Tail of the Dragon (Zodiac Mystery #3)

Tail of the Dragon (Zodiac Mystery #3)

by Connie di Marco

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ISBN-13: 9780738751061
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date: 08/08/2018
Series: Zodiac Mystery Series , #3
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 221,541
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Connie di Marco (Los Angeles, CA) is the bestselling author of the Soup Lovers Mysteries (Penguin), which she published under the name Connie Archer. She has always been fascinated by astrology and is excited to combine her love of the stars with her love of writing mysteries. Visit her at ConniediMarco.com, on Facebook at Connie di Marco (Author), or on Twitter: @askzodia.

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Tail of the Dragon 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
BunnySTx 9 months ago
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 up she's a little relieved when her old boss calls her asking for a favor. Too bad on her first day there temping a dead body is discovered in one of the offices. Things only go downhill from there. Julia learns that more than one person in David's firm has been threatened and when Julia goes digging for a common thread to connect them all she finds her own life may be in danger. Julia is an engaging character and as I read I could honestly almost believe that she was a real person that you could go out on the street and meet. I found myself fascinated by her usage of not just the Zodiac but astrology to discover things about the people around her. Once she learned a few personal facts about them of course. Even though this book is part of a series, I love that it can be read as a standalone and I be able to follow along with everything that is going on. I appreciate the author bringing in Julia's love life as well. This helps to round her out as a character. She's still struggling with the sudden loss of her fiancee, and while it was almost 3 years prior she still struggles with the pain. I like how even though others dismissed her theories concerning the individuals being targeted that Julia never lets up. She comes off as determined but not hard-headed about it. This story has a few twists that I thoroughly enjoyed and one that I didn't see until it was almost too late. I love a good mystery novel that keeps me in suspense and from figuring out who the bad guy is before the author is ready for me to do so. There honestly isn't anything overtly that I didn't like about this book. The book has been professionally edited, and there the storyline never wanders around. I appreciate how the author stays focused on the storyline and gives us an engaging novel from start to finish. My only wish is that I wish that Julia hadn't been so afraid of the dragon in her dreams. Especially when she learns the meaning of them from her grandmother's friend. I will warn that this story has some tragedy in it. These tragic moments are more than a couple, and they made me sad, but all-in-all, for me, they truly added more depth and humanity to the story. Which, for me, only went to enhance the story more. I am rating this book 5 out of 5 stars. I love a good mystery novel with some thrilling moments, a bit of romance and edge of your seat page turning. This book absolutely fits the bill. I highly recommend it to those who enjoy books by this author or who are just looking for a good mystery novel to sink their teeth into.
carol223CS 9 months ago
Connie di Marco’s Tail of the Dragon 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 conclusion. Detailed descriptions takes the reader on a trip of San Francisco where Julie lives and works at her usual job as an astrologer. The story also includes information on astrology and astrological charts . You will also learn about the Tail of the Dragon in astrology. A Highly Recommended Cozy Mystery Read!! I volunteered to read the book. Thanks to the author and publisher via The Cozy Mystery Review Crew for the book. My opinion is my own.
ethel55 9 months ago
Julia Bonatti is a professional astrologer, but in the past, worked for a legal firm. When one of the partners asks her to fill in for a vacationing secretary, she figures it would be a good and familiar way to pick up extra money. Lawyers bring up all kinds of feelings in people and in this case, almost immediately, the law firm is the site of a murder. Julia has some ideas of her own about how to find the killer, plus one of the partners, David Meyers, is a client and feels her astrology background may help hone in on the killer. In addition to these star charts, I found it interesting that her dreams were very vivid and memorable. The San Francisco setting is vibrant and well described, it’s a place I’d like to visit.
