Jul 082014
Review: The White Magic Five & DimeThe White Magic Five & Dime by Lisa Falco, Steve Hockensmith
Published by Midnight Ink on Jul 8, 2014
Genres: Adult, Cozy Mystery
Format: eARC from Netgalley
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

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 Berdache to claim her new property, Alanis decides to stay and pick up her estranged mother's tarot reading business in an attempt to find out who killed her. With help from a hunky cop and her mother's live-in teenage apprentice, Alanis begins faking her way through bogus tarot readings in order to win the confidence of her mother's clients. But much to her surprise, the more she uses the tarot deck, the more Alanis begins to find real meaning in the cards.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This is an amusing and entertaining cozy mystery featuring a sarcastic and cynical main character who has just inherited a tarot shop from her estranged mother. This book seems to be equal parts present day mystery, past reflection of childhood upbringing, and excerpts from the tarot book the main character is studying. Each part is written with a lot of humour and they do all fit together in the end.

The humour in this book is what I really loved. It fit my mood perfectly while reading this, and led me to really enjoy the story.

The plot itself was rather straightforward, like most cosy mysteries, and yet there were a few unexpected twists and turns. The overly dramatic characters helped create the cozy feel, and yet they never felt forced or unrealistic.

Overall, this was a highly entertaining story. There is a familiar feeling to most cozy mysteries, and this story definitely had it. The main character, and all the supporting characters were enjoyable, and there was an overall uplifting message to the book. If you’re looking for an amusing story with slightly crazy antics that you can escape into for a few hours, you’ll want to check this out.

  4 Responses to “Review: The White Magic Five & Dime”

  1. I will put this one on my to read list!! Sounds good!!

  2. So the main character is sarcastic and cynical? AWESOME. I like reading about nice and goody characters, of course, but sometimes it’s nice to have a change, and sarcasm is basically my second language, lol. And I’m so glad that the humor worked well, too! I don’t know, but I hardly come across YA books — especially those in this kind of genre — with humor anymore, so again, another refreshing thing.

    While I’m happy that you enjoyed this overall, I don’t think I’ll give it a go because I tend to prefer stories with more depth, rather than just entertaining and simple plots, if I’m making sense. All the same, great review, Sarah! 🙂

    • Sarcasm is my second language too! I love finding it in books. This was a rather simple entertaining story, but I like to take a break with an easy story occasionally. Switch things up so to speak.

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