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Death at First Sight

(Bay Island Psychic Mystery #1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  348 ratings  ·  101 reviews
It doesn’t take a crystal ball to see that something’s not right on Bay Island...

Since she left her psychiatric practice in New York City to open up a psychic shop in her hometown on Long Island, Cass Donovan has given her fair share of readings to conflicted customers. But what she sees in Ellie Hawkins’ future doesn’t bode well.

When Ellie’s mother Marge publicly confron
Paperback, 304 pages
Published November 1st 2016 by Berkley
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Linda 📚
Cass Donovan is a divorced psychiatrist who's moved to tranquil Bay Island, NY for a slower pace of life. Inside her beachfront shop, Mystical Musings, she tells fortunes, although; she's not psychic in the traditional sense. Her two best friends are fun to be around--Bee, a gay clothing designer; and Stephanie, whose police officer boyfriend, Tank, is invaluable helping Cass clear her name of murder. The victim, Marge Hawkins, is an unfriendly, rude woman. Cass believes Marge's daughter, Ellie, ...more
Jan 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2017
I enjoy cozies with a little "woo woo", so I was disappointed when that' NOT what I got here. The main character is a former psychiatrist turned "psychic". But not really. Not impressed and why do all the characters any more have to have a flamboyantly gay sidekick? I like gay characters and have gay friends and relatives, but this has become a major cliche'. Will try the 2nd one, but if I don't like the characters better won't go further than that.
Leo Knight
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
***Warning, spoilers ahead!***

Confession: I like psychic mysteries with feisty heroines, but I had a difficult time reading this. It seems to be the author's first published novel, so I hate to be harsh, but here goes.

Cass Donovan owns a little occult shop on fictional Bay Island, off Long Island. She sells crystals, and fragrances, and does psychic readings for tourists. The book doesn't make clear if Cass truly has a psychic gift, or if she merely is skilled at cold reading. Perhaps a bit of b
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
I will admit it that it took me awhile to get into Death at First Sight, the first book in Lena Gregory’s Bay Island Psychic Mystery series. I initially felt like the characters were part of a click like in high school and I was the new kid in school. The book read like a sequel and I felt as though I was missing something. I shouldn't have fretted. The back stories of the characters come out throughout the book, some of which are surprising.

Cass Donovan is a former New York City psychiatrist tu
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had a feeling I would enjoy this book and I was right--and I'm not even a psychic lol. I thought it was a fun concept that a former psychiatrist has taken on acting the part of a psychic and more times than not, she uses her intuition and training to read people than something truly mystical.

Cass Donovan was minding her own business working her own little business and helping out good friend Bee Maxwell with his upcoming fashion show rehearsals when she discovered the body of Marge, a very dis
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this cozy! I liked the characters, especially Bee, the flamboyantly gay fashion designer. Nice mix of silly and kind-of-serious. The only thing holding me back from another star is that there wasn't enough fur. I like my cozies to be heavy on the fur babies. To me it's almost as important as the murder. It's what makes a cozy a cozy. There was a dog, and a great dog, but he wasn't very prominently featured. Cozy authors: don't forget to lay the fur on thick! But a great cozy rea ...more
Peggy R
I thought this was a well done first in a new series. Cass is an accidental sleuth finding her way to clearing her name with the help of her two best friends. The mystery was solid and kept me engaged and guessing right up until the end. I really enjoyed this book and can't wait to dive into the second book to see what the author has in store next for Cass.
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
The main character in this book is too dumb to live (TDTL). There is an intense climax scene but those few pages have a hard time balancing out the rest of the story. Cass, the main character (MC), keeps holding her head because of constant headaches. I had one too just from screaming at her...

