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Schooled (Lexy Cooper Mystery #1)

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  253 Ratings  ·  70 Reviews
When a young woman's nude body is discovered on the Xenon game company's corporate campus, community manager Lexy Cooper gets an early morning call from her uncle, homicide detective Mike Malick, to ID the corpse. As Malick investigates the crime, Lexy works the case from inside Xenon and discovers more about the seedy underbelly of the games industry than she ever wanted ...more
Paperback, 172 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (first published November 3rd 2012)
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May 10, 2013 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!

I worked fairly closely with the author at Xbox, when I was part of the slightly maligned Marketing and PR Teams over in Building A, where Callie's body was found. I had the chance to partner with Christa on several projects, and was at many of the events he covered with the Xbox community. I know her as a talented writer, and a smart, quirky, and maybe-only-slightly-less-outrageous than her protagonist Lexy.

I looked forward to checking out Christa's first book, especially because it t
Oct 02, 2012 Kiki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
After reading Schooled I felt like I was taken on a wild ride where I got to hang out with the coolest chick in town, peak behind the videogame industry curtain to see some of its dirty secrets, and watch a mystery being solved along the way. It was a fast-paced, slightly naughty ride... and I finished the book wanting more! I definitely recommend this to anyone who loves videogames, mysteries, and/or saucy and flirty female lead characters. Definitely an engrossing read that readers of all ages ...more
Brandon Brunstad
Video games, sex, and murder. What more can a gamer ask for? Being the obsessed gamer that I am, this was right up my alley. Get a glimpse behind the scenes of the dirty, dark side of the gaming industry, as you ride along with sexy Left Cooper as she attempts to help solve a murder. Once I started, I couldn't tear myself away. Great story with a nice twist and plenty of naughty moments. Can't wait to see what kind of trouble Lexy gets herself into next!
Dec 28, 2012 Annette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: videogame-novels
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jen Bailey Bergen
Nov 29, 2012 Jen Bailey Bergen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have things to say about this book, because feelings. But not yet, because also feelings.

I'm processing. Might need to read a second or third time to express the feelings. GOOD feelings! Read this book, I'll get around to talking about feelings soon.

UPDATE: Here's the review.

If you're a woman and you've ever worked in the gaming or technology industry, you'll recognize at least some part of yourself in this book. The author hits that nail square on the head, which makes for a beautifully const
Tof Eklund
Feb 24, 2013 Tof Eklund rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From the cover, you might expect Schooled! to be funny (it is) and sexy (it is) and lighthearted, the kind of book that reviewers might call a "spirited romp." Lexy Cooper is spirited, but this is not a romp. Schooled! is a sordid tale of murder, intrigue, and infidelity. A lot of infidelity.

It seems like no-one on gaming giant Xenon's Redmond campus can keep it in their pants, and those who aren't cheating on a fiancee or a spouse are cheating with someone who is in a "committed" relationship,
Sonic Alpha
Not all audiobooks are created equally.

As a huge fan of Christa Charter's novels, and in particular the Lexy Cooper series, I couldn't wait to listen to the series' audio debut.

Sadly, this rendition of Schooled fell a little flat.

While the source material is still as witty as ever, Schooled's biggest flaw lies with its narrator. Tassoula Kokkoris' performance leaves a lot to be desired. While her voice is clear and concise, there's a lack of range when it comes to the character voices. As such m
Paul Harmon
May 11, 2014 Paul Harmon rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Schooled: A Lexy Cooper Video Game Mystery.
First off it gets an extra star for the video game parts.It's obvious this is supposed to be Xbox and even more obvious if you know the writer is Trixie360 from XBOX fame. The mystery part though is barely there as are the characters. The secondary characters are very thin and wholly unlikable or just unremarkable. As far as our main character, our protagonist, heroine Lexy Cooper, it's really hard to root for someone like her because in real life she'd
Nov 28, 2012 Denny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Christa Charter has nailed it with her latest novel. Lexy Cooper is a smart, sexy, but very human heroine, and her inadvertent entry into detective work is a nail-biting, but fully believable, romp that will have you glued to your Kindle. You'll cheer Lexy on and you'll say "WTF are you doing, Lexy?," because Lexy doesn't read like a character, she really feels like a three-dimensional person. The story that unfolds is full of deceit, twists, interesting personalities--and a bit more sexytime ...more
Jun 25, 2013 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite my original thoughts after reading the description for this book and getting it on Kindle, after reading a good chunk I determined I was not the target audience. Not one to so easily give up on a book, I still pressed on and finished, but was disappointed. I expected more of an intriguing mystery and video game related aspects that never really materialized. Just as Lexy flitted from guy to guy having sex on a whim, she also was not a very consistent character to be able to relate to. ...more
James Riggs
May 06, 2013 James Riggs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ah, Lexy Cooper. She is the epitome of what gamer guys look for in a woman. She is beautiful, sexy and above all else, is knowledgable about games. The fact that she seems to be very intelligent, if not a bit naive, is a bonus.

