I greatly enjoy the Raven's Nest Bookstore Mystery series, about two cousins - one with psychic ability - solving murder mysteries in the tiny coastal...moreI greatly enjoy the Raven's Nest Bookstore Mystery series, about two cousins - one with psychic ability - solving murder mysteries in the tiny coastal town of Finn's Harbor, Maine. The supernatural element, Clara's visions or "Quinn Sense," is well done and blends in perfectly with the story. Though Clara may get a glimpse of the crime in her mind, the killer is never obvious. Her sixth sense gives her fuzzy clues, and then she and cousin Stephanie must use their smarts to solve the mystery.
EXTRA SENSORY DECEPTION is the fourth book in the series, and this time the rodeo has taken over Finn's Harbor. Clara's boyfriend, Rick, is an old friend of one of the calf ropers. When the friend ends up the top suspect in a murder investigation, Clara agrees to investigate on her own. Rick has no idea about the Quinn Sense, but he does know that for some reason Clara is an ace at solving mysteries. The mystery in this book was very good, and I was surprised not only by whodunit, but also by why and how the culprit went about it.
It was great being back at the Raven's Nest Bookstore with the cousins and their assistant, Molly. There's also a new character hanging out at the shop who will definitely add some fun to the place. I'm looking forward to book five!
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.(less)
After seeing some great reviews for ELIZABETH IS MISSING, I bumped it to the top of my reading list. I'm glad I did, because it was an excellent read....moreAfter seeing some great reviews for ELIZABETH IS MISSING, I bumped it to the top of my reading list. I'm glad I did, because it was an excellent read. The story is told from the first person point-of-view of Maud, an elderly woman with dementia. It was an eye-opening experience to view the world as Maud did, her memories fading in and out. This book reminded me of the movie Memento, because Maud would experience something, and then a few minutes later not remember it happened.
At the core of this book, there are two intriguing mysteries - the disappearance of Maud's sister, Sukey, just after World War II, and the disappearance of Maud's friend, Elizabeth, in present day. I could really feel her frustration and sense of hopelessness as she searched for Elizabeth, and no one would take her seriously. During the search, her mind would drift back in time to the 1940s, and she would relive the days when her sister went missing.
ELIZABETH IS MISSING was a page-turner for sure. I was very curious to find out what happen to the two women, and how, if in any way, they were connected. This book also made me more understanding of those struggling with memory loss. Maud's caregivers, including her daughter, weren't the most sympathetic people, though I can certainly see the frustration from both sides. Readers who enjoy psychological mysteries and WWII historical fiction set in England should give this book a try. It's an impressive debut novel from Emma Healey, and I'm looking forward to her next release.