Grave Reservations

Atria. Oct. 2021. 304p. ISBN 9781982168896. $26. M
Travel agent Leda Foley, owner of Foley’s Far-Fetched Flights of Fancy, has been honing her skills as a psychic and practicing “klairvoyant karaoke” regularly at a local bar. When she gets a strong feeling that she should reroute Grady Merritt’s flight, he’s upset, until the scheduled plane goes up in flames. Grady then shows up at Leda’s office and introduces himself as a police detective; he wants to hire her to help solve a murder that has bothered him for 18 months. They visit the crime scene, and Leda gives Grady just enough clues before passing out from the effort. Her blinding white lights and flashes of insight eventually cause her to link Grady’s case with the unsolved murder of her fiancé three years earlier. Even someone who isn’t psychic can foresee that the killer will eventually focus on Leda, a constant worrier who finally refuses to be a victim.
VERDICT Priest, the Locus Award–winning author of Boneshaker, is known for writing horror and steampunk. Her witty mystery has a likable amateur sleuth and a strong supporting cast. For fans of Wendall Thomas’s offbeat travel agent Cyd Redondo.
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