Clubbed to Death (Dead-End Job Series #7)

Clubbed to Death (Dead-End Job Series #7)

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by Elaine Viets
     
 

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national bestselling author viets reveals the lifestyles of the rich and murdered...

In the Superior Club's complaint department, Helen Hawthorne has to deal with the rich and spoiled. Then her deadbeat ex-husband sails back into her life aboard the yacht of his new lady-known as the "Black Widow" because of her string of dead spouses. When Helen's ex

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national bestselling author viets reveals the lifestyles of the rich and murdered...

In the Superior Club's complaint department, Helen Hawthorne has to deal with the rich and spoiled. Then her deadbeat ex-husband sails back into her life aboard the yacht of his new lady-known as the "Black Widow" because of her string of dead spouses. When Helen's ex goes missing, she fears the Black Widow may have struck again.

Helen's barely begun digging when a club patron is found with his membership permanently expired. Now Helen must find her ex and get to the truth-without getting clubbed herself...

Editorial Reviews

Marilyn Stasio
Viets cooks up a clever enough plot involving Helen's loathsome ex, resurfaced as the consort of a rich dowager who has buried so many husbands she's known as the Black Widow. But the real satisfaction is in observing the club members at their worst…
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly

In Viets's sprightly seventh Dead-End Job mystery (after 2007's Murder with Reservations), intrepid Helen Hawthorne, now a "customer care" clerk at the snobbish Superior Club in Golden Palms, Fla., is dismayed to run into her money-hungry ex, Rob, in the club parking lot. When Rob, who's now married to a wealthy club member known as the Black Widow because her last five husbands have died mysteriously, tells Helen he fears for his life, the unsympathetic Helen hits him. Fellow club employees witness their fight, and one of them, Brenda, almost succeeds in getting Helen fired. Later, the authorities view Helen as a prime suspect after Rob disappears, a possible murder victim. When someone beats Brenda and a philandering plastic surgeon to death with Brenda's seven iron, Helen has a lot more to worry about. The romantic ending will leave fans eager for the next installment in this superior cozy series. Author tour. (May)

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Library Journal

Working as a customer service representative in an exclusive private club not far from Fort Lauderdale, FL, Helen Hawthorne (Murder with Reservations) finds her life turned upside down when her deadbeat ex-husband, Rob, arrives with his new wife, the ultrawealthy and many-times married Marcella, known as The Black Widow. When Rob disappears the next day, Helen is the only suspect. After Marcella helps get Helen released from police custody, the two form an uneasy alliance to investigate. Anyone whose job is in customer service will relate to Helen's work experiences here. A quick summer read for fans of humorous mysteries with clever premises. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ1/08.]


—Jo Ann Vicarel
From the Publisher
"Clever...[The] real satisfaction is in observing the club members at their worst."
-New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440630613
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/06/2008
Series:
Dead-End Job Series , #7
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
125,500
File size:
295 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
"Clever...[The] real satisfaction is in observing the club members at their worst."
-New York Times Book Review

Meet the Author

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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Clubbed to Death (Dead-End Job Series #7) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
CathyVA More than 1 year ago
This a very light reading "Chic Lit" with a somewhat ditzy main character who doesn't seem able to make any smart decisions. Good for killing time in a waiting room or a sleepy Sunday afternoon lazing in bed.
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TheShort1 More than 1 year ago
I don't finish books I don't like, I did finish this one, but I was not very inpressed. Helen is hiding out from her ex-husband, who obtained half her future salary in their divorce. She's taken a dead-end job, making a bit more money than she'd made in previous d-e jobs. She takes a lot of abuse from the clients and her boss, but tries to stick with it because of the money. Her ex shows up married to a millionare known as "The Black Widow"--her former husbands (about 5 of 'em) have ended up dead. Helen is happy when it appears that her ex has also been killed, even though she is suspected for the murder at first.
Marko75 More than 1 year ago
I just love her mysteries. This one again is fun and great for a lazy summer afternoon
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harstan More than 1 year ago
Helen Hawthorne is moving up in the world. She has a new job making over twelve dollars and hour, a credit card, and a cell phone. The only downside is she hates working at Florida¿s Superior Club where only the ultra wealthy can get in. As a service rep, she feels not much more than a drone listening to the complaints of the members who expect her to satisfy their demands instantly. To make matters more unbearable, Helen¿s ex husband Rob has sailed into the docking area with his billionaire wife, Marcella known as the Black Widow. --- When they meet Helen gets angry with him and pushes him. The next day the Black Widow reports her husband and jewelry are missing. Since there are witnesses to the shoving incident, the police arrest Helen. Marcella has her attorney get the charges dropped but in return the Black Widow wants Helen to find what frightened Rob into running away. While investigating, Helen stumbles across two murdered bodies. The amateur sleuth decides the Superior Club and its members have some dark secrets that make her uncomfortable working there, but first she feels she must find Rob who fled after stealing jewelry unaware that her snooping makes her a likely next victim. --- Elaine Viets Dead End Job mysteries are always fun and this one like its predecessors is too as the clues are always out there for the reader to identify the killer, if they can recognize these are clues. CLUBBED TO DEATH is one of the best in this delightful long running series due to a fascinating colorful support cast who range from eccentric to deranged. Fans will empathize with the heroine who is caught between her ethics and her sustenance economics even as she makes inquires that place her in danger. --- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is A well written series I just didn't care for the main character or for her position that all work must have a "Now What clause." such work supports millions of people and others it pays tuition pays for braces pays for nursing home expenses for parents. Nothing dead end about honest work.