I picked this book up because the author is from central Wisconsin, my little corner of the world. I intended to read just the first few paragraphs, But that was all it took to hook me. Two days and several hours short of sleep, I finished it.
Liz, the amateur detective, is a law student working part time at a large legal firm in St. Louis. (But she’s originally from Marshfield, WI, she talks about her hometown frequently, and she even visits so the Wisconsin connection is definitely there.) Like the fictional detective Adrian Monk, her weakness is also her strength. Liz has a rare neurological condition called proposopagnosia, also known as face blindness. To hide this, Liz has worked hard on honing her observational skills and making the most of her other senses to help her identify the people in her life.
When Liz stumbles across the body of the head of the law firm in a deserted stairwell late at night she finds herself thrown into the mystery. One of the detectives recognizes her unique memory for detail and asks for Liz’s help. Liz is more than happy to try solving the puzzle. And spending time with the handsome, intelligent detective is no detriment.
This is a good quality book that was published by the author through Amazon. There is no doubt that the author is talented and can tell a good story. There were bits that felt a bit slow and the ending seemed a little rushed. I think a good editor would have smoothed things out and put a real shine on this diamond in the rough. The characters were well developed, and the settings, both St. Louis and Marshfield, had a real presence in the book. It was written with easy humor in a chick lit style. I do feel that some of the legal points in the mystery could have been better explained, but all of my complaints are minor. Murderers and Nerdy Girls Work Late is definitely worth reading and Lisa Boero is definitely an author to watch.