May 08, 2020

#BoookReview: The White Magic Five and Dime (Tarot Mystery #1) by Steve Hockensmith Lisa Falco

Synopsis: 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.


Rating: ★
My Review: I have a soft spot for cozy mysteries.  They are usually very adorable and cute and well just something fun to read.  This one was all of those things but also wasn't. I kept loosing focus on the story and would just end up putting it down to do other things. All in all this wasn't the best cozy that i've read.  

Alanis McLachlan is shocked to discover that her murdered mother, from whom Alanis had been estranged for 20 years, has left her daughter, of all things, a tarot shop in Berdache, Arizona. Why would she do such a thing, knowing that Alanis would see tarot reading as just another con in her mother’s long history of scams. Could the shop have something to do with why she was murdered? Intrigued in spite of herself, Alanis goes to Arizona and finds even more unanswered questions, chief among them, Who is the suspicious teenage girl who was living with Alanis’ mother? Filled with humor, this engaging mystery turns many staples of the amateur-sleuth story on their heads, with each chapter bringing new quirks and ­surprises—Alanis even finds herself drawn to the tarot cards and discovers an ability to use her readings to help people. Hockensmith, author of the award-winning Big Red/Old Red series, and coauthor Falco deliver a charming comic mystery, which one hopes is the beginning of a series. --Amy Alessio

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