The Madness of Mercury by Connie di Marco

This book is a wonderful cozy mystery involving a San Francisco astrologer. Julia Bonatti is enjoying some small success in her career. A local paper is publishing her astrology based advice column. She has a loyal clientele. But Mercury is in retrograde and life becomes difficult. A cult like religious group accuses her of being a witch. Escalating harassment and violence from the cult result in her taking refuge at the home of a client.

This novel was a perfectly paced, well-executed mystery. The author has carefully placed the clues. She has teased and bemused the reader with red herrings. Any astrology aficionado will enjoy her references to astrology. It is an excellent start to a new series.



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