WHO DO VOODOO by Rochelle Staab (Berkely Prime Crime) 4 stars!
I love when a story unfolds effortlessly on the page. From the beginning, I liked Elizabeth aka Liz. She’s divorced, a “shrink” by profession, a good friend, and a woman plagued by her tarot card reading mother to go back to her ex-husband. (The professional baseball player, and also an all-around player – if you know what I mean.)
As Liz and her best friend Robin indulge in some triple mac and cheese, something strange happens – a tarot card is left on Robin’s doorstep. This isn’t just any tarot card, it is the same card from the night Liz’s mother did a tarot reading the day before Robin’s husband was killed in a car accident. Who could be so cruel? It doesn’t stop there. Three days, three cards, each with significance and a subtle threat. Liz promises to help her friend find the culprit.
As the story progresses, we learn that Robin works for a big time music industry mogul named Sam, and he has a young girlfriend named Sophie, who he intends to break up with. We also meet a cast of co-workers, music wannabes, charlatans, and true purveyors of the occult. Liz isn’t a believer, but Nick, her brother’s best friend is a professor of the occult, and proves to be very useful – as well as nice to look at.
Robin invites Liz and Nick to the Greek Theater for a special concert by Sam’s biggest music star. Sophie, Sam’s girlfriend, is giving him grief, and before the night is over, a murder had occurred. When Robin is taken into custody, Liz vows to find the real killer.
WHO DONE IT?
That’s the beauty of this fun and entertaining book, you don’t know until the author wants you to know. I loved traveling the streets of my old stomping grounds in L.A., enjoyed the portrayal of LAPD, the group of power-work-out girlfriends, restaurants, Occult shops, funny spells (especially the lust gris gris), old movie quotes, Muddy Waters music, and the ever heightening relationship between Nick and Liz, as the story was told. I never lost interest. Not once.
Ms. Staab solved the case and established herself as an expert cozy mystery, amateur sleuth author, and I look forward to her next book, hopefully also staring Liz and Nick!
Until next week, make it a great one!