Fixing to Die (Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper Series #9)

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Mystery shopper Josie Marcus has been happily married to veterinarian Ted Scottsmeyer for months. But her newly wedded bliss is about to be cut short....
 
Josie and Ted have finally tied the knot, and they’re ready for the next step: buying a house. Ted’s business partner, Christine, has one she’s willing to sell, but it needs a lot of love. Luckily, the newlyweds are ...

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Overview

Mystery shopper Josie Marcus has been happily married to veterinarian Ted Scottsmeyer for months. But her newly wedded bliss is about to be cut short....
 
Josie and Ted have finally tied the knot, and they’re ready for the next step: buying a house. Ted’s business partner, Christine, has one she’s willing to sell, but it needs a lot of love. Luckily, the newlyweds are up for the challenge.
 
But when they tear down a rickety gazebo in the backyard, they find the body of Christine’s sister, a free spirit who supposedly took off six months before. The police arrest Christine for murder, leaving Ted to work overtime at the office to cover for his partner. With no time to work on the house or be with her husband, Josie will have to find the real killer quickly, before both her house and marriage are beyond repair.... 

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Praise for the novels of Elaine Viets

“[A] heroine…with wit, intelligence, and a sense of humor.”—Mystery Scene

“Elaine Viets knows how to orchestrate a flawless mystery with just the right blend of humor, intrigue, and hot romance.”—Fresh Fiction

“Viets has written one of the funniest amateur sleuth mysteries to come along in ages.”—Midwest Book Review
 
“Fans will laugh at the predicaments this mystery shopper finds herself in on the job and sleuthing.”—The Mystery Gazette

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451240989
  • Publisher: Signet
  • Publication date: 11/5/2013
  • Series: Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper Series , #9
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 150,905
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Elaine Viets

Elaine Viets is an Agatha and Anthony Award­–winning author who also writes the Dead-End Job Mystery series. She was also given the key to the city of Maplewood, Josie’s hometown. Her mother was a mystery shopper in Elaine’s hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. Elaine has served on the national boards of the Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. She lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with her husband, reporter Don Crinklaw. 

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  • Posted June 8, 2014

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    The newest book in the series featuring Josie Marcus, Mystery Sh

    The newest book in the series featuring Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper extraordinaire, focuses on other aspects of Josie’s life, with only one small assignment as a mystery shopper. Instead this tale revolves around a fairy-tale house which she has just bought from Dr. Christine Cormac, the vet who is a partner with Josie’s new husband, 6’ tall Dr. Ted (their marriage is new enough that she still thinks of it in terms of days, now numbering 44 as the book opens), in his St. Louis Mobo-Pet clinic. The house is potentially a treasure, albeit one in need of serious repair.

    Josie had been living with her 12-year-old daughter, Amelia, in her mother’s house, and Ted had been living in a rental home. Josie is a thirty-two-year-old mom to Amelia, a scholarship student at the Barrington School, “a private school for the richest kids in St. Louis.” Their combined pets include Stuart Little, Josie’s mother Jane’s shih tzu, Josie’s cat Harry, and Ted’s cat Marmalade and his black Labrador, Festus. The new house, a Tudor Revival cottage, becomes available after its former tenant, Chris’ sister, Rain, a “free spirit,” had not been seen or heard from after taking off several months before, telling Chris in an e-mail that she was moving to an ashram, leaving the house in a state of disrepair and owing several months rent.

    Josie takes on the task of getting the repairs underway almost immediately. No sooner does she begin than, when a crew starts tearing down an old gazebo, a body is unearthed, soon identified as Chris’ missing sister. The lead detective who comes to investigate quickly determines that Chris has killed her sister, and arrests her for murder. Soon Josie finds herself thinking “If it wasn’t for that body in the backyard of our new house, my life would be perfect. Hunky husband, a daughter who’s doing well in school, and no crises with Mom.” The effect on her marriage is severe, as her new husband’s time is taken up with much longer hours at the clinic; not for the first time in the series, Josie determines to find the real killer. An interesting murder mystery with several possible culprits, the book makes for a perfect beach read, and is recommended.

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  • Posted December 11, 2013

    Highly Recommended - check it out

    I really enjoyed this book - I am a fan and get a kick out of Josie and her family and friends and I take the ride and solve the mystery with her. This was less mystery shopping and about the house Josie and her husband were buying and repairing when the dead body was discovered. Josie sifted through the suspects and rescued the wrongfully accused and caught the bad guy and came through like a champ. If you like Elaine's Dead End Job series books, you will enjoy this one. The book won't cure cancer but will give you a good feeling.

