May 122017
 


On Flashback Fridays I will share with you the books I was not able to review
when they were first released that have been screaming at me
from my To-Be-Read bookshelf.

The hardcover and e-book editions of this book were released May 3, 2016.
The Mass Market Paperback Edition was just released on May 2.


The Art of Murder (Dead-End Job Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
15th in Series
Setting – Florida
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451476135
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451476142
Kindle ASIN: B013Q70G1G

 

 

The art world is a happening place—but a brush with death shouldn’t be in the picture. Unfortunately that’s just what happens to Helen Hawthorne and her friend Margery. While touring gorgeous Bonnet House, a mansion-turned-museum, they observe a painting class and note an up-and-coming artist. When they later see her deadly end, Helen is hired to canvas the crime scene—undercover, of course.

Sketchy suspects lurk in the victim’s bohemian past. Was the promising painter killed by her jealous husband? Her best friend? A rival using her artful wiles? With her husband Phil busy setting a trap for a gold thief, it’s up to Helen to paint this killer into a corner . . .

Dollycas’s Thoughts

What should have been a quiet and relaxing day for Helen Hawthorne and her friend Margery quickly turns deadly. The were touring Bonnet House, a Fort Lauderdale museum, and when the left they were witness to a woman falling down and convulsing in a parking lot. She later died and her death was very suspicious, but was it murder or suicide?  Helen is asked to investigate her death and goes undercover to do so.  Phil has his own case. He is trying to catch a thief that has been burglarizing high rises. Busy with their own cases they don’t have much time for each other. Hopefully they can wrap things up before their marriage starts to suffer.

Fifteen books in and Elaine Viets still delivers a timely mystery we can escape right into.

Helen has come a long way from the dead end jobs as she takes on another case all by herself and she ends up helping Phil with his case too. Phil ends up the one with the dead end job in this installment. I did figure out the whodunit in her case quite easily and some of the facets of Phil’s case too but both had a suspenseful endings.

All our favorite characters and their “sunset salutes” are back.  I did enjoy Markos helping the PI’s again. The new characters were interesting and well developed. Their dialogue was well written too and real.

This was not my favorite book in the series but it was an entertaining read . I think I miss Helen being chased by her ex but as with all series I understand the characters have to evolve. The bit of marital tension between Helen and Phil did help, but truly we all know they are just so darn happy together. 🙂

The Art of Murder is a light, fast, enjoyable cozy. A nice addition to this series.

Dollycas

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About This Author

Elaine writes her novels with the help of Harry, a striped cat who sleeps by her computer and lashes the keyboard with his tail. He whips her into a writing frenzy. Harry collaborates on two series, the Dead-End Job Mysteries and the Josie Marcus Mystery Shopper series. She’s won the Anthony, Agatha and Lefty awards.

For more about Elaine check out her web site here.


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Jan 082016
 

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On Flashback Fridays I will share with you the books I missed when they were first
released that have been screaming at me from my To-Be-Read bookshelf.

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A Dead-End Job Mystery

14th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Florida
Release Date – May 5, 2015
An Obsidian Mystery
An Imprint of New American Library
Published by Penguin Random House, LLC.
Hardcover: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451466327
E-Book ASIN: B00O2BKLB6
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Shhh…in the newest hardcover in the national bestselling Dead-End Job Mystery series, Helen Hawthorne quietly goes undercover at a local library to search for a missing masterpiece.

Wealthy socialite Elizabeth Cateman Kingsley has hired Helen to find a missing John Singer Sargent painting, owned by her late father. After his death, many of Davis Cateman’s books were donated to the Flora Park library, and his daughter suspects the small watercolor—worth millions—was tucked away inside one of those dusty tomes.

To search the stacks, Helen applies for a position as a library volunteer and discovers the library director has a catalog of complaints—from a mischievous calico cat named Paris to the mysterious disappearance of various items that some of the more imaginative staff are attributing to a ghost haunting the building.

While her husband Phil sticks his neck out to find a missing necklace, Helen is on her own with no one to lend her a hand. When a dead body turns up in a parking lot, it appears someone is willing to go to any lengths to keep the treasure in the library quiet. Now Helen is bound and determined to find the killer as well as the painting—before she’s taken out of circulation herself.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Elaine Viets just continues to top herself.

In the 14th installment of this very popular series, Helen and Phil are working separate cases. Helen is working as a library volunteer while she search for a very high valued piece of artwork that may have been misplaced in a book donated to the library. Phil is trying to find a very expensive necklace and a golf cart that went missing during a party. Both seem like relatively simple jobs but both of filled with plenty of complications, including teenagers who don’t have a clue… a “ghost”….a dead body….and more.

This was a great read and thought provoking. Helen’s work at the library introduced us to some wealthy women who thought of nothing but themselves. We also met some homeless people who use the library as a refuge. Phil was working for more wealthy people but spent most of his time getting to know the hired help who seemed to get blamed for everything.  I truly enjoyed the twists in the story that showed people’s true colors.

