I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.A Geek Girl's Guide to Arsenic by Julie Anne Lindsey
Series: Geek Girl Mysteries #2
Also in this series: A Geek Girl's Guide to Murder
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery & Detective
It's been three months since Jake Archer rolled into town, accused Mia Connors of murder and stole her heart. She hasn't heard from him since. So when a man collapses at the fall Renaissance Faire, she's surprised to see the US marshal arrive on scene. And shocked when he points the finger at her—again. Mia would sooner be able to resurrect the poor fellow than poison him.
Jake Archer's career has been rising fast, but it's about to come to a crashing halt. The Ren-Faire victim was in protective custody—Jake's custody—and they were painfully close to nabbing a major crime boss. If Jake doesn't solve the murder soon, he'll be fetching donuts instead of protecting his nation. A difficult enough task without the alluring Mia Connors in the way.
Working with Jake to catch the killer might push Mia into crazy-cat-lady territory. But with a murderer on the loose—and Mia's reputation on the line—they'll have to work fast to find the killer before the killer finds them.
Mia and trouble are good bedfellows.
Thoughts on A Geek Girl’s Guide to Murder
I get a kick out of Mia and her penchant for falling into dangerous situations. She’s just so dogged when she gets her teeth into something. Against the advice of EVERYONE, she digs in and ends up right in the thick of things.
Speaking of everyone, Jake sort of confuses me. Based on something he shared with Mia, I kinda get why he’s gunshy. At the same time, he’s a hard man to read and I just want them to get all kissy-faced already. They’re cute together. He (mostly) follows the rules, she’s like a chaos bomb trailing confusion and mayhem in her wake. Naw, I’m just kidding. Mia isn’t that bad. She’s dedicated. She wants to find out the truth. She sometimes puts herself in danger in her quest for that truth.
Which really doesn’t sit well with Mr. US Marshall. As you can probably imagine.
So I like Mia (even when she’s running headlong into trouble) and I like Jake (when he’s not being confusing), but I’m not so keen on Mia’s sister. I get that family dynamics can be complicated, but Bree pushes Mia in ways that make me cringe. Mia might admit to being socially awkward, but Bree is just as bad. She barrels into situations with no regard for how her actions are affecting others. It’s no wonder Mia has to clench up every time she talks to her. (For the record, I also get that family ties can trump overbearing actions. Sisters stick together, man. I get that.)
Overall, this book is another fun romp in the world of a geeky girl who dives into trouble with gusto and has some potential romance brewing on the horizon.