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A Timely Vision (Missing Pieces Mystery #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  1,188 Ratings  ·  138 Reviews
A seaside-set paranormal mystery-from the authors of the Renaissance Faire mystery Ghastly Glass

Meet Dae O'Donnell, a woman with a gift for finding lost things - and the stories behind lost lives...

Dae O'Donnell is the mayor of Duck, North Carolina-and the person everyone turns to when they've lost something. One touch and Dae can find it, and missing pieces seem to find
Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 4th 2010 by Berkley
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Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Dae O'Donnell is the MC in this first-class paranormal cozy mystery. It is one of the Levene's books. Dae, the mayor of Duck and the Missing Pieces shop is able to find missing items by touching a person arm. The residents of the Island all know and recognize her ability. An elderly friend asked her to friend her Mother's gold wristwatch she loaned to her sister. A manor storm has arrived on the island and Dae while searching the sister she meets Kevin Brickman, retired FBI. She stumbles over th ...more
❂ Jennifer
Sep 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone enjoying mysteries, a touch of the paranormal
Recommended to ❂ Jennifer by: Cozy Mysteries GR group
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I really enjoyed this book. The setting in the outer banks drew me in and I liked the small town atmosphere that helped bring the characters to life. I found the main character to be just slightly two-dimensional but that could be either because it's the first book in the series and as such, the characters are still being fleshed out by the authors, or because this book is a team effort and they haven't yet found their groove. Either way, it did not detract from the story, but kept me from reall ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
May 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book was just my type of book. The main character seemed like she was talking to a friend and explaining herself as the book moves onward. You feel like you are with her each step of the way. I'm fond of these two Authors and will eagerly await the next book in the series. It was a fascinating mystery of old days and current.
Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Dae is the Mayor of Duck, NC as well as owning a shop called Missing Pieces. She also has a gift of finding things, if you lost something Dae can hold your hands and see where it is.
This book has great characters and is fun to read.
Jul 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Wonderful first installment in the "Missing Pieces" Mystery series. Very cozy atmosphere and characters, with a touch of paranormal. I wish Athens had a Mayor like Dae! don't miss it!
Dae O'Donnell has an unusual gift - if someone has lost something and thinks of it while Dae is touching them, she can find the missing object. Dae is also the mayor of Duck, North Carolina and the owner of a local store called Missing Pieces where she sells assorted bric-a-brak. When Dae is asked to find a missing watch the last thing she expects is to find it attached to a dead body, and with an old friend likely to be charged with murder Dae steps in to investigate with the help of new guy in ...more
Nov 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
I love mysteries... all sorts of mysteries, all shapes and sizes. Hardboiled, crime noir, historical, humorous, futuristic, paranormal... I adore them all. I particularly relish a good cozy mystery. So when I saw the first book of Joyce and Jim Lavene's newest series in the "just released" bay at my bookstore, I had to take a look at it. And let me tell you, they don't get much cozier than this.

Dae O'Donnell, mayor of the tiny Outer Banks town of Duck, NC and proprietor of "Missing Pieces" (not
Jun 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, paranormal
This is a first in a new series by the Lavenes, authors of The Renaissance Faire mysteries and The Peggy Lee Garden mysteries, among others.

Dae O'Donnell is the mayor of Duck, North Carolina, a tiny seaside tourist town. She also owns a collectible shop called Missing Pieces. Oh, and she's psychic. Her specialty is finding lost things, which she can usually do if she has physical contact with a person who has lost something.

Just after the Independence Day parade, elderly Mildred Mason asks Dae t
Not bad! More like 3.75 stars or something, but I'm rounding up. The small touristy beachtown is a great setting for the series, and the main character is an interesting mix of business owner/mayor/local psychic/do-gooder. It's definitely a light beach-read, but there's still a bit of depth to Dae and to her reactions to the events she witnesses. There's a backstory too, one that's only hinted at so far, and will obviously be revealed as the series progresses, which encourages you to keep readin ...more
Aug 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I was nicely intrigued when I read the premise for this series. Can't remember where I read it, but the locale of Duck, North Carolina was part of the draw. Something about the East Coast along the water seems perfection for cozy mysteries and the premise of the main character's ability to find lost objects by touching the losing person's hand I thought was pretty cool.
And I was rewarded for my intrigue with a well written cozy mystery with plenty of atmosphere and excellent characters. I love D
Aug 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is book #1 of a series called Missing Pieces. It was a very cozy cozy mystery. The bad guys weren't very bad. I would have liked to see the heroine in a little more trouble (mean of me) and solve the mystery by following clues instead of by accident. However, the book kept my interest and I love the premise of the talents of the protagonist. All in all I'll look for more books in this series.

Dae O'Donnell, a thirty-something year-old woman in Duck, NC on the Outer Banks, is mayor of the sma
Jul 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Outstanding first novel in the Missing Pieces series. Dae is the psychic mayor of Duck, NC - the Outer Banks area. Her usual responsibilities take a boost when elderly Millie asks her to find her missing watch, and it turns out to be on the arm of Millie's twin Lizzie, who was evidently murdered. It looks like Millie might be blamed, but Dae is sure of her innocence and ropes new neighbor and retired FBI agent Kevin into finding out who really dunnit.

