Tiger's Eye

A Stacy Justice Mystery, #3

Stacy is up to bat in the annual Amethyst Founder's Day Game. It’s the bankers, realtors and newspaper staff vs the B & B, restaurants and taverns thus pitting Stacy against her family. That is not a good place to be. Birdie pitches...strike 1, did she see the ball just bob and weave? The second pitch comes and she watches as it spins around her bat then travel to her Aunt Lolly, the catcher...strike 2. Exasperated she prepares for the next pitch. She manages to connect and slide into first skinning herself badly and being called out when cousin Cinnamon, first baseman, tags her. Stacy is positive they cheated, but who can she tell. Everyone may believe they are witches, but few know it for sure.

As the day winds down Stacy goes looking for her Great Dane Thor, her familiar. When she is unable to locate him she cast a spell to call him to her. Slightly tipsy at the time she over does it and dogs come out of the woodwork, many long dead. It seems one should never cast a spell on their familiars as it is too much power to combine and things more than likely will go haywire. She is all but attacked by a Chihuahua before she spots Thor lying under a bush next to a collie. Leo, chief of police and newest ex-boyfriend, and the other officers begin gathering the loose dogs including the Chihuahua. When Stacy gets to Thor she can see the collie is not in good shape and takes her to her Aunt Fiona to help heal her.

Having left the dog with her aunt at the inn, Stacy rises the next day and takes Thor to the lake to play. While swimming she looks to the shore and sees a white tiger, which warns her of danger. Suddenly she is pulled under the water and finds a corpse, weighed down with cinder blocks that will not let her go until she takes his watch, which is just out of his reach. After calling the police, and learning there is a poll guessing when she will find another body, Leo comes and takes the cell phone Thor had just found and given to Stacy. She goes and picks up newspaper photographer Derek. Then goes out to the car graveyard to look over the car her father was driving when the "accident" happened. She manages to find danger awaiting her there as well.

She is once again shot at, nearly run over and physically attacked. Stacy ends up hunting long lost files and mobbed by the dead with messages for those left behind. One message is from much disliked Monique and one from Derek's grandmother. She is sworn by druid oath to deliver the messages. You will laugh at how she does so. Readers will hold their breath as she puts the pieces together. They will be surprised by secrets long hidden. You will feel her pain as she discovers the difference between justice and revenge. Travel the path of Stacy Justice for a few days, I can promise you will not be bored.

Stacy is on a mission, the voice on the phone told her father's accident was not an accident but a deliberate murder. She is going to prove it and then she is going to make them pay. She has to face all this and perfect her talent. She needs to do this so that she can go before the council and prove she is the Seeker of Justice. She needs to plead her mother's case.

All books in the Stacy Justice series can be read as standalones, but truthfully they are better if read in order. That way you get the full effect of the story. These books are funny and wonderfully entertaining. You will love your new friends at Amethyst. Do return often, you won't want to miss any of the latest news.

As always Barbra Annino pulls the readers in from the first lines. She draws them in and ties up all the loose ends in an entertaining way. Just when you are saying I didn't see that coming she whams you with a cryptic scene. Reades will be searching their library for the next book, because she has already peaked your interest with just a few lines. First in the series is "Opal Fire", then in "Bloodstone" and now "Tiger's Eye". Not fair Ms. Annino, I have to get something done around the house. But I find myself opening "Emerald Isle". Just a chapter or two then I will get busy, I promise. Maybe...

Book Blurb for Tiger's Eye

Stacy Justice is looking forward to a lazy summer of hot dogs and beer; swims in the lake with her Great Dane, Thor; and hanging with her rekindled old flame, Chance. But when she gets a creepy anonymous call hinting that her father’s “accidental” death fourteen years ago was actually a murder, she’s too unsettled to relax. Stacy has blamed herself for his death all along—in fact, it’s the reason she’s fought so hard against being a witch. But who’d want to kill an innocent small-time newspaperman?

That’s the question on Stacy’s mind when she casts a spell that goes horribly wrong. And between the white tiger that keeps appearing out of thin air, the body in the lake, the feisty razor-toothed Chihuahua, and the gun-toting maniac, she suddenly has her hands full once again. But solving the mystery of her father’s death is Stacy’s number-one priority…and avenging it, if necessary, is a very close second.

Continuing the thrilling Stacy Justice saga, Tiger’s Eye drives the reluctant witch deeper into the mysteries of her family’s past…and the darker regions of her soul.

Night Owl Reviews May, 2013 4.50