From bestselling author Steve Hockensmith and tarot expert Lisa Falco comes a new mystery that isn't fooling around
Since taking over the White Magic Five and Dime, Alanis McLachlan has been tracking down old customers and making amends for her mother's con jobs. So when Marshaone of the shop's most loyal clientscomes looking for a way out of her abusive marriage, Alanis does everything she can to help.
But lending a hand leads to unforeseen consequences, including the murder of Marsha's husband. Now Alanis has to use her wiles to undo a mess of her own making. Her growing mastery of the tarot might help her find the truth...if the killer doesn't get to her first.
"Delightfully quirky."Kirkus Reviews
"Smart, humorous and refreshingly offbeat."Shelf Awareness
"Savvy plotting, sharp writing, and a believable use of fortune-telling to frame the stories."Booklist
"Readers who adore the women detectives of Dorothy Cannell and Maggie King will be pleased by this quirky series."Library Journal
"A funny book in which the reader also learns something is a rare treasure indeed."Mystery Scene
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).~
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
4.5 *Book source ~ Library After Alanis McLachlin inherits her estranged mother’s shop, the White Magic Five & Dime, in Berdache, Arizona she tries to track down and make things right with old customers her mother has conned. After sort of adopting an abused wife that was one of those customers, Alanis then needs to find the real killer of Martha’s husband when Martha is arrested for his murder. In only a few short weeks since hitting town, Alanis is once again smack in the middle of a murder investigation. She barely survived her last nose poking. Will she be so lucky this time? I have to say, I’m loving this series. Alanis is a different kind of “heroine.” She doesn’t fit any kind of mold. In fact, she may have broken the mold. She goes about things in a way I never expect and it’s all because of the way she grew up. I can’t even begin to imagine her childhood, so she keeps me on my toes. The murder mystery kept me guessing and there are great secondary characters. All-in-all an excellent way to spend an afternoon.
Title: Fool Me Once - A Tarot Mystery 2 Author: Steve Hockensmith & Lisa Falco Published: 8-8-2015 Publisher: Midnight Ink Pages: 336 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre: Women's Fiction; Supernatural; Women Sleuths ISBN: 9780738742236 ASIN: B011J5Y6NG Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley Rating: 4 3/4 Stars . . Alanis returns in Fool Me Once where one of her clients, and abused wife becomes the number one suspect in her husband's murder. Knowing her friend could not harm an ant much less kill someone. In a town the is mostly distrustful with long memories of her mother Alanis get little help, but she knows she has to try. Once again Alanis puts herself in danger's way. Using the cards to guide her she wades in where angels fear to tread. Steve Hockensmith and Lisa Falco have written another wonderful addition to their humorous and suspenseful Tarot Mystery series. I have very little to complain about. I fell in love with Alanis in book one with her quick witty comebacks and sharp mind. She is loyal with a conscience trying to make amends for her mother's misdeeds and show her fellow Berdache, Arizona residents. How can you not love her? The supporting characters are as developed just as well. The descriptive story brings the town to life for the reader. Letting you imagine you are walking the streets and greeting the residents and making friends you will want to visit often. My rating is 4 3/4 out of 5 stars.
This is a good mystery that I still guessing till the end. I liked the characters. The tarot cards is still confusing for me but interesting. This is a clean cozy murder mystery. It left me wanting to read the next book in the series. Alanis McLachlan has inherited her mother's store White Magic Five & Dime and found a sister. Alanis plans to make right to the customers that her mom conned. Marsha is abused wife. Who was coming to her mother's business multiple times a week. Alanis tries to be her friend and convince her to divorce her husband and file charges. Instead someone killed her husband with a baseball bat. Marsha is the main suspect. Alanis was raised to con and fraud. Till she was able to runaway from her mom. She had not seen her mom for decades and surprised that her mom left her the business. Alanis uses her talents of lying and cons to try and prove Marsha's innocent. There is a lot of tarot card reading and the meanings. As Alanis is trying to learn how to read tarot cards. The setting is Berdache, Arizonia. They are known for the one vortex they have out in the desert. I was given this ebook to read by Harlequin and Midnight Ink . In return I agreed to give a honest review of Fool Me Once.
Dollycas’s Thoughts We return the The White Magic Five and Dime in this 2nd Tarot Mystery. Alanis‘ Tarot Card reading skills are improving but her main concern is helping people her mother conned out of their hard earned cash. Martha comes to Alanis to escape her abusive husband but when the husband is found dead she becomes the prime suspect and they think Alanis could be an accomplice. Thankfully she has a good lawyer for Martha, a friend not afraid to do a little breaking and entering, a sister with an internet hacker connection, and a keen sense to track down the real killer. This story is so easy to easy to get caught up in. You know Alanis’ heart is in the right place and she does go to great lengths to right her mother’s wrongs. She is also quite savvy and doesn’t get tripped up but those trying to con her or take advantage of her. She has grown quite a bit over the course of these books. The secondary characters are very interesting as well and the author brings them all together with an extraordinary plot with plenty of red herrings. Each chapter starts with a excerpt from Alanis’ mother’s book, Miss Chance, Infinite Roads in Knowing. that Alanis is reading and to give us a little insight into the Tarot Cards. These are quite humorous. The author did something I just hate :) he leaves is with a hook for the next book in this series! I hate that because we have to wait a year to get the rest of the story!! For now this is a terrific mystery. While it can be read as a stand alone I truly recommend you start with The White Magic Five and Dime, you can read my review here. Then we can wait for the next installment together.