Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
The White Magic Five and Dime (A Tarot Mystery) Paperback – July 8, 2014
"The Lying Game" by Ruth Ware
From the instant New York Times bestselling author of blockbuster thrillers In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10 comes Ruth Ware’s chilling new novel, The Lying Game. Pre-order today
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
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
About the Author
Steve Hockensmith (California) is the author of the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies novels Dawn of the Dreadfuls (Quirk Classics, 2010) and Dreadfully Ever After (Quirk Classics, 2011). His book Holmes on the Range (Minotaur Books, 2007) was a finalist for the Edgar, Shamus, and Anthony Awards for Best First Novel.
Lisa Falco (Los Angeles) received her first tarot deck at the age of eight years old. She holds degrees from both Northwestern University and Cal State University Northridge, and is the author of A Mother’s Promise (Illumination Arts, 2004).~
Browse award-winning titles. See more
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Top customer reviews
Alanis is living in an Illinois suburb working as a telemarketer (she's quite good at it, thanks to her upbringing) when she gets the news that her mother has been murdered. Off to Arizona she goes, having decided to avenge her mother's death, and is surprised to find her mother was reading tarot. This apparently was not one of her mother's con tricks when she was growing up. She's also greeted by a teenage girl who was her mother's ward/assistant, a hunky cop who's in charge of the investigation into her mother's murder, and several angry former customers who her mother swindled. The plot is really well done and the killer came as a surprise to me.
I've read many of Steve Hockensmith's books and love them. He is a wonderful writer. "The White Magic Five and Dime" is a great intro to a new series. Hockensmith doesn't lay on the supernatural too heavily, and this is a wise decision in my opinion. Mysteries that are heavily doused with witchcraft, ghosts, etc. are not really up my alley. Alanis does have a gift for reading the cards, but it's clear that her training at reading "marks" or con victims has a lot to do with it. The readings are scattered throughout the story, and the more she handles the cards, the better she gets. Eventually even she, the hardened skeptic, has to admit that there is "something in it." If you are a mystery fan, I highly recommend this book.
Yes, I did guess whodunnit before the denouement ... mainly because, in a really professional story like this one, the murderer is never a minor or incidental character. (Enough said.)
This would be a fine standalone novel, but if the authors can keep up the quality in subsequent volumes, I welcome a series too.
“Athena Passalis, aka Barbra Harper, aka Mom had finally done the one and only thing she ever could or would do to make the world a better place. She’d left it.”
Alanis heads to tiny Berdache, Arizona to collect her “inheritance”, a shop where her mother did tarot readings (and other things that involved parting fools from their money). Yep, Mom was a con-woman and her death was not a natural one. Despite her distaste for her mother’s lifestyle, Alanis feels that she owes it to the woman to find out who murdered her. Once ensconced in Berdache a funny thing happens to Alanis - she gets the urge to ‘set things right’ with the people her mother has conned, but things are not exactly straightforward…
I loved this book – it was a thoroughly entertaining mystery told with a wicked sense of humor. Each chapter starts off with an irreverent (and usually hilarious) interpretation of a tarot card, and even though I know next to nothing about the tarot I found myself intrigued. Alanis’s narrative is clever and full of her (often) snarky observations about human nature – including her own. The dialog is nicely written, the mystery plays out well and the characters are well developed. My one and only gripe – and admittedly it’s a petty one – is that the author doesn’t make the most of the location. Berdache is located right outside of Sedona, and somehow the locale just never comes to life in the book. I felt that this story lacked a tangible sense of place, and that was a bit of a disappointment.
Publisher’s Weekly referred to this book as a “cozy”, but I’m not sure that I agree with that. While I like cozy mysteries, they usually have a kind of twee quality, and this book definitely doesn’t fall into that category. Biting sarcasm, a bit of dark humor, a smattering of profanity…not exactly a textbook cozy. I’m more comfortable categorizing this as a ‘Humorous Mystery’, and I’m even more comfortable highly recommending it.
The series, in order:
*The White Magic Five and Dime (A Tarot Mystery)
*Fool Me Once (A Tarot Mystery)
*Give the Devil His Due (not yet released)
Most recent customer reviews
I couldn't put this book down and I loved everything about it.Read more