Monday, October 26, 2015

THE WHITE MAGIC FIVE AND DIME by Steve Hockensmith with Lisa Falco

In The White Magic Five and Dime by Steve Hockensmith  with Lisa Falco, the cons get conned.

Alanis McLachlan's murdered mother leaves her The White Magic Five and Dime, a tarot reading salon in Berdache, Arizona. 

Alanis and her mother have long been estranged, but what the heck. The shop offers Alanis an opportunity to get in on her mother’s con.

A friendly cop gives her several leads, and she and her mother’s latest apprentice, a local high school student who lived with her mother, solve the murder.

The White Magic Five and Dime is humorous, light reading. The book tells you at least a little about reading tarot cards. Each chapter opens with a section in which a fictional author describes a card. The card’s meaning controls the chapter (more or less).

Along the way, we see Alanis’ growing up, being trained in how to con people, and finally running away when her mother tries to prostitute her as a part of another con. We also learn about her mother’s partner Biddle, how he taught Alanis the ins and outs of conning, and how he finally conned the wrong people.

Alanis ends up, not exactly believing in, but understanding, the tarot cards. The cards don’t tell the future but, correctly read, they can help you understand trends in your life.

The White Magic Five and Dime is just what the cover makes you think it is, a light, humorous mystery on a different kind of subject.

I bought the book on a Kindle special because I was intrigued by the title and the cover. 

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