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Tail of the Dragon

(Zodiac Mystery #3)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  131 ratings  ·  88 reviews
San Francisco astrologer Julia Bonatti never thought murder would be part of her practice, but when her former boss and current client asks for help she agrees to go undercover at his law firm. Three people have received death threats and the only common denominator between them is a case long settled--the infamous Bank of San Francisco fire. Julia’s astrological expertise ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 8th 2018 by Midnight Ink
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I read this book as part of a Cozy Mystery group that I belong to where we get opportunities to win ARCs. I have found so many good books and new authors, it's really fun. This week's novel, Tail of the Dragon, the third in the Zodiac Mystery series, was published in 2018 by Connie di Marco. And she signed my copy, how lucky am I! I would definitely recommend this book to others and have given it somewhere between 4 and 5 stars.

At first, I wasn't sure I'd love the book. There were a lot of chara
What a treat! This is the 3rd book in the Zodiac Mystery Series. I read the 2nd one "All Signs Point to Murder," and I was hooked.
Julia Bonatti is a professional Astrologer who loves working for herself she's published a few books and also has a weekly column in the local newspaper. When her old friend and ex-boss, Attorney David Meyers calls to ask if she would be interested in filling as his secretary for the week she couldn't refuse him.
When she gets there, she is for a huge surprise when of
Lisa Morin
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was caught off guard with how much I enjoyed this book.
Julia B has agreed to return to her previous job to cover an employee vacation.
She has no idea that someone has been threatening some of the lawyers, so when two are murdered, she takes to her astrological charts to uncover the truth.
The story is well written and well told. I was kept guessing until the end and then I was blown away at the revelation.
Anyone who wants to read a good cozy mystery should check out Tail of the Dragon.
Mary Brown
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing

San Francisco astrologer Julia Bonatti never thought murder would be part of her practice, but when her former boss and current client asks for help she agrees to go undercover at his law firm. Three people have received death threats and the only common denominator between them is a case long settled--the infamous Bank of San Francisco fire. Julia’s astrological expertise provides clues but no one wants to listen. Before she can solve the mystery, two people are dead and her own life i
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Julia Bonatti loves being an astrologer. However, when her ex-boss asks her to lend him a helping hand at his law firm, she can’t refuse. She worked there many years ago and is more than willing to help out while one of the workers is away. Of course she’s really not simply filling in, her ex-boss wants her to put her investigative skills to use and figure out why three people at the firm have been receiving death threats.

As Julia starts her investigation, she learns that the three lawyers recei
Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
Another great book by Connie di Marco :D, Julia has agreed to help out at the law firm she used to work at (which means a steady income for a week at least!), when she arrives she find out that yes David's usual secretary/PA is on leave but the reason she was invited in by David (her former boss, a friend and current client) is to snoop around the company.  Three people (that they know of) have received death threats and David wants to make sure that who ever is sending them is found, and if it ...more
Amary Chapman
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Tightly woven mystery with vivid descriptions that enable your imagination to fly. Strong characters and detailed places pepper the pages.
Astrologer Julia Bonatti is popular for analyzing astrological charts for her clients and being amazingly accurate at it. She also had a popular astrology column.
When a former boss from her previous career as a legal secretary called her for help when his current secretary was out, she went as she had read his chart and had planned to call on him anyway. He
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book that I have read in the Zodiac Mystery series, and I have to say I really like Connie di Marco’s writing style. I’m from the San Francisco area, so that was a plus in the setting of this book, too.

Tail of the Dragon has all you need for a great mystery with interesting characters, a steady story and plotline, enough clues to keep you twisting and turning, and a surprise ending that will blow you away. The book held my interest throughout and really did have me guessing on
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
If you want a surprise ending, this the book to read! I was blown away by the twist at the end. Never even on my radar as I was trying to figure out who was killing the lawyers.

This series intrigues me because of the astrology aspect and houses that the sun and moon and all that are in at different times and how that might affect your life. Granted I didn't understand a word of what was written, but I know there is a lot of truth to the charts, sun signs, etc.

