Friday, March 25, 2011

Book and a Recipe Book Club: ABBY COOPER PSYCHIC EYE by Victoria Laurie


It's the last Friday of the month, which means that it is . . .

Book and a Recipe Book Club

Hosted by friend and author, Markee Anderson


I want to thank Markee for hosting this fun event, and especially for recommending this most recent book. I just LOVED this book. Such fun, great characters, clean, crisp writing with a nice dash of humor. I HIGHLY recommend this book for readers who enjoy those things in a book.

REMEMBER FRIENDS, everyone who leaves a comment today enters a chance to win a $10.00 Amazon gift card (how cool is that?). We'll be announcing the winner TOMORROW (Saturday, March 26) morning. The best way to assure that you are notified if you win, is to leave an email address, but if you don't want to do that, make sure you check back Saturday morning! If we don't hear from the winner within a week, we contact the runner up.

Now, without further ado . . . here's Markee:

This is a fun book with a wonderful premise, introducing the reader to the psychic’s life. Abby Cooper does readings for clients, but when one of her clients turns up dead, she’s in big trouble. Here’s the blurb from Amazon:

Abby Cooper is a P.I., psychic intuitive. But her insight failed her when she didn't foresee the death of one of her clients-or that the lead investigator for the case is the gorgeous blind date she just met. Now, with the police suspicious of her abilities and a killer on the loose, Abby's future looks more uncertain than ever.

I read this book years ago, and re-read it yesterday. I was only going to skim it, but was pulled into the plot, once again. It’s fun to read and not very scary. The blind date she encounters is just adorable, from his personality alone. What a take-charge kind of guy!

So, what do you think of books about psychics? Have you ever known anyone who is psychic? What’s your take on the paranormal?

Here’s a recipe to get you dreaming…these are fantastic cookies!

Monster Cookies:

1 pound brown sugar (2.5 cups)
2 cups sugar
½ pound butter
½ tablespoon vanilla
½ tablespoon white corn syrup
4 teaspoons baking soda
1.5 pounds crunchy peanut butter
6 eggs
9 cups quick cooking oatmeal
½ pound M&Ms
½ pound chocolate chips
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Cream butter and sugars. Add eggs, vanilla, and corn syrup. Mix with remaining ingredients. Roll into a ball and bake at 350 degrees. Large cookies bake for 12 minutes, while smaller cookies back for 9-10 minutes. Do not overbake.


Markee Anderson said...

Thank you, Karen, for having me here! This book was so much fun, and even though I read it years ago, I re-read the entire thing yesterday again. I WAS just going to skim it, but I ended up getting involved with it all over again.

Karen Cantwell said...

It's a really FUN book - I hope readers here today, if they haven't read it, add it to their list of books to read, because it really is that good!

The psychic premise was really a treat and Victoria Laurie did a fantastic job of using to create the mystery and suspense.

Linda said...

Markee & Karen, than you for this great review, and recipe. If I ate any of those cookies, I'd die happy, but still die.

The book sounds really interesting, and "cozy", I think y'all have said. A blind detective. How interesting.

I'm not sure how I feel about paranormals and psychics. Yeah, I think I can believe there are those who are psychic, but can't bring myself to believe in werewolves & vampires. Witches I believe in. Gotta go check out this book.

If you could see fit to draw my name for a gift card, I could buy a lot of books I'd like, but can't afford.

Markee Anderson said...

Hey, Linda! Thank you for posting!

I don't think any of them are blind, but she does go on a blind date from a dating service. And man, is he HOT. :)

Right now, you have a WONDERFUL chance of're the only poster other than Karen and me! GOOD LUCK!!!

Karen Cantwell said...

Oh yeah, he's hot! :-) (karen fans herself)

Carol said...

Have not read the book...but I love coming here! Always amazing company!

Karen Cantwell said...

And we always love having you, Carol! :-)

Markee Anderson said...

Welcome, Carol!!! I've been off playing other things on my computer, and forgot to come back here. BAD MARKEE! :)

I'm so glad to see you here! :) It's a fun book, and the first of a series of books about Abby Cooper, if you like series of books.

L.C. Evans said...

Looks like a great book. Don't enter me because I already won one of your giveaways. The cookie recipe looks delicious, but I am so tired that when I first glanced at it, I thought you were calling for a pound of bacon instead of brown sugar. Now that would make for some interesting cookies.

Janel said...

I have been interested in the paranormal for years. I think it would be fascinating to have psychic abilities and be able to communicate with ghosts. This sounds like a great book. Lots of fun!

Markee Anderson said...

Bacon, L.C.? Wow...wouldn't THAT be amazing! They put bacon on cupcakes! Hmm...cookies? :) You might be onto something.

Markee Anderson said...

I agree, Janel. I would LOVE to know what my husband's thinking most of the time. Or what my kids are thinking about...oh wait...they already tell me ad nauseum. HAHAHAHAH!

But wouldn't it be cool to solve mysteries for the cops? I'd LOVE to do that!

Karen Cantwell said...

My kids think I'm psychic, but I think it's really just mother's intuition. It still scares them because they can't keep anything from me! :-)

Janel - think you'd love this book. I'm definitely going to read more in the series.

Dru said...

I'vw read all of the book in this series and they are all very enjoyable.

lovdru AT aol DOT com

Karen Cantwell said...

Dru - thank you for stopping by! I'm glad to hear that about the other books. I will definitely be reading more. I love her writing.

Markee Anderson said...

Hey, Dru!!! I missed your comment this morning...sorry about that!

I've read most of them and I enjoyed them as well. Dutch is a cool guy, that character!!! It's a fun series to read!

Thank you for posting!