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Murder at the Fortune Teller’s Table by Janet Finsilver
Kelly Jackson, manager of Redwood Cove Bed and Breakfast, joins her friends, the crime-solving group of senior citizens known as the Silver Sentinels, at a fundraiser for the local school district. She learns that fortunes are being told and decides it would be fun to participate in a reading.
As she goes to where the fortune telling is taking place, a woman walks past. A man has his arm around her shoulders and assures her everything will be okay. The woman’s eyes are filling with tears and she responds by telling him he doesn’t know about the things she’s seen come about.
He responds by saying, “Mom, I have no dark secrets from the past that will be revealed, and no one is going to die.”
What seemed like fun to Kelly has now taken a dark twist. Before she can leave the area, she’s swept enthusiastically to the fortune teller’s table by one of her friends. Soon she’s seated in front of a Greek woman named Despina Manyotis, better known as Auntie. The woman dressed in black robes explains she reads Turkish coffee grounds to predict the future. It’s an ancient practice known as tasseography.
Kelly is told she must drink the coffee from the same side of the cup for the entire process and leave a little in the bottom. With her last sip, she needs to make a wish. She does as instructed then puts the cup down with thoughts for a positive future.
Auntie tells Kelly to put the saucer on the cup upside-down, swirl it three times, and flip it over. She does this and manages to keep everything together when she upends it. In a broken whisper, the fortune teller says it must rest for a short while and explains the grounds need to flow into their shapes for the reading.
The wizened woman folds her hands and stares at the cup. After what seems like an eternity, Auntie carefully separates the cup and saucer. She says, “The patterns — they tell of your past, present, and future. I see you are right-handed, so we start at the cup’s handle and move from right to left.”
Auntie peers intently into the cup, moving it around, examining the sides and bottom. Then she inspects the saucer and nods slowly.
Kelly flinches each time she frowns, fidgets when she stares fiercely into the cup and mutters, and cringes when she shouts “ha” a few times. Finally, Auntie sits back. Her dark brown eyes look at Kelly from their creased folds. Her face transforms as a smile spread across it.
“You are like an eagle that has journeyed to find its aerie, the place it will call home. You landed, tucked in your wings, and have found your destination.”
Kelly almost falls off the chair with relief. Not that she believes in any of that stuff, but then again . . .
The woman Kelly had seen crying earlier asks her and the Silver Sentinels for help locating people she knew over fifty years ago. They agree and not long after they begin to investigate the woman and the fortune teller are both found dead. The involvement of Kelly and the Sentinels leads them to meet Auntie’s sisters.
These women claim Despina’s spirit will remain for forty days. There’ll be a service now and another in forty days. Kelly and the group also find out about a book called The Book of Secrets. Auntie had closely guarded the book with its jeweled cover. It is centuries old and filled with herbal remedies passed down through their family. Some speculate it might contain secrets other than the cures.
The book is stolen and eventually recovered. The killer of the two women is captured. While there are no interactions with ghosts in Murder at the Fortune Teller’s Table, some wonder if Auntie’s spirit helped to find The Book of Secrets as well as the murderer.
Murder at the Fortune Teller’s Table
(A Kelly Jackson Mystery)
3rd in Series
Kensington Publishing Corporation/Lyrical Underground (March 14, 2017)
Paperback – Approx 200 pages
Kindle ASIN: B01HA435CI
Poisons, prophecies — and a peculiar past
When a local woman begins searching for a couple she hasn’t seen since the 1960s, Redwood Cove Bed and Breakfast manager Kelly Jackson and the crime-solving group, the “Silver Sentinels,” are quick to help out. They’re also quick to guess that they’re in over their heads after the woman is found dead beside the body of a Greek fortune teller — and a fellow Sentinel gets attacked. As Kelly juggles work and her responsibilities at a food and wine festival in town, she and her sleuthing posse must confront a killer obsessed with old secrets and solve a murder mystery more than fifty years in the making.
About the Author
Janet Finsilver is the USA TODAY best-selling author of the Kelly Jackson mystery series. She worked in education for many years as a teacher, a program administrator, and a workshop presenter. Janet majored in English and earned a Master’s Degree in Education. She loves animals and has two dogs–Kylie and Ellie. Janet has ridden western style since she was a child and was a member of the National Ski Patrol. One of the highlights of her life was touching whales in the San Ignacio Lagoon. MURDER AT REDWOOD COVE, her debut mystery, was released on October 13, 2015. Her second book, MURDER AT THE MANSION, was released on June 7, 2016.
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