Why does crime fiction always have to be about murder? Let's hear it for the defrauders out there. I'm on a fraud kick with my writing, so I sought out some reading to go with it.
I found I Should Have Seen it Coming by Victoria Watson to be a quick, satisfying read. It lays out in simple, straight-forward prose how to be a tarot card-reading con artist.
The main character, Carol, loses her job to outsourcing. She pays the bills by BS-ing her way through a job as a tarot card reader. Little by little, her effect on clients grows deeper. The money follows suit. But so does the risk. Will it catch up with her? Or is there a reason the title is, I Should Have Seen it Coming?
This short story reminded me of this classic clip. I've been thinking about it, since it inspired my next novel.