Thanks to NetGalley and Midnight Ink for sending me an ARC of this book. This book is available June 8, 2016 but can be preordered now.
The stars are perfectly aligned for this cozy mystery! “The Madness of Mercury” is the first in a new series by Connie di Marco. Julia Bonatti is an astrologer in San Francisco just going about her business, when suddenly she is the object of hatred for a local cult group.
Dorothy is one of Julia’s clients and her elderly aunt Evandra has requested a consultation. Dorothy cares for both her elderly aunts, Evandra and Eunice, in their historic home, the Gamble house. Evandra informs Julia the she thinks Dorothy is trying to kill her. Meanwhile, their nurse, Gudrun, is a leader of the cult group and is working to recruit Eunice to the group and get her to sign over all of her estate to them. In another part of town, the cult group is staging a protest in the street in front of Julia’s home and the store, Mystic Eye, where Julia sometimes sees clients. Julia blames a Mercury transit for all these strange occurrences. But when Eunice is kidnapped by the cult, Julia is on a one man mission to rescue her.
When I started this book I had no idea how astrology could be woven into a mystery in an engaging way. That just goes to show how little I know about astrology, but my interest has been piqued now. This book was exciting and engaging from the opening paragraph to the action filled end. Bottom line: I loved this story and can’t wait to see more in this series.
Alinefromabook’s recommendation: TWO THUMBS-UP! This is a great new entry in the cozy mystery arena. Content is appropriate for adults and teens.
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