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Happily, the author refrained from titling this: The Tarot Card Murders.
Reviewed in the United States on November 6, 2019
A cunning killer murders a university neurobiologist and leaves the police a tarot card clue. Even as detectives begin their investigation, the killer commits more well-planned, premeditated murders—one victim a day, three days running, with tarot cards included. As in other police procedurals with serial/spree murder storylines, the wrath of university VIPs and the police brass is visited upon the detectives. “Name a suspect and make an arrest. Or else.”
This is a solid police procedural, but the plot has nothing new or different. There are a few decent twists, but I found the last twist less than believable. There’s a lot of domestic drama—and some melodrama—to do with Detective Jo Fournier’s sister, father, and extended family. Although I enjoy reading about snout-to-tail Cajun feasting, the boucherie blather did nothing for the plotline.