The Tarot Killer

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A serial killer is targeting patients from Dr. Skye Barrie's psychotherapy practice in New York City. NYPD Detective Diaz wants to keep the case quiet in order to catch the murderer, but when a third patient is found dead, Skye decides to shut down her practice and inform her clients they are in danger. In order to protect her patients, she flies to London with the expectation the murderer will follow. Back in the familiar university town where she studied psychotherapy, can Skye identify the man the London news ...
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Overview

A serial killer is targeting patients from Dr. Skye Barrie's psychotherapy practice in New York City. NYPD Detective Diaz wants to keep the case quiet in order to catch the murderer, but when a third patient is found dead, Skye decides to shut down her practice and inform her clients they are in danger. In order to protect her patients, she flies to London with the expectation the murderer will follow. Back in the familiar university town where she studied psychotherapy, can Skye identify the man the London news dub the Tarot Killer before he strikes again?
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  • ISBN-13: 9781615727834
  • Publisher: Damnation Books, LLC
  • Publication date: 11/7/2012
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.34 (d)

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  • Posted March 27, 2013

    The Tarot Killer opens with the brilliant line from Sigmund Freu

    The Tarot Killer opens with the brilliant line from Sigmund Freud, “The Goal of All Life is Death.” That, as must as any quote would, describes the baddie and his motivation within the storyline and stands as a testament to the course of the novel. To open with that quote set a tone for me that the story, on its surface, met.

    The Tarot Killer is a thriller but leans toward a cozy in some elements. The investigating officers, both New York and London, defer to Dr. Barrie though she is a subject in the investigation and not the investigating officer. She is throughout an active part of the investigation and visits crime scenes and has access to case paperwork. A luxury few characters being threatened by a killer would be permitted. The idea of going from New York to London, where she has also practiced and has former patients, seemed a bit thin as well. Her argument within the story-line was that it was so long ago and that the killer wouldn’t have access to those files seemed weak. She doesn’t know at what point the killer entered her life.

    Bracht throws us some credible red herrings as to the identity of the killer but in the end provides us with the killer that would have seemed the obvious choice and a clear explanation of why he is killed women who look like Skye and why he’d want to kill her as well. What she doesn’t explain is the logistics but then, as we’re not in the mind of the killer, we don’t need to know his every travel plan just that he’s insane and he’s killing folks and staging those bodies to mirror images on a tarot card.

    There’s nothing wrong with The Tarot Killer. It’s credibly written and plotted. It’s a solid cozy murder mystery that your Grandma could read. The violence is more “off-screen” and there isn’t any sex to muddy the water and misdirect from the story-line though a reader could not be faulted for getting the impression that there’s more going on between a New York Detective and the woman he’s advising than we’re seeing on the page. Bracht choses to focus on the mystery rather than diluting the waters with complications between Skye and her fellow characters.

    If you’re a fan of cozy mystery or shows like “Castle” and “Bones,” this is the novel for you. The Tarot Killer registers at a very short 144 pages and is story-line focused. A good read for people who like to read on their phone or e-reader device.

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