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Sense of Deception
Psychic Eye # 13
Victoria Laurie

June 7, 2016/ ISBN 978-0451473875
Mystery - Cozy/Supernatural

Reviewed by Linda Morelli


When Abby is placed in jail for contempt of court, she meets Skylar Miller, who is sentenced to death for murdering her son. Abby’s psychic sense tells her that Skylar has been falsely accused, but the evidence – a knife bearing Skylar’s fingerprints in blood – can’t be disputed. Or can it?

Abby sets out to prove Skylar’s innocence with the help of her FBI Agent husband, Dutch, and her BFF and PI partner, Candice. Their investigation reveals that, when Skylar’s son was murdered, her husband was out of town and, since Skylar is a recovered alcoholic, her parents testified against her in court.

That was ten years before, and now Skylar’s last appeal has failed. It’s up to Abby and her psychic “radar” to discover who framed Skylar and murdered her son before Skylar’s time is up. While Dutch and Candice help with aspects of the investigation, Oscar, Dutch’s co-worker, pours through old case files with Abby, searching for any shred of evidence that will prove Skylar is innocent.

Skylar’s feeling of hopelessness and loss is evident throughout the novel, as is Abby’s sense of frustration when she encounters roadblocks in her investigation. I eagerly poured through the pages, hoping Abby would find the clues she needs.

I enjoyed occasional relief from the escalating tension as Abby helps Oscar, predicting a course of action for him to take to improve his lonely lifestyle, and seeing the steps he takes to make those changes. The results were thoroughly satisfying.

Once again, Victoria Laurie has written an outstanding, emotionally charged and unforgettable mystery. The awareness that an innocent person’s death is eminent and that time was ticking created a tension worthy of Hitchcock. This impressive who-done-it grabbed me by the collar and wouldn’t let go.

Reviews of other titles in this series

Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye, 1
Better Read Than Dead, 2
A Vision of Murder, 3
Killer Insight, 4
Death Perception, 6
Vision Impossible, 9
Lethal Outlook, 10
Deadly Forecast, 11
Fatal Fortune, 12
Sense of Deception, 13 [review 1] [review 2]
A Grave Prediction, 14

Notes: Victoria Laurie is a real-life psychic and The New York Times bestselling author of the Psychic Eye Mysteries and the Ghost Hunter Mysteries.

Reviewer Linda Morelli is the award winning author of three published romance novels.
Reviewed 2016