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Death in the 12th House: Where Neptune Rules: A Starlight Detective Agency Mystery Paperback – Large Print, Nov 6 2012

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  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press; Large type / large print edition (Nov. 6 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1464200599
  • ISBN-13: 978-1464200595
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14 x 22.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,656,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of by the police, as Lewis' unconventional astrologer-detective demonstrates in this deftly plotted tale of murder, intrigue, and the corrosive influence of money. A mix of interesting characters and insightful social observations bode well for the future of the Starlight Detective Agency." "--Jeanne Matthews, author of Bet Your Bones review for Murder in the 11th House" "It's a perfect afternoon read that will provoke smiles. Almost cozy, with a Mr. Monk like ensemble case, this series debut has tremendous potential." "-Library Journal review for Murder in the 11th House"

About the Author

Mitchell Scott Lewis is the author ofMurder in the 11th Housepublished in 2011 by Poisoned Pen Press.Murder in the 12th Houseis the second in this ongoing series. Mr. Lewis has been a New York based professional astrologer for more than 20 years with an impressive client list. He has predicted a number of financial events, including the unprecedented rise of oil prices, the collapse of the housing market and sub-prime implosion, the stock crash of '08, and the current recession, all long in advance.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A really fascinating story adding astrology to detective work. Nov. 13 2012
By M. Lignor - Published on
Format: Paperback
I remember fondly this author's first book featuring, David Lowell: Astrologer/Detective, who solves crimes using astrological charts and just plain good sense. After having read the first book called, Murder in the 11th House, I couldn't wait to start on this one and was not disappointed.

The whole idea of this new book, Death in the 12th House: Where Neptune Rules, is the murder of a Rock Star who was very popular in Rock's golden years and was now on the comeback trail. Freddie Finger the lead singer for a group called Rocket Fire is found in a vacant house. Freddie's daughter, Vivian Younger, who is a movie star, hires The Starlight Detective Agency, run by David Lowell the Astrologer/Detective and his computer whiz, master computer hacker and psychic Mort, along with the Agency Assistant, Sarah, to find the murderer of her father. The Agency has helped the NYPD solve crimes in the past and has a good relationship with them. During their investigation they come up with numerous suspects including; Freddie's two ex-wives, who detest each other; band members, his manager and also a musician whose career Freddie destroyed by blackballing him with other bands. The Agency gets busy studying all the astrological charts on these various people.

As the plot thickens, the suspects various foibles are developed and brought into the plotlines in a way that the reader, even if they are not into astrology, can see what's going on.

Readers who are into astrology will read and understand more of the charts but anyone else (including me) can still understand and keep up with the story, which is really fascinatingThe author, Mitchell Scott Lewis, is an astrologer and is an expert in the field. He even predicted the Mortgage Collapse and the Stock Market Crash in 2008. I highly recommend this book to all mystery readers who enjoy a good read whether or not they fully understand the world of Astrology.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
It's All In The Stars Nov. 15 2012
By bookbuzz - Published on
Format: Paperback
Being born on the cusp of two star signs (Libra and Scorpio) life can sometimes be tricky - it's hard to be a magnetic, assertive, popular Scorpion when most days I'd rather be an indecisive, book-reading, stay-at-home Libran. Although, do the stars we were born under really affect the way we operate or is astrology only a pseudo-science; a money-spinner for magazines that print horoscopes and astrologers who, for a fee draw up birth charts which advise who to marry and where to seek fame and could-be-fortune? I don't know, but horoscopes are fun to read and so was Mitchell Scott Lewis' latest Starlight Detective Agency Mystery, Death In The 12th House.

David Lowell, head honcho of the Starlight Agency, is an astrologer who has had the foresight to put his vocation to good use by predicting the ups and downs of the share market and in so doing make more than a little money. Independently wealthy, he can pick and choose the cases he investigates and is always available to help the NYPD.

Sixty year-old rock n' roller, Freddie Finger is found hanging from a pipe with three bullets in his body. It certainly doesn't need an astrologer to tell NYPD Lieutenant Roland that Freddie is dead. Still popular with rock fans, Freddie was Mr. Nasty to everyone he came in contact with during his boozy, drug fuelled career. Overwhelmed by the number of candidates who would willingly have put an end to Freddie's warbling, Roland at the insistence of Freddie's daughter, Vivian Younger, calls in Astrological Detective David Lowell. Studying Freddie's ex-wives, band members and agents birth charts, Lowell looks for indications that when the going gets tough, one of these guys or gals will tough it out with a gun. Not able to arrive at a definite conclusion on who fingered Freddie, he alerts Lieutenant Roland that the previous accidental death of another band member is connected to Freddie's murder and current planetary positions show more mayhem is on the ascendant.

