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Better Read Than Dead

(Psychic Eye Mystery #2)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  7,558 ratings  ·  421 reviews
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?
Paperback, 296 pages
Published June 7th 2005 by Signet
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This was a good read. Abby is a psychic and goes to a wedding to do some readings. Things don't go as planned though. Needless to say, the father of the bride is not someone to mess with. On top of all this Abby is dealing with the fallout of her and Dutch. Luckily in the end everyone is able to work together to put the bad guys behind bars.
Apr 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great characters, great plot, great mystery = amazing book
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I bought this book, I believed that I was buying the second book in Victoria Laurie Ghoul series. I wasn't into very far when I realize something was wrong. I finished and have given it 5 stars because it deserves it. However, I won't be reading more of this series as I felt the violence and tragic scenes more than I like. I also could tell what would happen as the story progressed. There is nothing new about a bully who uses the gun to enforce his wishes. I seldom make a mistake like this ...more
Jun 25, 2010 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
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.
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Mmm...dark. A lot darker than I remember the first book being. I also feel like the story ceases to function like a cozy mystery and instead tries for more...action/thriller/horror? The serial rapist/murderer was actually pretty predictable, but to get "hard proof" the plot leaves the reader in the dark.
I didn't care much for the climax. It seemed to seriously stretch the 'should a psychic lie to her client if he's really really bad' thing unnecessarily far. Further, the reason I appreciated th
✴ Cindy ✴
This is the 3rd time I've read this series and I love it so much. Abby is amazing.

My only complaint is that Dutch said he was going to spank her butt for taking a risk that ended up saving the day. I didn't love that Abby let it slide. It seemed a bit sexist to me. Frankly, if a man said that to me, and it wasn't in a playful... romantic way *wink wink*, I'd spank his ass.

Still love the series though and would recommend it to anyone who loves psychics and mysteries with a love developing betwee
Linda Smatzny
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
In this book, psychic Abby Cooper gets caught up with the mob and is trying to help the local police catch a serial rapist. Abby also has major problems with her boyfriend, a FBI agent who is under cover. The book was a fast easy read.
Heather B
Jun 08, 2010 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
Jun 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Liisa by: Michele
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 rated it really liked it
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
Valerie Anne
Oct 14, 2015 rated it did not like it
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
Jul 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 rated it really liked it
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
Tiffany Champion
The start of this had me very excited and looking forward to continuing my journey with Abby and Dutch. I started to get a little concerned in the middle with the large amount of thriller/mystery and all the blatant disregard for common sense by the main character. The ending brought me back to neutral ground though.

I am willing to give book 3 a chance-fingers crossed I enjoy this continuation!
Jessica Adams
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was such a cool book. Funny. Suspenseful. Clever. Sweet. I don’t read much mystery, so kinda hard for me to fully enjoy the crime and how horrible some of the people and things happening are , but a great book regardless. I will definitely be reading more of this series.
Teresa Reid
May 19, 2020 rated it liked it
This is about the level of intellectualism I can handle after working from home and helping kids navigate online schooling. Perfect pablum for the brain.
Feb 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Reanna Byars
Jul 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Abby Cooper is back! This is the second book to the Abby Cooper series and like the first one, it was an absolute pleasure to read! I have all of these books on my wishlist and I won’t regret owning this series!
Dec 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Anyone who has ever thought men can be trouble should have no qualms after reading about Abby Cooper's life.

She finally meets a man who makes her heart (and other places) tingle, but he gets a new job with the FBI and is away for months of training.
Finally they have a chance to be TOGETHER, and I mean that in all ways possible, but the universe has other ideas.
Being Halloween, Abby gets a last minute job reading Tarot cards at a weddding. She can not say no.

Dutch, the new FBI man in her life, i
Jan 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
"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
Alisi ☆ wants to read too many books ☆
God, save me from these utterly shitty books. I read this book hoping that it would be better then the last but I honestly feel like it's much worse. That's a bad thing, seeing as the first book was fucking terrible. I skimmed and skipped more in this book than the last.

I hate all the characters but especially the main character. It's like she's a 'tween and it so fucking annoying. I love how the author tried to back peddle that whole 'we can't pick winning lotto numbers because it doesn't work
Jan 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 g
May 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
D.C. Menard
Jun 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
The actual story was better in this entry than in the introductory book. However, there were obvious typos (both in grammar/punctuation and in content- wrong charactered named) which is dismaying. Sometimes one sees editing getting sloppy as series get farther along- probably due to an assumption that by #8 or so, the fan base is established and they will read it regardless. But, that kind of poor editing in the second book turned me off, both the series (e.g. the author) and the publisher. I be ...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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Psychic Eye Mystery (1 - 10 of 16 books)
  • Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye (Psychic Eye Mystery, #1)
  • A Vision of Murder (Psychic Eye Mystery, #3)
  • Killer Insight (Psychic Eye Mystery, #4)
  • Crime Seen (Psychic Eye Mystery, #5)
  • Death Perception (Psychic Eye Mystery, #6)
  • Doom with a View (Psychic Eye Mystery, #7)
  • A Glimpse of Evil (Psychic Eye Mystery, #8)
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