P-Lopez 10 months ago
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 what was going to happen next or who was behind the murders. Even though this was the third book in the series, I did not feel like I missed anything in reading this one first. However, I will go back and read the other books because this one was just that good. Thank you to the author and the Cozy Mystery Review Crew for an ARC of this book. My review is entirely voluntary.
gmcootie 8 months ago
Tail of the Dragon is the third entry in author Connie di Marco's Zodiac Mystery series. It picks up where The Madness of Mercury left off, and it's the best one yet. Julia’s former boss has asked her to cover for an employee vacation at his law firm, and to also go undercover to see what she can learn about death threats employees are receiving. If you’ve read the first two books in the series you know that Julia is loyal and always willing to help a friend, and never backs away from danger and intrigue. If you haven’t already met Julia and her friends and relatives, you’re in for a treat. Each story in the series is self-contained and makes sense wherever you jump in, but you should do yourself a favor and start from the beginning to get the full benefit of the complex character development and enjoy the sights and sounds of San Francisco. The sense of unease and danger begin in the Prologue; you are there at the murder. The Zodiac Mysteries are not traditional cozies, they are darker more intense. That is by the author’s design, and it’s a good design. The stories are fast-paced with intricate plotting and strong characters, and the danger feels real. You can’t stop turning pages and feeling afraid to look around the next corner. There is an abundance of astrological details, both through Julia’s charting for her clients and also through her use of her astrological expertise to discover possible motives. The astrological clues are presented in a way that they make perfect sense and you feel that you see just what Julia does. But don’t think it’s all mumbo-jumbo. Julia is also a darn good detective! She’s logical and observant and persistent in getting people to talk to her. Julia’s fiancé Michael was killed by a hit-and-run driver before the series begins. She is still haunted by his death and there may be a new clue to solving the accident. But in Tail of the Dragon Julia meets Adam, someone she unexpectedly finds herself attracted to. I was on pins and needles throughout the entire book: I didn't quite trust him but couldn't find a reason why not, was I just so worried about Julia and how it would affect her if he's not a good guy after all? No spoilers here. There are plenty of clues for you to follow and the astrology is so expertly woven in that it provides clues as well, but you will still be stumped and surprised and keep guessing until the end. Tail of the Dragon is well written and well told. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and I feel right at home as Julia is out and about. I love her grandmother and Kuan and all of her friends, the shop, the astrology. Tail of the Dragon is another in what I hope is a long series of great reads by Connie di Marco.
ReadYourWrites 10 months ago
Events which occur in someone’s life whether good or bad stay with them forever. Those events often times shape their life. If an event is a happy one, a person can look back at the memory with fondness. That event might even inspire them to help out others in some way. If the event is a tragic one, a person may look back on it with sadness, regret, disappointment, or anger. They may become bitter. They may want to seek revenge. They may shut themselves away from everything and everyone. Or, they may just find the inner-strength to take the tragedy and change themselves and move forward. Julia Bonatti is a person who took the tragic event of her fiance, Michael, being killed in a hit-and-run accident and revented herself. It’s been almost three years since that tragic day and Julia still grieves. But she’s managed to make some new friends and even partake in a new career. Julia is now a San Francisco based astrologer, giving private readings and writing a column for the Chronicle. Tail of the Dragon finds Julia returning to her old place of employment at Meyers, Dade & Schultz, LLP, to fill in as a secretary for her client and old friend David Meyers. Mondays are always bad days. But to say Julia’s first day back is just a regular Monday could not be farther from the truth. This Monday morning will bring death to the litigation department and a list of potential suspects. David seems out of sorts with the death of a fellow attorney. He admits that the attorney and two other people that he knows of have all received death threats. David asks Julia to keep an ear out for any information she might gain from the rest of the staff, in order to help with the investigation. Julia is sure the answers lie in the various charts of the employees and in the connection the three people who received the threats share. Throughout most of the book, I thought Tail of the Dragon was simply an enjoyable average read. Julia uses astrology to help guide her in her sleuthing to catch a killer. The science of astrology goes over my head. Luckily, as a reader you don’t have to understand it. I figured out who the killer was way before Julia did. What made this book a 5 star read for me, was the twist Connie di Marco threw in. I honestly thought the twist that I didn't see coming made the book. Tail of the Dragon is the third book in the Zodiac Mystery series. There is a core group of characters who always make returning to this series fun to read. Each book is a standalone, with the death of Michael mentioned in each book. As with Michael’s death which changed Julia, the events of Tail of the Dragon are sure to change Julia in some way as well. I’m looking forward to the next book in this series. **Received a copy from Midnight Ink and voluntarily read the book.**
