Thursday, June 16, 2016

Sense of Deception {+ Giveaway}

SENSE OF DECEPTION by Victoria Laurie
◊ Series: Psychic Eye Mystery (Book 13)
◊ Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
◊ Genre: Cozy Murder Mystery
◊ Publisher: NAL (June 7, 2016)
◊ Language: English
◊ ISBN-10: 0451473876
◊ ISBN-13: 978-0451473875


 In New York Times bestselling author Victoria Laurie’s thirteenth Psychic Eye Mystery, Abby Cooper senses a convicted killer is innocent, but she’ll need hard evidence to save the woman before it’s too late… 

A ticked-off judge has tossed Abby in the slammer for contempt of court, and during her brief but unpleasant stay she learns the story of a condemned woman who is confronting a far more serious sentence. Skyler Miller has been found guilty of murder and faces the death penalty. Everyone believes she’s guilty, including her own family and her ex-husband—everyone, that is, except Abby, whose finely honed intuition tells her this woman doesn’t belong behind bars.
          With the help of her husband Dutch and her friend Candice, Abby launches into her own investigation to clear Skyler and find the real killer. But after a final appeal is denied and Skyler’s attorney scrambles for a stay of execution, time is running short—and the list of suspects keeps growing. There’s no margin for error as the life of an innocent woman hangs in the balance... 

Author Victoria Laurie starts off with a tense scene and keeps you on a roller coaster ride until the very end with moments of laughter thrown in along the way.

Laurie’s characters are well-developed and likable. The mix of suspense, psychic abilities, a touch of romance, and humor all play well together. The love and care between protagonist Abby Cooper and her dachshund Tuttle shows a tenderness element to the story giving it depth.

Through vivid descriptions and an eye for detail, the author places you in the middle of the action as the story unfolds. There are twists and turns to keep you guessing as the suspense holds you spellbound.
New readers to the series won’t be left out in the dark if they began with SENSE OF DECEPTION. This story can be read on its own.

Mesmerizing and captivating, this story will take you on an entertaining adventure from beginning to end.

Sense of Deception by Victoria Laurie, A Psychic Eye Mystery (Book #13), Obsidian (NAL), @2016, ISBN: 978-0451473875, Mass Market Paperback, 336 Pages 

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

Thanks to the wonderful folks at Penguin/Random House, I have a print copy of SENSE OF DECEPTION by Victoria Laurie to giveaway. The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only and will end at 12 a.m. (EST) on Friday, June 24.

To enter the giveaway, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load so please be patient. A winner will be selected by the Rafflecopter widget and I’ll send an email with the subject line “Thoughts in Progress Giveaway.” The winner will have 72 hours to reply to the email or another winner will be selected. PLEASE be sure to check your spam folder from time to time after the giveaway ends to make sure the notification email doesn’t end up there. If you win and you’ve already won the book somewhere else or you just decided for whatever reason you don’t want to win (which is fine), once again PLEASE let me know.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope I’ve enticed you to check out this cozy murder mystery. Do you enjoy stories where you feel like the characters are like real people you know?


  1. It does sound excellent. And, on a more serious note, is part of the reason I am against the death penalty. Mistakes are made...

  2. I do enjoy stories with people I can feel as real. It makes it easier to read and enjoy without that niggling "this would never happen" in the back of your mind.

  3. She'll be challenged to prove her innocence in time.

  4. Another series that I have somehow missed. Time to remedy that!

  5. This is an interesting premise for a story, Mason. What would you do if you knew, or at least strongly suspected, that someone was innocent of a crime? Thanks for sharing.

  6. So many great cozy mystery series.

    If the people feel real, then the whole story will feel real.

  7. This would be a new series for me. I would love to start reading it! Thank you!

  8. Wonderful. I do enjoy stories which depict real people with whom I can relate.


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