Publication Date: May 7,2013
Publisher: Penguin Group
Imprint: Berkley Prime Crime
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Pages: 304 pages
(Received for an honest review from Berkley Prime Crime)
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Books in the series: Who Do Voodoo? (Book 1) Bruja Brouhaha (Book 2) Hex on the Ex (Book 3)
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From the author of Bruja Brouhaha and Who Do, Voodoo?--the new Mind for Murder Mystery!
When her ex-husband encounters a mysterious death omen, psychologist Liz Cooper turns to occult professor Nick Garfield for help in solving an all-too-real murder
At a Dodgers game to celebrate her father's birthday, Liz is forced to watch her exstar player, Jarreton the pitcher's mound. To make matters worse, her former best friend, Laycee, is in the stands as well. Having betrayed her trust by having an affair with Jarret, Laycee is the last person Liz wants to see.
But when the appearance of a white pigeonan omen of deathsets the superstitious Jarret off balance, it's a game changer both on and off the field. Because the next morning, Laycee is found dead in Jarret's homeand Liz is on deck as the prime suspect
Rochelle Staab's latest entry in the Mind for Murder series is a book that readers who have interests in the occult, tarot readings and even psychic phenomenon will all enjoy. Hex on the Ex pits, savvy heroine Liz against a murderer who has something personal on his/her mind. Staab's trademark quick wit and knowledge of all things psychological make the this book an instant hit!
Rochelle Staab has always enchanted me with her characters. The main heroine Liz in Hex on the Ex has a lot of very personal ties to this murder. She is apparently the prize for a tug-o-war between her new boyfriend Nick and her ex-husband Jarrett. Then to make matters worse her ex-best friend, who slept with her ex-husband ends up dead. And it all points to Liz. I loved the way that Staab was able to make each connection between Liz and the other characters so realistic. You can just see this kind of thing going on in today's twisted culture. There's the seedy partner, the new man in her life, her old nemesis. The characterizations were perfect. Each person seemed real and made the reader feel like they were a real part of this love triangle, or love square, or something like that...
The other thing that really stands out in this book, is the paranormal theme. It is paranormal, yet it is just so. No vampires and werewolves, but a little something to make you think about things that bump in the night. Staab's paranormal characters are based on legends and old religions like, voodoo and she gives us a main character who is a skeptic when it comes to psychics but a master at psychology. I thought the mix of the two ideas really made the plot of this book sing. There was a little something for that literal reader who can't seem to believe in magic, but there was also something for that reader who can't seem not to believe in it.
A great effort from Staab! I hope this series continues indefinitely. I love the spunky heroine and the crazy situations she manages to get herself into and out of...
Hex on the Ex is available NOW from your favorite bookseller.
I'm giving this one 5 out of 5 apples!
About the Author:
Rochelle Staab is a Los Angeles mystery writer who can be found most afternoons at her computer, plotting fictional murders and breaking fictional curses.Rochelle displayed a flair for the dramatic early in life. As a child in Milwaukee, she performed pop music by microphone (a hairbrush) and built a personal library filled with a diverse selection of titles (comic books and Nancy Drew mysteries.) She appreciated the nuance and influence of small screen cinema (television.) She also loved school. Her front row desk was her stage; her textbooks served as her script. She recited each line to perfection, but repeating the words of others was not enough. She dreamed of becoming a novelist and informed everyone who would listen that one day she would write books.But, as all creative types know, Rochelle had other things to do first. Rochelle is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Sisters In Crime, International Thriller Writers, NARAS, and Mensa.
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