Author: Mitchell Scott Lewis
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
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Freddie Finger is the third rock star in New York City who’s been murdered. Vivian Younger, Freddie’s daughter, wants answers to her father’s death, and the police need to catch the perpetrator before any more rockers are killed. David Lowell has had some success solving crimes like this, using his skill in astrology, and Vivian hires him to investigate.
Hunting down birth charts the way most detectives find clues, Lowell tries to piece the puzzle together. Who wanted Freddie dead? And how is he connected to the other two rockers who have been killed? Vivian offers her support, and soon becomes a pleasant distraction from the case.
Those of us who can remember the earlier days of rock and roll will find Death in the 12th House to be a fun trip down memory lane. But at times Lowell himself seems more of an aloof superhero than a man, as everything comes too easily to him. Overall, though, this is an intriguing mystery with a surprising and satisfying conclusion.
Reviewer: Alice Berger