Tarot Terrors: What the Reviewers Say

Review: “Happily, the reader gets to come along as Lillian meets each obstacle with cleverness and a stubborn determination to put things right.”

In a crowded Santa Fe Plaza, Lillian meets an elderly Navajo chieftain whose booth displays the most brilliant silver/turquoise jewelry she has ever seen. She suddenly hears a commotion and turns to see tourists running frantically.

What’s wrong?

When she looks back to the chieftain, he has vanished, but lying on the table is a small box addressed to “Miss Curiosity.”

How did he know the nickname her husband gave her?

Her old college friend Simon Townsend, a government agent, has surreptitiously slipped an object to her husband, and now Bill lies dead on the sidewalk. It’s the beginning of one tragic moment after another. Warnings. Threats. Kidnapping. And death.

Lillian does not believe in coincidences or predictions. But with the help of her standard poodle, Eli, and her son, Grant, an FBI agent, Lillian begins her own quest and faces the biggest challenge of her life: Bringing to justice those responsible for the death of her beloved Bill.

Award-winning Cozy Mystery author, Linda Pirtle introduces three new characters in Tarot Terrors: Madame Sophia, who reads tarot cards and predicts Lillian will find Bill’s killer in Pagosa Springs, Colorado; Sammie Nightingale, a young red-haired Navajo woman who has just completed a vision quest; and Sammie’s Uncle Jack Darling O’Toole, who runs the Pagosa Springs Trading Post.

Who’s guilty?

Who’s innocent?

And what secrets do they have to hide?

Review by Renee Guill for Readers’ Favorite:

Tarot Terrors: Book 3 in The Games We Play series by Linda Pirtle is about a deep state government trying to take over America. Lillian Prestridge’s husband is murdered and she and her son, Grant, who is working for the FBI, go out to find the killer. Lillian was trained to be a detective.

Her sidekick poodle helps her along the way, as well as a medium and a Native American family assisting, or do they? An old friend, who also works for the FBI, is already on the case and vows to avenge his friend’s death. You don’t know how far the deep state goes or who to trust.

Lillian only trusts her son, her dog, and her new friend, Sammie, who is part of the Native American family.

I thought that Tarot Terrors by Linda Pirtle was fascinating. I loved that it was book 3 in The Games We Play series, but I didn’t feel lost reading it, since I didn’t read the other two previous books. The characters were intriguing. My favorite was Simon.

I am usually pretty good at guessing who is the bad guy, but he was a mystery to me, and I loved that. Using the Native American folklore was also a nice touch. I liked how Linda uses older characters. Most of the cozy mysteries are about 20-somethings, and it’s hard for me to relate to them.

I also loved the twist that Linda Pirtle put in at the end. I usually don’t get surprised, so I was impressed. I am definitely going to have to read the first two books now to catch up!

Review by Sandy Signing In:

Lillian Prestridge and her husband Bill are retirees from East Texas. While traveling in their RV with their standard poodle, Eli, they learn that the president has been assassinated. Both are deeply troubled by the news but continue on their journey. A short time later, we find them visiting Santa Fe.

While Lillian decides to do some shopping, her husband, Bill, is off on other pursuits. Tragedy strikes when we least suspect it. Bill is gunned down for no apparent reason. Overcome with grief, Lillian vows to find out who murdered him and why.

If you’re looking for a cozy mystery and a strong, older heroine who isn’t afraid to use her revolver if necessary, Tarot Terrors is the book for you. Lillian is a retiree who recently obtained her private investigator’s license. When it comes to curiosity, Lillian’s need-to-know could be classified as a level ten.

She’s also very smart and very talented when it comes to putting the pieces of a mystery together. Happily, the reader gets to come along as she meets each obstacle with cleverness and a stubborn determination to put things right.

I can only say that if I were ever in trouble, I’d be lucky to have someone like Lillian looking out for me. And that’s the way the story made me feel. With Lillian at the helm, I knew the right lady was on the case, especially with all the deception involved.

The story is written in a style that’s easy to follow, and it has enough twists and unexpected developments to keep you busy turning pages. With an ending I didn’t see coming, the story is a five-star read all the way.

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