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Dead-End Job Mystery Series
Helen Hawthorne came to South Florida on the run, working dead-end jobs for cash under the table. Now she’s a PI, working a different low-paying job undercover in each novel.
Novels are listed in order.
All novels are e-books.
Shop Till You Drop 1.
Shop Till You Drop

Murder Between the Covers 2.
Murder Between the Covers

Dying to Call You 3.
Dying to Call You

Just Murdered 4.
Just Murdered

Murder Unleashed 5.
Murder Unleashed

Murder With Reservations 6.
Murder With Reservations

Clubbed to Death 7.
Clubbed to Death

Killer Cuts 8.
Killer Cuts

Half-Price Homicide 9.
Half-Price Homicide

Pumped For Murder 10.
Pumped For Murder

Final Sail 11.
Final Sail

Board Stiff 12.
Board Stiff

Catnapped! 13.

Checked Out 14.
Checked Out

Dead-End Job Mystery Novella
Killer Blonde 1.
Killer Blonde



 A Dead-End Job Mystery
Checked Out
Checked Out, by Elaine Viets. Hardcover published by . 280 pages. $24.95.
First Chapter
“I need your help,” Elizabeth Cateman Kingsley said. “My late father misplaced a million dollars in a library book. I want it back.”

Helen Hawthorne caught herself before she said, “You’re joking.” Private eyes were supposed to be cool. Helen and her husband, Phil Sagemont, were partners in Coronado Investigations, a Fort Lauderdale firm.

Elizabeth seemed unnaturally calm for someone with a misplaced million. Her sensational statement had grabbed the attention of Helen and Phil, but now Elizabeth sat quietly in the yellow client chair, her narrow feet in sensible black heels crossed at the ankles, her slender, well-shaped hands folded in her lap

Helen studied the woman from her chrome-and-black partner’s chair. Somewhere in her fifties, Elizabeth Kingsley kept her gunmetal hair defiantly undyed and pulled into a knot. A thin, knife-blade nose gave her makeup-free face distinction. Helen thought she looked practical, confident and intelligent.

Elizabeth’s well-cut gray suit was slightly worn. Her turquoise-and-pink silk scarf gave it a bold splash of color. Elizabeth had money once, Helen decided, but she was on hard times now. But how the heck did you leave a million bucks in a library book?

Phil asked the question Helen had been thinking a little more tactfully: “How do you misplace millions in a library book?”

“I didn’t,” Elizabeth said. “My father, Davis Kingsley, did.”

“Was it a check? A bank book?”

“Oh, no,” she said. “It’s a watercolor.”


Josie Marcus Mystery Shopper Series
Josie Marcus, mall moll, single mom and protector of Mrs. Minivan, finds more than she bargained for as a St. Louis mystery shopper.
Novels are listed in order.
All novels are e-books.
Dying In Style 1.
Dying In Style
High Heels Are Murder 2.
High Heels Are Murder
Accessory to Murder 3.
Accessory to Murder
Murder With All the Trimmings 4.
Murder With All the Trimmings
The Fashion Hound Murders 5.
The Fashion Hound Murders
An Uplifting Murder 6.
An Uplifting Murder
Death on a Platter 7.
Death on a Platter
Murder Is a Piece of Cake 8.
Murder Is a Piece of Cake
Fixing to Die 9.
Fixing to Die
A Dog Gone Murder 10.
A Dog Gone Murder
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Left Bank Books
Francesca Vierling Mysteries
Sleek, sexy, six-foot-tall Francesca Vierling is a newspaper columnist for the St. Louis City Gazette. Francesca makes her living knowing the story behind the scenes and the secrets other papers miss. There are four books in this series.
Novels are listed in order.
Backstab 1.

Rubout 2.

The Pink Flamingo Murders 3.
The Pink Flamingo Murders

Doc in the Box 4.
Doc in the Box





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