Posted in 5 paws, Cozy, Giveaway, Monday, mystery, Review on May 30, 2016

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The Madness of Mercury (A Zodiac Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
New Series
Midnight Ink (June 8, 2016)
Paperback: 312 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738749129


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.


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I really enjoyed this book and when the killer was revealed I could not have been more surprised!

I’ve always been curious about astrology and what all it means when Mercury or Neptune are in your house, and while you won’t learn exactly what all of that means, there is a lot of discussion about charts based on your birthday and birth place. I’ve had a chart done in the past but it has been awhile so this has me curious about what the stars say for me.

I did guess a few things but wasn’t sure exactly how they tied in to the whole story until the end. And of course my suspect was someone else entirely.

I also liked how they had to deal with a “cult” where the leader had many people in power snowed and thinking he was a good guy when he really wasn’t and what it took to uncover his deception.

We give this book 5 paws up.


About the Author

Connie.Archer.2Connie 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.

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