Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Review of Against My Better Judgment by B.T. Polcari #AJPrism

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Welcome to the book tour for Against My Better Judgment by B.T. Polcari! Today I'm sharing with you my thoughts on his quriky mystery. You can also see an interview I did with him over at Candrel's Crafts, Cooks, and Characters. Be sure to also check out the rest of the tour for even more! And best of luck entering the giveaway!

Against My Better Judgment
(Mauzzy and Me Mystery, #1)
By B.T. Polcari
New Adult Contemporary Mystery, Romantic Comedy
Paperback & ebook, 298 Pages
September 16th 2020 by The Wild Rose Press

When freshman year at the University of Alabama draws to a close, Sara Donovan finds herself grappling with the same old question—listen to her head or follow her heart. What she ends up doing is purchasing an Egyptian souvenir funerary mask, and after a mysterious phone call, she's certain a ring of antiquities smugglers are operating in Tuscaloosa.

With finals never far from her mind and her return to 'Bama hanging in the balance, she should be studying. Instead she launches her own investigation to prove her mask is indeed a stolen artifact, and not a cheap trinket. When it comes time to snoop, Sara is more than ready, or at least she was until a hot new teaching assistant moves in next door.

Suddenly she learns things are never as they seem. Ever.

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**My thoughts**
This is one of the quirkiest groups of characters I have read in a long time! Sara is a total disaster area, highly OCD with her safety rituals (although I can understand her germ phobia, especially right now), often sticking her foot in her mouth, and just plain old clumsy. I felt a sort of kinship with her because of all of that. She's also very smart with a keen interest in Egyptology, something I don't often come across in books these days.

One of her usual little mishaps gets her embroiled in a smuggling mystery, conveniently also the topic of her semester project for one of her classes. As she works to uncover what is happening around her, she encounters a group of people who are just as quirky as she is. You're not sure what to think during her interactions with some of these people. And you find yourself getting just as suspicious of them as she does. 

And then there is her dog Mauzzy, who has a quirky personality all of his own, and is also her right-hand man, so to speak. I got a kick out of reading Sara's "conversations" with her dog.

Sara also seems a lot older than her 19 years. I kept picturing her as a grad student perhaps in her early to mid-20s. It's not that many years' difference, I know, but she just seemed more advanced than her years. It will be interesting to see how she continues to age and mature.

I admit that as a B1G fan, I had slight twitches every time I had to read "Roll Tide!" lol. But I forgive the author for that. :) I do appreciate the support for one's school!

So if you're into quirky characters and Egyptian history, this is a book you may want to check out!

Thank you to the author and Prism Book Tours for fulfilling my review request. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

About the Author

Ever wonder what retired business executives do after they have put in years of effort for society and decide it is time to hang up their hat? Perhaps strolling along the country club’s fairway, or lounging on a 50-foot yacht?

Alas, B. T. Polcari is unlike your typical retired executive. Empty nester and Scarlett Knights alum, Polcari is still learning the meaning of “retired” while feverishly typing away on the next new book idea, smashing the fuzz off the little green tennis ball, or blasting bowling pins for a perfect game. Yes there is a boat, but not one that comes with its own crew; this retiree prefers to bustle along a serene lake in a quaint single seat Sunfish sailboat.

Perhaps the only time BTP can be found in a quiet moment is while enjoying the morning company of two family dachshunds over a newspaper and cup of coffee. B. T. Polcari currently resides in Chattanooga, TN and is thrilled to be fulfilling a childhood dream of becoming a published author.

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