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Eight of Swords (Tarot Card, Bk 1)
Eight of Swords - Tarot Card, Bk 1
Author: David Skibbins
A strange thing was happening to Warren Ritter. He certainly didn't believe in the tarot. He was a businessman, setting up a folding table on a San Francisco street where a stream of passersby could bring him as much as a hundred dollars a day when the weather was right. But he was beginning to notice more and more that what he had learned t...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780312352257
ISBN-10: 0312352255
Publication Date: 4/4/2006
Pages: 274
Edition: Reprint
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 27 ratings
Publisher: St. Martin's Minotaur
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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reviewed Eight of Swords (Tarot Card, Bk 1) on + 524 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
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!
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Helpful Score: 2
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.
reviewed Eight of Swords (Tarot Card, Bk 1) on + 170 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
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.
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Helpful Score: 2
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.
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This is a first book of a new author which won St Martin's press Best Mystery Award. I would read him again.
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reviewed Eight of Swords (Tarot Card, Bk 1) on + 509 more book reviews
Easy reading but ultimately not satisfying. the central character wasn't very appealing, and acted like a jerk a lot of the time (he's 50-something and complimented himself for restraint in not having sex with an underage teenage girl; his interactions with police were pretty juvenile, too). Book was too long for the subject matter with a few too many side trips down memory lane. It gave a little detail about tarot cards, but so does Wikipedia. Not recommended.

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