Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Phone Kitten / Marika Christian

Reviewed by: BigAl

Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Chick Lit

Approximate word count: 80-85,000 words

Kindle US:
YES UK: YES Nook: YES Smashwords: NO Paper: NO
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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.)

Format/Typo Issues:

A large number of typos and other proofing errors. 

Rating: *** Three stars


Anonymous said...

Marika here, thank you for the kind review ... I want you to know that the book has been reproofed and corrected.

I really fell in love with my gal Emily, so I am always so happy when someone else likes her too!

julie smith said...

Hey, Big Al--thanks so much for your nice review! I'm Marika Christian's publisher and had no idea we had errors when we sent you the book, which was many months ago--bless your heart for getting around to it! We had it re-edited and re-formatted as soon as we found out. Sending you the revised version now--again many thanks.

Alexa O said...

Fun premise. Looks like a good read. My Kindle (my first!) shipped today, so i think I will check this one out... Thanks!

julie smith said...

ps--me again. Since you're not accepting submissions right now, I couldn't find a way to send you the revised book. If you'd like to have it, can you let me know? You can write me at Loved the review and thanks for mentioning how squeaky-clean the book is--not sure how Marika accomplished that feat!

BooksAndPals said...

Julie and Marika,

No reason to send me a new copy, but thanks for offering.

Yes, on the "squeaky clean" part. I was impressed that Marika was able to keep it so clean, given the premise, and yet still take advantage of all the potential humor and conflict. It is a fun book.

julie smith said...

Thanks, Big Al--I was impressed too!

Joansz said...

I love Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series, so I'll be checking this out. Glad to hear the book has been cleansed of typos--since I've started writing, I can't stop my inner editor, which would have spoiled the book for me.

BooksAndPals said...

Yes, Joan, that inner editor keeps tripping both of us up. Last week my granddaughter asked to read a section of a book to me out loud from her Kindle. (It's a popular, legacy published series.) I glanced over her shoulder and immediately spotted a too, to, two error. :(

Joansz said...

I will now attempt to write an impossible English sentence: "There are three tuz in the English language. ;-)