Thursday, August 28, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Extra Sensory Deception

Extra Sensory Deception (Raven's Nest Book Store - Book 4) by Allison Kingsley

Publication Date: 08/05/2014
Publisher: Penguin Group
Imprint: Berkley Prime Crime
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Pages: 288
ISBN-10: 0425271382
ISBN-13: 978-0425271384

(Received for an honest review from Berkley Sensation)

Purchase: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository, Indiebound

Allison Kingsley (aka. Doreen Roberts Hight, Karens Kingsbury and Rebecca Kent) on the WEB: website, blogfacebook, goodreads

Books in the series

Raven's Nest Bookstore

1. Mind Over Murder
2. A Sinister Sense
3. Trouble Vision
4. Extra Sensory Deception

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Excerpt from, Extra Sensory Deception, courtesy of Amazon's Look Inside feature


As the owners of the Raven’s Nest bookstore, cousins Stephanie and Clara Quinn are the premier booksellers in the quaint town of Finn’s Harbor, Maine. But with Clara’s inherited ability to read minds and see the future, she’s also the premier crime solver… 
You don’t have to be a psychic to know: The rodeo is coming to town! Clara’s boyfriend, Rick Sanders, invites her to the show to meet his high school buddy and expert calf roper, Wes Carlton. But when Clara’s Quinn Sense offers her a disturbing vision involving a rodeo clown, she worries that there will be more danger at the rodeo than just the traditional bucking bronco.
Of course, her premonition turns out to be accurate, and a dead body is discovered behind the concert stage, strangled by Wes’s piggin’ string. Rick is sure that there’s no way Wes could have murdered anyone, but he’s going to need Clara’s Quinn Sense to keep the authorities from roping the wrong suspect... 


Extra Sensory Deception is the fourth book in the Raven's Nest Bookstore mystery series by Allison Kingsley. Kingsley use of the paranormal is a joy to read. The heroine, Clara has inherited her families sixth sense, and she uses it to solve crimes in the quaint little town of Finn's Harbor, Maine. Readers will love the setting, be intrigued by characters and engaged by the intricate mystery. The rodeo has come to town and a killer may be with it. It's up to Clara, Stephanie and their friends to figure out whodunit!

What I liked:

Back a long time ago when I first started reading, books paranormal elements were much more rare than they are today. The didn't have a lot of werewolves, or vampires and relied a lot on the readers perceptions of what was normal and what was not to drive them. I appreciate that Allison Kingsley takes readers back in a sense, when ESP (extra sensory perception) was one of the main paranormal events along with aliens and maybe a ghost or two. Clara's "Quinn Sense" is intriguing, if a bit haphazard. The fact that is unpredictable at best, makes it that much more believable. It adds a lot to the story, from her conversations with her dog, Tatters to her visions of what might be about to happen. Kingsley takes and old school approach to the paranormal and I like it.

Clara's relationship with her cousin Stephanie has always interested me in this series. Both are only children and very different from each other. But the way they work together is amazing. Stephanie is quick on the draw, very spontaneous and full of surprises, while Clara is more reflective and introspective. She is ponderer, a thinker. I like both approaches and think that Kingsley uses both her advantage in this series. 

As usual, I love the Maine setting for this series. I always think of Maine as being full of little fishing villages and things. I couldn't imagine a rodeo coming to a town in Maine of all places until I read this book. And believe it or not, it actually worked. I liked the behind the scenes aspect of the rodeo and Rick's connection to Wes. I thought it made for a very interesting mystery with some unconventional suspects. I admit I was really surprised at how it all came together in the end and how Clara's ESP worked into the story line. 

What I didn't like:

I will be the first to say that I enjoy Clara's relationship with hardware store owner, Rick. But I don't understand why she still hasn't confided in Rick about her gifts. We are four books into the series and I think it's time she starts to trust Rick and herself and what she is able to do. She treats it more like a curse and I'm not sure how long readers will buy that.

Bottom Line:

This is a great series and I love just about everything about it from the book store theme to the beautiful Maine setting. The mystery aspect in Extra Sensory Deception was well written and kept me engaged throughout the book. I liked the addition of the rodeo and the characters it brought with it. I love Tatters and now Edgar and can't wait to read the next one. 

Extra Sensory Deception is available NOW from your favorite bookseller.

I'm giving this one 5 out of 5 apples from my book bag!

Check out the quote from Debbie's Book Bag on the first page inside the cover!

About the Author:

Allison Kingsley is the national bestselling author of the Raven's Nest mystery series, including Trouble VisionA Sinister Sense, and Mind Over Murder.

Giveaway Details:

The publisher is sponsoring a giveaway for one copy of Extra Sensory Deception by Allison Kingsley.

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~ The deadline to enter this giveaway is Midnight EST, September 11th.

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Rita Wray said...

I like the bull riding at the rodeo.

Charlotte said...

Sorry, not into them.

cyn209 said...

I've never been to a rodeo, but I think I would enjoy it, except for the animal smells..........LOL!!!

traveler said...

I have never seen a rodeo so it all would be fascinating. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Linda Kish said...

I like bull riding. I would never want to do it but it's fun to watch.

skkorman said...

I've never been to a rodeo but I bet it would be fun!

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holdenj said...

I haven't been to one in forever, but I always like watching the younger kids take their turn at roping.

Alicia said...

Wow... a long time since I've been to a rodeo, but I love barrel racing.

NoraA said...

Yes I'm an email subscriber. LOL

My favorite even is barrel racing. When I'm upstate in the Lake George area I love attending the weekly rodeo they have there.

Karen B said...

I've never been to a rodeo but like the horse back riding and roping that I've seen on TV and in the movies.

Sue Farrell said...

The few times I've been to a rodeo I've enjoyed the barrel racing the most.

Unknown said...

Mechanical bull! Raquel36m(at)gmail(dot)com

Kimberly Wyatt said...

We always have a big rodeo where I live around the 4th of July every year and this past year I got to see my little sister on her stick horse with her 1st grade class. It was adorable.

Carol M said...

I don't like rodeos but would still love to read the book!

bn100 said...

haven't been to one; don't know

justpeachy36 said...

I am a barrel racer myself from way back, so that's my favorite, but I love watching the roping competitions as well.

Meg C. said...

I've never been to a rodeo but hopefully someday.

Anita Yancey said...

I haven't been to a real rodeo, but have watched them on TV. My favorite is the bull riders. Thanks for having the giveaway.


Michelle F. said...

Haven't been to a rodeo, not even at the state fair. I guess I'd like the roping activities the best.

I really like this series and the author also writes as Kate Kingsbury.

Bonnie said...

I like to watch them ride the bulls but I don't like that they zap them before the ride.

Laura S Reading said...

it's been a very long time since I have attended or watched rodeo.
I like the kids events like Mutton Busting.