All the characters that live at the Coronado Apartments have returned as well with a couple of additions. The Sunset Salute still takes place every evening by the pool so all the friends can catch up with a drink or two.

Now the settings were amazing. The Flora Park Library was a huge estate that was converted into a library. The Friends of the Library are trying to raise money to shore up the walls and floors to handle the weight of all the wonderful books it contains, otherwise a new library will need to be built without all the rich history of the current library. Phil’s job also takes place at a beautiful estate with a pool and anything else a person could want. And since there is snow on the ground in Wisconsin right now, Florida anywhere sounds delightful.

The reason I love this series is because the recurring characters are real and true to life. The new characters in each story all unique, some work their way into our hearts and some we would like to jump into the pages and slap across the face. Of course there are some that fall in between. Viets puts them all in believable situations and wraps them in mysteries where many become suspects. Trying to solve them before Helen and Phil is the fun part. Usually I figure it out the same time they do.

Each story can be read as a stand alone but you really should read the whole series for maximum enjoyment.

perfect 2016

Dollycas

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About This Author

Elaine writes her novels with the help of Harry, a striped cat who sleeps by her computer and lashes the keyboard with his tail. He whips her into a writing frenzy. Harry collaborates on two series, the Dead-End Job Mysteries and the Josie Marcus Mystery Shopper series. She’s won the Anthony, Agatha and Lefty awards.

For more about Elaine check out her web site here.
Book #15 will be out in May!


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May 232013
 

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A Dead-End Job Mystery

12th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Obsidian (May 7, 2013)
Published The Penguin Group
Hardcover: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451239853
E-Book File Size: 665 KB
ASIN: B00BYLQO4K

Husband and wife PI team Helen Hawthorne and Phil Sagemont won’t be sparing the sunscreen on their latest assignment, but they’re about to find out murder is no day at the beach….

Phil is working undercover at Sunny Jim’s Safety First Parasailing and Stand-Up Paddleboarding business on Florida’s Riggs Beach while Helen plays the tourist with her trusty video camera. They have been hired to figure out who was trying to put Jim out of business when stakes get raised considerably. A client was killed and Jim knows it was no accident.

There are no shortage of suspects, a cutthroat competitor wants Jim’s prime beach location, the nearby restaurant owner wants the space to enlarge his parking lot, and the victim’s husband seems pretty shady himself and more so after he files a wrongful death suit.

But Phil and Helen uncover much more as they investigate. Dirty politicians, dirty cops and many secrets seem to be the norm at this beach. Helen and Phil need to catch the culprit before the tide turns and they all get washed away.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
One of my favorite series. Viets tops herself this one with a big surprise. I had a little inkling at the end of Final Sail but never imagined that it would play out the way it did.

Valerie Cannata finds herself right in the middle of the investigation and my favorite lady in purple, Margery, plays a key role as well. That Margery is one wise woman who never fails to put a smile on my face. 

The time we had more than just one character to hate. Daniel was a terrible husband, Cy was a terrible boss, Frank was on the take and Randy was out for revenge.  The author has readers paddling at a fast pace to uncover the killer.  

A smart mystery that is fun and very entertaining. I recommend reading the series in order because each builds to the next.  Helen’s evolution from the beginning of the series until now is remarkable. All the books would make great Summer Reads!!!

a perfect escape

5 STARFISH

Dollycas

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A woman I can identify with! Elaine writes her novels with the help of Harry, a striped cat who sleeps by her computer and lashes the keyboard with his tail. He whips her into a writing frenzy. Harry collaborates on two series, the Dead-end Job mysteries and the Josie Marcus Mystery Shopper series. She’s won the Anthony, Agatha and Lefty awards.

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Nov 212012
 

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

I am thrilled to welcome Elaine Viets here today. I am a big fan of both of her series!

Hi Elaine!

Hi Everyone!

Faking It on Your Wedding Day
By Elaine Viets

Mystery shopper Josie Marcus is finally getting married. But she won’t have an easy time before she walks down the aisle. Lenore, her future mother-in-law, flies into St. Louis from Boca by private jet. Josie thinks Ted’s meddling mother should come in on a broom.
Josie loves Ted and wants to avoid an argument, but her patience is sorely tried. Lenore “helps” – read that as “tries to control” – their simple wedding until Josie wishes someone would lock up Lenore.

She gets her wish, all right. Lenore is arrested for murder. Dr. Ted has a woman stalker, and she winds up shot. Lenore is arrested for murder one.

Now Josie can’t marry Ted unless she finds the real killer.

 

Jewel Box – Interior

Jewel Box St. Louis

 

 

Ted and Josie do get married in the flower-filled Jewel Box in St. Louis, an art deco conservatory beloved by generations of brides. She has a traditional wedding cake with swags of white butter cream frosting.

Josie figured their wedding cake would cost about $400, but she hadn’t figured in a $50 delivery fee. She has to mystery shop wedding cakes and flowers to pay for the unexpected extra cost.

A wedding cake can cost a week’s salary or more. Way more, up into the hefty four figures. But some couples have their cake and eat it, too: They rent fake cakes for the wedding.

