Review: Hotel No Tell by Daphne Uviller

Hotel No Tell by Daphne Uviller
Release Date: April 26th, 2011
Publisher: Bantam
Page Count: 278
Source: Read for leisure, as part of the BookSparks PR Summer Read Challenge

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.

Review:  This book is a contemporary novel that could be labeled a mystery due to Zephyr Zuckerman, an undercover agent. I enjoyed it – there was some mystery, intrigue, and laughter, but it was by far not a favorite of mine. It was interesting to reconnect with characters from Uviller’s first book, Super in the City, which I did not enjoy because it was so disjointed.

I would give Uviller another chance if she continued to write, but my feelings on that book would determine if I added her to my authors to read pile. Give her a shot for a quick read.

Quote: “Gregory reached over and took a sip of my water. I tried not to stare. He acted as if he didn’t realize what an intensely personal act it was, a vestige of intimacy. It was agony to be this close to him and not touching. Unnatural.”

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