Kingsley’s Mind Over Murder is the breakout must read mystery of the fall season. Mind Over Murder is the first in a new series from Berkley’s Prime Crime imprint and a definite contender for best new cozy series of 2011.
The name Allison Kingsley may be new, but it’s just another pseudonym added to the prolific Kate Kingsbury’s résumé — then again, Kate is just another pen name for Doreen Roberts Hight, who also writes under the moniker of Rebecca Kent. Still with me? Whatever name Hight is writing under to deliver entertainment, one thing is certain — she is a remarkable storyteller.
Kingsley has effortlessly melded all the components richly to bring the cozy genre front and center with Mind Over Murder.
Yep, I know what you’re thinking, another paranormal cozy – been there and done that – but Kingsley layers like the Cake Boss with enticing paranormal twists that is not just “high-spirited,” but exhilarating and fun. Blended with feel good inside yumminess…like a caramel apple on a crisp afternoon.
Mind Over Murder is a stay in your pajamas all day kind of read. Readers, let me give you the scoop. For the longest time all Clara Quinn wanted was to escape and break free from her inherited gift of seeing into the future and reading people's minds, a trait her family calls the Quinn Sense. Clara wasn’t able to steer clear for long, and before she knows it, she is home helping her cousin, Stephanie Quinn Dowd, run the Raven’s Nest bookstore in the picturesque hamlet of Finn’s Harbor, Maine.
Finn Harbor’s town crier, Ana Jordan, is incensed by Raven’s Nest’s supernatural collection and is convinced it is corrupting Finn Harbor’s adolescents. In the meantime, Molly, an employee at Raven’s Nest, is extremely vocal about her animosity toward Ana’s shenanigans. So when Ana turns up dead, by a sculpture of Edgar Allan Poe that Molly sculpted, she is first on the suspect list. One thing Clara and Stephanie know for certain is Molly and Raven’s Nest are in one major predicament. Clara has no choice but to rely on her Quinn Sense to grasp the nonsensical.