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Published by Constable, 7 September 2017. ISBN:
Dolly Greene and her husband divorced she needed a new way to make a living and
turned to her main skill and solace, her ability to read tarot cards.
Dolly lives down a bike track in the aptly named
Tinderbox Lane in South West London. She has a tiny, one-bedroomed cottage that
she shares with her twenty-two-year-old daughter, Pippa, a student who has
recently broken up with her boyfriend.
When Dolly conducts tarot card readings at home
she uses the broom cupboard in order to have privacy and focus on her readings,
although she also does some readings for groups. In this way Dolly manages to
scrape a living. Despite her hand-to-mouth existence, Dolly is warm and
optimistic and enjoys her life.
The book opens with Dolly and a new client,
Nikki, seated in the broom cupboard. Dolly’s usual patter is disrupted by a
vision of Nikki’s face, battered and bloodstained. A few days later a woman’s
body is washed up near Chiswick Bridge and Dolly is convinced that the victim
Dolly is well aware that the police are unlikely
to take seriously information gained by reading tarot cards and she tries to
discover the truth herself. As she does so, she is drawn into the lives of her
neighbours, a group of idiosyncratic people, many of whom have secrets of their
own. Dolly is particularly drawn to her next-door-neighbour, the Caribbean
born, womanising, larger-than-life Maurice.
Dolly’s personal prospects for prosperity and
happiness start to improve, but then death strikes in Tinderbox Lane and
Dolly’s determination to discover the truth places her own life in danger.
The Prime of Ms Dolly Greene is the
first book in a new series featuring the ‘tarot detective.’ It is a lively and
amusing book, based on an unusual premise and filled with eccentric,
larger-than-life characters. Dolly is an engaging and delightful protagonist
and it is a very enjoyable read.
Reviewer: Carol Westron
is an author and Tarot reader. The Prime
of Ms Dolly Greene is the first in EV Harte's Tarot Detective series. The
second will be out May 2018.
Author Pic by
Panda La Terriere
Carol Westronis a successful short
story writer and a Creative Writing teacher.She is the moderator for the cosy/historical crime panel, The Deadly
Dames.Her crime novels are set both in
contemporary and Victorian times.The
Terminal Velocity of Cats is the first in her Scene of Crimes novels, was
published July 2013. Her latest book The Fragility
of Poppies was published 10 June 2016.