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Murder in the 11th House: A Starlight Detective Agency Mystery (Starlight… (edition 2011)

by Mitchell Scott Lewis

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The position of the Moon, Sun, and other planets can tell us so much more about people than I realized. In this novel, Lewis uses laymen’s terms to depict an extraordinary way to solve a murder.
Astrologer David Lowell is the father of Melinda, a smart, budding attorney who was given a case that appears as if it’s an open and shut situation. She calls on her father and his expertise for assistance. Johnny Colbert is accused of blowing up Farrah Winston, a federal judge. Johnny can be brash and downright rude at times, but she’s also well-versed in bombs and becomes the number one suspect.

David and Melinda and a few other friends use astrology to help determine if Johnny’s innocent. When David himself becomes a target, the question arises as to whether Johnny is behind the newest bomb scare. Armed with not much more than suspects’ birthdates, David unearths corruption that leads to the untimely death of Farrah.

You will be just as surprised as I was to find out who the guilty party is (or is that parties?). Besides the who-dun-it in this story, Lewis fascinated me with how astrology can help solve a crime. A great read. ( )
  StarrReina | Dec 5, 2011 |
Murder, politics, hidden political agendas, and astrology are not your typical mystery components. However, Mitchell Scott Lewis successfully combines all of these and provides a unique mystery with Murder in the 11th House.

Joanna Colbert or Johnny is head-over in heels in debt due to gambling. This quick-tempered bartender has been recorded threatening the life of a state judge. Later when that same judge dies a gruesome death, Johnny is the prime suspect and is promptly arrested. Her court-appointed attorney is Melinda Lowell and she actually believes that Johnny is innocent. The hard part is going to be proving that innocence in court. Melinda promptly asks her father, David Lowell, a licensed private investigator and astrologer extra ordinaire to lend his assistance in uncovering the truth. As David delves deeper into Johnny's astrological history, he begins to believe her innocence. David, Melinda, and David's business partner, Mort Simpson – the go to computer guy, attempt to uncover the truth behind the judge's murder. The more they dig, the more they realize that there's much more going on than initially thought and regrettably this puts their lives at risk in addition to their client's life. Will they be able to uncover the truth in time to keep Johnny free, as well as keep everyone alive?

Murder in the 11th House is fast is a fast-paced read. At times it does get a little bogged down with astrological information but in the end the astrology plays a key role in unlocking the secrets to the murder and motive. The characters are likeable and realistic enough but somewhat lacking in development with the exception of David and Johnny. All things considered Murder in the 11th House was a quick and fun read. Look for Murder in the 11th House to be released on 09/06/2011 by Poisoned Pen Press. ( )
  BookDivasReads | Aug 31, 2011 |
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Astrological detective David Lowell must use his astrologer's charts and knowledge to solve the murder of a state judge in a New York City parking garage. Joined by his daughter, Melinda, a young defense attorney who believes the person arrested innocent; his hacker sidekick Mort; patient assistant Sarah; and bodyguard Andy, Lowell races against time to prove the innocence of Johnny Colbert, a mouthy bartender accused of the crime.… (more)

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