Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Corpse in the Crystal Ball by Kari Lee Townsend
Sunny Meadows has found acceptance as a fortuneteller in the small town of Divinity, New York. Only Detective Mitch Stone, the one man she's attracted to, refuses to believe she can see the future. Knowing that, she told him she didn't want to date, but that was before Mitch's ex-girlfriend showed up in town. Sunny resented everything about the gorgeous woman, including the attention Mitch paid her. But, she couldn't refuse a paying client when Isabel showed up, wanting a reading. Sunny's crystal ball revealed the fight with Mitch in the past, and some scene when Isabel was running for her life. When Isabel disappeared, it was Sunny who could remember the scenery where Isabel ran. She was able to lead the police to Isabel's body, but she couldn't prevent Mitch from landing on the top of the suspect list.
It is a weird turn of events when a police detective is suspended and a fortuneteller works as a consultant on a murder case. But, Sunny is determined to prove that Mitch isn't a killer. She does have a few roadblocks in her way, including Mitch, who wants to be involved, and the detective she's working with, who seems to want to spend most of his time stopping to eat. It's going to take old-fashioned questioning, not visions of the future, to narrow down the suspects in this case. Unfortunately, Sunny doesn't foresee that she's putting herself in the path of a killer.
Townsend fills Corpse in the Crystal Ball with a wonderful cast of recurring characters, Sunny, Mitch, Sunny's best friend, Jo, owner of Smokey Jo's Tavern, and the hunky bartender, Sean O'Malley. Of course, Morty, the mysterious cat who seems to haunt Sunny's house, has a prominent role. This time, though, there's the addition of Granny Gert, Sunny's pixie grandmother who bakes cookies, sews outrageous ties for Morty, endeavors to learn to drive, and tries to fix Sunny up with the new mailman in town. The little woman adds a great deal of spirit and humor to the story.
My prediction? If you enjoy terrific characters, a mysterious cat, and a fortuneteller sleuth, I foresee you'll appreciate Kari Lee Townsend's Corpse in the Crystal Ball.
Kari Lee Townsend's website is www.karileetownsend.com
Corpse in the Crystal Ball by Kari Lee Townsend. Berkley Prime Crime. 2012. ISBN 9780425251331 (paperback), 294p.
FTC Full Disclosure - The publisher sent me a copy of the book, hoping I would review it.