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A Vision of Murder

(Psychic Eye Mystery #3)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  6,568 ratings  ·  345 reviews
Professional psychic Abby Cooper has invested in a fixer-upper, hoping to make a killing in the real estate market. But a killing of another kind puts her plans awry, as the ghost of a murdered woman and some troublesome poltergeists lead her into a mystery that stretches all the way back to World War II.  
Mass Market Paperback, 296 pages
Published December 6th 2005 by Berkley Books
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Apr 25, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: cozy mystery lovers, paranormal mystery readers
Shelves: read-mysteries
Although I loved the first in this series and liked the second, I'm starting to get really annoyed with this character. Although almost all female sleuths end up having a near-death experience once they solve the mystery, Abby seems to have a real death wish -- combined with a childish temper and bad attitude toward anyone making any sense. The kicker is that she, of all female sleuths, should know better. After all, she is PSYCHIC. It is still a fun, light read, but I'm finding it increasingly ...more
CJ - It's only a Paper Moon
Abby, Abby, Abby - she needs an anger management class and perhaps someone should sit her down and make her read Taming of the Shrew. I have faith that Abby can be redeemed but her attitude is making me wince.

Anyway- The plot centered around a haunting of the house that Abby, Dave and Cat recently bought to fix up. There is a sociopath involved, stolen diamonds from a prominent WW II Jewish family and a very angry evil ghost.

Not too mention Abby is experiencing some serious sexual tension due t
Dec 12, 2009 rated it it was ok
This was hard for me because I love the series but this one was just so annoying. She was like super sensitive and whiny throughout the book. And not to mention as a psychic obvious clues seemed to go unnoticed. She is supposed to be psychic and it appeared she barely used her abilities when the time and situation called for it. She was more concerned being a big baby in regards to her boyfriend. Who in previous books had no desire to use voice impressions but for some asinine reason he kept say ...more
A very annoying main character takes this not-bad mystery down a couple of notches. She's so childish I couldn't wish for good things to happen to her. ...more
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A Vision of Murder by Victoria Laurie is the 3rd book in the Psychic Eye Mystery series. Psychic intuitive Abby Cooper buys an investment property with her sister Cat and handyman Dave only to find it inhabited by an evil spirit and the ghost of a murdered woman. A terrific, well-written addition to the series where the author does a great job in educating us in the paranormal. Fun characters and a very entertaining read
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
My least favorite of the first three, Abby went from awesome main character I stood behind to one that made me cringe. While it was supposed to be funny, I guess, she came off too unsympathetic to Dutch's injuries (the potholes, ouch?) and was reckless with her safety. Stubbornness is one thing, stupidity is another. I like she has flaws, but her aggravation with Dutch being injured got tiresome. As an example, the first day he starts walking again, with a cane, she won't stop walking quickly to ...more
Sep 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
I haven't decided if I will be reading the next book in this series or not. I was disappointed in this book, not that I had huge expectations, but I enjoyed the first two books and expected the same from this one. Abby was really starting to annoy me in this book. She lost her appeal and reality when for the umpteenth time she knowingly went into a dangerous situation out of spite/anger/curiosity/rebellion. I felt like I was on a Ferris wheel going around and around. Dangerous situation, her rad ...more
Oct 18, 2009 rated it did not like it
I hated this book! Thank God I didn't pay for it. I couldn't even finish it. I got so tired of negative, unintelligent, whiny Abby. Personally, I think the author shows a lot of her own personality in her writing and she is an incredibly small minded, negative, angry person. She is one of those typical self-hating whites who is so filled with hatred for people, especially those with money. She could use some serious therapy! ...more
Oct 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: challenge
It's been a while since I've read a book in this series and this one reminded me of why I like it. It was fun watching Abby use her gifts to help figure out what was going on with the house she was rehabbing. I also enjoyed that they were piecing together things going back to WWII. Can't wait to read more in the series. ...more
✴ Cindy ✴
This is my 3rd time reading the series and I have to say that I'm noticing some things about Dutch that I went unnoticed the first 2x I read the series. Under the guise of caring for Abby, he treats her like a child. Granted, she does some risky things and isn't trained to handle them, but there are ways to have a rational conversation to ensure your partner is acting safely, but he demands her to do things. He hides her car keys which only forces her to behave in a more risky manor. In this boo ...more
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
3 stars to the story. Abby, Cat and Dave go in together to buy a flip property. Unfortunately, the house is haunted by a vicious poltergeist. That sends Abby, Dutch and Milo on a mission to solve what happened in the house so they can send the spirit to the other side. It was an interesting puzzle.