Vivien Younger, as her name suggests, is considerably younger than David Lowell... doesn't matter; there star signs make a conjunction and they have a brief affair. This is well written with feeling and empathy for two star crossed lovers; Vivien, who can't accept that the father she hardly knew is now lost to her forever and David Lowell, whose life was irrevocably changed by the murder of his son and divorce from a woman he still loves.

Mitchell Scott Lewis has created an engaging group of nice, nasty and nutty New York characters who help and hinder Lowell in his quest to get the stars to spill the beans on who clipped Freddie and why. Assisted by his office team; Sarah, willing to put her life on the line for a $700.00 pair of shoes (sounds reasonable), Mort the psychic, always good to have around in case what you're looking for isn't written in the stars and strongman Andy, chauffeur and bodyguard, David Lowell outwits seriously rich, seriously mad Fat Jimmy and his dumb nephew, Thin Jimmy's bid to stop the search for Freddie's murderer. The threat from the Jimmy's neutralised, Lowell checks out possible perpetrators as the planets spin out of control through murky, mysterious star formations to finally reveal the identity of Freddie's killer.

Mitchell Scott Lewis, a New York professional astrologer, has written a pacy funny story starring Astrological Detective David Lowell, a charming guy who only uses his martial art skills when it's absolutely necessary. If reading Death In The 12th House isn't in your horoscope then pencil it in; it's an exciting entertaining read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
who caused a Death in the 12th House? Nov. 6 2012
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Format: Paperback
In a building undergoing renovation in Manhattan, sexagenarian rock and roll great Freddie Finger of Rocket Fire was found hanging from a pipe with three bullets in his body. Freddie's daughter Vivian Younger the actress pressures NYPD to bring Starlight Detective Agency chief David Lowell, known nationally for the Winston Case (see Murder in the 11th House), into her dad's investigation.

NYPD Lieutenant Roland explains to Lowell that Finger is the third ancient rocker recently murdered; Gene Hallow and Wally Fischer preceding him as victims. Using astrological charts to guide him, Lowell looks into the background of the late rocker only to find a horde of people with motives as the dead singer was mean spirited to women (especially ex-wives and groupies) and the band during his heyday as the alcoholic lead singer. With his team of Sarah the hacker, Mort the psychic and Andy the bodyguard, Lowell continues his inquiry using charts of those with a motive to reduce the pool.

The second Starlight Detective Agency Mystery is an engaging cozy starring a likable hero and a strong specialized support crew. The whodunit is fun to follow as Lowell uses astrological charts to eliminate the number of potential killers. Readers will enjoy his exploits as he seeks who caused a Death in the 12th House.

Harriet Klausner
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic Read Nov. 8 2012
By LAS Reviewer - Published on
Death in the 12th House is the second in Mitchell Scott Lewis' Starlight Detective Agency series, and it is a fascinating look at the inside workings of an unusual and very different kind of detective agency.

Someone is killing off aging rockers, and the police are more than a little stumped by it. When the body of bad boy Freddie Finger turns up, his daughter Vivian convinces the police to bring in astrologer detective David Lowell to help. With a case this high profile, the NYPD can use all the help they can get. There is a wealth of possible suspects: Freddie's ex-wife number two and soon-to-be ex number three, a bitter ex-band member, a minor mob boss, and even Freddie's manager are examined. With the help of master hacker and psychic Mort, and red-haired assistant Sarah, and chauffeur and bodyguard Andy, David must use his science and the stars to eliminate the innocent parties, and narrow down the field. Despite several attempts to stop him, David begins to close in on the truth, and the closer he gets, the more dangerous it becomes. Are all three murders related, or is there more than one plot here? Can David and his crew solve these murders before someone else gets hurt?

The character development is extremely well crafted, with people who are more than they seem in the lead roles. Even the bad guys are well done, and at times quite comical in their stereotypes. Mr. Lewis has done a marvelous job of incorporating the life of New York City into the world of the astrologer detective, giving a new look at many familiar locales.

This is a fast paced, edge-of-your seat mystery, with several side stories, at first seemingly related to the murders. I enjoyed watching as David slowly unraveled the threads and found the one that lead to the guilty parties, although there were times when the astrological terminology lost me for a bit. And in spite of the age difference, there is a brief fling between David and the rock star's daughter, well crafted and sweetly done. There are some surprising twists in this, and I certainly didn't see the ending of this one coming at all. For those who like a mystery that keeps you guessing till the end, this one works to fill that niche. A great reading experience with a surprising solution.

Originally posted at LAS Mystery Reviews
Four Stars July 2 2014
By Frank - Published on
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Not as good as the other two