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Better Read Than Dead (Psychic Eye Mystery #2)

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Abby's not a private investigator; she's a psychic intuitive who works with a crew of spirit guides to foretell the future. And it's crystal clear that Abby's in for plenty of trouble in Better Read than Dead. A favor for a friend has landed her at a Mob-connected wedding, where she finds herself reading tarot for a hit man! Now the father of the bride has made Abby an off ...more
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Published June 7th 2005 by Signet Book
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Apr 14, 2013 Amber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book two in the Psychic Eye Mystery Series. This one starts off where book one ends. I don't want to give anything too juicy away so I will try my best to review with as little spoiler as I can.
So much happens in this book. It was hard to believe it was only 296 pages. I flew this book again like I was hooked on book crack. I loved it. I love Abby Cooper and Love Dutch. I really think Victoria Laurie is one of my new favorite authors. I can't get enough of them right now. In this book you deal
Lisa Kay
★★★★✩ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Okay, you definitely have to suspend belief in this series. There must have been a dozen time when Abby should have gone to the police...99% of the population would have! But then, her not doing so make for many more "Eeep!" moments.
Jun 25, 2010 Robin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One thing bothered me about this one. In both books, there is an initial suspect who is not "the guy" but is just a rather pathetic and creepy little man with a pronounced overbite. Different characters, different investigation so why the overbite in both cases? Maybe the author knows a creepy little man with a pronounced overbite but she needs to get a new inspiration if this series is going to carry well through all 7 books. If there's one more creepy loser with a major overbite in this series ...more
Jun 18, 2011 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy this author. I started out with the Ghost Hunter series and did enjoy those books very much. I was disappointed to find I had read all the books currently out. So, I decided to start this series, even though it was not quite in the same vein. It did not disappoint.

I am really enjoying the life of Abby Cooper, the clairvoyant, intuitive psychic. While she has special talents, I find her very human. Of course, she is human – she is not magical, just psychic. However, I find her very
The second in The Psychic Eye Mystery series by Victoria Laurie, "Better Read than Dead" doesn't disappoint!!

It's another page-turning thriller! Filled with twists and turns, it kept me engrossed and entertained (and a smidge scared!). I LOVED IT!

Abby Cooper is a psychic intuitive working out of a small office in Royal Oak, Detroit. "Better Read than Dead" sees the return of many beloved characters from the first book ("Abby Cooper: Psychic Eye") including her super hot boyfriend "Dutch", his (e
Jul 24, 2010 Jess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2010
This is the second book in the Psychic Eye mystery series and it was just as good as the first was. In this book, Abby is doing a favor for a friend and working as a tarot card reader at a wedding reception. When a client comes in and her psychic guides are telling her that he's a killer she realizes she's attending a mob wedding. As Abby tries to deal with her professional problems she is also trying to deal with her new relationship with Dutch. He's back from Quantico and working for the FBI, ...more
Barbara ★
I realized long ago that when reading cozy mysteries I needed to forget about reality and common sense in order to enjoy these cutesy books. In real life, these women would get themselves killed while in books they are klutzy heroines. Case in point, if someone from the mob is harassing you, wouldn't you go to your FBI boyfriend or your cop friend? Why in the world did Abby try to deal with the mob on her own? Well because where would the plot be without the mafia scare.

I like the characters of
Jul 14, 2014 Glenna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fun mystery series with a psychic as the main character. I liked the second one even better than the first
Apr 06, 2017 Luseride rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Abby Cooper has to pay back a favor to a psychic friend, doing readings at a wedding. What she does not know at first is this is a mob wedding.  After leaving in a hurry Abby is forced to read for the mob boss, who is dying, in order to protect herself and her family and friends.  Luckily Dutch is there to help her out and he and Milo come up with a plan to help Abby save the day. 
A bit edgier than the first book which means sometimes you have to step away for a moment or two before diving righ
Heather Bokon
Jun 08, 2010 Heather Bokon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-2013
So.... Just to be clear, you're being terrorized by the mob, and instead of telling your FBI boyfriend or cop best friend, you figure you'll just keep quiet and deal with it yourself??? And when your burglar alarm goes off, and the cop who shows up to check it out grudgingly looks around your house, then steals your underwear, you figure the best thing to do is nothing????? Really?

Finished 7/2/13

This is the 2nd book in the Psychic Eye Series by Victoria Laurie, and I'm not sure I'll read
Feb 26, 2013 ♥Jamie rated it it was amazing
Second in the Psychic Eye Series, Better Read Than Dead by Victoria Laurie is just as engaging as the first book. We learned a little more about the main characters and got to follow along on a new adventure with Abby.

