Published by City Lights Press on May 3rd 2017
Genres: YA, Contemporary
Source: YA Bound Book Tours
I received this book for free from YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Goodreads
Siobhan Murphy is an average teenager: smart, hardworking, ambitious… and a bit of smart aleck. She has a terrific family and great friends. She also has out of control curly red hair, freckles on top of her freckles and a less than model like body. Siobhan has decided that this is her year to land the perfect summer job—a job that pays a ton of money, is a lot of fun, and will give her valuable experience to add to her resume.
After a chance encounter with the very stylish Natasha Romanoff, Siobhan is offered a job as her assistant. What she doesn’t realize, until she actually starts work, is that the very stylish Natasha runs an escort service.
Her job is pretty uncomplicated: type letters, book appointments, walk Natasha’s massive pair of Great Danes… the usual. But then Natasha and Lucius—her former husband and current business associate – ask Siobhan to befriend a couple of the escorts whom they suspect of indulging in a little hanky-panky on the side. Strictly against agency rules, BTW. Always game for an adventure Siobhan puts on her Sherlock Holmes hat and befriends the girls, but what Siobhan—along with her bestie and fellow sleuth, Marcy—discover is that there’s an awful lot more than just hanky-panky going on.
Siobhan Murphy is looking for the ultimate summer job. It seems she has found it as being Natasha’s assistant. Everything seems normal at first just doing letters and walking the dogs. Siobhan finds out Natasha runs an above board escort service. Natasha asks Siobhan to befriend a couple of the girls they think are doing extra at their jobs. She takes the case and it leads her on a trail of mysteries.
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.