A Day in the Life with Julia Bonatti by Connie di Marco

The Madness of MercuryHi, I’m Julia . . . Julia Bonatti and I’m delighted to be here today.

This is, I guess, my first official appearance in the blogosphere, and I’m thrilled that my first time in public is with Dru Ann’s “A Day in the Life.” Well, other than the release of my first adventure in The Madness of Mercury, this is my first dip in the pool of the reading public’s consciousness.

I’ve always lived a pretty quiet life. I was working hard getting a graduate degree in anthropology and planning on a teaching career when my world collapsed. My fiancé Michael was killed in a hit and run accident and after that, nothing seemed to work right for me. I admit I was in pretty bad shape for a long time, but good friends helped me get through. Even so, the thought of picking up the pieces of my former life just didn’t make sense any more.

Viennese_zodiacThat’s when I discovered the Mystic Eye, an occult bookshop in North Beach, the neighborhood where I grew up. I found my first astrology book and I was fascinated. Not only that, I met my dear friend Gale, who owns the shop. As time went by I began to find my footing in life, slowly, each day I was a little stronger. It was studying astrology that helped me. To my mind it’s a form of psychology and character analysis. I hoped it would provide some answers. Answers to why my life had taken such a turn.

Then I discovered I was good with other people’s problems and (I think at least) I’m pretty good at what I do. It took a long time, but I’ve built up my business. I have a private clientele, and sometimes I work the psychic fairs at the Mystic Eye if they need help. What’s even more exciting was that I was offered a newspaper column at the Chronicle. It’s called AskZodia and I answer questions from all kinds of people.

It’s been very rewarding, but I have to tell you, that’s what started all the trouble in The Madness of Mercury. A woman wrote to me, well actually she wrote to AskZodia. She was worried because her mother had become involved in a religious cult that required her to sign over her house and all her savings.

As much as I hate to admit it, I do have a big mouth and I can be very opinionated. I told this woman exactly what I thought of this nonsense and before I knew it, I was targeted by the Army of the Prophet.

You can read all about my adventures in The Madness of Mercury. I certainly hope you enjoy the story, because it wasn’t a whole lot of fun for me at the time! I’m just glad I came out of it alive!


The Madness of Mercury is the first book in the NEW Zodiac mystery series, published by Midnight Ink, June 2016.

San Francisco astrologer Julia Bonatti’s life is turned upside down when she becomes the target of the city’s newest cult leader, Reverend Roy of the Prophet’s Tabernacle. Driven out of her apartment in the midst of a disastrous Mercury retrograde period, she takes shelter with a client who’s caring for two elderly aunts. One aunt appears stricken with dementia and the other has fallen under the spell of the Reverend Roy. To add to the confusion, a young man claiming to be a long lost nephew arrives. The longer he stays, the more dangerous things become. Is the young man truly a member of the family? Can astrology confirm that? Julia’s not sure, but one thing she does know is that Mercury wasn’t merely the messenger of the gods―he was a trickster and a liar as well.

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About the author
Connie di Marco1Connie di Marco is the author of the Zodiac Mysteries featuring San Francisco astrologer, Julia Bonatti. The Madness of Mercury is the first in the series. Writing as Connie Archer, she is also the author of the Soup Lover’s Mysteries set in Vermont from Berkley Prime Crime. You can find her excerpts and recipes in The Cozy Cookbook and The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook. Connie is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime and International Thriller Writers.

Links: Website | Blog | Twitter | Goodreads | Facebook

Giveaway: Leave a comment below for your chance to win a print copy of The Madness of Mercury. US entries only, please. The giveaway will end June 14, 2016 at 12 AM EST. Good luck everyone!

All comments are welcomed.

95 responses to “A Day in the Life with Julia Bonatti by Connie di Marco

  1. Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble. I win this book or you’re in trouble…. Heeee heeeeeeeeeeeheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

    • Connie di Marco

      LOL! Waking up on the West coast, Nora-Adrienne. I just know you’d love Julia’s adventures! Best of luck!

  2. Linda Herold

    Looks so good! I’d love to win! lindaherold999@gmail.com

  3. Another new series! My tbr pile is growing by leaps and bounds. Thanks for the chance to win. This one sounds interesting.

  4. This book sounds delightfully fun. I love cozies set in SF. Thank you.

    • Connie di Marco

      Hi Lexie – I do too, actually any book set in San Francisco, all the way back to Sam Spade and the Maltese Falcon. Good luck to you!

  5. Kristie Dilcher

    Looks like a great read! Thanks for the chance!

  6. This cozy sounds like a fun cozy mystery, and I adore the cover art. Thank you for the chance to win.

    • Connie di Marco

      Isn’t that an amazing cover? The artist did such a great job! Best of luck, Jen!

  7. I like the sound of this book. Count me in please.

    • Connie di Marco

      Thanks for joining in today! I hope you’ll be visiting San Francisco soon. Good luck, Gram!

  8. Donna Gantt

    I haven’t read books by this author before and I’m excited! Thanks.

