- File Size: 1085 KB
- Print Length: 277 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: City Lights Press (May 2, 2017)
- Publication Date: May 2, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B071VD8SS1
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,565,554 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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My Summer Job (Siobhan Murphy Mystery Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I loved the lead character Siobhan, who reminded me of my red haired friend who is almost too sassy for her own good. She has the right attitude, yet somehow got herself into a bit of a pickle when she didn't realize what type of company she was working for until she was making money she so desperately needed. The adult escort business naturally leads to some mature issues, but the overall plot kept me turning pages. I did not mind the cursing as we hear this all the time at school, on G rated movies, and tv shows, and there were times where profanity heightened a point.
Margaret Cioffi did a great job developing Siobhan, and I would love to read more about her adventures. She's indicative of a gal who is going to land in sticky situations. My Summer Job is for tweens, but because its adult them, I think this one should be read by those fifteen or older.
A good read with a heroine I'd like to follow!
In an Oyster Shell – An interesting mystery with a young sleuth at the helm.
The Pearls – A young lady working as an assistant for an escort service was an interesting premise. The story had ample opportunities to deliver on surprises and this did indeed. The involvement that Siobhan has in the mystery is extensive and had me turning the pages.
The characters were strong and well-developed. Every character had its place. I especially like Siobhan’s best friend. She was a great sounding board and helped move the mystery along.
There was lots of talk of food in this book. Don’t read this book hungry. I appreciated those details. They add a layer to the book.
There was no significant romance in this book. It was a nice change from the usual.
The Sand – The main character came off as more amused with herself than I was. It was a little off-putting.
When Siobhan Murphy gets offered a summer job by the very rich and stylish Natasha, she is overjoyed. She gets to walk dogs (with a helper who does the dirty scooping), type letters, and arrange events. And then she realises that she's working for an escort service. Which is totally fine. But then Natasha asks her to befriend some renegade escorts to find out what's happening, and things really start to get messy...
Siobhan was a lovely character, with verve and enthusiasm and energy (and naivety, but we'll forgive her that at her age). The mystery, too, harked back to young adult mystery stories like Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. Unfortunately, the (lack of) characterisation let an otherwise fun novel down, as the characters felt too flat for the story. But if you don't mind too much about characters feeling alive, this is a fun caper.
*Thank you to the author for the free review copy.