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#Review of Against My Better Judgment (a Mauzzy and Me Mystery #1) by B.T. Polcari w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #mystery @btpolcari @wildrosepress @PrismBookTours

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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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Don’t you love how I go from one extreme to the next when it comes to my reading?  I picked this cozy mystery because of the cover.  Yes, I’m a cover person.  It just spoke to me.  Plus, I’m a geek when it comes to Egyptology.  Yes, I’m the one that watches all the shows on the Science Channel on Sundays.  Go figure.  But I digress…

Sara is just a great character.  She has her flaws, in which some are hilarious and quirky but nonetheless, I loved her spunkiness.  In some of the situations that she is put through, she is braver than I would have been.  To me, that made her a strong person.  Plus, Mauzzy is the perfect best friend for our Sara.  I won’t spoil it of who Mauzzy is but…Zoe is a hoot.  Everyone needs a Zoe in their life and trust me, Sara needs her most of the time.  From one dangerous situation to the next, Zoe is right there for Sara.

Mr. Polcari does a great job of introducing some romance in the book.  Since the book is a mystery, the romance is not in the lead and I appreciate that for Sara.  I loved that.  Sara had a lot going on with the mystery and a full-blown romance would have ruined it.  She needed to show some real growth in her character and she did in the end.  I will warn you that there is a lot that is happening with the plot.  It is well thought out and the pacing is great.  Be patient as there are a bunch of characters that you need to know and follow.  It’s a mystery, remember?  I would find myself going back and re-reading some passages but that worked out for me.  I can be a spaz at times, so take your time when reading.  It’s well worth it in the end.

I honestly can’t say that I’ve read a humorous, romantic comedy/mystery like this one before.  I’m glad that I did even if the setting was at the University of Alabama.  I don’t Roll Ride, I’m a ride or die Oklahoma Boomer Sooner fan.  I still loved Sara though.  Quirks and all.

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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