Saturday, November 12, 2016

Blog Tour: Death At First Sight by Lena Gregory (Review/Tour-Wide Giveaway)

About the Book

Genre: Cozy Mystery, #1 A Bay Island Psychic Mystery
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: November 1, 2016
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425282748

Synopsis from Goodreads:

It doesn’t take a crystal ball to see that something’s not right on Bay Island...

Since she left her psychiatric practice in New York City to open up a psychic shop in her hometown on Long Island, Cass Donovan has given her fair share of readings to conflicted customers. But what she sees in Ellie Hawkins’ future doesn’t bode well.

When Ellie’s mother Marge publicly confronts Cass about the reading, the embarrassment makes her want to curl up and die. But when she later stumbles across Marge’s body—and is arrested for her murder—Cass is suddenly the star of Bay Island’s rumor mill.

Out on bail, Cass is determined to prove her innocence and save Ellie from meeting the fate in her unfortunate vision. But even with the help of her friends Bee and Stephanie, Cass will have to channel some serious sleuthing instinct to find the real killer.

My Review

I was excited to see a cozy mystery set near where I live. That was the first hook that drew me in before I even opened the book. Once I started reading, the mystery kept me at the edge of my seat until the last page.

I found it intriguing that the main character had been a New York City psychiatrist, but chose to leave it all behind and move out to eastern Long Island to open a psychic shop. That’s a pretty big drop in a career, as well as financially, but you have to admire her for doing what she wanted to do. It’s something most people only dream about doing, although there are circumstances that lead her to her decision - I don't want to spoil it though, so I won't go into those.  Still, giving up a career as a psychiatrist to read fortunes in a psychic shop is a huge jump.

Not only was the main character well developed, but so were the secondary characters. Cass’ support team of her two closest friends, Bee and Stephanie add to the fun. They are like the three Musketeers.

The storyline itself kept me guessing to the end. I had my suspicions, but I didn’t put all the pieces together until around the time Cass did.

For me, this book had it all – a location I can more than identify with, a strong-minded main character, a quirky supporting cast, a dash of the paranormal, and a captivating plot. The book had a sneak peak at the second book and it looks to be just as good.  Great way to start a brand new series!

FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

About the Author

Lena lives in a small town on the south shore of eastern Long Island with her husband and three children.
When she was growing up, she spent many lazy afternoons on the beach, in the yard, anywhere she could find to curl up with a good book. She loves reading as much now as she did then, but she now enjoys the added pleasure of creating her own stories.
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  1. Thank you so much for sharing the release of Death at First Sight and for such a lovely review! I'm so happy you enjoyed the story :)

  2. "Death at First Sight" sounds like my kind of book. Looking forward to reading.


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