Fortune's Fool

Fortune's Fool

by Jane Sevier

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"Jane Sevier puts 1930s Memphis on the mystery map with loving care and sly Southern wit. Nell Marchand's adventures are well-crafted and engaging, the characters compelling, and the writing sharp and finely tuned. The Psychic Socialite series is a delight."--NY Times Best-selling Author Jennie Bentley

When her husband dies and leaves her penniless, a 1930s Memphis socialite becomes a fortuneteller, only to discover she has the true sight.

In 1933, a fourth of Americans are unemployed, John Dillinger grabs headlines knocking off banks, FDR is in the White House promising a New Deal for the country, and Boss Crump reigns supreme over Memphis.

Nell Marchand has never worked a day in her life. When her philandering skunk of a husband suddenly drops dead, leaving her without one red cent to her name, she lands smack dab in the middle of the hard times she has only heard about in newsreels. Nell tries to find a job to support herself and the household that depends on her, really she does. Her typing is a disaster, she cuts off every call in her one day as a telephone operator, and laundress leaves her back aching. There has to be an easier way.

A reluctant visit to prosperous Joseph Calendar, her flighty mother-in-law's medium, persuades Nell that there are fortunes to be made in, well, telling fortunes. As society fortuneteller Madame Nelora, she is soon the toast of Memphis. But when a desperate father begs Nell to find his daughter, she has a true vision of the missing girl. Terrified that she's losing her mind, Nell turns to Calendar. She may suspect he's a charlatan, but he is the only man who can help her embrace her gift and the responsibility it entails. To find the girl–and unravel a secret from her own past–Nell must outwit a corrupt banker and his gangster pals who will do anything to keep her hidden.

FORTUNE'S FOOL was a finalist for the prestigious RWA Golden Heart®.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013217652
Publisher: Jane Sevier
Publication date: 09/26/2011
Series: Psychic Socialite , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 557 KB

About the Author

The author of award-winning novels and screenplays, Jane Sevier began her career as a feature writer. She covered fields as varied as artificial intelligence and the arts and traveled on assignment to exotic locales as diverse as Ecuador, Sri Lanka, and Texarkana, Texas. Several of her feature stories garnered national and regional awards. Her debut historical mystery, FORTUNE'S FOOL, was a finalist for the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart®.

Jane loves traveled and has lived in Dallas, Paris, Washington, D.C., Austin, and Nashville. An 8th-generation Tennessean, she will always be a true child of the South, no matter where she hangs her hat. Visit Jane at

Her debut historical mystery, FORTUNE'S FOOL, was a finalist for the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart®.

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Fortune's Fool 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
JOJH More than 1 year ago
This book is fabulous! Jane Sevier is a gifted writer whose delightful southern voice draws the reader into the Memphis of the thirties. She has created an amazing cast of characters who come alive on the pages of this unique, suspenseful tale. Gutsy heroine Nell reminds me of a reincarnated Scarlett O'Hara--but without the shallow self-centeredness. I adored her! I can't wait for another adventure as Nell learns to use her "visions." Don't miss this one! (And don't be put off by the time period--trust me, it's terrific.)
Lizee More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book, full of surprising little nuggets of humor and sophistication. Jane Sevier's characters grab you and take you on a journey you don't expect. About the time you start to think heroine Nell Marchand is a little bit flighty, she proves you and everybody else wrong. About the time you think this is just a fluffy story about a society woman who comes up with a scheme to make money, a brilliant whodunit takes over the plot. I really enjoyed "Fortune's Fool" and I must say, the ending made me pray there's a sequel coming pretty darn soon! It's a great weekend read, or a book to curl up with when you're stuck in the cold of a northern winter!
Eileen-Charbonneau More than 1 year ago
Pantheon of wonderful amateur sleuths--welcome Nell to your ranks. She arrives in great form in FORTUNE'S FOOL. Newly widowed and broke, with a gift that scares her, a big heart, and a wonderful, creative way with Tarot cards, she makes her way through this missing person mystery with the help of a lively cast of great supporting characters and a wonderfully mysterious love interest. Looking forward to continuing adventures in this great new series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great summer read! Jane Sevier masterfully transports the reader into a by- gone era in Memphis, TN. The heroine is a wonderful role model for any reader of any age. Nell's relationship with Mr. Calendar and the intrigue  surrounding his character keeps you hooked.  All the characters are wonderfully delineated and there is something for everyone in this book: romance, drama, history, intrigue and mysticism. Ms Sevier brings her characters to life and the reader feels a part of the story.. 
Deanna_Carlyle More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this sweet, witty and romantic novel. The main character Nell is priceless with her bold and naive moves into 1930s Memphis gangster territory, local politics, and the business of being a psychic, and the man she has her eye on is perfect for her, a true gentleman with his charm and dry humor. And then there are the hilarious gangsters. So funny! I could not stop laughing at them. More, please!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fortune's Fool was an easy and enjoyable read. The characters were fun and the history of Memphis during the depression was interesting. However, this novel was riddled with typographical errors and words that should have been deleted from the text. I hope that if Ms. Sevier had this professionally edited that she fires him/her and seeks out another professional. I was also a bit disappointed that some of the characters, such as Franklin's nephew, were introduced but dropped out of site. It would have been nice to have known what happened to them. My advice to anyone putting out an ebook is---proofread it carefully before you publish it!