- Series: A Dahlia Moss Mystery (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Redhook (October 20, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316385972
- ISBN-13: 978-0316385978
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 65 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,922,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss (A Dahlia Moss Mystery) Hardcover – October 20, 2015
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"Revel in the geekery of The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss... Dahlia Moss is all of us."―B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog
"Wirestone's debut is a gem that can be summed up as 'geek chic.'"―Library Journal
"A clever mystery featuring a delightful amateur detective. Or, in online parlance: Dahlia Moss FTW!"―Kirkus
"This book is a barrel of fun."―Charlaine Harris, New York Times bestselling author
"A hilarious read sure to delight mystery lovers and gamers alike. With unforgettable characters and a stand-out heroine, Dahlia kept me guessing until the very end. A laugh-out-loud gem of a book."―N.K. Traver, author of Duplicity
"Dahlia's story is a zany, hilarious, laugh fest that made my inner geek girl sit up and search for a caper to solve! Take the clumsy sweetness of Bridget Jones, combine with the intriguing geekiness of Felicity Smoak, and you have Dahlia Moss in this delightful romp!"―Rebecca Zanetti, New York Times bestselling author
"At last, a 'geek mystery' ... entirely fresh."―New Hampshire Union Leader
"A fun novel for mystery and MMO game lovers both."―Mystery Scene
About the Author
Max Wiretone lives in Lawrence, Kansas with his husband, his son, a very old dog, and more books than a reasonable person should own. Find him @maxwires.
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This is a cute and quirky/nerdy book. It would be great for a college kid, just out of college person, spring break or long plane flight read, or a beach read.
There were moments were I laughed out loud. It was funny in parts!
There were parts were it put me to sleep. Like almost each night as I read before bed. That doesn't happen to me.
The first chapter jumped around a lot between present action and backstory. I found it to be jarring. The book hit its stride after the third or fourth chapter. But there wasn't a lot of details or things that were interesting. I would have liked more indepth description about the game. There was a lot of telling going on, but it wasn't always moving the story along.
Dahlia is kind of a likeable character. I am not sure about the others as I didn't get to know them as much.
The worst part for me was the Afterward. It felt disjunct. There was a distasteful moment about a character who had twins and how the parents were after the first month - that really rubbed me the wrong way.
Because I won this book, I wanted to read it and didn't spend much time looking at it first. Boy was I shocked that it was a male author! It totally doesn't matter at all; it was just something that made me go "hmmmm!"
I think overall it's a decent book, just not for me or someone my age. Maybe I'll check out Book 2 just to see how Mr. Wirestone moves things along.
The protagonist of the story is, of course, Dahlia Moss, an unemployed millennial who been feeling dejected since her boyfriend dumped her for a dental hygienist. The plot unfolds when Dahlia is hired to find a virtual weapon that was stolen from a player in an online game. Dahlia then interacts with a series of characters in both the virtual and physical worlds, all of whom are wonderfully eccentric. The story line twists and turns, and the reader is privy to Dahlia's impressions and thoughts.
The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss is fun, funny, well-written, and just a delight to read. Highly recommended.
It's fantastic - sure a bit of a silly premise, but it all falls into place at the end and makes a bit more sense. But silly premises rarely bother me.
Dahlia Moss has a consistent voice, her sub-characters are well developed (if a bit on the extremes), and the mystery is well constructed and a joy to unravel.
The pop culture references are awesome, but not overboard, and do not feel forced. I can't think of another book (written in the past 50 years) I have liked this much.
Most recent customer reviews
What can I say? I have a weakness for hilariously incompetent detectives.