1 star to Abby for doing what I hate most in these types of books. She repeatedly goes off on her own, gets attacked/injured then flips out when Dutch tells her she needs to stick with him. "Don't forc
I found "A Vision of Murder" (the third in the Psychic Eye Mystery series) by Victoria Laurie to be enjoyable but not on par with the first two books of the series.

We are once again treated to twists and turns, our favourite characters and this time a ghost with attitude but there was just something amiss about this adventure with Abby Cooper.

There were moments when I literally laughed out loud but I did find this story more predictable than the previous books. Saying that I already have "Kille
Debra McEathron
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love Abby, her sister, Dave, Milo, and Dutch they are all great characters. Sometimes Abby has to realize that Milo and Dutch need to be included when she solves a mystery to keep her alive. The haunted house story and her parents control over her sister was fun.
Apr 27, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-series
Third in the series....they are fun, but aren't quite living up to the promise of the first. I have the fourth floating around here someplace. ...more
Ravenna Young
Sep 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
I love this series. Such a fun well-written story--psychic romance suspense and I am in! Moving on to the next because I need to see how this plays out...I feel an addiction coming on.
May 11, 2021 rated it did not like it
I don't usually review books I give low stars to. It kind of doesn't feel worth my time. But this had some seriously terrible and offensive things going on, so I'm going to write about it.

First the treatment of the MC's boyfriend's college buddy. They visit him, and as they're heading back to the car she starts teasing her boyfriend about his friend and what good taste he has and how he likes show tunes. And then she tells the boyfriend that his friend is gay and has a crush on him, and as back
This was another good mystery in the series. I do like Abby but sometimes she really doesn't think before she acts. I enjoyed the mystery part. It covered a lot time and we got to learn about the family history. Thankfully in the end Abby not only solved the case but finally got alone time with her boyfriend. ...more
Jun 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2007
Psychic Abby Cooper invests in a fixer-upper with her sister, Cat, and handyman Dave. Abby takes a month off from doing psychic readings to fix up her own house and the fixer-upper. Those plans are changed when her boyfriend, FBI agent Dutch Rivers, is shot and she has to nurse him back to health. Abby does work on the fixer-upper whenever she can but work stops when she and Dutch spot the ghost of a beautiful blonde which disappears before their eyes. Abby has already had visions about the hous ...more
Well that was frustrating!

There are a few things that bothered me about Abby since the first book, her obstinacy that she can do everything on her own and her sometimes immature reactions being the more annoying ones, and in this book they were over the top for me.

She has an interesting ability and perhaps it is in part one of the reasons for her carelessness.

She is out of her depth in this part of her story in more ways than one - she encounters ghosts, something her ability is not equipped to
Tèo Sip
Sep 01, 2015 rated it did not like it
I felt so disappointed and frustrated.

In the first book, Abby was childish and had her faults at times but that made her character even more lovable and easier to connect to. She was funny, brave, independent, and full of curiosity. I thought of her slightly stubbornness as determination and persistence. BUT all of that changed in the third book. Actually, Abby started to become an annoyingly stubborn and whiny, spoiled child since the second book. And she was downright stupid and rude in this o
I decided to get it over and done with, so I wouldn't find it months later, after I'd forgotten why I stopped reading it, and started re-reading it to refresh my memory. Glad I did, because so much hate.

