Super in the City
Author: Daphne Uviller
Genre: Chick Lit
Date Published: January 27th 2009
In this off-the-beaten-sidewalk debut, native New Yorker Daphne Uviller reveals the secrets of a sexy, story-filled Big Apple, where a mystery lurks behind every apartment door—and a savvy but slightly lost young woman unexpectedly finds herself holding the keys.
In a city brimming with opportunities for heroism, twenty-seven-year-old Zephyr Zuckerman has often fantasized about committing acts of bravery that would make front-page news. Now she may get her big break—though it may require plunging a few toilets. When the superintendent of her parents’ Greenwich Village brownstone is led away in handcuffs, unemployed Zephyr takes over his post and unleashes her inner sleuth: discovering titillating secrets about her tenants—from a smoky-voiced Frenchwoman who entertains throngs of unsavory visitors to a moody musician who just has to be hiding something—and realizing that her new reality is far more intriguing than her imagination.
Soon Zephyr has sussed out wrongs that stretch from losers on the Internet to art fraud and an international crime ring. The mob thinks she’s in the FBI, and the FBI thinks she’s in the mob—a predicament she needs to clear up fast. But perhaps not before the cute, surly exterminator helps her solve the mystery of what to do with the rest of her life....
I picked this up at a UBS for a buck, freaking awesome. Super in the City is a great entertaining chick lit mystery, light on the mystery, heavy on the chick lit.
The best part of Super in the City is Zephyr, the feisty over imaginative female protagonist. 27 yr. old Zephyr becomes the super of her parent’s apartment building after James, the old super is lead away in handcuffs. While being the super she starts noticing some strange things going on in the building, and seriously what is the deal with James, who she thought was British, but she couldn’t mistake the Brooklyn accent coming out of him while being lead away in handcuffs. Mixed into the mystery of the going and comings of some tenants is the female friendships she has with the Sterling Seven, the girl friends she’s had since school. Together the Sterling Seven talk men especially Zephyrs new crush, the buildings exterminator.
Author Daphne Uviller is a native New Yorker, who also was the Super to her parents building, so she definitely wrote what she knows, and it shows. The writing and story flowed and I quickly got sucked into the life of Zephyr, the tenants, and The Sterling Seven. There is a little of everything in Super in the City. I was happy to find out that there is a sequel coming out August 2011, Hotel No Tell.