Friday, June 17, 2011

A Timely Vision

A Timely Vision is the first book in Joyce and Jim Lavene's new Missing Pieces Mystery series. Most of the action takes place in a small town called Duck in North Carolina. Mayor Dae O’Donnell has a talent for finding things. Her ability is referred to as pyschometry but I'm not sure that's what it is. She touches people when they are thinking about they lost and she sees where it is. Dae does seem to get “vibes” off objects but nothing concrete about their history or owners.

Miss Elizabeth and Miss Mildred are 90-something sisters who have a very tempestuous history. Elizabeth stole Mildred's man back in the 30s and she's never forgiven her. Does matter a lick that said man, Johnny Simpson, left Elizabeth high and dry 40 years ago.

Here's where things get confusing. Yes they are sisters. Yes, they are the surviving members of their family. Mildred says some really vile things about Elizabeth in this book. But, the whole mystery is set in motion by Miss Mildred asking Dae to find her mother's watch. She'd recently lent it to Elizabeth and it was not returned.

This is where things fall apart for me. We are “told” that Mildred actually loves Elizabeth but all of the stories about the two of them all revolve around how much Mildred hates her sister. When Mildred is suspected of killing Elizabeth there are few people who don't believe it. I just don't see her lending her watch to her sister in the first place. And yes, it is important.

This is a nice little paranormal cozie. The characters are just whacked enough to be fun, although, at least two of them annoyed the heck out of me. There are plenty of alternative suspects to run down. The final solution is a bit lame. I'll say no more.

I don't know if these people are interesting enough to sustain a series. I guess I'll just wait and see.