Reviewed by DirtyDiva October 31, 2012
I started reading Schooled on Friday and in true gamer fashion, put it down for quick bouts in Borderlands 2. But it was difficult because I was so drawn to finding out who left the pretty naked girl in the wetlands.
Schooled: A Lexy Cooper Mystery revolves around Ms. Cooper who finds herself in the middle of murder mystery at the gaming giant Xenon’s HQ in Redmond, Washington. A young woman has been found dead on the office campus and Lexy’s uncle Mike has been assigned the case.
Lexy is a young community manager who knows how to work it to get what she thinks she wants at a male dominated company. While she likes to tell herself she has it all together and is in control of her life, her uncle Mike is always floating in the background helping her out of rough situations. She’s defiant and immature but working at game companies means you never have to grow up (at least until you make it to the level where they make you wear suits to work.) Christa has captured this sentiment perfectly. There’s the pretty people, the cave dwellers, overgrown kids and plenty of backstabbing, partying, sex, drugs and general debauchery – nothing like showing it how it is.
Lexy is a smart cookie, though. What she lacks in decency, she makes up for with her smarts. It’s very easy to want to make her into some dimwit bimbo but she evilly skirts the line and sometimes you hate her for it. Her inability to stop and think about consequences mixed with her intelligence helps uncover the mysteries surrounding the case. At times, Lexy really starts to look like a little girl lost and you want to just reach out and hug her. At other times, you realize this wouldn’t be enough and you think punching her in the tit may be the only way to get through to her.
Lexy shares the story with her uncle Mike. A military vet who takes no BS from suspects or colleagues and has no problems letting Lexy know that her life choices are inappropriate – much like her outfits. He is the big brother she needs to keeps her head on straight.
Schooled is a great whodunnit with a mixture of wonderfully sordid characters. Having known Christa a long time, I may or may not know who some were based on and to be honest, I may have laughed a little too hard at some of the beings she brought to life. Even without this knowledge, you will squirm and inevitably know someone who that character could be. Her descriptions really create the person as a whole. From their hygiene, to their appearance, to their social awkwardness – you really do want to know more and see how their parts play out.
The story is dark – much darker than I expected and I loved it. This darkness was wrapped in a butterscotch candy shell that kept making you want to unwrap more and just suck on it – much like Lexy herself (um, I mean she has a love of caramels…that’s all, you dirty people).
If you know anything about the gaming world, you will appreciate how spot-on her accounts are. If you’re not a part of it and wish you were, read this and you’ll see a sordid world of sex, parties, corruption and gaming. Is it really something you want to be a part of? Probably.
5 out of 5 stars
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