BOOK REVIEW + $20 Gift Card GIVE AWAY - All Signs Point to Murder by Connie Di Marco
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The building on Guerrero was a once proud Victorian with bow front windows. It had since been broken up into six small units and fallen into disrepair. There was something about this chore that made my stomach go into knots. Rummaging through a dead woman’s possessions was bad enough, but what if I found something that implicated Moira in a crime? Should I remove it and risk the police finding out?
I approached the long stairway leading to the front door. The wind had died down and now fog danced around the streetlights. It was eerily quiet. No lights shone from any of the windows. I climbed the cracked granite stairs to the entrance where the weathered door stood ajar, listing slightly on its hinges. Inside, a bare overhead light bulb cast a meager glow down the long corridor, cannibalized from a once grand entryway. The hallway smelled of dirty cat litter, moldy vegetables and cigarette smoke. I followed the corridor to the end, and stopped at the last door on the right.
I slipped the key into the lock and reached around the door jamb where I felt the light switch. A rusting chandelier with two bulbs missing illuminated the one large room that was both Moira’s living room and bedroom. The main room housed a collection of hand-me-downs and broken furniture, ripped curtains and piles of clothing in various spots around the floor.
I heaved up the mattress, first on one side and then the other, making sure nothing was hidden between it and the box spring. I pulled open each of the bureau drawers, checked their contents and pulled them all the way out to make sure nothing was behind them. I opened a small drawer in the bedside stand. Amid a loose pile of clutter was a dark blue velvet box embossed with the letter “R” in cursive gold script. Could this be from Rochecault? I was fairly certain it was. Rochecault is an infamously expensive jeweler on Maiden Lane downtown. How could Moira have shopped there?
I opened the box and gasped. An amazing bracelet heavy with blue stones in varying colors rested inside. The setting had the slightly matte industrial sheen of platinum. Moira couldn’t possibly have afforded this. Shoving the box into a side pocket of my purse, I decided I was definitely not leaving this for the police to find, and slid the drawer shut.
I scanned the room. Moira hadn’t been much of a housekeeper and it didn’t appear as if there were many hiding spots. My eye caught a small black notebook under a jumble of papers and unopened bills on a rickety desk. I dropped my purse on the floor and reached for the book. A searing pain shot through my skull. Blinded, I fell to the floor.
All Signs Point to Murder is the second in the Zodiac Mystery Series. While this is my first book in this series, I did not feel like I was missing out. In this installment, we meet Rob Ramer who has committed the ultimate family faux pas by accidently shooting his sister-in-law thinking she was an intruder. Geneva is desperate for answers and reaches out to her friend Julia Bonatti, who is also an astrologer, to help solve the mystery and save her remaining sister Brooke.
This book has it all family drama, murder, secrets, and suspense. The characters are well written and the cast of supporting characters make this story. The writing flows well and I love that the story takes place in San Francisco. While I haven’t been, I’ve always wanted to visit. The scenery is so well described, I felt like I was a part of the story. I was engaged from start to finish and did not want this one to end. The author did an amazing job of weaving together one fantastic cozy mystery.
Overall, I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good cozy mystery filled with family drama with a zodiac flare. I will be circling back to read book 1 as I anxiously await reading book 3!
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