjoyed that each sister was a strong woman but not tough and off-putting. They were individuals with unique personalities and enough quirks to keep them realistic. While I won’t read a series unless every book has been written I don’t usually recommend reading every book one after another. This series is an exception. You won’t ge Good entertaining series with enough mystery to keep them interesting. The details of the old family home and the ocean-side town pulled you into the series. I really enjoyed that each sister was a strong woman but not tough and off-putting. They were individuals with unique personalities and enough quirks to keep them realistic. While I won’t read a series unless every book has been written I don’t usually recommend reading every book one after another. This series is an exception. You won’t get tired of the authors style or the ongoing plot line. Bottom Line? Jump in, these books are worth your time and money and will leave you with a good feeling inside.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Fantastic!!! I have just finished the fourth book in the 4 book set. Absolutely Wonderful!! Lise McClendon has done it again. I think this might be my favorite book so far. The ending was music to my Scottish pagan ears. So well done!! And obviously well researched. I just can't get enough of these characters. I love them all! They are so thoroughly written and developed it is as if I know and love each one personally. This, to me, is the epitome of good writing. Job well done, Ms. McClendon! Fantastic!!! I have just finished the fourth book in the 4 book set. Absolutely Wonderful!! Lise McClendon has done it again. I think this might be my favorite book so far. The ending was music to my Scottish pagan ears. So well done!! And obviously well researched. I just can't get enough of these characters. I love them all! They are so thoroughly written and developed it is as if I know and love each one personally. This, to me, is the epitome of good writing. Job well done, Ms. McClendon!

  10. 4 out of 5

    BJ Canaway

    I struggled a bit initially to get into but I'm hooked. The Bennett sisters are a fun romp with a side of cheese and a good glass of wine. There are enough plot twists to make me want to come back for more. Rural France, and Scottish Highlands are beautifully rendered, characters have substance. Plots stand alone yet the ties to prior books are solid. Lise McClendon does a good job not wasting time reviewing every little past detail while remaining true to prior events. So I'm on to the next boo I struggled a bit initially to get into but I'm hooked. The Bennett sisters are a fun romp with a side of cheese and a good glass of wine. There are enough plot twists to make me want to come back for more. Rural France, and Scottish Highlands are beautifully rendered, characters have substance. Plots stand alone yet the ties to prior books are solid. Lise McClendon does a good job not wasting time reviewing every little past detail while remaining true to prior events. So I'm on to the next books with wine in hand!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Miss Sharon L Wells

    An incredibly well written series of books The Bennett sister series was a magical read. There were twists and turns and very believable plot lines. Having visited the Dordogne on many occasions myself, I was able to visualise personally the written words that beautifully complimented the area. The characters were grounded and the romantic elements were just the right amount of believability. There was a lot going on in these stories and each book flowed flawlessly into the next. A must read for An incredibly well written series of books The Bennett sister series was a magical read. There were twists and turns and very believable plot lines. Having visited the Dordogne on many occasions myself, I was able to visualise personally the written words that beautifully complimented the area. The characters were grounded and the romantic elements were just the right amount of believability. There was a lot going on in these stories and each book flowed flawlessly into the next. A must read for anyone who likes a mixture of mystery, romance and plausible realism.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Judy G Spivey

    A Sudden Death Brings Merle Bennett Into New Life. The death of Merle's husband reveals secrets from the present and the past. Travel through these four books on a journey with Merle Bennett, a lawyer and her four lawyer sisters.. From her home in Connecticut to a old house in France, to a ceremonny in he highlands of Scotland, Merle becomes a different woman. Of course there is a handsome, mysterious Frenchman. So relax and enjoy. A Sudden Death Brings Merle Bennett Into New Life. The death of Merle's husband reveals secrets from the present and the past. Travel through these four books on a journey with Merle Bennett, a lawyer and her four lawyer sisters.. From her home in Connecticut to a old house in France, to a ceremonny in he highlands of Scotland, Merle becomes a different woman. Of course there is a handsome, mysterious Frenchman. So relax and enjoy.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Marie

    Garden settings, sisters and suspense. This book has it all. French food and wine, romance, intrigue,sisterhood and beautiful settings. Great characters created and good resolutions set in reality. Many reader types will relate well with one or more of her characters. I read the series during vacation as my light reading. Enjoyed every book. I gave it a 4 because I loved it but I could put it down...but I had to as I was on vacation!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sharon M. Turner

    This set is a great read! I had read the first book in this set last year then was offered a 4 book set which I have read with great enjoyment. Five Sisters with intertwined lives. Based on the middle sister, Merle Bennett but telling all the sisters stories leads you through all the trials of women out to make a life for themselves. Enjoy all the French phrases and the talk of wonderful French food. Do they all end up happy?

