Against My Better Judgment

Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, and more: a lighthearted, young adult mystery about a passionate, independent-minded college freshman named Sara Donovan who stumbles into an Egyptian antiquities smuggling ring…just in time for finals!

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Polcari's debut novel and the first book in a series is a winner. The author is spot-on in creating believable dialogue and characters. The humor in the book is at times laugh-out-loud funny as protagonist Sara fumbles her way into uncovering the criminals.

Kat Kennedy, U.S. Review of Books


A fun cozy mystery filled with chuckles throughout, college freshman Sara Donovan is a wannabe detective with her dog at her side. She finds herself in some comical situations, right in the middle of cramming for finals! This is a fast-paced story with an engaging mystery and various twists and turns. There are enough suspects to keep the reader guessing and sleuthing along with Sara. The addition of Egyptian artifacts is a unique angle. Snappy dialogue combines with just the right amount of romance to create an enjoyable, quick read.

Eric Hoffer Awards, Mystery/Crime Honorable Mention 2021

  • C. Gonzales, Goodreads

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    I loved Sara’s snark and wit. She was quite fun to read about. She gets herself into a bit of a mess and it was an entertaining one, to say the least. She has such a great voice to lead the story.

    I loved the backdrop and setting, I think the author does a great job of highlighting those elements.

    Danger and mystery ensue throughout and I think it was a wonderful case and kept me guessing.

  • R.K. Emery, Goodreads

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    When I picked up this book, I was looking for something that was laugh-out-loud fun, and B.T. Polcari delivered. The characters are hilarious.


    I had an amazing time getting to know Sara and the others we meet along the way.

    The setting is so lively and interesting. The plot twists were an adventure that I never wanted to end.

    From the very first page, this book had me hooked and causing mischief.

Who is B.T. Polcari?

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 a Scarlet 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 B.T. Polcari can be found in a quiet moment is while enjoying the morning company of two family pups over a newspaper and cup of coffee. He currently resides in Chattanooga, TN and is thrilled to be fulfilling a childhood dream of becoming a published author.

His award-winning first book, Against My Better Judgment, received an Honorable Mention in the Mystery/Crime category of the 2021 Eric Hoffer Awards & was a Grand Prize finalist. It was also a finalist in the Oklahoma Heart Awards. He is now feverishly editing the second book in the Mauzzy and Me series!