Thursday, April 6, 2017

Blog Tour: Occult and Battery by Lena Gregory (Review)


Occult and Battery (A Bay Island Psychic Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Berkley (April 4, 2017)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425282762
E-Book ASIN: B01J2STXD0



Synopsis

A murder mystery weekend becomes a little too real in the latest Bay Island Psychic Mystery from the author of Death at First Sight
Cass Donovan uses her skills as a former psychiatrist to get away with pretending to be psychic, but she’s not about to let anyone get away with murder...
The outlook is not so good for Cass’s psychic shop, Mystical Musings. With winter winds discouraging tourists from riding the ferry from Long Island to Bay Island, Cass hopes to draw in more customers by hosting a murder mystery weekend, complete with a sĂ©ance, in a supposedly haunted mansion.
But Cass begins to lose her spirit when her ex-husband shows up, along with his fiancĂ©e—Cass’s ex-best friend. Then, after one of the guests is found dead, a blizzard blows in, trapping everyone inside with a murderer. Now Cass must divine who did the deed before her reputation and her livelihood fade away.

My Review

Cass Donovan is desperate to keep her business, Mystical Musings, afloat but winter time is not the best time for tourists on Bay Island. So, she comes up with a plan to create more interest in her shop, but it ends up being a weekend of real life murder. Unfortunately, she finds herself in the middle of it all.

The author gives us a wonderful cast of characters starting with Cass and her two friends Bee and Stephanie. Their close-knit group makes the whole storyline come to life. I can’t imagine one without the other two. They are a great sleuthing team.  The rest of the characters, especially Stephanie's husband Tank are strong ones.  Cass' love interest isn't in the book much so I don't really get a real feeling about him one way or the other.

I thought I had this story figured out rather early in the book, but I learned how wrong I was. I had part of it correct, but I didn’t see the full explanation coming at all. It made for a nice twist to the plot. I enjoyed every minute of trying to figure this out – right along with Cass and her crew.

I love books set in my area and this is one of those books. That’s what initially grabbed my attention in reading this series. However, it's the author who keeps my attention going with her intriguing storylines and interesting characters. It’s fast-paced, she never misses a beat. There’s mystery mixed with just a small hint of romance and paranormal activity. It’s the perfect blend for cozy mystery fans. I’m hoping to read more in this captivating series.



For reading challenges:
Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge 2017
Craving for Cozies Reading Challenge 2017

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

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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.

Author Links:
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Purchase Links

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5 comments:

  1. I hope for more awesome books then

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  2. Thank you so much for sharing the release of Occult and Battery! And thank you for such a lovely review! I'm so happy you enjoyed the story :)

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  3. A title like that ya know it has to be a cozy. I agree with you about location. I love reading books when they are located in my area too. Adds a little extra.
    sherry @ fundinmental

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  4. I am about 80% done with this one so I just skimmed your review but I'm so glad you enjoyed it! I'm loving it too and the friendships definitely make the story. I'm so glad I have the first book because I want to dive into that one soon.

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  5. I haven't read this series yet. Liked the synopsis of the book and I'm looking forward to reading to reading the series.

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