Mind Over Murder by Kari Lee Townsend

Kalliope Ballas is a shy, slightly OCD fashion designer with a prissy calico cat and hand sanitizer always at the ready. Nikos Stevens is a loud and boisterous half-Greek homicide detective with a big sloppy St. Bernard and a devil-may-care attitude. Ever since a freak accident gave Kalli the gift of reading minds, her long-standing low expectations for romance have dipped even further. But when Kalli’s best friend becomes the number one suspect in a murder, the mismatched pair find themselves increasingly crossing paths over the course of the subsequent investigation. Kalli knows she must use her newfound ability to clear her best friend’s name, but how can she explain how she knows what she knows without confessing her mind-reading ability to Nik?

“Townsend once again introduces us to unforgettable characters in the first book of her new Kalli Ballas Mystery series. The scenes with Kalli's family will give you flashbacks to “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”, with family members you hope you'll see again. Once she meets Nik and his slobbering St. Bernard, you're going to wonder how in the world is our germaphobe sleuth going to team up with the detective to clear her best friend's name? But Kalli has a secret she's learning to live with and using this newfound gift means she's going to have to curb her OCD and touch strangers in order to read their minds. The fate of her best friend is in her very capable, very sanitized hands.” ~ Amazon Reviewer