All Signs Point to Murder by Connie diMarco
Astrology is a science that can foretell or predict a person’s future or information about a person’s life by creating charts with information that the client presents to the astrologer. Julia Bonati lives in San Francisco and writes a column for her newspaper titled Ask Zodia. Pushed into what will be a murder case and looking into an incident that occurs at a friends’ wedding, things get out of control when someone is taken ill at the wedding, sent to the hospital and the next thing you know Julia is asked to help out with certain clients when someone does not have enough staff to read their charts. But, first meet Moira Leary who is the maid of honor at this wedding but who is MIA at this time. Brooke, her sister is looking for her, Sally Stark the wedding coordinator is in a tizzy, and everyone else seems to be acting in a cavalier manner not really that upset about anything but where is Moira?
Things get out of control when Sally is found on the floor and taken to the hospital and the rest of the bridal party seems off beat and disoriented.
After the wedding everyone headed back to Brooke’s and Julia decided to stay over. Hearing footsteps and a door closing she was not sure if anyone heard what was happening in the garage and calling the dog Cassie back into the house. Julia has what you might call a sixth sense and decided to go down to the garage. Rob, Brooke’s husband went down first and the switch did not work. Looking for an emergency light switch what they saw would send them all in a frenzy. Someone shot and killer Moira and by the time they got to her it was goo late. Was it an accident? Was it intentional? Two officers came when calling 911 and Rob seamed upset and claimed he did not mean to shoot her and that it was not his fault. He did not realize she was there. Andy, Moira’s boyfriend tried to make Julia feel better but the shock of it all might just destroy the entire Leary family. Hiding the death from Mary, their mother might not be that simple and her reaction will require more help. Thinking Moira will pull through was hope but in reality she does not. Dan and Rob did not get along and when Dan shoots off his mouth and goes after Rob things get out of hand the police step in.
Mary Leary was upset about the death of her daughter and Julia was asked to stay with her while someone in the family called her doctor and their lawyer to deal with the situation as Rob was taken away. Geneva was distraught the other sister and wanted Julia for some reason to investigate the murder. But, Julia is an astrologer so how would she begin to learn more about what happened and will the police include her in the investigation? Moira drank, took drugs and what is revealed next surprised everyone as she invested in real estate, had large sums of money in her bank account and Julia upon checking out her apartment finds documents about this real estate and a piece of jewelry that she could not have afforded. So, where did it come from and why did she have it? David and Geneva were both distraught but things get out of control when Dan arrives and accuses Rob of killing Moira. Added another guest Matt is part of this group checking on Ashley, Rob’s daughter as they all waited together while Matt checked on Mary and the next two men in street clothes arrived. One was Detective Paulo Ianello and he told the family that Moira was gone. Rob added that Moira had drinking issues and other issues with him but he claims he helped her with money. They even gave her one of their own cars. The manager of the inn called and told them that Sally Stark, the wedding planner was unconscious. Was she a victim of a killer or just ate or drank something that disagreed with her?
Added in Julia had to deal with her fiancé, Michael’s mother who wanted what she claimed belonged to her. Not a nice person. Heartless you might say!
Added by Cheryl her friend to do some readings, Julia finds herself the target of someone out to silence her? Geneva has a beautiful wedding to be ruined by the death of her sister and what happened to Sally? Who decided to end Moira’s life?
Julia takes a lot of chances as she digs into Moira’s life, goes to her apartment, gets kidnapped and then finds herself wondering if she should continue yet feels guilty because she promised to help Geneva. Why doesn’t the family help out too?
Answers they hope will follow when the autopsy comes in and the reason or cause of death is known? In between Julia meets with several clients like Adele, and hopes she learns to move on with her life and not worry about past relationships.
David was the next person that the police interviewed and took down for further questioning looking at him as a suspect for the murder. Geneva could not think straight and she is worried about David and if the bullet that missed Rob was the same one that got Moira then someone else was there but who? The gun was tossed and disposed of somehow. The author leaves readers wondering just who wanted both David and Moira out of the way and maybe Sally too? Why has yet to be revealed?
Andy was drinking and passed out. He never heard Moira leave the room. But, what was his motive for killing her? Was he jealous of her for some reason? Was she having an affair with someone else?
The author shares Julia going through the contents of her closet, boxes going to charities, and of course one bag that would go to Michael’s mother. Dealing with her final divorce hearing, Julia at her side, the end result was winning the divorce her reaction not what you would expect. Frank her ex not happy with the end result but when the court decides he needs to back off and take it like a man.
The scene in the courtroom was startling and the judge tolerating nothing as she and Frank were worn in and the end result would determine that he would be held in contempt of court if he continued his tirades.
Julia learns about the autopsy from Marjorie the family’s lawyer learning the caliber of the gun and that if it was a Glock the wound have been different. It was lodged the bullet inside the skull and Julia continued with her quest to solve the case before the police did.
As the pieces of the puzzle finally become clear and the killer is revealed will Julia be the next victim? Two people who clearly want to rid the world not only of her but someone else too and who murdered Moira for a specific reason: Greed and control over money.
But, a simple item that belonged to someone close to her opened it all up and she realized who the killer might be but will she be able to solve it before they kill her? As Brooke is arrested for the murder and held in jail, Rob supporting her, who will finally do the reveal of why wanted her out of they way, who sent the emails between Brooke and Moira stating they wanted to rid the world of Rob? As the police confiscated Moira’s computer after she died, and we realize the emails are deleted but still on the hard drive, and copies are on the server, what Julia realizes is that the killer is hiding in plain sight.
Why did someone want Brooke out of the way? Who was she having an affair with? What happens when Cheryl is missing and Julia finds herself shackled and kidnapped along with her? Meth, coke, other drugs, money laundering and one innocent woman charged with conspiracy to murder. Check the astrology charts, check the bios, birth information and more and you decide the reader just whose sign or signs alls point to MURDER! Julia is a real astrologer sleuth and something tells me she is not done yet with solving murders using her unique skills as an astrologer and maybe even that police detective might use her in the future.
Fran Lewis: Just reviews/ MJ magazine