A Sinister Sense (Raven's Nest Bookstore Series #2)

A Sinister Sense (Raven's Nest Bookstore Series #2)

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by Allison Kingsley
     
 

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Visions of the future and turning into people's thoughts come naturally to Clara Quinn thanks to her inherited Quinn Sense. Unfortunately, it offers no insight into her love life—or lack thereof—especially where hardware store owner Rick Sanders is concerned. But even though she's still nursing a broken heart, Clara offers Rick a home for his troublesome

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Visions of the future and turning into people's thoughts come naturally to Clara Quinn thanks to her inherited Quinn Sense. Unfortunately, it offers no insight into her love life—or lack thereof—especially where hardware store owner Rick Sanders is concerned. But even though she's still nursing a broken heart, Clara offers Rick a home for his troublesome dog, Tatters.

But Tatters is the least of Rick's problems when a dead body is discovered in the back of his truck. The victim was seen in the hardware store—and bludgeoned to death with a hammer stolen from there. Clara believes Rick is innocent, but she's not sure whether that belief comes from the Quinn Sense in her head or simply from a desire in her heart...

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“[A] winning addition to the cozy paranormal mystery realm.”—Yasmine Galenorn, New York Times bestselling author 

"Exhilarating and fun."—Seattle Post-Intelligencer on Mind Over Murder

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425251416
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/03/2012
Series:
Raven's Nest Bookstore Series, #2
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
750,640
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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“[A] winning addition to the cozy paranormal mystery realm.”—Yasmine Galenorn, New York Times bestselling author

"Exhilarating and fun."—Seattle Post-Intelligencer on Mind Over Murder

Meet the Author

Allison Kingsley is the author of the Raven's Nest Bookstore Mysteries, including Mind Over MurderA Sinister SenseTrouble Vision, and Extra Sensory Deception.

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A Sinister Sense 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Fricka More than 1 year ago
A Sinister Sense is the 2nd book in Allison Kingsley's Raven's Nest Bookstore Mystery series. In this book, the protagonist, Clara Quinn, tries to clear the name of her friend Rick Sanders. Rick has been named the main suspect in a murder case where the victim was found in the back of his, Rick's, truck. Aided by her cousin Stephanie and later by employee Molly, Clara finds that almost everyone else in Finn's Harbor believes Rick to be guilty, and that it's only a matter of time before the police obtain enough evidence to lock him up. The plot in this book is sufficiently competent to keep the reader interested in finding "whodunnit." However, I found a couple of elements in the book somewhat distracting from the overall effectiveness of the novel. For one, the "Quinn Sense" that Clara has inherited seems to be more in the line of providing filler, and serves more as a "pick-me-up" when things begin to drag a bit. It's used too sporadically to really give a sense of the irritation and confusion which it must give Clara, and the clues given to her by this "extra-sensory" perception don't seem to aid her any more than her own logic. There's also a couple of places where Kingsley changes the narration focus from Clara to Stephanie, as in Chapter 14. However, Stephanie's narrative voice only lasts for several pages, and does not add any new information about the plot or Clara's character. As for Clara's character, I found it a bit more irritating in this book than in the first one. In particular, Clara's relationship with her mother and her foisting Rick's dog on Jessie, without discussing it with her first made me feel sorry for Jessie rather than identify with Clara. Taking on the responsibility of Rick's large, mostly unmanageable mutt would have been an admiral thing, if Clara had taken more responsibility for the care of Tatters herself. Since she's essentially living as a guest of her mother, her actions make her seem childish rather than sympathetic. Hopefully, Allison Kingsley will resolve these unflattering character traits in the next book by finding Clara her own place to live. The ending of the book seemed a bit contrived as well, since neither Clara nor Stephanie had done much preparatory work for the trap they set to confront the murderer and get him to confess. The actual confrontation is farcical, which I am assuming was the intent of the author, so that it's not much of a surprise when Clara's plan to use the video from her cell phone falls flat. However, the cousins are saved from becoming victims by the intervention of Tatters, and when the police chief arrives, Clara's phone miraculously has recorded the audio elements of the confession. Thus, the two cousins have managed to provide the police with evidence of the real murderer's guilt, and the innocence of Rick. Readers who enjoy romantic suspense may find the hint of a romantic dinner between Rick and Clara a fitting end to this mystery. Recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loving this series. Great mysteries and plot. Very enjoyable,love the slow & easy pace of the book. Starting to read #3.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Why I think I found a new favorite series. Looks like the cousins find themselves in another mystery. This time the suspect in question is their friend and hardware store owner, Rick. Once I saw this on the shelves, I got it and started to read, not putting it down. Well, I did now and then but went back to it. I really like the friendship and relation of Clara and Stephanie. And of course there's the is it the Quinn Sense or Clara's instincts and of course the ever growing question does Clara like Rick or what? While I was thinking, are kidding me? Its so obvious? But I liked the slow build up to it. That and they start of as friends. And later, really good friends. Then of course there's the adorable and loveable Tatters. He shines near the end. Well, throughout the book now that I think about it. Anyway, as the suspense builds, the story does get interesting as the sisters try to clear Rick's name. And the end made me smile. Same like last time as well. Thanks for that book. You know me and my book loving self well don't you? Anyway, now I want the third book already. Oh the cover looks cozy.
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Warriors den
LenaSP More than 1 year ago
Clara is such a sad sack and has no idea what she wants and this book wasn't as good as the first one
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