I was delighted to discover Corpse in the Crystal Ball, the second in Kari Lee Townsend’s Fortune Teller series. I’m not sure how I missed the first book in the series, Tempest in the Tea Leaves, because it, too, has a photo of the gorgeous white cat featured in the book on the cover, and I usually can’t pass up any book with a cat on the cover.
The series features protagonist Sunny Meadows, a psychic who lives in the idyllic town of Divinity, New York. The old Victorian house she bought after she moved there,which is reported to be haunted, came complete with a large white cat named Morty. Sunny bonded quickly with Morty, and she wisely accepted that he rules the roost. She also suspects that he might be the one doing the haunting in the old house.
The second book picks up after Sunny had just cleared her name as the prime suspect in a murder investigation. She’s looking forward to some peace and quiet, and perhaps a second chance with handsome police detective Mitch Stone. However, peace and quiet do not last very long when Sunny’s grandmother Gert appears on her doorstep, ready to move in. Then Mitch’s former girlfriend Isabel shows up. When Isabel disappears, Sunny helps the police locate her corpse. Sunny is participating in the murder investigation in a somewhat official capacity, but she hasn’t met a rule that she can’t bend at least a little bit in the interest of solving the case.
This is an enjoyable cozy, populated with likeable characters and plenty of twists and turns in the plot to keep you reading. Monty is quite a character, which made this book even more fun for me. This light, entertaining mystery will make a great addition to your summer reading list.
Kari Lee Townsend lives in central NY with her understanding husband, her three busy boys, and her oh-so-dramatic daughter who make everything she does worthwhile and provide loads of material for her books. She writes teen superheros and cozy mysteries set in small towns with mystical elements and quirky characters, as well as romantic comedies under the name Kari Lee Harmon. To find out more about Kari, please visit her website or check out her blog.
I received this book from the publisher. Receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.