Better Read Than Dead (Psychic Eye Series #2)

Better Read Than Dead (Psychic Eye Series #2)

by Victoria Laurie

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Word of Abby's talents reading tarot cards has reached a mob boss who wants her help in some business matters and he doesn't take no for an answer. When the police seek out her psychic intuition to shed light on a masked man who's been attacking women, Abby finds herself working both sides of the law on her own, leading her to wonder, why didn't I see this coming?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451215581
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/07/2005
Series: Psychic Eye Series , #2
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 144,060
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Real-life professional psychic Victoria Laurie drew from her career as a gifted clairvoyant and police psychic to create the character of Abigail Cooper. She lives in Arlington, Massachusetts, with her two spoiled dachshunds, Lilly and Toby. For information about upcoming novels and appointments for readings, visit her Web site at

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Better Read Than Dead (Psychic Eye Series #2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 108 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great writer, keeps you guessing. Love all of her books.
Terrolijah More than 1 year ago
I love the Abby series. I like the humor, the romance & thrill/mystery. After reading the first book of the series I had to get the next. They are easy read but has a lot of action mixed with humor.
BookFiend10 More than 1 year ago
I've got to say that this book was really good and engaging. At first I wasn't sure that it was going to keep my interest, but with reading the back of the book and seeing that some where in the book Abby get's involved with the mob and that's what got me hook on this book... I can't wait to read the next book 'A Vision of Murder!' I'd recommend that anyone that loves a good psychic mystery novel, that you should pick this series up and give it a try, who knows you might just end up enjoying it!
scoutlee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When we meet up again with Abby Cooper, it's months later after her attack. She's fully recovered and back to work. She's in a relationship with Dutch, who is now in training with the FBI. The night he's back in town, Abby's friend asked her for a favor. And how can she refuse? Kendal assisted her when she was out on leave from work and now he needs her help.Kendal has been hired to read Tarot cards at a Greek wedding reception. Abby has never done this before, but Kendal assures her it will be easy to learn. As expected, Abby is a quick learner and doesn't have any problems with her readings. Then she meets a man with a history of murder. To Abby's surprise he has killed numerous people and he confirms she is correct about this. Abby soon realizes the bride is the daughter of a powerful mob boss.Meanwhile Milo, Dutch's former partner, is working a case involving a serial rapist and solicits Abby's help. Things become complicated when the rapist attacks someone close to Abby. Unfortunately Abby has no choice but to withhold information from the police.The Psychic Eye Mystery series is quickly becoming a favorite. Abby is a no-nonsense type of girl and makes a great amateur sleuth. Like the previous book, Better Read Than Dead is a quick read with lots of twists and turns. Laurie keeps the storyline moving so the reader is never bored. I definitely will continue reading this series.
Darla on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the 3rd story in the Psychic Eye series from author and professional psychic Victoria Laurie. I enjoyed the first two (one was a novella), and the next two are in my TBR pile.Abby Cooper is a professional psychic. She's looking forward to reuniting with her FBI boyfriend Dutch on Halloween after a two-month absence, but her friend and colleague Kendal asks her for a favor: he's contracted to read tarot cards for a wedding party and he needs another psychic to help out. She'd like to refuse, but she owes him big.After a quick tutorial in tarot-card-reading (not Abby's specialty), she's doing fine, until she realizes that a) the man whose fortune she's reading is a hit man and b) the family of the happy couple is The Family--the mob. She feigns illness and she and Kendal leave, but the mob boss has heard of her accuracy, and insists on consulting with her.Meanwhile, Dutch's ex-partner in the police force asks for Abby's help with a serial rapist.Abby refuses the first and accedes to the second, but true to form, the mob boss won't let her refuse--she faces increasingly severe threats to her business, her dog, her home, and her life.And on top of everything, her sister decides to visit, and her reunion dinner with Dutch turns into a threesome--with his attractive, female partner who makes no secret of the fact that she'll try to get Dutch into bed when they leave--immediately--on their next undercover assignment. Dutch, being male, is oblivious.Abby being a psychic is a great door-opener, but it doesn't make the series. The wonderful writing does that. There isn't one mis-step in this book. Abby's gifts help her out, but only so far. She still has to use logic to interpret the psychic clues she gets, and she's not infallible. She sticks to her principles, but not to the point of being TSTL. She's hurt and angry with Dutch, but not to the point of overreacting. All the characters behave exactly as you'd expect them to in real life, and there are quite a few characters, all of them with distinct personalities, so that's quite a feat.The mystery is intelligent as well, though the adventure plot, with Abby trying to stay one step ahead of the mob, overshadows it. There are several plot threads woven through the story, and none of them is given less than its due.Being a romance reader, I have to mention how much I appreciate Dutch's character. He's worthy of Abby's affections, but he's also very human, very real. He screws up, gets defensive, doesn't know how he screwed up, figures it out, apologizes, grovels a little, etc. So much nicer than those too good to be true pretty boys. That said, though, the romantic interest thread of the plot is only a small portion.Abby's relationship with her "perfect" sister is another example. Even in the smallish portion of the plot allotted to it, their relationship is clearly drawn, and Abby in particular ends up coming away with a better understanding of her sister and herself.And to top it off, all the threads end up intertwining somewhere along the path--and not in an awkward, coincidental way.I truly enjoyed this book, and I'm planning on digging those next two out of my TBR pile soon.
reannon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It has been a long time since I read a book I just couldn't put down, but this book is one. I just had to read the whole thing to find out what happened. The protagonist is Abby Cooper, a professional psychic. After doing a reading for a masked hit man at a wedding, Abby becomes dangerously involved in the Greek mafia. Meanwhile she is having difficulties in the early stages of her relationship with a hunky FBI agent. The characters are good, the plot is very involving.
gerleliz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cute light series. Like candy
crishaynes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
She did it again! She managed to write a great story and I didn't forsee any of the major plot points. When there was 30 pages left, I had no idea where she was going with it. Pretty complicated russe at the end. I enjoy her humor and wit. Her characters are believeable and likable.
CozyLover on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another fun romp with Abby Cooper with a decent enough plot, good supporting characters and enough suspense to keep the pace moving along. This is turning out to be a great series that I hope will continue for a long time to come!
bookwormteri on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A new and clever way to solve a mystery, with a lovable psychic who doesn't always understand what her guides are trying to tell her. A fun new amateur sleuth.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Abby’s wit and sarcasm keep the reader turning the page wondering how someone so gifted can verbally get herself into so much trouble. Keeps the reader turning pages into the midnight hour.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this author and this series. I'll read anything I can get by her. Her copy editor needs to take better care. I have lived many years in both Chicago and Detroit, and Lake Michigan is nowhere near Detroit. Try Lake Huron.
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This is a great book.
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I am enjoying this series of books. They make for some lighter reading, with just a touch of the "otherworld" power that I like. I alternate these books with something a little "heavier", so when I start the next one in the series, it is really fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
12/21/12 Good read.
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