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Play the Fool Review

Imagine stumbling upon a picture of your deceased friend on a stranger’s phone. Would you be brave enough to delve into the mystery behind their death? This is the intriguing premise of Play the Fool by Lina Chern, a captivating blend of mystery and supernatural elements. 


Katie True is a college dropout and currently failing at anything related to adulting. She currently works at the local mall in a Russian trinket shop. Falling back on what she knows, she read her tarot cards. All that changes when a man comes into the store asking her to read the cards. While he is distracted, she glimpses a picture of her friend Marley. Marley has clearly been murdered. Everything in Katie’s life is thrown upside down as she tries to figure out what happened and deal with her grief. She decides to use her quick wit to solve the murder, but she doesn’t know that she’s about to get into the crossfire of something bigger. Can the cards keep her safe?  


I love the idea of Tarot cards, and when I read the back of this book, I was very excited. How would the Author use the cards? Would they help solve the murder? While these questions were answered. I was slightly let down by the tarot element. It drew me to this book, and it wasn’t a big part of solving the crime. It was kind of tossed in there randomly. I enjoyed the banter between the characters and was happy with Katie’s growth by the end of the book. While this book wasn’t my favorite, I would still say you should give it a chance. I think the Author has a clever and unique story. So, it’s not a 5-star for me, but I would give it a solid 3. Something about it still kept me engaged, and I wanted to keep reading. 

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