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Lee Barrett has agreed to attend a storage auction with Aunt Ibby - even though she suspects the forgotten rooms will yield more junk than treasure. Her skepticism vanishes once the two win a bid on an overlooked locker and uncover a trove of beautiful curiosities, including a stunning wooden carousel horse with gentle eyes and fading paint. But just before Lee leaves the fairground relic at a local repair shop, the sight of a silver samovar awakens her psychic abilities and conjures visions of murder. Lee prays the intrusive ESP episode was just a glimpse into the past - until her policeman boyfriend reports a dead man outside the repair shop. Apparently, the unknown victim had been hot on Lee's trail since the auction. And with the horse found dismantled, it looks like he was up to no good. What's the story behind the antique equine, and could a strange bubblegum-chewing woman with fiery hair have something to do with the crime? Guided by her gift and O'Ryan, her wise tabby cat, Lee's set on catching the murderer...before she's sent on the darkest ride of her life.

©2017 Carol J. Perry (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Highly original and great fun. A triumph of imagination with twists and turns to delight readers." (Carolyn Hart, New York Times best-selling author)

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  • Beatrice
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 02-12-17

A bit disappointed

I didn't enjoy this one as much as I enjoyed the previous books in this series. Not because of the writing, but, because the Czar Nicholas story has been done too many times and seemed a bit far fetched. I just couldn't get into it. I also was a bit frustrated with Lee. She needs to accept that she has a gift and make peace with it, or figure out a way to ignore it. Either way, she needs to stop complaining. I hope there is more character development in the next story. I still have hope in this series. C.S.E. Cooney did a great job with the narration. I had no problem with her performance.

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  • Schervem
  • Portland, OR, United States
  • 02-04-17

Narration isn't working for me.

I'm not able to focus on the story because the narration is so flat. Tried speeding it up and that didn't help either. Disappointing.

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Terrible narration

I'm not sure what has happened but it seems like the narrator has completely lost it. She cannot seem to get the flow, tone or voices right anymore. It made this unbearable to listen to which is really disappointing as I like these stories. I'm not sure why she no longer can narrat in a nice tone. But the cadence of her voice is out, the whole thing is a mess.

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Worst narrator ever

Would you try another book from Carol J. Perry and/or C.S.E. Cooney?

Maybe as long as she doesn’t use the same narrator. I could not make it thru the last 2 books because she is one of the worst readers I have ever heard

What could Carol J. Perry have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Use a different narrator

How could the performance have been better?

She needs to read normal. Her reading does not flow and it is such a bad performance that I just couldn’t listen to it long enough to finish the series. I will never listen to another book with this reader.

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So Boring, not as good as others in series.

I have really liked this series, until this book. I was so bored I had to finally just give up. I wasted money on this one. I suggest skipping it. Disappointing in an otherwise good series.

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Another great addition

This was another great addition to the series. Both the author and narrator were spot on. I highly recommend this book as well as the entire series.

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My opinion

it was up to the standard set by the previous books excellent. Dgls b Rollins