Thursday, November 11, 2021

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: Mystery
Release Date: March 16, 2021 (re-release)
Publisher: Suspense Publishing
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A rare astrological event could help San Francisco astrologer Julia Bonatti avoid a deadly destiny.

Julia Bonatti loves the freedom of working for herself as a professional astrologer. But after receiving several unexpected bills, she considers a temp job offer from her old boss a stroke of luck too good to pass up.

On her first day, the posh law office becomes a crime scene when one of the partners is found dead. Julia discovers that a series of death threats have been sent to several employees of the firm, and she uses her astrological expertise to discover possible motives. But before she can convince the authorities of what she knows, the killer strikes again. Will Julia unmask the culprit 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 reinvented 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 read, 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 the publisher and voluntarily read and reviewed 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 my Tail of the Dragon interview with Connie here.

Connie di Marco is the author of the Zodiac Mysteries featuring San Francisco astrologer Julia Bonatti. The Madness of Mercury, the first book in the series was re-released in October 2020.

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

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