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.
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