Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: A Timely Vision - 1st in the Missing Pieces Mystery series
Author: Joyce and Jim Lavene
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Release Date: May 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, the Outer Banks of North Carolina
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Minimal/Moderate
The Lavene's Website/Blog: www.joyceandjimlavene.com
The first book in a new series featuring Dae O'Donnell, the Mayor of "Duck" a small town on the coast of North Carolina.
Dae has a special gift in that she can find lost items by holding the hand of the person that lost the item and asking them to think about it. Then she has a vision of where the item can be found. She is also owner of a shop on the boardwalk where she sells things that she has found on the beach and also that have been given to her by various towns people. Following the 4th of July Parade Dae is asked by Miss Mildred a 92 year old, to find a watch that she had loaned to her sister Elizabeth and which had never been returned. Dae holds Miss Mildred's hand and visualizes the watch. It is on someone's wrist but the location is not clear. Dae offers to go by Miss Elizabeth's house to see if she has the watch. Dae looks for Miss Elizabeth at her home but she is not there. She is met there by a new man in town who has just purchased an old Inn and is fixing it up. There is a storm on the way and everyone, including Dae and Kevin, who is the new owner of the Inn, is out looking for Miss Elizabeth and sadly, she is found dead and buried in a sand dune. Miss Mildred is accused of the murder as there is no love lost between the sisters because they had been in love with the same man years ago and he chose Elizabeth to marry. Things seem to go from bad to worse when a nephew that the sisters didn't even know they had has taken over their properties and is having a real estate auction to sell them out from under Miss Mildred.
There are many twists and turns in this story as new characters keep turning up to confuse the reader. An avid mystery reader will not have any trouble figuring out the various plots and schemes and the book is very fast paced and moves right along. The heroine is an independent woman who speaks her mind and doesn't let anyone push her around. The mystery is solved in a timely manor and leaves you waiting for the next installment. I recommend this book to all mystery readers, cozy or not. Enjoy and I'll talk to you soon.
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