Review: A Geek Girl’s Guide to Murder

A Geek Girls’ Guide to Murder by Julie Anne Lindsey

geek girls guide to murderIT manager Mia Connors is up to her tortoiseshell glasses in technical drama when a glitch in the Horseshoe Falls email system disrupts security and sends errant messages to residents of the gated community. The snafu’s timing couldn’t be worse—Renaissance Faire season is in full swing and Mia’s family’s business relies on her presence.

Mia doesn’t have time to hunt down a computer hacker. Her best friend has disappeared, and she finds another of her friends murdered—in her office. When the hunky new head of Horseshoe Falls security identifies Mia as the prime suspect, her anxiety level registers on the Richter scale.

Eager to clear her name, Mia moves into action to locate her missing buddy and find out who killed their friend. But her quick tongue gets her into trouble with more than the new head of security. When Mia begins receiving threats, the killer makes it clear that he’s closer than she’d ever imagined.

On the face of it, this sounded great. It’s funny and geeky and mystery – ok, worth a try!

I’m not American, so I got off on a bad foot with this because it immediately plunged me into jargon. I eventually sort-of pieced together that it’s a gated residential community, but as I have little idea of what one of those looks like when it’s at home, it immediately put my back up.

Then we meet Mia. She’s a geek, because she does Things With Computers. She’s also a complete klutz, particularly in heels, because obviously Non-Geek Girls Are Fine In Heels. And here comes Pretty McPrettyFace to be charming, when she’s just being Awkward and Ditzy…

If this had been a physical book, I would have thrown it across the room at that point. As it was, I sighed and skipped ahead. Someone’s been murdered. Ok. There’s a mystery of some sort. Ok. I even checked the end, but the page I picked didn’t give me any clues as to Who Had Dun The Mystery We Started Out With (which would have satisfied my small amount of curiosity) and there was Something Else Going On, obviously leading into the sequel. Meh. I bet myself that Pretty McPrettyFace had rescued her, but I think that cliché was sort-of avoided…probably. Although I strongly suspect he had something to do with it. Certainly he turns up afterwards to look charming and rugged.

So let’s add this to the Not My Sort Of Thing pile under the label “Too Many Clichés”, and go and find something more to my taste.

This was part of my Discoverability Challenge.

Author: kate

Kate Coe is an editor, book reviewer and writer of fiction & fantasy. She writes the sparkpunk GreenSky series and blogs at When she's not working, she fills her spare time in between writing with web design, gaming, geeky cross-stitch and DIY (which may or may not involve destroying things). She also reads far fewer books that she would like to, but possibly more than she really has time for.