Death in the 12th House


Publisher’s Weekly

A killer is targeting aging rock stars in Lewis’s diverting second mystery featuring David Lowell, New York City astrologer and proprietor of the Starlight Detective Agency (after 2011’s Murder in the 11th House). When 63-year-old Freddie Finger, the lead singer for the band Rocket Fire, is found hanging from a heat pipe with three bullets in his body in a Manhattan building undergoing renovation, he is the third vintage rocker to recently meet an untimely end in New York.

Freddie’s movie actress daughter, Vivian Younger, is quick to insist that the NYPD bring in Lowell. That the thrice-married Freddie treated women and bandmates poorly ensures a large suspect pool. Lowell, who flexes his astrological muscles in his investigative work, shows he can also rely on his fists. Astrologically inclined cozy fans will find a lot to like.

Library Journal Review

When three dead rock 'n' rollers indicate- a disturbing trend, the NYPD enlists assistance from their most atypical consultant-, astrologist David Lowell. The cops aren't always thrilled by Lowell's- techniques, but a victim's daughter, a famous actress herself, makes a compelling case for giving him free rein. Lowell brings in his charts, battles with Mercury- in retrograde, and generally outwits the greedy individuals behind the murders. -VERDICT Lewis's clever astrologic detective angle has all the markings of a winning series; this is number two (after Murder in the 11th House). 

Readers will appreciate the rock 'n' roll references and the detective's unusual methodology. The author … has assembled a good ensemble cast and maintains a chatty and leisurely pace in this almost-cozy procedural.

The NetGalley Team

I have to say that I really enjoyed reading this novel, not so much for the subject matter and plot, but mostly for its characters. In here we have a sad astrologer, a genius psychic, a humble diva, a mobster who's so fat that he has to move sideways to pass through doors, two women who hate each other but who can bond just fine under the beautiful arc of money and a criminal who's as stupid as they come. Put them all together and what you get is a splendid cocktail of mystery and fun, of hatred and love.

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