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Alibi Aficionado

4.46  ·  Rating Details ·  24 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Edwin Burrows, CPA, can’t do anything right. Not marriage, not office etiquette, not saving his boss’s daughter, not even public accounting. So when he’s tasked with constructing an alibi for the firm’s biggest client, everyone has low expectations. Including Edwin.

In Alibi Aficionado, Edwin Burrows is an accidental investigator, an accountant without tact or a filter, or
ebook, 325 pages
Published February 1st 2017
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Jan 28, 2017 Julie rated it it was amazing
Harvey Church’s debut Novel, Alibi Aficionado, is quite a fun read. Given that main character Edwin Burrows is not a detective, Alibi Aficionado could be considered a cozy mystery. I truly enjoyed the dry humor and realism that Mr. Church has infused in his characters.

Edwin Burrows is a thoroughly likable and relatable character. He knows that being a CPA isn’t glamorous. He knows he is not the hottest dude on the boulevard, but he also knows what he has to offer, and he works with it.

Jan 15, 2017 Lisa rated it it was amazing
"Life is filled with things called clues. Everything we do and say and see, it all provides a clue."

Alibi Aficionado introduces us to Edwin Burrows. He falls into the role of investigator when one of his firm's biggest clients moves to the wrong side of the law. He lacks a brain to mouth filter and the kind of common sense that most big time investigators possess, but the huge task of finding an alibi for the client is still thrown in his lap. Edwin stumbles through his own life, how will he s
Ivan Hecimovic
Feb 20, 2017 Ivan Hecimovic rated it it was amazing
Alibi Aficionado: A Gripping and Humorous Mystery Novel Featuring Edwin Burrows (Edwin Burrows Mystery Book 1) is a debut novel written by Harvey Church. And even though that there is a number of people who think that nobody can really reach success with its debut novel, such as this one is, that does not have to be necessarily right. After reading this novel a reader may seriously doubt that this novel is really a debut novel of this author. The main reason for this is that the novel is easy to ...more
Mar 08, 2017 Valery rated it it was amazing
If a mystery book could win an award for dry humor, Alibi Aficionado by Harvey Church would be the book. The reader is quickly immersed into the banal life of Edwin Burrows during a not so raucous party at his boss's house. When Edwin wakes up in the garage apartment of his boss's daughter, he knows his life is over as he knows it. This is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg when it comes to describing this book. An immensely inept and apologetic CPA, Edwin is more or less blackmailed by his ...more
Marta Tandori
Mar 01, 2017 Marta Tandori rated it it was amazing
Alibi Aficionado is a highly entertaining debut mystery by talented writer, Harvey Church. It’s the first book in the Edwin Burrows mystery series and if the subsequent books in the series are anything like the first one, this author is sure to have droves of loyal readers, eager to follow Church’s protagonist as he stumbles through his many missteps in order to get to the truth.

Edwin Burrows is just your average CPA with the Chicago accounting firm of Haywood, Richardson, Green & Associates
Ian Miller
This is described as a gripping and humorous mystery, and I am afraid that description is not accurate. It is written in the first person, and follows Edwin, who is a dreamer, and susceptible at all times to wander off into some fantasy. He is a minor accountant at a large firm, and when one of their major clients is thought to be about to be accused of murder, Edwin's boss assigns him the job of showing why this client is innocent. Why they don't hire someone competent is a complete mystery. Ed ...more
Feb 19, 2017 D rated it really liked it
I'm a sucker for mysteries because I love always trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together. Harvey Church did a fabulous job of eluding us and keeping the pieces buried just enough that you couldn't stop reading and your mind couldn't stop the wheels from spinning trying to figure out "who done it."
There was a great cast of characters that were well developed and their inter-relationships were humorous, annoying and well- executed. Edwin Burrows character was the type of geek that you cou
Alison Cairns
Feb 20, 2017 Alison Cairns rated it really liked it
This was a different read from my usual. Yes, it was a crime novel, but with a stumbling accountant as the investigator. I found myself shouting at him, to think of the things that Rosie then told him. Glad she was listening to me! He is clearly accident prone, and the way he deals with the situation with his ex wife is funny. His relationship with Sera was a bit far fetched to begin with, but I got to wanting them to get together. I did think something sinister had happened to Rosie at one poin ...more
John Manhold
Feb 20, 2017 John Manhold rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ALIBI Aficionado, is the first in a new series of Edwin Burrows Mysteries by Harvey Church.
Plot: Edwin (not Ed, Eddie, Edmond or Edwina) Burrows is an accountant (CPA after two failed exams) and lower level employee at a prestigious accounting firm with hugely successful clients. He is given the task of finding an alibi for perhaps their most ‘regal’ client. Yannick Knight, the client, has a multi-million yearly income and a seemingly compulsory interest in pursuing young women. He is suspected
Verna Loves Books
Feb 03, 2017 Verna Loves Books rated it it was amazing
Alibi Aficionado by Harvey Church is charming, humorous, and full of suspense that everyone is going to instantly be consumed by.