Those impressive cakes on display at the receptions are layers of iced Styrofoam. Some fake cakes have a top layer of real cake for the bride and groom to stage the cake cutting ceremony.

Other fake cakes have a secret compartment to hide a slice of real cake for the cutting photos.

Once the cake cutting is over, the fake cake is hustled away and the wedding guests are served slices of cheaper sheet cake.

Fake cakes can save couples real money, especially at big weddings. They just have to slice into the right layer for the cake cutting photos.

For couples who consider a traditional wedding cake a big, fat waste of money, a fake cake rental starts at about $125, plus shipping.

One major online company is cakerental.com (http://www.cakerental.com/index2009.html)

Who gets fake cakes?

Hollywood celebrities. Corporations celebrating major milestones, including the Ford Motor Company. Even celebrity chef Duff Goldman had a fake cake for his book signings.

The TV show, “Whose Wedding Is it Anyway?” rented a fake cake. And so do couples who want a sweet show on their wedding day. After the wedding, the fake cake is shipped back to the rental company.

There’s only one drawback:
Make sure drunken Uncle Ray doesn’t try to snitch a slice of the fake cake.

~Elaine

Murder is a Piece of Cake:
Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper

Obsidian (November 6, 2012)
Publish by New American Library
A Division of The Penguin Group
Cozy Mystery
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451238511

Murder is a Piece of Cake (Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper, #8)

Mystery Shopper Josie Marcus is thrilled to be getting married to Dr.Ted. Her boss gives her an early wedding present/assignment. Josie gets to investigate wedding cakes and flowers. She is also busy finalizing her own wedding plans as her future mother-in-law starts to drive her a little crazy with her “minor” changes. Still it is good to have “pistol packing” Lenore around when she comes to the rescue when a homicidal bridezilla named Molly threatens to kill Ted unless he agrees to marry her.

Josie thinks the pre-wedding drama is behind her and there will be smooth sailing ahead. Then Molly is found dead and the pistol packing mama is the prime suspect. Lenore is behind bars and the wedding is on hold. Josie has no choice but to track down the bridezilla killer so that her and Dr. Ted can get married and start their wonderful life together.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I love this series!

Josie Marcus is an amateur sleuth everyone will love.  In this 8th installment to the Mystery Shopper Mysteries she pulls out all the stops. Planning a wedding, dealing with a bridezilla while not becoming one herself, and catching a killer. Then there’s her future mother-in-law and her helpful suggestions. While she was behind bars Josie felt obligated to accept every one, but she needs to keep her wedding  from becoming an over the top extravaganza.

This story will have you laughing out loud, following the clues, and wishing and hoping Josie’s dream wedding comes true. This is a fast paced mystery that will keep you guessing until the final clue is uncovered. 

The author also includes great tips if you are planning a wedding too whether you are the bride or even the future mother-in-law. 

Elaine Viets always gives us mysteries that  are fun and entertaining!  Keep them coming Elaine.

Dollycas

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About This Author

A woman I can identify with! Elaine writes her novels with the help of Harry, a striped cat who sleeps by her computer and lashes the keyboard with his tail. He whips her into a writing frenzy. Harry collaborates on two series, the Dead-end Job mysteries and the Josie Marcus Mystery Shopper series. She’s won the Anthony, Agatha and Lefty awards. For more about Elaine check out her web site http://elaineviets.com

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May 112012
 

Final Sail: A Dead-End Job Mystery
11th in Series
Obsidian
Published by New American Library
A Division of The Penguin Group

Coronado Investigations is in demand. Helen and Phil are married and working together just not necessarily on the same case at the same time. Phil is trying to catch a young gold digger who may have killed her elderly spouse for his money. He will be using a variety of disguises to reel her in.

Helen starts out helping Phil but now she has her own case. She is hitting the high seas as a stewardess on an luxury yacht to try to catch a jewel smuggler. Sounds like a dream job right, but she has to be extra careful or she may end up swimming with the fishes.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
I absolutely love this series. Cruising on a luxury yacht with Helen may just be the perfect escape if it wasn’t for all the washing and ironing and cleaning toilets. What started out sounding fun was real work and then to track down a smuggler in her spare time made for a wild boat ride.

Phil with his hats and wigs posing as everything from Rastafarian to an air conditioning repairman to follow around the new Mrs. Zerling was a hoot and Helen got back from her voyage just in time to put herself back in the middle of the fun.

Elaine Viets never disappoints, she delivers mysteries that are fast paced and always entertaining! Helen and Phil make a heck of a team. Each edition tops the last and there is always that little trickle keeping us tied to Helen’s past which always leaves the reader wanting more. I can’t wait for my next adventure with the gang from The Coronado Tropics Apartments!

Dollycas

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About This Author
A woman I can identify with! Elaine writes her novels with the help of Harry, a striped cat who sleeps by her computer and lashes the keyboard with his tail. He whips her into a writing frenzy. Harry collaborates on two series, the Dead-end Job mysteries and the Josie Marcus Mystery Shopper series. For more about Elaine check out her web site http://elaineviets.com

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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