Nine Lives: A Lily Dale Mystery

Crooked Lane. Oct. 2015. 288p. ISBN 9781629532486. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781629532493. M
Newly widowed Isabella Jordan and her son, Max, are moving to Chicago to live with her mother-in-law but get sidetracked to the spiritualist town of Lily Dale, NY, after their car breaks down and Max finds a pregnant cat that needs tending. The feline's owner, the proprietress of a successful boarding house, recently died, and Bella is coerced into running the Victorian guest house until someone can be hired to replace the late Leona Gatto. But as she and Max settle in, Bella soon discovers that Leona's death may not have been an accident.
VERDICT Not to be confused with Staub's YA "Lily Dale" paranormal quartet, this charming series launch returns to the unusual community of psychics that Staub explored in her stand-alone thriller In the Blink of an Eye. She introduces a host of warmly appealing characters and throws in a touch of the otherworldly. Recommend for readers who enjoy the TV show Charmed.
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