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A Timely Vision (Missing Pieces Mystery #1)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  770 ratings  ·  83 reviews
A seaside-set paranormal mystery-from the authors of the Renaissance Faire mystery Ghastly Glass

Meet Dae O'Donnell, a woman with a gift for finding lost things - and the stories behind lost lives...

Dae O'Donnell is the mayor of Duck, North Carolina-and the person everyone turns to when they've lost something. One touch and Dae can find it, and missing pieces seem to find...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 4th 2010 by Berkley
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❂ Jennifer (reviews on BookLikes)
Apr 09, 2012 ❂ Jennifer (reviews on BookLikes) rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone enjoying mysteries, a touch of the paranormal
Recommended to ❂ Jennifer (reviews on BookLikes) by: Cozy Mysteries GR group
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I really enjoyed this book. The setting in the outer banks drew me in and I liked the small town atmosphere that helped bring the characters to life. I found the main character to be just slightly two-dimensional but that could be either because it's the first book in the series and as such, the characters are still being fleshed out by the authors, or because this book is a team effort and they haven't yet found their groove. Either way, it did not detract from the story, but kept me from reall...more
This is book #1 of a series called Missing Pieces. It was a very cozy cozy mystery. The bad guys weren't very bad. I would have liked to see the heroine in a little more trouble (mean of me) and solve the mystery by following clues instead of by accident. However, the book kept my interest and I love the premise of the talents of the protagonist. All in all I'll look for more books in this series.

Dae O'Donnell, a thirty-something year-old woman in Duck, NC on the Outer Banks, is mayor of the sma...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
This book was just my type of book. The main character seemed like she was talking to a friend and explaining herself as the book moves onward. You feel like you are with her each step of the way. I'm fond of these two Authors and will eagerly await the next book in the series. It was a fascinating mystery of old days and current.

A Timely Vision is the 1st book in the Missing Pieces Mystery series. This book disappointed me some as I didn't like it as much as I thought I would. I have been trying different series by the Lavenes since reading the Sweet Pepper series which I loved. This series seemed to be a favorite of Lavene readers so I was looking forward to reading it.

I liked the premise of Dae's ability to locate missing items. The reason for the 3 stars was the pacing of the plot. It didn't hold my interest and seem...more
The main characters were great, but 2 of the sideliners were truly odious. I wish they'd been a bit more likeable (only because they were 'friends' with the main character). Was a cute idea and a cute book, I may read the next one in hopes that her two friends get smacked or something.
Luffy Monkey D.
Best thing about this story is where it's set. I crave for idyllic lieus that act as a soothing background for grisly happenings in the fore. Small towns that attract tourists is what I'm talking about. In this way this series resembles the Chocoholic series that I've enjoyed (but never rated highly) in the past. There's little to be said about these kind of books that I haven't already mentioned. Suffice to say that this series does just enough to be interesting. It's infuriating sometimes tho...more
Dae O'Donnell has an unusual gift - if someone has lost something and thinks of it while Dae is touching them, she can find the missing object. Dae is also the mayor of Duck, North Carolina and the owner of a local store called Missing Pieces where she sells assorted bric-a-brak. When Dae is asked to find a missing watch the last thing she expects is to find it attached to a dead body, and with an old friend likely to be charged with murder Dae steps in to investigate with the help of new guy in...more
Not bad! More like 3.75 stars or something, but I'm rounding up. The small touristy beachtown is a great setting for the series, and the main character is an interesting mix of business owner/mayor/local psychic/do-gooder. It's definitely a light beach-read, but there's still a bit of depth to Dae and to her reactions to the events she witnesses. There's a backstory too, one that's only hinted at so far, and will obviously be revealed as the series progresses, which encourages you to keep readin...more
Wendy Cantu

The Unlikely Sleuth:
Dae O’Donnell, owner of secondhand store Missing Pieces and mayor of the small, tourist town of Duck, North Carolina (I checked, it’s real!) Dae also possesses a psychic-like gift where she can locate missing objects.