Abby is frustrated and depressed because she has agreed to work a wedding the very night her sexy FBI boyfriend Dutch Rivers is coming home from training. She feels terrible but has no choice as a fellow psychic, Kendal, is calling in his marker from helping her after her
Feb 09, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dass es im Abbys Leben nur wenig normales gibt ist spätestens nach dem ersten Kapitel des ersten Bandes Glasklar. Und genau so geht es auch jetzt weiter und neben Beziehungsproblemen, einen neuen Fall der Polizeig und einem brennenden Haus, gerät Abby auch noch mit der hiesigen Mafia in Kontakt. Wirklich albtraumhaft!

Etwa zwei Monate sind vergangen und Dutch, Abbys neuer sexy Freund, hat mitlerweile seine Ausbildung zum FBI Agenten abgeschlossen und kehrt nach hause zurück. Doch statt des romant
Dec 25, 2013 Christine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Picking up a few months after the last book left off, Abby is recovering from her attack and happily dating Dutch (who is now an FBI agent on an out of town assignment). She agrees to read tarot cards at a wedding for a friend, only to realize once she is there that the bride's family is in the Greek mob. One the 'don' hears of her talents, he wants her help tracking down his wife who disappeared while shopping years ago. Meanwhile, one of Abby's clients is attacked and the police request her he ...more
Ana T.
"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 agai
D.C. Menard
Jun 15, 2011 D.C. Menard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this second book of Victoria Laurie's Psychic Eye Mystery series, we see profession psychic Abby Cooper doing what she does best: sticking her nose directly where it doesn't belong. Not that she does it willingly, of course. After being forced into performing at a high end wedding by a friend that she owed a favour to, Abby reads for a person whose killed a person. Or maybe more than one. She quickly comes to the realization that the wedding she was attending was for the daughter of the Greek ...more
Better Read Than Dead is the 2nd book in the Psychic Eye Mystery series, so some series spoilers may exist.

Reading Order:
Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye (Psychic Eye Mystery, #1) by Victoria Laurie Better Read Than Dead (Psychic Eye Mystery, #2) by Victoria Laurie

In Better Read Than Dead Dutch is returning from FBI training at Quantico and wants to have a date with Abby while he's home. She agrees, happy to have him back for a bit, but ends up having to cancel. A friend of hers and fellow psychic calls in his favor and asks for her help doing tarot card readings at a wedding reception. She can't get out of it, so she goes with h
May 28, 2011 Jadaloves rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a fantastic book. I enjoyed it from start to finish. First and foremost I love Abby Cooper. She is such a strong character, beautifully written by Laurie. She has a distinct personality and a very interesting psychic gift. She is a strong, no-nonsense type of gal, and dare I say Abby don’t take no shit. She’s a fighter with an inherent will to survive and compassion and steel to see justice dispensed.She’s a very unique character with enough quirks and flaws to make her interesting.

I al
This was the second book in the Abby Cooper Psychic Eye Mystery series that I have read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! It had a little bit of everything in it - mystery, suspense, and of course the psychic element.

Abby Cooper is a professional psychic, and is in real trouble! A woman who came to her for a reading is found raped and badly beaten and the police enlist Abby's help in finding the culprit, who seems to be a serial rapist, which she readily agrees to do. Unfortunately, there are other
Nov 18, 2008 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Abby Cooper is a professional psychic. She's looking forward to reuniting with her FBI boyfriend Dutch on Halloween after a two-month absence, but her friend and colleague Kendal asks her for a favor: he's contracted to read tarot cards for a wedding party and he needs another psychic to help out. She'd like to refuse, but she owes him big.

After a quick tutorial in tarot-card-reading (not Abby's specialty), she's doing fine, until she realizes that a) the man whose fortune she's reading is a hi
Jun 13, 2012 M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Poor Abby! Everything goes wrong. Her hunky FBI agent boyfriend is going to be home on Saturday but now her psychic friend Kendal is calling in a favor and instead of spending the evening with Dutch she is doing readings. At the Wedding, Kendal and Abby discover that the client is the greek mob. They skip out on the rest of the event. Kendal, returning home early discovers his lover with someone else and runs off to florida with the mob bosses money. Abby is left holding the bag and now the mob ...more
Feb 06, 2012 Sally rated it it was amazing
Better Read than Dead is the second book in Victoria Laurie’s popular Psychic Eye series.
Abby Cooper, Psychic Intuitive, is having an off day. She doesn’t seem to be making the right connections for her client, Cathy. She apologizes and offers to do another reading, all the while knowing Cathy won’t be back.

