A Geek Girl's Guide to Justice

Julie Anne Lindsey
A Geek Girl's Guide to Justice
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Carina Press
Release Date
October 2016
Book 3 of The Geek Girl Mysteries
Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

Mia Connors finally has this #adulting thing under control. She's set to launch a massive project at work, her social calendar is filling up and, if you can believe it, she might finally get the guy. But when one of her grandparents' close friends is discovered floating in the lake—D-E-A-D—all she's after is justice. And there's only one person who can make that happen.

Deputy US Marshal Jake Archer is working undercover when he gets the call about a murder in Horseshoe Falls. The vic may have been close with Mia's family, but it doesn't take long for Jake to discover that he had far more enemies than friends.

Horseshoe Falls is abuzz with news of the murder, and Mia's determined to get to the bottom of things, despite Jake's direct order to stand back. Jake didn't open his heart to the possibility of a future with someone just to let her get herself killed. Now they have to contain the panic within Horseshoe Falls, apprehend the fugitive and figure out how to salvage their relationship—before Mia finds herself in the crosshairs.

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Oct 12, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
120 people found the following review helpful
After the tension in the first two The Geek Girl's Mysteries series, I desperately wanted some sort of deeper connection between Mia and Jake, but not at the expense of a tight and well developed storyline!

Another murder on Mia Connors' watch has her Horseshoe Falls gated community up in arms. Deputy U.S. Marshal Jake Archer too, especially since Mia can't seem to leave the investigation up to the pros. With someone leaving her dead mice and ideas about the possible murderer(s) coming at her left and right, Mia is up to her ears in insanity.

All the woman wants is a little time to get to know Jake, but the two will have to spend their time working out the aspects of the case instead of working out their relationship.

A GEEK GIRL'S GUIDE TO JUSTICE is the third in The Geek Girl's Mysteries featuring Mia, her wacky family, her maybe kinda sorta boyfriend Jake, her BFF Nate and his girlfriend Fifi and Jake's detective brother Dan. The setting of rural Ohio is one I'm intimately and geographically familiar with (the baby Swiss in Sugarcreek really does melt on the tongue)! The red herrings kept Mia busy, between creepy pet store owners, peeping tom squirrel sex watchers and dirty politicians, Mia is spinning her wheels trying to get something to stick and point her in the right direction.

If I wanted to smack Jake for his stupidity in the last 2 books, I kinda felt like throat punching Mia's clueless family, especially twin sister Bree! She should back the hell off and let Mia plan a baby shower how she sees fit! Girlfriend is in charge of the IT for Horseshoe Falls, owns and programs an online RPG game, is the Guinevere in the family business Guinevere's Golden Beauty and attends renaissance fairies every weekend in costume. Plus solving crimes and being the good sister/daughter/granddaughter….girl needs a backbone! Just say NO!!!! And this insane chemistry with Jake without giving us any of the goods? Diabolical decision, Ms. Lindsay!

The ending was frustrating for so many reasons, not the least the aforementioned detached relationship between Mia and Jake. I felt like I was missing a year of their relationship blooming and developing, leaving me confused and feeling a little awkward at the end. I'm not sure I hope for another book in this series after this disappointing ending.

Bottom Line: This book took us from one extreme to another in Mia's relationships with everyone in her circle. It might feel like closure to some readers, but for me it felt forced and awkward.
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