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Con Job: A Geeky Murder Mystery Kindle Edition
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From the Back Cover
- murder mystery
- cozy mystery
- geek hero
- mystery humor
- geek culture
- ASIN : B00K5UEB7I
- Publisher : Æclipse Press (May 13, 2014)
- Publication date : May 13, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 2237 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 271 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,517,769 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Laura Baugh chronicles a typical multi-focus SF convention on paper and represents it perfectly: the fun, the chaos, the nonstop action, demanding guests, and overworked staff, addressing everything from cosplay to the vagaries of DVD releases of fan favorites to behind-the-scenes drama. Jacob is Everyfan right from the start (registration messes up his badge; how typical!), someone you would enjoy being friends with, and his companions, including an aspiring voice actress, come off as "real folks" and not stereotypes. I was also partial to Jacob's Aunt Lydia, who, in one marvelous scene, tells off a couple of sneering jocks in fine style. (It's one of those scenes you can't read without sticking your fist in the air and saying "Yes!")
In addition, there are sly references to a fan-favorite television show that never got released on DVD which are worked so appropriately into the text it brings a big grin to your face.
I enjoyed this so much I've already read it twice, and I'll probably read it again.
As a convention-goer and self-admitted sci fi/fantasy geek, I loved that the novel captured the conference setting in a way that was both totally accurate and approachable for readers who might not have experience in (or be part of) that world. It's a difficult thing to write a compelling, twisty mystery - and to do it in such a unique and interesting setting raises the level of difficulty substantially, but CON JOB is pitch-perfect all the way through. The characters are unique, realistic, and three-dimensional. The plot stands up with the best being published in mystery today, and the setting is more unique and fun than anything else I've read this year (and I read a lot).
Fans of READY PLAYER ONE will adore this, even if they don't normally read mystery, and fans of mysteries who don't normally walk outside the "standard settings" will find this fun, highly entertaining, and a marvelous change of pace.
The setting is very fun. I very much felt I was *there* at a fan convention, right along with Jacob. The writing is crisp and in the moment, and immersed me completely. At times I would have liked a bit more description about certain costumes, but overall Baugh does an admiral job of detailing the setting.
My main complaint is that the story doesn't really get any tension involved until the later part of the book. What I mean by this is that for the first couple murders, Jacob is just investigating for the fun of it. He isn't in any danger. He isn't being accused of anything.
The second half of the story ramps the tension up, which helped immensely with the tone of the book. Up until that point I'd kinda been meandering along, not really too concerned with finishing the book in a timely manner.
However, once the lynch pin piece fell into place and made it personal for Jacob, I couldn't put the book down - I stayed up until O'dark thirty to finish it, despite needing to be at work early the next morning.
This is an awesome book for anyone who enjoys attending fan conventions, but due to the slow start I can't give it more than four stars.