It was nice to see that Julia perhap
Peggy R
As you can tell from the time it took me to read this book, I am having a hard time with this series. I like the premise but there are things that the main character Julia does that just seem so odd and hard to accept. This translates into me getting annoyed/irritated with this character and then putting the book down. I found parts of the plot to really strain plausibility and there was an issue with characters that just sort of disappeared from the story line. I have tried to really keep with ...more
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Tail of the Dragon is the third installment in the Zodiac series. It can be read as a standalone. I had not read the prior two books yet but was able to understand most of the prior references of Julia's life. Julia decides to help out her old boss David, a managing partner at her prior law firm, while his secretary is on vacation for the week. He is also one of her astrology clients so they have had a continuing relationship after she had left the firm to start her own business. One of the part ...more
Tail of the Dragon is the third book in Connie di Marco Zodiac Mystery series. While I have had the pleasure of reading all three books in the series, this book could be read as a stand-alone.
What I loved: I love the astrology aspect, it’s different .
The authors scenic descriptions, I could close my eyes and see San Francisco
The fast pace.. the story kept moving
The characters.. they are strong, likeable, interesting .
What I didn’t love: not to much to say here.
Now, Can we talk about that endi
Laurie Garrison
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the best cozy mysteries I have read this year! I thought for sure I knew who, but little did I know what author Connie di Marco had tossed into the mix. Needless to say, I was shocked and screaming holy cow, I never saw twist one coming.

This is my first book by this author and I am so glad I tried it. I love how the author brings the location and Julia to life as you read. Kudos on the research the author did to bring Julia’s first job as an astrologer, I love getting to know what the ch
Jul 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
DNF'd this one at 65%. It was a struggle to get that far even though I liked other books in the series, this one just lost my interest.
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading this book and my heart is still pounding!
I have read each of the books in this series so far and hope it goes on for many more.
The characters, the pace of the story unfolding, and oh the emotional results of getting drawn into the story!

Julia is called back to her former position at a law firm, presumably to fill in for a vacationing secretary. It seems her previous boss may have something else on his mind but before anything is spelled out tragedy strikes! There may be a
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a great mystery! A bit darker than the standard cozy and more action packed it's a real page turner.
I loved the heroine, so unusual and fascinating, and the cast of characters that are interesting and described with a lot of nuances.
The plot is sound, no plot hole or rushed solution.
I look forward to reading the next instalment.
Highly recommended.
Many thanks to Midnight Ink and Netgalley for this ARC
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Whew, what a fast paced story! Definitely had me hanging on the edge of my seat at the end! Fun read!

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book, which I voluntarily chose to review.
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
TAIL OF THE DRAGON by Connie di Marco
The Third Zodiac Mystery

Office drama is one thing, but people are getting death threats at Meyers, Dade, & Schultz, LLP!

Julia Bonatti gets more than she bargained for when she agrees to help out her former boss by filling in as his secretary for a week. From his astrological chart she knew things at the office were bad, but she never dreamt they were this bad! Her first day on the job one of the lawyers is found murdered in his office. Now Julia's using her s
Mar 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have enjoyed this series in the past, but this new one really strains credibility. Would an attorney call in his astrologer who had worked at his office 2 years ago to sub for a vacationing secretary, and then task her with finding out why someone was murdered? Would the security firm he hired after the murder send one of their men, with Julia, to the dead man’s place? Why would a woman who comes home to find her apartment trashed call her best friend instead of the police? And when she’s push ...more
Rima Aiello
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This series is so tragically beautiful. There is such sadness that is weaved into such a wonderfully written mystery. The way the author writes makes you really feel for the characters, they have such depth and emotion. The mystery itself was written to perfection, there is such a twist that you find yourself gasping when it comes up. A great series, a great story, and I cannot wait for the next!
This is the first story that I have ever read by Connie di Marco, and this is the first ever astrological mystery novel that I have ever read. I have to say this story was truly fascinating from start to finish. This author weaves an engaging mystery from start to finish. This book was so hard to put down.
Julia is enjoying her freedom doing astrological readings for her clientele and writing responses to questions for the Zodiac column in the paper. She loves her job, but when some bills pile u
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
“Tail of the Dragon” earns 5/5 Zodiac Revelations…Murderously Fun!

