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The White Magic Five and Dime (A Tarot Mystery)
by Steve Hockensmith, Lisa Falco

Published: 2014-07-08
Paperback : 336 pages
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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 ...

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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 through 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.

Praise:

2015 IPPY Award Bronze Medal Winner in Mystery/Cozy/Noir

2014 ForeWord IndieFab Gold Winner for Mystery

Starred Review"Cozy readers with a taste for humor will welcome this hilarious series debut . . . [and] will eagerly await the next installment." —PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (STARRED REVIEW)

"Hockensmith...and coauthor Falco deliver a charming comic mystery, which one hopes is the beginning of a series."—BOOKLIST

"[A] clever and compelling tale filled with colorful and engaging characters and a whodunit plot." —FOREWORD REVIEWS

"From the unique title to the cool cover, this book has it all . . . A across the board!"—SUSPENSE MAGAZINE

 

"Fun and light."—ELLERY QUEEN'S MYSTERY MAGAZINE 

 

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Did you figure out who murdered Alanis' mother before Mrs. Grandi pointed her in the right direction?
Would you return jewelry that you knew a family member had conned from an elderly person?
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  "Fun Fun funny"by Eknitation (see profile) 12/02/15

What a fun read. And funny, caught myself laughing out loud a few times.

 
  "A Fun Mystery"by ccroft78248 (see profile) 07/31/15

This is a cute mystery that made for a fun summer read. There are two additional books to the series which revolves around Tarot Cards and the main character's life with a con artist mother. It is enjoyable.... (read more)

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