Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye, is having a hard time getting over a gunshot wound from her last case-especially because she didn't see the shots coming. Out of work and second-guessing her abilities, she tries to get back in the saddle by helping her boyfriend Dutch with some of his FBI cases. And soon enough, her intuition returns-with a vengeance.
©2007 Victoria Laurie (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
One of the things I enjoy about this series is that the characters have to live with the consequences. Abby got shot in the last book, so she is still having some problems. Candice her client/friend has moved to town and now she has a professional partner in investigating crimes. There was more mystery/detecting than the previous book. I enjoyed reading about Abby trying out to be a real sleuth going undercover for the first time. I also really liked that Candice is a kickass no-nonsense type gal who takes the more reluctant Abby on adventures. Some parts I felt she was being too pushy, but I think their relationship makes a good contrast. The regular surrounding characters including her sister, Milo and Dave makes appearances, too. I think this series is getting better as it progresses. Good thing there is more to read!
I truly enjoy Victoria Laurie as an author and was excited to audibly read my 1st book by her. While I enjoyed the story, I was not a big fan of the narration of any of the main characters. I always interpretted Abby in my reading of this series as more factual about her psychic moments so the interpretive reading of Abby's clarvoyant moments left something to be desired in my mind. Toward the end of the audible book I stopped noticing this issue but I think I will read the rest of the series.
I am enjoying the story line, but not the narrator...
I don't like the way she reads...too slow, no characterization.
I love this series! My only negative is the narator's rhythm of speaking and her continual pronunciation of cavalry as calvary. It is very distracting.
Abby's story picks up three months after her terrifying ordeal in Colorado. The last case blindsided her when her "guides" didn't warn her about about the impending horrific outcome she was about to face. Healing was a process she never thought would include psychological well-being as well. After three months of living it up with Dutch, her caretaker and lover, she avoids calls like the plague! She finally accepts a call from a long time client and private investigator, only after Dutch refuses to lie to Candace about Abby not "being available."
As it turns out, Candace wanted to talk to Abby about sub-leasing her office space because Abby didn't appear to be returning to work any time soon. Boy, was Abby relieved! She wasn't sure if her "intuition" was working or not and was scared to find out just yet. Candace's timing couldn't have been more perfect! To try and jump start Abby off the couch and back into the saddle, Dutch asks Abby if she is up for helping him on three cold cases he has been working on, as he has come to a dead end on all three. Well, hell ya, Abby jumps on it 'cause Dutch has never asked her for help before! Just when Abby has agreed to help, Milo, Dutch's ex-partner, comes by to discuss a parole hearing in which they will be testifying. Curiosity pulling Abby towards them, the men tell their story to her. Milo's old partner before Dutch was murdered 9 years earlier. Lutz, the man imprisoned for the crime, had confessed to the murder and had made a plea deal that made him eligible for parole early.
In typical Abby fashion, when she goes to look through the case files Dutch has asked her help on, she is drawn to the ONE that is on Lutz, and not the ones from Dutch. Abby, "But that was the one screaming at me!". Uh huh, sure Abby...
Abby gets herself in the middle of a pretty scary situation when she gets involved in the Lutz case which isn't even suppose to be a "case," and she drags Candace into it! Thank god Candace is a super ninja, in-shape force to be reckoned with,who also carries a gun! Of course, Abby is keeping all this detective work on the Lutz case from Dutch and Milo, but watching her lie, very badly at that, about what she's doing and where she is all the time to Dutch is hilarious! Abby is such a bad liar, and everyone knows it, but she does it anyway which makes it even funnier! The fact that Dutch is putting up with her shenanigans is pretty surprising, but also knowing how Abby is, he should be terrified.
I totally related to Abby's story in this book on a personal level. For one, Dutch's cat Virgil. Ugh, I just don't do cats, and they know it. The pure irritation that Abby was experiencing with Virgil was understanding, but Dutch kept smirking and making it sound unintentional and harmless which made him come across as a jerk. I mean, do you think it's funny to have your purse shit on by a cat, or your side of the bed covered in cat piss, or your clothes vomited on? Ok, maybe if you haven't had such experiences with cats, and it is just a book, then ya, BUT, if you HAVE had awful experiences with someone else's cat(s), and you know what I'm talking about, then the answer is NO. Dogs rule cats drool.... na na nana na! Two; her hesitation to go back to work because she thought her gift failed her. Another real life experience for me that had me feeling deep empathy for Abby, and in this case Milo as well. Milo is such a teddy bear, and I love him :)
The new work relationship that was introduced with Candace was pretty awesome! They worked well together, almost like Abby and Theresa had before Theresa moved to California. I hope we continue to see more of Candace working with Abby because I absolutely loved them as partners! You will not believe, or maybe you will, the trouble Abby winds up in this time, and it will keep you on your toes 'til the end.
The author pulls you in and makes you feel like you KNOW the characters....great writing.
Yes! I have devoured the entire series!
The narrator does a great job.
It's official. I don't like Abby. She's childish, moody, dangerously impulsive, has poor people skills and is possibly stupid. I have no respect for Dutch. For a big, bad FBI agent he lets her run all over him. He is not allowed to dictate to her or treat her like a child but it's perfectly okay for Abby to talk down to him and treat him like an idiot. Oh and lie, lie, lie. She goes on a pretend date for her business and he catches her at the restaurant. That night she decids to move out. Her reason? His cat hates her. Oh that's not suspicious at all. Dutch reacts as if she kicked him? That's it? Really? Who wouldn't suspect her of moving out to be more free to cheat on him. Especially since she jumped in the sack with a guy in the last book. I gave the book high marks because the series has kept me entertained but I just don't like Abby. I would not have her for a friend. I would visit her for a psychic reading but that's about it. I love the narrator. She does a fine job but she is not responsible for Abby's labile emotions.
Abby's sister Kat. I like her bright personality and her strong connection to Abby.
She has a great voice and keeps the tone light for these books. They are not Shakespear.
Good god no. This is my last book for this series. Abby has gotten on my very last nerve.
I don't know, because I don't own the book.
Yes, it has lots of twists and turns!
Only in this series. Her usual wonderful performance.
Laugh at times, and gasp at times.
This is a wonderful series of books!
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