Book Review: Tail of the Dragon by Connie di Marco

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I read this book as part of a Cozy Mystery group that I belong to where we get opportunities to win ARCs. I have found so many good books and new authors, it’s really fun. This week’s novel, Tail of the Dragon, the third in the Zodiac Mystery series, was published in 2018 by Connie di Marco. And she signed my copy, how lucky am I! I would definitely recommend this book to others and have given it somewhere between 4 and 5 stars.


At first, I wasn’t sure I’d love the book. There were a lot of characters dropped in the first few chapters when the murder happened. I normally love tons of characters, but everyone was so quick, I had to just pretend I’d figure it out later. And then I did. It takes place in the corporate office with tons of attorneys in San Francisco. When a colleague is murdered (and then some more) and death threats come in the postal mail… you know it’s gonna get crazy! From about 20% in, the book took off, and it was completely smooth sailing. I find myself thinking about this story and the main sleuth a lot lately.

Weaving in astrology and a search for the hit-and-run driver of her late fiance, the story captures your heart. It’s a bit darker than a traditional cozy, but I think it made the book quite a splash. I will definitely go back to read the first two in the series. I felt like I was back in San Francisco and had all the good feels and connections.

If you’re looking for a twisty cozy book, this is it. I thought I figured out the killer about 2/3 thru, then switched when a new story line came up. I figured it out, except… BOOM! There was a second major twist which I did not expect. Kudos to the author for making that fantastic ending.


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For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.


17 thoughts on “Book Review: Tail of the Dragon by Connie di Marco

    shalini said:
    August 20, 2018 at 8:27 AM

    Seems like a fab book…. Yours will be fabber…. Hehehe new word coined BY ME
    how you doing today

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      August 20, 2018 at 8:28 AM

      I like that word. Ab Fabber! 🙂 I’m okay. Still sick. Will probably go to the clinic to get an antibiotic to clear whatever’s got my throat feeling yucky


        shalini said:
        August 20, 2018 at 8:32 AM

        Sheeshhh… Have multivitamins too… Gawd
        Get well soon.
        You are fab, I am fabber – see it sounds so good😂😂
        Somehow mind has replaced the B with a T so now I am walking… Hehehe… Literally feeling hips increase

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        August 20, 2018 at 8:37 AM

        Walking is good, but I’m sure you have little to worry about.


        shalini said:
        August 20, 2018 at 9:07 AM

        Hahaha… Good thing we have never had a vid chat

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    bettylouise31 said:
    August 20, 2018 at 10:45 AM

    I read the eagles books and disappointed that I can no longer read Poisen Pen books on this I kindle.

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    carhicks said:
    August 21, 2018 at 8:26 AM

    Wonderful review. I know this is the third book in a series, so did you read any others? Any problem following the story? I have had this series on my TBR, but not gotten to it yet, maybe it is time I did, but do I need to read in order?

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      carhicks said:
      August 21, 2018 at 8:27 AM

      I forgot to ask, is this group on Goodreads? I would love to get involved if possible. I do read a lot of cozies.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      August 21, 2018 at 8:34 AM

      It was hard at first to get connected. A large piece of the action/description is transportation around SF and info-dropping. Once that settled, it was easier. I think this might be one to read from the beginning as there is a death that we know about in book 3 we probably didn’t know of earlier.


        carhicks said:
        August 21, 2018 at 9:12 AM

        Thanks Jay, I will see if I can get the first one.

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    Aislynn d'Merricksson said:
    August 27, 2018 at 4:36 AM

    Great review! Sounds like a read I should check out.

    Liked by 1 person

    Rae Longest said:
    September 1, 2018 at 7:10 AM

    Twisty books are always fun, and a twisty is the best kind of cozy. Lol enjoyed your review.

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