Tuesday, November 1, 2016

#Review & #Giveaway ~ Death at First Sight (A Bay Island Psychic Mystery, Book) by Lena Gregory

Death at First Sight
by Lena Gregory

Death at First Sight 
A Bay Island Psychic Mystery, Book 1
Berkley (November 1, 2016)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425282748

About 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 Bay Island, Cass Donovan has given her fair share of readings to conflicted customers. But what she sees in Ellie Callahan’s 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. And when she later stumbles across Marge’s body—and is a suspect in her murder—Cass is suddenly the star of Bay Island’s rumor mill.

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 instincts to find the real killer…

My Review:

Cass has recently moved back to Bay Island after closing up her psychiatric practice.  Having grown up on Bay Island, Cass wasn't warmly received back into the fold after returning so many years later.  Her integration back into her hometown was hindered even more so since she's opened up a mystical shop.  Fortunately for Cass, she has Stephanie and Bee on her side.  She also has the support of all of her clients who believe in mysticism.

When Cass does a reading for Bay Island resident, Ellie, she doesn't like what she sees.  The dark shadow that crosses her vision has only happened one other time with disastrous consequences.  To make matters worse, Ellie's mother, Marge, confronts Cass in a public place, with many witnesses, about the reading.  True to form, the shadow was predicative of death - Marge's death - and Cass is blamed right from the start.  Now it's up to Cass, Stephanie, and Bee to clear Cass's name since she's the only suspect in the case.

Death at First Sight is a wonderful first book in the Bay Island Psychic Mystery series.  Cass is a very down-to-earth person.  She's likable from the start.  It is easy to connect to her, whether you believe in psychic abilities or not.  Stephanie and Bee are wonderful sidekicks to Cass main character.  They are supportive and comforting to Cass.

The story is unique and entertaining.  I was completely engaged from the very beginning.  As the story progresses, the author introduces more characters that make figuring out the murderer a little harder.  For me, everyone was a suspect from a husband, a daughter, a hot guy, and a mechanic, among others.  As per usual Cass, the protagonist, does some pretty dumb things, but unlike other cozies I've read, she at least acknowledges the danger of her actions.  She's not oblivious to the danger but her need to clear her name is stronger than her common sense.

I enjoyed the book and can't wait for the second one.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC copy of this book.

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Meet the Author:

Lena lives in a small town on the south shore of eastern Long Island with her husband and three children.

When she was growing up, she spent many lazy afternoons on the beach, in the yard, anywhere she could find to curl up with a good book. She loves reading as much now as she did then, but she now enjoys the added pleasure of creating her own stories.

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Dianne Casey said...

Love the cover of "Death at First Sight". Book sounds like a fascinating read. Can't wait to read about Cass and her psychic abilities.

Sapphyria said...

I hope you love it as much as I did, Dianne! Thanks for visiting today. Good luck in the giveaway.


Lena Gregory said...

Thank you, Dianne. I hope you enjoy it!

Lena Gregory said...

Thank you so much for sharing my release, Sapphyria! I'm so happy you enjoyed Death at First Sight :)

Sapphyria said...

You're welcome, Lena!!