Synopsis: A killer takes a spin through Salem . . .
Lee Barrett has agreed to attend a storage auction with Aunt Ibby–even though she suspects the forgotten rooms will yield more junk than treasure. Her skepticism vanishes once the two win a bid on an overlooked locker and uncover a trove of beautiful curiosities, including a stunning wooden carousel horse with gentle eyes and fading paint. But just before Lee leaves the fairground relic at a local repair shop, the sight of a silver samovar awakens her psychic abilities and conjures visions of murder.
Lee prays the intrusive ESP episode was just a glimpse into the past–until her policeman boyfriend reports a dead man outside the repair shop. Apparently, the unknown victim had been hot on Lee’s trail since the auction. And with the horse found dismantled, it looks like he was up to no good. What’s the story behind the antique equine, and could a strange bubblegum-chewing woman with fiery hair have something to do with the crime? Guided by her gift and O’Ryan, her wise tabby cat, Lee’s set on catching the murderer . . . before she’s sent on the darkest ride of her life.
My Review: I had not read any books from this author, but I do enjoy a good cozy mystery. This one had a lot in it that I enjoyed. Lee Barrett is a scryer, which means she sees visions in shiny objects, mirrors, silver, glass etc. She is also a 30 year old widow who lives with her nosy, retired librarian Aunt Ibby and dates a detective. She is a teacher but it is during a school holiday when this book takes place.
On a whim, Lee Barrett and Aunt Ibby attend a storage locker auction. They bid and win a unit that Aunt Ibby saw something of value in. As they remove and separate the items they find several things they love such as a Russian Samovar, a wooden carousel horse, beautiful doll clothes and some carved wooden toys. Once they get the items home, Lee starts having visions of people on a ship as well as someone who is dead with blood dripping down their neck and a bear. She is not sure what they mean, but unbeknownst to her, she is setting a historical search in motion. Lee takes the wooden horse to a shop to be restored and that evening, the shop is broken into, the horse is taken apart and a man is found dead outside the doors. The dead man is the one in Lee’s vision. That evening the police are called to the show. The horse had been dismantled and outside the shop is a dead man exactly as Lee saw it in the earlier vision. This was a fun Russian themed mystery, where some employees of the Czar were sent to America hiding treasure. With the help of Pete, her detective boyfriend, Aunt Ibby and her amazing research skills, O’Ryan a dead witch’s familiar and some old friends, we take a fun and interesting journey through some history, some food and some criminal activity to solve the mystery not only of the murder, but of the missing treasure from the Romanov family. I am definitely going to have to check out the first three books in this series. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.