Give the Devil His Due (Tarot Mystery Series #3)

Give the Devil His Due (Tarot Mystery Series #3)

by Steve Hockensmith, Lisa Falco


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Alanis McLachlan, reformed con artist turned tarot reader, gets paid for predicting the future—too bad she didn't see all the trouble in hers. First a figure from her past tries to drag her back into the life of crime she thought she'd left behind. Then a new suitor tries to sweep Alanis off her feet, threatening her on-again, off-again romance with hunky teacher Victor Castellanos. And there's the little matter of the ominous reading she gives to a new client, which could have deadly consequences. Danger is in the cards for Alanis, and she'll need all her skills at reading both people and tarot if she's going to survive.


"It's every man, woman, and teen for himself as the authors unlock their third free-wheeling adventure set in the craziest town west of Maggody, Arkansas."—Kirkus Reviews

"[A] quirky series...filled with eccentric protagonists and engaging banter, insights into the art of grift, and tantalizing love interests. Apt to appeal to Jim Swain fans and lovers of Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg's Fox and Hare series."—Library Journal

"[Hockensmith and Falco] keep the surprises coming while maintaining a consistently humorous tone."—Publishers Weekly

"A perfect, frothy confection, swirls to an ending suitable to the entire enterprise. Hockensmith is a worthy heir to the late, lamented Donald E. Westlake."—Mystery Scene

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738742243
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date: 04/08/2017
Series: Tarot Mystery Series , #3
Pages: 360
Sales rank: 1,072,759
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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).


