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Product Details

  • Series: Starlight Detective Agency Mysteries
  • Hardcover: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press; 1 edition (September 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590589505
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590589502
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,332,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

About the Author

Mitchell Scott Lewis has been a practicing astrologer and teacher in New York City for more than twenty years. For a dozen years, he worked on the Mercantile Exchange as an astro-economist, where he authored a newsletter, “Trading By Starlight.” He has appeared on 20/20 and been quoted in Barron’s, the New York Post and other publications. In his newsletters, radio and TV appearances, and lectures at the Princeton Club from 1999-2009, he successfully predicted a year in advance the rise of oil prices, the exact top of the housing market, the deterioration of the mortgage business, the current recession, and the 2008 stock market crash, all of which happened within days of his predictions. His clientele include leading financiers, health professionals, show business figures and people from all walks of life. He has been invited to lecture at the next United Astrology Conference in 2011, the largest assembly of astrologers in America. Mitchell is also an accomplished jazz pianist and singer-songwriter with a nationally-charted single. His father, to whom this book is dedicated, was Irwin Lewis, novelist and author of dozens of radio and early TV shows, including Suspense Theatre.


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Interesting characters, well written.
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It is a page-turner that will have readers marvelling at what an important part astrology can play in one's behavior and in their life.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Devika Patel on September 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Mitchell Lewis' "Murder in the 11th House" is a very enjoyable read with a fun cast of characters. A good detective story keeps you guessing who did it throughout the novel and this book had me changing my mind every few pages, which was delightfully frustrating. The book takes place in New York, a city the author clearly knows very well, and captures the fast-paced vibe of the city quite well. I look forward to reading future books in the series!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on September 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
In Manhattan David Lowell runs Starlight Detective Agency. His best source for during an inquiry is using astrology charts; even his broker sells or buys when David tells him his order.

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.

Harriet Klausner
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Lignor on September 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
The Starlight Detective Agency, in Manhattan, is run by David Lowell, an astrologer/detective who uses astrological charts to find the bad guys and solve cases. He is hired by his daughter Melissa, who is a defense attorney and also very interested in astrology to investigate and prove the innocence of Johnny Colbert (a female bartender with a big mouth). Johnny is accused of murdering a judge in a New York City parking garage. Being an astrologer, David starts an astrological chart using the person's birth date and time of birth. This tells him about the individual and what he can expect while investigating.

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jennyji on September 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Mitchell Scott Lewis, a brilliant New York City astrologer - who's predicted many world events (including 9/11), wrote this incredibly fun, engaging book!

I found it hard to put down and can't wait to read the next of his 3 part trilogy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anna Cody on November 22, 2013
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An incredibly entertaining mystery with colorful, hilarious, and finely-drawn characters and an "I-can't-put-the-book-down-until-it's-resolved" kind of plot. In addition, a sweet bonus for a budding professional astrologer (such as myself), the author interweaves an ingenious astrological analysis throughout the book, which won't throw off non-believers but is a lesson on every page for the insider. The author is one of the best professional astrologers in New York City with a proven record on Wall Street and who has predicted at least the last four US Presidents well in advance of the elections, among others, so the lessons are especially in-depth. The amazing setting of New York City is finely drawn by the author, who is a native. This mystery is almost readymade to become a compelling TV drama.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pat C on March 29, 2014
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A great, fun book. I am an astrologer, so especially enjoyed the Starlight Detective Agency! Just bought his second book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jackie Slevin on March 16, 2014
Format: Paperback
For anyone looking for a great read, look no further than Murder in the 11th House. Gumshoe David Lowell and the cast of characters in his Starlight Detective Agency are a state of the art entourage that provides piercing insight, back-office humor, and incisive social commentary in their pursuit of justice. Mitchell Scott Lewis' astute observations about the demographics of New York City before and after the effects of the Great Recession serve as the backdrop against a whodunit involving the murder of a high- profile judge, the scapegoat suspect, and the circuitous trail of events leading to the unpredictable source of the crime.

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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