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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

ARC Review: The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss

Synopsis (From GoodReads):

Meet Dahlia Moss, the reigning queen of unfortunate decision-making in the St. Louis area. Unemployed broke, and on her last bowl of ramen, she's not living her best life. But that's all about to change.

Before Dahlia can make her life any messier on her own she's offered a job. A job that she's woefully under-qualified for. A job that will lead her to a murder, an MMORPG, and possibly a fella (or two?).

Turns out unfortunate decisions abound, and she's just the girl to deal with them.


I was able to read an ARC copy of the book from NetGalley.  Not knowing anything about it, I began reading.  It started out as a light-hearted romp about Dahlia Moss, a twenty-something woman going through tough times.  She's lost her boyfriend, can't find a job, and is living (rent free) with her wacky friend Charis.  Things perk up when Jonah Long, a geeky rich kid, shows up and offers her $2000 to recover an item stolen from a virtual game.  Wait, is this a mystery I'm reading?  Why yes it is!  

I must confess, I usually do not like mystery books.  But the more I read this book, the more deeply I cared about "who done it".  This book is filled with fun, quirky characters: potential boyfriend Nathan, Jonah's grad school colleagues, and a host of geeky online gamers all become suspects.  As the book progresses, we learn more about Dahlia and how her life got so off-track.  

This was a fun book, full of the life of a recent college grad:  job interviews, scrounging for money, avoiding exes, colorful roommates.  This was also a very believable world where people are constantly online, playing MMORPG's, texting, and worrying about if their junky car will start.  There are several turns in the mystery that made it harder to figure out the perpetrator than I thought would be the case.  The scenes at the gaming convention were highly entertaining with it's descriptions of cosplay and the general feeling of excitement in the air (yes, I have been to these, can you tell?).

I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  Will it become a book series?  Please?  i could see the further adventures of Dahlia Moss being lots of fun!

Source: NetGalley ARC
Format:  ebook
Recommendation: If you like mysteries and quirky characters, you will enjoy this.
Will I read more from this author:  Yes!

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