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Doom with a View (Psychic Eye Mysteries, Book 7) Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 2009
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I don't ask much from my light reading. When the heroine has the emotional stability of a two year old and can only find solace in her boyfriend's manly arms, I shrug and keep turning pages. When her best friend is engaging in reckless behaviors typically seen in psychopaths, I barely pause. When a painfully stereotypical love/hate relationship between two main characters is given way too many pages to unfold, I roll my eyes but keep going. It's light reading, after all, and I was perfectly happy with this book despite these issues, at least until the heroine walked into a drag bar.
This book spent an incredible amount of time insensitively portraying gender nonconforming behavior, primarily concerning the art of drag performance. Laurie portrays drag queens in an unappealing and pathologizing light, even allowing characters to describe it as a 'perversion'. I'm not claiming to be an expert on drag and the culture around it, but even a layperson can tell that Laurie uses outdated, pathologizing terminology to describe drag queens. MAJOR SPOILER: she goes so far as to imply that being discovered as a drag queen is enough reason to resign from office or even commit murder! This portrayal of drag queens is completely unacceptable from a book published only 5 years ago, and ultimately brings what I would have called a 4 star light read down to a one star disappointment that I would rather throw in the trash than force on another reader.
Abby Cooper and best friend private investigator Candice team up to help the FBI find three missing college students. Not only are all three missing, and presumed dead, but they all happen to be the children of important political leaders.
Bill Gaston, who has worked with Abby in the past, and has full faith in her abilities, brings her in much to the chagrin of the ever lovable Brice Harrington, who decided to put Abby through quite a bit of harassment. But when Abby starts putting the pieces together, much to the dismay of Harrington, what can he do, but follow Abby to the rather convoluted ending to this story.
Gee, a cold-hearted political figure with a secret life. People damaged in the process. Secrets kept at any cost. Seems to much in the realm of been there, done that. Hopefully, the next book will make a better impression.
The thing I found most annoying -- why can't these people talk instead of singing and squeaking everything? I felt like I was reading a story with Minnie Mouse and friends as the main characters!
While the concept was good, I didn't like the way the author played it out where Abby and Candice were concerned. They repeatedly disobeyed direct orders from the FBI and did whatever they wanted whenever they wanted while the head FBI guy just kind of sat around and smirked at them while letting them get away with everything. It started to seem that the author was sending a message -- as long as you're dating an FBI agent, you can break whatever laws and rules you want and do whatever you want...and when an agent or someone in authority tries to intervene, they'll be stopped and made to look like a fool. And yes, we'll take the word of a civilian psychic over the word of trained FBI agents and profilers when it comes to solving cases...even if she can't manage to act like a professional while working on a case her boyfriend is involved with (I mean, calling Dutch "cowboy" and "sweetheart" in FBI group meetings? Get serious!) and her partner acts like some kind of smug nutjob. Abby put Dutch's job in jeopardy so many times, yet there wasn't one cross word from him about it? The whole thing just got comical after awhile.
I admit to not knowing anything at all about psychics, but I just find some of the stuff in these books to be questionable. In the last book, it was why, if Abby had intuition telling her not to leave a casino and wins a large sum of money, every psychic on the planet isn't out getting rich in Vegas.Read more ›
Ms. Laurie's writing seems very inconsistent to me. When she talks of psychic issues her writing always comes across as strong and confident, but often when she is not dealing with the psychic realm her writing is very uneven.
One of the most annoying features of her books are her attempts at humor with her characters and their dialogue as well as their propensity towards nicknames and Doom with a View was no exception. Both Abby, the protagonist and Dutch, her lover are in their 30's and often their dialogue is that of a 12 or 13 year old. The Bogart "sweethot" is so way overdone as is their simpy terms of "Edgar" and "Cowboy." I've lived in Michigan and traveled throughout the state and I don't know that I ever met anyone who talks like her characters talk--in Michigan or in any of the other 49 states.
Ms. Laurie's grasp of dialogue is improving, but is still poor. Her characters don't sound like they are mature adults, but often sound more like teens vying for attention. However, this book was truly an improvement over the last six. The focus on Candace and Harrison provided a welcome relief to the often immature relationship Abby has with Dutch. Personally I am tired of the silly nicknames, winking and giggling and squealing her main characters go through. How many times do you wink at someone in a week?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fun as always! Fast paced, suspenseful, mystery, psychics, private eyes and hot government types! See more of Abbey and Candice's adventures.Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
Whether you believe or not doesn't matter, the fun is in the reading. I think this is my favourite of Victoria Laurie's Abigail Cooper Psychic Eye series. Read morePublished 2 months ago by nightreader
I like this author so well that when I realized I had read it before, I read it again.Published 13 months ago by Dollymac
This series fits into my "stress-reliever" genre. Nothing too complex, violent, or gory but it is good writing and interesting. I have read the whole series.Published 14 months ago by Lori