There are many levels to and facets of danger in The Madness of Mercury by Connie di Marco. Julia Bonatti, a practicing astrologist and newspaper columnist is getting some strong objection from a group of fanatical believers of the "Reverend Roy". In fact the whole area psychic (et al) community is receiving at best threats and at worst, attempted murder, from the Rev's cult. Ms. di Marco serves us up one of the most chilling stories of a cult spin out of control in recent memory.
The sheer volume of astrological terms and concepts in the beginning of the book did not work for me. But then, if I made it through the newspaper astrological puzzle during a day it was good for me. So the talk of 5th houses of happiness and planets either in retrograde or ascendance went over my head. As the action of the book picked up, though, the astrology side of things began to make more sense to me.
And Julia would be a good person to have in your corner when the chips are down. I'm not sure I would have had the nerve to go to visit the cult's compound north of the city to check on the welfare of an elderly sister of one of her clients. It was white knuckle, edge of my seat time from the time she left San Francisco until after the events that happened on her return.
Seeing as this is the first installment of the Zodiac Mysteries, all the signs point to my revisiting Julia and Co. in the future!
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