Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Who Do, Voodoo? by Rochelle Staab

Who Do, Voodoo? By Rochelle Staab
Berkley Publishing Group- November 1, 2011
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Goodreads summary: When Liz Cooper's friend Robin Bloom finds an unusual tarot card tacked to her front door, Liz writes it off as a prank. Robin refuses to ignore the omen—her late husband drew the same card, the three of swords, in a reading the night before he was killed in a car accident. As more cards and darker threats appear, Liz realizes someone very dangerous is upping the ante. 
Liz turns to her brother's ex-college roommate, occult expert Nick Garfield. As Nick leads her into the voodoo community to locate the origin of the deck, she can't ignore their attraction to each other. Then a woman is found murdered and Robin becomes the prime suspect. Determined to clear her friend, Liz joins forces with Nick to unravel otherworldly secrets and seek help from beyond—or risk being outwitted by a cunning killer.

I have to admit that I really enjoyed this book a lot more than I expected. And I love it when books surprise me like that. I was reading about this title from a list of 2011 releases, not sure exactly where, and thought that it sounded interesting.  But after I started reading it, interesting went right out the window. I couldn’t put it down. Now, I have to point this out, but this book was the perfect size of entertainment. Dealing with murder and the occult and humor, there is a great risk of going overboard. Instead, Rochelle did an excellent job of combining all three elements into an incredible story.
Usually when I am reading mysteries I want to try to figure it all out. When the story is well-written it takes me a while before I figure everything out-if I ever do. I love the mysteries that slap you in the face with the unexpected. With this book though, I was more into Liz’s process and journey that I kind of forgot that there was a murder that needed to be solved. That’s not saying anything bad about the story or the plotting. That’s just how much I liked Liz’s character. Liz doesn’t believe in the occult, doesn’t feed into the superstitions of the tarot cards or voodoo. She’s very rational and logical. She’s also a rule-breaker (obviously since she takes it upon herself to clear her friend’s name).
If I had known the ending of the story when I first started reading, I may have been a bit more surprised. But by the time you naturally arrive at the end, everything clicks into place and it fits.  It’s not a surprising right out of left field conclusion. But it is also not disappointing. This was a quick and enjoyable read and I am definitely going to keep up with this series. My recommendation: pick up a copy and enjoy. Oh did I mention that the mom who is determined to reconcile Liz and her ex-husband is hilarious and I can see a bit of my mom in her?

Rating: Absolutely loved it!

 This book was given to me, free of charge, from the author in exchange for my honest review.

Always Shine, 
Starr K

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