Better Read than Dead: A Psychic Eye Mystery (英語) マスマーケット – 2005/6/7
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Word of Abby's talents reading tarot cards has reached a mob boss who wants her help in some business matters and he doesn't take no for an answer. When the police seek out her psychic intuition to shed light on a masked man who's been attacking women, Abby finds herself working both sides of the law on her own, leading her to wonder, why didn't I see this coming?
"Victoria Laurie Has Talent To Spare--She's a Writer to Watch!"
Victoria Laurie has talent to spare-she's a writer to watch. (J.A. Konrath, author of "Whisky Sour")
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The narration was ok. Some of it was the narrator (I got tired of hearing drop the final "r"s from words - mirror became mirra, terror became terra, etc.), and some of it was the story. The story is in 1st person; we're in Abby's head. We know if she's telling a lie. We don't need that "liar, liar, pants on fire" when she tells a lie. We know. It's constant, especially when the mob is after you and you're determined to keep it from the cops and FBI agents in your life. It set my teeth on edge every time I heard it. I can understand it when someone tells Abby a lie, and her intuition tells her they're lying, but we do NOT need it every time Abby tells one. There are a lot of repetitive phrases, and I think you notice them more when you're listening to the book. "Liar, liar, pants on fire" and "left side, feeling heavy", "right side, light and airy" over and over.
I also can't understand what was happening with Dutch, the FBI agent, and his new partner. Apparently the new (female) partner is extremely hot, so Abby gets drunk at lunch (from one glass of wine) and proceeds to act like a high schooler who just found her boyfriend eating lunch with the head cheerleader. Not only does she come across as immature and ridiculous, she makes Dutch look stupid, too, in front of a new partner who's also his superior. Abby acts like this every time the partner is even mentioned in conversation. Yes, she's able to psychically find out that the partner does want Dutch, but so what? She also knows Dutch doesn't want her, so where's the dilemma? And instead of telling Dutch how all of this makes her feel, she stamps her foot and says "she started it!" and pouts. I didn't love the way Dutch acted sometimes, I thought he was bullying Abby a lot of the time, but I can't really be on her side, either.
There was also a huge plot hole that bugged the crap out of me, and was never resolved. Spoiler - when Abby and Milo are watching the video of the attack on Cat, they see Cat on the phone talking to Abby, then Cat being attacked, then Cat being rescued. Completely ignoring the fact that her attacker spoke to her before he attacked her, without his mask, while she was on the phone with Abby. Abby heard Cat speaking to him "Oh, it's 11:15. Golly, Abby, men in this city sure are gorgeous", but he's not on the video of the attack. Why? Because Abby would have recognized him and ended that whole story line immediately. So instead, that whole part of the event is just ignored. I can't stand stuff like that.
I don't know if I'll keep going with this series or not. I might give it one more, because I like the concept, but if it's the same, I probably wouldn't go beyond that.
When Abby's friend Kendal asks for a favor, her intuition was buzzing in her head, warning her away. But, since Abby owed Kendal a favor, she ignored her guides and ended up reading Tarot cards at a mob wedding. YIKE! The mob don "contacted" Abby seeking her services, very persuasively, and Abby found herself complying, afraid for the safety of herself and her family. I love Abby's sister Cat. Though Abby does not take advantage, Cat is wealthy. She has "everything", yet is a teeny bit jealous over Abby's psychic gift, trying her hand and failing at Tarot card reading.
The book moves smoothly, with many interesting examples of Abby's ability guiding her along. For example, the picture in her mind of a mailman represented the post office, which she realized too late. Also, I love her inboard lie detector - how handy would that be! My kids would sure be in trouble if I had that ability!
I don't see much of a future between Abby and Dutch. I suppose since he's a cop he is skeptical. But he's such a jerk about it! And blindsiding her with meeting "Joe", his partner who turns out to be a woman. Sheesh! Well, I guess it keeps me rooting for Abby. I mean if his character was sugary, we'd be bored.
I look forward to the next book coming in December!
Abby finds herself getting deeply involved with the Greek much against her will and Dutch, her FBI boyfriend, their friend Milo, a cop, her sister Cat, her handy man Dave, and her doggy, Eggy all become involved with her in this great cozy.
One of the pluses of this book is the insight it gives the reader into Abby's world of the paranormal, the use of her crew (the spirit guides on the other side) and the responsibility she feel about their readings. Abby has scruples, integrity and professional eithic about her gift.
Ms. Laurie has created a delightful character and written a fun and suspensful book. I look forward to reading the other books in this great series.