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Bruja Brouhaha (Mind for Murder Series #2)
     

Bruja Brouhaha (Mind for Murder Series #2)

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by Rochelle Staab
 

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Practical psychologist Liz Cooper and occult professor Nick Garfield are enjoying the sixteenth wedding anniversary celebration for their charming hosts Paco and Lucia Rojas, devout Santeria practitioners who own the historic Botanica Rojas near MacArthur Park. But the small group of friends is left horrified and confused when the evening ends in tragedy.

Devastated

Overview

Practical psychologist Liz Cooper and occult professor Nick Garfield are enjoying the sixteenth wedding anniversary celebration for their charming hosts Paco and Lucia Rojas, devout Santeria practitioners who own the historic Botanica Rojas near MacArthur Park. But the small group of friends is left horrified and confused when the evening ends in tragedy.

Devastated by loss, Lucia, a Santeria priestess, blames the locals for the escalating crime in her beloved community. She casts a vengeful hex on the neighborhood, leading strangers and friends alike to dub her bruja--Spanish for witch--and turn on the elderly woman. Lucia may be in harm's way, and it's up to Liz and Nick to unravel a mysterious disappearance and solve a murder before more lives are lost...

Editorial Reviews

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"A fresh and entertaining premise for a new series that is cleverly plotted and executed."—Romantic Times

"Fans will enjoy accompanying the charming lead pair as the explore the supernatural."—MysteryGazette.com

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425251492
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/07/2012
Series:
Mind for Murder Series , #2
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
643,842
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

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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Bruja Brouhaha 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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debbieaheaton More than 1 year ago
In Staab’s mystery novel, practical psychologist Liz Cooper and occult professor Nick Garfield are enjoying the sixtieth wedding anniversary celebration for friends, Paco and Lucia Rojas, who own the historic Botanica Rojas near MacArthur Park. Regardless of the festivities, the evening ends in tragedy. Blaming escalating crime in the area, Lucia casts a vengeful hex on the neighborhood, leading strangers and friends both to nickname her bruja—Spanish for witch—and turn on the elderly woman. Now in harm’s way, Lucia must rely on Nick and Liz to solve a mysterious disappearance, murder and betrayal. A sexy, funny, supernatural, engaging whodunit. A great addition to the A Mind for Murder Mystery series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
aPaco and Lucia Rojas own the historic Botanica Rojos near MacArthur Park and are devout Santeria practitioners who mix up potions for many rituals like love, success and safety. They have gathered with their friends to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary. Lucia is also teaching Liz how to make tamales. The party comes to an end quickly when tragedy strikes. a devastated Lucia lashes out at the community by casting a vengeful hex on the entire neighborhood. They quickly give her the label of "Bruja" - Spanish for witch. Soon this elderly woman is alone with the exception of her friends Nick and Liz. They need to protect her and get to the bottom of a lot of strange happenings in the community including a murder and a missing person before more lives are lost. This author has a way of writing that just draws you in and holds on tight. The setting for this story really drove the mystery. A close knit community dealing with a few unscrupulous residents and some rival gangs members looking for trouble. The residents rally together to help Lucia showing the such strong friendship, putting themselves in danger to save her and her Botanica. I also was drawn by the education we receive about a religion I knew nothing about. The beliefs and practices of a Santeria priestess were very interesting. While Nick is an expert in the occult I do not classify these stories as paranormal. Like most readers Liz is not savvy to all these different beliefs so we can feel as if we are learning right along with her. She definitely learned more from Lucia than how to make a great tamale. The romance between Liz and Nick hit a few bumps this time out. I would call them growing pains as there relationship grows the trust in one another has to grow as well. The way this is written makes the characters so real and easily identifiable. Character development is perfectly paced. I have to say I really enjoyed the character of Lucia. A strong woman suffering a devastating lost. It takes her time to come to grips with the many changes in her life. She did have a little help holding her back from accepting the truth but as a reader seeing her come out even stronger after her ordeal was inspiring. Just like the first installment the clever plot spiced with a little humor made this a perfect cozy. I can't wait to see where the author takes us next! Hex on the Ex (A Mind for Murder Mystery) hits stores May 7, 2013.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Her first book was wonderful, this book is just as wonderful. I truly look forward to therest of the series
YvonneReviews More than 1 year ago
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.