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Extra Sensory Deception: A Raven's Nest Bookstore Mystery

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  • Posted August 5, 2014

    Extra Sensory Deception is the 4th book in the Raven's Nest Myst

    Extra Sensory Deception is the 4th book in the Raven's Nest Mystery series. Another enjoyable visit to Finn Harbor, Maine.

    The rodeo is coming to Finn's Harbor and Clara's boyfriend, Rick, has asked her to go with him. A high school friend, Wes, will be appearing in the rodeo, being one of the calf ropers. As Clara is getting ready to leave work she has a vision of being at the rodeo and a clown falling down the stairs at the stand of the arena. She wants to warn him, but without telling about her "Quinn Sense" she's not sure how to go about it. The clown, Marty, doesn't have an accident, but Lisa Warren assistant production manager for the rodeo is found dead behind the stage, strangled with a pigging rope. It is soon learned that the pigging rope had belonged to Wes, so he becomes a prime suspect, plus the fact that he had had an argument earlier that afternoon with her. Rick, knowing Clara's detecting skills, asks for her help, hoping she doesn't become the next victim.

    Another engaging story from Kingsley, with enjoyable and believable characters. Stephanie Quinn owner of The Raven's Nest and cousin of Clara is back to give support to Clara in her sleuthing. Also Molly, who works at The Raven's Nest is back to keep the shop going while Stephanie and Clara are out and about. Molly has found an adorable kitten and has been keeping it hidden in the store. When Clara is moving boxes in the store room she finds the kitten and decides the store needs a mascot and decides to name it Edgar. And thing continue to go well with her boyfriend Rick, but she continues to not knowing how to explain her "visions" to him. Of course Tatters, Clara's dog is back trying to keep his owner out of harms way.

    Looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 30, 2014

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    I like this series. Its fun its interesting with some mystery solving, and a Edgar Allen Poe like bookstore and a slow building romance throughout. What's not to love?

    This one I thought was good. Not as good as the last one but still good. Also, I like that some things were addressed or brought up from the last books and or resolved.

    You have a rodeo, a murder and some suspects, one of them being a friend of Rick's. But this time it seems that the Quinn Sense is being weird and complicated than before.

    I hope there's going to be another book in the series. So far, heard nothing. Not sure if its the last one or a new one just hasn't been announced yet or something. And if it is, then the ending was alright. Even if it does seem there's some unresolved issue, well, issues I think?

    Or maybe its just being impatient, having read through each book and wanting the next one already. I don't know.

    Anyway, regardless, this bookstore cousins mystery solving series is pretty good and fast paced. Give it a read if you're looking for a cozy mystery series to read or first time reading this genre. Then the Raven's Nest Bookstore is a good start. Oh and Tatters you are adorable.

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  • Posted August 28, 2014

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    Extra Sensory Deception by Allison Kingsley

    Extra Sensory Deception is the fourth book in the Raven's Nest Bookstore mystery series by Allison Kingsley. Kingsley use of the paranormal is a joy to read. The heroine, Clara has inherited her families sixth sense, and she uses it to solve crimes in the quaint little town of Finn's Harbor, Maine. Readers will love the setting, be intrigued by characters and engaged by the intricate mystery. The rodeo has come to town and a killer may be with it. It's up to Clara, Stephanie and their friends to figure out whodunit! What I liked: Back a long time ago when I first started reading, books paranormal elements were much more rare than they are today. The didn't have a lot of werewolves, or vampires and relied a lot on the readers perceptions of what was normal and what was not to drive them. I appreciate that Allison Kingsley takes readers back in a sense, when ESP (extra sensory perception) was one of the main paranormal events along with aliens and maybe a ghost or two. Clara's "Quinn Sense" is intriguing, if a bit haphazard. The fact that is unpredictable at best, makes it that much more believable. It adds a lot to the story, from her conversations with her dog, Tatters to her visions of what might be about to happen. Kingsley takes and old school approach to the paranormal and I like it. Clara's relationship with her cousin Stephanie has always interested me in this series. Both are only children and very different from each other. But the way they work together is amazing. Stephanie is quick on the draw, very spontaneous and full of surprises, while Clara is more reflective and introspective. She is ponderer, a thinker. I like both approaches and think that Kingsley uses both her advantage in this series. As usual, I love the Maine setting for this series. I always think of Maine as being full of little fishing villages and things. I couldn't imagine a rodeo coming to a town in Maine of all places until I read this book. And believe it or not, it actually worked. I liked the behind the scenes aspect of the rodeo and Rick's connection to Wes. I thought it made for a very interesting mystery with some unconventional suspects. I admit I was really surprised at how it all came together in the end and how Clara's ESP worked into the story line. What I didn't like: I will be the first to say that I enjoy Clara's relationship with hardware store owner, Rick. But I don't understand why she still hasn't confided in Rick about her gifts. We are four books into the series and I think it's time she starts to trust Rick and herself and what she is able to do. She treats it more like a curse and I'm not sure how long readers will buy that. Bottom Line: This is a great series and I love just about everything about it from the book store theme to the beautiful Maine setting. The mystery aspect in Extra Sensory Deception was well written and kept me engaged throughout the book. I liked the addition of the rodeo and the characters it brought with it. I love Tatters and now Edgar and can't wait to read the next one.

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