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The Metaphysical Detective (A Riga Hayworth Paranormal Mystery Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Kirsten Weiss
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Book Description

Tarot, the Archetypes, Good Wine... and a Dog Named Dog.

When Riga Hayworth finds her new client dead, she smells a set up of metaphysical proportions. Now, to find a killer, Riga must travel from San Francisco to the underworld... and make it back alive.

Riga's client, Helen Baro, believes her husband is trying to kill her. One problem: her husband died in a car crash last year. Riga isn’t sure what to think. Is Helen mad? Is someone else trying to harm the woman? Or is this really a case of attempted murder from beyond the grave? But then Helen is found dead, leaving a strange haiku and tarot for a clue, and Riga is hurled into an investigation that threatens the detective and those she loves.

An urban fantasy based in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Metaphysical Detective explores the power of the archetypes through the double lens of tarot and Greek mythology.

Books in the Riga Hayworth Series

  • Book 1: The Metaphysical Detective
  • Book 2: The Alchemical Detective
  • Book 3: The Shamanic Detective
  • Book 4: The Infernal Detective

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About the Author

Kirsten Weiss is the author of two paranormal mysteries available on the Kindle: the urban fantasy, The Metaphysical Detective, and The Alchemical Detective. She is hard at work on the sequel, The Shamanic Detective. Kirsten worked overseas for nearly fourteen years, in the fringes of the former USSR and deep in the Afghan war zone. Her experiences abroad not only gave her glimpses into the darker side of human nature, but also sparked an interest in the effects of mysticism and mythology, and how both are woven into our daily lives. Now based in San Mateo, CA, she writes paranormal mysteries, blending her experiences and imagination to create a vivid world of magic and mayhem. Kirsten has never met a dessert she didn’t like, and her guilty pleasures are watching Ghost Whisperer reruns and drinking good wine. Read a sample chapter or check out her blog at You can follow her on Twitter at!/RigaHayworth, and view her world boards on Pinterest

Product Details

  • File Size: 676 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Misterio Press; 2 edition (October 24, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ZHBD3G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #283,742 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing tale May 19, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Twenty plus years ago, I set out on the plan to read whatever book was set before me through to the end. That is, like it or not. I will be honest in that the mystical has never held my attention. When it was suggested i read this book it was with some trepidation i took it off the self yesterday.

I'm so amazed at the intricacies invoved in how this plot unfolds. I loved the review of mythology, the analogies and insights to other lands in our word and beyond!

I finished the Book in one day and am looking forward to Rigas next escapes.
Surely, that speaks volumes from a mystical skeptic!
I recommend this book to do what i believe books do best --carry you away!
Happy reading.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well-crafted, fast-paced and fun! June 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
4.5 stars

I bought this book and its sequel at Orinda Books after hearing the author read at a book event last weekend. I finished this book in a day and a half, carrying it with me around the halls at work, on my lunch walk, to the bathroom... well, you get the idea. Strong, well-rounded characters; several unique story hooks; unexpected twists and turns; a couple of really creepy scenes (I'd tell you more, but I hate spoilers. Just look for the scenes at the Billiard Room and Riga's neighbor's apartment); and some very evocative descriptions of San Francisco made The Metaphysical Detective a delight to read. The author feeds out information on the heroine's background in small, tantalizing doses and avoids info-dumps.

Two reasons this is 4.5 instead of 5 stars:

1. There were a couple of places where the transitions were a bit abrupt for me and I felt cheated of details. Gimme more! There was one particular villain who I wanted to see at the end rather than just hear about his/her fate.

2. I figure the second book is going to be even better and wanted to hold out that extra half star for it!

A very well-crafted mystery, especially enjoyable for those who enjoy a touch of the paranormal!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This story is full of mystery and suspense. It all takes place in San Francisco CA and the San Francisco Bay Area, and I live here! This makes the book so much fun because I am familiar with all of the places mentioned in the book and I am sure even those out of this area will relate to because of SF being such a famous tourist attraction.
I hope Kirten Weiss has many more Riga Hayworth adventures to follow The Metaphysical Detective!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read March 20, 2012
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What a great ride! This is a fast moving book with humor, a bit of romance, some definitely creepy moments, and a mystery that spans the metaphysical and mundane. I can't wait to see these characters again in the sequel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Even the Metaphysical World has rules! February 29, 2012
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I could say this book is a commentary on the rules of metaphysical nature; or the relevance of Gods and Godesses in today's metaphysical world and real world; and the effect of supernatural powers on a gifted-person and his/her relationships with others. Or I could just say....

FUN! FUN! FUN! It's fast paced (a big plus for me), with terrific characters. And I never knew what was coming next. Plus, the idea of Brigitte, well that just cracks me up! I immediately thought this book would make a great movie. The first outing by this new author has me wanting more!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be prepared for awesome. August 20, 2013
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I really enjoyed this first tale in te Riga Hayworth series. Not often does one find a classic Agatha Chrisite sit evenyone down in the living room and let me tell you who dunnit in such an unusual setting with such compelling and otherworldly suspects.

