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Posted September 6, 2012
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.
Posted August 16, 2012
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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.
Posted August 14, 2012
Posted August 12, 2012
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.
Posted September 10, 2012
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Posted August 18, 2012
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