Board Stiff (Dead-End Job Series #11)

Overview

Husband and wife PI team Helen Hawthorne and Phil Sagemont are about to find out murder is no day at the beach….

There’s a dark cloud over Sunny Jim’s Stand-Up Paddleboard Rental business on Florida’s Riggs Beach—especially after one of his clients is killed in a tragic paddleboarding mishap. Sunny Jim is sure it was no accident, and he hires Helen and Phil to find the murderer.

Between competitors poaching his territory, the city threatening ...

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Board Stiff (Dead-End Job Series #11)

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Overview

Husband and wife PI team Helen Hawthorne and Phil Sagemont are about to find out murder is no day at the beach….

There’s a dark cloud over Sunny Jim’s Stand-Up Paddleboard Rental business on Florida’s Riggs Beach—especially after one of his clients is killed in a tragic paddleboarding mishap. Sunny Jim is sure it was no accident, and he hires Helen and Phil to find the murderer.

Between competitors poaching his territory, the city threatening to revoke his license, and a wrongful death suit filed by the victim’s husband, Sunny Jim may soon be up the creek without a paddle. Luckily, he has Helen and Phil on his side. As the couple investigates, they discover dark undercurrents of corruption behind the cheerful facades of the beachfront businesses. But the sands of time are running out, and if they don’t catch the killer soon, Sunny Jim won’t be the only one to go under….

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Viets’s entertaining 12th Dead-End Job mystery (after 2012’s Final Sail), Sunny Jim Sundusky, the owner of a Florida paddleboard concession, hires married PIs Helen Hawthorne and Phil Sagemont to find out who’s been vandalizing his boards and otherwise trying to drive him out of business. When a customer, Ceci Odell, expires in the ocean on her rented board, Helen and Phil discover that Ceci’s death was no accident. A bitter ex-employee, the victim’s abusive husband, and greedy competitors all have a stake in seeing Sunny Jim fail—as do the city officials of fictional Riggs Beach, known as “Rigged Beach” for its rampant corruption. Meanwhile, a blackmailer threatens to expose the role Helen and her sister played in the disappearance of Helen’s ex-husband, Rob. Attempting to end the extortion, she reveals a deception that may leave her current marriage as dead as the murdered paddleboarder. Despite some clunky delivery of backstory, Viets shines at evoking Florida’s vibrant landscape and even more colorful characters. Agent: David Hendin, DH Literary. (May)
Kirkus Reviews
Florida private eye Helen Hawthorne (Final Sail, 2012, etc.) helps a small businessman fight city hall. Everyone wants a piece of Sunny Jim Sundusky. Bill Bantry, owner of Bill's Boards, wants his customers. Cyrus Reed Horton, owner of Cy's on the Pier, wants the tiny piece of land on Riggs Beach where Sunny Jim rents out his standup paddleboards; at $10 an hour, Cy can make a pretty penny parking cars on that beachfront plot. Riggs Beach mayor Eustice Timmons, Commissioner Charlie Wyman and Commissioner Frank "the Fixer" Gordon all want Sunny Jim out of the way in order to strike a lucrative deal with either Bill or Cy. So Sundusky hires Helen and her husband, Phil Sagemont, to find out who's been vandalizing his boards. The ante gets upped big time when novice Ceci Odell takes a board out against Jim's advice at high tide and drowns. Before the city fathers can pull Jim's ticket, the medical examiner notices that Ceci was stabbed. Suspicion naturally falls on Ceci's husband, Daniel, who harassed his pudgy wife mercilessly. Then waitress Joan Right tells Helen about seeing a diver lurking under the pier about the time Ceci drowned. It's a slender lead, but it just might be the break Coronado Investigations needs to keep Sunny Jim from being chased off Riggs Beach. Viets' 12th proves that moving Helen from dead-end jobs into full-time employment does nothing to stifle her quirky good humor.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451419101
  • Publisher: Signet
  • Publication date: 5/6/2014
  • Series: Dead-End Job Series , #11
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 368,595
  • Product dimensions: 4.51 (w) x 6.86 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Elaine Viets

Elaine Viets has actually worked many of those dead-end jobs in her mystery novels, just like her character Helen Hawthorne. She is the author of the Dead-End Job mysteries, including Final SailPumped for Murder, and Half-Price Homicide, the Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper series, including Murder is a Piece of Cake and Death on a Platter, and numerous short stories. Elaine has won an Anthony Award and an Agatha Award. She lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with her husband, reporter Don Crinklaw. 

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