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Look Both Ways by Carol J Perry
Pub Date: October 27, 2015
Description In Salem, Massachusetts, there are secret everywhere--even in the furniture. . .
When Lee Barrett spots the same style oak bureau she once had as a child on the WICH-TV show, Shopping Salem, she rushes to the antiques shop and buys the piece. Just like the beloved bureau she lost in a fire, this one has secret compartments. It also comes with an intriguing history--it was purchased in an estate sale from a home where a famous local murder took place.
The day after the bureau is delivered, Lee returns to the antiques shop and finds the owner dead. The police suspect the shop owner's unscrupulous business partner, but Lee wonders if the murder is connected to her new furniture. At least part of the answer may be revealed through a mirror in the bureau, tarnished and blackened, allowing Lee to tap into her psychic visions. Using this bureau of investigation, Lee may be able to furnish her policeman beau with the evidence needed to catch the killer--before the next one to be shut up is her. . .
Cat lovers rejoice, O'Ryan is back. Look Both Ways, the newest addition to Carol Perry's Witch City mystery series is being released in time for Halloween - a perfect treat for cozy lovers.
Like the previous Witch City mysteries, Look Both Ways deftly combines a current murder with one from the past. Both are solved with the help of Lee Barrett's scrying ability and O'Ryan's surprising contributions.
With the reconstruction of her apartment after the fire complete, Lee is looking forward to furnishing it. A chance viewing of an antique shop reveals a bureau identical to one she loved as a child, complete with hidden compartments. The bureau comes from the state of Helena Trent, a socialite presumed to have been killed by her husband. Helena was known to possess a priceless pink diamond, but it disappeared upon her death. When Lee returns to the antique shop the day after purchasing the bureau, she discovers the body of the owner of the antique store. Raven's tarot reading warns Lee of a blond man..but which one? Shea's estranged business partner? Tommy Trent, Helena's husband newly released from jail? Or Helena's stepson from her first marriage? Lee will need all of her scrying ability, as well as the help of O'Ryan and her detective beau to solve two murders and find the missing diamond.
Look Both Ways is an engrossing mystery, easily matching its predecessors in quality. I've enjoyed all of Perry's Witch City mysteries. The stories are original, and are never dull. The endearing cast of characters, particularly O'Ryan, is also a significant draw. If you like cozy mysteries that have a unique flavor and just a touch of the paranormal you will greatly enjoy Look Both Ways.
Look Both Ways, the third Witch City mystery is available for preorder and will be released October 27, 2015. The books do not have to be read in order. I received a copy of Look Both Ways from the publisher and netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.