Bay Island Psychic Mystery Series, Book #5
By Lena Gregory
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Andra
Cass Donovan is reminded that you can’t believe everything you hear, especially when it comes from the dead . . .
When stories begin circulating of a centuries-old ghost haunting the Bay Island lighthouse, Cass is caught up in mystical happenings of her own, with countless voices from the beyond all clamoring for her attention with dire warnings. But before she has a chance to learn whether there’s a connection between the rumored ghost and her restless visitors, the lighthouse keeper mysteriously falls to his death, and Cass’s reputation for communing with the dead lands her right in the middle of the police investigation.
Cass knows the victim was no saint, as he made little effort to hide his philandering ways from his wife or anyone else, and often acted out with no thought for the feelings of others. But had he finally gone too far, or were there more menacing motives behind his murder? As Cass begins building a list of suspects, including the man’s supposedly grieving wife and a mysterious new woman in town, she also turns her ear to those otherworldly voices, hoping for a clue. And as she begins to close in on the culprit, she realizes too late that if she’s not careful, she’ll soon be communicating with the dead in person. (Goodreads)
Grave Consequences is the fifth book in the Bay Island Psychic Mystery Series by Lena Gregory. An enjoyable cozy mystery to occupy a rainy afternoon or two. I have jumped in with my first book of Ms. Gregory’s with this book. While I suspected whodunit pretty early on (aka – I figured it out), my suspicions were not confirmed until the end.
I found it interesting that Cass had a strong, positive feeling about her relationship with Luke (local policeman) as their interactions did not scream in a relationship to me. But given it is early on in the relationship, I will wait patiently to see how it progresses in the next book in this series.
“Luke, her . . . something, though she wasn’t quite sure what—their relationship seemed to be progressing comfortably since he’d taken a position with the Bay Island Police Department and moved to Bay Island—worked the scene with his partner, Stephanie’s husband, Tank.”
“She and Luke seemed to be headed toward something nice together, something special, despite Cass’s trust issues, thanks to her ex-husband and her ex–best friend, and despite the fact Luke didn’t really accept that Cass could communicate with the dead. That was okay, though; Cass sometimes had a hard time believing it herself.”
I found the struggles Cass was having with respect to her gifts (hearing all the voices at once) interesting. I wondered if she was going to learn how to control that aspect of her gift as it was very distracting to her amateur sleuthing endeavors. During the course of the story, she does learn a bit of control and is able to listen to certain voices, which helps in discovering the culprit to this heinous crime.
I loved the interactions between Cass and her besties – Bee Maxwell and Stephanie Lawrence. Especially Bee. The three look out for and complement each other in only the way best friends can. For me, this was one of the highlights of the story – a solid friendship. They make quite the sleuthing team.
There are several underlying stories just waiting to break free, which I am sure will be continued as this series carries on, or at least this reader hopes so.
I liked this story well enough that I hope to go back and read the first four books in this series as I suspect this will assist in some questions I have about Cass and her history with respect to her gifts. As well, I would like to get a better sense of who she is.