In the small ocean side town of Duck, North Carolina, everyone knows everyone and nothing much ever happens. All of that changes when Miss Elizabeth, a 90-year-old lifelong citizen of Duck is found murdered. The likely suspect: her older sister, Miss...more
Why I read it: I love cozies and I love the Outer Banks of North Carolina. When I read that this book takes place in Duck, NC - a place I have frequently visited on the Outer Banks, I knew I had to read this book.

My Quick Synopsis & Opinion: Dae O'Donnell is the mayor of Duck, NC and also the owner of a small shop called Missing Pieces. Dae also has a psychic gift - she can find lost objects by touching the person who has lost something. When one of the town matriarchs, Miss Mildred, comes...more
This is a first in a new series by the Lavenes, authors of The Renaissance Faire mysteries and The Peggy Lee Garden mysteries, among others.

Dae O'Donnell is the mayor of Duck, North Carolina, a tiny seaside tourist town. She also owns a collectible shop called Missing Pieces. Oh, and she's psychic. Her specialty is finding lost things, which she can usually do if she has physical contact with a person who has lost something.

Just after the Independence Day parade, elderly Mildred Mason asks Dae t...more
I love mysteries... all sorts of mysteries, all shapes and sizes. Hardboiled, crime noir, historical, humorous, futuristic, paranormal... I adore them all. I particularly relish a good cozy mystery. So when I saw the first book of Joyce and Jim Lavene's newest series in the "just released" bay at my bookstore, I had to take a look at it. And let me tell you, they don't get much cozier than this.

Dae O'Donnell, mayor of the tiny Outer Banks town of Duck, NC and proprietor of "Missing Pieces" (not...more
I was nicely intrigued when I read the premise for this series. Can't remember where I read it, but the locale of Duck, North Carolina was part of the draw. Something about the East Coast along the water seems perfection for cozy mysteries and the premise of the main character's ability to find lost objects by touching the losing person's hand I thought was pretty cool.
And I was rewarded for my intrigue with a well written cozy mystery with plenty of atmosphere and excellent characters. I love D...more
This is the first in a new series for the Lavene's. Dae O'Donnell is the mayor of Duck, North Carolina. Dae has athe ability to touch someone and be able to tell them where they can finds something that is missing. The town's matriarch, Miss Mildred, enlists Dae's help to find her watch that her sister, Miss Elizabeth, had borrowed. Dae sees the watch on Miss Elizabeth arm. Then Miss Elizabeth goes missing. As the residents are preparing for a bad storm and helping to save turtle eggs from a nes...more
Set in the Outer Banks, this start of a cozy series was interesting. Dae has been gifted with the unusual ability to find things that have gone missing. And that is what starts the trouble in this mystery. She is approached my Miss Millie to find a missing watch she had landed to her sister, Miss Elizabeth. When Dae find the missing watch, still strapped to Miss Elizabeth's arm, the elderly woman is dead on the dunes in the midst of a storm. The challenge becomes one of preventing Miss Millie fr...more
This is the first in a series by husband and wife writing team, Joyce and Jim Lavene called a Missing Pieces Mystery series. It was a cute read. It is set in Duck, North Carolina, a small beachside community near Nags Head and Hatteras. Main character, Dae O'Donnell is the 30-something Mayor of Duck. She also has a faintly paranormal talent. She can hold onto someone's hand and if that person is thinking of something they have lost or misplaced, she can tell them where it is. This talent leads h...more
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Outstanding first novel in the Missing Pieces series. Dae is the psychic mayor of Duck, NC - the Outer Banks area. Her usual responsibilities take a boost when elderly Millie asks her to find her missing watch, and it turns out to be on the arm of Millie's twin Lizzie, who was evidently murdered. It looks like Millie might be blamed, but Dae is sure of her innocence and ropes new neighbor and retired FBI agent Kevin into finding out who really dunnit.