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Give the Devil His Due 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
IReadWhatYouWrite More than 1 year ago
Owner of the White Magic Five and Dime Shop, Alanis is just trying to get by, set a good example for her younger sister and make up for the wrongs of her con artist mother. Things get bumpy when a mysterious stranger gets a tarot reading from her, that seems to be threatening and then ends up dead on the same night that her long dead step father shows up out of the blue. The adventure will see her life threatened by an old lady with a less than firm grasp on an uzi, have her investigating an old art theft and willing to deal with maybe even the devil himself to see that her loved ones are safe from harm. Though not necessarily a bad thing, this is is not a typical cozy. The heroine is not a classic good girl, there is loads of profanity and plot just can’t seem to decide which direction it wants to go in. There is this great magic shop with a tarot spin, and there is a con a minute theme running a long game with Biddle at one end and GW at the other conning the money guy, looking for one last score, etc. Finally, there is the private eye vibe with Alanis being undercover along with her teen cyber detection team and the obvious mob connections. It does all tie together, but it makes for a very busy un-cozy like story line. That said there are many great things about the book to recommend it, including a cast of clever and surprising characters. The main characters are fabulous, but they are nothing compared to the color characters; a stodgy lawyer with a billing fetish who knows more than he is willing to tell, an investigative reporter with an unexpected ax to grind, an art collector who isn’t what he seems, among others. I also felt that that the tarot cards were a fabulous way to introduce the chapters. I enjoyed seeing what the cards looked like as I have zero experience with tarot in general. This was was a good enough story to make me curious about the first books in the series and I certainly am willing to come back and visit these characters again someday. 4 stars I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
AVoraciousReadr More than 1 year ago
4.5 *Book source ~ Library Alanis McLachlan has inherited her con artist mother’s occult-themed store and so far she’s been spending her time paying back the money her mom has swindled out of people. Oh, and then there’s the murders she’s been caught up in. Now, a blast from her past is back and bringing trouble with him. Once again Alanis is smack dab in the middle of yet another murder investigation that revolves around her dear departed mother. I’m really enjoying this cozy mystery series and hope there will be more. Alanis and her crew are unusual and everything motley. Growing up with a con artist gives Alanis a set of skills you don’t see every day and she puts them to good use in her quest to find answers. But this puts her at the top of the local cops’ naughty list and they’d like nothing more than to pin a murder or two on her questionable head. But Alanis is nothing like her mom. This story furthers that part of her character when her mom’s past comes strolling back into town. The mystery unravels slowly and with enough twists and turns to keep it interesting. Alanis has two possible love interests and I can’t honestly pick which one I’d hope for her. They are very different and each has their own qualities. Though she may have screwed up her chance with one of them in this book and it’s not certain she wants the other one. All of the characters have dimension. There aren’t any who are just props. And I love the tarot card explanations at the beginning of each chapter. All-in-all an entertaining read.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Give the Devil His Due - Tarot Mystery Book 3 Author: Steve Hockensmith With Lisa Falco Publisher: Midnight Ink Published: 4-8-2017 Pages: 362 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub-Genre: Paranormal; Mystery; Suspense ISBN: 9780738742243 ASIN: B01FOR0X9Y Reviewed For NetGalley and Midnight Ink Reviewer: DelAnne Rating: 4.25 Starts Alanis has given up her bunko ways and now gives honest readings. Then the father she thought dead shows up unexpectedly. Now she suddenly has a new sister looking for their father. Then dead bodies begin popping up around town and a new suitor is on the scene. There goes the peace she had come to enjoy. Alanis is a likeable character that bring the readers sympathies to the forefront. The suspense and intrigue woven into the story has you turning the pages not wanting to wait to see what happens next. There are plenty of clues to find, but you still might have a bit of trouble coming up with the real killer ad seeing the motives behind the actions of some who want to be close to Alanis. Too bad her gift doesn't always reveal what her own future holds. My rating of "Give the Devil His Due" is 4.25 out of 5 stars.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Give the Devil His Due by Steve Hockensmith with Lisa Falco is the third book in A Tarot Mystery series. Alanis McLachlan is a former con artist who now runs The White Magic Five and Dime. One afternoon a man comes into the shop and Alanis is suspicious that he may be a cop. She ends up giving him a reading and sending him on his way. Then an older gentleman enters and asks to use the restroom. Alanis is then shocked when she sees Biddle walk in. She had presumed he was dead especially since she has not seen him in thirty years. Alanis knows that Biddle must have an agenda if he is returning now (after her mother passed away). After agreeing to meet Biddle for drinks, Alanis goes searching for the older man. He has disappeared, and he did not leave by the front entrance. After making sure her half-sister, Clarice is taken of for the evening, Alanis heads out to meet Biddle (she is trying to keep Clarice and Biddle apart). On her way home, a car tries to run her over not once, but twice. The next morning, Detective Daniel Burby of the Berdache Police Department arrives. He wants to question her about the man she gave a reading to the previous afternoon. He was found dead in a hotel parking lot with her card in his pocket. Alanis has a feeling that everything that has happened in the last twenty-four hour relates to the reason Biddle has suddenly returned to her life. Alanis needs to find out who is behind these incidents before they come after her sister. Give the Devil His Due is a jam packed with activity (there was just one thing after another). There are more players in the book than in a three-ring circus (at least it felt like it). I was not a fan of the characters. I could not like them or care what happened to them. Give the Devil His Due is the third book in the series, and it is best to read the book in order. If you try to start the series with Give the Devil His Due, you will be confused (especially in the beginning). I found this book difficult to get through. The pace was slow and the way it was written was not enjoyable. There are several tarot card readings in the book and each card is explained (along with their possible meanings). I rate Give the Devil His Due 2 out of 5 stars. The author tried to make the mystery complicated, but I thought it was a cinch to solve. One detail stood out and provided the answer to the whodunit. I found information to be repeated frequently throughout. I do want to warn readers that there is an extensive amount of foul language in Give the Devil His Due (which is abnormal for cozy mysteries). A Tarot Mystery series is just not the right fit for me.
CozyMysteryLover1 More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting addition to the series. It adds a bit of color to the cozy mystery genre. Fortune telling, tarot cards and reading tea leaves all leads up to catching a murderer in Give the Devil his Due.
NWBookLover More than 1 year ago
I would say this isn't your classic cozy given that the characters are reformed con artists. It's the third in the series but the first one I have read. Now I want to go back and read the first two. I enjoyed the quirky characters and the information about Tarot, a subject I know very little about.