Alibi Aficionado by Harvey Church
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
If a mystery book could win an award for dry humor, Alibi Aficionado by Harvey Church would be the book. The reader is quickly immersed into the banal life of Edwin Burrows during a not so raucous party at his boss's house. When Edwin wakes up in the garage apartment of his boss's daughter, he knows his life is over as he knows it. This is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg when it comes to describing this book. An immensely inept and apologetic CPA, Edwin is more or less blackmailed by his boss to look into one of the firm's clients. That client, Yannick Knight, of huge investment returns may be involved in the rape and disappearance of a run of the mill, albeit attractive and young coffee barista. Stumbling along, Edwin pursues all avenues of investigation including the ever popular financial records avenue. Ever the underdog, Edwin fights the good fight, you can't help but root for him to succeed, even when he fails so miserably over and over. A great cast of characters balance the story from being too over the top. A sizzling first installment in the series, Church writes with panache and quick witted humor. Nothing wrong with that.
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