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Flight Risk

Cherie Priest returns with a fun second installment of her paranormal cozy mystery series starring inconsistent psychic Leda Foley.

Having enjoyed the first book in this series, I was excited to get my hands on Flight Risk and it was such a fun read!

This outing has inconsistent psychic/travel agent/ police consultant Leda Foley and Seattle detective Grady Merritt working on separate missing person cases that end up connected, so the two hilariously team up again.

The series is called the Booking Agents, perhaps because Grady books criminals, and Leda books travel, and Priest brings other subtlely clever touches to these books. I love the dynamic between this quirky, relatable psychic and the widowed single-father cop. They're supportive of one another and playfully banter, and there's more trust and friendship this time—dual POV, the chapters alternate between Grady's procedural investigation and Leda's psychic leads. I like that they are genuinely friends and not love interests at this point and that Grady is pretty open-minded about the strengths Leda brings to their investigations. Leda's best friend Niki is back and as fun as before, and we get a bit more of Grady's daughter Molly and their dog.

Priest's writing infuses humor and steady pacing to keep you entertained while sleuthing alongside Leda and Grady. Red herrings and misdirections come from both the mysterious circumstances and Leda's fragmented psychic visions. I prefer when authors have their detectives follow leads and use their intellect rather than stumbling upon a resolution, and that is the case here, even with Leda's psychic flashes. I will definitely be following this series and look forward to book three. If you're looking for a slightly edgier cozy with a dash of paranormal, this is one to check out! Thank you to NetGalley and Atria Books for the gifted ARC in exchange for an honest review.

My steep was Mulled Plum Cider by Harney and Sons Tea. Perfect for Fall, its an herbal blend of rooibos and hibiscus with plum, apple, ginger, cinnamon, and other spices.

SYNOPSIS:When psychic travel agent Leda Foley is approached by a man searching for his sister, she quickly agrees to help. The missing woman disappeared with a vintage orange car, a fat sack of her employer’s cash, and a grudge against her philandering husband—a man who never even reported her missing.

Meanwhile, Seattle PD detective Grady Merritt has temporarily misplaced his dog. While he’s passing out bright pink “Lost” flyers at the Mount Rainier visitor’s center, the wayward pooch appears—with a human leg in his mouth.

Thanks to DNA matching, Grady learns that the leg has something to do with Leda’s new client, and soon the two cases are tangled.

Theories abound, but law enforcement is low on leads. Lucky for Grady, Leda has a few ideas that might just be crazy enough to work. They’ll need one yellow dog, a fair share of teamwork, and perhaps a bit of Klairvoyant Karaoke to piece the clues together in this “undeniable treat” (Gwenda Bond, New York Times bestselling author) of a mystery.

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