RuthieJonesTX 10 months ago
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 haven't read the first two in the series, the references to previous events shouldn't be too confusing because the main points about Julia's past as well as her adventures as an astrologist are clear and well timed. In Tail of the Dragon, Julia is tasked with helping out a previous employer as a secretarial fill in, but she's really at the law firm to use her astrological expertise to figure out who has been sending death threats and eventually catch the killer. How can an astrologer do all that, you ask? Well, I wondered the same thing. Read this entertaining story and find out for yourself! I actually found all the astrological references quite fascinating (I'm new to the subject, beyond the basic Zodiac signs), and the explanations throughout the book are neither muddled nor lengthy. The author provides just enough jargon to pique my interest and keep me turning the page. What I love most about Tail of the Dragon is that Julia isn't afraid to put herself right in the middle of all the danger, even when she doesn't necessarily have to. She cares about people and is ready and willing to help them as an astrologer and as a friend. But she's not perfect, of course. Julia is a vulnerable yet strong female character who unfortunately lets her guard down in Tail of the Dragon, but she comes out fighting and using her wits to thwart the incredibly clever murderer. You definitely won't see that twist coming! Some important and serious concepts covered here include betrayal, trust, and friendship. Not everyone is as they seem, and trusting the wrong people can be hazardous to your health. Julia finds all this out the hard way, but her incredibly cool grandmother and tight circle of friends have her back. Julia once again lands on her feet, but not before sneaking into buildings, having creepy and threatening dreams about a Chinese dragon, unmasking the killer in spectacular fashion, and facing her past heartbreaking past so she that can face her future. Well done! I can't wait for Julia's next astrological adventure!
1335sj 10 months ago
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 one of the leading litigators for the firm, Jack Harding is found dead slumped over his desk by a file clerk. It seems he murdered on Sunday, he's wasn't a very likable person, so he had made quite a few enemies but how did they get into the building without security noticing them. Could it be someone who works for the firm? David pulls Julia aside and asks for her help, there have been some odd things happening around the litigation department that he's concerned about, and he was hoping Julia would be able to gather information for him on the sly. He has already hired a security team to help out, and the head of the Agency, Adam Schaeffer who happens to be easy on the eyes has hit off with Julia. She's a bit smitten with him as well. David is a firm believer in Julia's astrology skills and hopes that the two of them can get to the bottom of what's plaguing his litigation department especially after this murder. Julia is going through the files of all the litigator's department to get the pertinent information she needs to start looking at their star charts. I have no idea about the astrology process, but it does seem interesting to me. When she's pulling all the birthdays to enter into her computer program at home, I'm a bit lost, but it doesn't take anything away from the series. I think it', it makes it more interesting for me. When more tragedy strikes the department, Julia feels like she's getting closer to the what is happening, she starts getting having odd dreams and feels like she's being watched. Is she a bit too careless in regards to her safety? Julia finds herself still haunted by the death of her fiance who was killed by a hit and run driver a few years back. His sister, Maggie thinks they may have discovered a clue in regards to hit and run accident that killed him. Ms. di Marco has made this an excellent series that is a pleasure to read; it's a fast read as in "I can't put this down type" read as well as being interesting. I love the San Francisco setting and the cast of the regular characters like Gloria, Julia's grandmother, and Kuan, plus her friends from Gale's shop. I look forward to reading the next book in this series! I want to thank Midnight Ink and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this e-galley in exchange for my honest opinion. Edit Delete
WisReader 10 months ago
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 lot of people who feel lawyers deserve to suffer but murder is never justified. Whoever killed one of the firms top attorneys seems to have targeted specific people and given them "fair warning." This plot is a mix of old and new cases, both for the law firm and for Julia, herself. We learn more about the various characters as different parts of the plot blend together. Not to give anything away but I want to reassure you, the cat is fine during whatever happens. Inbetween Julia's various activities and investigations the reader also gets a vivid tour of historic San Fran neighborhoods. Whether you believe in Astrology and natal charts and planets aligning affecting behaviors or not, the astrology aspects of the book were intriguing. I wish we had shops such as The Mystic Eye closer to where I live. Lawyers and mystics and fortune tellers, shop keepers, artists and smarmy potential dates, Connie di Marco has a way of making them all seem fully dimensional and in full color. Julia can't seem to keep trouble from tailing her, even in her dreams.
