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  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Midnight Ink (8 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738740225
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738740225
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 12.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 828,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A murdered mother leaves a shop full of secrets Much to Alanis McLachlan's surprise, her con-woman mother, Barbra, has left her an inheritance--The White Magic Five & Dime, a new-age shop in tiny Berdache, Arizona. Reluctantly traveling to Berd

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rose Thorn on 9 Aug. 2014
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This book really made me smile! As a tarot reader I loved the interpretations that opened every chapter. 22 , one for each Major Arcana card. They were priceless and really something that as a reader I wish I could use in my readings. But perhaps things like The Empress - Ignore the sex toy/Mr Microphone in the lady's hand or The Hermit - These days , hermits live in cabins in Idaho, where they write anti-government manifestos and tinker with letter bombs... might not go down well with my clients?

This is a fun book, easy reading, well written and a few twists too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Inner Whispers on 9 Nov. 2014
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Very good debut! Interesting mystery element, exploration of family and commitment, and uses realistic tarot readings, rather than the stereotyped Death and the Fool. I certainly didn't guess all the plot twists, either :)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Well written and incredibly entertaining 11 July 2014
By Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Good:

~Though this book didn’t have what I typically consider a cozy feel it more than made up for that with it’s wonderful quirkiness.
~I loved Alanis and her sarcastic personality. We get to know her little by little throughout the story and by the middle of the book I was completely in love with her character.
~It’s no secret that paranormal cozies are one of my favorite genres and this one delivers without being too out there. Is there really something to the Tarot? Or is at all about the readers ability to read not the cards but rather the customer? I’ll let you decide, but either way…it makes for a great addition to the story.
~Well written and incredibly entertaining, this one captured me from the first page and I was hooked until the end.
~The interactions between Logan and Alanis were priceless.
~It’s also no secret that I love “woowoo,” the Tarot card elements of this story fascinated me and have renewed my interest to break out the deck I bought years ago and learn.
~Lots of clues were sprinkled throughout. You may or may not guess who done it…but regardless you’ll be entertained until the end.

The Not So Good:

~I wish that we had gotten to know a bit more about the town and it’s residents. Unlike most cozies, the town wasn’t really a “character” in this one…I suspect though that in future books in this series we’ll learn more about Berdache and the town folk.

Final Thoughts:

This book was very simply so much fun. I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

Note: Review copy rcvd from Publisher, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
The White Magic Five & Dime 4 July 2014
By mychellem - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I've got a new favorite mystery series, the Tarot mysteries by Steve Hockensmith with Lisa Falco. Our family spends a lot of time in Sedona, Arizona, and I've always been intrigued by the vortexes and the crystal and shops with signs that promise healing crystals and tarot readings, but we've never ventured into one. (It just doesn't feel like the place for discreet browsing with four kids in tow.) As soon as I saw The White Magic Five & Dime, I knew I wanted to read it.

Alanis McLachlan is surprised when a caller informs her that her mother is dead and that she left her The White Magic Five & Dime, a new-age shop in Arizona. Alanis hasn't spoken to her mother in twenty years and it's news to her that her mother's latest cons were as a tarot reader. In an attempt to find her mother's killer, Alanis re-opens the shop and starts doing bogus readings herself, hoping that one of her mother's victims will let something slip. She doesn't know a thing about the cards, but she does know people and how to read them. There's no shortage of clients with grudges against the deceased.

Alanis is darker than any cozy heroine I've read so far. Raised by a con-woman, she knows all of the tricks of the trade. But she seems like a decent person, even if she might not realize that yet herself. As soon as I started reading, I was hooked. The authors reveal a lot of back story in just a few well-chosen thoughts. It's not until halfway through the book that we begin to get lengthy glimpses of Alanis's childhood and her relationship with her mother.

Disclosure - the publisher provided me with an advance ARC
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Hilarious dialog 4 July 2014
By JenniHul - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I loved how the tarot was woven into this story. Smart, strong female characters. A nice mystery to solve. Perfect for a rainy afternoon.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Book 1 of the Tarot Mystery series 7 July 2014
By A. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This is Book 1 of the Tarot Mystery series. Alanis McLachlan has just received word that her con artist mother has been murdered. She goes to Berdache, Arizona where she finds that she has inherited some cash and the White Magic Five & Dime store her mother owned. She discovers a teenager named Clarice who lived with her mother. Almost immediately Alanis starts receiving threats and so she decides that she will find out who murdered her mother. Along the way she will meet a lot of people whom her mother scammed out of jewelry. She will also uncover some secrets that her mother kept from her.

I did enjoy this mystery story. I wouldn't classify it as a cozy mystery, but rather just as a mystery. I really had no clue who the killer was and was shocked when the killer was revealed. I did have a hard time relating to Alanis as she was just so cynical due to her childhood. I liked how the author would go back and tell stories from Alanis' past that would give the reader some insight into the situations that shaped the woman she grew up to be. I also enjoyed the tarot card descriptions. I got quite a few laughs throughout this story. There were a couple secrets/surprises that were revealed that I didn't see coming. Overall a quick read that I enjoyed. A page turner waiting to see who the killer was and how things would end for Alanis.

I received an ebook version of this book free from the publisher, Midnight Ink, via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.5 Stars Nothing is Really Perfect, But This Book is Close! 28 July 2014
By Dianne E. Socci-Tetro - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Have you ever started a book and after a couple of chapters thought to yourself that this drivel just wasn't for you? That is what I first thought about The White Magic Five and Dime, but something kept me reading and I quickly became engrossed in this book.

At first the sarcasm and hidden self pity from Alanis was just a bit too over the top ...until you read further and really get a feel for our protagonist. Initially I was annoyed with see all of the 80's TV and movie references but it soon became fun to try and figure them out.

The story is a mystery and a very good one at that. I wonder how many other readers will have an easier time figuring out who done it and why, than I did, but I didn't catch on until the real killer was actually revealed. Anything else I say about the big reveal will `spoil' the story so I am not going to say anything more.

So many secrets, so many cons...this is going to make an excellent series and I am certainly going to be along for the ride.

Happy reading!
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