A friend of the characters reads Tarot cards. Their latest client drew the death card as the final card. The client, a middle-aged man, was murdered shortly after. The cards may contain significant clues to unmasking the killer -- if, of course, divination is real.
1 The cards do indeed reveal the identity of the killer. He is a professional criminal who was hired to kill the client and make it look like a random mugging. The victim's wife and lover hired the thug, who is not a full-time hitman.
2 The cards are meaningless. The death of the client is a coincidence. The culprit is a hitman hired by business associates of the victim. As the card reader says, "the death card is actually positive -- it signifies change".
3 The fortune teller actually killed the man to boost his own profile as a fantastic reader. The victim described the reading to friends before his demise. The card reader will try to mislead the characters with false clues and red herring suspects.
Copyright (c) 2009 Brian Woodman