Give the Devil His Due by
by Steve Hockensmith with Lisa Falco
Give the Devil His Due (A Tarot Mystery)
3rd in Series
Midnight Ink (April 8, 2017)
Paperback: 360 pages
Kindle ASIN: B01FOR0Z9Y
Reformed con artist-turned-tarot reader Alanis McLachlan gets paid for predicting the future—too bad she didn’t see all the trouble in hers. First a figure from her past tries to drag her back into the life of crime she thought she’d left behind. Then a new suitor tries to sweep Alanis off her feet, forcing her on-again, off-again romance with hunky teacher Victor Castellanos to hit the skids. And then there’s the little matter of the client who gets an ominous reading from Alanis . . . and is promptly murdered. Danger is in the cards for Alanis, and she’ll need all her skill at reading people and reading tarot if she’s going to survive.
By Steve Hockensmith
There’s a barber I don’t go to anymore, and here’s why: He had a great (he thought) idea for a book.
Why should I hold that against him? After all, I’m a writer. I have lots of great (I think) ideas for books. What am I, jealous?
Here’s the problem: The barber found out I’m an author, so he wanted me to write his book. It was going to be about a barber who’s a hero to all the neighborhood kids. They come to him for advice, and he dispenses wisdom while cutting hair. If there was going to be an actual plot, the barber didn’t mention it. He did say, however, that he would generously split all the profits with me…after I wrote the book and got it published.
It’s kind of a bummer, because the guy was a good barber. And cheap. But I’ve got ideas of my own. Too many, in fact. Which is why I’m going to be giving some away today. And I won’t even ask for 50%! I’ll settle for a shout-out in the acknowledgments and a beer if we’re ever at a writer’s conference together.
With my buddy Lisa Falco, a fantabulous tarot expert, I write a series of cozy-ish tarot-themed mysteries. (The books are cozy-ish because I’ve been told that our heroine/narrator is too snarky to be a traditional cozy protagonist. To which I say, “Me and Lisa? Snarky? Chuh. As if. [Sneer. Eyeroll. Whatever ‘W’ with fingers.]”) There’s a big market for cozy (and cozy-ish) mysteries with interesting themes, and despite what certain barbers think I don’t have time to write them all. So if you’re looking to jump into the exciting world of mystery-writing, feel free to do with one of these ready-made series.
Murder Is Nothing to Sneeze At: An Allergies Mystery
Feisty (but not snarky) allergist Lanie Cooper dispenses allergy-fighting tips while hunting for the killer of a local pharmacist.
Death Can Get Stuffed: A Taxidermy and Embalming Mystery
Feisty (but not snarky) taxidermist Janie Hooper dispenses animal mounting tips while hunting for the killer of a local mortician.
Hair Today, Gone to Murder: A Hairstyling Mystery
Feisty (but not snarky) stylist Annie Jackson dispenses hair care tips to adoring neighborhood kids while hunting for the killer of a pushy barber.
Procrastination Can Be Murder: A…Uhh…A Something Something Something Mystery
Feisty (but not snarky) procrastinator Frannie Johnson dispenses the occasional self-motivation tip (when she feels like it) and thinks maybe she should get around to hunting for whoever killed that lady — you know…what’s her name? — one of these days.
Murder Can Be Murder: A How-to-Get-Away-with-Murder Mystery
Feisty (but not snarky) murderer (and noted allergist) Lanie Cooper dispenses homicide tips while trying not to get caught for the killing of local procrastinator Frannie Johnson.
Guest Posts Can Be Murder: A Book Promotion Mystery
Feisty (and kind of snarky) mystery writer Stephanie Hocken dispenses bad book ideas while trying to sell copies of her newest novel.
Steve Hockensmith’s first novel, Holmes on the Range, was a finalist for the Edgar, Shamus, Anthony and Dilys awards. He went on to write four sequels as well as a pair of bestselling follow-ups to the international publishing sensation Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. More recently, he wrote (with collaborator “Science Bob” Pflugfelder) the middle-grade mysteries Nick and Tesla’s High-Voltage Danger Lab and Nick and Tesla’s Robot Army Rampage.
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