I Never Fancied Him Anyway
(Bantam Press €??)
PSYCHICS are an unlikely source of chicklit gold, but Claudia Carroll's Cassandra is a rich seam for the author.
Cassandra has always had 'flashes'; even at the age of seven she sees bronzed beach hunks with longing eyes proposing to her aunties.
When we meet her next she's earning her living writing a psychic agony column for Tattle, a Dublin gossip magazine.
Cassie's friends seek advice too.
The obligatory gay friend, Marc with a C, is looking for Mr Right, or rather Messrs Right, as he serial-dates every nice-looking guy in his gym.
Activist friend Jo has little time for such frivolities - she's busy saving the world - but Cassie knows there's someone out there for everyone.
And spoilt-rotten Charlene meets another DSM (decent single man) and now Cassie's in trouble: could this guy be destined for Cassie herself?
Further complications ensue when Charlene decides that she's going to be Cassie's agent, and wants her to star on a TV show - where the DSM is a producer.
It's all witty fun, but with occasional icky touches, like Carroll's tendency to refer to 'the Queen' and generally carry on as if Ireland is a suburb of Essex.
Carroll is Nicola on Fair City, by the way, as well as being a big success as a writer - she's about to take off in world markets, with Harper bringing out her hilarious Remind Me Again Why I Need a Man next year in the US.
xxxx and a half stars