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The Metaphysical Detective by Kirsten Weiss
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Jul 06, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: ebook
Recommended for: fans of mysteries with a touch of the paranormal

Book Info: Genre: Paranormal mystery
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: those who like mysteries with a bit of paranormal
Trigger Warnings: murder, assault

My Thoughts: I can't even remember how it was I heard of this series, but I had been collecting the books before I was ever contacted by the author to review the latest one. When I mentioned I was still missing the first as well, she was kind enough to send that along, too. So, a big thanks to Kirsten Weiss for letting me read this whole series in one swell foop! It's something I've been looking forward to for a good, long while.

Overall I really liked the story. I was especially amused by Riga's Agatha Christie impression when presenting the denouement to the Archetypes. I was, however, annoyed with the perpetuation of one of the biggest misrepresentations of Tarot there is out there, and that is that the Death card literally represents Death. Anyone who has seriously studied Tarot knows that Death represents change, often abrupt, sometimes difficult (but not as traumatic as that of the Tower), but only change. Depending on the other cards and the placement in the reading, it can also mean rejuvenation. It definitely does not mean literal death.

But that's a minor gripe. Overall I enjoyed the story, and I really liked most of the characters. I thought Pen was a little immature for being 17; I certainly don't remember being that disrespectful toward relatives (other than my parents) at that age. If Pen were my niece and she'd talked to me that way at that age, she'd probably end up with a cuff to the ear for her troubles.

Nonetheless, if you like mysteries with a touch of the paranormal (and gargoyles—let's not forget Bridgett, because she's awesome), then you'll like this book. I'm very much looking forward to reading the rest of this series.

Series Information: Riga Hayworth Paranormal Mysteries
Book 1: The Metaphysical Detective, received from author for review
Book 2: The Alchemical Detective, picked up on Amazon during KDP promotion
Book 3: The Shamanic Detective, picked up on Amazon during KDP promotion
Book 4: The Infernal Detective, received from author for review

Disclosure: I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Synopsis: When Riga Hayworth finds her new client, Helen Baro, dead, she smells a set up of metaphysical proportions. Now, to find a killer, Riga must travel from San Francisco to the underworld – and make it back alive…

Helen believes her husband is trying to kill her. One problem: Helen’s husband died in a car crash last year. Riga isn't sure what to think. Is Helen mad? Is someone else trying to harm the woman? Or is this really a case of attempted murder from beyond the grave? But then Helen is found dead, leaving a strange haiku and tarot for a clue, and Riga is hurled into an investigation that threatens the detective and those she loves. 

A noir paranormal mystery based in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Metaphysical Detective explores the power of the archetypes through the double lens of tarot and Greek mythology.
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Reading Progress

July 6, 2012 – Shelved
July 2, 2013 – Shelved as: to-read
July 2, 2013 – Shelved as: ebook
July 2, 2013 – Shelved as: to-read
July 26, 2013 – Started Reading
July 26, 2013 –
19.0% "Is there a lake monster in Lake Tahoe? Hmmm."
July 26, 2013 –
19.0% "Is there a lake monster in Lake Tahoe? Hmmm."
July 26, 2013 –
2.0% "Ooh, oops, no wonder the synopsis didn't match. I read 8 chapters of the wrong book. starting over *sigh*"
July 26, 2013 –
30.0% "I wonder what's up with Donovan and with Riga blacking out from the wine?"
July 26, 2013 –
31.0% "Oh, real helpful Donovan; drive away the guy she's trying to interview. SMH"
July 26, 2013 –
31.0% "Oh, real helpful Donovan; drive away the guy she's trying to interview. SMH"
July 26, 2013 – Finished Reading

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