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Word of Abby's talents reading tarot cards has reached a mob boss who wants her help in some business matters and he doesn't take no for an answer. When the police seek out her psychic intuition to shed light on a masked man who's been attacking women, Abby finds herself working both sides of the law on her own, leading her to wonder, why didn't I see this coming? Word of Abby's talents reading tarot cards has reached a mob boss who wants her help in some business matters and he doesn't take no for an answer. When the police seek out her psychic intuition to shed light on a masked man who's been attacking women, Abby finds herself working both sides of the law on her own, leading her to wonder, why didn't I see this coming?


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Word of Abby's talents reading tarot cards has reached a mob boss who wants her help in some business matters and he doesn't take no for an answer. When the police seek out her psychic intuition to shed light on a masked man who's been attacking women, Abby finds herself working both sides of the law on her own, leading her to wonder, why didn't I see this coming? Word of Abby's talents reading tarot cards has reached a mob boss who wants her help in some business matters and he doesn't take no for an answer. When the police seek out her psychic intuition to shed light on a masked man who's been attacking women, Abby finds herself working both sides of the law on her own, leading her to wonder, why didn't I see this coming?

30 review for Better Read Than Dead

  1. 5 out of 5

    ☆☆Hannah☆☆

    This was a good read. Abby is a psychic and goes to a wedding to do some readings. Things don't go as planned though. Needless to say, the father of the bride is not someone to mess with. On top of all this Abby is dealing with the fallout of her and Dutch. Luckily in the end everyone is able to work together to put the bad guys behind bars. This was a good read. Abby is a psychic and goes to a wedding to do some readings. Things don't go as planned though. Needless to say, the father of the bride is not someone to mess with. On top of all this Abby is dealing with the fallout of her and Dutch. Luckily in the end everyone is able to work together to put the bad guys behind bars.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    Book two in the Psychic Eye Mystery Series. This one starts off where book one ends. I don't want to give anything too juicy away so I will try my best to review with as little spoiler as I can. So much happens in this book. It was hard to believe it was only 296 pages. I flew this book again like I was hooked on book crack. I loved it. I love Abby Cooper and Love Dutch. I really think Victoria Laurie is one of my new favorite authors. I can't get enough of them right now. In this book you deal Book two in the Psychic Eye Mystery Series. This one starts off where book one ends. I don't want to give anything too juicy away so I will try my best to review with as little spoiler as I can. So much happens in this book. It was hard to believe it was only 296 pages. I flew this book again like I was hooked on book crack. I loved it. I love Abby Cooper and Love Dutch. I really think Victoria Laurie is one of my new favorite authors. I can't get enough of them right now. In this book you deal with a masked serial attacker and the mob. So YOU KNOW its going to be interesting. Definitely easy chick lit books. If you are wanting a book that is a quick read and one that you aren't going to have to think a whole lot about this is a safe bet. Here is a summary: Word of Abby's talents reading tarot cards has reached a mob boss who wants her help in some business matters and he doesn't take no for an answer. When the police seek out her psychic intuition to shed light on a masked man who's been attacking women, Abby finds herself working both sides of the law on her own, leading her to wonder, why didn't I see this coming?

