Saturday, May 21, 2011

Review: Hotel No Tell by Daphne Uviller

Hotel No Tell

Daphne Uviller

Genre: Adult Fiction

Pages: Paperback 288 pages

Publisher: Bantam Books

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

Zephyr has a lot on her mind. Her parents and ex are after her to have kids, her job is falling apart around her, her best friends have either moved, are convinced they are cursed or are trying to find balance while married to a movie star. She doesn’t know which way to turn to put out the fires that seem to surround her and seem to grow as the days go by. Yet she does find balance in all the chaos and finds out more about herself in the process. I love that she is so smart and sassy but she never seems to give herself enough credit. She is such a relatable character and so very well written in that matter. Being a detective has never crossed my mind, but I think that if I were to be one Zephyr and I would have to work together (or we may even be the same person)!

I loved the dynamics between Zephyr and the other characters (major and minor) were all integral parts of the plot and left me laughing throughout the novel. I LOVED Lucy’s dynamics with her mother in law. Lenore and Lucy’s relationship had me laughing and ready to pelt her all at the same time. I hope that Uviller keeps the series going because I would love to see the next chapter in Zephyr’s life unfold!

Visit Daphne HERE to find out more about her books. You can also enter the contest at goodreads HERE for a copy of the book.

1 comment:

Daphne, author of Hotel No Tell said...

Thanks so much for this great review! I love that you see yourself in Zephyr...

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