Riga is a San Francisco detective with extraordinary abilities. She's smart, witty and sexy and a very intriguing character. When her newest client is found dead of a supposed accident, she has her work cut out for her. The path to find out who dunnit takes a lot of twists and turns along the way and the suspects abound. Can't say more without spoilers. Even better, the secondary characters are just as priceless as Riga herself, my favorite being Brigitte, the gargoyle who lives on Riga's balcony, and Vinnie, a wiseacre ghost from the 40's that inhabits a local condo.

If you like urban fantasy and classic mysteries, this is the one for you. Going to go grab the other three in the series and I can't wait to read them!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Good story but limited on knowledge July 27, 2013
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While the book is very good, if you know things about metaphysics beyond the basics this book can get quite frustrating. The story and interesting characters redeem the book it's lack of knowledge. Will be reading the next book to know what happens next.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly enjoyable, and I love Bridgett July 26, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Book Info: Genre: Paranormal mystery
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: those who like mysteries with a bit of paranormal
Trigger Warnings: murder, assault

My Thoughts: I can't even remember how it was I heard of this series, but I had been collecting the books before I was ever contacted by the author to review the latest one. When I mentioned I was still missing the first as well, she was kind enough to send that along, too. So, a big thanks to Kirsten Weiss for letting me read this whole series in one swell foop! It's something I've been looking forward to for a good, long while.

Overall I really liked the story. I was especially amused by Riga's Agatha Christie impression when presenting the denouement to the Archetypes. I was, however, annoyed with the perpetuation of one of the biggest misrepresentations of Tarot there is out there, and that is that the Death card literally represents Death. Anyone who has seriously studied Tarot knows that Death represents change, often abrupt, sometimes difficult (but not as traumatic as that of the Tower), but only change. Depending on the other cards and the placement in the reading, it can also mean rejuvenation. It definitely does not mean literal death.

But that's a minor grip. Overall I enjoyed the story, and I really liked most of the character. I thought Pen was a little immature for being 17; I certainly don't remember being that disrespectful toward relatives (other than my parents) at that age. If Pen were my niece and she talked to me that way at that age, she's probably end up with a cuff to the ear for her troubles.

Nonetheless, if you like mysteries with a touch of the paranormal (and gargoyles--let's not forget Bridgett, because she's awesome), then you'll like this book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't finish it
I tried to get past the main characters name, I really did, but Riga Hayworth? I just can't. It's ridiculous. I kept putting this book away and picking it up again. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Asyouwish
4.0 out of 5 stars A "churchkey" is not used to open wine!
For some reason, this bugged the hell out of me. And it was mentioned over and over and over again. I ask the writer to please do some research. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Readhead13
5.0 out of 5 stars A great story that drew me in almost immediately
This was an Amazon freebie (if I remember correctly), so I downloaded the book and took it on vacation to Key West with me. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Beaches
5.0 out of 5 stars Great (Paranormal) Detective Story
I discovered the Riga Hayworth books and read all 6 (that have been published to date) in a week. So yes, I'm a big fan of the series. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jack V. Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Mad Hatter Reads Reviews The Metaphysical Detective
I received an e-copy via blog tour in exchange for an honest review

When I read the blurb for THE METAPHYSICAL DETECTIVE I was immediately intrigued. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting first book in this series!
I have already read Book Four and then Book Five in this series and had no difficulty getting into them. Read more
Published 13 months ago by laurathomas61
5.0 out of 5 stars When is the TV series coming out?
The Metaphysical Detective, as is everything I have read from Kirsten Weiss, is one of those rare books that you can't put down. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Joe
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for those looking for other wordly mysteries
I had some trouble rating this because although the writing was very good and I love a good mystery, which this was, the metaphysical parts were not my cup of tea. Read more
Published 17 months ago by S. Bruno
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW
I really love the action in this book and this series had to continue this series it was that enjoyable.
Published 20 months ago by Bonnie Halperin
5.0 out of 5 stars Love IT!
I absolutly love this story! It was wonderfully written, I love the combination of mythology and modernism. I am greatly anticipating the next stories in the series!
Published 21 months ago by Debra Jo Nelson(Lily)
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More About the Author

Kirsten Weiss grew up in San Mateo, California. After getting her MBA, she joined the Peace Corps, starting an international career that took her around the fringes of the defunct USSR and into the Afghan war zone. Her experiences abroad not only gave her glimpses into the darker side of human nature, but also sparked an interest in the effects of mysticism and mythology, and how both are woven into our daily lives.

She writes paranormal mystery and suspense, blending her experiences and imagination to create vivid worlds of magic and mayhem.

Kirsten has never met a dessert she didn't like, and her guilty pleasures are watching ghost Whisperer re-runs and drinking good wine.

Follow her on Twitter @KirstenWeiss, or on her Facebook page, or at her blog at

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