Murder Unleashed

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Penguin Group USA, 2007 - Fiction - 276 pages
27 Reviews
With a resume that includes attempted assault and alimony evasion, Helen Hawthorne has no choice but to take on a series of dead-end jobs to make ends meet. At the Pampered Pet Boutique, Helen hustles a selection of canine cuisine and couture that beats anything in her own fridge or closet. And when Helen goes to deliver a dog to a client, she finds the blonde trophy wife stretched out naked by her pool, a pair of ten-inch grooming scissors sticking out of her chest. Later that same day, a valuable labradoodle puppy is kidnapped from the boutique. All eyes turn to Helen as the main suspect, and with a hurricane headed straight for South Florida, Helen's got to find the killer and come clean, or else her new life will be gone with the wind.

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Good mystery and plot. - Goodreads
Always like Elaine Viets and her witty writing style. - Goodreads
Wow! Great plot twists and turns in this one! - Goodreads
I really like the writing style. - Goodreads

Review: Murder Unleashed (A Dead-End Job Mystery #5)

User Review  - Emma - Goodreads

My favourite in the Dead End Jobs series so far & the 5th that I've read in a row (yay kindle). Great twists & turns in the plot, fun characters (as ever) - there's something very comforting about returning to the Coronado. Read full review

Review: Murder Unleashed (A Dead-End Job Mystery #5)

User Review  - Ashland Mystery Oregon - Goodreads

I so enjoy Viets' Dead-End Job Mysteries. As one well known author says, "I wish I'd have thought of that!" In Murder Unleashed, Helen's stuck in an upscale dog grooming shop, with bitches on all ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Elaine Viets has actually worked those dead-end jobs in her mystery novels, just like her character, Helen Hawthorne. Over the years, Elaine has been a dress store clerk, phone book proofreader, babysitter, telemarketer, bookseller, and weed puller at fifty cents a bucket. She is also the author of the Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper series and numerous short stories. Elaine has won an Anthony Award and an Agatha Award. She lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with her husband, author and actor Don Crinklaw. Please visit her blog: The Lipstick Chronicles.

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