An art nouveau dragonfly entangles a detective and a psychic in a confusing case.
Psychic Camden owns a boardinghouse filled with odd characters cordially disliked by his wife, Ellin, who runs the Psychic Network Service and wants Cam to quit his salesclerk job and do shows for the network. She’s especially upset because Matt Graber, a fake psychic who uses two pythons in his act, has gone over her head to get a show on the network. One of Cam’s tenants is David Randall, a private detective who often counts on Cam for help with his cases (Baby Take a Bow, 2017, etc.). David’s newest client is Leo Pierson, a flamboyant actor whose home has recently been robbed of several valuable art nouveau pieces, including a stunning Lalique dragonfly reputed to be cursed. Although Pierson inherited them from his father, there’s been an ongoing family feud, and the pieces that were stolen are reputed to hold a clue to a large fortune. Several habitués of the art world knew about the collection. Although Pierson doesn’t suspect them, Randall thinks interviewing them is a great place to start. Meanwhile, museum curator Samuel Gallant has gone missing. When they visit a gallery, Cam has a vision of Gallant’s dead body, and sure enough, the corpse is soon found in a storage closet. Kit, a musician who lives at the boardinghouse, is another psychic who’s leaned on Cam to learn how to control his powers. Now it’s Cam who’s having problems and taking pills to help with his headaches and sudden frenetic waves of visions followed by no visions at all. Everyone in the boardinghouse pitches in to help Randall with the case, investigating people involved in the art world and digging up dirt on their pasts. In the end, Cam will need the help of those pythons to get over his uncontrollable visions.
The mystery is nothing to write home about, but the high-maintenance housemates and talking pythons will certainly hold your attention.