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The Fool Card is the first in a series of mysteries linked to the tarot deck. In this first book, Xana Bard has chosen a quiet life—drinking tea, talking to her pets, reading, and conferring with the Pacific Ocean beyond her picture window. She calls the ocean Doctor P., and it’s cheaper than her therapist and maybe a little more helpful. She’s happy enough, until the night Thorne Ardall, shot while chasing his boss’s killer, crashes into her house. Using her tarot-trained intuition rather than her better judgment, Xana patches Thorne up and they agree to track down the murderer as a team.
★★★★★Delightful read.”So happy to have discovered this author and look forward to reading her other books. Light-hearted mystery with clever phrases and lots of details about the San Francisco Bay Area. Great names of characters and animals.” — Jolyn
★★★★★Get this if you like Stephanie Plum”Ms. Atkinson’s debut novel is a fast-paced romp through the hills of San Francisco starring an engaging heroine, Xana Bard, who modestly attributes her intuition to reading Tarot cards.” —Julia M. Shumwa
Xana Bard is approached at Enrico’s Cafe by a young man who asks her to read his tarot cards. When she does, the cards are terrifying. How is Xana going to avert the dreadful future she sees for Asa Ballantine and his sister Beth? Can her friend Thorne Ardall do the job? How does the work the twins are doing on nanotechnology and human organ reconstruction figure into the threat hanging over them? And what help can Xana possibly provide after she breaks her ankle?
Meanwhile, why is Agatha Hein, Xana’s dowdy German neighbor, suddenly transformed into a glamorpuss? Why is she driving her husband’s Mercedes instead of walking to the bus at the corner? In this second fast-moving adventure in The Tarot Mysteries series, Xana and Thorne must find a way, in spite of the impediments presented by fractures and furious family members, to dodge the doom she has seen looming over Asa and Beth and solve the mystery of Mrs. Hein’s sudden makeover.
★★★★★The Magician Card (The Tarot Card Mysteries)”This is a good, fast read, very smart and very funny in places. I recommend it for anyone whose into mysteries, snappy dialogue, and local color. Also, for anyone curious about what Tarot is. On top of which, it contains one of the most thoroughly satisfying murders I can remember. It went by so fast I would have liked another few hundred pages. But you can’t have everything.” —Joan Kraus
★★★★★Five Stars”Great fun to read this mystery. Cannot wait to read the rest of the series!” —Mel Lee
Xana Bard is recovering nicely from her fractured ankle when DeLeon Davies bursts into the East-West Cafe and tells her that his sixteen-year-old daughter has been kidnapped by a cult. How will Xana and Thorne Ardall, the man her mother refers to as Xana’s “thug swain,” rescue DeLeon’s daughter Netta? And why will Xana then volunteer to join the cult? In this third book in The Tarot Mysteries series, Xana and Thorne conspire against the cult’s female autocrat, who calls herself Renenet, “goddess incarnate of prosperity and abundance,” and in the process they learn just how perilous organic farming can be.
★★★★★Loved it!”Read while on vacation in London. Kept me connected with home while there. Easy reading…entertaining…great character development. My favorite so far!” — Catherine Hawkins
Xana Bard has settled into a comfortable and contented life with Thorne Ardall, her “thug swain,” only to have that life disrupted by the 24/7 bodyguard duties he undertakes in order to protect the notorious but faded former siren Mona Raglan. Mona, Xana learns, is now a kinky boots manufacturer and compulsively adoptive mother. It seems everyone who knows Mona was once captivated by her compelling sexual charisma, or was touched by her taking on a worldwide brood of orphans.
Unfortunately, now that the charisma has faded so has Mona’s immunity from being hated by the throng of people she has offended by her predatory man-stealing and caustic tongue. In this fourth book in The Tarot Mysteries series, Xana and Thorne do their best to protect Mona from multiple attempts on her life―attempts that recur with persistence and increasing effectiveness.
★★★★★I love these books”I love these books. I think Bevan Atkinson knows how to hold your attention so you do not want to put the books down till you have finished.” —Ann Wheat
★★★★★Five Stars”Another fun read from Ms. Atkinson. I’ve read them all. Hope there are more to come.”—Joe Fior
Xana Bard comes home one muggy afternoon to find a murdered man in her back yard. Knowing that even with an airtight alibi she and anyone living with her will be a suspect, she warns her off-the-grid lover Thorne Ardall to stay away until the murderer is caught. How will Xana unravel the mystery of the body in the back yard? How will World War II, gold fever, and a road trip with DeLeon Davies at the wheel factor into solving the murder? And when will the insufferably hot weather ever cool down?
“The Emperor Card is the best installment so far in Bevan’s clever and engaging series.” — Laurie Sain, co-author of best-selling The Hidden Leader: Discover and Develop Greatness Within Your Company.
“What a delightful book!!! Boy did it pique my interest in learning more about tarot readings and cards, as I confess total ignorance of knowing anything other than the common perception akin to gypsies and witchcraft!It arrived yesterday and I have read through half already. She is a talented writer and grabs your interest immediately!!! A fun read! “ —Colleen Crowley
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