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The Eight of Pentacles: Eileen McGrath Tarot Series

The Eight of Pentacles: Eileen McGrath Tarot Series [Kindle Edition]

Eloise Hill
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Eileen McGrath, a 43-year-old disabled nurse and barely employed psychic, is used to visions, but not the recurring nightmares that have crowded her sleep since her client, Laura Neff, was found drowned in Oakland, California's Lake Merritt. When Daniel Burnette, the homicide investigator assigned to the case, rules the death accidental, she realizes it will be up to her to prove what her senses already know—that the teenager was murdered and that the policeman has his own reasons for wanting the case closed. With the help of the Tarot and private investigator, Atticus Spencer, Eileen uncovers a handful of suspects who have reason to want Laura dead—including her ex-boyfriend, an Oaktown rap producer. As she hones in on the killer's identity and places her own life in danger, Eileen is forced to confront her doubts about her intuitive abilities, her feelings for Atticus, and the deadly message hidden in the Eight of Pentacles.

About the Author

Eloise Hill is a nurse, writer, and psychic who has been in love with the Tarot since she picked up her first Rider Waite deck at the age of eighteen. She worked for thirteen years in a variety of acute care settings before deciding to pursue a career in writing and all things intuitive. In addition to giving psychic/Tarot/rune readings, she teaches classes on various subjects of interest including using the Tarot for personal transformation, practical applications of the Elder Futhark Runes, and the basics of tea leaf reading. A native of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, she currently resides in Northern California, in a cottage by the sea, where she is hard at work on the next installment of the Eileen McGrath Tarot Series.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 427 KB
  • Print Length: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Eloise Hill (26 Sep 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005PYXDA0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #799,580 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book,I am already looking out for the next in the series. The tarot card connection gives the story a novel angle but you don't need to believe in such things to enjoy the book. Great characters and a good story, what more could anybody ask for?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read! 2 April 2012
By Natalie - Published on
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In books that affect me, I like to go back and re-read certain chapters. Although the chapters are just numbers without headings, still, having an active TOC is a nice plus. The story itself is wonderful. I know zip about tarot readers except for TV characterizations (spouting vague or too unworldly communication for understanding and more interested in making fame and fortune) and I'm grateful for Miss Hill's perspective - Eileen McGrath is a woman who is confident in the reality of her gift with no need to get on a soap box about it.

The number of chapters (36) may seem daunting but are short and build naturally toward the unexpected conclusion. They are written to reveal a bit more of Eileen McGrath's compassionate and kind nature, her thought processes, and to introduce people with whom she interacts with, regularly (such as her friend, Jessamae, a flamboyant yet good hearted hussy), or as clues to the mystery are uncovered (like Detective Burnett, who discounts her gift with aggression).

Eileen, a nurse in her "real" life, often works in a salon reading the tarot to pay bills while recovering from a work-related injury. Eileen interprets the tarot using her personal knowledge and the body language of her client. She often has "glimpses" of a person or an event in the client's or her own life, past and present. Eileen believes in her gift yet is able to realize her interpretations are influenced by personal experience. Her gift is not only for humans. In chapter 14, Eileen asks the permission of a rescued dog before she makes a connection to find out why he is so sad and beat-up. Eileen is gently tenacious in going after the truth of Laura's death and is able to prove to the police her initial response, no way did Laura suicide.

When needed, Miss Hill explains the relevant cards in a matter of fact way that I found easy to understand, so I learned as I read. By the way, whoever edited this e-book for distribution did a great job. The formatting was easily followed and I am aware of only one typo. I recommend this book with the proviso you find a few hours of uninterrupted time in which to read. You will be reluctant to put it down. I can hardly wait for the sequel.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Kind of Amateur Detective 25 Mar 2014
By M. LaRue - Published on
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Eileen may not be a pro at private investigating, but she is at healing and the intuitive arts. And she's got a rather attractive PI friend and a murdered client in her lap, so she needs those skills to both solve the mystery and keep from getting killed herself. I enjoyed this book very much -- the plotting is skillful, the narrative voice is fresh, and the descriptions of the Oakland California setting were sparkling (they added a nice layer of characterization to the protagonist, as did the narrator's reminiscing about her Southern upbringing -- Eileen is a woman who is definitely of her places, who carries the essence of them with her). I'm looking forward to the next in the series.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be the first one on your block! 1 Sep 2011
By Rev. Bily C. Wirtz - Published on
Five years from now,when Ms. Hill is a a famous writer, and the subject of a P.B.S. documentary, you can tell all your friends that you've known about her since her first book.
I happen to be personally acquainted with the author and know that her personal journey has taken from the saloons, and gin-mills of western VA., to rooming-houses in San Francisco and all points in-between, Ms. Hill is the real deal.
As far as the book, buy it now, in a year, first editions will be going for $100.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery with a twist! 17 July 2014
By A. Siegel - Published on
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I enjoyed this novel, especially as I am also a Tarot consultant fascinated by everything paranormal. The protagonist Eileen McGrath is quite psychically sensitive, and not just through her card readings, but in her daily life, picking up images and sensations in her environment and from others around her. She also has revealing dreams regarding elements in the death of her once-client Laura Neff. It is her psychic sensitivities that lead Eileen to believe Laura's death was not an accident, even though the police are about to close the case.

While the mystery genre is not one I often read, I was moved to read this one. I know that the author personally experienced most of the psychic experiences she incorporated into this novel. While the plot is pure fiction, the details of Eileen's psychic sensitivities and the unusual ways she receives information are not. It was fascinating to be inside the head of a psychic - to perceive the world through her eyes with her "sixth sense."

The book is well written and flows nicely and will keep you guessing to the end. So If you love mysteries, read this book. If you are fascinated by the paranormal, also read this book. Either way, you will not be disappointed.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery in a Different Light 22 Nov 2011
By I-cubed - Published on
Ok ~ I'm a sucker for all things intuitive. I loved Magnum P.I. and how he listened to his "little voice" to follow leads; I watch Psych regularly, and was a huge fan of a series called The Profiler.

I watched these shows because there were no books in my world that could clearly weave intuition, humor, suspense and mystery in one story. Eileen McGrath and The Eight of Pentacles has all that. The characters are believable and, I swear, I have each one of them somewhere in my life (except, maybe one!). Having Oakland, CA as a backdrop ~ all the way down to the Hyphie ~ is fun beyond fun. Most impressive though is how author, Eloise Hill, weaves the main character's ability to consciously work with her intuition. The descriptions of how Eileen McGrath experiences intuition, how she holds strong to her faith in her intuition while struggling with her emotional self is truly what moves the story along and makes the book so hard to put down.

Take a read and discover you're intuitive, too. And make no mistake, Eileen McGrath is no Nancy Drew ~ that's because Eileen McGrath kicks a**.
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