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No Biz Like Showbiz (Lexi Carmichael Mystery, #4)

Lexi Carmichael: helping geeks everywhere get some.

Okay, so it’s not exactly as it seems, but that’s what’s happening on the dating reality show called Geeks Get Some that I, geek extraordinaire Lexi Carmichael, have been called to work on. Not that I’m a fan of reality shows (I can barely deal with my own reality). Still, I’ve been sent to Hollywood to find a hacker who’s screwing with the results of the show’s online voting system.

So what happens when I get there? Well, the producers convince me to continue my investigation from the inside. And what should be an easy hunt for the hacker turns ugly when he sets his sights on me. Add to that a studio obsessed with ratings, a bunch of nerdy contestants, and my own confusing love life, and unraveling this mystery might make me a star…or get me killed.

4 Reasons I was Excited to Read It

1. It had a really Stephanie Plum vibe to me, although to be honest that’s the only example of this genre I have, which is probably the reason but hey either way.

2. I was looking to expand my reading horizons, i ssem to be stuck in a contemporary YA slump at the moment so not only was this Adult, it was also crime fiction which is a genre I have wanted to explore further for a while

3. The concept of a game where Geeks are trying to find love was an interesting one to me and it seemed bound to fall apart.

4. Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot, LEXI CARMICHAEL! It’s about time we get a competent (sorry Stephanie) crime fighting, badass detective/hackeron the scene, don’t you think? Furthermore, I’ve just bingewatched almost all of Supernatural in about a month and a half and Lexi was like the dose of Charlie Bradbury which I needed to keep me sane through this Hellatus. Seriously when you watch 9 seasons in a short time frame, having to WAIT for episodes is even more painful.

4 Reasons You’ll Love It

1. Lexi is an awesome character, she’s relatable, smart, funny and doesn’t take crap from anyone.

2. You aren’t going to be overwhelmed by technobabble despite the book revolving around the plot of a computer hacker.

3. Even though it’s Book 4, I totally could keep with the plot which was great because I hate gettign lost with these things.

4. IT IS HILARIOUS! Lexi gets put into some awkward situations at a comic book convention (instant nerd points BONUS for that BTDUBS) and let’s say that our klutzy protagonist can cause some serious bodily harm no matter how hard she tries to avoid it.

BONUS REASON: Two Doctor Who References = 2 more BONUS nerd points

Excerpt

My name is Lexi Carmichael and I have a problem with most of today’s television programming. Not because of the sheer implausibility of a majority of the shows—although that does factor—but because too many programs seem to feature a tech genius who can solve the problems of the world with one stroke of a keyboard.

Here’s how it happens… a tech head is desperately trying to hack into a system. Death, the collapse of the free world, or the apocalypse is imminent if he fails. (Yes, tech heroes always seem to be guys since I guess in Hollywood a woman doesn’t know her way around a keyboard.) He types commands frantically as the clock ticks down to Doomsday. As the scenario continues, our frazzled hero takes a moment to run his fingers through his perfectly styled hair before he types just one more command and bingo, he’s in. He’ll then have a whole millisecond to navigate a completely unfamiliar system, find the magic switch, and shut down the entire system in time to save the day, world, girl, whatever, with one stroke. All of this while the super expensive, cutting-edge government system or expensive black-market technology used by the show’s villain will aid our intrepid hero by providing helpful visual prompts like Access Denied or Access Granted in big bold letters across the screen as he works his hacking magic.

Just shoot me.

I’m a real hacker and yes, I’m female. I double-majored in mathematics and computer science at Georgetown University and have spent most of my twenty-five years learning how to bypass cryptographic protocols, exploit system vulnerabilities, and finesse distributed denial of service attacks. I’ve never had to avert an apocalypse, but if I did, I’m pretty sure it would take more than one freaking minute, and I wouldn’t be worried about my hair while doing it. My first successful hack on a relatively simple system took five hours. It might have taken four, but my mom kept distracting me by yelling through my bedroom door that if I gave ballet class just one more try she’d give me a hundred dollars to spend however I wanted. So, watching these types of shows and movies is hard on both my nerves and stomach.

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