Interesting mystery. Sex gets a more philosophical and ethical consideration by the lead character who is a "sexual surrogate" whose unexpected involvement in the career has her reflecting positively on the role of "courtesan" which she identifies with. Her roommate and good friends is a priest preaching a ministry to the homeless and she supports his ministry with her earnings- another small moral issue. A running thread comparing morality and ethics among characters creates interest and the interview techniques of a policewoman are highlighted interestingly with the suspect who evaluates and learns from them.
Quite a nice little book, short and quick with a little more reflection than just mere who did it and why.
This is a fun, very fast read, with a real mystery in it. Surprisingly very little actual sex--so if you're looking for a Laurell K. Hamilton level of sex, not what you want. However, if you're looking for a fun mystery where you actually have to think a little about whodunit, pick this one.
An interesting career choice for the main character. A good mystery.
Not your average mystery. If you think that because of the title there will be several hot sex scenes in this book, you would be wrong - there are none. There is, however, a lot of discussion about sex - given that the main character is a sex surrogate or courtesan (her preferred term). The setting is Manhattan. Although this wasn't a page turner mystery for me, I enjoyed it thoroughly.
A enjoyable mystery set in modern day New York with the sleuth a sex surrogate. Not erotic.
It took me a few chapters to get into this book but wow what a screwy scenario.
A sex therapist pimps out her clients to a female sex surrogate, Lydia Quess -- legalized prostitution. In the first few pages of the book, a client is murdered in Lydia's bed and she is the prime suspect. The irony of the situation is that Lydia's roommate is a catholic priest while Lydia is a hooker. Gotta love it.
This is a story of the suspect (Lydia) doing her own detective work and because the police, of course, suspect her and aren't giving the case their full attention. A short but sweet mystery.
I have to say that chick lit mystery is a new genre for me. Actually, if anyone had voiced such a genre even a few months ago to me, I would have been hard-pressed to think of one book that fits the bill. With SEX, A MYSTERY, however, Ms. Quirina has hit the nail on the head. A delightful blend of humor, wisecracks, mystery, and an adorable amateur sleuth as a heroine-this book just plain works.
Lydia Quess is a Harvard graduate who believes she's found her niche as a corporate bigwig for a huge food conglomerate. That is, until she opens her mouth to blow the whistle on the company's baby food formula, which is less than nutritious and healthy for the babies. Now unemployed and unqualified for any job other than international marketing, Lydia finds herself on the wrong side of Manhattan's lifestyle chain.
Her good friend Dr. Sylvie Kahn, a renowned sex therapist, harbors the idea of Lydia becoming a "sex surrogate"-or, to Lydia's way of thinking-a courtesan of sorts. All is progressing quite well, with Lydia able to keep her Fifth Avenue duplex, stylish clothes on her back, and fashionable shoes on her feet, until one Michael Peabody Linscott III is found murdered-in Lydia's bed.
Suddenly, the former executive with the MBA turned surrogate sex professional is the prime suspect in a murder. What's a single woman at her peak to do? Turn in her therapeutic badge for one as a detective.
SEX, A MYSTERY is a real treat. Lydia's escapades are hilarious, the dialogue is funny and refreshing, and her quest to find out who murdered Michael Linscott is a hoot. Ms. Quirina has found a niche with this chick lit mystery, and I personally can't wait to see what she comes up with.