Grave Reservations by by Cherie Priest
Meet Leda Foley: devoted friend, struggling travel agent, and inconsistent psychic. When Leda, sole proprietor of Foley’s Flights of Fancy, impulsively re-books Seattle PD detective Grady Merritt’s flight, her life changes in ways she couldn’t have predicted.
After watching his original plane blow up from the safety of the airport, Grady realizes that Leda’s special abilities could help him with a cold case he just can’t crack.
Despite her scattershot premonitions, she agrees for a secret reason: her fiancé’s murder remains unsolved. Leda’s psychic abilities couldn’t help the case several years before, but she’s been honing her skills and drawing a crowd at her favorite bar’s open-mic nights, where she performs Klairvoyant Karaoke—singing whatever song comes to mind when she holds people’s personal effects. Now joined by a rag-tag group of bar patrons and pals alike, Leda and Grady set out to catch a killer—and learn how the two cases that haunt them have more in common than they ever suspected.
Grave Reservations is the start of a new, urban fantasy series. The characters are quirky and lighthearted against a darker plot. And the mystery is well-developed and complex. The investigation itself is methodical and laid out well – the detective takes Leda along to get her psychic impressions of each suspect. Despite a lot of name dropping among two cold cases, it’s surprisingly easy to follow. There is plenty of humor, suspense, and even psychic karaoke. And an impressive plot twist leads to an exciting conclusion. I look forward to the next in this fun series.