The White Magic Five and Dime

The White Magic Five and Dime

A Tarot Mystery

Book - 2014
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Much to Alanis McLachlan's surprise, her estranged con-woman mother has left her an inheritance: The White Magic Five & Dime, a shop in tiny Berdache, Arizona. Reluctantly traveling to Berdache to claim her new property, Alanis decides to stay and pick up her mother's tarot business in an attempt to find out how she died.

With help from a hunky cop and her mother's live-in teenage apprentice, Alanis begins faking her way through tarot readings in order to win the confidence of her mother's clients. But the more she uses the tarot deck, the more Alanis begins to find real meaning in the cards ... and the secrets surrounding her mother's demise.


2015 IPPY Award Bronze Medal Winner in Mystery/Cozy/Noir

2014 ForeWord IndieFab Gold Winner for Mystery

"Cozy readers with a taste for humor will welcome this hilarious series debut . . . [and] will eagerly await the next installment."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Hockensmith...and coauthor Falco deliver a charming comic mystery, which one hopes is the beginning of a series."--Booklist

"[A] clever and compelling tale filled with colorful and engaging characters and a whodunit plot." --Foreword Reviews

"From the unique title to the cool cover, this book has it all . . . A+ across the board!"--Suspense Magazine

"Fun and light."--Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine

Publisher: Woodbury, Minnesota :, Midnight Ink,, ©2014.
ISBN: 9780738740225
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY HOC
Characteristics: 326 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Falco, Lisa 1970-- Author


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ArapahoeAnnaL Mar 26, 2017

The tone is upbeat and funny despite a few dark scenes in this well-written gentle read/cozy mystery. The twists at the end are surprising and satisfying.

Jun 07, 2016

Loved the book! Usually I can't stand it when a male author writes from a woman's perspective, but not only did he nail it, he offered insight that went beyond the hilarious sarcastic comments that kept me laughing and pondering through the whole book. Especially great ending!

Aug 06, 2015

I absolutely LOVE the commentary in this book! Witty, sarcastic, with just enough cynicism, I loved Alanis from page one! While the book went along pretty quickly, it did do very well at keeping me guessing! Excited for the second!

May 10, 2015

I wasn't sure about this book as I first starting reading it, but it didn't take long to hook me. It has some unexpected twists, which was great. I'm hoping that the authors release another edition soon!

WCLSNorthForkLibrary Mar 16, 2015

Barbara at North Fork

A laugh out loud quick read.

The "voice" of the book has a
delightfully sarcastic outlook on life paired with a warm and witty heart.

I hated to see the book end!

Nov 10, 2014

loved this book!


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ArapahoeAnnaL Mar 26, 2017

"I cleared my throat - talking to people who want to kill me always gets me a little verklempt - and picked up the phone." (paperback edition, pg. 96)

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