A Day in the Life of Cass Donovan by Lena Gregory

Death at First SightHi,

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.

All comments are welcomed.

Giveaway: Leave a comment below for your chance to win a print copy of Death at First Sight. US entries only, please. The giveaway ends November 3, 2016 at 11:59 AM EST. Good luck everyone!

69 responses to “A Day in the Life of Cass Donovan by Lena Gregory

  1. This one is on my wish list!

  2. Cass sounds like my kind of lady.

  3. Missy VanHoose

    I’ve added this to my wish list!!!

  4. Always a good plot when the main character has to prove her innocence. Looking forward to reading this.

  5. Oh can’t wait to read.

  6. WOW…what an awesome cover on this new book!!! This is a new author for me and can’t wait to read this! It sounds so exciting, and the beach and boardwalk are my favorite places to be. Sure would love to win this!!! Thanks so much dear DruAnn and Lena Gregory for the chance!!!! God bless you both!!!

  7. I like the plot. Looking forward to this read! Thank you.

  8. Another book to add to my wish list.

  9. I really like the sound of this!

  10. Hi Dru Ann. Thanks for the introduction to Lena Gregory and her Psychic Shop mystery series. I love finding new books and your blog is the best for obtaining information about them.

  11. Hi! Sounds like a book I’d like to read! Thanks for offering this!!

  12. Brian Frauenknecht

    I love the cover of this book and I can’t wait to read this. I would love to win this. Thanks for the chance to do so Dru!!

  13. You have the ocean and a dog, what more do you need. I can’t wait to read this book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  14. elainehroberson

    Another new-to-me author to try. The book sounds great. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

  15. Cool title! I’D love to win this one!

  16. A book which I would enjoy. Thanks.

  17. Barbara Hackel

    I think this sounds like a wonderful series and I can’t wait to read the first book! Thanks Dru Ann for today’s selection! Thanks Lena for the chance to win a copy. I love the cover and the thought of walking the beach to get to work like Cass! 🙂

  18. New to me author and first in series and Cass sounds perfect fit for me

  19. Sounds like a great read.

  20. Sounds like a great new series is in the works.

  21. Definitely an eye catching title for a book!

  22. Now we are all wondering what the vision/prediction was.

  23. Love the sound of this book!

  24. Sounds like another good new series, thanks for the chance to win.

  25. Love the title.

  26. Doward Wilson

    Another great sounding book to read!

  27. Sounds like something that might interest me. I enjoy paranormal cozies. I see a dog on the cover. I like animals in cozies.

  28. Peggy Hyndman

    Death at First Sight sounds great. Thank you for this chance!

  29. I can’t wait to read “Death At First Sight”. Cass sounds like an interesting character and the book sounds like a fascinating read. Definitely on my TBR list.

  30. Sounds like a great new series, so much so that I have added it, and the next book out, to my Amazon wish list. Thanks for keeping us informed about all the new authors, especially the mysterious, paranormal ones! And even better, thanks so much for the giveaways!

  31. Thank you so much for having me, Dru Ann! I’ve enjoyed visiting 🙂

  32. Added to my list. My BFF reads palms and another friends does tarot readings.

  33. Looks like a fun new series. Congrats

  34. What a great sounding series! I have added Death at First Sight to my YBR list.

  35. Interesting idea for a new series–can’t wait to find out what kind of psychic reading prompted all of this.

  36. I’ve never been to a psychic but I love reading about them and watching on TV. This sounds like a series right up my alley!

  37. This sounds like a great new series. Kinda reminds me of Psych the TV show.

  38. oh a new, fun sounding series. Sounds right up my alley. Thanks for a chance to win a copy!