Welcome to my stop on the tour for The White Magic Five & Dime (Tarot Mystery #1) by Steve Hockensmith & Lisa Falco! I really enjoyed this read and was thrilled when the author told me they were working on book 2!
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Title: The White Magic Five & Dime
Series: Tarot Mystery #1
Author: Steve Hockensmith with Lisa Falco
Age Range: Adult
Genre: Paranormal Cozy Mystery
Length: 336 pages
Publication Date: July 8th 2014
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Available Formats: Paperback, E-book
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Buy the book: Amazon | BN | The Book Depository
Much to Alanis McLachlan’s surprise, her estranged con-woman mother has left her an inheritance: The White Magic Five & Dime, a shop in tiny Berdache, Arizona. Reluctantly traveling to Berdache to claim her new property, Alanis decides to stay and pick up her mother’s tarot business in an attempt to find out how she died.
With help from a hunky cop and her mother’s live-in teenage apprentice, Alanis begins faking her way trough tarot readings in order to win the confidence of her mother’s clients. But the more she uses the tarot deck, the more Alanis begins to find real meaning in the cards … and the secrets surrounding her mother’s demise.
“Wow,” Logan marveled.” ‘Bring the heat down on every operator in the area.‘ Are you sure you’re not a criminal yourself?”
“Ninety-nine percent.” I thought it over a moment. “Maybe ninety-eight….”
- Though this book didn’t have what I typically consider a cozy feel it more than made up for that with it’s wonderful quirkiness.
- I loved Alanis and her sarcastic personality. We get to know her little by little throughout the story and by the middle of the book I was completely in love with her character.
- It’s no secret that paranormal cozies are one of my favorite genres and this one delivers without being too out there. Is there really something to the Tarot? Or is at all about the readers ability to read not the cards but rather the customer? I’ll let you decide, but either way…it makes for a great addition to the story.
- Well written and incredibly entertaining, this one captured me from the first page and I was hooked until the end.
- The interactions between Logan and Alanis were priceless.
- It’s also no secret that I love “woowoo,” the Tarot card elements of this story fascinated me and have renewed my interest to break out the deck I bought years ago and learn.
- Lots of clues were sprinkled throughout. You may or may not guess who done it…but regardless you’ll be entertained until the end.
The Not So Good:
- I wish that we had gotten to know a bit more about the town and it’s residents. Unlike most cozies, the town wasn’t really a “character” in this one…I suspect though that in future books in this series we’ll learn more about Berdache and the town folk.
This book was very simply so much fun. I can’t wait for the next book in the series.
Was It Worth My Time?
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.
1 Tarot Card Reading!!