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Mind Over Murder (Raven's Nest #1)

3.36  ·  Rating Details ·  770 Ratings  ·  126 Reviews
Cousins and best friends, Clara and Stephanie Quinn run The Raven's Nest Bookstore, where people go to find their most coveted reads. But they have no idea it's the psychically-gifted Clara who's reading them...
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'
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Published September 1st 2011 by Berkley Books
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Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
I was going to give this a 3.5 but figure, eh 4 would work too.

Why hello cozy mystery with a bookshop part of its town setting. You know, with these, I'm liking more and more. And helps that the covers, bring in that bookshop theme going around.

Anyway, I had started reading, taken a break then picked it up again after being in a bookshop cozy mystery read and noticed how short it was. Which isn't a bad thing but still.

So, you have two cousins. Stephanie owns a bookshop called Raven's Nest, a ki
Nov 11, 2014 C. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I’m such a fan of Kate Kingsbury’s; I can’t see her writing “Mind Over Murder” . I adore psychic ability and a return to one’s roots. This novel should have been my forté but doesn’t approach Kate’s calibre. I regret low-balling an author I regard highly.

I thought of a play. It centres around one set and actors create the illusion of movement. The world of a performance exists through the entry and exit of players. Aside from a few scenes flickering to the home of Clara’s Mom and a hospital; thi
Elizabeth D.
Jan 07, 2016 Elizabeth D. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I agree with other reviewers who call this book "juvenile". I will add somewhat sexist to my comments which is surprising coming from a female author.

At one point the two female lead characters are discussing the one woman's young daughter and she expresses concern that her daughter is climbing trees. "Doesn't she know she's a girl?" and they laugh and talk about how she'll grow out of it when she discovers boys.

Later a character wants to go and check on someone she is worried about and her hu
Sep 02, 2011 Mike rated it did not like it

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

Apr 27, 2017 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
A new, to me, cozy mystery series set in a book store. Two cousins, one the owner, the other her cousin who has just returned to Maine after living in New York City for a few years. A nearby business owner, who is liked by no one, is found dead in the bookstore's back room. Who did it and why?
Sep 09, 2011 Christine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clara Quinn has recently returned from New York to her hometown of Finn’s Harbor, Maine. She is reluctantly helping her close friend and cousin Stephanie Quinn Dowd with her bookstore. When you walk through the door, it’s obvious “The Raven’s Nest” isn’t an ordinary bookstore. There is a stuffed raven perched on a light fixture, a life-sized figure of a fortune teller with her crystal ball, and colored crystals hanging from the ceiling. While the store does carry occult books, it also sells cook ...more
Lesa Neace
Aug 16, 2012 Lesa Neace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first in a new cozy mystery series that combines basic amateur detective work with a dash of ESP thrown into the mix. The main character, Clara, has moved back to her hometown from NYC after a bad relationship. She takes a job in her cousin's bookstore and then a murder occurs and a co-worker is suspected. Clara is forced to use her long suppressed ESP ability to help solve the case and save her own neck. The characters are engaging and there are enough loose ends, character-wise not plot re ...more
Apr 10, 2015 kate rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
this was my first foray into the realm of coziness, and this book's execution wasn't the greatest but I like the idea behind the story. the characters didn't seem well-developed or even have much physical description, so it was difficult to imagine them at times. the dialogue was pretty lackluster as well, and the suspense was pretty low-key for a mystery. i really love the idea of a cozy bookstore mystery, but even the store wasn't described that thoroughly enough to get a feel for it. disappoi ...more
The cover really sucked me into checking this cozy out of the library, and I generally love cozies that take place in book stores or libraries, but this fell completely flat for me.

The whole "Quinn Sense" became extremely annoying and the way in which it was used did not come off as anything more than general intuition - nothing special like I think it was supposed to be.

I will not be reading any other books in this series.
Feb 26, 2012 Lindig rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
What? A bookstore mystery without a cat?

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.
Brian Frauenknecht
Aug 13, 2013 Brian Frauenknecht rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I loved this first book in the Raven's Nest Bookstore mystery. I lied this book and look forward to reading the next in the series.
Cherie Bush
Two cousins working together in a bookshop- one has some psychic potential. Body of a person no one in the village likes is discovered in their storeroom. Their co-worker is the main suspect. Of course they are going to solve the mystery.
Marlene Chabot
Mar 09, 2017 Marlene Chabot rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed reading the well-written novel Mind Over Murder, the first in the Raven's Nest Bookstore Mysteries written by Allison Kingsley. Ms. Kingsley describes the people In Finn's Harbor and the town itself so well I feel like I'm right there with the characters. An excellent read I didn't want to put down until it was finished. If you like amateur sleuth type novels, you'll enjoy Mind Over Murder. Will Clare Quinn, the lead character, find out who killed shop owner Ana Jordan befor ...more
Aug 25, 2011 LORI CASWELL rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in Finn's Harbor, Maine, Stephanie Quinn Dowd owns The Raven's Nest Bookstore. Her cousin, Clara Quinn, has returned to Finn's Harbor unexpectedly without much of a plan. Stephanie has convinced Clara to help her out at the bookstore until she finds another job.

