Occult and Battery by Lena Gregory
Occult and Battery (A Bay Island Psychic Mystery) Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series Berkley (April 4, 2017) Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages ISBN-13: 978-0425282762 E-Book ASIN: B01J2STXD0
SynopsisA murder mystery weekend becomes a little too real in the latest Bay Island Psychic Mystery from the author of Death at First Sight—Cass Donovan uses her skills as a former psychiatrist to get away with pretending to be psychic, but she’s not about to let anyone get away with murder...The outlook is not so good for Cass’s psychic shop, Mystical Musings. With winter winds discouraging tourists from riding the ferry from Long Island to Bay Island, Cass hopes to draw in more customers by hosting a murder mystery weekend, complete with a séance, in a supposedly haunted mansion.But Cass begins to lose her spirit when her ex-husband shows up, along with his fiancée—Cass’s ex-best friend. Then, after one of the guests is found dead, a blizzard blows in, trapping everyone inside with a murderer. Now Cass must divine who did the deed before her reputation and her livelihood fade away.
My Review:This series just became an auto-buy for me which is pretty impressive considering it's the first book I've read by Lena Gregory. It was an absolute delight. I pretty much want to go hang out with Cass, Bee (especially Bee), and Stephanie and play with Cass's enormous dog Beast. Though perhaps I might wait to hang out with them when they're not falling over dead bodies. The characters were so likable and interesting. I loved that they're such great friends and that Cass is really aware of how special their relationships are. I really enjoyed getting to know Cass herself which isn't always the case with the primary character as in cozy mysteries they tend to be incredibly nosy. Cass is nosy but I wanted to know the answers just as much as she did so I had no problem there. As well her interactions with her ex-husband and ex-best friend were perfectly low angsty. She didn't dismiss her feelings but at the same time didn't dwell on them. It felt very realistic and mature.
But I'll take a break from gushing about how much I loved the characters to talk about how much enjoyed the mystery. It was solid and interesting with lots of hidden secrets and just a little touch of paranormal. Just the way I like them! The reveal was surprising, entertaining and thoroughly satisfying. If you're new to Bay Island and Cass's world don't worry about jumping in here. This was the first book I'd read and I knew who was who and what was what pretty quick. Plus, now I can go back and read the first book while I wait for Lena Gregory to write book #3! Rating: Very Good
About The Author
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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