Thursday, November 17, 2016

Death at First Sight {+ Giveaway}

◊ Series: A Bay Island Psychic Mystery, Book 1
◊ Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
◊ Genre: Cozy Murder Mystery
◊ Publisher: Berkley (November 1, 2016)
◊ Language: English
◊ ISBN-10: 0425282740
◊ ISBN-13: 978-0425282748


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...

Whether you believe in physics or not, you’re going to enjoy author Lena Gregory’s new series and especially her protagonist, Cass Donovan.

The characters are well-developed and easy to like. As their backstories are revealed, the more they draw you in. The protagonist is a feisty character with traits readers can relate to. She knows her strengths and weaknesses but has great determination. The secondary characters are quirky and add another layer to the story.

The small-town setting is perfect for this story. The mix of local residents and seasonal tourists adds to the flavor.

Moving at a steady pace, the story quickly pulls you in and holds your attention until the end. A good blend of mystery, dash of romance, friendship, and suspense makes this a book hard to put down.

DEATH AT FIRST SIGHT is a tantalizing start to a fresh new series. You even get a sneak preview of the next installment, OCCULT AND BATTERY, at the end.

Death at First Sight by Lena Gregory, A Bay Island Psychic Mystery (Book #1), Berkley, @2016, ISBN: 978-0425282748, Mass Market Paperback, 304 Pages

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher. 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 DEATH AT FIRST SIGHT by Lena Gregory to giveaway. The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only and will end at 12 a.m. (EST) on Friday, Nov. 25.

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. Don’t you just love the cover of this book? Have you ever had or thought about having a physic reading?


  1. My jury is still out on psychics - but there is a lot I don't know.
    This cosy does sound like fun. Thank you.

  2. Interesting transition of careers. Not interested in a psychic reading though.

  3. It sounds as though this one has a great setting for the sort of series it is, Mason. And there's nothing like a good set of characters in that small-town context. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Sounds fascinating! I find the TV shows about psychics/mediums so interesting but not sure if I want a reading or not,

  5. The book sounds captivating and psychics interest me.

  6. Woohoo!!! I hope I win!! Thanks for hosting! <3 -

  7. Love the cover! I did have a girl at work tarot read for me for fun, she said that I would meet someone within the year...I did. I've never gone to a physic, I know a lot of it is being able to read people, but hey, I'm sure that there are some real ones out there, look at the ones that have helped police. I find it interesting.

  8. I always like catching a new series at the beginning and this sounds like a fun one.

  9. Hey, it's fiction. Believe or not--just enjoy

  10. Hi Mason! Thank you so much for sharing the release of Death at First Sight and for such a lovely review. I'm so happy you enjoyed it.

    I have actually gone for a psychic reading and it was fascinating, and the psychic was remarkably accurate :)



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