Tuesday, September 11, 2012

A GLIMPSE OF EVIL by Victoria Laurie

Publisher: Penguin
Date published: July, 2010
ISBN: 978-0451230850
Cozy Mystery with Paranormal Overtones
Obtained via: Publisher
Reviewed by Gina

Abby Cooper has moved to Austin, Texas to be with longtime boyfriend and FBI agent Dutch Rivers. At first Abby isn’t so sure this is where she wants to be but where ever Dutch is, is where her heart is. Her friend Candice has moved to Austin as well to be with her main squeeze Brice Harrison who happens to be Dutch’s boss. On the heels of winning Brice over to believing in psychics Abby has also accepted a position as a civilian profiler with the FBI. She’s nervous enough as it is, but when Brice asks her to teach the other agents how to use their intuition, she is ready to pack her bags and move back to Royal Oak, Michigan.

When Brice sends Abby and special agent Oscar Rodriquez to check the whereabouts of a car connected to one of the cold cases Abby is working on it seems like a simple, straight-forward job. Go out to the site, look for the car and report back. But when it comes to Abby things always take a kind of left hand turn and this situation is no different. They find the car all right, but they also run into a big bad guy with an equally big gun. When Abby is suspended from her new job she and Candice move on to do what they do best. Will the bad guy get to them before they find him…or her?

I love this series. I’ve followed Abby from the very first book of the series, ABBY COOPER, PSYCHIC EYE. While one might say of course author Victoria Laurie has what and how a psychic does because it comes from personal experience, it isn’t always that easy to tell an interesting story that keeps you waiting, at times, not so patiently for the next book in the series. That’s been my “problem” with Laurie’s Abby Cooper series—I can’t wait to dig into the next book. I pick them up and spend every free minute and often find myself up reading until the early morning hours, until the book is done. Abby has a caustic wit combined with a sensitive compassion. She is a complex character with a full range of emotions that are well played out in Ms. Laurie’s writing.
As to Dutch, what is not to adore? He’s a tough as nails FBI agent, totally on the side of right but when it comes to Abby he will do anything for the woman he loves. What’s more, he can and does cook.

The secondary characters like Brice and Candice are fully developed as well. They aren’t merely vehicles for Abby and Dutch – they have their own stories to tell. Ms. Laurie also captures the emotions of the crime victims and the families left behind with their passing.

Each story is a stand-alone and can be read pretty much in any order, but you don’t want to miss a one.


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