A Premonition of Murder
Mary Kennedy     

Genre: Cozy Mystery
Series: Dream Club Mystery
Book: 3

An elderly Southern heiress’s nightmare becomes a real case of murder in the latest Dream Club Mystery from the national bestselling author of Dream a Little Scream.

When Abigail Marchand, Savannah’s famously reclusive heiress, invites the Dream Club ladies to lunch at her Beaux Reeves mansion, Taylor and Ali hope for an invitation to join the distinguished Magnolia Society. But Abigail has a more pressing concern: a recent dream that seems to foretell her death. 

Taylor reassures Abigail that there are many ways to interpret a dream, but at the next meeting of the Dream Club, their discussion is cut short by a call from Detective Sam Stiles. She's at Abigail's mansion, where the elderly woman appears to have been pushed to her death down a flight of stairs. Now Taylor, Ali, and the Dream Club need to catch a killer before someone else is laid to rest.

Taylor Blake enjoys her new life helping her sister Ali run a retro candy shop and cafe, but also participates in the Dream Club, a group of friends who meet to discuss and interpret each other’s dreams. Taylor and Ali assure elderly society woman Abigail Marchand that a dream of death isn’t necessarily a premonition she is going to die. They give her many things to think about and leave feeling good about helping Abigail and can’t help but hope she may repay them with invitations into the exclusive Magnolia Society. However, the two sisters are devastated when they learn Abigail has been murdered in her own home. Taylor and Ali, with the help of the Dream Club, decide to help their friend Detective Sam Stiles, solve the murder before the killer strikes again.

A Premonition of Murder is the third in the Dream Club series. I have enjoyed each book, but new readers will be able to jump right in with no problem. I like the characters of Taylor and Ali and the Savannah, Georgia setting, but more than that, I really enjoy the premise of this book and the entire series. The Dream Club meets to discuss their dreams and give each other interpretations and insights they may not have thought of on their own. When working together on an investigation, the dreams they have provide clues to help solve the murder. Dreams are an interesting subject to which most people can relate and it makes this series unique. Author Mary Kennedy is a psychologist which gives credibility to the dream interpretations discussed throughout the book.

The mystery of who killed Abigail is interesting and there are clues as well as red herrings to keep the reader guessing. I enjoy the hint of romance the author includes by giving Taylor a love interest in Noah. Taylor and Noah are taking things slow, so the focus of the book is on Taylor and the investigation, but having Noah involved adds interest to the story and helps make Taylor a more well-rounded character.

I think this series has gotten better with each book. The characters of Taylor and Ali have more depth and the members of the Dream Club have more distinct personalities and aren’t just interchangeable friends rounding out the group. From the most outspoken to the most introverted member of the group, all lend a hand in solving the murder, and I like seeing everyone come together this way. Readers who enjoy author Mary Kennedy’s prior books in this series or her Talk Radio series, as well as fans of Sheila Lowe’s Forensic Handwriting mysteries will enjoy A Premonition of Murder.

~ Christine