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Trouble Vision
Raven's Nest Bookstore Series #3
Allison Kingsley

Berkley Prime Crime
June 2013/ 978-0-425-25198-0
Mystery/Amateur Sleuth/Paranormal

Reviewed by Laura Hinds

At the Raven's Nest bookstore, located in Finn's Harbor, Maine, things are not quite business as usual. Owner Stephanie Quinn and her cousin, Clara are playing detective again, and their focus is on that instead of running the bookshop. They've even involved employee Molly in their snooping.

Clara Quinn is having visions again, and she's become convinced that the death of a local man was murder. Yet the police have ruled it was an accident, and that Scott Delwyn simply fell off scaffolding at a construction site. Clara's "Quinn sense" visions tell her otherwise, and she and Stephanie feel it is up to them to prove otherwise.

While this series continues to hold promise, I don't see the growth and development I'd hoped for by the third book. To quote the character Stephanie, "Sometimes the Quinn sense doesn't at all." Clara's visions are usually cut short in an abrupt manner, thus leaving her confused. She never gets enough information to be truly helpful. Then, Clara and Stephanie tend to go off half-cocked and without an intelligent plan.

As with the first book in the series, the police are left out of the loop. Sure, they declared Delwyn's death an accident, but in my opinion, Clara could easily have gotten her vision-delivered information to them by email or anonymous message instead of setting out to prove things with Stephanie and putting them both in danger.

Despite my lack of willing suspension of disbelief while reading this mystery, there were elements I enjoyed. I really like the dog, Tatters. Clara can read his mind, and I would love to see Tatters become more involved with Clara's visions.

This is a fast read, good for the beach, and would probably be enjoyed most by a youthful reader with an interest in a light paranormal aspect to a cozy mystery. You do not need to have read the first two books in the series to get the most out of Trouble Vision.

Reviews of other titles in this series

Mind Over Murder #1
Trouble Vision #3
Extra Sensory Deception #4

Reviewed 2013