Book Review: EXTRA SENSORY DECEPTION by Allison Kingsley

Series: A Raven’s Nest Bookstore Mystery, #4
Publisher: Berkley
Released: August 5, 2014
Source: Review copy from the publisher
Rating: ★★★★

As the owners of the Raven’s Nest bookstore, cousins Stephanie and Clara Quinn are the premier booksellers in the quaint town of Finn’s Harbor, Maine. But with Clara’s inherited ability to read minds and see the future, she’s also the premier crime solver…

You don’t have to be a psychic to know: The rodeo is coming to town! Clara’s boyfriend, Rick Sanders, invites her to the show to meet his high school buddy and expert calf roper, Wes Carlton. But when Clara’s Quinn Sense offers her a disturbing vision involving a rodeo clown, she worries that there will be more danger at the rodeo than just the traditional bucking bronco.

Of course, her premonition turns out to be accurate, and a dead body is discovered behind the concert stage, strangled by Wes’s piggin’ string. Rick is sure that there’s no way Wes could have murdered anyone, but he’s going to need Clara’s Quinn Sense to keep the authorities from roping the wrong suspect…

I greatly enjoy the Raven’s Nest Bookstore Mystery series, about two cousins – one with psychic ability – solving murder mysteries in the tiny coastal town of Finn’s Harbor, Maine. The supernatural element, Clara’s visions or “Quinn Sense,” is well done and blends in perfectly with the story.  Though Clara may get a glimpse of the crime in her mind, the killer is never obvious. Her sixth sense gives her fuzzy clues, and then she and cousin Stephanie must use their smarts to solve the mystery.

EXTRA SENSORY DECEPTION is the fourth book in the series, and this time the rodeo has taken over Finn’s Harbor. Clara’s boyfriend, Rick, is an old friend of one of the calf ropers. When the friend ends up the top suspect in a murder investigation, Clara agrees to investigate on her own. Rick has no idea about the Quinn Sense, but he does know that for some reason Clara is an ace at solving mysteries. The mystery in this book was very good, and I was surprised not only by whodunit, but also by why and how the culprit went about it.

It was great being back at the Raven’s Nest Bookstore with the cousins and their assistant, Molly. There’s also a new character hanging out at the shop who will definitely add some fun to the place. I’m looking forward to book five!

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.