Mind over Murder (Raven's Nest Bookstore Series #1)

Mind over Murder (Raven's Nest Bookstore Series #1)

by Allison Kingsley

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ISBN-13: 9780425243770
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/06/2011
Series: Raven's Nest Bookstore Series , #1
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 587,599
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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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Mind over Murder 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
bookgurulb More than 1 year ago
I just started reading these cozy mystery books. Easy reads, perfect for cuddling up before a fire and taking your mind off daily problems. Nicely written. Allison makes the characters seem real. Am looking forward to the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very fun read. Enjoyed the relaxing background of Maine and the murder mystery. Will continue the series.
cathyskye on LibraryThing 22 days ago
First Line: "Stephanie Quinn Dowd, you've got to be kidding!"Clara Quinn has returned to her hometown in Maine after living in New York City. While she looks for another job, she agrees to work at the Raven's Nest Bookstore to help the owner, her cousin Stephanie.The bookstore has an enemy-- Ana Jordan-- a fellow businesswoman who believes that the bookstore's occult section is leading the town's youth astray. Molly, number one employee at the Raven's Nest Bookstore, has made no bones of the fact that Jordan works her last nerve and that Molly would be very happy if the woman vanished off the face of the earth.When Jordan is found in the Raven's Nest stockroom with her head crushed by a bust of Edgar Allan Poe, Molly is the one and only suspect. Stephanie believes that they can prove Molly's innocence because she knows something no one else does: Clara has the "Quinn Sense": she can see into the future and read people's thoughts. Clara has spent years not listening to her gift, so this amateur investigation could prove very dangerous for all involved.Stephanie did a lot of talking about Clara's "Quinn Sense" but it never really made an appearance. That could be chalked up to Clara's fighting and ignoring it for most of her life, but-- if it did work and work well-- this would've been a short story instead of a book.As much as I hate to say this, it feels as though this book was phoned in from far, far away. There's the non-existent paranormal angle. Clara suffers from Silly Mother Syndrome. The book is supposedly set in a small town in Maine, but it really could've been anywhere. Clara's cousin Stephanie thought nothing of playing fast and loose with Clara's safety-- several times encouraging her to do dangerous things as if they were still children and there'd be no consequences. To her detriment, Clara knew Stephanie's suggestions were ill-advised but did most of them anyway.Before I was halfway through the book, I was wondering why I was reading it. The plot is well-worn, none of the characters stand out... there's really nothing to set it apart from the competition. Needless to say, I'll be giving any future books in this series a miss. It's a shame because the author's writing style is very smooth and enjoyable to read.
debbieaheaton on LibraryThing 22 days ago
In Kingsley's mystery novel, Clara Quinn has returned to Finn's Harbor along with her ability to see into the future and read other's thoughts. She's now working for her cousin at her bookstore, Raven's Nest. Ana Jordan, the town crier, has been vocal about her dislike of the bookstore's occult collection and her belief that it is poisoning the youth of the town. Molly, an employee of the bookstore, has made no secret of her dislike of Ana and her opinions. When Ana is found murdered, Molly is the number one suspect. Teaming together, Clara and her cousin conduct their own investigation to find the real killer.Kingsley has written a wonderful blend of comfort and murder. I can hardly wait for the next installment of A Raven's Nest Bookstore Mystery.
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SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
I was going to give this a 3.5 but figure, eh 4 would work too. Why hello cozy mystery with a bookshop part of its town setting. You know, with these, I'm liking more and more. And helps that the covers, bring in that bookshop theme going around. Anyway, I had started reading, taken a break then picked it up again after being in a bookshop cozy mystery read and noticed how short it was. Which isn't a bad thing but still. So, you have two cousins. Stephanie owns a bookshop called Raven's Nest, a kind of Edgar Allen Poe'ish type place, which sounds awesome. Clara moves back after living in New York and works together with her. Clara likes to keep to herself, especially the Quinn Sense, as Stephanie calls it and needs her help when a murder is involved. Especially one that happens int he bookstore. And from there, the suspense I like and moments with the whole does Clara like Rick or doesn't, is he a suspect or is he not a suspect made me go, oh boy we're in for one of those story arcs aren't we? But you know what? I still kept on reading. The writing helped, not great but not bad either. I did like that that the reveal wasn't the obvious so thanks book for surprising me there. Looking forward to seeing where Clara and Stephanie's book shop sleuthing goes next. So if you like books about books, or cozy mystery with a book theme, then you'll like this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was pretty good. The ending left me wondering if the author just didnt know how to finish up. Mystery solved, and they lived happily ever after. Would be ok for a younger mystery reader. The story line was there, the suspense was not.