di Marco's ("Soup Lover's Mysteries") series starter features a clever plot and a smart and feisty heroine with feet firmly planted on the ground while she searches the stars.
~ Library Journal
For astrology fans that enjoy a good read, The Madness of Mercury provides an entertaining escape into a believable scenario. ~ Dell Horoscope
The stars may not align for the unlucky characters in The Madness of Mercury, but they certainly do for readers who discover this book. An astrologer with her eyes on her charts and her feet planted firmly on the ground, Julia Bonatti is an original sleuth, juggling Zodiac readings with a mysterious deft hand and a Jim Jones-like cult leader. Dark wit and darker motivations unite to create a satisfying read. ~ Kim Fay, The Map of Lost Memories, Edgar Award Finalist for Best First Novel
San Francisco astrologer Julia Bonatti's misadventures are a reader's good fortune in this intriguing new series. National bestselling author Connie di Marco blends real-life tragedy, heart-rending betrayal, loyal friends, and the kindness of strangers in this fast-paced, entertaining read. ~ Leslie Budewitz, two-time Agatha Award winning author of the Seattle Spice Shop Mysteries
A great read is in the stars! With the Zodiac Mysteries, Connie di Marco gives us a bright and interesting heroine and a mystery with plenty of twists and turns. Lots of action and well-written suspense equal good fortune for readers. ~ Casey Daniels, author of The Pepper Martin Mysteries
With The Madness of Mercury, Connie di Marco begins a fascinating new series set in the intriguing world of astrology in San Francisco. I really loved this book! The writing is clever and compelling and the protagonist is smart and gutsy. The villains are seriously sinister and the darkly intricate plot will keep you turning pages late into the night. I'm looking forward to many more in this series. Connie di Marco knows her stuff! ~ Kate Carlisle, Author of the Bibliophile Mysteries and the Fixer-Upper Mysteries
The suspense builds slowly, but the situation reaches a fever pitch. ~ The Mountain Astrologer
I give The Madness of Mercury five stars for fast pacing, great plot consistency, and excellent imagery. ~ Books That Hook
This mystery was well-written, delightful and kept me entertained until the very last page . . . I'm looking forward to reading more about these characters in the next books of the series.~ Moonlight Rendezvous
A wonderful start to an intriguing new series. . . . The flow of the story is well paced and you'll wish you could read it in one sitting! . . . Full of suspense and surprises and lots of interesting information! ~ Laura's Interests
As a traditional mystery the book is stellar. The Madness of Mercury takes a fascinating look at people and their inner workings, their motivations. It is a complex mystery which combines astrology and cult mentality, showing what can happen when divergent beliefs cross paths and intolerance rears its ugly head. ~ Cozy Up With Kathy
The Madness of Mercury is a truly engrossing mystery, captured me from the first page and I couldn't put it down. . . . For lovers of astrology, this is a must read. ~ Libri Amori Miei
I was fascinated by the idea of a mystery series involving astrology, and I was not disappointed. .. . I can hardly wait for the next book in this series! ~Book Babble
The mystery plot kept me absorbed from start to finish. . . . I'll be keeping an eye out for the next Zodiac Mystery. ~ The Bookwyrm's Hoard
The Madness of Mercury is a good start to a series that promises to be well-written and engaging. I was so involved in reading the story that I forgot to take any notes for the review! ~ Bea's Book Nook
The Madness of Mercury serves up one of the most chilling stories of a cult spun out of control in recent memory. . . .all the signs point to my revisiting Julia and Co. in the future!
~ Back Porchervations
From the Back Cover
San Francisco astrologer Julia Bonatti's life is turned upside down when she becomes the target of the city's newest cult leader, Reverend Roy of the Prophet's Tabernacle. Driven out of her apartment in the midst of a disastrous Mercury retrograde period, she takes shelter with a client who's caring for two elderly aunts. One aunt appears stricken with dementia and the other has fallen under the spell of the Reverend Roy. To add to the confusion, a young man claiming to be a long-lost nephew arrives. The longer he stays, the more dangerous things become. Is the young man truly a member of the family? Can astrology confirm that? Julia's not sure, but one thing she does know is that Mercury wasn't merely the messenger of the gods -- he was a trickster and a liar as well.