What is with the police chief taking in Cass for questioning within five minutes of finding the body? Afterwards, why on earth does she break into the home of a murder victim, especially when she knows she
Nov 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-girl-reads
Cass Donavan has had a rough year but deciding to move back to her small town home of Bay Island from new York seems to be the best option for her. Once she arrives she opens up her little shop Mystical Musings for the tourists as well as the locals. Believing she has an intuition to help guide people but not full blown psychic, she left her psychiatric practice behind for something more practical. She will soon find out how much impact her position in the community and the advice she gives can ...more
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
After one of her psychiatric patients commits suicide, she goes home to find her husband with another woman. Cass returns to her hometown on Bay Island and opens a psychic shop. When the Mother of one of clients who didn't like her Daughter going to her for a reading is murdered, she is the prime suspect. Cass is lucky to have the help of her friends Bee and Stephanie and they are on the hunt for the real killer. To make it even more interesting there is a stranger in town who is good looking an ...more
Jessica Robbins
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book one of the Bay Island Physic Mystery series. Meet Cass who runs a physic shop on Bay Island where she grew up though she left for 17 years before coming back after her parents passes away (natural causes). Cass does not get along with Marge even having a run in with her after giving her daughter Ellie a reading much to Marge's dismay. This places Cass as the main suspect after she finds Marge dead the following day. When the head cop decides she is only suspect even ignoring evidence to the ...more
Nov 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was excited to see a cozy mystery set near where I live. That was the first hook that drew me in before I even opened the book. Once I started reading, the mystery kept me at the edge of my seat until the last page.

I found it intriguing that the main character had been a New York City psychiatrist, but chose to leave it all behind and move out to eastern Long Island to open a psychic shop. That’s a pretty big drop in a career, as well as financially, but you have to admire her for doing what
Doward Wilson
Aug 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-contest
Cass Donovan has left her life as a psychiatrist in New York to return to her hometown of Bay Island. She has opened Mystical Musings and started giving psychic readings. When she senses terrible happenings in her client's future she does her best to ignore it but knows that she won't be able to for long. Then her client's mother confronts and threatens her for interfering in her daughter's life. When the irate mother's body is found, Cass becomes the prime and only suspect in Police Chief Langd ...more
Mary  (Biblophile)
I found this cozy mystery pretty formulaic with all the standard elements present, such as young, single woman who has a bad experience and returns home to open a shop. For a former psychiatrist Cass is pretty timid and indecisive. Though the book implies psychic elements, it's murky if the she is psychic or just good at reading body language. Cass spends little time at her shop, can't handle confrontations, and and races off putting herself in dangerous situations, making her TSTL (too stupid t ...more
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was a little skeptical at first about the Psychic Mystery concept but I was pleasantly surprised at the skillful way Lena Gregory handled a somewhat controversial idea. This book is well written with an engaging cast of characters. Well done.
Brooke Showalter (Brooke Blogs)
Death at First Sight by Lena Gregory is the first book in the Bay Island Psychic Mystery series. Cass Donovan is the owner of Mystical Musings, a psychic reading shop. Cass becomes a suspect in the murder of Marge Hawkins. She figures the only way to clear her name of Marge’s murder (and the murder of a blonde stranger) is to find out who killed them.

With the help of her best friends, Stephanie and Bee, Cass tries to work out who the killer is. She gets closer to finding out who committed the cr
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
A mystery that surprised the heck of me when the killer was revealed!

If you are familiar with mysteries at all there is some back and forth with clues that might implicate one character or fact, I suspected a character that wasn't even close to being the killer. The author did a great job of hiding this character's guilt and I'm not sure there were even any hints. Let's just call it a twist you don't see coming.

Ok, now that I have that out of the way, the book was good and I was lef
Nick Hendry
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-owned
Okay so I have been getting into reading cozy mysteries and I really enjoy them, but I have to say Lena Gregory has made my favorites list with Death at First Sight. Some of the "paranormal and metaphysical" type of cozy mysteries are a little showy, imaginative, and have some made up things in them that sometimes makes me laugh and roll my eyes at the same time. Lena Gregory did not do that.

