Monday, December 26, 2016

DEADLY FORECAST by Victoria Laurie


Publisher:    NAL
Published:   June 30, 2014
ISBN:        978-0451419699
Genre:       Cozy Mystery  
Format:     Print
Obtained via:  Publisher  
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina


It’s just a few days away from Abby and Dutch’s wedding day and Abby is filled with anticipation.  Thing is, it’s not anticipation of becoming Mrs. Dutch Rivers, but rather it’s a dark and gloomy feeling that Dutch may not survive the ceremony.  And somehow she cannot help but feel it’s tied to the current case they are working on. The closer the date of their nuptials comes the more Abby fears for Dutch’s life.  Worst of all is when her intuition tells her that she will be the catalyst for Dutch’s demise.

Dutch only wants to be with Abby, for better or for worse, till death do they part. While Abby is completely with Dutch on that score, she hasn’t told him of her fears and that alone could spell the end of their relationship.

As an FBI agent Dutch is determined to find the person behind the suicide bombers showing up around Austin.  But when the bomber gets closer to Dutch and Abby, can they find him before he finds them?

The last few of Victoria Laurie’s Psychic Eye books have been a bit hit or miss. DEADLY FORECAST was a definite hit in terms of Abby and Dutch’s story, but for the M.J. portions, not so much.  Those portions weren’t bad per se. It was the jumping around from what was going on with Dutch and Abby leading up to the wedding the M.J.’s scenes in the two hours before.  I finally stopped reading straight through and read Abby’s chapters and then, just before the wedding, went back and read all of M.J.’s.  It made for a much smoother and enjoyable read.

This isn’t a light hearted cozy nor is it a straight police procedural, but something in between.  Dutch and Abby are such a great couple to read and Laurie’s secondary characters add so much to the story. They aren’t there as background, but have their own lives and stories.  Each of the regular characters develop a little more in each story and it’s well done.

Can’t wait to see where Laurie takes them next.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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