Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Give the Devil His Due

*Book source ~ Library
Steve Hockensmith, Lisa Falco
8 April 2016
Cozy | Mystery
336 Pages 

My Rating ~ 4 bites and a nibble

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.

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