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Executive Lunch [NOOK Book]

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Sedona is given the opportunity of a lifetime: play an up-and-coming executive with all the trappings of wealth with someone else footing the bill. The catch: find out who is stealing company funds before the criminals find out that their program is being debugged. Sedona runs into danger, the corporate glass ceiling, and an occasional chance at romance in her quest to figure out who is stealing money from Strandfrost. Unfortunately, Sedona is better at writing computer code than deciphering political vitriol, ...
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Executive Lunch

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Overview

Sedona is given the opportunity of a lifetime: play an up-and-coming executive with all the trappings of wealth with someone else footing the bill. The catch: find out who is stealing company funds before the criminals find out that their program is being debugged. Sedona runs into danger, the corporate glass ceiling, and an occasional chance at romance in her quest to figure out who is stealing money from Strandfrost. Unfortunately, Sedona is better at writing computer code than deciphering political vitriol, and if she doesn’t find a way to wade through the red tape and red herrings, she could lose both her job and her quarry!
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Editorial Reviews

Socrates' Book Reviews - Yvonne (Editor and reviewer)
...a world of kooky characters involved in a sinister plot. Each character has a well developed personality of their own...Humor and mystery are mixed together to form this fun and fast-paced read.
Working Girl Reviews - Editor and Reviewer
Sedona is witty, smart, and seemingly fearless in the face of danger...I recommend if you like mystery, humor, and believable characters...You may think you know whodunit...but you may just be surprised.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016493701
  • Publisher: Bear Mountain Books
  • Publication date: 4/11/2009
  • Series: Sedona O'Hala Mysteries , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 230
  • Sales rank: 601,817
  • File size: 549 KB

Meet the Author


Maria is the author of the Sedona O'Hala mystery series, the Moon Shadow urban fantasy series, and several short stories, including two anthologies. She has published stories in Coyote Wild Magazine, TownDrunkMag.com and "Over My Dead Body." You can find her at www.BearMountainBooks.com.
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  • Posted July 30, 2011

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    A FACE PACED ROMP

    Sedona appears to be a mild mannered lab assistant at Strandfrost, a computer development firm, but when some thugs enter the business she turns into Superwoman to save her colleagues and sends the crooks running for their lives.

    Her efforts are rewarded when she is approached by board of Strandfrost with an opportunity to good to refuse. They will set her up in a home and lifestyle of an rising executive in the company but she needs to find out what the thugs were after. They know company funds are being diverted, they know one of the players, but not enough to shut the operation down.

    She agrees to help the board and put herself in danger but quickly learns she can trust no one. Maybe not even the ones who are supposed to be helping her. She could lose her job or even her life if she doesn't uncover whose behind the executive rip off!

    Sedona turns from Superwoman back to her true identity of Superklutz and the fun begins. She trips over, runs into, falls on top of everything and anyone. This is a fast paced romp into the corporate world that will have you laughing out loud. With just enough surprises to keep you guessing who-dun-it until the very end. A well written, lively mystery and a great escape for your pleasure. You will be left looking forward to your next visit with Sedona O'Hala.


    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 7, 2010

    A marvelous action mystery

    Maria E. Schneider has a winner in "Executive Lunch," and hopefully this is just the first of a series of novels featuring the heroine Sedona O'Hala. In "Executive Lunch," Sedona is a "lab rat" at Strandfrost, a big technology company that is experiencing a baffling series of embezzlements and thefts of expensive equipment. Promoted to a management position and ordered to work with Steve Huntington, a mysterious new board member for Strandfrost, Sedona does her best to solve the mystery. There are plenty of potential culprits, including company insiders as well as some very dangerous criminals, and Sedona has her hands full trying to solve the case and stay alive.

    Sedona O'Hala is a marvelous character. She's smart, fearless, and funny, and she's like a bloodhound once she's on the trail of the bad guys. She's a great character to build a series around, and I'm looking forward to seeing her in future novels where, hopefully, we'll learn more about her background and her family. Sedona's oldest brother Sean is an important character in "Executive Lunch," and her parents make a brief appearance, but there's plenty more to learn about Sedona's family. There's plenty of room for romance too. In "Executive Lunch," there's enough sexual tension between Sedona and Strandfrost board member Steve Huntington to heat things up and hint of future relationships, but it's clear that any man will have his hands full with the saucy Sedona.

    Having read one of Ms. Schneider's previous works, "Sage: Tales from a Magical Kingdom," I thought she might be strictly a fantasy writer, so I was very pleasantly surprised to learn that she knows how to write a cracking good whodunit. She does a splendid job of developing the story, dropping little clues along the way as she rachets up the suspense to a dramatic climax. There are enough red herrings to keep the reader guessing about the identity of the criminals, although in hindsight, there were enough clues that a very observant reader might figure it out.

    As a bonus, the book includes excerpts from Ms. Schneider's first two novels, "Catch an Honest Thief" and "Sage: Tales from a Magical Kingdom."

    The e-book formatting was perfect.

    The bottom line: Five stars and two thumbs up for "Executive Lunch."

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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