Monday, October 31, 2016

VISION IMPOSSIBLE by Victoria Laurie

Publisher:     NAL
Published:    June 5m 2012
ISBN:        978-0451235060
Genre:       Cozy Mystery
Format:     Print
Obtained via:  Publisher  
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina


Settled in Austin with her beau Dutch Rivers, Abby Cooper’s life is moving along pretty nicely.  Slowly but surely she’s building up a clientele for her psychic readings and the house she and Dutch are building is moving along.  What more could a girl ask for?  And while Abby’s intuition can give her some pretty solid guidance, it can’t stop the storms that follow life’s calms.  And when the storm hits, it’s a call from Washington and the CIA.  A valuable piece of equipment has gone missing—a drone that can read auras.  After an intense week of training Dutch and Abby are on their way to Canada, the last known location of the drone.

No sooner do they arrive in Canada than someone sets Abby in their sites…and it’s not for a date.  Someone wants Abby out of the picture.  Can Abby and Dutch find the drone and get out of Canada before someone takes Abby out?

Victoria Laurie’s Psychic Eye series has been one of the most enjoyable and unique in the cozy mystery / mystery genre.  The premise has been refreshing and her characters are memorable.  VISION IMPOSSIBLE just didn’t do it for me.  I felt more than once that the author wasn’t liking the story and was struggling to tell it.  I don’t know what happened to Abby.  In prior books she was a quick witted, smart talking, confident woman.  In VISION IMPOSSIBLE she wasn’t likable for any number of reasons—the way she treated Dutch, the self-absorption…and where were her psychic abilities?  Her “crew” showed up maybe twice—whereas in the prior books, while invisible spirit guides, they certainly stepped up to help her out.  And who was taking care of Eggy and Tuttle while Abby and Dutch were sleuthing in Canada?

That said, I did like Maks and hope we’ll see more of him…but please, not in a love triangle! 

I’m not about to give up on the series.  Every author has at least one book in a series that just isn’t up there with all of them…we all have moments like that and I hope this is an anomaly rather than a trend because this has been one super series.

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

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