Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Better Read Than Dead - Victoria Laurie
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?
I really enjoyed the first book in the Psychic Eye series and so I was naturally enthusiastic about this one.
In it Abby is once again in the middle of a mystery and this time she even attracts the attention of a crime boss who wants her help in a problem of his own. It was great fun from the beginning when Abby reads an assassin's fortune by accident and it proceeds in good pace. There's actually 2 mysteries going on - one about a serial rapist that her friend Milo from the Police department asks her help about, and the other a mystery from the past that is mob related and that the mob boss demands her to help him with.
As Abby deals with her failure in preventing more rapes and trying to avoid being hurt by the mob her sister comes along with one of her usual crisis. Abby's sister seems a bit too perfect, or at times too annoying, to be real.
However Abby does seem a bit naive and with a big propensity to get into trouble. I was a bit disappointed that I didn't like her character here as much as in the first book. She and Dutch should also talk more about their relationship as it seems to me they spent most of the time mad at each other, or at least Abby was mad with him and terribly jealous of his beautiful - and bitchy - partner.