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Death in the Cards (Stain-Busting Mystery #3)

3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  53 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Laundromat owner and stain removal expert Josie Toadfern knows her tiny town's dirty clothes and most of its dirty little secrets. But an upcoming "Psychic Fair" has raised the ire of a local evangelist and his minions, as well as the more conservative citizens of Paradise - so it doesn't take a crystal ball to predict that murder will ultimately foul the fair.
Hardcover, Large Print, 426 pages
Published June 23rd 2005 by Wheeler Publishing (first published March 1st 2005)
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Death in the Cards was clearly not as good a story as the last Short novel I read, Hung Out to Die. This could be because this novel was written before the latter story, and Josie Toadfern has grown as a character. This I'll buy, but it doesn't account for the dreadfully slow pace of the plot or the other annoying characters. Josie is a total prude, Cherry the stereotypical slut, Owen is a selfish ego-maniac, Karen a frustrating helicopter mom, and I won't even get started on 'righteous' Dru and...more
This was another good cozy by Sharon Short. This is the third book in her Stainbuster mystery series. Not only do you get a good mystery but you also get cleaning tips. I like the protagonist, Josie, who is just an all around nice person. She has a good heart and takes care of her cousin, Guy, who is autistic. The setting is a little town in south central Ohio, kind of a redneck kind of place. A very comfortable setting for this series.
I haven't read any of the other mysteries in this series, but I certainly enjoyed this one. Josie is normal and average and lives in a small town where everybody knows everybody. The psychic convention sounded like a hoot and very small. I didn't have a clue at all as to who the murderer was - could have been one of many!
One of the things I enjoyed most about this novel is that it takes place in a fictional town near where I really live, so it has the flavor of home to it. Josie has to solve the murder of a psychic that is in town for the psychic fair that has people up in arms. Nice little mystery.
Chi Dubinski
Josie Toadfern, who runs a Laundromat in small town Paradise, Ohio, finds murder and mystery when a psychic fair comes to town. One of the psychics predicts danger, and when Josie stumbles over a body, conservative town residents confront the New Agers.
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Sharon Short is the author of the novel My One Square Inch of Alaska (Penguin Plume) in which a pair of siblings escape the strictures of the 1950s industrial Ohio town on the adventure of a lifetime. Opening chapters of this novel earned Sharon an Ohio Arts Council individual artist's grant and a Montgomery County (Ohio) Arts & Cultural District Literary Artist Fellowship. Sharon is the Liter...more
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