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Thursday, October 10, 2013

132) A Finder's Fee by Joyce & Jim Lavene

The Blurb :

The mayor of Duck, North Carolina, Dae O’Donnell, is a woman with a gift for finding lost things. Sometimes it leads her to lost keys or earrings—and sometimes it leads her to murder…


Two weeks before the mayoral election, Dae gets sidetracked from her political aspirations by a spirit in need of rescuing. An antique amber necklace allows Dae to connect with Maggie Madison, a witch who wants Dae to rebury her bones so she can rest in peace. But digging leads Dae to an even bigger mystery, a forty-year-old murder with ties to Randal “Mad Dog” Wilson, her mayoral opponent.

Dae wants to run a clean race, but town sentiment is mixed about whether she’s using her abilities to get the election to go her way. And when she learns that her own grandfather—the former sheriff of Dare County—might be mixed up in the long-buried tragedy, Dae will have to uncover the real killer and put Maggie to rest, before her political career ends up six feet under…

My Thoughts :

The fifth Missing Pieces Mystery really starts to move more towards being classed as paranormal.  I love a good cozy mystery but if there is a paranormal element I am really in my element and Dae has always used her 'gift' to solve the mysteries she gets mixed up in but this time around there was a spirit involved and also the ending definitely pointed towards more supernatural elements to come.  I can't wait.

If you haven't already tried this series then I highly recommend you do.  Dae is a likable character with a lovely little shop in a quaint seaside town.  Her role as Mayor keeps her busy and she knows everyone.  She never ceases to amaze me and she has a lot of strength and determination.  Her relationship with ex-FBI agent Kevin seems a little too tame for my likely but hopefully things will progress or at least heat up a little.

Five books in and this series remains on my must read and pre-order lists.  I really enjoy the mysteries and it is fun to see how Dae always manages to eventually catch the bad guy/girl.  The plots are always well thought out and keep you guessing.  I usually only realise who done the deed as Dae is also coming to the same conclusion.  Which in my opionion makes for even better reading.

Can't wait for the next book in the series.  I look forward to seeing where the authors are taking the story and what is in store for Dae.  Also I want to know who won the election!  I feel a little cheated not finding out in this book but the ending was a nice cliffhanger.

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1 comment:

Aurian said...

Great review Amber, I really want to read this series. So far, I have only read and enjoyed their JJ Cook book.
I love paranormal cozies.