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chloe

    Great characters, great plot, great mystery = amazing book

  4. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    When I bought this book, I believed that I was buying the second book in Victoria Laurie Ghoul series. I wasn't into very far when I realize something was wrong. I finished and have given it 5 stars because it deserves it. However, I won't be reading more of this series as I felt the violence and tragic scenes more than I like. I also could tell what would happen as the story progressed. There is nothing new about a bully who uses the gun to enforce his wishes. I seldom make a mistake like this When I bought this book, I believed that I was buying the second book in Victoria Laurie Ghoul series. I wasn't into very far when I realize something was wrong. I finished and have given it 5 stars because it deserves it. However, I won't be reading more of this series as I felt the violence and tragic scenes more than I like. I also could tell what would happen as the story progressed. There is nothing new about a bully who uses the gun to enforce his wishes. I seldom make a mistake like this and I will read the 2nd Ghoul book. Psychic eye Abby Cooper has the ability to read tarot cards and be right. A mob leader discovers her talent and demands she works for him. Abby refuses and the pursuit is on. The story takes several twists and turns as Abby tries to outwit him instead of seeking police help.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    One thing bothered me about this one. In both books, there is an initial suspect who is not "the guy" but is just a rather pathetic and creepy little man with a pronounced overbite. Different characters, different investigation so why the overbite in both cases? Maybe the author knows a creepy little man with a pronounced overbite but she needs to get a new inspiration if this series is going to carry well through all 7 books. If there's one more creepy loser with a major overbite in this series One thing bothered me about this one. In both books, there is an initial suspect who is not "the guy" but is just a rather pathetic and creepy little man with a pronounced overbite. Different characters, different investigation so why the overbite in both cases? Maybe the author knows a creepy little man with a pronounced overbite but she needs to get a new inspiration if this series is going to carry well through all 7 books. If there's one more creepy loser with a major overbite in this series, it will border on discrimination! I've also noticed from the author's Thank You's that several other characters are real life individuals she knows. She didn't even change their names. It's one thing to get inspiration from real life friends and family, it's another to make them actual characters in every way, shape and form. Although it assures the characters will be realistic, it suggests the author doesn't know how to come up with good fictional characters, which will be debilitating when it comes to other books and series where she can't keep using the exact same real life characters. It's disappointing because the first book was SO good and I was so excited to read the rest of this series. I'm not saying I'm giving up on it because everything else about this second book was just as good and I really enjoyed it - I'm just worried about seeing too much repetition in supposedly different characters and the author's ability to come up with fictional but realistic characters. EDIT TO ADD: I have since been brought to the attention of the author's behavior regarding reviews of her books, which was not only appallingly unprofessional but also resulting in her blogging about how she was now going to use the people she engaged in arguments with in her next book, suggesting it would of course be a negative portrayal. (Read: http://dearauthor.com/features/letter... ). This directly confirms my feelings and suspicions that the author has very little to no creativity regarding her characters and steals directly from people in her life, rather than merely being inspired by them. In light of this, I feel very differently about her books and "characters" - I'm very disturbed to think that everyone she portrayed negatively in her books is a petty, mean spirited, spiteful portrayal of someone she actually knows. I normally wouldn't necessarily change a rating of a book after discovering an author's unprofessional behavior but this is directly related to the content that goes into the books and therefore is relevant to my ratings so I feel completely justified changing them.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Kay

    ★★★★✩ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Okay, you definitely have to suspend belief in this series. There must have been a dozen time when Abby should have gone to the police...99% of the population would have! But then, her not doing so make for many more "Eeep!" moments. ★★★★✩ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Okay, you definitely have to suspend belief in this series. There must have been a dozen time when Abby should have gone to the police...99% of the population would have! But then, her not doing so make for many more "Eeep!" moments.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Mmm...dark. A lot darker than I remember the first book being. I also feel like the story ceases to function like a cozy mystery and instead tries for more...action/thriller/horror? The serial rapist/murderer was actually pretty predictable, but to get "hard proof" the plot leaves the reader in the dark. I didn't care much for the climax. It seemed to seriously stretch the 'should a psychic lie to her client if he's really really bad' thing unnecessarily far. Further, the reason I appreciated th Mmm...dark. A lot darker than I remember the first book being. I also feel like the story ceases to function like a cozy mystery and instead tries for more...action/thriller/horror? The serial rapist/murderer was actually pretty predictable, but to get "hard proof" the plot leaves the reader in the dark. I didn't care much for the climax. It seemed to seriously stretch the 'should a psychic lie to her client if he's really really bad' thing unnecessarily far. Further, the reason I appreciated the first book in the series was that while Abby used her psychic abilities to a point, it did not interfere overly much with her detecting ability. Here she seems to use her psychic powers to figure everything out. I still appreciate how curmudgeonly she behaves, and the way the author manages to keep the romantic tension going. At the same time, the story thrives on "no one can freakin' communicate" drama and I dislike that. Otherwise, though, didn't care for this one as much as the sequel. I jut noticed this series has 15 books which has also dimmed my enthusiasm. But the third book is readily available at my library sooooo....we'll see if I keep going.

  8. 4 out of 5

    ✴ Cindy ✴

    This is the 3rd time I've read this series and I love it so much. Abby is amazing. My only complaint is that Dutch said he was going to spank her butt for taking a risk that ended up saving the day. I didn't love that Abby let it slide. It seemed a bit sexist to me. Frankly, if a man said that to me, and it wasn't in a playful... romantic way *wink wink*, I'd spank his ass. Still love the series though and would recommend it to anyone who loves psychics and mysteries with a love developing betwee This is the 3rd time I've read this series and I love it so much. Abby is amazing. My only complaint is that Dutch said he was going to spank her butt for taking a risk that ended up saving the day. I didn't love that Abby let it slide. It seemed a bit sexist to me. Frankly, if a man said that to me, and it wasn't in a playful... romantic way *wink wink*, I'd spank his ass. Still love the series though and would recommend it to anyone who loves psychics and mysteries with a love developing between the two main characters that will become deep and abiding.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Linda Smatzny

    In this book, psychic Abby Cooper gets caught up with the mob and is trying to help the local police catch a serial rapist. Abby also has major problems with her boyfriend, a FBI agent who is under cover. The book was a fast easy read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Heather B

