The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss by Max Wirestone

Print“The only time I ever met Jonah Long he was wearing a fake beard, a blue pin-striped captain’s outfit, and a toy pipe that blew soap bubbles.”

A bad break-up, a long period of unemployment, and a string of failed job interviews.  That is Dahlia Moss’ life.  That is until she is hired as a private detective by rich boy Jonah Long.  Her mission: confront the thief of the Bejeweled Spear of Infinite Piercing from the online game Kingdoms of Zoth, and retrieve it.  Things take a turn when Jonah Long is found dead and Dahlia is thrown into the world of online gaming and the search for a killer.

Dahlia, you had me at Murder She Wrote.

The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss is a fun, geeky adventure for geeks and non-geeks alike.  But lets face it, everyone has geeked out about something at some point.  Dahlia is a witty, delightful narrator and her amateur sleuthing adventure is highly amusing.  What really brought me so much joy were some random and obscure references such as one to Jessica Fletcher and Murder She Wrote, which was one of my favourite shows growing up.  So random and so perfect.  I’m not a gamer myself but I found everything around that to be interesting and well put together.  I imagine there were jokes that may have gone over my head but it was enjoyable nonetheless, and there is something for everyone whether you are a gamer or not.  If you’re looking for a fun and entertaining read, this book is a great choice.

*ARC provided by NetGalley.  Publication date: October 20, 2015.

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