I’m Cass Donovan, owner of Mystical Musings, a small psychic shop nestled between the beach and the boardwalk on Bay Island. Of course—just between us—I’m not actually psychic in any traditional sense, but years of reading people, looking for those small tells that give away what they are thinking and feeling, allow me to give fairly accurate “readings” and business is building up nicely.
And that’s a relief, because there’s no way I’m ever going back to my psychiatric practice in New York City. Returning home to Bay Island, a small Island between the north and south forks of Long Island, New York, is the best thing I’ve ever done. I often walk down the beach from my house to the shop. The feel of the sand between my toes, the soft breeze, and the salty scent of the sea have helped me begin to regain control of my life. But enough of that. The last thing I want to think about is my past failure. . .or my exes.
My friendship with Stephanie, my best friend from childhood, has picked up as if I never left, and Bee, who owns a designer dress shop down the boardwalk from Mystical Musings, has started to become a good friend as well. We often hit the bakery, the diner, or the various fast food places together. Life on Bay Island is just about perfect.
Until the day I do a reading for Ellie Callahan. The fact that Ellie’s a married adult doesn’t stop her mother, Marge Hawkins, from confronting me in front of half the town. After all, she’s warned me more than once to stay away from Ellie. Despite being humiliated, I keep my mouth shut. No sense fueling the Bay Island rumor mill.
I’m perfectly willing to stay out of Marge’s way and let her cool off and the gossip die down, but then I find Marge dead and become a prime suspect in her murder. I would still be willing to lay low and keep to myself, but with the police looking at me and the town gossips in a frenzy, I’m afraid business will die down, and I can’t afford to let that happen.
So, I guess I’m going to have to try to figure out what happened to Marge. I have no other choice, really. And I’m pretty sure I can connive Stephanie and Bee into helping me.
Death at First Sight is the first book in the NEW Bay Island Psychic mystery series, published by Penguin Random House, November 2016.
It doesn’t take a crystal ball to see that something’s not right on Bay Island. . .
Since she left her psychiatric practice in New York City to open up a psychic shop in her hometown on Bay Island, Cass Donovan has given her fair share of readings to conflicted customers. But what she sees in Ellie Callahan’s future doesn’t bode well.
When Ellie’s mother, Marge, publicly confronts Cass about the reading, the embarrassment makes her want to curl up and die. And when she later stumbles across Marge’s body—and is a suspect in her murder—Cass is suddenly the star of Bay Island’s rumor mill.
Cass is determined to prove her innocence and save Ellie from meeting the fate in her unfortunate vision. But even with the help of her friends Bee and Stephanie, Cass will have to channel some serious sleuthing instincts to find the real killer. . .
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Meet the author
Lena lives in a small town on the south shore of eastern Long Island with her husband and three children.
When she was growing up, she spent many lazy afternoons on the beach, in the yard, anywhere she could find to curl up with a good book. She loves reading as much now as she did then, but she now enjoys the added pleasure of creating her own stories. Connect with Lena at lenagregory.com.
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