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Final Sail (Dead-End Job Series #11)

Final Sail (Dead-End Job Series #11)

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by Elaine Viets
     
 

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Husband and wife PI team Helen Hawthorne and Phil Sagemont both have their hands full, but only Helen has to carry drink trays—as part of her latest undercover assignment as a stewardess on a private yacht… 

Lost at Sea

To catch a jewel smuggler on a luxury yacht, Helen needs to pose as the ship’s new

Overview

Husband and wife PI team Helen Hawthorne and Phil Sagemont both have their hands full, but only Helen has to carry drink trays—as part of her latest undercover assignment as a stewardess on a private yacht… 

Lost at Sea

To catch a jewel smuggler on a luxury yacht, Helen needs to pose as the ship’s new stewardess—but between serving drinks to the snobs, scrubbing floors, and cleaning up after seasick passengers, she’s starting to miss dry land almost as much as she misses Phil.

While Helen’s cruising to the Bahamas, Phil’s got his own job—trying to catch a sexy gold digger who may have killed her elderly husband for his fortune. Good thing he’s a self-proclaimed master of disguise, playing it cool as everything from an air-conditioning repairman to a Rastafarian.

Helen’s a help to Phil on his case, but when she’s on her own on the high seas, Helen needs to watch her step as she searches out the smuggler—or she may end up going from undercover to overboard…

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Viets’s enjoyable 11th Dead-End Job mystery (after 2011’s Pumped for Murder), Helen Hawthorne of Coronado Investigations in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., poses as spiritual adviser to a client’s dying elderly father, whose buxom new bride is suspected of instigating her geriatric honey’s demise. Helen then takes to the high seas as a yacht “stewardess” in order to search for a smuggler, leaving husband Phil Sagemont to prove that the wealthy intestate’s death wasn’t natural. The disappearance of Helen’s shipboard roommate and fellow stew, Louise, means more work for everyone. When another crew member claims to have witnessed Louise jumping ship to hitch a ride back to the States, Helen has to wonder if Louise left voluntarily, why’d she leave the cash and meds Helen uncovered in the cabin they shared? Viets presents an eye-opening exposé of spoiled yachters and the not-so-glamorous lives of their crews in this action-filled cozy. Agent: David Hendin, DH Literary. (May)
From the Publisher
“Quick-witted mysteries.”—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

“Viets keeps the story light and the humor nimble.”—South Florida Sun-Sentinel 

“Enjoyable…[an] action-filled cozy.”—Publishers Weekly

Library Journal
While PI Helen Hawthorne works the cruise ship circuit, her husband Phil Sagemont contends with problems on land. Both are masters at working undercover in number 11 of this fun series (Pumped for Murder).
Kirkus Reviews
A husband and wife detective duo teams up to split the work. Finally out from under the radar, Helen Hawthorne (Pumped for Murder, 2011, etc.) is eager to help her new husband, Phil, build Coronado Investigations' client base. Soon enough, they have a promising client. Rich, angry Violet Zerling hires the pair to prove that her father's sexy, young wife, Blossom, poisoned him. But the ink is barely dry on the mail-order ordination Helen uses to perform Arthur Zerling's funeral when Phil packs her off to pose as a stewardess on the Belted Earl, whose captain suspects one of his crew is smuggling emeralds. Helen is reduced once more to cleaning rich people's bathrooms and doing their copious loads of laundry--the same kind of menial tasks she lived on while hiding from ex-husband Rob. She can't decide whether she's more appalled by the mounds of cigar ash loudmouthed Scotty Crowne leaves for her to clean, the red wine his perky wife, Pepper, deliberately spills on the thousand-dollar sheets, or Earl Briggs' bejeweled wife, Beth, who lets her poodle piddle wherever. Just as Helen begins to bond with the two other stewardesses, Louise, the younger, jumps ship. Mira, the senior stewardess, insists that storm-weary Louise hitched a ride home on a fishing charter, but Helen suspects foul play rather than foul weather. While Helen hunts hidden gems aboard the Earl, Phil's busy tracking Blossom, ready to wrap the case the minute his wife makes port. Doubling the mysteries doesn't really double the fun in Viets' convoluted eleventh.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101585368
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/01/2012
Series:
Dead-End Job Series , #11
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
232,435
File size:
458 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
“Quick-witted mysteries.”—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

“Viets keeps the story light and the humor nimble.”—South Florida Sun-Sentinel

“Enjoyable…[an] action-filled cozy.”—Publishers Weekly

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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