Flight Risk by Cherie Priest
Publication Date: November 15, 2022
Summary from NetGalley:
Inconsistent psychic Leda Foley and Seattle detective Grady Merritt return to solve the case of a missing couple in this sequel to the “delightful” (The New York Times Book Review) mystery Grave Reservations.
When psychic travel agent Leda Foley is approached by a man searching for his sister, she quickly agrees to help. The missing woman disappeared with a vintage orange car, a fat sack of her employer’s cash, and a grudge against her philandering husband—a man who never even reported her missing.
Meanwhile, Seattle PD detective Grady Merritt has temporarily misplaced his dog. While he’s passing out bright pink “Lost” flyers at the Mount Rainier visitors center, the wayward pooch appears—with a human leg in his mouth.
Thanks to DNA matching, Grady soon learns that Mr. Leg has something to do with Leda’s new client, and soon the two cases are tangled.
Theories abound, but law enforcement is low on leads. Lucky for Grady, Leda has a few ideas that might just be crazy enough to work. They’ll need one yellow dog, a fair share of teamwork, and perhaps a bit of Klairvoyant Karaoke to piece the clues together.
ARC provided by Atria Books via NetGalley for an honest review.
This is the second book in a fun and warm hearted cozy mystery series set in Seattle. You don’t really have to have read the first book in the series to enjoy this one, but it wouldn’t hurt. The first book sets up the relationships between all of the main characters as well as some of the recurring minor ones. Click here for my review of the first book, Grave Reservations.
Leda and Grady are back and solving the latest murder with straight forward detective work and a little bit of woo woo psychic insight. These two make such a good team. Grady is a little gruff and a straight by the book detective, but he isn’t afraid to use a little bit of psychic insight when he gets stuck. This new murder has him seeking Leda’s help, especially when they discover that their two cases are overlapping. I love Leda’s style and enthusiasm towards life in general. She really wants to help people with her abilities but she doesn’t have any patience for people who take advantage of her ability or kind heartedness. What I really like about the series is their growing friendship. They don’t know each other well yet, but you can tell that they care about each other’s well being.
The story was great and I really liked how the two cases overlapped. It really had me guessing as to what really happened to the these people, for awhile, but I was able to figure it out way ahead of Leda and Grady. Especially Mr. Leg’s murder and where the rest of his body was found. But I was enjoying the characters and their journey so much that I really didn’t care. It was also a pretty fast read, especially as the pacing was steady and the reveals of the clues were well done. There were a few red herrings but they were easily dismissed.
If you like cozy mysteries this is a series you want to set your sights on. You will love the characters and the mysteries are interesting and a lot of fun. You just can’t go wrong with a book that has Klairvoyant Karaoke! That is something I really would love to see.