Business as Usual by E.L. Lindley

Publication Date: October 9, 2011

 

EL_Business_As_UsualDocumentary filmmaker, Georgie Connelly, has been getting death threats since an expose about a white supremacist group that sent some of its members in jail. To complicate matters, Georgie is forced to revisit her teaching past and serve community service at a high school after a charge of drinking and driving. Georgie is on the brink of madness and the start of a new project about strip clubs when James Finn enters her life. The handsome, strapping, ex-Marine is just out of the military and hesitant to take on his new babysitting assignment. When one of Georgie’s students goes missing James and Georgie investigate, pulling them into a world they never wanted to know. Can they stay alive long enough to find out what happened to the young girl?

 

 

DISCLAIMER: As you read this review, it will sound as though I didn’t like this novel. I did like so, very much. The things that I high light—that consistent in the narrative were minor and only distracted this reader temporarily.

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The first thing I did upon finishing [easyazon-link asin=”B005UGSFH4″ locale=”us”]Business As Usual (The Georgie Connelly Stories)[/easyazon-link]was to head over to E.L. Lindley’s biography page. Georgie is a British ex-pat living in L.A. The author resides in England, which led this reader to wonder why she chose the characters and setting she did. Eric, a Georgia native, says things like “Well, there’s no point in tossing blame about” (Kindle location 1291). Los Angeles inner city kid, Josh, uses terms like “straight away.” Very BBC America, but it is not the way someone from Georgia or inner city L.A. speaks. These are just two of the many examples. One could argue that James and Eric have interacted in the course of their military careers internationally and may have picked up the dialect, especially in light of the fact that they want to distance themselves from their Georgia roots, but neither one of them is constructed as the kind who would employ that pretension. Once I forced myself to take a deep breath and get beyond this issue in the narrative, the story was a very good one.

Georgie starts out typical for all female characters of the genre. She is self-absorbed and impatient. She has an almost unnaturally short temper. Georgie figuratively stomps her feet and is irrationally hostile with James, But once we settled into the story, the spark between them turns into something more interesting and believable. Both are carrying world-trip kind of baggage, and Georgie soon shows us within the story line that she knows which of James’ buttons she has to push and that she will one day come to a point where she just loves pushing them. In one scene the pair is interrogating the client with the extreme good cop/bad cop method which is hilariously well connected. Don’t expect Lindley to show her hand in [easyazon-link asin=”B005UGSFH4″ locale=”us”]Business As Usual (The Georgie Connelly Stories)[/easyazon-link]. Lindley brilliantly builds excitement around the Georgie character to carry the reader further into the series.

[easyazon-link asin=”B005UGSFH4″ locale=”us”]Business As Usual (The Georgie Connelly Stories)[/easyazon-link] suffers the first-book syndrome. We are getting to know the characters as the author does. She gives us their rather extensive backstories and quirks brought on by experiences in their past. There are very slight editing and P.O.V. issues. Georgie realizes something about herself, and then we switch to James who is also realizing that about Georgie. While perhaps designed to show us how in-tune the couple are, the P.O.V. switch, when the main characters are together, often comes off as needlessly repetitive.

[easyazon-link asin=”B005UGSFH4″ locale=”us”]Business As Usual (The Georgie Connelly Stories)[/easyazon-link] is a light and fun read. There’s blood, gore and violence but Georgie and company are busy people and as the reader is carried through Georgie’s life the harsher elements seem less so. I will definitely be picking up the next novel in the Georgie Connelly series and recommend this novel for any of my readers that enjoy mysteries usually thought of as “cozy.” Georgie is tenacious and strong with a fabulous support system and is simply good fun to read.

The Georgie Connelly series currently has two other titles available for purchase. Book 2 is titled [easyazon-link asin=”B006GMVK1E” locale=”us”]The Ties That Bind (The Georgie Connelly Stories)[/easyazon-link] and Book 3 is [easyazon-link asin=”B007SH9H2K” locale=”us”]The Righteous Path (The Georgie Connelly Stories)[/easyazon-link] You can purchase them or[easyazon-link asin=”B005UGSFH4″ locale=”us”]Business As Usual (The Georgie Connelly Stories)[/easyazon-link] by clicking on the title.

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