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
Jan 19, 2015 Cathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Two cousins that are almost sisters, Stephanie, who is obsessed with all things paranormal and Clara, who has inherited the families' paranormal gift, but refuses to accept it, one hunky hardware store owner, a creepy older guy, one murder and a crazy woman that buys a business just to get a man....It seems crazy even by cozy standards, but it does work for the most part. Still, the story could use more.

I would like to see more visualization and more of the town, more character development and
Mar 01, 2017 Sharon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Bookstore setting is very loose and the two "detectives" are not very smart. Supposedly Clara has the Quinn Sense--voices that tell her things others cannot know although she has worked assiduously to tamp them down--not a good idea if she's going to put herself in the way of a murderer.
Aurian Booklover
I have bought this series after reading a review on a blog I like. Diana and I share a very similar taste in cozies. Unfortunately, I was not blown away by this first book in the series. Clara Quinn and Stephanie Quinn grew up not only as cousins, but as best friends. In their family runs a certain psychic “power”, the Quinn sense. As young children, Stephanie dreamed of having it, but Clara was reluctant. She went along with her harebrained cousin’s schemes, and of course she is the cousin that ...more
Book of Secrets
Aug 15, 2011 Book of Secrets rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
MIND OVER MURDER is the first book in a new cozy mystery series set in the small coastal town of Finn's Harbor, Maine. Stephanie Quinn Dowd owns the local bookstore. Her cousin Clara Quinn has just moved back to town after living in New York City for many years. Stephanie convinces Clara to help out in the bookstore while she's getting reestablished in Finn's Harbor.

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
Cathy Cole
First Line: "Stephanie Quinn Dowd, you've got to be kidding!"

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
Aug 17, 2011 Kaye rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-challenge

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
Lark of The Bookwyrm's Hoard
Review originally published at The Bookwyrm's Hoard.

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
Nov 26, 2012 bella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clara Quinn has returned home to Finn's Harbour. After having her heart broken in New York she just wants to return home and have a quiet life for a while. However, it seems her "Quinn Sense" has other plans for her. Clara has inherited the family's psychic abilities that they call the "Quinn Sense", but Clara has been trying her best to ignore it. However when shopkeeper, Ana Jordan, is killed and her body is discovered in her cousin Stephanie's stock room, Clara has to use her Quinn Sense to t ...more
Aug 01, 2012 Kristen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was really just a "meh" kind of cozy mystery - not terrible but not terrific either.

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
Jun 28, 2016 CJK rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I very reluctantly finished this book. After the first three chapters, I was ready to quit, after the first half, I was ready to trash this book. I don't know who wrote this book - if it was a seasoned author, then please apologize to me and other readers.

Stephanie, one half of this sleuthing duo, is annoying, whiney, and wow, totally self centered. As an adult woman with 3 kids, she recklessly pursues solving a murder mystery, regardless of the safety of her family, as she said to her cousin,
Jun 27, 2015 M rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, cozy-mystery
I had hope for this novel - after being disappointed by Tempest in the Tea Leaves, I was looking forward to a better cozy with a psychic protagonist. Sadly, my hopes were dashed, and I was faced with a not particularly good novel with effectively no paranormal elements. For all that the protagonist and her cousin go on about the Quinn Sense, I have no evidence that it actually exists - it basically seems to just be Clara's intuition. There's admittedly some whole thing about how Clara has been r ...more
A.R. Norris
Dec 28, 2011 A.R. Norris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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Aug 18, 2011 Fred rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first in the A Raven's Nest Bookstore Mystery series.

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,
Oct 18, 2011 Vicky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clara Quinn recently returned from New York to her hometown of Finn’s Harbor, Maine. Her cousin, Stephanie, ropes her into helping out at Steph's bookstore. Stephanie is all about the weird and paranormal, probably because of the legend of the "Quinn Sense" - psychic ability which Clara got, but Steph did not. The bookstore is a regular bookstore, but their next door neighbor, Anna Jordan, focuses only on the occult items and vows to shut down the story. Clara can’t shake the feeling of dread sh ...more
Sep 30, 2013 Susan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries, 2013
Hard to believe these are adult people in this story as they all act like immature juveniles. For this reason, I found it a difficult read and did not enjoy the story.

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
Mar 16, 2015 Alaine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have to say I'm a little tired of the cliched plot device of Character comes home with a secret. The people who love her know something is wrong, but the character thinks it's "none of their business!" Ok, if this is true, why did you write the book in the first place?? I'm not here to pry the story out of you.
How many times do we have to read about someone having information, but they don't tell the police and then guess what happens? The killer is at their door step and no one knows they ar
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