The characters are so easy to fall in love with and enjoy. I was instantly drawn into Edwin Burrows world and never wanted to put it down until I read the last page. Edwin is a kindred soul and my heart broke for him at every turn because he had so much he was dealing with in his life. Then when his boss tasks him with something he knows he will fail at, he shows ever
Feb 05, 2017 Wendy rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
This was a great read. It is full of mystery, suspense, and humor. Edwin is an accountant is given an assignment by his boss to help out one of their bigger clients. But this isn’t a simple accounting request-oh no this is something much bigger as Edwin needs to act like an investigator. What will Edwin do and how will this all go?

I was pulled into the story as we take this journey with Edwin. I felt like I became an investigator alongside him. There were twists and turns and secrets that kept
Feb 22, 2017 Pegboard rated it it was amazing
Edwin Burrows has a higher opinion of himself and his abilities except when it comes to uncovering an alibi for the billionaire client who is a key suspect of his missing girlfriend. He isn’t a financial forensic, just a CPA who is desperate to keep his job and his company afloat.
Harvey Church keeps us spellbound with what Edwin will do, or say next. If it wasn’t for Rachel, the annoying boss’s daughter who is always pushing him to dig deeper, then Edwin would have probably given up long ago. Pl
Denise Lucas
Feb 22, 2017 Denise Lucas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Leyla Johnson
Feb 11, 2017 Leyla Johnson rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book, probably not as funny as it was described and I found part of the ending unfair (without giving too much away). It was a very light story, easy to read and well written. Once started I wanted to read on till the end, I will look out for the next book when it come out.
Chanda Curry
Mar 07, 2017 Chanda Curry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting plot

First off,I can so relate with what Harvey said in the acknowledgements,He writes because he likes to be alone. I read to escape people when I can't be alone. Indie austere turning into my favorite writers. Harvey really took a who done it,and added a twist. Edwin reminds me of superman,mild mannered reporter during the day,superhero at night,except Edwin is a CPA, and only has the hero a couple of times. Everyone thinks he is sleeping with the bosses daughter,cause of one t
Nichole Streeter
Mar 03, 2017 Nichole Streeter rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading Alibi Aficionado (Edwin Burrows Mystery Book 1), a novel by Harvey Church. The book follows the life of Edwin Burrows, CPA, a man that just has the worst luck when it comes to his endeavors. He couldn't do marriage, office etiquette, public accounting or saving his bosses daughter right. It makes for a funny and entertaining read about an accidental investigator, (after all he is accident prone to everything else, so why not investigation?) He is given the impossible task ...more
Mar 06, 2017 LyndaVee rated it really liked it
I was somewhat sceptical when I read that the sleuth in this tale of investigation and detection is an accountant. An accountant! Surely that is not a profession synonymous with good looking men and exploits of bravado? (Sorry any accountants who are reading this review). However, I was intrigued and pleasantly surprised by this plotline and by the charismatic hero, Edwin Burrows. (Again, not a name that conjures up an action man!) I note that the strapline on the cover is ‘An Edwin Burrows Myst ...more
Mar 13, 2017 Crystal rated it really liked it
Edwin is a CPA, but he can't seem to do anything right. His wife is gone, he's not very good at his job. You get it, right? Now he's done it again, only this time it's bad. He's at his boss's house for a Christmas Party and steps outside for some air. He sees the boss's daughter getting manhandled from the guy that brought her home. He steps in and breaks it up. hurting the guy in the process. After he leaves, she invites him up to her apartment for a drink. Already beyond drunk, he decides to g ...more
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Harvey Church wrote Alibi Aficionado, his debut novel. His background is in finance, which why he finds himself writing about the people and ridiculousness (sometimes the same thing) of that field.

For fun Harv likes to practice street magic and spends hours engineering tricks to wow his audiences. He is also an avid hockey fan (Go Leafs Go) and returned the sport himself after a twenty-five year h
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