This is the first book in the Bay Island Psychic series by Lena Gregory. I had read and reviewed her newest series’ All Day Breakfast Cafe first book “Scone Cold Killer” back in January and really enjoyed that one.
I’ve had this book for awhile but what helped me get kick-started into this series is that a group of twelve awesome authors known as the Cozy Mystery Crew on Facebook, have put together a Summer Reading list and a special group just for that, summer reading. Participants read (for this club anyway) only books written by the crew of twelve (a fair request, I think, it’s their club). They provided a list made on Goodreads of thirty-four books we can pick from. The best part is that if we’ve already read any of the books on the list so far this calendar year, we can count them. There will be an online party with giveaways for anyone participating. I always love an excuse to whittle away at my TBR! 😉 I might not make it through all the books on the list but I’ll give it a good try and finishing them all isn’t the authors’ goals anyway.
The picture is of a Leonbarger dog which is what Beast in the story is. I found one as close to the cover of the book as I could.
My Goodreads review:
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I had a feeling I would enjoy this book and I was right–and I’m not even a psychic lol. I thought it was a fun concept that a former psychiatrist has taken on acting the part of a psychic and more times than not, she uses her intuition and training to read people than something truly mystical.
Cass Donovan was minding her own business working her own little business and helping out good friend Bee Maxwell with his upcoming fashion show rehearsals when she discovered the body of Marge, a very disagreeable woman that she’d just had a public argument with. Cass had done a reading for Marge’s daughter, Ellie and Marge was livid about it. Sheriff Langdon immediately pinned the murder on her but somehow wasn’t going to arrest her. Cass needed to get to the bottom of the case and clear her name before she ended up in jail for something she didn’t do. That’s where her two best friends, Stephanie (who happened to be married to a tough but nice officer named Tank) and Bee, the guy having the fashion show.
I really like all these main characters! Cass has two of the very best friends in the world in Steph and Bee. They’re loyal and kind, even though as a police officer’s wife, Steph feels she has to warn Cass about investigating. Bee was such a hoot, very flamboyant and dramatic as well as hilarious. I liked the newcomer to town, Luke, who seemed to have a few secrets of his own that I won’t spoil. You’ll just have to read and find out. Oh and who could forget Beast, who was very well named by Cass and her friends. He was really just a sweet puppy but he could be protecting when he needed to be.
The end twist was pretty epic. I sure never saw it coming and the whole showdown was really awesome. I never would have guessed the killer in a million years, great plot twist. Everything got explained and worked out well at the end. I have the next two books so I’m definitely going to be reading them over the course of this summer.