I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Caught Dead Handed by Carol J. Perry
Length: 8 hours and 42 minutes
Published by Tantor Audio on May 19th 2015
Source: Tantor Audio
Narrator: C.S.E. Cooney
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Also by this author: Tails, You Lose, Look Both Ways (A Witch City Mystery), Murder Go Round, Grave Errors
She's not a psychic--she just plays one on TV.
Most folks associate the city of Salem, Massachusetts with witches, but for Lee Barrett, it's home. This October she's returned to her hometown--where her beloved Aunt Ibby still lives--to interview for a job as a reporter at WICH-TV.
But the only opening is for a call-in psychic to host the late night horror movies. It seems the previous host, Ariel Constellation, never saw her own murder coming.Lee reluctantly takes the job, but when she starts seeing real events in the obsidian ball she's using as a prop, she wonders if she might really have psychic abilities. To make things even spookier, it's starting to look like Ariel may have been an actual practicing witch--especially when O'Ryan, the cat Lee and Aunt Ibby inherited from her, exhibits some strange powers of his own. With Halloween fast approaching, Lee must focus on unmasking a killer--or her career as a psychic may be very short lived. . .
This is my first cozy by this author and I really enjoyed it. 🙂
What I thought of this book.
Lee Barrett picks up and moves because she was pretty sure she was getting a job at WICH-TV (hehe get it Witch 😉 ) but finds out that someone else has been hired. Then not long after that she finds the dead body of the woman who played the psychic on Nightshades the late night call in psychic show that features horror films.
Lee is offered that job and she accepts becoming Crystal Moon their new TV psychic, but Lee sees some things that makes her wonder if she is not a little bit psychic herself. In a black crystal ball that Ariel had she sees images of Ariels murder as well as another lady.
Lee finds out that Ariel might have actually been a witch and her cat that Lee and her Aunt Ibby inherits acts strangely. Lee is dragged into the mystery of what happened to Ariel.
I like Lee, she is a pretty cool character. She freaks out a little when she starts seeing things in shiny objects but not to much and kind of takes it in stride after her aunt told her about when she was little and the things she did. She finds a love interest in this book so I will be looking forward to seeing how her and Pete do as the series progresses.
Her Aunt Ibby was one of my favorite characters and she is a little eccentric, which is why I like her. I can’t wait to get to know her better.
Over all, I thought this was a good start to a series and can’t wait to listen to the next one. If you are a cozy mystery fan you might just like this one.
This was my first time listening to the narrations of C.S.E. Cooney and I thought she did pretty good. She never really tried to give voices to the characters and some times that is better than making them sound lame. 🙂