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  • Posted November 25, 2013

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    Elaine Viets returns with the latest book in the Josie Marcus, M

    Elaine Viets returns with the latest book in the Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper series, Fixing to Die. Fixing to Die is the ninth book in the series and finds lead character Josie finally, happily married to her Veterinarian husband Ted and looking for a new home of their family. Viets moves between the main mystery involving a murder victim found under the gazebo and a secondary mystery involving her daughter and cyber-bulling. Fans of the series will see less mystery shopping in this one, but more focus on Josie's life and her family, as well as, her sleuthing skills. Viets gives readers a great cozy with an interesting theme.

    Josie Marcus is one of my favorite cozy heroines. She has been through the ringer but she has finally married the love of her life and they are now looking for a love nest to raise their family. I liked the fact that Viets keeps Josie true to her original character, even though the circumstances of her life are changing. Josie is just as curious and inquisitive as always. When Ted's partner is accused of murdering her estranged sister, Josie is on the case. She can't seem to stay out of it when someone she cares about is knee deep in a mystery and I love that about her character. It is also apparent in the side mystery involving her daughter.

    Viets does such a remarkable job of putting all the pieces of the puzzle throughout the book in such a way that the reader could figure it out, if they could just see the cover of the box. It's funny how she is able to keep you right on the verge of knowing who the killer is and then she throws in a monkey wrench and you're uncertain again. That happens about a dozen times in this one and I never did get it until the end. I didn't have any problems figuring it out once it was revealed, Viets had been deftly alluding to it all along. I loved the mystery aspect of this one and found it very entertaining.

    The side story involving Amelia and the cyber bulling she was experiencing was also very good. Not only does this happen every day, it is a serious issue that needs attention and I think Viets did a good job of making readers aware. I also loved Amelia's character as she is developing in the series. She reminds me so much of a Josie and it's obvious to me that she will be a great sleuth too one day. She was such a refreshing character in this story and I thought she added a lot to this book.

    There isn't much mystery shopping in this one, as the focus is more on Josie and Ted's new life and the relationship between them and Amelia. I liked the change of pace and thought it was necessary at this point in the series. Readers got to focus a little more on Josie's sleuthing as well. I don't think it deviated too far from the theme of the series. It just took a little break from it. Looking forward to the next one in this delightful series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2013

    This series is one of the best

    Always look forward to a new Josie Marcus book and I am never disappointed. Highly recommend this series.

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  • Posted November 13, 2013

    Fixing to Die is the ninth book in the Josie Marcus Mystery Shop

    Fixing to Die is the ninth book in the Josie Marcus Mystery Shopper series.

    This is the first book that I have read by this author, but I don't think it will be my last

    Josie and Ted have tied knot. Now, Josie, Ted and Amelia, Josie's daughter are looking for a home to call their own. Unfortunately, nothing strikes Josie's fancy. Ted comes home one evening with the news that his partner, Chris, has a house for sale and upon seeing it, they feel it is a doable project. Ted and a couple buddies start to tear down a poorly constructed gazebo and uncover a dead body. the body turns out to be Chris's "hippie style" sister who up and left about six months before. The police investigate and feel that they have an iron tight case against Chris. Josie doesn't feel that she is guilty and starts her own investigation to clear Chris' name and allow Josie and Ted to resume a normal existence.

    An interesting side story centers on bullying at Amelia's school. Amelia and three other girls are the victims of a social network bullying scheme. Amelia is a real treat. Rather knowledgeable with computers, she helps her mother to dig thru who might be behind the bullying.

    Josie and Ted are enjoyable characters, but Amelia is a real gem. Not a sassy 12 year old, but quite smart and a better cook than her mother.

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  • Posted November 7, 2013

    tis story deals with the bullying of josie's daughter, and the s

    tis story deals with the bullying of josie's daughter, and the search for a killer, and the limited time spent with her new husband, ted, as a result of the two items. ted's partner, chris's sister is murdered. chris is arrested for that. as a result their vet practice is hard tol handle for ted and their new hire laura. his hours are long and not much time spent with josie. josie's daughter, amelia, encounters a group of four girls that decide to bully amelia and three of her friends. so while josie is trying to prove chris innocent, amelia is trying to prove the bullying. do they succeed? what happens to the bullying girls if caught? who killed chris's sister? and why? i will not gie up the ending, all i can say is, elaine has a story to tell and a mighty fine story it is! her books are always a pleasure to read, and are hard to put down....pizza night! don't miss this one.

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