Book Review & Giveaway: Give the Devil His Due (Tarot Mystery #3) by Steve Hockensmith with Lisa Falco

Posted April 7, 2017 by Melissa in Book Review, Giveaway | 9 Comments

Book Review & Giveaway: Give the Devil His Due (Tarot Mystery #3) by Steve Hockensmith with Lisa Falco

This is a great slightly paranormal cozy series that adds in a delightful bit of humor! I encourage all of you to check it out.  Also look below to see my  reviews of previous books in the series 🙂

About Give The Devil His Due
Book Review & Giveaway: Give the Devil His Due (Tarot Mystery #3) by Steve Hockensmith with Lisa FalcoTitle: Give the Devil His Due
Series: Tarot Mystery #3
Also in Series: The White Magic Five & Dime, Fool Me Once
Author: Steve Hockensmith, Lisa Falco
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Publication date: April 8th 2016
Target Audience: Adult
Genres: Cozy Mystery, Paranormal
Length: 336 Pages
Source: Publisher
Format: eARC
Find It: Goodreads
Buy It: Amazon|B&N|Book Depository
My Rating:

Reformed con artist-turned-tarot reader Alanis McLachlan gets paid for predicting the future. Too bad she couldn't see all the trouble in hers.

First a figure from her troubled past returns to drag her back into the dark world of scams and thievery she thought she'd left behind. Then her on-again off-again romance with hunky teacher Victor Castellanos hits the skids when a surprising new suitor sweeps into town and tries to sweep Alanis off her feet. And then there's the little matter of the client who gets an ominous reading from Alanis . . . and is promptly murdered.

Danger is in the cards for Alanis, and she'll need all her skills as a tarot reader and a con artist ― as well as a lot of luck ― if she's going to survive.

My Thoughts

Give the Devil His Due is another fun addition to the Tarot Mystery Series. I must say that I am really enjoying this series! I will point out though that it is 100% possible to jump into this series at any point. Hockensmith does a great job of catching the reader up with the main characters and story arcs so you won’t feel like you’re missing anything if you skip the first two books in the series.

That said, as the first two books were thoroughly enjoyable, I definitely recommend not skipping them 🙂

These mysteries are perfect for readers who like their cozies a little less cozy and a little more humorous. We still have the same cast of characters and the same small town setting, but Give the Devil his Due introduces a brand new mystery and finally brings the mysterious “Biddle” into the picture.

I was kept guessing throughout and perhaps due to the sheer number of secondary characters in this one, I was surprised at the end. Honestly though, this series is about so much more than just the mystery. We have a lot of interpersonal dynamics at play here. The psuedo love triangle (don’t worry-it is so not an issue) and the family dynamics with Alanis, her sister and Biddle really add to the story.

And I just love the way the Tarot is woven throughout and how nimbly it was tied to what was taking place in the storyline at the time…sheer genius.

Such a fun read…don’t go into this expecting your typical cozy…this is so much more with the hint of the paranormal…should you choose to believe…and the humor woven within.

I can’t wait for more in Tarot Mystery series!

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About Steve Hockensmith

Steve Hockensmith

Steve Hockensmith’s first novel, Holmes on the Range, was a finalist for the Edgar, Shamus, Anthony and Dilys awards. He went on to write four sequels as well as a pair of bestselling follow-ups to the international publishing sensation Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. More recently, he wrote (with collaborator “Science Bob” Pflugfelder) the middle-grade mysteries Nick and Tesla’s High-Voltage Danger Lab and Nick and Tesla’s Robot Army Rampage.

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