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Killer Cuts (Dead-End Job Series #8)

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  • Posted May 22, 2009

    Great Continuation

    Viets continues with her offbeat comedy and characters in this latest Dead End Job Mystery. A great read - can't wait for the next one in the series.

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  • Posted May 12, 2009

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    Another Sharp Mystery

    For someone who's spent the last few years hiding from the law, Helen Hawthorne has spent a lot of time involved in police investigations. Every since she took a crow bar to her philandering ex-husband's SUV and received a court order forcing her to pay alimony, Helen has been working Dead-End jobs for money under the table and off his radar. Her latest occupation has Helen earning tips at the high-end hair salon of Miguel Angel, where women are willing to fork over money in the triple digits in an effort to retain the hair of their youth and stave off the years. When Miguel Angel is hired to style the latest bride of odious celebrity gossip blogger Kingman "King" Ogden a confrontation between the two men has Miguel Angel as the number one suspect when the new groom is found drowned in the pool following the ceremony. Confounding the investigation is video footage of King arguing with a woman in a blue dress - which just happens to be the same dress worn by virtually every jealous woman and bridesmaid at the ceremony and the disguise worn by Miguel Angel when he escaped from the wedding chaos. In order for Helen to save the one decent job she's had in recent years she must clear Miguel Angel's name and get the celebrities back into the salon.

    In the 8th Dead-End Job mystery Viets continues to skewer the elitist, superficial, segment of society who patronize the high-end stores and salons in an unattainable quest for eternal youth and beauty. At times her wit borders on being cruel to the botoxed, skeletal, desperate women, but the humor shines through when Viets highlights Helen's own personal turmoil. Helen is in the midst of planning her own wedding to her perfect FBI agent, but she's determined to have her ceremony be as much of a contrast to the over-the-top expensive King extravaganza as possible. With the aid of her fiancé Phil her landlady Margery Flax, Helen tracks down prostitutes, strip joints, and for fun, a drag bachelorette party. This is another extremely entertaining mystery by Viets that shines a light on the shallow, fragile, and deadly world of the Fort Lauderdale "elite." - Cindy Chow

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  • Posted March 5, 2009

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    The latest Dead-End Job mystery is an exciting whodunit

    When a judge awarded her cheating husband half of her considerable earnings, she refused to pay it (see SHOP TILL YOU DROP). Defying the court order, she left the state, changed her name to Helen Hawthorne, and ended up in Fort Lauderdale at the Coronado Tropic Apartments where she becomes friends with the landlady Margery Flax. She accepts dead-end jobs with her latest at Miguel Angel's salon where she receives tips and minimum wage for running errands, making drinks, and sweeping floors.

    Miguel and Helen go to the house of Honey's fiancé to fix her hair and make-up so she can marry a privileged old billionaire Kingman Oden who writes the Stardust Gossip blog that tell all about celebrities. Honey is pregnant and refuses to marry Kingman if he insists on a pre-nuptial. One hour after they exchange vows, the "King" is dead, a homicide victim. Miguel is the prime suspect because he was seen arguing with the victim and issued a loud death threat at the King. Helen refuses to accept that Miguel killed Oden; so she seeks evidence to clear him while trying to get all the details finished for her wedding to Phil. However, increasingly everything so far hangs Miguel.

    The latest Dead-End Job mystery (see CLUBBED TO DEATH) is an exciting whodunit made much more fascinating by the fact that the victim is an unsympathetic character who had enough enemies to fill the Miami Orange Bowl (pre- demolition that is). The King royally pissed off his ex-wife, his former mistress, his ex business partner and much of the Southern Florida population. The support cast adds a key degree of plausibility to this fine amateur sleuth, but it is Helen with Phil's help who owns the plot as she does her best to exonerate her boss; her efforts lead her into interesting scenarios.

    Harriet Klausner

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