    5/23/13 So.... Just to be clear, you're being terrorized by the mob, and instead of telling your FBI boyfriend or cop best friend, you figure you'll just keep quiet and deal with it yourself??? And when your burglar alarm goes off, and the cop who shows up to check it out grudgingly looks around your house, then steals your underwear, you figure the best thing to do is nothing????? Really? Finished 7/2/13 This is the 2nd book in the Psychic Eye Series by Victoria Laurie, and I'm not sure I'll read 5/23/13 So.... Just to be clear, you're being terrorized by the mob, and instead of telling your FBI boyfriend or cop best friend, you figure you'll just keep quiet and deal with it yourself??? And when your burglar alarm goes off, and the cop who shows up to check it out grudgingly looks around your house, then steals your underwear, you figure the best thing to do is nothing????? Really? Finished 7/2/13 This is the 2nd book in the Psychic Eye Series by Victoria Laurie, and I'm not sure I'll read any more of them. Her main character, Abby, just makes silly decision after silly decision, and it gets really difficult to suspend disbelief enough to go along with most of them. For example, and there are some minor spoilers here, if your boyfriend is an FBI agent, and his best friend is a local cop, wouldn't you tell one or both of them, if you were being threatened by the mob??? And not veiled threats, either. They sent someone to her house to poison her dog and someone to wreck her car and frame her for the accident. But, no. She tells no one about any of this. She originally got into this mess because she agreed to help her friend Kendall do readings at a wedding after the original psychic backed out. During the wedding, they realized it was a mob wedding, so they got their stuff and ran. Really, that's your solution when you realize you're mixed up with the mob? Take their money and run? Brilliant. How shocking that they wanted their money back and got her mixed up into the rest of this mess. The narration was ok. Some of it was the narrator (I got tired of hearing drop the final "r"s from words - mirror became mirra, terror became terra, etc.), and some of it was the story. The story is in 1st person; we're in Abby's head. We know if she's telling a lie. We don't need that "liar, liar, pants on fire" when she tells a lie. We know. It's constant, especially when the mob is after you and you're determined to keep it from the cops and FBI agents in your life. It set my teeth on edge every time I heard it. I can understand it when someone tells Abby a lie, and her intuition tells her they're lying, but we do NOT need it every time Abby tells one. There are a lot of repetitive phrases, and I think you notice them more when you're listening to the book. "Liar, liar, pants on fire" and "left side, feeling heavy", "right side, light and airy" over and over. I also can't understand what was happening with Dutch, the FBI agent, and his new partner. Apparently the new (female) partner is extremely hot, so Abby gets drunk at lunch (from one glass of wine) and proceeds to act like a high schooler who just found her boyfriend eating lunch with the head cheerleader. Not only does she come across as immature and ridiculous, she makes Dutch look stupid, too, in front of a new partner who's also his superior. Abby acts like this every time the partner is even mentioned in conversation. Yes, she's able to psychically find out that the partner does want Dutch, but so what? She also knows Dutch doesn't want her, so where's the dilemma? And instead of telling Dutch how all of this makes her feel, she stamps her foot and says "she started it!" and pouts. I didn't love the way Dutch acted sometimes, I thought he was bullying Abby a lot of the time, but I can't really be on her side, either. There was also a huge plot hole that bugged the crap out of me, and was never resolved. Spoiler - when Abby and Milo are watching the video of the attack on Cat, they see Cat on the phone talking to Abby, then Cat being attacked, then Cat being rescued. Completely ignoring the fact that her attacker spoke to her before he attacked her, without his mask, while she was on the phone with Abby. Abby heard Cat speaking to him "Oh, it's 11:15. Golly, Abby, men in this city sure are gorgeous", but he's not on the video of the attack. Why? Because Abby would have recognized him and ended that whole story line immediately. So instead, that whole part of the event is just ignored. I can't stand stuff like that. I don't know if I'll keep going with this series or not. I might give it one more, because I like the concept, but if it's the same, I probably wouldn't go beyond that.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    I really enjoy this author. I started out with the Ghost Hunter series and did enjoy those books very much. I was disappointed to find I had read all the books currently out. So, I decided to start this series, even though it was not quite in the same vein. It did not disappoint. I am really enjoying the life of Abby Cooper, the clairvoyant, intuitive psychic. While she has special talents, I find her very human. Of course, she is human – she is not magical, just psychic. However, I find her very I really enjoy this author. I started out with the Ghost Hunter series and did enjoy those books very much. I was disappointed to find I had read all the books currently out. So, I decided to start this series, even though it was not quite in the same vein. It did not disappoint. I am really enjoying the life of Abby Cooper, the clairvoyant, intuitive psychic. While she has special talents, I find her very human. Of course, she is human – she is not magical, just psychic. However, I find her very down to earth, though she has talents most of us don’t seem to possess. She has her faults, but she strives to be a good person and help if she can. She also has moxey. I can’t believe how she stands up to a mob boss in this book. I’d be a quivering pile of jelly. I really don’t think I’d be as strong as she is. At the same time, she is just so easily provoked to jealousy and stupid behavior with her significant other – a former cop and now recent FBI recruit and trainee. He really doesn’t help matters though. He is often insensitive in his dealings with Abby – opening mouth and inserting foot before thinking. But instead of annoying me (well, maybe a little), I find them both endearing. I really look forward to the next read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Liisa

