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The Star: A Tarot Card Mystery (Tarot Card Mystery #3)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  51 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
After two recent encounters with crime, Warren Ritter is determined to live the quiet life, but fate isn't paying any attention. His daughter, Fran, with whom he has only recently become acquainted, is in serious need of his help. She has separated from her husband, Orrin, who has taken their five-month-old son and refuses to give him back. If she challenges him, he will l ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published February 6th 2007 by Minotaur Books
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Dean C. Moore
Nov 08, 2014 Dean C. Moore rated it really liked it
I became a big fan of this author back when I was doing research for my Renaissance 2.0 series, which is set in Berkeley, California, as is the case with the Tarot Card Mysteries by David Skibbins. I had lived in Berkeley for over ten years, and in the greater Bay Area for over twenty, but I had been away from both for even longer. Since Skibbins sets his stories in Berkeley from 2,000 on, I figured it’d give me a chance to see how much things had changed in my old stomping ground. I was surpris ...more
THE STAR (Amateur Sleuth-California-Cont) – G+
Skibbins, David – 3rd book
Thomas Dunne Books, 2007- US Hardcover- ISBN: 9780312361938
*** Warren Ritter’s peaceful day reading Tarot cards on Telegraph Ave. is brought to an abrupt end. His daughter, Fran, whom he has only met, shows up. She is separated from her husband, a police officer, and he has now taken their baby away from her refusing to give her back. Soon, the husband is found murdered and Fran is the prime suspect. It’s up to Warren to pro
Oct 04, 2010 Spuddie rated it it was amazing
#3 Warren Ritter "Tarot Card" mystery. Warren, formerly known as Weather Underground radical Richard Green, is determined to settle into his new life and not run away again. (Richard Green "died" in an explosion twenty odd years earlier, and Warren Ritter is one of several incarnations he has used since then.) Doing well on his meds for his bi-polar disease and with his computer hacker girlfriend Sally, he is still working on his relationship with his newfound daughter Fran. So when Fran shows u ...more
Jul 26, 2011 Alex rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this novel, the third in a series whose titles refer to cards in the Tarot Deck. The protagonist amateur sleuth is an ex-Weather Underground fugitive who assumes fake identities and reads cards on Telegraph in Berkeley. The plot to "The Star" involves family members of the man: his deceased father's ex-lover shows up with a family secret while his bipolar daughter involves him in a murder investigation. It's all very genial without being corny. It's also fast-paced, funny, and o ...more
Jan 05, 2012 Meg rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Enjoyable, quick read. At first I was annoyed by the main character being arrogant and gratuitously homophobic, but he redeemed himself and became more interesting (and no longer homophobic) and the plot kept me engaged. The Tarot thing wasn't a major motif (maybe it is more so in the other books?), too bad, but I loved the Berkeley setting and almost felt I "recognized" the characters from around town!
Sep 09, 2016 Susan rated it really liked it
I really enjoy this series. This episode had some nice plot twists and solid character development.

I appreciated Skibbins' deft handling of the complexities of mental illnesses and disorders. He takes a matter of fact but humorous approach that is also factual (rather than sensationalized or sanitized).

I will be reading other books in the series.
Oct 21, 2009 Virginia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, tarot
My favorite thus far. I really cared about his daughter and the effect this trauma would have on her. This is a really good series
Nov 06, 2007 Susan rated it really liked it
Readable in a day or two. Interesting twist on the present-day mystery man: manic-depressive, former radical, current tarot card reader.
Jan 03, 2008 Nikki rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2007-reads, mysteries
Warren Ritter helps his long-lost daughter, who, like he himself, is bipolar, in this mystery set in Berkeley and Santa Cruz.
Aug 23, 2008 Vivienne rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Another highly readable short novel featuring the very likeable Warren Ritter.
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David Skibbins won the St. Martin’s Minotaur/Malice Domestic Competition for Best First Traditional Mystery Novel with Eight of Swords. He is a certified life coach and lives on the Pacific Coast in California with his brilliant wife and his goofy Portuguese water dog.

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