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Rochelle Staab, author of the Mind for Murder Mystery series, has a professional bakcground as a marketing and advertising record label executive in the music industry and an award-winning Top 40 radio programmer.

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  • Series: A Mind for Murder Mystery (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; 1st edition (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425251497
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425251492
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #731,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rochelle Staab, a former award-winning radio programmer and music industry marketing executive, blended her fascination with the supernatural and her love for mystery in WHO DO, VOODOO? the Agatha and Anthony nominated first novel in her Mind for Murder Mystery series for Berkley Prime Crime. 2013 Watson Award winner BRUJA BROUHAHA, and critically acclaimed HEX ON THE EX complete this series featuring psychologist Liz Cooper and occult expert Nick Garfield.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J & L Rigod on August 22, 2012
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Everything seems to be going wrong lately for Liz and Nick and their friends. Could it be life or is it the curse that their dear friend, Lucia threw at the community to avenge her husband's death? If you know Liz Cooper and Nick Garfield, you will realize that there might be two answers to that question.

Liz Cooper is a Psychologist and Nick, her boyfriend is a Professor of Occult studies. They live in Studio City and North Hollywood. Liz volunteers for a counseling session at the clinic across the street from their friends, Lucia and Paco's 'Botanica Rojas.' The Roja's religion is Santeria but we quickly learn how fearful the community is of Lucia's power and also the gangs that have moved in.

Liz also must face whether to buy a house or move in with Nick when her house becomes an issue of non-renewable lease.

I would have loved to learn more about Santeria but hope that in coming novels we will.

It was a good, solid, and fun as well as sad novel. I have grown to care for the characters.
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A Saturday night fortune-telling game was in the cards for everyone at the Rojases' house. Liz Cooper looked askance at what she deemed to be no more than a simple parlor trick, but everyone, including her boyfriend, Nick Garfield, an occult professor, took the coconut ritual very seriously. Lucia was a Santeria priestess and, with her husband Paco, owned Botanica Rojas. Drs. Carment Perez and Victor Morales, business partners at the Park Clinic, watched along with everyone else as Liz tossed the four pieces of the coconut shell. Eyebrows were raised and an aura of discomfort crept through the room. "You rolled Oyekun, Death." Nonsense. Nick had to be joking, or was he?

Westlake's Park Clinic was host to Liz's down-to-earth Saturday Wellness therapy sessions. Not unlike everywhere else, women had stressors in their lives and needed help. The neighborhood also was host to gangs and prostitutes, an unremitting problem that had an impact on the Clinic. Parlor tricks seemed a bit frivolous in comparison, but what happened next would throw everyone into a frenzy. Shots rang out just outside the Rojases' and a drive-by took out José Saldivar and Paco, who had gone down to the street level. Teresa Suarez stood next to the bodies, but just who the target was remained to be seen. Okekun, Death ... it had begun.

Shock echoed throughout the room, the neighborhood. Paco Rojas was much beloved, but there were those who marked his name in red on their enemy list. But who wanted to assassinate an old man? Perhaps he was a simple bystander who got in the way. Santeria was the way and someone would have to pay because the code of silence would not reveal the killer. Lucia's fragility was obvious, but Detective Bailey would eventually have to interview her.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Yvonne Reviews on August 12, 2012
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Psychologist Liz Cooper believes in science and facts. Occult professor Nick Garfield believes in the supernatural. They couldn't be more opposite, but the old saying is that opposites attract and that's certainly the case with these two. However, when tragedy strikes a family friend, their beliefs quickly clash.

Lucia Rojas, a Santeria priestess, is devastated by the loss and in a moment of seeking justice - she puts an evil hex on the entire community. She blames all of them for the tragedy and the crime that has taken over the town she loves so much. When accidents begin to happen to the locals and one local citizen mysteriously disappears, Lucia is called bruja - the Spanish term for witch - and now Lucia finds herself in danger.

Liz and Nick adore Lucia and vow to protect her from the town's viciousness and her own declining health. Nick wants to stop the hex, while Liz wants to look for a more practical explanation. Together, they pray they can find answers and maybe even a little romance along the way.

This is the second book in Rochelle Staab's "A Mind for Murder Mystery". I reviewed the first one Who Do, Voodoo? and I absolutely loved it. This one is no different. In fact, if possible, I loved this one even more. Probably because I was more familiar with the characters. Liz and Nick are so good together.

The story moves at a fast-pace and has everything you'd want in a cozy mystery - great characters, a quaint small town, a baffling mystery and even some romance thrown into the mix. I devoured this book over the weekend and am anxiously awaiting for book #3. Rochelle Staab is proving she isn't a one-book wonder, she's the real deal!

Disclosure: The author provided me with a copy of this book to review. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
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First Line: Nick Garfield, my boyfriend and college professor of mainstream, arcane, and bizarre forms of religion, took four chunks of unshelled coconut from the Santeria altar and set them in my hand.

Practical psychologist Liz Cooper and occult professor Nick Garfield are celebrating the sixtieth wedding anniversary of their hosts, Paco and Lucia Rojas, devout Santeria practitioners who own the historic Botanica Rojas near MacArthur Park in Los Angeles. The evening turns to tragedy for the small group of friends when Paco is killed in a drive-by shooting.

Lucia, completely devastated by her loss, blames the locals for the growing crime in the area, and she casts a hex on the neighborhood. Strange things begin to happen, accidents are on the rise, and Lucia's neighbors begin calling her "bruja" (witch). They turn on the elderly woman who's always been their friend, and they want her gone.

With the way the locals are behaving, Lucia is definitely in harm's way, and it's up to Liz and Nick to solve Paco's murder before anything happens to Lucia.

I often hear talk of a "sophomore slump" when referring to the second books in series. These second books allegedly tend to be weaker than the first, but that most certainly is not the case with Bruja Brouhaha. Two minor annoyances in the first book were not present in the second (Liz's preoccupation with the color and application of her lipstick, and her mother trying to get Liz back with her alcoholic ex-husband), and I quickly settled down to a very enjoyable read.

The Santeria religion is an interesting one, and I wish there'd been a little more about it in the book, but Staab does an excellent job of showing the behavior of its practitioners and how their beliefs color their perceptions.
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