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The Cards of Life and Death

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..".There's nothing better than a book by Colleen Gleason!" -- Robyn Carr "Fun and exciting romance...with a ghostly touch. Nancy Drew for grown-ups!" -Mara Jacobs, New York Times bestselling author --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Colleen Gleason is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author. She has written more than two dozen novels in a variety of genres, including the internationally bestselling Gardella Vampire Hunters series and the young adult steampunk Stoker & Holmes books. Her novels have been translated into a number of different languages. She lives in the Midwestern United States with her family and two dogs and is always working on her next book.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Avid Press (May 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1929613512
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929613519
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,183,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book was a quick and enjoyable read! I loved Ethan and the busybody old women ;) You'll have to read it to find out more about them! They are a hoot! Of course there are some steamy scenes you'll enjoy as well.
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Diana has inherited her aunt's home and estate, but has she also inherited her psychic gift? She wants to deny it, especially after she meets Ethan, a parapsychologist. Soon the two of them find they must learn to trust their instincts if they are to catch a murderer. Ethan is the brother of Fiona from Gleason's previous book, The Shop of Shades and Secrets. Another good story. At one point it turns into a surprising romp.
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I loved Colleen Gleason's The Shop of Shades and Secrets, and The Cards of Life and Death is even better. I started to write more in this review, and realized that it will be more fun for the readers to experience the story for themselves rather than have me tell about it. But if you like romance, mystery, paranormal, and gothic, you'll love this book!
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I had read the author's 'sister' book and wasn't too convinced.
This was much, much better. Characters were more 3D like, and hey what girl wouldn't want to meet our leading man Ethan. His character was very well described and it was consistant throughout.
Love how the author did show she has a good knowledge of the tarot cards along with their use and myths surrounding them. They actually played a full part in this book, unlike the palm reading in her other novel.

Storyline was good, and thoroughly enjoyed the company of the quilters. (would love to see them in their own book where they become super sleuths...lol)I won't go into detail about the plot or storyline as other reviewers may have done that. Besides, I wouldn't want to accidently give away any spoilers.

Recommended? Absolutely. Not necessarily for those who have strong opinions about tarot (and being a reader myself I know there are many like that out there - sad but true).

Look forward to reading more from this author.
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I downloaded this book immediately after finishing The Gems of Vice and Greed (Contemporary Gothic Romance Book 3). I was so caught up in the suspense/mystery of that book that I was addicted. Still am. How refreshing to read a story that rides on its own merits, without gratuitous sex scenes to draw a fan-base. And don't get me wrong, I love sophisticated erotica. But this fabulous story, told in dual POV's, was all about the story first. It held me captive.

Diana Iverson owns her fledgling law firm in Boston. She's uptight and full of insecurity, especially around men. I liked her character. I liked that she's full of faults. She's not perfect like most heroines in most romantic/suspense novels. Diana is genuine. She was raised under her mothers' critical and harsh thumb, causing Diana to try harder to please her mother...and always failing. Diana has a suspicious nature. She disguises her insecurities with cold haughtiness.

Dr. Ethan Tannock is a professor at Princeton. He's a people person...warm and congenial. He notices the oddest, almost hidden idiosyncrasies of the people he meets --- almost right away. He "reads" people which comes naturally to him. This is his profession...this is what he does.

Diana and Ethan become enemies within moments of meeting...not because of Ethan, but because Diana is a social misfit with a casual conversation. Yes, she can argue a case...but outside the courtroom she's lost. And because of her suspicious nature, she mistrusts Ethans' friendly motives. Both characters are fragile; Ethan because he's been used and abused by the manipulations of unfaithful women...twice.
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CAVEAT: While I am not best buds with her, I do chat with the author on Twitter and Facebook and have done an interview with her about this book. I bought the book. It was not given to me.

Gleason is an author I like. I loved her vampire series. This is a paranormal suspense but the paranormal is very very light. Tarot cards figure significantly in this book.

I did not read the first in this series but didn't feel that I needed to. I was immediately engrossed in the story. The big city lawyer who has to relearn who her mysterious aunt was. Diana came across as believable to me. I liked that she fought her own psychic ability so hard. I also liked that she wasn't going to fall into the hero's, Ethan,lap right away.

There is a murder here to be solved with the help of the dead aunt's Tarot cards. I'm a professional Tarot consultant so I was eyeing the card choices pretty hard. Gleason did a great job of choosing which ones to have fall out. The cards falling was a clever thing that worked for me.

Who the killer is seems obvious but there's a very clever twist at the end. And another clever twist was having the heroine NOT be crazy for the hero's pet. I liked that she had to overcome that as well.

It's a quick easy read that would be a perfect companion for the beach. I will be reading more of Colleen Gleason's work. She's a clever wordsmith who tells a very good tale.
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