    • Connie di Marco

      Hi Donna – great to meet you here, at Dru Ann’s site! This is the first book and first series under my own name, but you might know my other series, the Soup Lover’s Mysteries, written as Connie Archer. Best of luck to you!

  9. This sounds like a book I would really get into. The zodiac & astrology has always intrigued me. Plus, I can never pass up a good mystery! So, I will cross my fingers & hope that fate will make me a winner! Thank you so much for the chance to win The Madness of Mercury & good luck to all who enter!

    • Connie di Marco

      Ah . . . me too. I feel the same way. That’s the reason I wanted to invent a crime-solving astrologer! I hope fate smiles upon you today!

  10. “Madness” sounds like the beginning of something good. I want it.

    • Connie di Marco

      Hi Amy – Thanks for stopping by today. I think you’d enjoy the mystery and Julia’s adventures. Good luck!

  11. The zodiac and astrology are unique fields to study. Incorporating them into a mystery will be an added touch for sure. Thanks for including Madness of Mercury on your blog and for the opportunity to enter the giveaway. robeader53@yahoo.com

    • Connie di Marco

      Hi Robin, I’m thrilled that Julia’s visiting at A Day in the Life, thanks to Dru Ann! Especially today because it’s Release Day for The Madness of Mercury! Best of luck!

  12. Barbara Hackel

    What a beautiful cover-it draws you in right away. The premise of someone making their living doing astrology is fascinating and a new twist for a cozy series. Thanks Dru for the introduction. Connie, good luck with this series-it’s in the stars that it will be successful! Thanks for the chance to win a copy! 🙂

    • Connie di Marco

      Oh thank you, Barbara! I’m so glad you enjoy the concept of an astrologer solving crimes. Let’s hope the stars align for Julia! Best of luck today!

  13. elainehroberson

    This would be a great book to add to my cozy challenge list. Thanks for a chance to win a copy. Love the cover.

  14. Peggy Hyndman

    The cover is beautiful and the book sounds great. Thank you for the chance to win a print copy of The Madness of Mercury.

    • Connie di Marco

      Hi Peggy – Thanks for visiting today. I hope you’ll be enjoying Julia’s thrills and chills soon! Good luck!

  15. An intriguing premise for a new cozy series. Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Connie di Marco

      Hi JoAn – Julia definitely has some strange adventures in this book! Good luck, I hope you get to meet Julia soon!

  16. This cozy sounds captivating and lovely. Thanks.

  17. Sounds like this could be a fascinating new series! Great cover.

    • Connie di Marco

      Hi Karen – thanks for visiting today! I’m busy dreaming up even more trouble for Julia! I hope you’ll be enjoying her adventures soon!

  18. wendynewcomb

    Sounds like a fun cozy! Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

    wfnren at aol dot com

    • Connie di Marco

      Hi Wendy, nice to see you here! Best of luck in the giveaway too! Happy reading!

  19. I love the sound of the book.

    • Connie di Marco

      Hi Rita, thanks for visiting today. I hope you’ll be meeting Julia in San Francisco very soon! Good luck!

  20. I love the sound of this I can’t wait to read it, Great blog today.She is a new Author for me. Penney

    • Connie di Marco

      Hi Penney – you might be familiar with my other series, the Soup Lover’s Mysteries written as Connie Archer, but the Zodiac Mysteries is the first under this name. Best of luck in the giveaway!

  21. Loving the sound of this one, I’ve never been a true beliecer in astrology but I do read them a lot for fun… maybe a little bit of a believer.

    • Connie di Marco

      Hi Debby – LOL! I’m a little bit myself, but you certainly don’t have to be a believer to enjoy the mystery. Good luck to you!

  22. I am always looking for a new series to read! Sounds terrific!

    • Connie di Marco

      Hi Violet – Thanks for stopping by today! Hopefully you’ll be visiting San Francisco soon for Julia’s first mystery. Good luck!

  23. wow, sounds like a great read

    • Connie di Marco

      Hi Betty – Best of luck and thanks for stopping by! Good luck in the giveaway!

  24. Doward Wilson

    Astrology & murder, what more do you want from a favorite writer.

    • Connie di Marco

      Oh thank you, Doward! And thanks for stopping by. I hope you’ll get to meet Julia soon. Good luck!

  25. Mary Jane H.

    This book sounds like a real learning experience! Ty for the chance!

  26. Celia Fowler

    I love the title and the cover and have been hearing and reading wonderful things about The Madness of Mercury. Thanks so much for A Day in the Life with Julia Bonatti and for the giveaway!

    • Connie di Marco

      Hi Celia ~ best of luck today! I hope you’ll be able to meet Julia and all her pals soon!

  27. Nothing like a retrograde to stir things up!

    • Connie di Marco

      LOL! Yes, it’s certainly giving Julia lots of trouble in this book — that and lots of other things too! Best of luck, Libby!

  28. Oh I love the concept! Not much of a follower myself, but I think this would be a great book.

    • Connie di Marco

      Hi Connie ~ you definitely don’t have to be, but I think you’d enjoy the mystery! Good luck and happy reading!

  29. carlrscott

    Sounds great to me, I love to get in on the ground floor of a new series. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

    • Connie di Marco

      Hi Carl ~ It’s always fun to try something new. I love to find new authors and new series too. Best of luck!

