Mind Over Murder (A Raven's Nest Mystery #1)
The bookstore has made an enemy of the town crier, Ana Jordon, who claims that the store's occult collection is "poisoning" the town's youth. Meanwhile, the store's...more
When I was young, about 12 or 13, I tried my hand at writing a two-fisted detective story. I was no Mickey Spillane. I'm still not. I gave it to a man I respected to read and review, and he told me it was juvenile. I don't believe that he was trying to be hurtful, but I only remember one word: juvenile. At the age of 13, I believe it is to be expected that my writing be juvenile. I say this to explain that I don't say this next bit lightly. I found this book to be written in a very inexperienced...more
Allison Kingsley’s Mind Over Murder is a quick and easy read. How quick? I finished the book in a couple of hours. How easy? I was able to figure out who the killer was well before the book’s fifty-page mark. I have watched episodes of Murder, She Wrote that were more mentally taxing.
The first in a series, Mind Over Murder introduces us to cousins Clara Quinn and Stephanie Quinn Dowd. Clara has just returned to...more
Clara Quinn has moved back to her small home-town in Maine from several years living in New York. Hoping for a more peaceful life, she takes a job working in the town bookstore, which happens to be owned by her cousin Stephanie, who was Clara's partner in crime when both were girls.
When the owner of another local store is found murdered in the bookstore's back room, everyone is on edge. Because Stephani...more
These cousins have always been close but it is not just being family or friendship that keeps them together. It is what Clara calls the family curse. Clara has "Quinn Sense". Little voices in her head that make observations, enable Cl...more
Another point that pushed my buttons was a plot device I read in another book - can't recall the title at the moment - but an amateur sleuth gets it into her/his head to solve a murder, only to sit back and direct his/her minions to do all the dirty work. I cannot stress enough how much I dislike this and unfortunately, one of the...more
The peace and quiet of small town life that Clara was hoping for is very short lived. Ana Jordon, the shop owner next door, is foun...more
Clara Quinn has returned to her hometown in Maine after living in New York City. While she looks for another job, she agrees to work at the Raven's Nest Bookstore to help the owner, her cousin Stephanie.
The bookstore has an enemy-- Ana Jordan-- a fellow businesswoman who believes that the bookstore's occult section is leading the town's youth astray. Molly, number one employee at the Raven's Nest Bookstore, has made no bones of the fac...more
One issue was that the whacked-in-the-cranium-mean person got whacked before I had a chance to really see why she was so mean and no one liked her.
The story was a little choppy, but I still wanted to find out what was going to happen next and see if it flowed any better as the book continued...more
Clara Quinn has moved back to her childhood home of Finn's Harbor, Maine. Her cousin, Stephanie, has convinced her to help out in her book store until she decides what to do with her life. Also working at the bookstore is Molly, a college student. Clara also has was they refer to as the Quinn Sense, the ability to see into the future and read people's minds.
Molly has a heated verbal confrontation with the owner of store next door,...more
I love paranormal aspects such as ESP, or Ghosts, or several others. I feel Ms. Kingsley will hit her pace, setting, an...more
In Mind Over Murder, the first in Allison Kingsley's Raven's Nest Bookstore mystery series, Clara Quinn has recently returned from New York City to her small hometown of Finn's Harbor, Maine. While helping out in her cousin and best friend Stephanie's new bookstore, Clara overhears an argument between Molly, a bookstore employee, and neighboring shop owner and busybody Ana Jordan over the occult books carried by the Raven's Nest. When Ana is fo...more
In the little town of Finn's Harbor, Maine, Stephanie Quinn Dowd's new bookstore, the Raven's Nest, is doing quite well; so well in fact that she needs additional store help. She begs her cousin Clara to come and work for her even though Clara has no retail experience. What she does have is a degree in literature and the "Quinn Sense": the inherited ability to see into the future and to read minds; two skills that will come in handy very soon.
At this point in her life, Clara is not too keen magi...more
Boring. Prissy people talking everything to death and doing nothing. And the "Quinn sense" is really boring, too, so either ramp it up into a real "sense" (oxymoron) or leave it out.
Having Yasmine Galenorn blurb it is not a good recommendation for me.
Overall: cozy, not to say suffocating, but readable.
Unfortunately, I can't say the same for the book. Stephanie came across as selfish and insensitive, all the harebrained schemes made me want to yell at the book and after all that talk of the "Quinn Sense", it never really showed up.