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Dying in Style (Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper Series #1)

Dying in Style (Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper Series #1)

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by Elaine Viets
     
 

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Mystery shopper Josie Marcus's report about Danessa Celedine's exclusive store is less than stellar, and it may cost the fashion diva fifty million dollars. But Danessa's financial future becomes moot when she's found murdered, strangled with one of her own thousand-dollar snakeskin belts-and Josie is accused of the crime.

Overview

Mystery shopper Josie Marcus's report about Danessa Celedine's exclusive store is less than stellar, and it may cost the fashion diva fifty million dollars. But Danessa's financial future becomes moot when she's found murdered, strangled with one of her own thousand-dollar snakeskin belts-and Josie is accused of the crime.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451216793
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/04/2005
Series:
Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper Series, #1
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
636,040
Product dimensions:
4.38(w) x 6.86(h) x 0.79(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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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Dying in Style (Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper Series #1) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In St. Louis thirty-one years old Josie Marcus enjoys her undercover work as a mystery shopper for Sutton Services mostly because it enables the single mother to spend plenty of flexible time with her nine years old daughter Amelia, but also she enjoys the thrill. She admits that the job pays lousy, is hard on the feet and her car and her mom thinks she is as bad as the CIA dirty tricks squad. --- Her current assignment is for the client Creshan Corporation, which is considering whether to spend fifty million dollars to purchase the three exclusive Danessa boutiques from founder Danessa Celedine. Josie is shocked to find the three stores poorly managed and not customer focused even with few people shopping. Her report tears into Danessa and threatens the business deal. Before Danessa can react, someone kills her with the police wondering whether the mystery shopper, fearing a costly law suit, killed her. Josie in turn ponders whether the amazon store manager of one of the Danessa shops did the deed because she assumes someone had to be strong to commit this style murder. --- DYING IN STYLE is a fun cozy starring a delightful protagonist who enjoys debunking crummy sales people and managers. The first half of the story line introduces the audience to Josie, a terrific undercover agent. When Danessa is murdered, Josie becomes an amateur sleuth because she fears she will be the fall gal. Throw in fourteen simple shopping tips and one has a fine unique espionage murder in the mall thriller. --- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The storyline and mystery is entertaining but the main character, Josie Marcus, is annoyingly self-righteous and judgmental. Good enough for a rainy day escape but couldn't really recommend the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A first this a nice story but the author needs to reread her story as it does not follow the story line she changes as she is with her friend baby in bed sleeping later the baby is on her friends lap.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast reading. Love her style of writing. Unique storyline keeps you guessing. Couldnt put it down.will be reading rest of series
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