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Executive Lunch: A Sedona O'Hala Mystery Paperback – April 18, 2011
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Sedona O'Hala is a marvelous character. She's smart, fearless, and funny, and she's like a bloodhound once she's on the trail of the bad guys. She's a great character to build a series around, and I'm looking forward to seeing her in future novels where, hopefully, we'll learn more about her background and her family. Sedona's oldest brother Sean is an important character in "Executive Lunch," and her parents make a brief appearance, but there's plenty more to learn about Sedona's family. There's plenty of room for romance too. In "Executive Lunch," there's enough sexual tension between Sedona and Strandfrost board member Steve Huntington to heat things up and hint of future relationships, but it's clear that any man will have his hands full with the saucy Sedona.
Having read one of Ms. Schneider's previous works, "Sage: Tales from a Magical Kingdom," I thought she might be strictly a fantasy writer, so I was very pleasantly surprised to learn that she knows how to write a cracking good whodunit.Read more ›
So if this is the first time you are picking up a Maria Schneider book, you are in for a treat. And better yet, you then have a bunch more treats waiting for you. I can only hope that Ms Schneider has a long, profitable, and prolific career so that she can continue to supply me with wonderful things to read.
A lot of writers get either the tech or the personalities of high-tech wrong - Maria gets both right on! You have to be a bit - OK, maybe a lot - crazy to want to spend your days staring at a computer program to figure out why it's not working the way it should. Maria captures both the nuances of not-working computers and their decidedly kooky humans in this cozy mystery.
I flagged "no sex" and "no violence" because although there's romantic tension and some adventurous excitement there isn't the extreme of, say, any modern-day PG movie. :)
Sedona is an engaging heroine, somewhat out of her depth but always game. I'm reminded of Lou Asner to Mary Tyler Moore: "You know, kid, you've got pluck. I HATE pluck!" Sedona is "plucky" too, in the same way.
Her later adventures - also worth reading - take her a little way from her native high-tech environment, and she becomes if not competent at sleuthing at least a little less confused. But actually I liked this first one best, because I could see Sedona bumbling - er, skulking - around the corridors of the companies I worked at. You always knew that any company charging along so quickly couldn't be universally on the up-and-up, but in general the staff were as puzzled by the execs as they were by the products they were building. Sedona would have LOTS to do anywhere in Silicon Valley or S. V. South (Austin) or East (Raleigh).
Long may she reign!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Executive Lunch by Maria E. Schneider is the first book in A Sedona O’Hala Mystery series. Sedona O’Hala writes computer code and does testing at Strandfrost. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kris Anderson - The Avid Reader
Overall, I enjoyed the book a lot. The pacing was good and the story easily kept my interest. The characters felt realistic and the dialogue was quippy. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amber
I can't believe I have had this book on my Kindle since 2009, and I'm just reading it! Some of the computer jargon went right over my head, but Maria worked in the computer... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Earth Mother
I really enjoyed this book, as I liken it to Janet Evanovich’s Stephany Plum series and Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone series, which I dearly love. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Beth A. Alden
I received a free kindle copy of Executive Lunch by Maria E. Schneider in a goodreads promotion in exchange for a fair review. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Carolyn Hertz
This is an excellent choice when you want a light read that isn't at all light on quality and content. Sedona is a great character. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Leo B.
I read this series out of order and this is my third Sedona O'Hala mystery. I enjoyed it just as much, if not more than the other two. Read morePublished 16 months ago by April Amberdrake
Executive Lunch by Maria E. Schneider is the first book in the Sedona O'Hala Mystery book series and I thought it was really good. Read morePublished 21 months ago by M. Brown