Late Saturday afternoon, December 31, 2011, I finished the debut novel of my RWA chapter mate – Rochelle Staab.


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.


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!


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17 Responses to WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU READ IN 2011?

  1. Maggie Marr says:

    I haven’t read Who Do Voodoo yet but it is on my list. I ended the year looking for ‘the next good book’ to read. I did, however, finish The Seeking Kiss by chapter mate Eden Bradley. Such a good read. I think next up might be Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah.

    • Hi Maggie –
      Oh, thanks for the recommendation for Eden’s book.

      I read and LOVED Firefly Lane. It’s a book you can sink your teeth into, though one of the characters needed a swift kick a couple of times.

  2. Wonderful Review!! I will put Rochelle’s book on my reading list!! Sounds like a lot of fun. The last book I read cover to cover was yours!! One for the Road. I wish I had more time to read! I have both fiction and non-fiction books on my TBR list.

    Happy New Year!

    • Happy New Year, Charlene!

      You’ll enjoy this book. Just a heads up – she’ll be our February panel speaker and we should have her book available at the meeting.

      Thanks for reading my book. I’m like you, hardly have time to read, but I try! Looking forward to reading your latest, too!

  3. robena grant says:

    I loved Who Do Voodoo. Rochelle did a great job. I enjoy solving a good mystery and find voodoo fascinating. Loved how she wove them both together. And like you, I enjoyed seeing my old stomping ground on the page.

    My last book was, Dreams of Joy, by Lisa See.

  4. Robin says:

    Happy New Year, Lynne! I’ve got Who Do Voodoo on my Kindle, but haven’t gotten to it yet. It sounds like such a fun read and I can’t wait to dive in. There just aren’t enough hours in the day for me lately. The last book I read in 2011 is the one I’m still reading – Jim Butcher’s Ghost Story.

    • Hi Robin!

      Oh, my son is a huge Jim Butcher fan. Like you, I dream of reading all the books on my Kindle and all the ones not yet on my kindle, plus the ones I’ve got stacked up on my office floor!

      I’m going to have to give something up in order to do it!

  5. Dee J. says:

    Happy New Year! Love this topic and great review of Who Do VooDoo!
    I just finished an arc of Suzanne Brockmann’s upcoming release Born To Darkness. It’s the first book in her new Fighting Destiny Series. It’s unbelievable. I’d been worried that I wouldn’t love it as much as I love her Troubleshooter series, but this book was AMAZING. I highly recommend it to everyone when it comes out in March. It’s a page turner from start to finish. Fast paced with wonderful complex characters. Need I say more?

    • Hi Dee J!

      Oh, man, now I’m chomping at the bit to read Suzanne Brockman’s next book. What a fantastic series name – Fight Destiny Series. I LOVE it!

      Thanks for popping in, and – hey don’t you have a book coming out in February? What the name again? Oh, yes – Danger Zone! Great series and great titles/covers/reads. I’m so lucky to get to read your books in the making. 🙂

  6. Roz Lee says:

    Sorry to be late to the party! Love the review of Who Do Voodoo, Lynne. It’s on my TBR list! My last read for 2011 was Heart of Steel by Jennifer Probst.

    I’ve got to find more time to read in 2012. I feel like I’m missing out on so much! LOL

    • Roz! You’re never late. I’m with you about wishing I had more time to read. Soon I’ll be getting 8 RITA books to read on top of the writing I must do. My TBR list grows longer and longer, yet I keep buying books.

      It’s a sickness, I tell you.

  7. Maria says:

    Well, I am even later to the party, Roz. I have Rochelle’s Who Do Voodoo and after this review it is moving up the TBR pile. Hmm, I finished Christine Ashworth’s Demon Soul in November and that was almost the last fiction book I read in 2011. Only I put down my copy of Younger You Next Year for Women and picked up Ilona Andrews latest Edge book, Fate’s Edge, and it ended up being the last book I read in 2011. I love this series of stand alone books with secondary characters being the leads in the next book. It is quite fun. The book that is next on my list is Kristan Higgins’ Until There Was You. I just love the name of her heroine in that one, Posey. Of course there are so many books on my TBR pile, which now includes the ones piled up in my house and the electronic ones languishing on my Nook, that I know I will never catch up again.

    • Hi Maria!
      No one is late to the party – I only blog once a week so people can leave comments for several days! In fact, Janie E left a comment under the Happy New Year Banner for this blog. No sweat – I’m easy.

      Oh, I have Kristan’s book on my Kindle, and can’t wait to read it, but I feel I must read other books first. It’s neverending! And you’re right, we’ll never catch up. I have two books by Pamela Morsi – Last Dance at the Jitterbug Lounge, and The Bikini Car Wash, that have been sitting around for two years waiting for me to pick up.

      Last night I finished Deadwood by Pete Dexter (I’d been reading it since November!) I read more than one book at a time, and this one was a tough read at first, but once I got into his style and rhythm, the crazy story drew me in. And the beauty of the book was they didn’t cuss like they did constantly on the Deadwood TV series. Though he did use the term “peeder” quite often. LOL.

      Thanks for commenting.