Sunday, March 20, 2016

Great Escapes Book Tours Book Review: A Geek Girl's Guide to Arsenic

Author: Julie Anne Lindsey
Title: A Geek Girl's Guide to Arsenic
Publisher: Carina Press
Publish Date: March 7, 2016
Buy: Amazon
Book Blurb: 
It's been three months since Jake Archer rolled into town, accused Mia Connors of murder and stole her heart. She hasn't heard from him since. So when a man collapses at the fall Renaissance Faire, she's surprised to see the US marshal arrive on scene. And shocked when he points the finger at her—again. Mia would sooner be able to resurrect the poor fellow than poison him.

Jake Archer's career has been rising fast, but it's about to come to a crashing halt. The Ren-Faire victim was in protective custody—Jake's custody—and they were painfully close to nabbing a major crime boss. If Jake doesn't solve the murder soon, he'll be fetching donuts instead of protecting his nation. A difficult enough task without the alluring Mia Connors in the way.

Working with Jake to catch the killer might push Mia into crazy-cat-lady territory. But with a murderer on the loose—and Mia's reputation on the line—they'll have to work fast to find the killer before the killer finds them.

Review: OK, this book was simply fabulous. I loved Mia and her grandma. I also loved that a good portion of the story involves a Ren-Faire. I'm that kind of geek girl. I love her awkwardness and that she is computer geek.

When one of Mia's Ren Faire guests ends up dead, after being handed a drink by Mia and given some hand lotion by Mia, well you can only guess the hot water she lands into, not to mention the problems that it causes her grandmother's business, Guineveire's Beauty Products which is trying to expand into bricks and mortar stores.

Enter Jake Archer, who has already accused Mia of murder before. (That would be book 1, which his now on my tbr pile). Apparently John was part of WITSEC and was key to a case. So Jake has to solve the murder or his career is kaput.

This was a great mystery will all kinds of geeky goodness from cosplayers to furries. I'm not sure why Mia was scared of furries, furries are awesome, so even her bad experience with him wouldn't have made me hate furries.

I love the cast of characters in this story, especially Mia's bff, Nate. He was fun, and I liked the business venture that he acquired in this story. I hope this plays a part in future stories.

The mystery is fast paced and it gets a little creepy when it seems like there's a stalker involved. I have to say, I had my suspicions of who the killer was, and I was right.

I adore this book and will be buying book 1 from this series.

Rating: 5 flowers


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