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Against My Better Judgment (Signed)

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She’s usually right. But always wrong.

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 funeral mask, and after a mysterious phone call, she’s certain there are antiquities smugglers 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.

What the critics say

Readers who enjoy laugh-out-loud moments and the winning combination of a clumsy but effective amateur investigator who stumbles into unfamiliar territory will find Against My Better Judgment wonderfully entertaining, refreshingly different, and just the ticket for a lively read. - D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

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.

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. - The Eric Hoffer Awards

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. Polcari is definitely onto something here.

The bungling Sara and delightful Mauzzy make for great entertainment in this mystery of plot twists and adventure. Readers of all ages will find much to like in this page-turning offering, keeping them reading into the wee hours to discover how it all turns out in this well-written first work.

- Kat Kennedy, The US Review of Books

What readers like you say

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.


- C. Gonzales, Goodreads

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.

In my head these characters are still living on and causing mischief.

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


- R.K. Emery, Goodreads

This was so much fun! Such a great cozy mystery, filled with snark, sarcasm and quick wit. The mystery was great and kept me guessing until the very end. I look forward to reading future books in this series!

Sara is a college student whose life fulfills the ‘if it can go wrong, it will’ mantra every chance it gets. She handles these situations with a great sense of humor and acceptance. As a klutz, I can relate to some of the catastrophes she finds herself in.


- Nicole, Goodreads