Whenever I start a new series, I usually say a silent prayer hoping that I won’t be wasting my time, yet I’m always afraid that the first installment will be really good and then the remaining installments will begin to slip in content.
I’m stating this because the beginning of this series was probably the fastest book that I’ve ever read.
In true crimozy fashion, Clara Quinn returns to her hometown of Finn’s Harbor, Maine after living in New York for the last decade. Jobless, her cousin Stephanie offers her a job at her bookstore, Raven’s Nest.
While the store carries some occult books, neighboring shopkeeper, Ana Jordan has been trying to close the store since its opening.
Clara agrees to work afternoons at the store and later that night at closing, the body of Ana is found in the storeroom by Clara and the main suspect is Stephanie’s other employee, Molly. She’s suspected for two reasons: she had an argument earlier with Ana outside the store and Ana was struck over the head with a bust of Edgar Allen Poe that she made.
Stephanie begins to urge Clara to use her psychic gift to find out who killed Ana but she’s hesitant about using it since she sees it as a curse.
As the list of suspects grows, Clara has to decide whether or not to listen to her instincts.
What makes this book good is that it’s written in a clear, concise manner. The sentences are tight and short, the dialogue is swift and there aren’t a lot of unnecessary characters. Plus, Kingsley doesn’t always focus on Clara and shifts some of the action to Stephanie.
If you’re looking for a fast read, this is one you’ll want to check out.