I can't even put into words how much I hate this book. Despite warning after warning, and being stalked, Abby still takes off on her own. I wish SO MUCH she had been killed, and it would've been a fitting end to this crapfest of a book. The first two books were meh, nothing special, but then this
D.C. Menard
Jun 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Ah, Victoria Laurie. Another Psychic Eye mystery, and another good read.

In this installment of the series, Abby Cooper finds herself (surprise, surprise) in the middle of another murder. This time, however, the murder occurred in the 1940's, and the only reason they know about it is because the house Abby, her sister Cat, and her handyman Dave bought together is haunted. The book centers around the investigation (where Abby lands herself in the hospital, as always) and her psychic 'spidey sense'
Jul 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
I think I am done with the series. I liked the plot and the whole idea of the psychic detective but I cannot get into the characters. Abby is so annoying at times with her impulsive behavior.
She goes to follow her intuition but it gets her in trouble more times than not; not only is she always in trouble she has no idea how to navigate personal relationships. Her and Dutch are both immature and self centered. They do not know how to communicate and fight constantly and disrespect each other to
Christi Exman
Jul 08, 2019 rated it did not like it
To me, this book was so bad I’m embarrassed to say I read it. But I did and there you have it.
Abby Cooper and her crew are back, including FBI boyfriend Dutch, his former police partner Milo, sister Cat, and handyman Dave. When Dave and Cat decide that Abby should go into business with them in real estate, Abby is not so sure she wants to. When Dave manages to find her a cheap fixer-upper to buy, she signs on the dotted line. But when Dave makes a frantic call to Abby insisting the house is haunted, you can bet Abby knows there's gonna be trouble.

In this, the third of the Psychic Eye ser
Paula Ratcliffe
Mar 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2011
This series never seems to fail and gets better and better with each book. This one opens up with Abby's boyfriend getting shot in the rear. Abby rushes back to play nursemaid to her boyfriend. Meanwhile Abby, Cat and Dave go into a business to fix up lost cause houses and fix them up and resell them. What the three didn't realize is that Abby's newly bought house has duo ghosts fighting with each other. One is the grandfather and original owner of the house the other is Liza a Austrian woman wh ...more
Feb 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
I'm done. She gets attacked again. Ugh, like I mentioned on my previous review, I can't believe that a person can get attacked three time in the course of a few months span. Like yeah, life choices people. To be honest, I only got to like chapter six, I think, or whatever chapter she gets attacked on. It was so stupid. Oh, my spider sense are telling me not to go in but I was angry so I stormed in and got attacked. What?! Like, you get sliced to the point that the knife lodges itself to your bon ...more
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
So I seems for better or worse I'm commuted to reading this series. They're so quick and easy, I like the central characters and I love the premise of the normal woman who happens to be a reliably accurate psychic who helps solve mysteries. Add to that I'm on vacation visiting family, and these are light enough to read on long car rides and still be able to take part in conversation here and there and you have a perfect combination of the right books at the right time. Also, the writing style wh ...more
Once again, extremely predictable. Although I dislike mysteries that do not give the reader enough information to make an educated guess at the ending (or at least understand how the ending came to be), Laurie's series swings way too far the opposite direction. The main character is supposed to be a psychic with extremely strong intuition and yet, she lacks the ability either to understand or pay attention to the clues. Except when she receives a direct message (as in this book where she sees a ...more
Jul 31, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: cozy-mystery, library
Must be a glutton for punishment b/c I didn't even finish the second one (read review here) and yet went on with the third one anyway. UGH. I don't know what made me think that Abby - of really, the author - would have grown up any between books, but this one, I had to give up on early on. The characters are not remotely believable and now I don't even like them at all. Abby is still the self-absorbed petty narcissist incapable of thinking of anyone or anything other than herself. She's still ta ...more
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Victoria Laurie is the New York Times bestselling author of 32 books and counting. Over the past 16 years Victoria has created several series and a few stand-alone novels. Her mystery series include: The Psychic Eye Mysteries, The Life Coach Mysteries, and The Ghost Hunter Mysteries. She's also the author of two YA books, When and Forever Again, as well as a middle-grade series called The Oracles ...more

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