Knowing a small portion of Christa Charter’s (the author) background, I loved the relevance of the story arc. I was enthralled (yes, enthralled) by the book, so much so that I didn’t put it down until I was done (of course excluding meals and bathroom breaks, but even some
Nov 07, 2013 Wayne rated it it was amazing
This was one incredible book, and I had trouble putting it down. Christa perfectly captures the zany atmosphere of working for a large software development company, and does so in a brilliantly fun way. Riddled with pop culture and video game references, this is a book that any gamer will enjoy. Lexy is the most entertaining (and sexy) protagonist I have encountered in a long time. I had so much fun reading about the different characters in the book that I almost overlooked the fact that there ...more
Eric Taylor
May 25, 2013 Eric Taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had a lot of fun reading this book, was one of those ones you pick up and don't want to put back down, but then again you don't want to finish too quick either. Christa has a wonderful writing style and makes the book fun to read. Being that she has seen the inner workings of the video game industry, it was fun just to read about some of the goings on in the background of said industry. There were a couple of OMG parts in the book, and might make parents think about letting younger readers ...more
Oct 03, 2012 Wendy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got to preview this book and plan to read it again after its release. I laughed out loud in the first paragraph so I knew the book was going to be a fantastic read. I was NOT disappointed. I enjoyed the flow of the book and how Christa didn't drag the story out unnecessarily. She didn't get crazy with detail but expertly explained gaming world topics so everyone could understand. Some of my favorite parts of the book were the dialogue between Lexy and Uncle Mike. I love Lexy and can't wait for ...more
Jul 30, 2014 Cj rated it it was amazing
This was so much fun to read that I couldn't wait to get to the end and I'm looking forward to the next one! I love the humor and, while it's definitely an easy read it's still very smart and speaks to those of us who have worked in the video game industry for sure! I recommend a cup of hot tea (or Diet Coke if that suits you,) a bubble bath, and no interruptions while reading this one.
Note: If you're prone to dropping things when you have bursts of giggling, be sure to put your e-reader in a g
May 04, 2014 Jarime rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook
I got interested in this book mainly because I am a gamer. I typically do not read mystery novels. I will say that I am very glad I read it. I know some of the characters from their life counter parts in the industry. Or I should say I know of them. It was a awesome story that kept me interested from one word to the next. I will be starting the next one in the series tonight and I am looking forward to finishing it as well!
Jessi Moyer
Jul 16, 2013 Jessi Moyer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Schooled is a fun, funny, sexy, suspenseful read that you won't want to put down. (and I'm not just saying this cause I'm friends with the author in the virtual world) I did not want the book to end! Can't wait to pick up the second Lexy Cooper mystery! I will definitely pass this on to any of my friends looking for a great read.
Snow Wolf
Dec 09, 2012 Snow Wolf rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
An interesting mix of sex, murder, and gaming. Definitely not for the younger audience or the pure of mind. Also not for those that are worried about what the people reading over your shoulder might think. I indeed look forward to future installments in tales of Lexy Cooper.
David Larrabee
Dec 10, 2012 David Larrabee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A super fun read, finished it way faster than I expected, and now not sure what to read next - @trixie360 hurry up and finish writing the rest of the series :)
Caedy  Eries


Just saying!

I still have a girl-crush on Lexy.

I will still spend the night with Nate.
John Purvis
Sep 12, 2014 John Purvis rated it it was amazing
"Schooled" was published in 2012 and it was written by Christa Charter. Ms. Charter has written six novels, "Schooled" being the second. “Schooled” is also the first in her "Lexy Cooper Mystery" series.

