A Mind for Murder, Book 1
Synopsis: 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…
Review: I love cozy mysteries but it’s true that I do not read a lot of them, lot less than what I was doing but I always take a great pleasure in immersing myself in such a volume. I had this book since its release, after reading a nice review about it but didn’t take the time to read it, and here I am with the first volume.
Liz Cooper is a psychiatrist who does not believe in the supernatural, so when her best friend begins to receive tarot cards on her door, cards that her former husband had been drawn before dying, Liz begins to worry. Robin believes that this is an omen, the work of a spirit who tries to prevent or to hurt her. To understand exactly what is happening, Liz will contact an old friend of her brother, Nick, a professor and specialist in the occult for his help to discover the origin of tarot cards. But while they team up together and that Liz is taken deep into the world of voodoo magic, a young woman is killed and Robin finds herself detained. While everyone seems to think she is the killer, Liz is the only one to believe in her innocence and she remains determined to prove to everyone that she is right. However, this story might be more complicated than expected, while others are found killed, our heroine will have to find a way to stop all this and to understand what exactly is happening.
I enjoyed this story. The introduction to voodoo is what initially attracted me to the story and it is true that this is a topic that particularly fascinates me. So I was very curious to learn more through this volume. Liz goes to see her worldview completely change during the course of this story and it is true that I was really curious to find out who the real killer was here. We suspect many people but in the end I found that the author had indeed led her story quite well and I was glad to see the proposed resolution. Our heroine will have to open to a whole new world, she swore by what was rational, she will have to turn to something new and to try to learn as much as possible. For this she will have to quickly team up with Nick. Regarding the young man, it is true that many people try to put obstacles against their relationship, but I thought they were really cute and tender with each other throughout the story. Nick, despite his work, is much more down to earth than Liz and rather thinks about safety first, which is far from the case of the young woman. I must say that when she has an idea in mind, it is difficult to make her do anything, and helping her friend is her number one priority. They are both a very cute couple and I was curious to see how their relationship would evolve. We also discover many characters and I wonder if we’ll still see them later, whether the Nick’s friends, the people Liz meets during the investigation or her ex-husband.
I took a great pleasure in discovering this first volume and I’m glad to see that there are still two other volumes featuring the two heroes. I am curious to discover and learn more with all that. It was a good introduction and a very good mix of mystery, magic and consequences.