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. As a debut novel I thought it was well written and I liked the mystery and the characters, with one exception... By the end of the book I was really tired of Clara's whining about the burden of her Quinn Sense. I hope in future books she learns to accept her gift and make the best of it. Nothing kills the enjoyment of a book or series faster for me than a whiny main character.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A nice cozy read. The author does a great job with character development. She also weaves a wonderful web in her story/mystery. There are several interquing subplots. The ending left me a bit wanting. However, I am curious enough to want to read the next one in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rememorable characters well-developed enough for readers to look eagerly for the nexr installment in the series.
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Elric More than 1 year ago
When I was young, about 12 or 13, I tried my hand at writing a two-fisted detective story. I was no Mickey Spillane. I'm still not. I gave it to a man I respected to read and review, and he told me it was juvenile. I don't believe that he was trying to be hurtful, but I only remember one word: juvenile. At the age of 13, I believe it is to be expected that my writing be juvenile. I say this to explain that I don't say this next bit lightly. I found this book to be written in a very inexperienced manner. I really do hate to use this word, but I find this novel very juvenile. The story is very shallow. I found several problems with the plot and some various side plot issues. The language of the book is very immature. It's almost like a pitch for a Scooby-Doo knock off, just turn the family psychic ability into a quirky ghost and BOOM! You've got the Galloping Ghost or the Funky Phantom. Also giving the aforementioned psychic powers a pet name is always a tricky venture, and in this case, I don't think it works. I'm sure that with some work the author can continue to improve, but I don't think I'll go along for this ride.
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judiOH More than 1 year ago
clara quinn has a special gift, she can see into the future. it's not a gift she wants. clara has moved back to finn's harbor where she grew up to make it her home again. ana jordan is the next door shopkeeper. she is not happy with the bookstore clara's sister, stephanie, owns and runs. ana is murdered in the storeroom of stephanie's bookstore. stephanie's #1 employee, molly, is the prime suspect. stephanie wants clara to use her sense to help clear molly. clara has tried to supress her talent, so is rusty and it doesn't always work. this is a fast paced mystery that keeps you guessing until the very end. read and enjoy!
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This is a nice cozy with a little bit of an edge. It looks at the problem that small town residents sometimes have of treating someone guilty until proven innocent. I liked the heroine's spunkiness. I'm looking forward to the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great mystery! It keeps you thinking and i did not guess who done. Enjoyed it and read it in one day
debbieaheaton More than 1 year ago
In Kingsley's mystery novel, Clara Quinn has returned to Finn's Harbor along with her ability to see the future and read other's thoughts. She's now working at her cousin's bookstore, Raven's Nest. Ana Jordan, the town crier, has been very vocal about her dislike of the bookstore's occult collection and her belief that it is poisoning the town youth. Molly, an employee at the bookstore, has made no secret of her anger over the other woman's statements. When Ana is found murdered, Molly is the number one suspect. Teaming together, Clara and her cousin conduct their own investigation into the real killer. Kingsley has written a wonderful blend of comfort and mystery. I can't wait for the next installment of A Raven's Nest Bookstore Mystery.
vivdahling More than 1 year ago
Since you've probably already read the book synopsis, I'll get right to the point: This book was a fast read and I found it highly enjoyable. This is a great new cozy with an interesting paranormal element. My only complaint is that it was fairly easy to determine who the murderer was well before the 'reveal'. Since this is the first book in the series, I am willing to forgive that detail in anticipation that the next book will be even better.
Kelli Quinn More than 1 year ago
Simplistic. Easy (too easy) to guess the culprit. Premise rather flimsy. Main characters not very believable, more like characatures than characters. Could be better developed. Rather like reading the final project in a community college fiction writing class.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago