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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Doom with a View (Psychic Eye Mysteries, Book 7) by Victoria Laurie

The seventh book in the Psychic Eye series is one of the best books of the series. The pacing is well done, the plot is a good one, and the characters all act like the adults they are. A very refreshing change from some of the previous books in this series.

As Doom with a View starts out, Dutch has desk duty until Internal Affairs sorts through the events of the previous book. Abby is called in to help on a case, and she's pretty much on her own without Dutch's help, since he can't get involved until IA is done with him.

Abby does manage to keep Candace with her, and these two make a great team: A purely logical PI, and an intuitive who is good at figuring out what her intuition is telling her. The bad guys don't stand a chance.

The main protagonist in most of Doom with a View is Dutch's new boss. The man detests psychics, and all they represent. He tries to get Abby taken off the case, repeatedly. He's pretty nasty to her through most of the book, too. Abby does a good job of rising above it, but Candace does not, as Candace wants to defend her friend.

Speaking of protagonists, I figured out the bad guy long before he was revealed. Somewhere around half way through the book, actually. So I was a bit frustrated that Abby and Candace and the FBI weren't seeing it, but not so frustrated that it spoiled the book for me.

Here's the blurb:

Business has been frustratingly slow for Abby. She reluctantly agrees to a job with the FBI, putting her at the center of an internal political struggle between two agents. Abby's skills and patience are tested, but when she helps them locate three college students who've mysteriously disappeared, they know she's the real deal.

Her intuition says these weren't random abductions. With her psychic eye wide open she sets out to find a kidnapper...

Doom with a View easily gets a 9 of 10. In the past I've given the series a 7 of 10, and I think I have to leave the series rating as is. Some of the previous books have had some pretty serious problems, and one good book doesn't change that.

Book Rating: 9 of 10
Series Rating: 7 of 10

I really enjoyed Doom with a View. I even enjoyed the way it ended this time, and I look forward to the next book, A Glimpse of Evil.

1. Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye
2. Better Read Than Dead
3. A Vision of Murder
4. Killer Insight
5. Crime Seen
6. Death Perception<>
7. Doom with a View (Sept 2009)
8. A Glimpse of Evil (July 2010)

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