"The Best Mystery I've Read This Year!"
Reviewed by Diana Troldahl
Posted July 18, 2014
When the preponderance of evidence seems to convict Abby's
BFF and partner Candice of cold-blooded murder, she has only
her gut feelings to support her belief that there must be
some other explanation.
This basic and shocking start sets up an intense yet
delightfully confounding conundrum. How will Abby clear
Candice's name without involving Abby's husband Dutch or
Candice's new husband, Brice nor using their valuable FBI
resources? If they are drawn too far in, the conflict of
interest will wind up getting them fired. The twists and
turns kept me on tenterhooks until the final page.
At times heart-wrenching, FATAL FORTUNE is still leavened by
laughter with Abby's kooky rules for when it is ok to use
profanity, and her very entertaining take on whistling in
the dark. Although this is the first Psychic Eye
Mystery I have read (I know!! What was I waiting for?)
and despite the core of the story centering around Abby's
relationship with Candice I still felt no sense of missing
back-story. It would have been understandable (if
disappointing) if Victoria Laurie had depended upon readers
being familiar with the strong bond between Candice and Abby
in the first eleven books in the series to support the logic
of Abby's strong belief in Candice's innocence, but that was
not at all the case. Even as a brand new reader, I felt
absolutely confident in Abby's choices and decisions as
related to her love for Candice and her pursuit of the
I have read many a series book, particularly in the cozy
mystery genre where the author did not take that care for
someone just entering their world. There is nothing
inherently wrong about an author assuming the most likely
reader of a book so far into the line up is one who has read
the previous novels, but it is a measure of Victoria
Laurie's skill as an author that someone can pick up book
twelve and fall in love with the characters as if it were
Victoria Laurie is also the author of the Ghost Hunter
Mystery series, with which I am most familiar, but I
have to say I think I have been won over by Abby. FATAL
FORTUNE is the best mystery book I have read yet this year.
I have to agree with other reviewers, even though this is
Book Twelve in the Psychic Eye Mystery series, I hope
there will be several more. In the meantime, I am delighted
to know I can go back and pick up books one through eleven
to get my Abby fix until book thirteen comes out.
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
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.
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