Trouble in the Tarot
By Kari Lee Townsend
Copyright: March 2013
Publisher Berkeley Prime Crime
For psychic Sunshine Meadows, sometimes fortunes can be deceiving . . .
Lately Sunny has been experiencing a period of big opportunity: her business in Divinity, New York, is thriving, and Detective Mitch Stone has finally agreed to take Sunny on a date. But thanks to her clairvoyant abilities, Sunny knows better than anyone that life deals out bad cards along with the good.
When Sunny agrees to read tarot cards at the annual Summer Solstice Carnival, she meets her Granny Gert‘s “arch nemesis” Fiona Atwater, and is overcome by a vision of Fiona in a violent argument. Sunny knows trouble is brewing when Granny and Fiona start having squabbles all over town. But the fighting comes to a head when a local baker gets run over by a big white Cadillac—and Granny and Fiona are found at the crime scene.
Sunny knows she should step aside and let Mitch handle the investigating, but she’s not about to ignore her visions and leave her granny’s life in fate’s hands . . .
Sunny didn’t quite agree to read tarot at the annual Summer Solstice Carnival. Granny Gert pushed, pulled, chivvied, and basically guilted her into it by playing on her love of animals. The money raised from the profits of the carnival was going to the new animal shelter in town.
So here she sits setting out her fortune telling supplies while her cat Morty (who has a traditional fortune telling turban tied on his head) give her what in our house would be the traditional “duh, ya think?” look. Granny Gert group Trixie’s Sewing Circle was in charge of the carnival this year and they’d chosen .
So on an early Friday morning Sunny (not an early riser) was setting up her booth in the Gazebo, set in the middle of the park. After hanging her shingle (five times) from the roof which reads Sunny’s Sanctuary, a gentleman named Harry fixed it so it would stay up. Thereby giving her hope that maybe this week would turn out better then she’d hoped. Sunny offered to do a reading for Harry as sort of a thank you payment but he declined, explaining that he has a fishing pole waiting for him back at Divine Inspiration, the Inn her parents always stayed at.
Setting up the table by putting a silk scarf over it and setting out elemental symbols around the table representing the earth, air, fire and water. Little knowing that her week would devolve into a murder , with her Granny Gert as one of the prime suspects.
I love this series (and own all of them) and think the characters are very well thought out. Between Sunny, her disapproving parents, her cat Morty who knows Sunny is his, and Granny Gert, along with the ancillary townspeople make this a treat to read and twisty enough to have you wondering till the very end.
I’m not going to say any more… Not because of spoilers, but because I want you to be salivating at the thought of getting a copy of the book into your hot little hands and spending a wonderful afternoon or evening enjoying the story.
FTC FULL DISCLOSURE: I was given a copy of the book by the author who only requested a fair and impartial review.
SPECIAL NOTE: Author Kari Lee Townsend will be guest hosting on my blog on March 12th. Please stop by and talk to her… ask questions, or just leave comments and thoughts about this book and the whole series.