    The second in The Psychic Eye Mystery series by Victoria Laurie, "Better Read than Dead" doesn't disappoint!! It's another page-turning thriller! Filled with twists and turns, it kept me engrossed and entertained (and a smidge scared!). I LOVED IT! Abby Cooper is a psychic intuitive working out of a small office in Royal Oak, Detroit. "Better Read than Dead" sees the return of many beloved characters from the first book ("Abby Cooper: Psychic Eye") including her super hot boyfriend "Dutch", his (e The second in The Psychic Eye Mystery series by Victoria Laurie, "Better Read than Dead" doesn't disappoint!! It's another page-turning thriller! Filled with twists and turns, it kept me engrossed and entertained (and a smidge scared!). I LOVED IT! Abby Cooper is a psychic intuitive working out of a small office in Royal Oak, Detroit. "Better Read than Dead" sees the return of many beloved characters from the first book ("Abby Cooper: Psychic Eye") including her super hot boyfriend "Dutch", his (ex)partner Milo, her sister Cat, her handy-man Dave and her beloved pooch Eggy. What starts out as repaying a favour sees Abby become embroiled with a mob boss and sees her life unravel as everyone close to her is in danger. Thrown into the mix there is a violent serial rapist on the loose in Royal Oak and Abby's talents are called upon by the police to help find this madman! I cannot wait to read the next installment in the life of Abby Cooper.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    This is the second book in the Psychic Eye mystery series and it was just as good as the first was. In this book, Abby is doing a favor for a friend and working as a tarot card reader at a wedding reception. When a client comes in and her psychic guides are telling her that he's a killer she realizes she's attending a mob wedding. As Abby tries to deal with her professional problems she is also trying to deal with her new relationship with Dutch. He's back from Quantico and working for the FBI, This is the second book in the Psychic Eye mystery series and it was just as good as the first was. In this book, Abby is doing a favor for a friend and working as a tarot card reader at a wedding reception. When a client comes in and her psychic guides are telling her that he's a killer she realizes she's attending a mob wedding. As Abby tries to deal with her professional problems she is also trying to deal with her new relationship with Dutch. He's back from Quantico and working for the FBI, but he also has a brand new partner that Abby has to accept. This was another good mystery novel, with a bit of the paranormal thrown in. I liked the way Abby's abilities come to the forefront in this one, and I find it interesting how there are both skeptics and believers in the police department.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Barbara ★

    I realized long ago that when reading cozy mysteries I needed to forget about reality and common sense in order to enjoy these cutesy books. In real life, these women would get themselves killed while in books they are klutzy heroines. Case in point, if someone from the mob is harassing you, wouldn't you go to your FBI boyfriend or your cop friend? Why in the world did Abby try to deal with the mob on her own? Well because where would the plot be without the mafia scare. I like the characters of I realized long ago that when reading cozy mysteries I needed to forget about reality and common sense in order to enjoy these cutesy books. In real life, these women would get themselves killed while in books they are klutzy heroines. Case in point, if someone from the mob is harassing you, wouldn't you go to your FBI boyfriend or your cop friend? Why in the world did Abby try to deal with the mob on her own? Well because where would the plot be without the mafia scare. I like the characters of Abby, Milo and Dutch. I liked the way Abby and Milo interact. It's nice that someone in the police department actually believes Abby is really psychic. However, Dutch was absent pretty much the entire book and Abby and I both missed him. I will definitely be continuing this series.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Valerie Anne

    Sloppy writing, lazy editing. The book could have been half as long if they took out all the unnecessary adverbs, overly detailed descriptions of irrelevant things like every article of clothing she wore or how to exit an airplane. The main character was unlikable and inconsistent(view spoiler)[, like how she ran screaming from a wedding she was working but sassed a mafia don the first time she met him (hide spoiler)] , and it was vaguely sexist at times despite having been written by a woman. I Sloppy writing, lazy editing. The book could have been half as long if they took out all the unnecessary adverbs, overly detailed descriptions of irrelevant things like every article of clothing she wore or how to exit an airplane. The main character was unlikable and inconsistent(view spoiler)[, like how she ran screaming from a wedding she was working but sassed a mafia don the first time she met him (hide spoiler)] , and it was vaguely sexist at times despite having been written by a woman. I rated it one star because Goodreads won't let you give zero. 50 points from Slytherin.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Glenna

    This is a fun mystery series with a psychic as the main character. I liked the second one even better than the first

  17. 5 out of 5

    Luseride

    Abby Cooper has to pay back a favor to a psychic friend, doing readings at a wedding. What she does not know at first is this is a mob wedding.  After leaving in a hurry Abby is forced to read for the mob boss, who is dying, in order to protect herself and her family and friends.  Luckily Dutch is there to help her out and he and Milo come up with a plan to help Abby save the day.  A bit edgier than the first book which means sometimes you have to step away for a moment or two before diving righ Abby Cooper has to pay back a favor to a psychic friend, doing readings at a wedding. What she does not know at first is this is a mob wedding.  After leaving in a hurry Abby is forced to read for the mob boss, who is dying, in order to protect herself and her family and friends.  Luckily Dutch is there to help her out and he and Milo come up with a plan to help Abby save the day.  A bit edgier than the first book which means sometimes you have to step away for a moment or two before diving right back in.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany Champion

    The start of this had me very excited and looking forward to continuing my journey with Abby and Dutch. I started to get a little concerned in the middle with the large amount of thriller/mystery and all the blatant disregard for common sense by the main character. The ending brought me back to neutral ground though. I am willing to give book 3 a chance-fingers crossed I enjoy this continuation!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Adams

    This was such a cool book. Funny. Suspenseful. Clever. Sweet. I don’t read much mystery, so kinda hard for me to fully enjoy the crime and how horrible some of the people and things happening are , but a great book regardless. I will definitely be reading more of this series.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Teresa Reid

    This is about the level of intellectualism I can handle after working from home and helping kids navigate online schooling. Perfect pablum for the brain.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    Second in the Psychic Eye Series, Better Read Than Dead by Victoria Laurie is just as engaging as the first book. We learned a little more about the main characters and got to follow along on a new adventure with Abby. Summary: Abby is frustrated and depressed because she has agreed to work a wedding the very night her sexy FBI boyfriend Dutch Rivers is coming home from training. She feels terrible but has no choice as a fellow psychic, Kendal, is calling in his marker from helping her after her Second in the Psychic Eye Series, Better Read Than Dead by Victoria Laurie is just as engaging as the first book. We learned a little more about the main characters and got to follow along on a new adventure with Abby. Summary: Abby is frustrated and depressed because she has agreed to work a wedding the very night her sexy FBI boyfriend Dutch Rivers is coming home from training. She feels terrible but has no choice as a fellow psychic, Kendal, is calling in his marker from helping her after her serial killer attack several months before. On top of this, Abby is not having a good week. Her house has really bad water damage, she cant connect with Dutch due to conflicting schedules, and another one of her clients is attacked. This time by a serial rapist. Hating that she has to postpone her personal time with Dutch, she becomes furious and green with jealousy when she is introduced to Dutch's new female partner, who is catty and a bit of a slut on top of it. Not only that, but they are leaving that evening for an undercover assignment. Things are said by both Abby and Dutch that are later regretted but not entirely solved. Abby begins to wonder if despite her feelings for the hunky FBI agent, if she should work so hard to be with someone who still cant trust her and believe in the real her. Meanwhile, Abby helps Kendal read tarot cards at a lavish wedding, and after accidentally reading a hit man correctly, realizes that she jus somewhat outed a mob family. They flee and try to pretend it never happened. Milo (Dutch's old partner), has won an impressive amount of of money in the lotto and retired from the force, but decides to come back part-time to help with the staffing shortage jus in time to pick up the case of Abby's raped and beaten client. Of course, Milo immediately asks for Abby's help with the case. Abby gives Milo every clue she can think of and interprets them as she feels they should be. Somewhat following Abby's clues, Milo believes he has the suspect in custody, and refuses to listen to Abby's assurances that this in fact is not the rapist. Giving up on trying to convince Milo, Abby resigns to wait and watch having no clue that she caught the attention of the Don of the mob at his daughters wedding with her talents. He kidnaps her briefly to answer some questions and pay restitution. He also demands that Abby complete a "project" for him, but having been warned by Milo, Abby adamantly refuses over and over again. The Don proceeds to "convince" Abby of the smartness of agreeing. Having been harasses and seeing no other choice, she reluctantly agrees and runs smack dab into Dutch on his undercover mission. Abby must use all her abilities to complete the project assigned to her by the mob while keeping Dutch alive on top of her helping the investigation into the rapist (their suspect was released due to another rape/murder happening). Thru, kidnappings, rapes, attempted rapes, poisonings, and fires we tag along with Abby as she fights for her life and those she loves. Will she be able to catch a rapist and disentangle herself from the Greek Mafia while keeping confidences and staying alive? This was a great read! I loved the relationship that developed between Abby and Milo. They make a great team and it was nice to explore their friendship and the challenges involved. I was hoping for a bit more of Dutch, but he remains a bit of an enigma. We can feel the chemistry between him and Abby practically jumping off the page, but with so many misunderstandings and the hassles of their jobs, they aren't left with a lot of time to be together. We also get to see a bit more of Abby's sister, and she brings a unique spunkiness to the story for a bit of levity to round out the novel. Loved it, and can't wait for more of Ms. Laurie. <3

