by Cynthia Chow
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Attending a public auction of unclaimed storage units would not seem to be the best way to spend a day in Salem, Massachusetts, but that’s where Lee Barrett and her Aunt Isobel Russell find themselves on a sunny day in August. While bidders gamble on buying lockers of junk and forgotten belongings, Aunt Ibby spots and wins a bid on what she thinks could be a hidden treasure. Indeed, Lee is startled to discover inside a faded carousel horse worthy of restoration, which she takes to furniture restorer Paul Carbone’s for repair. What truly startles Lee, is the vision she sees reflected in the samovar Aunt Ibby first spotted, indicating that Lee’s “gazer” morbid visions continue to be reflected on shiny surfaces. This time Lee sees a man dead with a bloody throat, a sight that becomes real when a body is discovered after a break-in at Carbone’s studio.
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The burglar’s dismantling of the horse has police believing that someone was willing to murder for something hidden inside, and Lee’s being followed by both a mysterious SUV and a bubble-gum chewing self-proclaimed incarnation of the Grand Duchess Anastasia of Russia only reinforces the mystery. Now that Lee is teaching a course in Investigative Reporting, despite never having done any journalistic investigating herself, she takes the opportunity to put her learning to practical use. An online course in criminology further aids in her endeavors, especially when it reinforces her visions of royal treasures smuggled over by Russian immigrants in 1915. Present-day links to Lee’s ex-barely-boyfriend/former colleague at WICH-TV has police detective Pete Mondello acting territorial over his girlfriend, but they will all need to work together to decipher the mystery that extends back a hundred years but could have dire national implications.
This is yet another enthralling mix of witchcraft and mystery, enhanced by the fascinating allure of historical treasures. The paranormal elements are through visions more than any magic, but Lee’s feline O’Ryan proves deft at knocking over just the right clue that could lead to a solution. The plot includes numerous threats to Lee, but what proves most intriguing are the characters who prove to be so much more than they first appear to be. The author’s deftness at weaving the past into the present succeeds in making both timelines compelling, with the jeopardy feeling equally dire. Lee’s increasingly vivid visions and her relationships evolve the more she shares her secret, promising even more captivating adventures in the future.
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