Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Death at First Sight (Bay Island Psychic Mystery #1) by Lena Gregory

You know it always excites me to see a new series start. I love the fresh slate, as well as getting to know a new location and cast. Death at First Sight (Bay Island Psychic Mystery #1) by Lena Gregory is the first part in what is a promising new series.

From the back of the book:

It doesn’t take a crystal ball to see that something’s not right on Bay Island...

Since she left her psychiatric practice in New York City to open up a psychic shop in her hometown on Long Island, Cass Donovan has given her fair share of readings to conflicted customers. But what she sees in Ellie Hawkins’ future doesn’t bode well.

When Ellie’s mother Marge publicly confronts Cass about the reading, the embarrassment makes her want to curl up and die. But when she later stumbles across Marge’s body—and is arrested for her murder—Cass is suddenly the star of Bay Island’s rumor mill.

Out on bail, Cass is determined to prove her innocence and save Ellie from meeting the fate in her unfortunate vision. But even with the help of her friends Bee and Stephanie, Cass will have to channel some serious sleuthing instinct to find the real killer.

My thoughts:

You know I love my para-cozies, that made the theme of this series really exciting for me. In this opening part, more of the focus was on the characters, rather than the psychic aspect. Cass was an interesting heroine, who was easy to relate with, and not a super sleuth. In fact, she was about as effective a I would have been. I liked the dynamic of her two best friends, and feel like I got a solid footing in what the three man characters are all about. I'm super excited to get to know more about Luke in future parts, and maybe more about Cass's shop, I hope.

The mystery was interesting, with a couple of suspects, and I didn't figure it out, In fact, the killer wasn't even on my radar. Considering when and how it struck Cass, I don't feel bad for not knowing. It was paced well, and easy to read. I made it a two afternoon read myself. In the back of the book was an excerpt that let me know the next part is on the way. If you are looking for a promising new series, here is one you should jump into when it releases on Nov 1st.

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