  22. 5 out of 5

    Booknook8756

    Abby Cooper is back! This is the second book to the Abby Cooper series and like the first one, it was an absolute pleasure to read! I have all of these books on my wishlist and I won’t regret owning this series!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    Picking up a few months after the last book left off, Abby is recovering from her attack and happily dating Dutch (who is now an FBI agent on an out of town assignment). She agrees to read tarot cards at a wedding for a friend, only to realize once she is there that the bride's family is in the Greek mob. One the 'don' hears of her talents, he wants her help tracking down his wife who disappeared while shopping years ago. Meanwhile, one of Abby's clients is attacked and the police request her he Picking up a few months after the last book left off, Abby is recovering from her attack and happily dating Dutch (who is now an FBI agent on an out of town assignment). She agrees to read tarot cards at a wedding for a friend, only to realize once she is there that the bride's family is in the Greek mob. One the 'don' hears of her talents, he wants her help tracking down his wife who disappeared while shopping years ago. Meanwhile, one of Abby's clients is attacked and the police request her help in apprehending the killer. I liked this book much better than the first one. More dark and more meat to the plot. It was still fun and light but there were more twists and turns. I really loved how Abby was blackmailed (essentially) into helping the mob. Milo (Dutch's old partner) was also a welcome addition. Dutch is pretty much MIA in this book although in the few scenes he was in, I was very annoyed with Abby's immature behavior in how she communicated with him. It's really shocking she is supposed to be 31. I still haven't warmed up to Abby's sister who just doesn't read like a real person. Abby continues to grown on me and I like how her talent helps guide her (although she makes a lot of bad judgement calls, like only calling Dutch to warn him about danger on a Friday...going out of town for 2 days and then calling again Monday when she gets back. And she has a cell phone the whole time!). While I enjoyed this book, there seemed to be some editing errors (or lack of research may be the better word). The mobster is noted as living outside of Detroit on Lake Michigan. Lake Michigan is over 3H away from Detroit. I think the author meant Lake Huron or Lake Erie perhaps? Her sister's house is also described as quite large but the sq foot doesn't seem large enough to accommodate all of the bedrooms and rooms. Minor complaints but I couldn't help thinking about it while I was reading. Not perfect, but fun!! Grade: 3.5/5

  24. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Anyone who has ever thought men can be trouble should have no qualms after reading about Abby Cooper's life. She finally meets a man who makes her heart (and other places) tingle, but he gets a new job with the FBI and is away for months of training. Finally they have a chance to be TOGETHER, and I mean that in all ways possible, but the universe has other ideas. Being Halloween, Abby gets a last minute job reading Tarot cards at a weddding. She can not say no. Dutch, the new FBI man in her life, i Anyone who has ever thought men can be trouble should have no qualms after reading about Abby Cooper's life. She finally meets a man who makes her heart (and other places) tingle, but he gets a new job with the FBI and is away for months of training. Finally they have a chance to be TOGETHER, and I mean that in all ways possible, but the universe has other ideas. Being Halloween, Abby gets a last minute job reading Tarot cards at a weddding. She can not say no. Dutch, the new FBI man in her life, is only in town for a very short visit, and brings his new partner along to meet Abby. Let me say, for an FBI agent, this man needs work on some essential thinking skills. As learned in the first book of this series, Abby's home is in a constant state of renovation. That allows us to get to know Dave, her almost resident handyman. We all love Dave but he has a wife. Eggy is the other man in Abby's life, and the one who would lay down his life for her. Let's hope things never come to that. People have widely varied ideas of who or what a psychic is, and how they get their information. This can lead psychics into dangerous territory. For Abby, danger seems to come from more than one direction at the same time. In this second novel in this wonderful series, Abby's danger is close to home but also with far reaching arms. She has to travel, but is it to solve a mystery or to protect her own life? Her whole family is put at risk. There is no shortage of action and suspense. Your heart will be pounding. Occasionally you may want to SLAP someone. For sure, when the dust (or ashes) settle, you won't want to wait to see what happens next. I am glad I already own the next book in this series.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Aneca

