Verdict: THE CARDS OF LIFE AND DEATH is a pleasant diversion to make your day a bit brighter if you enjoy either spicy hot romances or cozy small-town mysteries or both.
A malpractice lawyer finds love and deadly secrets in a small town in Maine after her psychic great-aunt’s death.
Diana Iverson, a successful malpractice lawyer, comes to a small town in Maine to clear up her recently-deceased Great-Aunt Belinda’s affairs. Her fiance’s infidelity and a difficult case leave her needing the unexpected vacation rather badly, but her grief for her aunt, her serious migraines, and the disturbing presence of gorgeous Ethan Tannock, a Princeton professor who was studying her aunt’s psychic abilities, aren’t helping matters. Even worse, her dreams and her aunt’s Tarot cards keep trying to give her messages, messages about her aunt’s death that are profoundly troubling to her. Can she find out how her aunt died, and why? And will she follow her attraction to Ethan, or stay with the fiance who seems desperate to get her back?
This is a chilling little mystery with a sexy love story intertwined with it. Diana is a tough, capable, intelligent heroine whose warm, vulnerable side enhances her appeal without detracting from her strength. The insecurity that keeps her from realizing that she is an attractive woman is given believable roots in her childhood, as is her near-violent reaction to the suggestion that she, too, may have extrasensory gifts. The sexual tension between the lead characters is fierce and passionately intense, making for a steamy read, and the minor characters, especially Diana’s aunt’s elderly quilting friends, add a dose of humor and life to the book.
The mystery’s solution is telegraphed a bit too much – the astute reader will likely be able to pin down the story’s villains pretty quickly. Diana gets over her battle with her own psychic side, and over her fear of large dogs, rather too easily, though Ethan’s Cady is a dog even a dog-hater could love. And even Ethan has his irritating moments, particularly when he disdains the entire female sex because two women hurt him, though he does make up for that later.
THE CARDS OF LIFE AND DEATH is a pleasant diversion to make your day a bit brighter if you enjoy either spicy hot romances or cozy small-town mysteries or both.
Reviewed by Catherine Langrehr for IndieReader