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Grave Reservations: A Novel (Booking Agents Series #1) (Paperback)

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Delightful! A light hearted mystery novel about a budding, erratic psychic (and travel agent) who works with a detective to help solve a murder mystery that unexpectedly connects to her past. Delightful characters, including the city of Seattle itself, and an absolute escape of a read. I love everything Cherie Priest writes and this book is no exception. Perfect for twenty and thirty somethings looking for a cozy mystery with snark, fun, and the occasional pop culture reference.

— Lindsey


A psychic travel agent and a Seattle PD detective try to solve a murder in this “ebullient tap dance of a mystery” (Christopher Moore, New York Times bestselling author)—perfect for fans of Lisa Lutz’s The Spellman Files and Elle Cosimano’s Finlay Donovan series.

Meet Leda Foley: devoted friend, struggling travel agent, and inconsistent psychic. Impulsively re-booking Seattle PD detective Grady Merritt’s flight, she has no idea that her life is about to change in ways she could have never foretold.

When his original plane blows up on the runway, Grady begins to suspect that Leda’s special abilities could help him with a cold case he just can’t crack. Despite her scattershot premonitions, she agrees to join the investigation for a secret reason: her fiancé’s murder remains unsolved.

Leda’s psychic abilities couldn’t help that sad case, but she’s been honing her skills and drawing a crowd at her favorite bar’s open-mic nights, where she performs her klairvoyant karaoke—singing whatever song comes to mind when she holds people’s personal effects. Now joined by a ragtag group of bar patrons and pals, 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.

About the Author

Cherie Priest is the author of two dozen books and novellas, including the horror novel The Toll, acclaimed gothic Maplecroft, and the award-winning Clockwork Century series, beginning with Boneshaker. She has been nominated for the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award, and she won the Locus Award for best horror novel. Her books have been translated into nine languages in eleven countries. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband and a menagerie of exceedingly photogenic pets.

Praise For…

Grave Reservations is an ebullient tap dance of a mystery with a splash of Seattle color and, well, psychic karaoke. Great fun!” —Christopher Moore, New York Times bestselling author of Lamb and A Dirty Job

“[A] frothy blend of paranormal cozy and off-the-books police procedural… Readers will hope this is the start of a series.”Publishers Weekly

“Grave Reservations is a smart mystery featuring funny, engaging characters to fall in love with, and a wild ride of an ending. Full of Priest's hallmark wit and whimsy, it's a joy to read!” —Kat Richardson, bestselling author of the Greywalker series

“The half-psychics, female friendships, and mystery of a dead fiancé make it fun, but it's the story of every woman's second act that makes Grave Reservations shine. It's exactly the witty escape read you need right now.” —Sarah Langan, author of Good Neighbors

“A caffeinated treat for fans of Northwest mysteries and oddball sleuths. A fun, propulsive read.” —Nova Jacobs, author of The Last Equation of Isaac Severy

“Light and irreverent, but with more serious themes including grief and responsibility, this is an excellent series starter for Priest’s fans as well as new readers. Suggest to those who enjoyed Mia Manansala’s Arsenic and Adobo.”Booklist

Product Details
ISBN: 9781982168902
ISBN-10: 1982168900
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication Date: July 19th, 2022
Pages: 304
Language: English
Series: Booking Agents Series