    "Word of Abby's talents reading tarot cards has reached a mob boss who wants her help in some business matters and he doesn't take no for an answer. When the police seek out her psychic intuition to shed light on a masked man who's been attacking women, Abby finds herself working both sides of the law on her own, leading her to wonder, why didn't I see this coming?" I really enjoyed the first book in the Psychic Eye series and so I was naturally enthusiastic about this one. In it Abby is once agai "Word of Abby's talents reading tarot cards has reached a mob boss who wants her help in some business matters and he doesn't take no for an answer. When the police seek out her psychic intuition to shed light on a masked man who's been attacking women, Abby finds herself working both sides of the law on her own, leading her to wonder, why didn't I see this coming?" I really enjoyed the first book in the Psychic Eye series and so I was naturally enthusiastic about this one. In it Abby is once again in the middle of a mystery and this time she even attracts the attention of a crime boss who wants her help in a problem of his own. It was great fun from the beginning when Abby reads an assassin's fortune by accident and it proceeds in good pace. There's actually 2 mysteries going on - one about a serial rapist that her friend Milo from the Police department asks her help about, and the other a mystery from the past that is mob related and that the mob boss demands her to help him with. As Abby deals with her failure in preventing more rapes and trying to avoid being hurt by the mob her sister comes along with one of her usual crisis. Abby's sister seems a bit too perfect, or at times too annoying, to be real. However Abby does seem a bit naive and with a big propensity to get into trouble. I was a bit disappointed that I didn't like her character here as much as in the first book. She and Dutch should also talk more about their relationship as it seems to me they spent most of the time mad at each other, or at least Abby was mad with him and terribly jealous of his beautiful - and bitchy - partner. Grade: B

  26. 4 out of 5

    Alisi ☆ wants to read too many books ☆

    God, save me from these utterly shitty books. I read this book hoping that it would be better then the last but I honestly feel like it's much worse. That's a bad thing, seeing as the first book was fucking terrible. I skimmed and skipped more in this book than the last. I hate all the characters but especially the main character. It's like she's a 'tween and it so fucking annoying. I love how the author tried to back peddle that whole 'we can't pick winning lotto numbers because it doesn't work God, save me from these utterly shitty books. I read this book hoping that it would be better then the last but I honestly feel like it's much worse. That's a bad thing, seeing as the first book was fucking terrible. I skimmed and skipped more in this book than the last. I hate all the characters but especially the main character. It's like she's a 'tween and it so fucking annoying. I love how the author tried to back peddle that whole 'we can't pick winning lotto numbers because it doesn't work that way' shit. The whole money issues in this book are completely unwarranted -- see as she just proved she could make millions off betting on races and such. The relationship is terrible. I don't know why he puts up with her. She's a screw. He's doing his job, saving lives and all that. It's like she's some jealous man that can't stand to see any other man talk to his girl. That's totally the vibe I got. Her relationship to her sister is shameful. I get she wants to be independent and all, but grow the fuck up. Stop thinking about yourself so damn much. People like giving things to their loved ones. So what if she's a billionaire or whatever. Deal with it. Martyring yourself is so fucking annoying. Oh, but the cherry on this steaming pile of shit is how the author victim blamed his work partner when she was killed. Suddenly, she's a terrible FBI agent. Suddenly, she's not taking enough precautions. My mind seriously came to a complete halt and I thought 'did the author just kill off a character because her immature MC didn't like her?' Why, yes, I do believe that's the came. I'll never read this author again.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Steph

    Better Read Than Dead is the 2nd book in the Psychic Eye Mystery series, so some series spoilers may exist. Reading Order: In Better Read Than Dead Dutch is returning from FBI training at Quantico and wants to have a date with Abby while he's home. She agrees, happy to have him back for a bit, but ends up having to cancel. A friend of hers and fellow psychic calls in his favor and asks for her help doing tarot card readings at a wedding reception. She can't get out of it, so she g Better Read Than Dead is the 2nd book in the Psychic Eye Mystery series, so some series spoilers may exist. Reading Order: In Better Read Than Dead Dutch is returning from FBI training at Quantico and wants to have a date with Abby while he's home. She agrees, happy to have him back for a bit, but ends up having to cancel. A friend of hers and fellow psychic calls in his favor and asks for her help doing tarot card readings at a wedding reception. She can't get out of it, so she goes with him to help out. While reading, she realizes they are at a mob wedding and she just read for a hitman! (view spoiler)[This book would have been 5★, but I just couldn't understand why she never told Dutch or his ex-partner on the police force, Milo, what was going on with the mob boss. I'm sure if I had those kind of resources and men available to me, I would've called them for help. But, instead she tries to do everything on her own. Her sister could've been killed, her house burnt down... really, how much does it take?! (hide spoiler)] I enjoyed this one more than the first and will definitely be continuing on with the series.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jadaloves

