Review: Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye by Victoria Laurie

Review: Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye by Victoria LaurieAbby Cooper, Psychic Eye by Victoria Laurie
Series: Psychic Eye #1
Published by Signet on 12/07/2014
Genres: Adult, Cozy Mystery, Mystery, Romance
Format: Paperback
Source: Library

In Royal Oak, a suburb of Detroit, thirty-something Abby Cooper lives a life that's kind of like vanilla ice cream - good enough, but a little bland. Her work as a P.I. - Psychic Intuitive - can be rewarding, but she feels like somehow she's missing out on the hot-fudge topping...

Now she's getting what she wished for - when a client winds up dead and the clues start pointing in Abby's direction.Turns out she knows too many details about the murder for her own good. To make matters worse, the hot blind date she just met is the lead investigator on the case. And gorgeous Detective Dutch Rivers is convinced she's a fraud.

No matter how great her psychic abilities, Abby doesn't know if she can solve this case. Unfortunately for her, though, the killer thinks she can....

So, back in late high school and my freshman year of college I devoured mysteries.  I loved the darker ones, but I had a very special fondness for the cozy mysteries.  Although I don’t read too many of them anymore, I still enjoy them from time to time.  So when I read Candace’s review of Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye, the first book in the Abby Cooper series, I immediately put the book on hold, and read it the next day.

Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye was such a fun book.  It definitely fits within the cozy-mystery genre, with the scenes never getting too gory, and the overall story feeling fairly light.  This book is also a very quick read, and it’s easily finishable (I totally invented a word here:) ).  The mystery was not too easy to solve, and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.

Although I did like Abby as a main character, sometimes she did get on my nerves.  So Abby is a psychic – that’s how she makes her living, giving readings.  When one of Abby’s clients is murdered, Abby uses her psychic abilities to try to figure out who the baddie is.  And all that is fine.  But while she is investigating, she is meeting new people.  And Abby is also using her psychic abilities to make sure everyone knows she’s not a crook (or a kook).  But here’s the thing, it often felt like Abby was using her abilities just to shock people and impress them.  And it got really annoying.

But there is a lot to like about Abby, too.  She really felt like just a regular woman (besides the psychic bit).  She has a job, she has friends.  She’s incredibly upset about what happened to her client, and she really wants to help the police.  I loved how Abby’s emotions felt so real.

Abby’s annoyingness, although a bit frustrating, didn’t stop me wanting to find out what would happen at the end of the book.  And one last note – I just loved the setting!  I have a fondness for small-town stories, and this charming town in Michigan added a lot of atmosphere to this story.  If you are a fan of cozy mysteries, you absolutely cannot go wrong with Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye.


One Response to “Review: Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye by Victoria Laurie”

  1. Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tale Reviews

    I like mysteries as well and this one seems really interesting. I do think Abby using her psychic powers to impress people would get annoying though. Thanks for the review!

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