With so many excellent cozy authors and mysteries from which to choose, sometimes it takes a while to get to all of them, but “better late, than never” as I've finally arrived at Connie di Marco’s Zodiac Mystery series. I started with book three, the newest release, and found there was more than enough references to background and character connections, no spoilers, to keep any newbie, like me, engaged, and very intrigued to go ba
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
San Francisco astrologer Julia Bonatti has taken a temporary job with her former boss at a San Francisco law firm. But on her first day there, one of the partners turns up dead. He is one of three people in the firm who has received death threats concerning a case that was long settled, the infamous Bank of San Francisco fire.

Julia’s astrological expertise provides clues but no one wants to listen. Before she can solve the mystery, two people are dead and her own life is in danger. Julia must un
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystries
I was given a copy for an honest review
THANK YOU I love the book size and autographed to me:) Did not have to use my old lady glasses with the large print.

This is the 3rd one but you did not need the others so stands alone very well.
Julia the main, had a tragedy in the past(the unsolved hit and run of her fiance), that has changed her whole life.
She lives in San Francisco, where she is one thing, but there is a lot of directions and streets as she is driving that was just to much.
I do like the
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this book, the 3rd of the series, without having read the two previous books. I was very happy that the author took care to make this a great stand-alone read, and I didn't feel lost. I was able to learn the backstory easily through the continuation in this book alongside the main mystery at hand. I am definitely intrigued to learn more of Julia's history and future! The mystery in this book was well-plotted; however there were so many characters that it was a little difficult to keep tra ...more
An exciting well plotted cozy mystery with plenty
of twists and turns that keep Julia Bonatti and the
reader involved in a puzzling series of death threats
followed by murder. This all happens at the law firm
where Julia used to work. She is filling in at the firm
this week as one of the secretaries is out for the
week but now she finds herself in the role of
ameutuer sleuth to help uncover who is killing off
the partners.
The story takes off very quickly and keeps an
invigorating pace right up to its
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the 3rd installment of The Zodiac Mysteries. I don’t usually jump into the 3rd book of a series without reading the first ones, but it looked so interesting I couldn’t wait. I was not disappointed! The background the author gave made me feel like I didn’t miss a beat. This book kept me guessing until the very end which I loved! This was the first Connie di Marco book I’ve read, but it won’t be my last!
Sheila Siarkiewicz
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Tail of the Dragon is book #3 in the Zodiac Mystery series. Julia Bonatti is self-employed as a professional astrologer and also writes an advice column, based on astrology, for the local newspaper. When she agrees to temp as a secretary for her old boss she finds herself involved in trying to solve the murders of two of the law firms attorneys. With a San Francisco setting, strong characters, and a well written mystery with twists and turns you will find this is a book that is hard to put down. ...more
JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mysteries, cozy
Julia Bonatti is a professional astrologer in San Francisco. She's recently acquired a string of bills that will take more than what she makes to pay off, so she reluctantly accepts a temporary position with the legal firm she once worked for.

On the morning of her first day she hears a woman scream and it's discovered that one of the partners, Jack Harding, is dead, found in his office by one of the staff. After everyone has been questioned and released to go home, the head partner, David Meyers
Ruthie Jones
All three books so far in this Zodiac Mystery series are amazing and creative. While each book can be enjoyed as a standalone, I recommend starting at the beginning. The characters and plots and subplots are interesting and well developed, and the mysteries are intriguing and a bit heart pounding at times. You won't want to miss out on all the fun.

This third in the series finds the main character, Julia, in a precarious position that is both physically and emotionally dangerous. Even if you have
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