Thursday, March 16, 2017

Murder at the Fortune Teller's Table: A Kelly Jackson Mystery

Murder at the Fortune Teller’s Table by Janet Finsilver is third book in A Kelly Jackson Mystery series.  Kelly Jackson is the manager of the Redwood Cove Bed-and-Breakfast in Redwood Cove, California.  Kelly is attending the local school’s annual fundraiser (and get to know your school event).  She notices a woman come away from the fortune teller’s booth very upset and leaning on the arm of her son.  The woman Amy “Summer” Winter later approaches Kelly and asks for a meeting with the Silver Sentinels.  At the meeting, Summer explains that she needs two people found that she has not seen since 1967.  Summer is able provides the group with the names, Diane Morgan and Ken Nelsen, but no further usable information (not even why she is looking for them).  With a little computer sleuthing, the group is able to give Summer current addresses of Diane and Ken.  It turns out that Mark, Summer’s son, is not her biological child. Mark is ill and needs a donor.  After Auntie, the Greek fortune teller, saw the evil eye and stated that someone will die, Summer felt the need to urgently contact Mark’s biological parents for assistance.  Kelly arranges for Ken Nelsen, his family and Diane to get a free weekend at the B and B courtesy of an anonymous benefactor.  Summer does not want them to know it is her until after they arrive.  They just have to agree to a meeting with the benefactor. The next day Mary is attacked in her home, and it is blamed on the Lunch Thief that has been plaguing the area.  But then Summer and Auntie (the fortune teller) are found dead in Auntie’s home.  The Silver Sentinels do not agree with the police ruling on the cause of death and start seeking answers.  The killer does not appreciate Kelly’s pursuit of answers and sets out to stop her. 

Murder at the Fortune Teller’s Table is an easy to read book that is nicely written.  I like the characters, though, I wish there were not so many of them.  I do admit that it is hard to keep track of all the various characters.  There is Kelly, the Silver Sentinels, the staff of the Redwood Cove Bed and Breakfast, Helen’s son, the dog, plus others (from a sister B&B and townspeople).  It was nice to see some growth in Kelly’s character at the end of the novel.  I give Murder at the Fortune Teller’s Table 3.5 out of 5 stars.  I thought the mystery was interesting, and I do not believe that all readers will be able to identify the perpetrator.  I picked out the person I thought was the culprit and then read to see if I was right. The mystery has several suspects and any one of them could easily be the killer.  Then there is the mystery of the Lunch Time thief.  He only attacks homes during the week at lunch time.  I did appreciate how everything was wrapped up in the end.  There was one more storyline included in this book that I found captivating.  It is how dogs are being trained to help veterans with PTSD.  Michael Corrigan, owner of Resorts International, is setting up a facility to help veterans.  It is amazing what dogs are capable of with a little training.  There is also a dog (a Chihuahua) trained to help a hearing-impaired woman.  While Murder at the Fortune Teller’s Table is the third book in the series, it can be read alone.  All the necessary background information is provided. Each book in the series is better than the last (I liked this one better than the previous two).  I will be reading the next book in A Kelly Jackson Mystery series.  The first two books in the series are Murder at Redwood Cove and Murder at the Mansion.

I hope all of you have a exceptional day.  During this cold weather, it is a good time to stay inside with hot chocolate, a cuddly blanket, and a good book.  I am currently reading Murder is No Accident by A.H. Gabhart (I got behind on my reading thanks to terrible migraines).  I will see you when I return tomorrow.  Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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