When Cathy is brutally attacked and the pieces of her reading make sense. Abby is asked by a friend in the police department to help with the serial rapist that made Cathy, victim number thr

Jul 25, 2013 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Should you read this book?
Answer: Yes

Here's why:

Victoria Laurie yet again weaves a realistic yet magical tale of Abby Cooper a psychic intuitive who gets herself into messy situations as she works to help the local detectives and her FBI boyfriend solve mysteries. This installment in the series finds Abby mixed up with the Detroit mob as she works with the local police to catch a serial rapist.

While not quite as good as the first book, this one definitely keeps you guessing until the very end.
Mar 23, 2014 Ginger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction
This book is a zinger! I enjoyed the first book in this series, Abby Cooper: Psychic Eye, but this second book had me sitting on the edge of my seat. I loved the ramped up intensity and how delicately Abby had to tip toe her way through all the plot twists.

This book reads like a ride at an amusement park. At first you are sitting in your roomy car sliding left or right quite predictably until-What the! you are jerked to a 90degree uphill climb and from there it's anybody's guess which direction
Abby is in way over her head when she accidentally gets involved with a mob family to top a few very bad days. She can't seem to catch a break anywhere, with problems arising at work and then her dating life and every other aspect of her life.

I had mostly the same problems with Abby as in the first book, namely her inability to ask for help when she sorely needs it, her knack of not sharing vital information and the stubborn way she insists of doing everything on her own and feeling guilty for t
Dec 10, 2014 Line rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, this book pissed me off somewhat... I loved the first one, and I think that Abby, Dutch, Milo and Dave are great characters. However this book.... Arrrrggghhh, why on earth does she not ask for help???!! I know Abby's independent and that she LOVES her independence, however this is just getting ridiculous. She has 2 (not one but TWO) police-persons that she trusts, and still she does not ask for help, and it keeps getting more and more stupid!! Really I will read the next book as well, but ...more
Tofu Fairy
Sep 17, 2013 Tofu Fairy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am really loving this series after reading this 2nd book. I can't wait to read the 3rd and all the rest! I love the main character and her dog so much...they are both so feisty and brave and real to me. She really comes off the pages as super realistic and the story lines are so easy to follow and yet keep you guessing too. This one I had semi-figured out before the end but that didn't bother me in the least as there were a lot of other aspects that unfolded right up until the very end. I high ...more
Oct 12, 2015 Carolynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, paranormal, cozy
Ms. Laurie has done it again. This second volume is even better than the first, with more rounded characters and more fleshing out of the plot and various parts that come together to the incredible end.

I just realized I need to add another shelf to my listings--"strong women." Because Abby is all that. There are times when she's down, but she gets up and goes on. We all have to do that, or give up great chunks of ourselves. At any rate, Abby gathers herself together and moves on, because she tru
Valerie Anne
Oct 14, 2015 Valerie Anne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sloppy writing, lazy editing. The book could have been half as long if they took out all the unnecessary adverbs, overly detailed descriptions of irrelevant things like every article of clothing she wore or how to exit an airplane. The main character was unlikable and inconsistent(view spoiler), and it was vaguely sexist at times despite having been written by a woman. I ...more
Oct 04, 2013 Di rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bought-2013
Read for the #saveourcozies Readathon. Didn't think I would be able to finish this in less than 24 hours, but I did! I really enjoyed this one, and it was very easy to read. I like how Abby's team chimes in whenever she's lying or when others are lying to Abby. I also like how we experience the feel of a yes or no response based on the description of the feeling. I'm really looking forward to getting to the next book during the #booktubeathon
Sep 21, 2015 Glen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun and engaging story. Definitely a little better than the first book. The main characters felt real to me and I liked most of them (thankfully, Dutch was mostly absent from this one). The plot was engaging and the ending surprising. After reading, I find myself thinking about my own (non-magical) intuition in an enjoyable way.
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Victoria Laurie is the New York Times bestselling author of 30 books and counting. Victoria divides her time between her two adult mystery series, (The Psychic Eye Mysteries, and The Ghost Hunter Mysteries), and a Y/A thriller, When (Formerly titled Death Date), to be released in early January of 2015.

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