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Monday, March 1, 2021

Cold Reading Murder (A Bridge to Death Mystery #3) by R.J. Lee


Cold Reading Murder

(A Bridge to Death Mystery #3)

by R.J. Lee


Paperback, 304 pages

Published February 23rd 2021 by Kensington Publishing Corporation





Goodreads synopsis: 

In the third Bridge to Death Mystery by R.J. Lee, Bridge expert and small town investigative reporter Wendy Winchester must put her amateur sleuthing skills to the test while investigating the death of a flamboyant psychic...


Bridge expert and investigative reporter Wendy Winchester knows a thing or two about navigating life along the Mississippi River, but murder isn't something she foresees...


Who could have predicted it? The daughter of Police Chief Bax Winchester married to a cop--Detective Ross Rierson. It's a beautiful wedding, and the newlyweds are in bliss--even if they do have to postpone their Hawaiian honeymoon for now. In the meantime, Wendy is teaching a group of newbies the game of bridge so they can join the Rosalie Country Club Bridge Bunch.


One of the newcomers, flamboyant psychic Aurelia Spangler, invites the group to meet at her new home. The historic Overview mansion sits atop the High Bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, and the local lore is that it's possibly haunted, definitely cursed by the original builder, who fell down the stairs to his death. Unfortunately, the house is about to claim another life.


Following a night of bridge practice and cold readings by their clairvoyant host, Aurelia is found dead in her home by Wendy, a suicide note and cocaine residue by her corpse. But Wendy, an investigative reporter for the Rosalie Citizen, doesn't buy it. The scene seems phonier than Aurelia's act, and now Wendy needs to call the bluff of a cold-blooded killer playing a psychic bid...


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4.5 stars


This is the third book in the A Bridge to Death mystery series by R.J. Lee.


Wendy and Ross have to skip their honeymoon and instead find themselves involved in a murder mystery. It all starts at the home of a psychic and she gives her guests are pretty accurate readings but Wendy’s is generic at best. Then the psychic ends up dead.


I thought this was a great book. Loved the whole psychic concept and how her profession led to her death and how it made the mystery so much more interesting. I loved the idea of the protagonist being a reporter and her hubby in with the police force. The best of both worlds as far as cozies go.


I thought the mystery was well-crafted and kept your attention all the way through. The characters are what really shone here. I loved the whole group that met with the psychic and how we got to see how it effected all their lives throughout the book.


Definitely a series I want to continue to follow.


If you like cozy mysteries, definitely check this one out. You won’t be disappointed.


I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

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