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Who Do, Voodoo? (A Mind for Murder Mystery) [Kindle Edition]

Rochelle Staab
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Clinical psychologist Liz Cooper doesn't believe in ghosts. But when her best friend finds a tarot card tacked to her front door-and is then accused of murder-Liz will have to find a way to embrace the occult if she wants to outwit the real killer...


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  • File Size: 380 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (November 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0052REP70
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #380,452 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing Mystery November 2, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Liz has never bought into the mystical woowoo stuff, so when someone starts sending tarot cards to her best friend's front door she just thinks some punk kids must be up to some pranks. However, Robin isn't so sure are the same cards her husband drew the night before he died. Then threats start showing up with the cards and they know things are more serious than a mere prank. So, Liz enlists the help of her brother's old college roommate, Nick. He just happens to be an occult expert. In the middle of their investigation, Robin becomes the number one suspect in a murder case. Time is not on their side as they rush to find the real killer before Robin loses everything.

To be honest Voodoo elements have never really topped the top of my must read lists as it seemed like a bunch of confusing hocus pocus to me. However, in Who Do, Voodoo things are presented in almost layman's terms, making things a whole lot easier to follow. I think a lot of that had to do with the fact that Liz was completely new to all of it herself, so there were no presumptions already formed to skew things. I really enjoyed seeing Liz's journey from complete disbelief to a resigned acceptance, and finally to almost fully trusting in the unknown. I think part of her will always be a little skeptical, but at least she seemed to open up a little in the end.

While the majority of this book is more on the serious side, there is some humor as well. Specifically in the form of Liz's mother. Trust me this woman is a quack. When talking to Liz about her brother she feels she must remind Liz that he is her brother AND his name is Dave. Seriously, she says "your brother, Dave" each and every time. Plus she has this obsession with reuniting Liz with her cheating, alcoholic ex.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! November 1, 2011
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Loved the first in this great new series! Great characters, whippy dialogue and a fun, sly plot. What a wonderful debut!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Cozy Mystery! November 8, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Psychologist Liz Cooper's best friend is being terrorized by tarot cards! Liz thinks it's a sick prank but her friend, Robin, is taking it very seriously. After all, those same tarot cards predicted her husband's untimely death. There's no way Robin wasn't going to be worried, she has a daughter to think about.

Liz looks to her older brother's best friend, Nick, for help. He's very familiar with the occult and the supernatural community. Together, they desperately try to find the answers to help Robin. When a dead body turns up and Robin is the prime suspect, they know they have to step up their efforts and clear Robin's name once and for all.

I can't believe this is the first book by this author. It's amazing, to say the least! I loved every minute of it. I felt as if I was on an emotional ride with the heroine. I was desperately trying to figure out who was behind the murder and I was wrong (I'm usually right about these things - LOL). It's a fast-paced, murder mystery that will definitely leave readers wanting more.

The characters were realistically portrayed and characters you could be sympathetic towards (or hate, depending on the character). I never wanted to put this book down and was very sad the story was over. This is cozy mystery to perfection!

FTC 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who do, Voodoo? November 5, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Loved the book. Until now i was never much into mystery fiction except for Charlaine Harris' books but Rochelle Staab had me hooked by the second page. The characters were well developed and all likable. I could really picture them, thought i might even recognize some characters from the LA scene ;
Really great first book, i hope this is only the first one in a long serie.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 for a great debut novel June 21, 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Rochelle Staab's 'Who Do, Voodoo?' is a great debut novel for a series of books I look forward to reading in the future.
I struggled with either to give this review a 3 out of 5 or a 4 out of 5. I enjoyed it but I felt if anything it deserved a 3.5.

Now don't get me wrong I think the premise and the characters are wonderful and I think the execution overall was sound however I did have a few minor issues which I think held it back from being a 5 star review.

Firstly, as I started reading the first few chapters I couldn't really 'get into' the book. I felt the introduction was a little shaky and as such it didn't grab me straight away. I'm glad though that I kept going because very soon I found myself starting to get sucked into the world of Liz Cooper.

Secondly, I felt that the 'quirk' of Liz's mother saying "Your brother Dave" to introduce the character and then throughout the novel was slightly forced. I remember reading it and thinking 'maybe Rochelle wasn't sure how to go about bringing the character in and acknowledging that Liz and Dave are siblings'.

Thirdly, throughout the novel (especially on page 36-37) there seems to a be misrepresentation of the theme of 'Voodoo' and 'Hoodoo'. In the novel Nick Garfield (who is a religious philosophy professor and occult expert) says that Hoodoo is Voodoo black magic etc. Now the issue I had is that Hoodoo, although a cousin of sorts to Voodoo, is essentially folk magic. The two may have similarities but they are different nonetheless. This may sound like a trivial thing to speak about in a review but nevertheless since the character of Nick was an expert on the occult I assumed that such a mix up wouldn't occur.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad finish.
In the beginning I felt like the characters were a little rushed..like they didn't get a decent introduction. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Barbara S. Briggs
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this read
A friend suggested this after reading it and I really enjoyed it. I have purchased another book in the series.
Published 3 months ago by Katie
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy Read!!
This book was an interesting and easy read !! There was a lot of information on the dark cults and devil worship!!!
Published 4 months ago by carrcay
4.0 out of 5 stars Who do, voodoo
This is a fun light hearted read. The characters were good and the story kept me interested. I look forward to reading the rest of the books in the series
Published 7 months ago by SSpoonster
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad Debut
Not a bad debut. Psychologist and non-believer Liz teams up with Nick, a professor of mysticism to clear her best friend Robin of a murder. Read more
Published 9 months ago by LovesBooks
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent first in a series
I found the voodoo parts simplistic. The tarot aspect was done a bit better. Knew immediately who the murderer was, so that was disappointing. Otherwise a solid fast read. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jewelry buff
5.0 out of 5 stars Who Do? Ms. Staab do, that's who
Great fun to read. This is another of her books that I finished in one day - not easy, as I'm sure you know.
Published 10 months ago by Mary H.
1.0 out of 5 stars Authors shouldn't write about subjects they know nothing about
I had grudgingly read my way to page 37, grudgingly due to the lack of characterization, when I read "Hoodoo is black magic..." WTF? Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars You Should Do Voodoo
Liz Cooper is my best friend. Or, maybe she's my sister. She might be someone I grew up with in a middle-class suburb of Los Angeles. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Howard D. Baker
4.0 out of 5 stars First in a New Paranormal Mystery series
I have recently discovered that I enjoy paranormal/cozy mysteries. That is, mysteries with paranormal elements that emphasize humor and minimize gore. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kara Lynn Russell
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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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