Saturday, February 4, 2017

*Review* Alibi Aficionado by Harvey Church

Edwin Burrows, CPA, can’t do anything right. Not marriage, not office etiquette, not saving his boss’s daughter, not even public accounting. So when he’s tasked with constructing an alibi for the firm’s biggest client, everyone has low expectations. Including Edwin.

In Alibi Aficionado, Edwin Burrows is an accidental investigator, an accountant without tact or a filter, or any kind of interest for investigations. A cross between Myron Bolitar and Archy McNally, Edwin says, does and behaves in the strangest manner.

Cursed with an investigation that's doomed from the start, Edwin knows that everyone expects him to fail. But when the police arrest the all-important client, tensions rise at the firm and the stakes get as big as they'll ever be. Edwin must decide whether he will use his knowledge to be the hero that helps a guilty man avoid prosecution, or be a zero by telling the truth and burying the firm.

Alibi Aficionado by Harvey Church is charming, humorous, and full of suspense that everyone is going to instantly be consumed by. 

The characters are so easy to fall in love with and enjoy. I was instantly drawn into Edwin Burrows world and never wanted to put it down until I read the last page. Edwin is a kindred soul and my heart broke for him at every turn because he had so much he was dealing with in his life. Then when his boss tasks him with something he knows he will fail at, he shows everyone, including himself, that as long as you believe in yourself and trust yourself, you can accomplish anything. 

The man may be strange and says whatever he's thinking, but that's what pulls you to him. That's what makes him the most sincere and most original character I have ever read. All of the anticipation to what Edwin would discover and what he does with that truth will have you on the edge of your seat the whole time. 

By the end of the book, I was shocked, awed, and dying to get my hands on book two. I can't wait to see where Edwin's next journey will take him and if he will ever see Rachel again.

I give Alibi Aficionado by Harvey Church 5 out of 5 MYSTIFYING STARS.

Harvey Church wrote Alibi Aficionado, his debut novel. His background is in finance, which why he finds himself writing about the people and ridiculousness (sometimes the same thing) of that field.

For fun Harv likes to practice street magic and spends hours engineering tricks to wow his audiences. He is also an avid hockey fan (Go Leafs Go) and returned the sport himself after a twenty-five year hiatus as way to reconnect with the demons of his youth. In fact, as he writes this, he is recovering from that morning’s hockey game and can barely raise his arms…at all.

Also for fun, Harv lives in four-bedroom home in Canada. He has a wife (incredible) and two kids (depends on the day, but they’re normally incredible too). His favorite color is blue, but he drives a black car because he read somewhere, back in the 90’s, that radar detectors have a tough time seeing them. Most likely, that flaw in radar technology has been fixed, but being superstitious, Harv sticks to black.

He obviously enjoys writing about himself in the third person and hears his words in the voice of the narrator from The Royal Tennenbaums. Especially when he writes: He also enjoys butter tarts, Pop Tarts and, well, regular tarts (in that order) because they make life fun. Yes, Harv is puerile.

He also holds grudges (hence the excessive puerile comments).

Connect with Harv by searching Harvey Church Mysteries on Facebook and Instagram, and on the streets of Chicago, Toronto, Montreal or the Lido deck of a Princess Cruise ship, and ask to see a magic trick!

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