    This was a fantastic book. I enjoyed it from start to finish. First and foremost I love Abby Cooper. She is such a strong character, beautifully written by Laurie. She has a distinct personality and a very interesting psychic gift. She is a strong, no-nonsense type of gal, and dare I say Abby don’t take no shit. She’s a fighter with an inherent will to survive and compassion and steel to see justice dispensed.She’s a very unique character with enough quirks and flaws to make her interesting. I al This was a fantastic book. I enjoyed it from start to finish. First and foremost I love Abby Cooper. She is such a strong character, beautifully written by Laurie. She has a distinct personality and a very interesting psychic gift. She is a strong, no-nonsense type of gal, and dare I say Abby don’t take no shit. She’s a fighter with an inherent will to survive and compassion and steel to see justice dispensed.She’s a very unique character with enough quirks and flaws to make her interesting. I also really like Dutch Rivers and Milo Johnson as well. Although Dutch still remains a bit of a mystery to me, I think that’s what draws me to his character. And Milo is just the nicest guy with the biggest heart. I love how he steps in to look after Abby when Dutch has to leave. While reading this book I felt as if I was walking in Abby’s shoes. Emotionally I went through everything she did and experienced everything she went through. I was taken on a rollercoaster ride, feeling everything she did from panic to sheer exhaustion! Laurie really draws you into the story and gets you invested in lives of these characters. The story itself was woven together intricately so that every little detail ended up mattering and coming into play within the novel. Even down to a broken attic window. Everything had a purpose and was not just arbitrarily thrown into the story. I loved that! The actual mystery was beyond intriguing and all parts of the story tied together nicely for a bang-a-rang conclusion! LOVE LOVE LOVED it! Go get it!

  29. 4 out of 5

    D.C. Menard

    In this second book of Victoria Laurie's Psychic Eye Mystery series, we see profession psychic Abby Cooper doing what she does best: sticking her nose directly where it doesn't belong. Not that she does it willingly, of course. After being forced into performing at a high end wedding by a friend that she owed a favour to, Abby reads for a person whose killed a person. Or maybe more than one. She quickly comes to the realization that the wedding she was attending was for the daughter of the Greek In this second book of Victoria Laurie's Psychic Eye Mystery series, we see profession psychic Abby Cooper doing what she does best: sticking her nose directly where it doesn't belong. Not that she does it willingly, of course. After being forced into performing at a high end wedding by a friend that she owed a favour to, Abby reads for a person whose killed a person. Or maybe more than one. She quickly comes to the realization that the wedding she was attending was for the daughter of the Greek Mob Don. Meanwhile a serial rapist is on the lose, his crimes becoming more and more violent as time goes on. Dragged into both worlds of cops and dons, Abby finds herself, once again, in the middle of a very dangerous situation. One that will require all of her wits, and every last bit of intuition, to get her out of it. I loved this book even more than the first in the series. It had it's short comings, of course. The fact that Abby knew all still rubbed me the wrong way, though I must say that Laurie did an excellent job of giving her all the clues, but Abby not putting them all together. It gave the book much less of a 'superwoman' feel to it. There was just enough action to keep me turning the pages, and just enough humor to keep me from crying at some sad parts. (Alright, maybe not quite enough. I'll admit, a tear or two might have slipped out...) Overall a fantastic read. If you have yet to discover Victoria Laurie, I suggest picking up one of her books. You might enjoy yourself.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Meghan

    The actual story was better in this entry than in the introductory book. However, there were obvious typos (both in grammar/punctuation and in content- wrong charactered named) which is dismaying. Sometimes one sees editing getting sloppy as series get farther along- probably due to an assumption that by #8 or so, the fan base is established and they will read it regardless. But, that kind of poor editing in the second book turned me off, both the series (e.g. the author) and the publisher. I be The actual story was better in this entry than in the introductory book. However, there were obvious typos (both in grammar/punctuation and in content- wrong charactered named) which is dismaying. Sometimes one sees editing getting sloppy as series get farther along- probably due to an assumption that by #8 or so, the fan base is established and they will read it regardless. But, that kind of poor editing in the second book turned me off, both the series (e.g. the author) and the publisher. I believe two more in the series were loaned to me, so I will see if there is any improvement as the author progressed. I also noticed that the author was already slipping into what I call the "Sweet Valley method" where an author uses almost the exact same words to introduce characters in each book, a la the Sweet Valley Twins/High series where one could mostly skip the first chapter as it just rehashed the twins "blonde hair streaked from hours playing in the Southern CA sunshine and sparkling blue-green eyes). Yes, characters most likely look the same book after book but that does not mean they cannot be described with different words, or that such rudimentary descriptions are always needed. There was not as much development in the primary characters as I would have liked. As with the first book, the secondary characters are much more interesting. In fact, I found myself wishing that the main character and her almost boyfriend would be killed off and the stories just focus on the sister, the ex-partner, and the main character's friends.

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