Author Archives: Connie

The Mystic Eye

If you’re a fan of the Zodiac Mysteries, then you’ve definitely visited the Mystic Eye.  You know a lot about it and have met many of the eccentric characters who hang out there.  The occult shop is owned by my protagonist, Julia Bonatti’s, good friend Gale.  And even though I didn’t plan to set so… Continue Reading

Let’s Call It What It Is

It’s murder.  That’s what we love to read and that’s what crime fiction writers write.  But have you ever wondered about all the euphemisms we have for murder and death?  There’s a whole bunch. There are the obvious ones – Uncle Herbert passed on or maybe Uncle Herbert passed over. And then of course we… Continue Reading

S is for Sue

I admit I’m late in paying tribute to an amazing writer.  Late in joining the ranks of all those friends and fans who were heartbroken at the news of Sue Grafton’s death at the end of 2017.  I think it’s just taken me this long to accept she’s no longer with us and that, as… Continue Reading

Year’s End

This time of year is magical.  I love the holiday decorations, the lights, and the crispness in the air.  Even though I don’t live in a part of the country where I can enjoy the snow, I like to pretend I’m having a white Christmas. As the Winter Solstice of 2017 rolls around, I dig… Continue Reading

Two Astrologers Chatting

When I started writing the Zodiac Mysteries, I didn’t know of Sunny Frazier and her astrologer protagonist, Christie Bristol.  But I was thrilled to discover someone else was writing another astrology mystery series.  Later, I found The Precious Pachyderm, by Karen Christino.  Yes, another astrology mystery! Thanks to Kings River Life,  Sunny and I interviewed… Continue Reading

Can you guess?

Julia Bonatti, my protagonist in the Zodiac Mysteries solves crimes using astrology.  And I hear from readers all the time – some love the subject of astrology and want to know more, while others aren’t particularly interested and are happy to skip those parts.  That’s fine with me.  It’s not everyone’s cup of tea.  Julia… Continue Reading

San Francisco Detectives

I knew when I started writing the Zodiac Mysteries . . . well, let me backtrack . . . I knew even before I started working on this series that I wanted it to be set in San Francisco, a city of bright windy days, dank and foggy nights haunted by the baritone voices of the foghorns.  Lots of people think… Continue Reading

A Remarkable Woman

No, I’m not referring to my protagonist in the Zodiac Mysteries – Julia Bonatti — although she is a remarkable character and a very talented San Francisco astrologer who solves crimes.  I’m referring to Gladys Cox Hansen (June 12, 1925 – March 5, 2017).  A Gemini!  I’m sure Julia, the astrologer,  would appreciate that! If… Continue Reading

SOMA Streets

Julia Bonatti, my protagonist in the Zodiac Mysteries, is an astrologer and a native San Franciscan.  She was born there, grew up there and certainly knows quite a bit about the city’s history.  I’ve had to do a lot of research to to keep up with Julia.  She knows a lot, but more importantly, she’s… Continue Reading