||Dec. 16, 2006
Sunny Frazier introduces Christy Bristol, a witty, smart astrologer, in Fools Rush In. Serious crimes, complicated relationships, and personal realizations are interwoven with beautiful scenery and a humorous touch that keeps the reader intrigued and entertained. The setting in Fools Rush In is so alive and vivid it almost becomes a character of its own as the reader is transported from the comfort of Christy’s apartment to the dirty, rundown, large home of the drug dealer holding Christy captive for her astrological abilities to the rural setting where Christy realizes the gravity of the danger she faces. Although I’ve never really taken to the idea of astrology, Frazier’s description of Christy writing the natal horoscopes made me want to have mine done. Frazier manages to humanize not only the law enforcement but also the criminals in her book creating a dimension to her characters is sometimes lacking in mysteries.
Futures Mystery Anthology Magazine
Christy Bristol works as administrative support for the Sheriff's Department in the Central County, California. Besides being an excellent administrator, Christy is quite the talented astrologer. She has an uncanny knack for figuring out one's life path, one's weaknesses and one's strengths. When an ex-boyfriend, an undercover narc comes in asking for a fake chart to help bring down a drug lord, her abilities help not only her ex, the Sheriff's Department but save her own life.
James Wolfe, Christy's ex boyfriend is bound and determined to prove that Lloyd Parr, a reputed drug lord is behind the probable death of his confidential informant Johnny Blue. In doing his research on Lloyd, James finds hundreds of dollars spent on calls to 900 astrology numbers which gives him the idea to use Christy. He figures that a fake chart will get Lloyd to play into his hands. Christy resists, but gives in and does a chart, but a real one. She can not in all good conscience do a fake one. Ironically while doing his natal chart (birth chart) she sees things similar to what James wanted her to say. Trouble is in Lloyd's future, and someone he thinks is his friend is out to get him. Betrayal is all around him. And that's the good news. Christy holds back on the chart, keeping some information for herself. Intuition?
James takes her to dinner and on the way home tricks her into delivering the chart to Lloyd's mailbox. Christy forgets about it until a woman calls for a chart. After doing the chart, Christy gets a very bad feeling. Not only is the chart eerily similar to Lloyd's chart, but this is not a chart of a happy woman with a good future. From there Christy's world is turned upside down. She must use every ounce of intelligence, her wits, and her own intuition to stay alive.
Sunny Frazier paints such a graphic picture (not vile or disgusting) of what is happening to Christy that you know she has experience in the law enforcement world as well as the astrological world. Ms Frasier is so detailed that you know that some of this story must be true. She paints such a vivid picture that I felt dirty and just as sweaty as Christy was in one of the scenes. I was there with Christy in the darkness as she sat, thinking. I smelled the sour washcloth. Sunny entwines a sweet heroine into a world of a thriller, edge of your seat excitement without going over the top. I couldn't wait to turn the page. She weaves mystery and intrigue while educating us astrologically. I certainly want my natal chart now! A fun, enjoyable, get your heart beating just a little bit faster thriller!
On a scale of 1 to 5, I give it a 5!
Cynthia Lea Clark, Psy.D.
After a snitch is murdered, the undercover narcotics detective who controlled him needs a favor from his ex-girlfriend. Christy Bristol is an office assistant in the sheriff's department but it is her skills with astrology that he needs. It seems his prime suspect, Lloyd Parr, is a believer and he wants to spook the man with a horoscope. Christy reluctantly agrees, despite the fact that her astrology was one of the things that caused them to break up, but she finds she doesn't need to fake anything to scare Parr.
When Parr kidnaps Christy and takes her to the compound where they have their methamphetamine lab, she needs to transform herself from victim to survivor. While her friends and co-workers search for her, Christy uses her astrology skills to turn the tables in her favor.
Christy is a great character. Told almost entirely from her viewpoint, we can't help but feel her fear and cheer her on. She is strong and clever and thinks fast on her feet.
This series can go in a lot of directions and I plan to be there to see what comes next.
Armchair Interviews says: Astrology plays a big role in this story.
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