Review: Death in the 12th House: Where Neptune Rules

Death in the 12th House: Where Neptune Rules
Death in the 12th House: Where Neptune Rules by Mitchell Scott Lewis
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

There was nothing inherently wrong with this book, it just turned out to be not really a good fit for me. I went into it with the wrong expectations, for one thing; for some reason when I read the blurb, I expected it to be a humorous mystery, but it didn’t have the element of comedy I was expecting. And unfortunately, I couldn’t buy into the astrology element–not through any fault of the author’s. It just didn’t work for me as something to hinge the solving of a murder mystery upon, and for me, with absolutely no knowledge of astrology, the explanations didn’t really make sense. It’s competently written and well-narrated, and the plot itself is good. Fans of astrology will likely love it! The notion of as astrologer-detective is fresh and interesting and adds a different twist that many mystery readers would probably like.

It’s interesting to think that had the main character been using *magic* instead of astrology, I could have accepted it more readily. So that part is entirely my fault. :)

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  1. I don’t think I could stomach the astrology part, either, although it’s interesting that I’m the same way about the magic. Huh. :)

  2. Yes, I was amused at myself when I thought about that. If the detective had used some supernatural ability to learn these things, I would have been fine with suspending my disbelief for that. But I couldn’t go with the MC discerning things by reading complex astrology charts. The brain is funny.

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