Death at First sight had kept it real. The writing of the book is phenomenal and believable with twists a
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
I am a sucker for a cozy series with a lighthouse, make it one with a possible paranormal twist and I am pretty excited. I was quite surprised with this cozy and even though the theme of the cozy is a Psychic Mystery this is really more of a cozy with a touch of paranormal thrown in. I liked the story. I loved the characters and main character Cass, is as complicated as they come, Psychiatrist turned Psychic Shop owner and yes you read that right, makes for a very interesting back story. Two be ...more
Sylvia McIvers
Psychics! Solving mysteries! and stealing a very large dog she does not want? What? From the dead woman's house? Shouldn't the police be taking care of that?

Cass Donavan sees a dark shadow over Ellie's future, something worse than her cheating husband. So she doesn't say anything, and doesn't charge for the session. Then we meet Ellie's mom who is furious about her precious (adult!) daughter wasting time with a psychic. And bam, the mom turns up dead.

The list of suspects(tm) is long. The Designa
JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
Cass Donovan owns a psychic shop on Bay Island, and one day she is giving a reading to a friend, but sees something disturbing in it. Later she is confronted by the woman's mother, who tells her to stay away from her daughter. When the woman, Marge, is later found dead by Cass, the police think she's to blame. But since she knows she didn't do it, and she's still worried about her friend Ellie, she feels her only choice is to find the real killer and free herself from suspicion.

I couldn't even
Cass has recently moved back to Bay Island after closing up her psychiatric practice. Having grown up on Bay Island, Cass wasn't warmly received back into the fold after returning so many years later. Her integration back into her hometown was hindered even more so since she's opened up a mystical shop. Fortunately for Cass, she has Stephanie and Bee on her side. She also has the support of all of her clients who believe in mysticism.

When Cass does a reading for Bay Island resident, Ellie, she d
Jun 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
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Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cosy-mysteries
First off I have to admit that I am NOT a fan of "hocus -pocus" , sci-fi, or fantasy in my reading. I'm not saying I believe or don't believe in certain things. Just that I don't normally enjoy reading about it. I took a chance here because of a book club list.
Lena Gregory was able to put a "questionable twist" and at times a comical element onto the psychic issues in this story. One of my favorite elements in the book is the relationship between , Bee, Steph and the main sleuth , Cass. Cass ha
May 06, 2017 rated it liked it
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Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
This mystery has captured my attention from the first page and it was really hard to put it down. An intriguing storyline, complex characters, a beautiful setting and a touch of paranormal: a truly enjoyable reading.
Cass reads the future in her crystal ball. She has just seen something she doesn't like in the future of a customer but have not the courage to tell it her and so pretends not to have seen anything. But this act of generosity will cost her. The mother of the customer, always very ske
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! A first in hopefully a long series of Bay Island Psychic Mysteries. Cass is a former psychiatrist and possibly psychic. She runs Mystical Musings a psychic shop on a small island in Long Island's bay. The mother of one of her clients with whom Cass has had some run ins, turns up dead. Cass is the one and only suspect. With her two intreped friends, Stephanie and Bee she sets off to prove herself innocent. Stephanie is the voice of reason, Bee the dramatic fashion designer tryi ...more
Debra Jo (Room of Required Reading Book Reviews)
A fun suspense that kept you guessing until the end.

What an amazing cast of characters! I was already a fan of Lena Gregory and her entertaining cast of characters from the All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery Series. I had this series on my TBR list for quite some time and we decided to read it for a book discussion. What a great decision that was.

Cass Donovan left her psychiatric practice in New York City to open up a psychic shop in her hometown on Long Island. She had a hard year and is just look
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great. Book!

I sat on the edge of my seat the whole time I read this book. I fell in love with alll of the characters.

Cass is the main character and the one person who gets in trouble every time she turns around. She has some trouble with one of her clients Mother. Mrs Hawkins does not like Cass and when Mrs. Hawkins turns up dead, The Sheriff blames poor Cass. No One truly believes that she could do that, but she wants to clear her name.

Cass gets in so much trouble that she needs her friends,
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