While some parts of the plot to this mystery/thriller are a little far-fetched, the book overall is a solid, fast-paced story that is a good read. This is Skibbins first book and a great beginning!
It was okay, but I expected more from a Malice Domestic winner. Unique concept and central character, but not believable in some parts. Maybe I edit too much and can't suspend my disbelief as easily as I used to.
Not a cozy mystery, Skibbins won the Malice Domestic Best First Mystery contest for this book. Yes, the main character reads Tarot cards but he is not the sterotypical aging hippie and crime solving is definitely handled differently from many other books of this genre. I will look forward to more but many readers will choose not to like the character due to his history.
Warren Ritter is trying to live off the grid by making a living as a Tarot Card reader in Berkeley. When one of his clients turns up dead, Warren becomes the object of unwanted attention from law enforcement. Will he follow his conscience and find the killer, or will he continue running from his past?
Eight of Swords is the start of a promising mystery series. The mystery storyline is suspenseful, but it is the characters that will keep the reader turning the pages. Though deeply flawed, Warren Ritter is also smart and his struggles to atone for the wrongs in his past make him sympathetic. There are a number of interesting subplots surrounding Warren's past and current relationships that are left unresolved at the end of this book, making me eager to read the next.
Though the cover may imply otherwise, this is definitely not a cozy. Cozy readers may be offended by the occasional profanity, violence, and thoughts of premarital sex! For those who do not mind their mysteries rated PG-13, Eight of Swords is an excellent choice.
This is a first book of a new author which won St Martin's press Best Mystery Award. I would read him again.