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Published: June 8, 2016
Number of pages: 312
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Series: Zodiac Mystery #1
Synopsis:San Francisco astrologer Julia Bonatti’s life is turned upside down when she becomes the target of the city’s newest cult leader, Reverend Roy of the Prophet’s Tabernacle. Driven out of her apartment in the midst of a disastrous Mercury retrograde period, she takes shelter with a client who’s caring for two elderly aunts. One aunt appears stricken with dementia and the other has fallen under the spell of the Reverend Roy. To add to the confusion, a young man claiming to be a long lost nephew arrives. The longer he stays, the more dangerous things become. Is the young man truly a member of the family? Can astrology confirm that? Julia’s not sure, but one thing she does know is that Mercury wasn’t merely the messenger of the gods—he was a trickster and a liar as well.
What did I think of this book:This was a fun new cozy mystery series for me to start. This has all the makings of a great series that hopefully will be around for awhile. I love nothing more than to sit down after a long day of work and read a great mystery. This was a little different for me but in a good way as I learned a little about astrology as I went along. I felt bad for Julia having to deal with her aunt's and what they were going through. I have had two family members with dementia and it is not easy. Then she has this strange young man who claims to be family but things do not seem to be that way with him. This was different from a lot of cozies that I read in that it is not set in a quaint small town but a rather large well known city. But for me that did not take away from the story but added the fuel to give a few more twists and turns to the story. I was kept guessing right up until the end of this book. A good read for me.
About the author:Connie di Marco is the author of the Zodiac Mysteries from Midnight Ink. She was fascinated by astrology at an early age and this was the inspiration that gave birth to Julia Bonatti, San Francisco astrologer and her newspaper column Ask Zodia. Writing as Connie Archer, she is also the author of the Soup Lover’s Mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime. Connie lives in Los Angeles with her family and a constantly talking cat.