I was alerted to "Schooled" being available for free download through This is a mystery set in contemporary Redmond, Washington. I would rate this novel as 'R' as there is Mature Language and Mature Situations. The novel is written in the third person with the pr
I loved this book! When's the next one coming out? :)

From a completely neutral perspective:
This book is an awesome mix of humor, action, sex and more. The storyline was so intriguing, I wanted to keep turning those virtual pages to find out what was going to happen next. The actual crime was mysterious enough to be compelling, and investigated and played-out well enough to be believable. I also loved the characters, they were interesting and I felt like I really cared about them. They seemed rea
Jaq Greenspon
Generally, I enjoyed Christa Charter's new series starter (you can tell it's a new series because the last line completely sets up the sequel) and her double team of detectives - Lexy and her "uncle" Mike - work well together. The mystery itself is fun and while there are no great twists and turns, it's also not completely obvious from the outset, which is nice.

The setting, an online game company based in the Seattle metropolitan area seems to be unique and it's obvious (even without reading th
Nov 27, 2013 Harold rated it really liked it

As Popeye — or possibly Tom Waits — might say, “Shiver me timbers!” Schooled is a cracker-jack yarn, as much fun to read as a swashbuckling pirate adventure — kinda. Hey, there’s even a skull and crossed bones pictured on the cover, along with…well, buxom Lexy Cooper, the book’s feisty heroine.

Of course, Schooled isn’t a pirate story; it’s cops and killers in the world of the videogame business in and around Seattle, Washington.

It’s a murder mystery so guess what? A body is discovered on page 2.
Oct 26, 2013 Grayson rated it really liked it
I'm normally not a fan of mystery novels, so I was really surprised to find that I couldn't put this one down. Seriously, I started it at 1am and didn't stop reading until I finished it at 4am, at which point I bought the next two books (on Kindle). If I didn't have plans for the day I'd read both of them straight through ASAP.

"Schooled" didn't hook me right off the bat. It starts off with a sex scene, and the author made it very very obvious that the gaming company was Microsoft. I mean, the co
Chris Twentier
May 30, 2013 Chris Twentier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reviewing this here since Amazon hates me and won't let me write a review there.
Christa Charter has taken the old triumvirate of "sex, drugs and rock n roll" and brought it more in line with today's it's "sex, violence and video games!" Lexy Cooper, a mild mannered (ok...not so mild mannered) Community Manager at leading video game manufacturer Xenon finds herself drawn into the center of a murder mystery when a body of another Xenon employee is found on campus. Lexy's uncle
The world of Lexy is brought to life in a believable manner by an author that drew upon her many years in the gaming industry. What starts off as a murder/mystery evolves into an exciting look at the gaming world through the eyes of Lexy in her Xenon personality and co-workers as she assists her police officer uncle who is investigating the murder. Being a gamer, I think that the glimpses into that world were more interesting, to me, and helped to flesh out the world of Lexy. It certainly helped ...more
May 04, 2013 Lucy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was extremely hyped for the book from the moment I knew about it. I've known Christa online for a few years and if you know the kind of things she says on Twitter, you can't help it, you HAVE to be excited for her book. And thankfully, I wasn't diappointed, this is one hell of a story and Lexy is just kickassing-ly amazing.
All this coming from a person who usually doesn't read a lot anymore. Academic reading for university and no ability to concentrate on a book have turned me into a "I only r
Stacey B.
OVERALL IMPRESSION: This story was pretty good. I wouldn't say that I was blown away or that it was super memorable, but I was entertained while reading it. I had fun trying to figure things out alongside Lexy. The ending was suspenseful, but not suspenseful enough. I felt like there could have been a lot more done with it to make me stand on edge.

CHARACTERS: Lexy annoyed me with the way she used her body to get what she wanted. I just cringed a little bit every time she did it. I liked Mike a l
Sep 14, 2014 Nicko rated it it was ok
I decided to look at the reviews here and I was blown away: people were saying they loved this massive heap of garbage.

So the plot is that some chick gets killed at the Micros....errr....I mean Xenon campus and who cares because the heroine is pretty busy throughout the book having sex with engaged and married men.

All the characters are modeled after bad clichés. Even though the killer reveal was totally predictable I was still rooting for him to somehow gut Lexy in one of the rare times her le
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Christa Charter worked in the video game industry for two decades including eight years as community manager/website editor/video hostess "trixie360" for Microsoft's Xbox Live before writing books full time. She is the author of "Schooled," "Pwned," "I Saw Lexy Kissing Santa," "Griefed," "The Sleepless Nanny," "B.Y.O.P.: Be Your Own Publisher," and a Detective Malick spin-off, "Summer Wind." The ...more
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