Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Chick Lit
Approximate word count: 80-85,000 words
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Dog lover Marika Christian lives in New Orleans. This is her first novel. For more, visit Christian’s blog.
Wannabe newspaper reporter Emily is shy and slightly overweight. When she gets fired from her foot-in-the-door job at the paper, she takes a position that seems totally unsuited to her personality, as a phone sex worker, and discovers she has a hidden talent. All goes well until a client is murdered and Emily decides solving the crime is her ticket to a reporting job.
In spite of a problem with typos and proofing errors, primarily missing “little” words (of, a, and such) enough to cause me to trip over sentences as I was reading, this is a fun story. The main character, Emily, is fun, humorous, and much more likeable (to both the reader and other characters) than she would think, given her self-esteem issues. Emily’s friends, especially the gay couple who run one of her favorite restaurants and her love interest, are all entertaining characters who add a lot to the story. The combination of mystery and chick lit should appeal to fans of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum.
Limited adult language and situations. (Much less and more mild that you might expect based on Emily’s job.)
A large number of typos and other proofing errors.
Rating: *** Three stars