I actually guessed right about who was really...more
Katherine P
Though I had a few issues with this book overall I thoroughly enjoyed it. Not only did I enjoy reading it but I looked forward to being able to spend some time reading it which hasn't happened with very many books lately. I liked the characters and the location. I felt that the paranormal aspects were just right - enough to be interesting but not overwhelming. I'd like to see more about the Blue Whale and it's history. My main problem was that the story felt a little cluttered. It might have bee...more
Tricia Douglas
This was a cute little cozy taking place in Duck, NC. Dae is the mayor of this quaint town on the Outer Banks. She has a special skill of helping people find missing things through her special 'visions.' When Miss Elizabeth, an older member of the town's small population is killed, she must prove that Miss Mildred, Elizabeth's sister, is innocent. The story sounds simple, but the characters make an interesting mix of good, bad, and sneaky neighbors of Duck all possible killers-at-large. The read...more
Debbie Heaton
In the Lavene’s mystery novel, Dae O’Donnell is the mayor of Duck, North Carolina. She also has a gift that allows her to “find” missing items with one touch, a talent passed down through the women in her family. When Miss Mildred seeks out Dae to find her missing watch, the vision that comes leads them straight into a murder investigation. When all the evidence points toward Miss Mildred as the murderer, Dae pulls out all the stops in an attempt to prove her innocence. Retired FBI agent Kevin B...more
Kitty Skinner
I really enjoyed the debut of this new paranormal cozy mystery series. Dae is able to find things for people when she touches their hands, she also is a finder of lost special objects that she sells in her store "Missing Pieces" if and only if the buyer passes her tests. She is also the mayor of Duck, a small town on the North Carolina coast. We meet charming, quirky, and yes, irritating characters. There is a budding romance with a new arrival, Kevin, who is retired from the FBI. And of course,...more
A nice light-hearted mystery that was quick read. I bought this book at a Manteo bookstore while visiting the Outer Banks and loved it!
Aug 03, 2011 Margaret added it
Shelves: 2010
The main character Dae O'Donnell grew on me as the story progressed. I wanted to know a few more details about her (like her age) but since this is the first book in the series I'm assuming we'll learn more as we go. Written in first person (which I always enjoy), I thought it did meander a bit at times with a bit of extraneous info not related to the storylines. I'm sure we'll see more of Kevin Brinkman in the next books and more character development of Dae's friends Shayla, Trudy and Tim. Not...more
I needed to buy a few books at the library used bookstore as my overdue fees are out of control so I bought 4 books -- 3 decent and 1 that looked insanely mindless. Of course I cracked that one first -- it was just what I needed and not nearly as bad as I feared. It promised to transport me to a tourist beach town and it did. It had some really poorly drawn side characters but some good ones and decent dialog. It could have benefited from editing but I seem to be saying that about a lot of books...more
I found this book and its authors because of my friend Dru. She ran a contest on her blog site and I was the lucky winner. I immediately decided to grab the earlier books in the series from my local library and start from the beginning. I'M GLAD I DID. This series is extremely cute and enjoyable. I'm sitting in my house sick all day and this book kept me company. In fact I only put it down long enough to make potty stops. LOL

I hope this series runs well into double digits book release wise.
Nice depiction of North Carolina, but I got tired of the main character's attitude that "but she couldn't have done it" should be enough for the police to believe someone's innocence. And actual anger that the police relied on facts. Really? Even as an accident, you refuse to believe she had ANY involvement? And you would rather cops just ask you what you think instead of solid investigating?

That said, I didn't foresee the murderer's identity.
Very obvious romance set-up.
This is an entertaining mystery, set in an interesting location. The main character is likable, although she does have the simplistic amateur attitude writers don't even try to get around anymore--the police arrested the wrong person, no problem. I'll just find out who the real killer is and tell them--but she isn't too stupid and her occupation and hobby are intriguing. The relatives, friends and other citizens are also fun to read about, so it's a promising start for a series.
Dae O'Donnell, mayor of Duck and proprietor of Missing Pieces, has a handy talent. She can find lost things. Sometimes she finds treasures for her shop, and sometimes she retrieves important items for friends. Unfortunately, she also seems to be able to find missing corpses.

The characters are well-written, the pacing was great, and the puzzle had me going for longer than most mysteries. I'll definitely check out the rest of the series.
Susan Furlong
Wonderful characters and a great story with a unique setting. Highly recommended.
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Joyce Lavene and Jim Lavene are a wife and husband team who have written and published more than 70 books since 1999. They live in North Carolina with their family and enjoy cooking, photography and ghost hunting.
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