Title: The White Magic Five & Dime
Author: Steve Hockensmith with Lisa Falco
Age Range: Adult
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Length: 336 pages
Publication Date: July 8th 2014
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Available Formats: Paperback, E-book
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A murdered mother leaves a shop full of secrets.
Much to Alanis McLachlan’s surprise, her con-woman mother, Barbra, has left her an inheritance–The White Magic Five & Dime, a new-age shop in tiny Berdache, Arizona. Reluctantly traveling to Berdache to claim her new property, Alanis decides to stay and pick up her estranged mother’s tarot reading business in an attempt to find out who killed her. With help from a hunky cop and her mother’s live-in teenage apprentice, Alanis begins faking her way through bogus tarot readings in order to win the confidence of her mother’s clients. But much to her surprise, the more she uses the tarot deck, the more Alanis begins to find real meaning in the cards.
“Once I hit Phoenix, it took me two hours to get the meth and fifteen minutes to get the gun and bullets. (Meth dealers and stolen guns go together like rama lama lama ka dinga da dinga dong.) The milk I picked up at an all-night truck stop on the way back to Berdache.”