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The Madness of Mercury

(Zodiac Mystery #1)

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3.75  ·  Rating details ·  273 ratings  ·  123 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published June 8th 2016 by Midnight Ink
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Sharon
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-2016
Book gifted by NetGalley for review.

Julia Bonatti is an astrologer that has a life she has always wanted, the perfect place to live, a job she loves and great friends, but Reverend Roy of the Prophet's Tabernacle is about to turn all that upside down. When Julia answers a letter from her Zodia newspaper column about the Prophet cult her life becomes one of a moving target. The Prophet's followers attack her home, her business, and friends. She tries to get the authorities to help, but they seem
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Lisa
Aug 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy
Not bad, but not enough kitties. Yes, that's right. I am a 40-ish year old woman who likes to read mysteries heavily featuring felines. What of it. 3 stars.
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads.

I decided that 2016 was going to be the year I gave Cozy Mysteries a chance, and THE MADNESS OF MERCURY was my first selection. I wish I could say that this book sold me on the genre except it did anything but. Now, as a total noob, I obviously have a thing or two to learn about this style of story telling, so some of my misgivings can probably be chalked up to sheer inexperience. That being said, I found that this novel was rife with inconsistencies, and that the puzzle
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Ian
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When Julia, newspaper astrologer, implies in her column that a church might be swindling an old woman out of her home she becomes the latest target for their vitriol. As the church's attacks increase in ferocity, San Francisco's police turn a blind eye. But Julia isn't one to go quietly into the night and she decides to fight back.

Then an older woman, the aunt of her closest friend becomes entangled in the church, and Julia discovers just how far the church will go to protect their secrets.

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April Schilling
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book! This is the first of the Zodiac mystery series by Connie Di Marco. Julia Bonatti is an astrologer in San Francisco who not only does chart readings for clients, she also does a column in the local newspaper under a different name. When her life is turned upside down by becoming the target of the city's newest cult leader, Reverend Roy of the Prophet's Tabernacle, she is forced to move from her apartment. Her friend and client, Dorothy, invites her to stay till things ...more
Bea
3.5 stars enjoyable and interesting

I like when cozy mysteries have unusual settings or unusual careers for the lead character and "The Madness of Mercury" certainly fit that bill. Set in San Francisco, a large city instead of a small town, and with a heroine who is a professional astrologer, the story was off to a strong start with just those two elements.

di Marco gives us a strong sense of place, taking us beyond the tourist surface of San Francisco and using nearby locales to her advantage. di
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Yvonne
May 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the idea of an astrologer as an amateur sleuth. A mix of astrology and cozy mystery…makes for a very exciting story.

Julia’s character is strong and doesn’t easily give up. She handles everything that’s thrown at her…both literally and figuratively. When a religious group puts a target on her back, she doesn’t back down from a fight. She plans her strategy to put a stop to it. She never thought astrology readings and writing an advice column based on those readings could be so dangerous.
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Laura
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-books
Astrologer Julia Bonatti is doing well with her customers and with writing a column for a San Francisco newspaper. But one day things turn upside down when the followers of the Reverend Roy, of the Prophet's Tabernacle, start to picket in front of her house, and at the shop of a friend.

The events drive her from her home, and she stays for a while with a friend, Dorothy, who is caring for two elderly aunts, one who has fallen under the spell of Reverend Roy, and one who wants to contact a long
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Amary Chapman
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
First in a new series from a talented author.
Julia is an astrologer in San Francisco with a devoted following and a newspaper column. Doing readings and advising her clients, her life is turned upside down when she is targeted by Reverend Roy of the Prophet's Tabernacle.
Suspicious relatives of a client, an unexpected death, arson and harassment all have Julia searching for answers. Is it all about Evandra and Eunice's money? Is there really a ghost? A long lost relation appears....or
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Betty
May 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, cats, cozy, e-books, paranormal
Make sure you have plenty of time to read before you start this book as you won't want to put down. It is set with a background of Astrology and has a slight touch of paranormal. The Reverend Roy has unleashed his followers of The Amy of GOD against all things he deems evil. The police can do little to protect individuals targeted by him. He has aimed his army against, Julia Bonatti because she wrote in her Zodiac column that he is a charlatan. He deems her witch and harasses her that she and ...more
Karen
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is a promising start in a new series. A glossary of terms in astrology may be a help to the uninitiated as astrological references are heavily mentioned, but necessary to the premise.
The characters were interesting and the solution at the end was one I did not see coming.
All in all, I recommend this book, and look forward to reading the next in the series.
Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-paranormal
Julia is an Astrologer who has private clients and also works for a newspaper answering astrological questions, she is stunned when she starts to receive vicious emails and phone calls, her apartment is targeted (leading to possible eviction!) and she finds out that others in the alternative therapy sector are being got at as well, she tries staying at her Gran's house (whilst she is away) only to discover that the boiler needs replacing which means no heat and no cooking facilities! So she ends ...more
Loralei
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Everyone needs to know a Glady's with a shotgun in life.
Jessica Robbins
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Kristina
Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries, 2016
The Madness of Mercury by Connie di Marco is the first book in A Zodiac Mystery series. Julia Bonatti is an astrologer living and working in San Francisco, California. Julia has private clients and also does the Ask Zodia column for the local newspaper. Dorothy Sanger is a current client who has Julia to come over to her aunt’s home, Gamble House. Dorothy has recently separated from her husband, Richard (but is hoping her chart has news that they will get back together). Evandra Gamble is ...more
AngryGreyCat
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Madness of Mercury is the first in the A Zodiac Mystery series by Connie di Marco, who also writes the Soup Lovers Mysteries as Connie Archer. This series is set in San Francisco, with the protagonist, Julia Bonatti, being an astrologer, who is targeted by a religious cult leader at the same time she is being asked for help by an elderly client in fear of her caretaker.

