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Murder in the 11th House (Starlight Detective Agency Mysteries) Hardcover – September 6, 2011
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"Murder in the 11th House is the perfect read for mystery/thriller fans, those that enjoyed the television series, 'Monk', and anyone that likes a mystic twist in their novels."—Associated Content Reviews
"There are no weaknesses in this book. Mystery lovers will not only enjoy the story, but will come away with an understanding of how astrology impacts people and events."—TCM Reviews
"Murder in the 11th House really is one of those books that is difficult to put down. It is a page-turner that will have readers marveling at what important part astrology can play in one's behavior and in his or her life… After enjoying this engaging story, readers will certainly look forward to the detective’s next adventure."—Bella Online's Mystery Book Review
"The author has created an ensemble of quirky, loveable characters that would be a pleasure to read about even if they weren't solving crimes." —Over My Dead Body.com
"This first book in the Starlight Detective Agency series is a good one and shows that astrology can be used in many ways."—Bestsellers World
"Lewis was spot on creating cool characters for his novel. He promises more by crafting different personalities that mesh and conflict in and out of the the detective agency. I can’t wait to see his next book."—The GenReview
"A detective who makes deductions using astrology and an author with an insider’s take on New York City make for a clever, fun and engaging debut mystery." —Neil McMahon, author of Lone Creek and L.A. Mental
“There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of by the police, as Lewis' unconventional astrologer-detective demonstrates in this deftly plotted tale of murder, intrigue, and the corrosive influence of money. A mix of interesting characters and insightful social observations bode well for the future of the Starlight Detective Agency.” —Jeanne Matthews, author of Bet Your Bones
"It’s a perfect afternoon read that will provoke smiles. Almost cozy, with a Mr. Monk like ensemble case, this series debut has tremendous potential" —Library Journal
"Lewis's winning debut, the first in a new series, introduces New York City detective David Lowell, a highly intelligent, intuitive sleuth who's also an astrologer...Like Sherlock Holmes, the eccentric Lowell makes deductions that astound or offend those privileged to hear them. Lewis, himself a practicing astrologer, leavens the action with just the right amount of technical exposition" —Publishers Weekly
"Murder in the 11th House begins a new series that introduces a unique character to the annals of detective fiction." —Gumshoe Review
"This first book in the Starlight Detective Agency series is a good one and shows that astrology can be used in many ways."—Goodreads
"This first book in The Starlight Detective Agency Series is a definite winner… The writing is first-class, as it would be as the author is a practicing astrologer and the characters meld together so well."—Feathered Quill Book Reviews
"Murder In The 11th House is a fun lighthearted paranormal Manhattan murder mystery starring a brilliant idiosyncratic protagonist and his eccentric team...It is in the stars that readers will enjoy our first but not last visit to the Starlight Detective Agency."—Harriet Klausner Reviews
"Containing exciting and believable characters, “Murder in the 11th House” is a fascinating story from page one! [It] is the perfect read for mystery/thriller fans, those that enjoyed the television series, ‘Monk’, and anyone that likes a mystic twist in their novels...Frankly, I can’t wait for the sophomore installment in the Starlight Detective Agency Mystery series!" —Bookfetish
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Melissa being a junior associate in her law firm, is handed a pro bono case involving Johnny Colbert, who has been charged with the murder of Manhattan Debt Claims Judge Farrah Winston. She has already looked up Johnny's birth chart, handing it to her father and he proceeds to give it his utmost attention. If he sat with a magnifying glass like the old time detectives it would be the same sort of scrutiny. The likely facts make it look like an open and shut case. The Judge was killed by a car bomb. The suspect got into a heated argument with the judge earlier that day in court and the suspect is also a member of a national guard unit that specializes in making and defusing bombs. What else would you possibly need for a conviction. David has an interesting staff including: Sarah, office assistant; Mort, an extremely able computer hacker and Andy, his bodyguard/driver. While searching for clues that will exonerate Johnny, he is sure that the real killer is out to get rid of Johnny so, he invites Johnny to stay in his New York Townhouse until she goes to trial. She is obviously not an easy person to be around and this makes for some really great situations.Read more ›
His daughter Melinda enters his office just before closing. Without a hello, she hires him. Melinda explains that as the most junior associate at her law firm, she is stuck with a pro bono case. Bartender Johnny Colbert has been charged with the murder of Lower Manhattan Debt Claims Judge Farrah Winston. She hands her dad her acrimonious uncooperative client's birth chart, which he analyzes like a real Sherlock Holmes enhancing the likely facts with an astrology reading. Though the case is shut and closed, he and his team (Sarah the office assistant Sarah, Mort the hacker and Andy the bodyguard/driver) begin to find cracks as he seeks a killer's "Mercury in retrograde" mistake.
Murder In The 11th House is a fun lighthearted paranormal Manhattan murder mystery starring a brilliant idiosyncratic protagonist and his eccentric team. With a nod to Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes and Victoria Laurie's Psychic Eye series, this entertaining story line contains astrological references throughout that add uniqueness to the sleuthing. It is in the stars that readers will enjoy our first but not last visit to the Starlight Detective Agency.
I found it hard to put down and can't wait to read the next of his 3 part trilogy.
Mitchell Scott Lewis' sharply drawn characters portray pitch-perfect interpretations of investigative work in the 21st century, complete with computer break-ins and online trading. A more timeless approach is Detective David Lowell's use of astrology to help codify separate phases of the crime, and apply the interpretations of horoscopes to reach his incisive conclusions. Note well that the reader need not be well versed in the art of astrology to follow Lowell's logic; Mitchell's concise and elegant prose is all that's required to follow the Detective to his smashing finale.
This debut mystery of a captivating series is a welcome addition to anyone's bookshelf. Move over, Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot, and make room for the incomparable David Lowell. Bravo, Mitchell Scott Lewis!
Jackie Slevin, author Finding Success in the Horoscope
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Terrific first book in a series of "who done it" detective novels. Really enjoy this series as they all have an unexpected twist- a NYC astrologist that uses astrology... Read morePublished 18 months ago by E. Flowers
I have really enjoyed the astrology novels I have read do far. They give lots of good astrological tips about one thing and another and the books are a fun read.Published 20 months ago by Linda J. Mcdonell
Mitchell Scott Lewis writes an excellent novel especially if you find astrology interesting. His characters and mysteries grabbed my interest and held it until the last word. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Billie
I wasn't sure how I would like this, would it be hokey? It wasn't. I enjoyed the characters and the story was well written and imaginative. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Hannah Hunter
A great, fun book. I am an astrologer, so especially enjoyed the Starlight Detective Agency! Just bought his second book.Published 22 months ago by Pat C
This was an enjoyable mystery until it became another partisan rant against Republicans. Too bad. Up until the rant, I was enjoying the characters and the mystery. Read morePublished on June 10, 2013 by V. Ewart
A very good and competent writer who has the inability to seperate his personal or radical ideas from what could be considered a more than competent effort. Read morePublished on May 26, 2013 by Johnny R. Bolin
I liked both of Mitchell Scott Lewis' books. The astrology aspect (oops, sounds like I am speaking astology jargon!) makes the books stand out from the crowd. Read morePublished on March 19, 2013 by Jane Ann