“Elaine Viets has come up with all the ingredients for an irresistible mystery: a heroine with a sense of humor and a gift for snappy dialogue, an atmospheric South Florida backdrop, a cast of entertaining secondary characters, and some really nasty crimes. I’m looking forward to the next installment in her new Dead-End Job series.”
“Elaine Viets’s debut Dead-End Job mystery is a live wire. It’s Janet Evanovich meets
as Helen Hawthorne takes Florida by storm. Shop no further—this is the one.”
“Elaine Viets is fabulous. I fell in love with her dead-on funny Dead-End Job mysteries and so will you.”
“I loved this book. With a stubborn and intelligent heroine, a wonderful South Florida setting, and a cast of more-or-less lethal bimbos,
provides tons of fun. Six-toed cats, expensive clothes, sexy guys on motorcycles—this book has it all.”
“Wit, murder, and sunshine . . . it must be Florida. I love this new series by Elaine Viets.”
“Fresh, funny, and fiendishly constructed,
gleefully skewers cosmetic surgery, ultraexclusive clothing boutiques, cheating ex-husbands, and the Florida dating game, as attractive newcomer Helen Hawthorne takes on the first of her deliciously awful dead-end jobs and finds herself enmeshed in drugs, embezzlement, and murder. A bright start to an exciting new series. This one is hard to beat.”
Praise for Elaine Viets and her mysteries
“I’m looking forward to reading more.”
“Great dialogue, colorful repeat characters who seem to grow on the reader—and a deft hand at surprise endings.”
—Gannett News Service
“Plenty of laughs and likable characters.”
“Amusing . . . has a universal ring of truth whether you’re from the Midwest or South Florida.”
“Viets is a natural-born storyteller.”
“Believable. . . . Viets can tell a tale.”
I want to thank my husband, Don Crinklaw, for his patience. When I asked him “Do you think it would sound better if I changed the ‘a’ to ‘the’?” he actually gave me a serious answer.
And my pitbull agent, David Hendin.
And my enthusiastic editor, Genny Ostertag, who keeps dreaming up dead-end jobs for me, so I can have the job I really want.
Thanks to the Penguin Putnam copy editors and production staff, who were so careful.
So many people helped with this book. I hope I didn’t leave anyone out.
Thanks to Joanne Sinchuk and John Spera at Murder on the Beach bookstore in Delray Beach, Florida. They