Professional psychics learn to deal with skeptics, but Abby has to prepare herself for one steep uphill battle when she’s sent to San Diego to help train FBI officers to use their intuition. Her first challenge: a series of bank robberies in which the thieves made off with loads of cash but left no clues.
Abby’s sixth sense leads her team to a tract of land recently cleared for development. But instead of finding clues to the cash, Abby gets a vision of four buried bodies. A site search turns up some bones and pottery from an American Indian tribe, but that’s still enough to delay construction for years.
With a furious developer and dubious FBI agents on her back, Abby is losing credibility fast. But unlike the best laid plans, Abby’s talent rarely leads her astray. And if the bodies aren’t there yet, that means that four deaths can still be stopped. She’ll just have to dig a little deeper . . .
What I liked: Ms Laurie doesn’t disappoint in giving the reader an exciting adventure. Her stories are well written, logically written, and the initial characters are still as good, if not better, than when the series started.
Abby is a psychic but she doesn’t have all the answers. Her “visions” are bits and pieces and requires Abby to use her brain and yes, she does have one. I can’t stress that enough. Being as snarky as she is and a bit high maintenance, you might think she’s an airhead and nothing could be farther from the truth. One of my favorite characteristics about Abby is she’s wily. Yup, wily! She’s realistic in knowing not everyone is going to believe and accept her as a psychic especially when she consults on FBI cases.
In A Grave Prediction, Abby is on loan to the Los Angeles FBI offices to help them connect with their inner instincts and hopefully solve some cases. She’s originally supposed to go by herself and that makes her a bit uncomfortable as the current FBI agents she works with, including her husband and his boss, who just happens to be married to her best friend, all have every confidence in her ability. She’s not ready for the skepticism she knows she will face at her new assignment. Believe me, there are a lot of doubts about her abilities but being LA, there are self-professed psychics on every street corner and the local FBI needs a bit of convincing.
Candice, her best friend, is not supposed to go along but since when doesn’t your best friend not have your back. I think when Ms Laurie introduced Candice as a regular in the series, the series only got better. The predicaments Abby and Candice get into take the stories to a whole new level. I think most readers could identify with having a BFF. Candice and Abby also complement each other’s personalities very well.
Abby is immediately tested by the LA FBI team. They try to trip her up and she’s not having it. Enter the snark and the chip on the shoulder attitude. However, things do seem to get better when she helps solve one case but then things start going a bit sideways. Yeah, that’s all I can say.
What I didn’t like: Now, if you don’t like snark and high maintenance heroines, you might be a bit put off, but if you hang around and dig a bit deeper, you’ll enjoy not just A Grave Prediction but the whole series.
And here I go getting on my cost of e-books bandwagon! Ms Laurie's last several books have been released in hardcover but the e-books were released at $7.99 pricing. A Grave Prediction can be pre-ordered for $12.99. I really don't get it. If you are limited on your book allowance, I highly recommend using your library for this book. (Yeah, I know Ms Laurie has nothing to do with the pricing).
I received an ARC from NetGalley for a fair and honest review.
Highly Recommended but please start with the first in the series, Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye.