Karma’s A Bitch
A Pet Psychic Mystery, Book #1
Darwin Winters, reluctant pet psychic, is determined to leave her family’s paranormal past behind and lead a normal life. So she strikes out on her own and opens up a new pet boutique in St. Pete, Florida. When a local homeless man she befriends is found dead, and the police assume it’s a suicide, Darwin has no choice but to use her gift to help collar the killer.
She adopts his grieving mastiff, Karma—and with the dog’s help—tries to piece together the events of that fatal night. Accepting the visions is one thing, but can she solve the mystery without revealing her powers to the jaded, yet drool-worthy, detective in charge of the case? Or will the killer put an end to her psychic sleuthing and bury the truth for good? (Goodreads)
This book has everything I look for in a cozy mystery: humor, great characters, suspense and tension. And it has even that little extra something that set this book apart for me: a psychic.
Darwin has moved to Florida and opened a pet boutique shop, where she can help pet owners pamper their pets. This works out well for her since she is a pet psychic. When her new friend, a homeless man, is found dead, she readily agrees to take Karma, her homeless friend’s dog, in and take care of him. When she gets visions from Karma as to what happened to her friend, she realizes he has been murdered. She knows she has to do her own sleuthing to find the killer.
The characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional. Darwin is a strong willed, hard working woman who is not afraid to do what is needed to be done. But she has a soft spot, especially for those in need and for animals. I really enjoyed getting to know her and spending time with her. I also liked her friends, Sylvia and Frankie. I think the fact that this book revolved the homeless added another level to this book, one that I enjoyed. I felt that the secondary characters added a lot to the book.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy quick read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book, I felt like I was there, watching all the action taking place around me. She is also very talented in bringing a reader’s emotions out. While reading this book, I laughed, I cried, I worried and I smiled. I think it takes a special author to be able to do that.
The mystery was carried on well throughout the book until the very end. There were enough suspects to consider, clues to sift through, and twists and turns to navigate that it was impossible for me to figure out the killer.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. This is the first book in the series and I am happy to know that I have more to read. I am so looking forward to that.