AmyWeidenaar 10 months ago
This is the third in a series. I hadn't read any of them previously and though some previous events are referred to, it was done in such a way that I don't believe there were any spoilers. I guess when I read the others, that'll be confirmed or not. I loved the concept of an astrologer using their skills to help solve cases by learning more about the individuals involved and what's going on in their lives based on their astrology charts. I learned just enough about astrology to know that I need to learn a lot more. Connie di Marco definitely knows her stuff and I was a little lost a few times. I did like how she used some characters and their conversations to "dumb it down" for the rest of us for lack of a better term. Real issues are addressed like moving on after the loss of a loved one, re-entering the dating scene, and I felt like there's a long-term mystery that will be dealt with throughout the series. I hope that's the case. Overall, this was an interesting, well-written book that I highly recommend. Thank you to Midnight Ink, Connie di Marco, and NetGalley for allowing me the chance to read this book and share my thoughts and opinions with others.
CozyUpWithKathy 10 months ago
an edgy mystery that combines astrology and murder 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 skills to discover what exactly is going on and if more people are in danger. Will the stars align to help Julia solve the murder or will she wind up another victim? Connie di Marco pens a great traditional mystery. A sense of danger permeates the book along with a lot of subterfuge which masks the killer. There are so many suspects, so many motives, and lots of suspicious activities that muddy the waters. So many characters are guilty of so many things, but what impact, if any, does it have on the murder? Yet the author brings everything together to in a remarkable conclusion. I love the astrological details found in the Zodiac series. I was close when I had an idea as to why Julia kept seeing dragons...I was wrong, but I was close! This series always makes me want to learn more and study my own astrological chart in depth. But the beauty of these books is that you don't need to know anything, or even care about astrology, to enjoy a deftly plotted, sitting on the edge of your seat mystery. Wonderfully drawn characters enrich the story as does the ongoing drama of the loss of Julia's fiance. Indeed that death colors the series and in TAIL OF THE DRAGON we find ourselves one step closer to closure. TAIL OF THE DRAGON is an edgy mystery that combines astrology and murder to create an engrossing, pulse pounding tale. FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a digital ARC provided through NetGalley, in the hopes I would review it.
CozyUpWithKathy 10 months ago
an edgy mystery that combines astrology and murder 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 skills to discover what exactly is going on and if more people are in danger. Will the stars align to help Julia solve the murder or will she wind up another victim? Connie di Marco pens a great traditional mystery. A sense of danger permeates the book along with a lot of subterfuge which masks the killer. There are so many suspects, so many motives, and lots of suspicious activities that muddy the waters. So many characters are guilty of so many things, but what impact, if any, does it have on the murder? Yet the author brings everything together to in a remarkable conclusion. I love the astrological details found in the Zodiac series. I was close when I had an idea as to why Julia kept seeing dragons...I was wrong, but I was close! This series always makes me want to learn more and study my own astrological chart in depth. But the beauty of these books is that you don't need to know anything, or even care about astrology, to enjoy a deftly plotted, sitting on the edge of your seat mystery. Wonderfully drawn characters enrich the story as does the ongoing drama of the loss of Julia's fiance. Indeed that death colors the series and in TAIL OF THE DRAGON we find ourselves one step closer to closure. TAIL OF THE DRAGON is an edgy mystery that combines astrology and murder to create an engrossing, pulse pounding tale. FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a digital ARC provided through NetGalley, in the hopes I would review it.
MariWatson1 11 months ago
Julia Bonatti, an Astrologer, goes back to work for a week with her old Boss, David. He is a lawyer. She reports to work for Secretarial duty and falls back into her old routine. Until... the whole floor hears a scream. Of course no-one expected to find the other Co-Partner stabbed. For several weeks Julia had thought of calling David because he had disturbing signs in his chart. This is about the time he and two more people got death threats. This is Book three in the Zodiac Mystery Series for Connie Di Marco. I had no problem following along and I don't think any other Reader will... It's an unusual premise to have a "whodunit" built around Astrology. But I like it. There are many planets and adverse aspects in a Chart with a Client. Julia had been making a living at it, although, not a great one. There is a romantic interest in this mystery which is Julia's first, after the death of her fiancee ,who was murdered. The Killer has never been caught. That has a mystery attached to it but a photograph has surfaced. Will that help identify the car or the person driving? The characters are integrated with a diverse crew which always adds to a Book. How else are we to start guessing who did it? This was a good read for a rainy night and I enjoyed it. My thanks to Netgalley and Midnight Ink