“A whip-smart mystery with a wicked sense of humor. Zephyr Zuckerman is an undercover detective, an unflagging friend, a confused romantic, and the best tour guide to the city you could ever hope for. When it comes to writing that's just fun to read, Uviller is one of New York's finest.”
--David Guion and Michael Handelman, screenwriters, Dinner for Schmucks
“This refreshing, smart caper novel will appeal to anyone who loves well-plotted mysteries and funny, off-the-wall characters.”
"Daphne Uviller delivers a madcap Manhattan mystery that whisks you into the world of super sleuth Zephyr Zuckerman and doesn't let go until the very last page. Fast-paced, clever and laugh-out-loud funny, Hotel No Tell will have you cheering for Zephyr as she goes undercover to crack her biggest case yet."
-- Jenny Nelson, author of Georgia's Kitchen
“Three cheers for Zephyr Zuckerman, smart, sassy detective, in this fun, feisty romp of a novel.”
--Janice Y.K. Lee, New York Times bestselling author of The Piano Teacher
HOTEL NO TELL: A Novel
Hotel No Tell features the return of Super in the City's beloved Zephyr Zuckerman. On the verge of 31, Zephyr is now a junior investigator with New York City’s Special Investigations Commission (SIC). She’s undercover as a concierge at the Greenwich Village Hotel, trying – and failing – to track down a missing hundred grand. Her detective boyfriend has moved out because of their disagreement about reproducing (he wants kids, Zephyr doesn’t), and she’s left with her Holland Lop bunny named after a famous atheist, an old friend who’s married and miserable in suburban motherhood, and one new friend who’s a wedding planner in dire need of an exorcist.
It soon becomes clear that the trouble at the hotel goes much, much deeper than a little old-fashioned laundering. Before Zephyr can master the reservation system, she is yanking at the threads of a multi-million dollar egg donation scandal and re-examining her own motives for opting out of parenthood.
Click on Q&A, above, for an interview with Daphne.
Spanish translation of Hotel No Tell coming February 2012 from Editorial Planeta!
...In which Daphne does NOT reveal her favorite distraction-free writing spot!
...in which she DOES reveal how she cooked up her heroine.
...calls Daphne "a new go-to summer read."
Chick lit: not just for chicks! Thanks to Joe Meyers for this great review.
Wait. Is Hotel No Tell chick lit? And what does that mean anyway? Daphne discusses this slippery fish on SheWrites...
calls Hotel No Tell a "hip, fun and suspenseful read [crafted] with wry wit, pathos, and kindness, while providing consistently insightful takes on the human endeavor."
says: "Highly intelligent (grab your dictionary for some of the $10 words that Uviller throws in) and highly entertaining, Hotel No Tell makes a great summer read!"