Friday, September 2, 2011

Review & Giveaway: Mind Over Murder by Allison Kingsley

Paperback, 272 pages
Expected publication: September 6th 2011 by Berkley
ISBN042524377X (ISBN13: 9780425243770

In the little town of Finn's Harbor, Maine, Stephanie Quinn Dowd's new bookstore, the Raven's Nest, is doing quite well; so well in fact that she needs additional store help. She begs her cousin Clara to come and work for her even though Clara has no retail experience. What she does have is a degree in literature and the "Quinn Sense":  the inherited ability to see into the future and to read minds; two skills that will come in handy very soon.

At this point in her life, Clara is not too keen on magic or spiritualism but Stephanie's book store is a little heavy on the occult; a fact that annoys Ana Jordan to no end. Ana owns the store next to Raven's Nest and feels it should not sell any books that would poison the minds of the town's youth. She thinks that type of book will turn kids into demons and  wants to see the bookstore shut down for good!

Unfortunately Molly, Stephanie's other employee, has a run-in with Ana about this very issue. Molly foolishly makes some threatening statements to Ana about minding her own business. . . or else. The first day Clara shows up for work is a doozy. She finds Ana in the store's stockroom lying on the floor in a pool of blood amid shattered pieces of Edgar Allen Poe's bust, a statue Molly had made for the store's window display.

Who would want to murder Ana in such a brutal way and how on earth did she get into the stockroom to begin with? Okay, so over the years Ana with her nasty ways has annoyed a lot of people but enough to do this? However it happened, it doesn't take a psychic to see this won't bode well for Raven's Nest, it's owner or it's employees.

What a great way to start a new series! By page 16, the reader has met the main characters, got a good feel for the little town of Finn's Harbor and seen the victim discovered murdered in a dramatic fashion.

Seriously, a cozy set in Maine in a book store? Doesn't get any better than that! I hope Kingsley has a lot more mayhem in store for us cozy fans. With a lot of new cozy series introduced this year, this one will turn out to be on my list of faves.  4****

Disclosure: A review copy of the book was provided by Berkley in exchange for my honest opinion.

To celebrate the release of Mind Over Murder, Berkley is allowing me to host a giveaway for one copy of the book. Open to US only and the deadline to enter is September 12th at 5 PM (est).   Please be sure to leave an e mail address in your comment. Bonus entries available for this contest are as follows:

+1 for posting on your facebook page with link to giveaway
+2 for being a follower, old or new. Just remind me how you follow and under what name.
+3 for blogging (sidebar is fine) or tweeting about the giveaway. Leave me a link, please. 

Good luck!


  1. This sounds like a great new series (I'd love to win a copy, but even if I don't, I'm adding this to my to be read pile.)

    I tweeted:!/Bookworm307/status/109609101780205568
    and posted on Facebook:

    Thanks for sharing this title

    Beverly aka Booklady - bevarcher at me dot com

  2. I love getting a heads up on a new series, this one looks wonderful!

    + I am an old GFC follower.(holdenj)


  3. I like cozies set in bookstores. Everything introduced by page 16 is pretty good

    margot dot peck at gmail dot com

  4. Oh, yes, a mystery set in a bookstore with flavors of the otherworldly? I would have to say that this one really piques my interest, and your review was wonderful, Kaye! I would love the chance to be entered in your giveaway as well!


    I follow your blog through google reader!

  5. Great giveaway and interesting series. Many thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  6. Sounds like a great read! I love mysteries set in bookstores.
    +2 follower

    barnhart72 at

  7. Thank you for the giveaway.
    +1 for following on GFC
    +1 for posting to FB (wfnren)
    +3 for tweeting @wfnren


  8. A mystery in a book store sounds divine to me! Please enter me. kathy(at)

    I subscribe in Google Reader.

  9. Book store cozies make great reading!

  10. GFC follower as Karen B.

  11. Oooh…a setting in book store! How fun!

  12. another new cozy mystery!!! AWESOME!!!! thank you for the giveaway!!

    i'll be sharing on my FB page,

    & i'm a follower; my name is Cyn209


  13. Sounds like a lot of fun, and I adore the cover. Thanks for the giveaway!

    I'm an old follower

  14. This one has everything that I look for in a cozy!! Sounds fantastic to me!!!

    Send me your bank account number and I will wire you 100,000 pounds...LOL!! I couldn't resist because of your comment above the box about spammers and begging for money!!

  15. This sounds like my kind of book. I'm a follower under the name of Susan. sdryburgh at hotmail dot com

  16. Great giveaway! =)
    Have a great weekend!
    readinginks (at) gmail (dot) com

  17. Thank you for the chance to win.

    I posted the giveaway on my blog:

    On my facebook:!/profile.php?id=100000589520359

    I am also a follower of yours: griperang

    thanks again - griperang at embarqmail dot com

  18. I think a mystery set in a bookstore is something most any book lover would enjoy... me included.

    Thanks for the contest!

    GFC follower as Romancing the Book
    admin.bookblog AT

  19. I'd love to read this. It sounds good!

    I follow on GFC - Carol M


    mittens0831 at aol dot com

  20. great giveaway
    follow via gfc+_ 2 samantha35

  21. I would really like to read this and I follow on google reader
    teressaoliver at gmail dot com

  22. I follow on google publicly. smithlinda60(at)hotmail(dot)com

  23. I would love to be entered into this one. It sounds so good.

    I'm already a GFC follower (Yvonne)

  24. thanks for the chance to read this mystery :)

    i'm a follower, too

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  25. Sounds like a good book.

    sgiden at

  26. yay! another fun cozy :)
    +2 I follow
    ericandsarita at gmail dot com

  27. Main and a bookstore sounds like a mystery that cannot be passed up!!

    Please enter me in this giveaway.

    +1 I posted this giveaway on Facebook:

    +2 I am an old GFC follower under the name of Carol N Wong

    +3 I tweeted this giveaway


  28. I would love to read this.

    +2, I follow on gfc.


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