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5 stars for Against My Better Judgment by @btpolcari #cozymystery #newadult #mystery #bookreview

Title: Against My Better Judgment

Author: B.T. Polcari

Genre: Cozy Mystery, Young Adult Mystery, New Adult Mystery

Book Blurb:

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.

My Review:

If you love a whodunit about antiquity thieves, then Against My Better Judgement is for you. Add to it the extra flavor - have the sleuthing taken on by a relatively witless freshman at Bama and you have never read a book like this. Sara is an interesting heroine. At times, her attempts at being a detective result like an outtake from a rather popular English flying circus.

Never has someone got hip-deep in such a multi-level mystery and tried to cram for finals too. The realistic presentation of a youngster struggling with college life and studies may sadly ring true to many. Personally, for this reader, the old days of some going to college and others working in factory jobs made for a more balanced society. Not everyone is cut out for college and Sara seems to be one of the 'not for everyone' group.

The mystery will keep readers guessing from the start. Who did what and who is involved are not simple questions here. Add a touch of romance and you have a book that will have wide appeal. If you are into Egyptian antiquity, this book is for you. If you love a whodunit, not unlike some writings of Dame Agatha, then Against My Better Judgement is for you. A mystery unlike any other you will read this year.

My Rating: 5 stars

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Author Biography:

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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Reviewed by: Mr. N

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