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All Signs Point to Murder (A Zodiac Mystery) Paperback – August 8, 2017
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Connie di Marco (Los Angeles, CA) is the bestselling author of the Soup Lovers Mysteries (Penguin), which she published under the name Connie Archer. She has always been fascinated by astrology and is excited to combine her love of the stars with her love of writing mysteries. Visit her at ConniediMarco.com, on Facebook at Connie di Marco (Author), or on Twitter: @askzodia.
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All Signs Point to Murder may be the second book in A Zodiac Mystery series, but it can be read alone. All Signs Point to Murder is easy to read except for the astrological sections. The information provided is not written in a way for lay people to understand (the terms are not explained). It was gobbledygook to me. I do, though, like that Julia uses astrological information to solve crimes. It is unique. I just wish it was written in a way that was easier to understand (for people not familiar with astrology). The mystery is intriguing and slightly complex. Unfortunately, I identified the guilty parties (and the victim) before Moira was pronounced dead. I believe many readers, though, will be surprised. The reason why Moira was killed is what kept me reading. My rating for All Signs Point to Murder is 3 out of 5 stars. I do feel that the author included too much detail. Julia hunting for parking spots, walking instead of driving to avoid hunting for a parking spot (it must be difficult to park in San Francisco), the cost of parking in San Francisco, looking through each item in Moira’s apartment, the size of the goose egg on her head, etc. It was nice to see Cheryl (from The Madness to Mercury) get a happy outcome. Will I read the next book in A Zodiac Mystery series? I am undecided. It will depend on the mystery in the next installment.
She approaches astrology as a science as well as an art, and it seems to work well for her, giving her insights into people and their actions and motivations, but not specific answers. The combination of traits makes her an engaging heroine, an amateur sleuth whose involvement in mysteries has yet to stretch my credibility.
The mystery this time around is quite baffling; clues point toward a variety of suspects, and the plot twists and turns in unexpected directions. That said, I did spot the villain early on — or to be precise, I had a gut feeling about them early on, which proved to be correct. Which isn’t to say that Ms. di Marco didn’t have me questioning my instincts a time or three!
If I have any quibbles about the book, it’s that I had a hard time keeping track of who was who, and the relationships between the characters, in the early chapters, largely because there were so many people introduced in the first chapter. Eventually, I got all the important characters sorted out in my head, but a “cast of characters” page wouldn’t come amiss.
In addition to the mysteries, I’ve also been enjoying the gradual exploration of Julia’s past and personal life, and I’m curious to see where that leads. It’s been rather refreshing to read about a young protagonist (late twenties or early thirties?) who isn’t in a relationship. Not that I have any objection to a bit of romance with my mysteries, but kudos to Ms. di Marco for realizing that it isn’t necessary to pair up every young heroine, at least not for a while. I’m looking forward to the next book!
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