Against My Better Judgment (Mauzzy and Me Mystery #1) by B.T. Polcari #bookreview #mystery

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Title: Against My Better Judgment

Author: B.T. Polcari

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc

Publication Date: September 16, 2020

Page Count:  219

My rating: 3 stars

About the book:

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.

Against My Better Judgment by B.T. Polcari is the first book in the cozy Mauzzy and Me Mystery series. As with most cozy mysteries the mystery within Against My Better Judgment will be solved so it can be read as a standalone if choosing to do so with only the character development to carry over to the next book.

Sara Donovan has been attending the University of Alabama as a freshman fro the last year and while she studied she had been working in a museum gift shop. Sara purchases a souvenir for herself, an Egyptian funerary mask, that Sara ends up thinking is actually the real deal. Sara then ends up investigating the mask and stumbles upon the fact their may be smuggles in her town.

Against My Better Judgment by B.T. Polcari was a good solid start to this cozy mystery series. The story had a lot of laughs for those looking for cozies with humor. For me I didn’t fall totally in love with this one but that might be the younger protagonist more than anything but I did like the story enough for a solid three star rating.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Find this book online:

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About the author:

B.T. Polcari is an award-winning author whose debut novel, Against My Better Judgment, won honorable mention in the Mystery/Crime Category of the Eric Hoffer Awards. The book was also one of only 134 Eric Hoffer Grand Prize finalists out of almost 2500 entries, and also a First Horizon Award finalist for debut authors.

Polcari is a graduate of Rutgers College of Rutgers University and a proud father of two wonderful children. He’s a champion of rescue pups (Mauzzy is but one example), craves watching football and basketball, and, of course, loves reading mysteries. Among his favorite authors are D.P. Lyle, Robert B. Parker, and Michael Connelly. He is also an unapologetic fantasy football addict. He lives with his wife in scenic Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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