Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Straight Browsing from the Library: The Precious Pachyderm by Karen Christino

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Karen Christino will be awarding a $15 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Manhattan, 1926. A wealthy businessman found dead. A priceless elephant figurine from an extravagant Indian prince gone missing. And famous astrologer Evangeline Adams is a primary suspect. To save their jobs, Adams’ assistants Mary Adler and Clara Cosentino investigate the astrologer’s classy clients, oddball employees and offbeat associates to help discover who really committed the crime. And Evangeline solves her first case with the help of astrology in this funny, fast-paced whodunit.


Clara Cosentino rushed excitedly into the room. “Mary, Jesse just said, while I was walking past, ‘How much do you think she weighs? Add twenty pounds for that butt alone.’ He’s getting completely carried away; he’ll say anything. I know it was about me! Not that my butt is that big, that’s just his style. He likes to make these comments when people are right there. It’s a perverse thing, as if he wants them to hear him and wonder if it’s about them. Or like a kid, to slip one over on you. Richard laughs at them. I guess he has to, since Jesse’s his supervisor. Jesse just wants to attract attention any way he can. Always talking about what hot stuff he is! Mary, I can’t take it anymore!”

Mary took her friend by the arm. “Calm down. Sit here, next to me. Let me get you some water.” As Mary went to the water cooler and brought her back a drink, Mr. Jordan purposefully strode into the room.

“Clara, I’m here to speak with Miss Adams, but I really wanted to talk to you. I don’t like to bring up this delicate subject, but now I have no alternative. Perhaps Mary should excuse us.”

“No, I prefer it if she stayed.” Clara sat down in the chair next to Mary’s desk; her olive skin was flushed.

“Very well, have it your way.”

Mr. Jordan was forty-ish, tall, slim, and bespectacled, with dark hair slicked back from a center part and a sallow complexion. And try as he might, Mary knew he was no authority figure. He was in fact a real pill, but he was still in charge of the outer office where Clara worked.


Karen Christino is an astrologer and author. She was a consulting astrologer for over 20 years, and wrote horoscope columns for Glamour, Cosmopolitan and Modern Bride magazines, among many others. Karen has also written six books on astrology, three of which feature the famous American astrologer Evangeline Adams.

Website: http://www.karenchristino.com/ ,BR> About The Precious Pachyderm with reviews and links to buy: http://karenchristino.com/books/the-precious-pachyderm/
Blog: http://karenchristino.com/blog/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/308072.Karen_Christino
Twitter: https://twitter.com/karenchristino

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  1. Replies
    1. Thanks, Judith, for including my book tour on your site!

  2. congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

  3. This excerpt is from the beginning of the book, we meet Mary and Clara, who are working in an astrology office. They have some issues with their male supervisors (more common in the 1920s than today). Ultimately, though, the quixotic astrologer Evangeline Adams is in charge, and it's a comedy, despite the murder!

  4. Happy Halloween :D - Thanks for sharing the great excerpt!

  5. Thank you, Victoria, so glad you enjoyed it. More, of course in the book! ;-p

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    1. Thanks so much, Rita! I had a lot of fun writing the whole book.

  7. How fun! I love cozies and always happy to add new ones to my reading list:)