Dec 11, 2015

Review--Fatal Fortune by Victoria Laurie

In New York Times bestselling author Victoria Laurie’s newest Psychic Eye Mystery, Abby Cooper is trusting her intuition and heading to Sin City to bet on a friend’s innocence....

When police show Abby surveillance video of her best friend and business partner, Candice Fusco, shooting a man in cold blood, she can’t believe her eyes. And when the cops tell her they think the victim has ties to the Mob—and perhaps Candice does too—she can’t believe her ears. Surely there is a logical explanation. But Candice is nowhere to be found.

Abby decides the only way to find out the truth is to go to Vegas herself—which may be the biggest gamble of her life. Once in town she begins to uncover a rigged game of dirty double-dealing where the stakes are no less than life and death. And if she’s not careful, Abby can forget about ever leaving Las Vegas...alive.

Out of the TBR jar comes a title I have had sitting in my pile for a year now, and that book is Fatal Fortune by Victoria Laurie, who is one my most favorite paranormal mystery authors! I was excited to be back with Abby and her friends! It’s such an awesome series and the best part is that even after a long, long break between books, I am able to just jump right into the story! The series reads as a set of stand-alones, yet some bits and bobs carry over, mostly the personal events of Abby’s life, such as her recent wedding.

In this story, we are immediately thrown into the thick of things. Abby wakes up in the middle of night to receive a stressing voicemail from her best friend Candice. Then what comes next is the hugest shock of them all; a video of Candice shooting someone point blank and thus killing him in cold blood. But Abby knows in her gut that Candice is innocent. She refuses to believe that the friend she’s had for years was really a cold-blooded killer.

And so the case is on! Granted everyone else gets involved. When the wife of an FBI detective, though I think Brice is higher up, I just can’t recall his official position, is accused of murder, things get serious real quick. Suddenly, Brice is forced on a temporary leave as he is too close to the case and then Dutch is transferred to the San Antonio branch. Things are a mess, and through it all Abby does what she does best. Which amid solving a crime, is getting into a bit of trouble along the way and likely giving her hubby heart failure.

I love Abby! She’s such a fun character! She’s truly relatable on many levels, even with her psychic abilities, which I love! She’s also very down to earth in some ways. She’s a caring and considerate person. And then there’s her tendency to swear quite a bit and then thinking of good reasons why she doesn’t owe to the swear jar for said curse word. And they’re totally legitimate reasons too! LOL!

Abby really knows how to keep her cool in the dicey situations she finds herself in. When you throw in multiple homicides, multiple break-ins, the mob, and other dastardly people, it’s easy to lose your cool and yet Abby, remains pretty calm throughout most of it! But then I also love when she loses her cool a bit, because it’s just a realistic reaction.

This was a rather quick read too! And it seemed every time I found I had to stop because of life and such, it was always at a huge chapter cliffhanger! I mean what are the odds of that? Pretty typical in my case! Haha.

A Psychic Eye Mystery series is one of my favorites. Ironically, my top two paranormal mystery authors both write two series, so it’s a joy to have 2 books a year from them. And considering I am way behind, I have even more! I think a crossover between all four of these series would be totally AMAZING! Victoria is friends with Juliet Blackwell, who is my other favorite paranormal mystery author, and while they’ve each done a crossover of some sort with their own series, I think a huge multi-one would be completely amazing!

If you’re looking for a fun, quirky, yet still totally edgy and mysterious mystery series, than I cannot recommend Victoria Laurie enough!

Overall Rating 5/5 stars


  1. I love love love cozies and this sounds like a lot of fun!

  2. I haven't heard of this series before, Jessica, but it sounds so good! And I'm wondering if I should make myself a TBR jar... I'm such a mood-reader, though, I'm not sure it would actually work for me.
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

  3. I've never read this genre before, but it sounds like this book has likeable characters that are well-developeed/rounded and also that the author writes with a bit of humor which I love. Thanks for the review and intro to a new genre and author.


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