Mind Over Murder by Allison Kingsley is the first book in the new “Raven’s Nest Bookstore” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime (Penguin), September 2011

Cousins and best friends, Clara and Stephanie Quinn run The Raven’s Nest bookstore in quaint Finn’s Harbor, Maine. It’s where people go to find their most coveted reads, having no idea it’s Clara who’s reading their minds

For some time, all Clara Quinn wanted was to get away from Finn’s Harbor—and her inherited ability to see into the future and read people’s thoughts, a trait her family calls the Quinn Sense. But Clara couldn’t stay away for long, and soon she’s helping her cousin, Stephanie Quinn Dowd, in her bookstore, the Raven’s Nest.

The bookstore has made an enemy of the town crier, Ana Jordon, who’s outraged by the store’s occult collection and how it’s poisoning the town’s youth. Meanwhile, the store’s number one employee, Molly, has made no secret of her anger over Ana’s antics. So when Ana is found dead, killed by the bust of Edgar Allen Poe—sculpted by Molly—the evidence is stacked against her. Clara knows Molly and the store are in trouble. Now she must rely on her gift to make sense of this senseless murder.

This is another great debut! Having ignored her psychic ability for so long, Clara is put to the test when her cousin’s employee becomes the prime suspect in a recent murder. Sensing that she is innocent, Clara agrees to help Stephanie close the book on this killer. What a great read. This was a well-crafted tale that I could not put down, not even for a minute. The running conversation between the two cousins entertained me as they devise scenarios to catch a killer with surprising results. With a likeable cast, a small-town feel and a good mystery plot, I hope the doors stays open for this delightfully charming debut series.

*new-to-me author

Allison Kingsley is the pseudonym for Kate Kingsbury

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