4.5 out of 5 stars.
Today, I’m thrilled to be bringing you a stop on the Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour for All Signs Point to Murder by Connie di Marco! This was an absolutely delightful book to read!
Julia Bonatti is alarmed by the astrological signs looming over Geneva Leary’s wedding day, but nobody asked Julia’s opinion and being a bridesmaid means supporting the bride no matter what. Even with the foreboding Moon-Mars-Pluto lineup in the heavens, no one’s prepared for the catastrophes that strike: a no-show sister, a passed-out wedding planner, and a lethal shooting in the dead of night.
With anger and grief threatening to tear the Leary family part, Julia is determined to understand how such a terrible tragedy could occur. As she digs deeper into the family’s secrets, her astrological insights will lead her to the truth about a criminal enterprise that stretches far beyond the California coast.
This is a delightfully fun book to read! It is the second in the Zodiac Mystery series and I get the feeling that if I’d read the series in order, I might understand a couple of things a little better, but this time I don’t feel like that detracted from the book or diminished my ability to enjoy it.
Our heroine, Julia, is great. For the most part, while she lets her emotions get her into bad situations at times, she doesn’t seem to go deliberately looking for trouble. She might ask questions and talk to people, but she’s not out there deliberately putting herself in harm’s way most of the time (tho’ harm’s way finds her, unfortunately). I enjoyed the supporting characters as well. I’d like to see more of Gail and Cheryl in the next book, but I realize they weren’t really part of this particular story line.
Speaking of story lines, this one was fantastic! There were enough red herrings to keep me from accurately guessing the person until right near the end. Even then, I wasn’t positive I was right until the climax of the book. The prose flowed well and the pace was steady, but not too fast nor too slow.
I could have used a little more setting descriptions, but I’d rather an author err on the side of being too cautious and not giving me enough description rather than being extra wordy about them.
All in all, I highly recommend this book! I’ve already grabbed the first one in the series from my library and plan to indulge over the weekend! Enjoy!
About the Author
Connie di Marco is the author of the Zodiac Mysteries from Midnight Ink, featuring San Francisco astrologer, Julia Bonatti. The first in the series, The Madness of Mercury, was released in June 2016 and the second, All Signs Point to Murder, available for pre-order now, will be released on August 8, 2017.
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.
Author Central: amazon.com/author/conniedimarco
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