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Publisher's Summary

I had three loves in my life: my daddy, him what my mama killed in cold blood; my son Henry, God rest him; and tall as an oak Riley Treadwell. I lost all of 'em, one way or t'other, 'til Riley showed up on my stoop with a monster problem and tried to wiggle his way back into my life. Only, weren't no monster bothering him; was the one bothering his ex-girlfriend what'd stirred up a hornet's nest out on Lake Burton amongst the muckity mucks. Weren't no never mind to me, see? I was fine letting well enough alone, 'cept curiosity got the best of me, and Riley, well. He weren't above using that silver tongue of his to persuade me 'round to his way of doing things. If I'da listened to my gut, maybe I woulda avoided stepping knee deep into somebody else's trouble. Then again, I ain't never been one to heed a warning when monsters come a-calling.
©2017 C.D. Watson (P)2017 C.D. Watson
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4 out of 5 stars
By Spooky Mike on 06-19-17

Great start to a series.

My only complaint is that the story was too short. I felt like there wasn't enough to the story and that it was over to quick; however, it does serve as a great introduction of characters and roles for the upcoming volumes.
While the book is fantasy that portion is only a small section of it. And really if you take out a few portions of the story it becomes a regular creature feature story. That being said don't let the classification of the story dissuade you from listening. Although, if you want a truly fantasy story you either need to look elsewhere or hope the next volume picks up more of the fantasy and action.
The story is well written and the dialogue and dialect was top notch. I'm not Southern so I don't know how accurate it is but I enjoyed it. The narrator did a fantastic job setting the tone and I really enjoyed her Sunshine Walkingstick accent. I don't know that the book would have been as good without Rebbeca Winder.
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3 out of 5 stars
By D'Aulan on 08-27-17

Story is in need!!!

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The story was very lacking. The author either talks to her audience like their 12 or totally leaves things out, like you should know them but don't figure it out til later. BUT don't give up keep reading because 1 the narrator is fantastic and I did end up going on to book 2 and book 2 it was like our writer found her writer legs. No more talking down to the audience, she reminds you of things in book 1. Even though this book is not the best, read it take a chance because the 2nd one is really good and looking forward to the third.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amy on 06-19-17

Great start to a new Fantasy series

A great story, narrated well and thought out amazingly well. Usually I have a vague idea of where a story is going and there is a bit of a path you can see - this one not at all, could not see where it was going and enjoyed the journey very very much. I see a lot of negative things said about the Southern accent that Rebecca Winder uses but we hear it in the audio sample so if you didn't like that then my personal opinion is that ya shouldda gotten of the train at that point .I found her fantastic.I have always been a sucker for that accent and think she navigated it and pulled it off very well.Kept me entertained and guessing. The characters were very like able and believable, the story and plot were well very thought out and where things were going was never obvious. Easily a sequel and prequel here and I hope maybe there is in future. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.I received this title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.As always this is my honest opinion .

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4 out of 5 stars
By DubaiReader on 06-07-17

I recommend the audio version.

This book was a little out of my usual genre, as I don't normally read Paranormal fiction. Although, to be honest, this was only mildly paranormal - most of the story centred around Sunny, a private investigator, and Riley Treadwell, her longtime school-friend and would-be-lover. It very much reminded me of Janet Evanovich's books, although the who-done-it element is not quite as strong.

Sunny, the Sunshine Walkingstick of the title, has a sad history - her mother killed her father and is now in jail, and her young son was taken by pooka (see below for explanation). She seems to have moved on from this awful past and is now a frequent member of her uncle's household and making a new life for herself - will it be with Riley Treadwell?

I liked that the investigation revolved around the topical issue of pollution of the nearby lake by persons unknown and I enjoyed the Appalachian accent (very broad American south) from the narrator, Rebecca Winder. As the book itself is written in this accent, I think I would have struggled to read it myself, given my own Queen's English!
It was also refreshing to read a novel where the female lead didn't jump straight into bed with the sexy male.

It's a short novel, just 178 pages in paperback, and I would have been happy for it to have been longer, but I didn't feel the characters suffered from the lack of length and I'd certainly listen to (if not read) subsequent books in the series.

Pooka: A mythical creature of Irish folklore. There are numerous variations of it in various cultures and traditions. It can be "good" or "bad," depending on the myth. According to various myths, a pooka can be a shape-shifter. Some of the shapes include appearing as a horse, goat, or rabbit.

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