Super In the City (Zephyr Zuckerman #1)

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….

One should not simply read Super in the City; one should gobble it up like candy. This is particularly intelligent candy, mind you — but don’t let that stop you from indulging in a big old sack of fun.
— Elizabeth Gilbert, New York Times bestselling author of EAT, PRAY, LOVE
[Uviller has]...a polished lead character, an ear for snappy dialogue and a propulsive storytelling style...Funny, enjoyable caper about a dirty job and the unlikely young woman who takes it on.
— Kirkus Reviews
...Gleefully unpretentious...gallops at full speed from the very first line... undoubtedly smarter and funnier than most other girls-in-the-city novels.
— Publisher's Weekly
— People
Witty and piquant.
— Wall Street Journal