Author: Elizabeth A. Delisi
Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing
Buy Link: Buy Fatal Fortune Here!
Rating: You Want/Need To Read
Reviewed By: Kellie
No one in Cheyenne, ND believes in Lottie Baldwin’s psychic abilities; especially not Harlan Erikson, Lottie’s boyfriend, and Chief Deputy in the Sheriff’s Office. When a friend’s husband disappears, Lottie can’t leave it to Harlan. Armed with her courage and her tarot cards, she tries to solve the mystery herself, regardless of who attempts to stop her: Harlan, her friend—or the criminal.
Fatal Fortune (A Lottie Baldwin Mystery) by Elizabeth Delisi was originally published in 1998 and republished in June 2012. The story takes place in the winter of 1980, a time with no cell phones and computers (which took some getting used to). Lottie possesses gifts; she is able to read tarot cards, as well as see visions. People in town believe that she is a bit crazy and her boyfriend, Harlan (a cop) is somewhat of a skeptic, even if Lottie’s gifts helped assist him in a past case. Despite the town and Harlan doubting her, Janet (Lottie’s best friend) does not, which is why she goes immediately to Lottie for help when her husband disappears. Lottie wants to help her friend find her husband, but the vision which she sees, tells her that it just may be too late.
Despite the objections of Harlan, Lottie takes it upon herself to solve the disappearance of Harry. However, when she digs a bit too deep, she receives a warning which could result in deadly consequences. The question now is, will Lottie continue to help her friend, while endangering her own life or will she entrust her boyfriend and the cops with the case?
Fatal Fortune was slow in some places, but it managed to pick up near the end. Delisi did a fantastic job with character development. Lottie’s quirky personality managed to jump off the pages, Harlan was strong and steady and quite compatible with Lottie. The pain which Janet was gripped with was quite believable, and as a reader I found myself wanting to comfort her and little Laura, Janet’s precious 4 year old daughter was truly a joy. Fatal Fortune had its weak spots, but I enjoyed the mystery and was also, quite satisfied with the ending, especially since I had already managed to solve it. Curl up with Fatal Fortune on a slow night and give Lottie Baldwin’s high-tech free world a try.