Tuesday, 27 June 2017


Genre YA Mystery
Publisher City Lights Press 


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.

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A sequel is also available

  About the Author 
Art Director, Writer, Creative Director and finally author. Margaret Cioffi spent her professional career working in advertising and marketing. Her career spans several years and several hundred ads in print, radio and broadcast. Margaret Cioffi has written eight books. Margaret spends her free time writing, cooking, painting and hanging out with her husband and her family although not all at the same time.  

In a funny beginning, Siobhan fluffs up one job interview, but is offered a job, after she speaks to an elderly woman, in a cafe she goes to afterwards. The job is as a clerk in a thinly veiled escort agency. 
Siobhan is naive, leans towards hyperbole ( It was a massive platter of food, including half a meat pie, ten pounds of spuds, and a garden of vegetables. etc.) and is obnoxious too, which can be painful to read. She does light up the pages with her one liners, and wit. She also doesn't care much for boys, or dating. 
Siobhan often says how the girls working at the escort agency are little more than airheads, while Siobhan often talks about her appearance. I thought it was a sad indication  of our society today that teens are so focused on if they are too fat, and not thin enough. 
That aside, My Summer Job is madcap, and offers mystery, intrigue, and suspense. So as well as the humour, and our delightful protagonist, it will appeal to many. 

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