Monday, May 17, 2010
A Timely Vision by Joyce & Jim Lavene (Berkley)
This is the first novel of a “Missing Pieces Mystery." The mayor of Duck, NC, Dae O’Donnell, has psychic powers that allows her to find things other people have lost. She does this by touching hands with the owner of the lost item and concentrating on the item. She has a vision that allows her to tell the person where the item is; however, sometimes she just has to shake a person’s hand and she knows what they have misplaced! Dae also has the ability to locate unusual items that may have unknown significance. If you can believe all of this then you will enjoy this mystery.
Two feuding elderly sisters, Miss Elizabeth and Miss Mildred, live in Duck. Miss Mildred asks Dae to help her find a watch she has lent to Miss Elizabeth. This leads to the discovery of Miss Elizabeth’s body and Miss Mildred's being charged with her murder. As Dae becomes involved in trying to clear Miss Mildred, she teams up with a new resident, former FBI agent, Kevin Brickman. Brickman has purchased an old inn and is in the process of renovating it. This adds a touch of possible romance as well as a few ghosts. There are many twists and turns and lots of clues as well as another body. There are lots of characters and small town social-political situations. I enjoy reading mysteries set in familiar locations and this one does have a few surprises in it.
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