Book Review

by Theresa Weir

Genre: Contemporary Romance, General Contemporary Romance

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From the moment he heard about the scheme to hire a psychic to find the lost master key to the town of Egypt, Missouri, Police Officer Daniel Sinclair knew it was a very bad idea. However, Police Chief and new age dabbler Jo Bennett is certain this idea will work. After all, hadnt this Cleo Tyler person helped police in California find a missing child?

Cleo has second, third and fourth thoughts about her decision to accept the job in Egypt. Despite what the papers say, Cleo does not consider herself a psychic. However, since the car accident which killed her fianci and caused her miscarriage, Cleo has experienced disturbing visions.

While Jo Bennett welcomes Cleo warmly, Daniel makes his distrust and skepticism very plain. Daniel knows a con job when he sees one, and he is not about to see the town get rooked. As Cleo makes her first attempts to locate the missing key, she senses dark currents running beneath the placid surface of this quiet little town. All Cleos instincts are screaming for her to skip town while she can, but Daniel is not about to let that happen. When she agreed to take this job, Cleo never dreamed it could wind up being fatal.

As she has done so many times before, Theresa Weir uses her unique storytelling ability to deliver a first-rate novel filled with emotion, deft characterization and a few chills. (July, 288 pp., $6.50)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: Harper

Published: July 1999

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Bad Karma

Submitted by Robin in PA on June 29, 2014 - 10:10pm.

Cleo Tyler is a fraud. Hired by the Chief of Police in a small Missouri town to use her psychic abilities to find a missing key, Cleo hopes to give them some vague directions, grab her paycheck and head out of town. She's not a psychic and can't explain how her dreams helped solve the case of a missing child in California.
Officer Daniel Sinclair believes Cleo is a scam artist. He wants to keep an eye on her so she doesn't embarrass the Chief who believes in her abilities. That includes tracking her down when she tries to flea town with some money.

This contemporary romance has some very unique characters. Cleo is a tormented heroine who suffers from anxiety due to the death of her fiance and unborn child. She dreams of smashed pumpkins, hates the color orange, and also has an eating disorder. Daniel always wanted to travel, but he had to come back home to take care of his developmentally impaired brother and feels stuck in the small town. He is grateful that the Chief gave him a job, and wants to make sure Cleo doesn't take advantage of her kindness.

The story is fast moving and interesting. I liked that Theresa Weir's books never falls into the cookie-cutter mold of romance stories. My rating: 4 Stars.