Review: Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye (#1 Psychic Eye Mysteries series)

Review: Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye (#1 Psychic Eye Mysteries series)Author: Victoria Laurie
Title: Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye
Series: Psychic Eye Mysteries #1
Publisher: Penguin
Pages: 295
Release Date: 2004
Genres: Mystery & Thriller
In Royal Oak, a suburb of Detroit, thirtysomething Abby Cooper lives a life that's kind of like vanilla ice cream-good enough, but a little bland. her work as a P.I.-Psychic Intuitive-can be rewarding, but she feels like somehow she's missing out on the hot-fudge topping. Now she's getting what she wished for-when a client winds up dead and the clues start pointing in Abby's direction. Turns out she knows too many details about the murder for her own good. To make matters worse, the hot blind date she just met is the lead investigator on the case. And gorgeous Detective Dutch Rivers is convinced she's a fraud.
Format: Paperback
Also by this author: Better Read Than Dead, What's a Ghoul to Do?
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Abby Cooper is a likable character who gets herself wrapped up in an investigation because her client is murdered and she feels guilty for not being able to prevent it (in part because she blew the client off when the client called for a second reading).

There’s a solid mystery to this book. There’s also a challenging relationship with Dutch, the lead detective on the case, which blooms by the end of the book. I also liked it that the author clarified a lot of the psychic terminology for anyone who didn’t know.

I really enjoyed Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye. This was the second time I have read this book, but it was just as good this time. I liked that the prologue was really short. The ending is tied neatly, which I appreciated.

There were a few negatives, though. First, I didn’t see the purpose of Theresa. She moves away near the beginning of the book. Why bother having her in the story at all?

A bigger issue, in my opinion, is how certain details were ignored for what seemed like the convenience of the author. For example, the entire plot hinges on a phone call made by Allison which Abby feels guilty about, giving her a reason to insert herself into the investigation. The problem with this phone call is that she claims she has no way of calling Allison back. Immediately, I thought, “What? No Caller ID? No *69? It’s her business line and it’s 2004!”

Well, later, we learn that Abby does have *69 because she immediately tries to call back a person who threatens her. Either Abby was stupid and didn’t think to use it after Allison called, or the author knew this was an inconsistency and purposefully ignored it because the plot would have fallen apart if Abby had called Allison back.

Another example of this is when Dutch questions her about Nathaniel. She didn’t remember who Nathaniel was. Abby has a crappy memory or this was just a convenience for the writer.

If I put these issues aside and focus on the characters, I love the book. I have purchased other books in this series. I want to read more because Abby and her sister Cat were characters I liked and could relate to. Plus, it was fun watching Abby try to figure out what her spirit guides were trying to tell her.

Jen Schaper

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