Friday Review: Grave Reservations (Booking Agents #1) by Cherie Priest

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Leda Foley is a travel agent with a difference. She is also a psychic and has an uncanny knack for knowing when to change a client’s travel plans, which she does for returning from a trip detective Grady Merritt. When Merritt’s original plane explodes before take off, he decides to follow up on why Leda changed his flight suddenly and without his asking for it. When he discovers her admittedly quirky psychic talent, he enlists her help in an off-the-books investigation on a cold case murder that he can’t let go of. Leda decides to help him, if only to try to ease a little of the guilt she feels at not being able to gain insight into the murder of her fiancé three years before. Joining in the improbable cast of characters helping to solve the two cases, which seem to be connected in some way, are Leda’s bestie, Niki, Niki’s boyfriend (who works at the bar where Leda performs Klaivoyant Karaoke), and several other of Leda and Niki’s equally colorful friends.

Priest is probably more known for her steampunk, fantasy, and horror stories. I have read several and since I enjoyed them, I decided to pick this one up, although it is a bit of a departure from her usual fare. It did not disappoint. It’s a fun, quirky, lighthearted romp through a mystery that may not be the most deep, dark plot ever, but still delivers in more ways than one. Leda and her friends definitely put the ‘fun’ in dysfunctional, and Grady makes the perfect straight man for the Lucy and Ethel vibe that Leda and Niki give. There’s plenty of humor, enough action and suspense, and the plot twists just enough to keep you guessing at which of the suspects actually did it.

This was a fairly quick read, but an enjoyable one. Fans of light, cozy mysteries with odd characters and a good dose of humor would likely love it. I did!

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