I actually guessed right about who was really
Tricia Douglas
Nov 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This was a cute little cozy taking place in Duck, NC. Dae is the mayor of this quaint town on the Outer Banks. She has a special skill of helping people find missing things through her special 'visions.' When Miss Elizabeth, an older member of the town's small population is killed, she must prove that Miss Mildred, Elizabeth's sister, is innocent. The story sounds simple, but the characters make an interesting mix of good, bad, and sneaky neighbors of Duck all possible killers-at-large. The read ...more
Kitty Skinner
Sep 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the debut of this new paranormal cozy mystery series. Dae is able to find things for people when she touches their hands, she also is a finder of lost special objects that she sells in her store "Missing Pieces" if and only if the buyer passes her tests. She is also the mayor of Duck, a small town on the North Carolina coast. We meet charming, quirky, and yes, irritating characters. There is a budding romance with a new arrival, Kevin, who is retired from the FBI. And of course, ...more
Debbie Heaton
Jun 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In the Lavene’s mystery novel, Dae O’Donnell is the mayor of Duck, North Carolina. She also has a gift that allows her to “find” missing items with one touch, a talent passed down through the women in her family. When Miss Mildred seeks out Dae to find her missing watch, the vision that comes leads them straight into a murder investigation. When all the evidence points toward Miss Mildred as the murderer, Dae pulls out all the stops in an attempt to prove her innocence. Retired FBI agent Kevin B ...more
Yvonne Taylor
Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I REALLY enjoyed this book. The way they write keeps your attention so much and it was very hard to put down.
The characters are great!! The town they live in was described so well that I could imagine living there myself....

Dae O'Donnell is the Mayor of Duck, North Carolina and she can find things by just touching something/someone. Sometimes this is
great and sometimes it isn't. When one of the local women is found murdered the police immediately think her sister is behind it. Dae
is not so sure.
Katherine P
Jan 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-read, 2011
Though I had a few issues with this book overall I thoroughly enjoyed it. Not only did I enjoy reading it but I looked forward to being able to spend some time reading it which hasn't happened with very many books lately. I liked the characters and the location. I felt that the paranormal aspects were just right - enough to be interesting but not overwhelming. I'd like to see more about the Blue Whale and it's history. My main problem was that the story felt a little cluttered. It might have bee ...more
Sep 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal-cozy
I found this book and its authors because of my friend Dru. She ran a contest on her blog site and I was the lucky winner. I immediately decided to grab the earlier books in the series from my local library and start from the beginning. I'M GLAD I DID. This series is extremely cute and enjoyable. I'm sitting in my house sick all day and this book kept me company. In fact I only put it down long enough to make potty stops. LOL

I hope this series runs well into double digits book release wise.
Nov 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, crime, cozy
Dae O'Donnell, mayor of Duck and proprietor of Missing Pieces, has a handy talent. She can find lost things. Sometimes she finds treasures for her shop, and sometimes she retrieves important items for friends. Unfortunately, she also seems to be able to find missing corpses.

The characters are well-written, the pacing was great, and the puzzle had me going for longer than most mysteries. I'll definitely check out the rest of the series.
Jul 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
This is an entertaining mystery, set in an interesting location. The main character is likable, although she does have the simplistic amateur attitude writers don't even try to get around anymore--the police arrested the wrong person, no problem. I'll just find out who the real killer is and tell them--but she isn't too stupid and her occupation and hobby are intriguing. The relatives, friends and other citizens are also fun to read about, so it's a promising start for a series.
Oct 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
I like quirky characters and this book has quite a few! It reminds me more of New England than the Outer Banks. I enjoyed this book a lot and plan on reading the rest of the series. What else will happen in a town called Duck?
Jun 05, 2012 rated it liked it
The main characters were great, but 2 of the sideliners were truly odious. I wish they'd been a bit more likeable (only because they were 'friends' with the main character). Was a cute idea and a cute book, I may read the next one in hopes that her two friends get smacked or something.
Aug 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A nice light-hearted mystery that was quick read. I bought this book at a Manteo bookstore while visiting the Outer Banks and loved it!
Sep 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Not a bad first novel, in the cozy crime genera
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ultimate Reading Challenge 2017. A book that is the first in a series you have not read before.

Dae finds things. Her grandmother also found things and she has found things for many people who live in Duck, North Carolina. Miss Mildred has asked her to find her watch which isn't really lost; she loaned it to her sister Miss Elizabeth. When Dae attempts to locate the watch she "sees" an image of the watch on Miss Elizabeth's arm. That has never happened before! Then she, and the new man in town, K
Ruth Ellen
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
A small town mayor has the gift to find missing items. A townsperson asks her to find her watch. Things get interesting when the mayor finds the watch and the sister, who has died. Read and see how it all transpires.
Ellen Smart
Colossal ignorance of sea turtle rescue. Missed an opportunity to educate while entertaining. Turtles will not "be okay" - - unless protected and having the heroine shrug off the situation does a disservice. Totally telegraphed the killer.
Kathy Rogers
May 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: did-not-finish, 2017
Not a bad book, just too light
Aug 29, 2017 rated it liked it
This is an enjoyable mystery with some twists.
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Joyce Lavene and Jim Lavene are a wife and husband team who have written and published more than 70 books since 1999. They live in North Carolina with their family and enjoy cooking, photography and ghost hunting.
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