Astrologer Julia Bonatti never thought her chosen profession would bring danger into her life, but her outspoken advice in her newspaper column, AskZodia, makes her the target of San Francisco’s recently-arrived cult leader, Reverend Roy of the Prophet’s Tabernacle. The followers of the power hungry preacher will stop at nothing to quell the voices of those who would stand in his way and Julia’s at the top of his list. She’s willing to bet the charismatic Reverend is a Mercury-ruled individual, and she knows all too well that Mercury wasn’t just the messenger of the gods, he was a trickster and a liar as well.
Reviews for The Madness of Mercury
This smartly written debut from di Marco . . . (who wrote the Soup Lover’s Mystery series as Connie Archer) sets the stage for a promising series. ~ Kirkus Reviews
di Marco’s (“Soup Lover’s Mysteries”) series starter features a clever plot and a smart and feisty heroine with feet firmly planted on the ground while she searches the stars. ~ Library Journal
The stars may not align for the unlucky characters in The Madness of Mercury, but they certainly do for readers who discover this book. An astrologer with her eyes on her charts and her feet planted firmly on the ground, Julia Bonatti is an original sleuth, juggling Zodiac readings with a mysterious deft hand and a Jim Jones-like cult leader. Dark wit and darker motivations unite to create a satisfying read. ~ Kim Fay, The Map of Lost Memories, Edgar Award Finalist for Best First Novel
San Francisco astrologer Julia Bonatti’s misadventures are a reader’s good fortune in this intriguing new series. National bestselling author Connie di Marco blends real-life tragedy, heart-rending betrayal, loyal friends, and the kindness of strangers in this fast-paced, entertaining read. ~ Leslie Budewitz, two-time Agatha Award winning author of the Seattle Spice Shop Mysteries
A great read is in the stars! With the Zodiac Mysteries, Connie di Marco gives us a bright and interesting heroine and a mystery with plenty of twists and turns. Lots of action and well-written suspense equal good fortune for readers. ~ Casey Daniels, author of The Pepper Martin Mysteries
With The Madness of Mercury, Connie di Marco begins a fascinating new series set in the intriguing world of astrology in San Francisco. I really loved this book! The writing is clever and compelling and the protagonist is smart and gutsy. The villains are seriously sinister and the darkly intricate plot will keep you turning pages late into the night. I’m looking forward to many more in this series. Connie di Marco knows her stuff! ~ Kate Carlisle, Author of the Bibliophile Mysteries and the Fixer-Upper Mysteries