Book Review: TROUBLE IN THE TAROT by Kari Lee Townsend

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Series: A Fortune Teller Mystery, #3
Publisher: Berkley
Released: March 5, 2013
Source: Review copy from the publisher

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…


The fabulous and fun A Fortune Teller Mystery series continues with TROUBLE IN THE TAROT, and it’s my favorite one so far. This time around, Sunny’s grandmother finds herself in a whole lot of trouble. First, Granny Gert’s lifelong enemy Fiona comes to town wanting to outdo her in the Summer Solstice Carnival bake-off. Then they’re arrested for murder when the local baker is hit and killed by Granny’s huge Cadillac, and both ladies are found at the scene of the crime.

Fiona and Granny are put under house arrest after evidence against them surfaces. Unfortunately for poor Sunny, the house arrest will take place in her house! She’s helped with police investigations in the past, but this time her boyfriend Detective Mitch Stone wants her to stay out of it. Though, with Fiona and Granny’s bickering enough to drive her crazy, Sunny is determined to clear their names, even if it means going behind Mitch’s back to do so.

The mystery in this book was tricky – did not see the ending coming at all! There were several possible suspects who might have wanted Bernadette the baker out of the picture. Secrets, blackmail and bakery business make for a deadly combination in Divinity, New York! I loved how Sunny used her smarts and fortune telling gifts to solve the case.

TROUBLE IN THE TAROT was an enjoyable cozy mystery filled with suspense and humor. I had to snicker at Fiona and Granny Gert as they flirted with the men in town and constantly tried to outdo each other. Morty the mysterious magical cat takes center stage several times too. Love him! I’m hoping the next book comes out soon.

Rating: 4½ Stars

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