Julia Bonatti is alarmed by the astrological signs looming over Geneva Leary’s wedding day, but nobody asked Julia’s opinion and being a bridesmaid means supporting the bride no matter what. Even with the foreboding Moon-Mars-Pluto lineup in the heavens, no one’s prepared for the catastrophes that strike: a no-show sister, a passed-out wedding planner, and a lethal shooting in the dead of night.
With anger and grief threatening to tear the Leary family part, Julia is determined to understand how such a terrible tragedy could occur. As she digs deeper into the family’s secrets, her astrological insights will lead her to the truth about a criminal enterprise that stretches far beyond the California coast.
This is the second book in Connie di Marco's Zodiac Mystery series. I did not read the first installment in the series but it was not necessary to in order to get into book two.
Julia, as a bridesmaid in her long-time friend's wedding, ends up staying overnight in a family home and becoming involved in a murder investigation in which the whole family is suspect. Geneva, the bride, only trusts Julia to find out what is really going on and this leads Julia into some dangerous situations.
I liked the character of Julia and found her job as an astrologer to be intriguing and fun to read about. There were a few times the information was confusing but it did not deter from the story. There are A LOT of side characters in this story and the first few chapters had me struggling to keep them all straight but once I relaxed and just read, everything was fine. I really enjoyed Julia's friends, Gale and Cheryl and the side story involving them was also fun.
It has been awhile since I have read a nice cozy mystery so this was a nice break and a good story. Although there were times that there was just too much detail given (step-by-step of driving or other mundane things) I found this to be an interesting mystery and would definitely read more of this series. 3.5/5 stars
Author's site: http://www.conniedimarco.com/