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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.
As we moseyed down the sidewalk, I cocked an eye over my shoulder at the empty parking space where the mystery car sat just two minutes ago. Even for Sketchville, there was something about it…
Mauzzy was doing his usual refusal-to-pee routine when I noticed the cottage to the immediate right of mine had the lights on. A guy moved in the front room, but I couldn’t quite tell what he was doing. He must have moved in earlier in the day.
I sidestepped to get a better vantage point. Tall and dorky. Just my type. He had on a gray t-shirt and well-worn jeans with—a fine butt. Oh yeah, definitely my type. I made a mental note to introduce myself tomorrow after work. Pretty young. He just swigged from a bottle of water, so no way a college student. No beer or shots visible. Not much furniture in the room. A clunky TV. Not a flatscreen. Definitely not a college student. One floor lamp. A love seat and a—I took a few steps and craned my neck to get a better angle— yes, one end table with the varnish peeling off. What appeared to be—uh-huh—a footlocker coffee table with the lock busted off. And a small eating table with two wooden chairs.
He probably should put up drapes.
A hacking cough rose from below. Mauzzy stared up at me with a heavy dose of condemnation.
He rolled his head away, then back up at me. We’ve so been down this road before. My actions disgusted him. No doubt he disapproved of my snooping. Which, for the record, I wasn’t doing. That was just his limited definition of my superpower of observation.
“I don’t snoop,” I whispered emphatically. “I’m just curious. And highly observant.”
He took two steps, lifted his leg, gave me an unconvinced mug, and put it down.
I hissed. “Seriously?”
The snooty expression on his face said it all. Until you stop snooping, we’re not going anywhere. This behavior will get you in serious trouble one day. And I shall not be a part of it. I have a reputation to uphold.
He could be so high and mighty sometimes. Standing there in his pink fur coat. Please. Like he didn’t snoop.
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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