Saturday, May 21, 2016

The Madness of Mercury review

The Madness of Mercury
by Connie di Marco

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.
A wonderful start to am intriguing new series. I am a cozy addict and I have enjoyed psychics and astrology in many forms for decades. I couldn't wait to see how they would be combined.
It turned out to be a lot of fun.

The characters are well written and we begin to care for them early on. When they get into situations that turn dangerous, your heart will beat faster. The flow of the story is well paced and you'll wish you could read it in one sitting!

Julia doesn't normally do home consultations but when events threaten her own home setting, she winds up moving in! The secondary characters are quirky but attractive in their own ways. I hope we see more of them.

There is another main theme in the book and that revolves around the care of elderly people, quality of life and some who desire to take advantage of them. I am at an age where I am dealing with this with persons in my family and soon enough I will be that age, so it also impacted my emotions.

Full of suspense and surprises and lots of interesting information!

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.

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  1. Dear Laura - thanks so much for hosting my stop today and for reviewing The Madness of Mercury! I'm so glad you enjoyed Julia's adventures!

  2. Hey Connie - looking forward to learning about astrology. I can impress the family ;-).

    1. Hi Sally - hopefully I've communicated something about the subject! Check out the various sun signs and moon signs in your family, I'll bet you'll be surprised at how everyone's connected!

  3. The Madness of Mercury sounds like such an interesting book. I would like to learn about the zodiac. Definitely adding to my TBR list. Great giveaway, thanks.

  4. Hi Dianne, Julia definitely has an unusual profession. I think you'd enjoy listening in when her clients visit! Good luck!


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