Title: Fatal Fortune Author: Victoria Laurie Published: July 1st 2014 by NAL Hardcover Format: Hardcover, 304 pages Genre: Mystery Series: Psychic Eye Mystery #12
What a tangled web. I do have to admit that by the time I reached the unraveling of this confusion I had to reread the passages a couple of times to keep all the players straight.
What would you do if your best friend called you in a panic and told you that what you are about to see and hear is not what it appears and that she needs you to rush to your shared office and retrieve a file from a hidden compartment that you did not know existed?
If you are Abby Cooper, you hightail it across town and ask questions later.
A video surfaces showing Candice Fusco meeting a stranger in a parking garage and with no warning, raises a gun, and kills the man. Abby cannot believe what she is seeing; this cannot be the woman that she has known for years. Does Candice have a past that Abby knows nothing about? Though shocking, Candice’s new husband Brice is even more disturbed by what he has seen. How could his new bride be a killer? How can he put his FBI training aside and not believe what is right there in front of him?
Abby is not going to take this at face value, against the wishes of her husband Dutch; she lies to everyone around her and heads straight to Las Vegas where this twisted story began.
For being a professional psychic, Abby did not use her natural born talents to the extent that you would assume. For the most part, she is relying on the investigative skills that her years of working with the FBI have foisted upon her. She is going to rundown every possible lead and save her best friend from an impending first degree murder charge.
I always want to think of the Psychic Mystery books as cozies, but they are not. There is a harder side to them and the reader has to pay closer attention to the interactions of all the characters. You may figure out the players early, but how they intertwine may lead to eye squinting and head tilting, at the same time, you might even get that little wrinkle between you eye brows.
Over all, the Psychic Eye Mysteries have improved with age. Victoria Laurie is able to move her characters forward even though Abby still tends to be on the immature side and those around her are way more forgiving then good friends and a spouse should be.