Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Review ~ TAIL OF THE DRAGON by Connie di Marco

Tail of the Dragon (A Zodiac Mystery, #3)
by: Connie di Marco
Series: Zodiac Mystery
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Release Date: August 8, 2018
Publisher: Midnight Ink
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San Francisco astrologer Julia Bonatti never thought murder would be part of her practice, but when her former boss and current client asks for help she agrees to go undercover at his law firm. Three people have received death threats and the only common denominator between them is a case long settled--the infamous Bank of San Francisco fire. Julia’s astrological expertise provides clues but no one wants to listen. Before she can solve the mystery, two people are dead and her own life is in danger. Julia must unmask the killer before he, or she, takes another life.

Events which occur in someone’s life whether good or bad stay with them forever. Those events often times shape their life. If an event is a happy one, a person can look back at the memory with fondness. That event might even inspire them to help out others in some way. If the event is a tragic one, a person may look back on it with sadness, regret, disappointment, or anger. They may become bitter. They may want to seek revenge. They may shut themselves away from everything and everyone. Or, they may just find the inner-strength to take the tragedy and change themselves and move forward.

Julia Bonatti is a person who took the tragic event of her fiance, Michael, being killed in a hit-and-run accident and revented herself. It’s been almost three years since that tragic day and Julia still grieves. But she’s managed to make some new friends and even partake in a new career. Julia is now a San Francisco based astrologer, giving private readings and writing a column for the Chronicle.

Tail of the Dragon finds Julia returning to her old place of employment at Meyers, Dade & Schultz, LLP, to fill in as a secretary for her client and old friend David Meyers. Mondays are always bad days. But to say Julia’s first day back is just a regular Monday could not be farther from the truth. This Monday morning will bring death to the litigation department and a list of potential suspects. David seems out of sorts with the death of a fellow attorney. He admits that the attorney and two other people that he knows of have all received death threats. David asks Julia to keep an ear out for any information she might gain from the rest of the staff, in order to help with the investigation. Julia is sure the answers lie in the various charts of the employees and in the connection the three people who received the threats share.

Throughout most of the book, I thought Tail of the Dragon was simply an enjoyable average read. Julia uses astrology to help guide her in her sleuthing to catch a killer. The science of astrology goes over my head. Luckily, as a reader you don’t have to understand it. I figured out who the killer was way before Julia did. What made this book a 5 star read for me, was the twist Connie di Marco threw in. I honestly thought the twist that I didn't see coming made the book.

Tail of the Dragon is the third book in the Zodiac Mystery series. There is a core group of characters who always make returning to this series fun to read. Each book is a standalone, with the death of Michael mentioned in each book. As with Michael’s death which changed Julia, the events of Tail of the Dragon are sure to change Julia in some way as well. I’m looking forward to the next book in this series.

**Received a copy from Midnight Ink and voluntarily read the book.**

Rating: 5

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The Zodiac Mystery Series:

The Madness of Mercury ~ Review
All Signs Point to Murder ~ Review

You can read an excerpt of Tail of the Dragon, as well as my interview with Connie here.

Connie di Marco is the author of the Zodiac Mysteries from Midnight Ink, featuring San Francisco astrologer, Julia Bonatti. Tail of the Dragon, third in the series, will be released on August 8, 2018.

Writing as Connie Archer, she is also the national bestselling author of the Soup Lover’s Mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime. Some of her favorite recipes can be found in The Cozy Cookbook and The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook. Connie is a member of International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.

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  1. Dear Kim ~ Thanks so much for your review! I'm so glad you enjoyed Tail of the Dragon and especially the ending!!!

    1. You're welcome Connie. I really like this series. You speaking to me personally and unknowingly confirming some of my thoughts make me like the series even more. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing what happens.

    2. Hi Kim ~ I'm busy plotting Julia's next adventure! Thanks again, it's always great to visit with you!


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