Book Review: WHO DO, VOODOO? by Rochelle Staab

Series: A Mind For Murder Mystery, #1
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Released: November 1, 2011
Source: Review copy from publisher

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’ve been eagerly anticipating the release of WHO DO, VOODOO, ever since it showed up on my radar two months ago. The story is set in and around Hollywood. As a psychologist, Liz Cooper prides herself on being logical and level-headed, so when someone pins threatening voodoo-themed tarot cards on her friend Robin’s door, she assumes it’s a prank. Robin is scared that it may be much more, so Liz contacts her brother’s old friend, Nick Garfield, for help. Nick is a professor and an expert in the occult. While Liz and Nick set out to find the owner of the unique tarot cards, a young woman is murdered, and Robin is the prime suspect. Liz is faced with the possibility that she may need supernatural help in solving the case.

WHO DO, VOODOO is an impressive debut from Rochelle Staab. I thought that the occult aspects of this story were so interesting and well-researched. This book offered a fresh and unique approach to paranormal cozy mysteries. I learned the difference between Vodou, voodoo and hoodoo, and the inner workings of spells and curses. The solid mystery combined with supernatural elements captured my attention. I liked the characters; they seemed very genuine, and there was a nice romance forming between Nick and Liz. Liz’s mother was a pistol, but she made for some funny moments. WHO DO, VOODOO is the first book in Ms. Staab’s Mind For Murder series, and I’m looking forward to more!

Rating: 4½ Stars

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.