Dead In Red by L.L. Bartlett is the second book in the “Jeff Resnick” mystery series. Publisher: Five Star, June 2008

Sometimes it seems like murder and mayhem follow Jeff Resnick, challenging his psychic “sixth sense” to solve crimes. Since the vicious mugging that changed his life, he’s tried to keep his unwanted gift in check.

When Jeff learns the bartender at his favorite watering hole has been murdered, his psychic insight flashes onto a sparkling red high-heeled shoe. With no faith in the police, the owner, cousin of the dead man, asks former insurance investigator Jeff to look into the death. How can Jeff say no, especially when he gets another vision of bloodied hands that are somehow connected to the crime?

The receipt for custom-made shoes sets off a chain reaction of intrigue and danger that leads to a world of foot fetishists and drag queens, putting Jeff and his brother Richard in places they never expected to be. Is the killer one of the characters Jeff and Richard meet while scouting Buffalo’s drag clubs? And who was it that attempted to run Jeff down?

Jeff’s worries are compounded by confronting his guilt over compromising the safety of people he cares about, and his escalating fear that he won’t find the victim of the bloody hands before it’s too late.

This was a great read that I couldn’t tear myself away from and after the reading the first ten pages, I had to read the first book in the series. I like the characters and the tone of this story. I liked that we saw how Jeff was handling his newly-gain psychic ability which helps him in his investigation. I thought I knew who the killer was, but with the twist and turns, the author kept me guessing. I would love to see more adventures with Jeff and his friends.  My rating: 4.5 stars

*the first book is out of print but I was able to get a copy from Amazon which I can’t wait to read.

L.L. Bartlett is the pseudonym of Lorraine Bartlett.

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