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Board Stiff: A Dead-End Job Mystery may have most of its action

Board Stiff: A Dead-End Job Mystery may have most of its action centered on a small stretch of beach but this is no simple beach read! On this beach in South Florida, the fight for tourist dollars doesn't stop at anything, not even, it turns out, murder.  




When Sunn...
Board Stiff: A Dead-End Job Mystery may have most of its action centered on a small stretch of beach but this is no simple beach read! On this beach in South Florida, the fight for tourist dollars doesn't stop at anything, not even, it turns out, murder.  




When Sunny Jim of Sunny Jim’s Stand-Up Paddleboard Rental, hires Helen Hawthorne and Phil Sagemont, husband and wife private eyes, because he thinks someone is vandalizing his business with the intent to get him off the beach, Helen and Phil have no idea just how far the fight for tourist dollars will go. But when a customer of Sunny Jim’s has an accident while using his equipment, and the accident looks less and less like an accident, Helen and Phil become embroiled in a case with a clear motive and a beach littered with suspects but weapons, witnesses and which suspect are not clear at all.  While the answers run far, far deeper than business competition, and while this mystery is no easy whodunit, no book of Ms. Viet’s would leave it at that.








In addition to the murderous dangers of the dirty beach in South Florida, Helen has shared her past with Phil; but, not quite all of it, and she knows that when she tells him the rest of the story she will be sorely testing the strength of their young marriage.  Not only that, but Helen needs to take action, action that takes her back through the years and back to her home town.








This is the 12th in this terrific, entertaining series. Board Stiff: A Dead-End Job Mystery can stand alone but if you are new to this series then you have the joy of 11 (count them--eleven!) entertaining books ahead of you to read! For those of you not new to this series, there’s a special treat in store for you when one of our favorite characters pulls out all the stops to help Helen and Phil!

posted by KarenDyer on May 4, 2013

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Dante

K. Return to your homes lol :)

posted by 18273778 on September 11, 2013

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  • Posted September 10, 2013

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    This is another Dead-End Job mystery.  . . therefore, you are fa

    This is another Dead-End Job mystery.  . . therefore, you are familiar with the major characters and their ongoing development.  This book holds it’s own without your having read the others. There is enough background for comprehension of the whole story without bogging it down.  Board Stiff is a page turner, it is also intricate and surprising all throughout. She is a fun and talented writer.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 8, 2013

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    Elaine Viets¿ newest entry in the Dead End Job Mysteries begins

    Elaine Viets’ newest entry in the Dead End Job Mysteries begins shortly after her protagonists, Helen Hawthorne and Phil Sagemont, have gotten married and started a private detective agency out of their condo office in Riggs Beach, Florida, a beach town just south of Fort Lauderdale.

    Helen and Phil, now in their mid-40’s, with a reputation as the best private eyes in South Florida, are hired to work undercover for a paddleboard rental concession owner in Riggs Beach, where he needs help finding out who is behind the vandalism and sabotage at his business, theft of his equipment, and competitors who seem to really want to put him out of business. The couple accepts the job, Helen feeling that “I’m getting paid to sleep late and sit on the beach,” and Phil that he can get paid while sitting drinking beer with some guys on the beach trying to gain their confidence and information, seemingly a win-win situation.

    The crimes have been reported to the authorities, but they are convinced that no “official action” can be expected in a town like Riggs Beach (known as Rigged Beach since Prohibition days and rumored to be fairly uniformly corrupt). Their client’s problems multiply exponentially when a female tourist, one of his clients, tragically dies; he is threatened with revocation of his license and the City lease on his valuable beach property, as well as a wrongful death lawsuit by the victim’s husband. Helen and Phil are tasked with proving their client was blameless in her death.

    Things become more complicated, on a more personal level when a situation regarding Helen’s sleazy ex-husband, thought dead, comes back to haunt them, almost literally, affecting their marriage and their partnership, and overshadowing the case they are trying to solve.

    Ms. Viets always manages to come up with a good old-fashioned mystery, which, while containing a murder or two, is more lighthearted and contains less blood and gore than many others in the genre, and is a decidedly pleasant way to spend a summer, or even late summer, day. It is, as were the prior books by this author, recommended.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 24, 2013

    Good read

    Was a good fast read,,, Love her books,,,

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  • Posted June 15, 2014

    Board Stiff is the twelfth book in the A Dead-End Job Mystery se

    Board Stiff is the twelfth book in the A Dead-End Job Mystery series.

    Helen Hawthorne and Phil Sagemont, husband and wife PI team, have been hired by Sunny Jim to investigate who might be trying to sabotage his business. Possibly a disgruntled employee or Cy Horton owner of Cy's On The Pier Restaurant and Bait Shop. Cyrus would like sunny Jim's spot so that he can expand his business.

    Helen while video taping what is going on at Sunny Jim's, notices that Ceci, a novice Stand-Up Paddleboarder, is heading toward the piers pilings, some place she was warned to stay 500 feet away from. She falls and is swept into the rip current. Ceci's husband is constantly insulting her and the first thing he says after learning that Ceci is dead is that he will sue Sunny Jim for everything he has. Helen and Phil are not sure that Ceci's drowning was an accident and start to investigate.

    In the meantime they also get proof that Sunny Jim's is being sabotaged. As they begin looking into exactly who is responsible, they soon find that corruptions is running rampant in Riggs Beach, from the police to the elected officials.

    A fun and entertaining book with interesting characters.

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