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Monday, June 13, 2011

Book Review -"Hotel No Tell" by Daphne Uviller - Book Two of the Summer Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge, sponsored by the gals at BookSparks PR, is on, and this week's selection is "Hotel No Tell" by Daphne Uviller.

About The Book:

The smart and sassy detective Zephyr Zuckerman is now armed and undercover in a Greenwich Village hotel where mysteries—from garbage-grabbing guests to the reservation system—lurk around every corner.

Now working as a junior detective with the New York City Special Investigations Commission, Zephyr’s gone incognito as a concierge to find out who laundered a hundred grand off the hotel books—and why. But the discovery of a prone, flush-faced guest gasping for air in room 502 only hints at the sinister goings-on inside this funky establishment. While the rapid response of the fire department leads to a sweaty date with a smooth-talking, rock-climbing rescue worker, Zephyr finds herself even more hot and bothered by an attempted murder on her watch. Could the smart-mouthed Japanese yenta across the hall know more than she’s telling? How are cryptic phone calls from a mysterious corporation linked to the victim in 502?

Under pressure and overwhelmed, Zephyr soon finds that a concierge cover is no protection in a place where crime, like the city itself, never sleeps.

I was thoroughly charmed by Zephyr Zuckerman and her shenanigans. I love a character who is smart and sassy, and Zephyr is certainly all of this and more. And the supporting characters that surround her - her "Sterling Girls" girlfriends, her hips and with-it parents, and her patient and protective mentor/boss Pippa - are just as entertaining as the star of this book.

This is the second book that Daphne Uviller has presented that features Zephyr and I, for one, will be anxious to read further adventures with this classy, wacky detective. Highly intelligent (grab your dictionary for some of the $10 words that Uviller throws in) and definitely highly entertaining, I fully recommend "Hotel No Tell" for a great summer read!

About The Author:

A former Books/​Poetry editor at Time Out New York, Daphne's reviews, profiles, and articles have been published in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Newsday, The Forward, New York Magazine, Oxygen, Allure, and Self, for which she used to write an ethics column.

Super in the City, her debut novel, is available in paperback and Kindle editions, and still getting rave reviews!  Click on the right side of the screen for more information.

Daphne also co-edited, with Deborah Siegel, the acclaimed anthology Only Child: Writers on the Singular Joys and Solitary Sorrows of Growing Up Solo.  Available in paperback and Kindle editions.

A third-generation West Villager, Daphne lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband and two children.

The 2011 Summer Reading Challenge is on!

The gals at BookSparks PR, Little Bird Publicity and Get Red PR, have partnered to bring readers the 15 hottest books of the summer.

Each week, I will highlight a new book that is being featured on the Reading Challenge. Each week there will be great opportunities to win fabulous prizes, connect with your favorite authors and meet other book lovers. For more information, visit the Summer Reading Challenge page and register.

Thanks to BookSparks PR and the publisher for the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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