The explanations were long and some of the lines were lame ("liar, liar, pants on fire"). I kept forgetting the main character was 30ish and not 50ish.
The narrator and the writing made the main character seem much older than she was supposed to be. I almost didn't make it through the book, but toward the end I enjoyed it more. The mystery wasn't as interesting as I'd hoped and interactions with Dutch made me cringe because of the narrator. I felt like my mom was reading me a romance novel.
This was a nice entertaining mystery with lots of humor and a little bit of romance. The lead is an engaging character and you can't wait to see what she'll do next. As several reviewers have said it's in the same vein as the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich, although this was more of a whodunit. It also reminded me a little of the Molly Harper vampire books.
The narrator was fine if she was just reading but was not very good with voices. At times I wasn't sure who was talking, including if it was a male or female.
I'm looking forward to reading more of this series.
I enjoyed the story line and may even buy the next in the series. But the narration was one of the worst I've heard. I've been listening to audio books for many years and most narrators can act the voices of the characters. And although it may be difficult for a man to read as a woman or vice versa most narrators carry it off extremely well. Elizabeth Michaels is most likely the worst narrator I've heard. Her voices vary little, making it difficult to understand who is speaking. And the fact that she can't read a question from a character without carrying the questioning inflection into the rest (unquoted) portion of the sentence, to me, is a sign of an amateur. I'm debating whether to purchase the next in the series. I was hoping the narrator would have changed but it looks like Ms Michaels is the narrator for the entire series. I may try one more to see if she got any better.
I've enjoyed CJ Critt,
Abby Cooper has a unique ability to read people, but not all the time and not always when she needs the info. She has had this ability all her life, but one day a trance medium comes into her bank job and gives her a message -- from beyond the grave. She soon changes jobs and becomes a self employed psychic reader. Her life quickly gets complicated and she has drawn the attention of the local police. Love, mystery, danger and her spirit guides keep Victoria Laurie's cute "psychic eye" series hopping with tension and laughter.
If you are a fan of Diane Mott Davidson then you will enjoy this lite-fare mystery.
Hand knitting and crochet are my hobbies in retirement, listening to books makes the time and the stitches fly by!
This is a very cute, light weight novel written in an inexperienced sort of way. Though enjoyable, it is not something to make one reflect much.
If you are picky about reality in detective novels, you don't want this one. Though the plot and sub-plots are very good, the adherence to reality is not. Police procedures were not researched well, or just not implemented. The police force in the story must be quite inept to leave so many things undone, and searches not completed for later uncovering by the characters of the story.
Yes, if only to see if her writing style matures as the series goes on.
Improvement is needed, emotion was handled by squeaking the voice, very irritating. I can't help but wonder how well the book would have been with someone like Barbara Rosenblat or similar narrator.
No, not much inspiration between those covers.
When writing a novel, it would be advisable to take into consideration how a listener would be affected by a repeated phrase. Every time I knew the line "liar liar pants on fire" was coming up, my teeth would go on edge.
Say something about yourself!
Great story, funny, sad, silly.... a little of everything
I read the reviews and I was surprised that there were negative reviews of Elizabeth Michaels, I thought she did a fine job with all the characters.
When Abby came back from visiting her sister
just downloaded another Abby book :-)
A fantastic narrator combined with warm, first person, friend to friend story combines to entertain and enchant.
The introduction of Abby Cooper combined with heartbreak, first dates, psychic ability, fashion, home remodeling and a faithful pooch - who could ask for more?
Establishing a first person character without sacrificing supporting character dialogue appears to be Elizabeth Michaels specialty!
Seemed like a fluff story and was somewhat enjoyable but couldn't get past the swearing and so I returned it.
Why create a character with such a foul mouth?
Ruined the book.
Love the idea behind the book (a psychic working to solve a crime.) Could have been dark or funny, and this was on the cute side. No going into the angst of what it would be like knowing when people lie to you, etc. but a nice, light read. Will see if writer developers more depth in later books. Reader occasionally was a bit too "smiley" when reading, but otherwise fit the writing well.