A Geek Girl's Guide to Arsenic

Julie Anne Lindsey
A Geek Girl's Guide to Arsenic
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Carina Press
Release Date
March 2016
Book 2 of Geek Girl Mysteries
Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

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.

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Jan 13, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
89 people found the following review helpful
If you like lighthearted mysteries with a slight romantic undertone and a wicked sense of humor, you must pick up A GEEK GIRL'S GUIDE TO ARSENIC!

Mia Connors' family company, Guinevere's Golden Beauty, is always a hit at the Renaissance Faires. As popular with the visitors as with the other participants, their business takes a huge hit when one of their own seems to perish after sampling the products. Deputy U.S. Marshal Jake Archer is on the case yet again, as this time the victim also happens to be in his protective custody. Mia isn't about to let her family's good name get dragged through the mud, so she and her BFF Nate decide to do some of their own sleuthing. But it doesn't take long before someone wants Mia to stop sniffing around. Will she be the next victim?

A GEEK GIRL'S GUIDE TO ARSENIC is the 2nd book in the Geek Girl Mysteries series, and it's even better than the first! Mia can't seem to stay out of trouble, and with trouble comes Jake. She frustrates the hell out of him because she won't stop inserting herself into his investigation! The storyline is so different than what I'm used to, but the Ren Faire setting delighted me so much (and kinda made me want to get my own gown & traipse through Sherwood Forest, real talk). The mystery was quick and sharp and well written, and you'll go back and forth on the suspect until he/she reveals themselves.

Mia's social ineptitude was so ironic, since she was in charge of PR for the family company and dressed as Queen Guinevere, dealing with customers constantly. I love her relationship with Nate, their friendship is both funny and uber tight. But Jake - UGH I want to strangle him for his ineptitude when it comes to Mia! Her lack of knowledge of social cues is one thing, but Jake clearly digs her, so his standoffishness is crazy! The two of them make an incredible team, and have a slow simmering yet potent chemistry that I HOPE Ms. Lindsey explores in future books, because the ending did NOT quench my thirst!!

Bottom Line: I'm in love with this funny whodunit series, and even though I'm sexually frustrated on Mia's behalf, I adore their chemistry so much! I can't wait for the next installment!
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