This Old Haunted House
When Abby gets roped into investing in a fixer-upper, she has no idea she’ll go from real estate mogul to real-life ghostbuster. After the deal is closed, phantom inhabitants of the house replay a violent night from long ago that ended in the murder of a beautiful blonde. The only way to evict the house’s spectral tenants-and save Abby’s handyman from flying drills-is to uncover the dead woman’s identity and solve her murder.
Aided by her boyfriend, sexy FBI agent Dutch Rivers, Abby discovers the key to the puzzle is a hidden treasure lost since World War II. Unfortunately, Abby’s not the only one intent on finding it. As she gets closer to the truth, a madman shadows her every move. Now a race is on to find the treasure and solve the mystery-and only the winner will survive….
I’m all in when it comes to the Psychic Eye series of Abby Cooper. So far I have loved everyone of these books as they have all kept me on the edge of my seat. A Vision of Murder is a small break from Abby’s usual adventures in that is involves other supernatural elements besides Abby’s intuitiveness. This book takes us into the lives of long dead occupants of a run down house. When Abby’s handyman is run out of their investment property, claiming that something chucked his drill at him, Abby and her FBI boyfriend investigate and find the stench of cigarettes, and the body of a petite blonde at the bottom of a stairwell. But when Abby is the only one who can smell the cigarettes, and the body of the young woman disappears before their eyes, Abby understands that their is more to the house than meets the eye.
This series is fabulous. I love reading about Abby and her adventures because they always keep me on the brink and compulsively turning the pages. I loved that Laurie switched it up a bit and threw in some more paranormal elements than the usual. To be able to free the ghost from constantly reliving her horrible death over and over, Abby must figure out what happened to her, and why she refuses to leave the house. She starts with the most basic of information and goes from there.
What we find is an intricately woven mystery that dates back to World War II. The plot of this book was excellent. With clues and hints discovered at the exact right times to move the story forward, and information gleaned from a myriad of outside sources, and Abby herself. The book was paced precisely and the core mystery uncovered bit by bit so as to keep the reader completely involved and engaged with the story and the characters.
As usual Abby was awesome. I love her cause she pulls no punches. She very smart, brave, but sometimes too impulsive for her own good. Her impulsiveness sometimes causes her to make some silly decisions when she really is smarter than that. But it still makes for a good fodder between the characters. I also loved the supporting characters. Her sister Cat is always good for a laugh, Milo is still sweet, and Dutch is still a nice piece of mancandy whose caring side we get to see in this novel.
Overall, I think this is probably my favorite Abby Cooper mystery yet. I loved the way everything tied together and I had a blast reading this one. I can’t wait to get into the rest of the series.
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