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A Geek Girl’s Guide to Murder
By Julie Anne Lindsey
The Geek Girl Mysteries, Book 1
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: August 31, 2015
Genre: Cozy Mystery/Female Sleuth
Length: 248 Pages
About the book:
IT manager Mia Connors is up to her tortoiseshell glasses in technical drama when a glitch in the Horseshoe Falls email system disrupts security and sends errant messages to residents of the gated community. The snafu’s timing couldn’t be worse—Renaissance Faire season is in full swing and Mia’s family’s business relies on her presence.
Mia doesn’t have time to hunt down a computer hacker. Her best friend has disappeared, and she finds another of her friends murdered—in her office. When the hunky new head of Horseshoe Falls security identifies Mia as the prime suspect, her anxiety level registers on the Richter scale.
Eager to clear her name, Mia moves into action to locate her missing buddy and find out who killed their friend. But her quick tongue gets her into trouble with more than the new head of security. When Mia begins receiving threats, the killer makes it clear that he’s closer than she’d ever imagined.
About The Author:
Julie Anne Lindsey is a multi-genre author who writes the stories that keep her up at night. She’s the author of The Patience Price Mysteries and a number of YA novels. A self-proclaimed nerd with a penchant for words and proclivity for fun, Julie lives in rural Ohio with her husband and three small children. Today, she hopes to make someone smile. One day she plans to change the world.
A fun, lighthearted cozy, A Geek Girl’s Guide to Murder by Julie Anne Lindsey is one of those books you pick up thinking you’ll read for an hour or two and then suddenly realize it is 2am and you have to go to sleep. A quirky crime solver, a handsome “law officer” and an interesting mystery set in a gated community grabbed my attention from the first page and never let go. Proving pretty girls can be smart, tech savvy and drive cars named “Stella”, Ms. Lindsey’s story is a great start for her Geek Girl Mystery series.A single woman nearing thirty years old, Mia Connors is a very likable character. Smart, dedicated to her family and in love with girly vintage fashion, she’s the IT manager for a gated community named Horseshoe Falls. A self-professed “Geek Girl”, Mia loves her job, using social media and enjoys attending Renaissance Faires. Ms. Lindsey did a really good job introducing Mia’s character and developing her as the story progressed, I liked her from the start and found it easy to connect with her. While she’s great in a lot of ways, I liked the fact she had some “quirks”; even though she’s in management and gets along well with her family, she’s socially awkward, has less than a handful of friends and doesn’t date because it’s never worked out well for her. Yet, she’s completely lovable if you are willing to overlook her faults.The secondary characters are also well developed and I really liked “Jake Archer”, the new head of security at Horseshoe Falls. He’s tall, smoking hot and for some reason is watching Mia as if she’s a criminal in the making. I also enjoyed getting to meet Mia’s two “best friends” and her family, who are very colorful and contributed a lot of comedy to the story. When the computer network at Horseshoe Falls is “hacked” and residents start getting emails Mia never sent, she finds herself trying to solve a mystery and finding a dead body.The mystery portion of the book is well developed and takes quite a few twists and turns. I was really surprised how well the mystery was tied into Mia’s IT job and with the gated community in general. An added bonus is that the mystery brings Jake and Mia together and while she tries to prove she’s innocent of any wrong doing, the chemistry between them really heats up. Even though I had a suspicion about the villain’s identity, Ms. Lindsey takes the reader on a pretty good chase and the revelation at the end was very well done. The motive was a complete surprise too!Will Mia and Jake figure out who killed Mia’s friend and why they did it in her office? Will their smoldering attraction lead to more than a working relationship? You’ll have to read A Geek Girl’s Guide to Murder to find out. I loved it and can’t wait to read the next book in this series.My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Crowns
FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Publisher via NetGalley for a fair and honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion of the reading material provided.