  15. 4 out of 5

    Judi King

    Adorable I enjoyed reading these so much that I immediately went and downloaded books 5 through 7. The sisters are hysterical and very fun to follow. I love the back-and-forth between the United States and Europe and although a few of the stories are a little far-fetched it sure is fun to think how nice it would be if it happened to you! I enjoyed starting these while I was on vacation and ending them as some before bed reading when I got home.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Marilyn Burrows

    There were 5. Daughters. Each of them followed in their fathers footsteps, and became lawyers Delightful. I felt I was one of their friends. I experienced the food, the beautiful countries and the experiences that they had. It's lengthy. But I could read more. I took these stories with me to all my appointments etc. I did not like to lay the books down. I thought of the characters as I would my family There were 5. Daughters. Each of them followed in their fathers footsteps, and became lawyers Delightful. I felt I was one of their friends. I experienced the food, the beautiful countries and the experiences that they had. It's lengthy. But I could read more. I took these stories with me to all my appointments etc. I did not like to lay the books down. I thought of the characters as I would my family

  17. 5 out of 5

    Maureen Hetzel

    The ebook actually includes four different books all involving five sisters who are attorneys. The third is shorter, more a novella. Locales vary from New York to the Dordogne district in France to Scotland. All are interesting and focus on the family relationships as well as romantic relationships. Merle the middle sister is the primary character but the others all have key roles in the plots. A very agreeable series.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jaskaran Kaur

    This book took the longest time for me and I could only manage the first book. The book was a pretty slow read for me personally and didn’t see any motivation to read the further books. I would rate it 2.5. The story revolves around the story of 1 of 5 sisters and how upon the death of her husband she realises certain things about her marriage and her husband’s French history! Would rate it about 2.5.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Barbara George

    These are wonderful. The series takes place in France and Scotland and new York with such well written characters and locations. Each book is a mystery and pleasant romance. The sisters support each other thru difficult challenges with rewards often. Just a pleasant way to spend way too much reading time because I couldn't leave them alone. These are wonderful. The series takes place in France and Scotland and new York with such well written characters and locations. Each book is a mystery and pleasant romance. The sisters support each other thru difficult challenges with rewards often. Just a pleasant way to spend way too much reading time because I couldn't leave them alone.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    Nice and Cozy It isn't hard to imagine that the Bennett sisters are real people. Reading the books in this boxed set made me feel as though I were witnessing their lives an event at a time along with the mysteries that befell them. I heartily recommend reading these and the rest of the books in the series. Nice and Cozy It isn't hard to imagine that the Bennett sisters are real people. Reading the books in this boxed set made me feel as though I were witnessing their lives an event at a time along with the mysteries that befell them. I heartily recommend reading these and the rest of the books in the series.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Bobbi W

    A great series I enjoyed reading the series and getting to know Merle and her family and new friends. It was an interesting way to create and introduce a mystery in each book and especially having them happen internationally. Even though the sisters seemed pretty jaded and cynical about the world they still could open themselves up to adventure and change

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jason Luba

    Much, much better than most I thoroughly enjoyed this set. With a bit more precise editing, these would fully qualify as five star reads. While using an occasional adjective in place of an adverb does not detract from the value of the plots, it does distract this reader, even if just momentarily.

  23. 5 out of 5

    JO GIBBS

    Delightful Sisters and Adventures This is one of the most delightful series I have ever read. I couldn't wait each day t o get back to reading . The Bennett Sisters are filled with adventure and excitement. Romance, joy of living and dead bodies accompany their adventures! You will be amused and mesmerized by this delightful series! Delightful Sisters and Adventures This is one of the most delightful series I have ever read. I couldn't wait each day t o get back to reading . The Bennett Sisters are filled with adventure and excitement. Romance, joy of living and dead bodies accompany their adventures! You will be amused and mesmerized by this delightful series!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Donald Jones

    Excellent author and story teller. Found her stories hard to put down. They were so human,suspenseful and darn write good. The sisters become your sisters and their experience become yours. The authors description of person places and circumstances are so real you feel them. A great author and book set would recommend

  25. 5 out of 5

    Elaine Hopkins

    Sisters together My reading of this book reminded me of my family, 4 sisters in my family. Getting together is always an adventure for us too. I am so happy to read about their experiences their loves and losses of a family and friends. And their loves. Great reading, can't wait to read the next events in the books in the series. Sisters together My reading of this book reminded me of my family, 4 sisters in my family. Getting together is always an adventure for us too. I am so happy to read about their experiences their loves and losses of a family and friends. And their loves. Great reading, can't wait to read the next events in the books in the series.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    Definitely deserves 5 Stars It is rare that I give a 5 stars rating but this series and author earned them. There is intrigue, mystery, murder, romance as love and life triumph. Delightful and interesting plots and characters abound. Enjoy!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Eileen

    The Bennett Sisters I enjoyed this collection of the Bennett sisters stories. I had previously read the first one and enjoyed it. These books are a little bit mystery, a little romance, a little family drama, a little travel log, and a whole lot of fun.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jean Benci

    This is a good read. I enjoyed t.Reading this set of books, when I finished one, I would go on to the next. They held my interest. There was a good story line, that followed all the family members and how their lives intertwined. I would recommend this to my friends.

  29. 5 out of 5

    needra little

    Really enjoyed all these books. The characters are so enjoyable and interesting. They give you a down to earth perspective to life , yet they move forward to create a different approach to the trials going on around them.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn McClellan

    Loved this series! Reading the synopsis about the books intrigued me enough to begin reading. I was not disappointed. I loved following the adventures of Merle and her family and the growing relationship between she and Pascal. Will look for other books by this author.

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...