  30. Linda Kerestes

    Oh my goodness! I can’t wait to read this book! Astrology and a mystery in a book…..what could be a better read on a dark night!! Can’t wait….please keep writing sequels!!! Warmly, Linda

    • Connie di Marco

      Hi Linda ~ I’m so glad you’re looking forward to the Zodiac Mysteries!!! Thanks for that vote of encouragement and best of luck! I hope you enjoy Julia’s adventures!

  31. rosemary pfeiffer

    sounds interesting,using astrology with a mystery..cool

    • Connie di Marco

      Hi Rosemary ~ I’ve been delighted that so many people are intrigued by the combination of astrology and mystery! And Julia really does solve crimes using astrology. Best of luck today!

  32. Connie, thanks for introducing Julia to my readers. Happy Release Day on your new series.

    • Connie di Marco

      Dru Ann ~ thanks go to you! This has been so wonderful to see the response to the Zodiac Mysteries!

  33. This book sounds like a fascinating read. I don’t know much about astrology or the zodiac and this seems like a great way to start.

    • Connie di Marco

      Hi Dianne ~ I hope you pick up a few tidbits of astrological lore, and there’s a little more on my website too. Happy reading and best of luck!

  34. Sounds like a great read . I have a friend who does Tarot card readings and another who does palmistry.

    • Connie di Marco

      That sounds fascinating, Mary! And you know, I think there’s a Tarot mystery series published by Midnight Ink too. You can find it I’m sure on the publisher’s website. Thanks so much for visiting and good luck to you!

  35. Another chance to win a book by an author whose books are on my TRB list.

    • Connie di Marco

      Hi VIcki ~ I hope you get to meet Julia and enjoy her stories in San Francisco soon! Best of luck!

  36. CAN.NOT.WAIT.TO.
    READ.THIS.

    Thank you for the giveaway….

    • Connie di Marco

      LOL! I love your enthusiasm! I think you’ll enjoy Julia’s adventures! Best of luck!

  37. Sounds like a great book. Love meeting new to me authors and hearing about their books.

    • Connie di Marco

      Hi Mari ~ thanks for stopping by today. I hope you’ll get to meet Julia and her pals very soon! Best of luck!

  38. Lois Rotella

    Sounds like a book I would enjoy reading.

    • Connie di Marco

      Hi Lois – I hope you’ll enjoy the Zodiac Mysteries! Especially Julia’s debut in The Madness of Mercury. Happy reading and good luck!

  39. Patty Allen

    Wow, can’t wait to read this book! Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

    • Connie di Marco

      Hi Patty – Best of luck. I hope you’ll be enjoying Julia’s adventures soon!

  40. absolutely cannot wait to try this series!! Thanks for the chance!

  41. Pauline Barlow

    I have read and enjoyed your Soup Lovers Mysteries and Snowflake, Vermont so very much. I’m looking forward to reading your entirely new venture with “The Madness of Mercury” beginning the series.

    • Connie di Marco

      Hi Pauline, thanks so much! I’m so glad to hear you’ve enjoyed all the stories in Snowflake. I’ve loved writing that series. Julia’s a little older than Lucky, and of course it’s an urban setting, but I hope you enjoy her stories just as much! Best of luck to you!

  42. Such a great new series! I can’t wait to read the next one.

    • Connie di Marco

      Hi Barb – Great to see you here! I’m really excited the first Zodiac Mystery is finally out in the world. My publisher has decided to call the next one “All Signs Point to Murder,” (at least so far), which is a clever title. I hope you like it just as much! Thanks so much for your good thoughts!

  43. Great intro to a new series. Thanks for the chance to win!

  44. Most intriguing! Happy launch!

    • Connie di Marco

      Thank you! I’m so excited that Madness of Mercury is actually out in the world! Good luck to you!

  45. Love the cover and the idea for your new mystery series, thank you for the opportunity to win! Would treasure a copy!!

    • Connie di Marco

      Oh thank you, Vanessa! Dru Ann tells me this contest ends tonight at midnight on June 14th, so I’m making a list and about to use Random.org. Good luck!

  46. Connie di Marco

    Dru Ann – Thanks so much for hosting Julia’s first appearance at “A Day in the Life!” I’ve tallied all the entries and with random.org, picked the winner fair and square. The winner of a copy of The Madness of Mercury is Johnna at JohnnaBooks! I’ll post this on FB too, but if you see this comment, Johnna, please send me your mailing address at askzodia@gmail.com.
    Thanks to everyone who entered! I so appreciate your interest in the Zodiac Mysteries and I hope everyone will get to meet Julia and enter her world!

  47. Marilyn Watson

    Astrology …sounds wonderful! I love all the mystery involved in the synopsis of this. Please enter me.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

    • Hi Marilyn ~ Thanks so much for stopping by! I didn’t get a chance to get back to you sooner. A winner was chosen this morning, but I appreciate your interest in the Zodiac Mysteries! I hope you get to meet Julia soon!

  48. Sounds like a book right up my alley! Looking forward to reading it!