The plot unfolds as Julia deals with the cult disrupting her life and business and the businesses of other occult shop
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Barb
Apr 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
San Francisco astrologer Julia Bonatti meets harassment in the form of an evangelist and his “army.” The cult leader seems to be targeting all the locals who have connections with the occult arts, while the police and the politicos seem to be in his back pocket. The harassment keeps ramping up, including a firebombing, broken windows, spray painting and other vandalism.
Julia’s newest client is an elderly woman who appears to be having episodes of dementia. Of course, the client lives in an old
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Lisa Morin
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
When I saw the cover of this book I was very intrigue. The colors are vibrant and the cat is adorable. This author is new to me and I was excited to lose myself in the story. I was not disappointed. Julia Bonatti is an astrologer who also writes for the local newspaper. One of her clients is in need of Julia's assistance. As the caregiver of two elderly aunts, Darlene has her hands full and when one aunt begins to exhibit signs of dementia, Julia is asked to read the charts and see if astrology ...more
Laura
Apr 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
A wonderful start to am intriguing new series. I am a cozy addict and I have enjoyed psychics and astrology in many forms for decades. I couldn't wait to see how they would be combined.
It turned out to be a lot of fun.

The characters are well written and we begin to care for them early on. When they get into situations that turn dangerous, your heart will beat faster. The flow of the story is well paced and you'll wish you could read it in one sitting!

Julia doesn't normally do home consultations
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Witchy
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ramblings:
I've always had a love affair with suspense "and" mystery novels. Connie Di Marco has combined my favorite genres into one read.

Summary:
While visiting a client, Julia Bonatti makes a deadly discovery. Soon after, this San Franciscan astrologer becomes the target of a religious cult. Its members will stop at nothing (using any means necessary) to ensure that Julia's homeless, jobless, or six feet under. They prefer the latter!

Review:
The Madness of Mercury is Connie Di Marco's first
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Nancy
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
San Francisco astrologer Julia Bonatti runs afoul of a religious cult when she takes interest in a client living with two elderly aunts. One of the aunts is smitten with the rhetoric by Reverend Roy from the Prophet’s Tabernacle. Is this the result of her caretaker’s influence or of more malicious intent? Julia’s inquiries land her in the target sites of this organization that won’t stand for any opposition. Even the local politicians seem under their spell. Can Julia find out what’s going on ...more
Barbara ★
I'm not a fan of astrology but I grabbed this book for the terrific cover and the fact that it has a computer, candle and fireplace on the cover which I need for various challenges.

I think the book had too many passages of pure astrological language of which none was decipherable. Honestly after the first 2 or 3 I started skipping them and just read the following paragraph which explained it in English.

I liked the mystery but it was easy to figure out "who" the culprit was and why they were
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Debbie
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Promising start to a new cozy series. Looking forward to reading the next book and see where it goes from here.
Colleen
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Definitely entertaining. Not a cookie cutter plot like many cozy mysteries, but also a little overfilled with plot points. Maybe that helps keep you guessing?
Daniele
May 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2016
I liked this first book in the Zodiac Mystery series by Connie di Marco.

Julia Bonatti found comfort and a new found purpose in astrology after her fiancé died. Now she does readings for private clients and supplements her income by writing an astrology “advice” column for the local newspaper. She becomes a target of the Reverend Roy and his followers after she inadvertently speaks out against them in her column. She is confronted with threatening emails and phone calls, as well as picketers
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Stacey Toney
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
After overcoming a personal tragedy, Julia Bonatti's life is starting to move in a positive direction. She is now works as a personal astrology. In order to supplement her income, she is also a local newspaper columnist, Ask Zodia. Everything seems to be going well until a client tells Julia her life is in danger.

Evandra Gamble, Julia's elderly client, confides in her that someone is trying to cause her harm. Since Evandra has been recently showing signs of dementia, Julia is hesitant to believe
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Peggy R
This is the first in a new series by Connie di Marco, who also writes the Soup Lover's Mysteries under the name Connie Archer. This review was a little difficult for me to write because I was torn about how I felt in about the book. Initially, I was drawn to the book because of the bright, beautifully done cover as well as the book description. The fact that the protagonist was an astrologer was not something I had seen done before as a theme or occupation for a cozy mystery.

To begin with, this
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Judi
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you are looking for a new cozy mystery series to start, look no further than Connie di Marco's The Madness of Mercury! After her fiance dies tragically, Julia Bonatti becomes an astrologer and newspaper columnist. She is also the target of dangerous leader of a religious cult whose influence reaches all across San Francisco, where Julia lives, and beyond. Julia faces constant trouble in her own home and in the lives of her clients and friends. She and her kitty, Wizard, must flee their home ...more
Jennifer
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Thanks to NetGalley and Midnight Ink for sending me an ARC of this book. This book is available June 8, 2016 but can be preordered now.

The stars are perfectly aligned for this cozy mystery! “The Madness of Mercury” is the first in a new series by Connie di Marco. Julia Bonatti is an astrologer in San Francisco just going about her business, when suddenly she is the object of hatred for a local cult group.

Dorothy is one of Julia’s clients and her elderly aunt Evandra has requested a
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Lilac Reviews
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: mystery lovers and astrology fans
Shelves: mysteries
This is the first in a new series that features an astrologer Julia Bonatti. The first thing I would like to share with readers is that it is a great read. The second thing I’d like to discuss is reader expectations. The cover is beautiful, really. However, I feel it could lead some to believe this is a cozy style mystery. It is actually categorized on Amazon as a Mystery/Thriller/Suspense.

You may wonder why that could make any difference in a reader’s enjoyment. In this book you are literally
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