Give the Devil His Due
Alanis McLachlan, reformed con artist turned tarot reader, gets paid for predicting the future―too bad she didn’t see all the trouble in hers. First a figure from her past tries to drag her back into the life of crime she thought she’d le behind. Then a new suitor tries to sweep Alanis off her feet, threatening her on-again, off-again romance with hunky teacher Victor Castellanos. And there’s the little matter of the ominous reading she gives to a new client, which could have deadly consequences. Danger is in the cards for Alanis, and she’ll need all her skills at reading both people and tarot if she’s going to survive.
“It’s every man, woman, and teen for himself as the authors unlock their third free-wheeling adventure set in the craziest town west of Maggody, Arkansas.”―Kirkus Reviews
“[A] quirky series . . . filled with eccentric protagonists and engaging banter, insights into the art of grift, and tantalizing love interests. Apt to appeal to Jim Swain fans and lovers of Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg’s ‘Fox and Hare’ series.”―Library Journal
“[Hockensmith and Falco] keep the surprises coming while maintaining a consistently humorous tone.”―Publishers Weekly
Steve Hockensmith’s first novel, Holmes on the Range, was a finalist for the Edgar, Shamus, Anthony and Dilys awards. He went on to write four sequels as well as a pair of bestselling follow-ups to the international publishing sensation Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. More recently, he wrote (with collaborator “Science Bob” Pflugfelder) the middle-grade mysteries Nick and Tesla’s High-Voltage Danger Lab and Nick and Tesla’s Robot Army Rampage.
He was born in Louisville, Kentucky. He currently lives in California's bay area with his wife, two children, and pet dog.
Book Review by Bree Herron
Any book that has tarot cards is a book I want to read. Thus, begins my relationship with this series and Alanis McLachlan. A charmer for sure she will hook you into this book!
I really love the layout of this book, you aren’t left guessing what the cards look like, they are in the book! An author that dots his i’s and crosses his t’s. I also love that it is in parts not in chapters, so instead of reading into a new chapter you are found great parts to savor and enjoy. Now this story, has the past coming back to haunt our dear sleuth, and she has some funny, awkward and stand out moments because of this. She also makes a reference to Jessica Fletcher, and boom! The reader is hooked and wanting a fan club. I was laughing till tears rolled down my cheeks at this fun line. This is the entire book in a nutshell, a comical sleuth, her life seems real because, well don’t we all have some skeletons in the closet? You’re charmed into the story line, and kept hooked with the unique style to the layout.
I didn’t feel like I was reading a book out of order, or that I didn’t have a background to stand on. The book holds your interest quick, and I was left with wanting more, so now I am going back to read the others. I am expecting them to be as lively, and fun to read as this book was.
Do you read books out of order?
**DISCLAIMER: I was provided an opportunity to read this book as an Advanced Reader Copy in return for a fair and honest review.
This was such a fun read and I am so happy that you as a reader will get the chance to win 1 of 2 copies in paperback form of the book. Simply, CLICK HERE and Comment on the blog for extra points!