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High Heels Are Murder (Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper Series #2)
     

High Heels Are Murder (Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper Series #2)

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by Elaine Viets
 

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From the Agatha Award-Winning Author of Dying In Style

Every job has its pluses and minuses. Josie Marcus gets to shoe-shop-but she also must deal with men like Mel Poulaine, who's too interested in handling women's feet. Soon Josie's been hired by Mel's boss to mystery-shop the store, but one step leads to another and Josie finds herself in St. Louis's seedy

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From the Agatha Award-Winning Author of Dying In Style

Every job has its pluses and minuses. Josie Marcus gets to shoe-shop-but she also must deal with men like Mel Poulaine, who's too interested in handling women's feet. Soon Josie's been hired by Mel's boss to mystery-shop the store, but one step leads to another and Josie finds herself in St. Louis's seedy underbelly. Caught up in a web of crime, Josie hopes against hope that she won't end up murdered in Manolos.

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The second installment of Elaine Viets's Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper series finds the hardworking single mother and amateur sleuth in mortal danger after a job involving a retro shoe shop and a sleazy salesman land her right in the middle of a murder investigation implicating a group of wealthy foot fetishists and their high-class call girls. \

\ After numerous complaints about an overly zealous shoe salesman fondling women's feet, the brain trust of the Soft Shoe retail stores has hired Josie's company to mystery-shop the St. Louis store to see if the allegations are true. Mel Poulaine turns out to be a first-class pervert, and after listening to him discuss the virtues of toe cleavage, Josie catches him in the back room in a compromising position with a pair of red Prada pumps. She reports back to her boss, and Poulaine is summarily fired -- but when he turns up the next day murdered in his home, Josie can't help but wonder if his fetish had anything to do with his demise. When an elderly neighbor whose daughter gets caught up in the investigation asks Josie to help, she agrees -- and gets the shock of her life! \

\ While they are obviously meant as lighthearted mystery fare à la Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum saga (check out the dozens of shoe- and foot-related puns in High Heels Are Murder), there are serious underlying themes that give the Josie Marcus novels a complexity lacking in most comparable series. The all-too-real struggles of single motherhood (raising a child while working full-time, being forced financially to live with a parent, the difficulties associated with dating, etc.) lend a heartfelt touch to these mysteries. Two stiletto heels way up! Paul Goat Allen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451219886
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/07/2006
Series:
Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper Series , #2
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
578,971
Product dimensions:
4.26(w) x 6.80(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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High Heels Are Murder (Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper Series #2) 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, have enjoyed the full set. Good author.
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Throughout her life, Josie Marcus has continually been held up in poor comparison to Cheryl Mueller, a neighbor who Josie¿s mother believes to be living the perfect life. A single mother workig as a mystery shopper, Josie¿s latest assignment to bust a shoe salesman with a foot fetish fails to impress her mom, especially when the creepy shoe lover is murdered. So it¿s a sweet revenge when Josie¿s neighbor Mrs. Mueller comes begging for help when Cheryl is accused of the murder. While Josie would rather avoid whole icky case, a bribery that would have Josie¿s mom heading a gardening committee guilts Josie into investigating just how a shoe salesman like Mel Poulaine could afford his luxurious lifestyle. With a hot romance brewing with the local coffee barista and a daughter who¿s recently traumatized by the death of another teen by a drug overdose, Josie¿s got her hands full. The second in this new series by the author of the Dead-End-Job series, High Heels continues to entertain with its humor and fast pace. It¿s nice to see Josie to finally get some recognition and appreciation from her critical mother, and Josie¿s discovery of the¿unique world of fetishism is hilarious to observe. For a fun read that can be consumed quickly like Godiva chocolates only without the guilt, don¿t miss this entertaining mystery full of laughs and shopping hints.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Josie Marcus is a single mom who lives with her own mother for a reduced rent and has a job she loves even if it doesn¿t pay well. She is a mystery shopper, one of those anonymous customers who visit a store to learn why an employer gets too many complaints. An employer calls the firm Josie works for and her boss assigns her to investigate Mel, a salesman at Soft Shoe. When she follows him to the back room and sees what he is about to do sexually to her shoe she files a bad report and he is fired.---------------- A couple of days later Mel is found murdered at his palatial estate. Mrs. Mueller, Josie¿s nosy neighbor tells her that her daughter Cheryl has been questioned by the police because evidence shows she was there. Her neighbor hires Josie to prove her daughter is innocent. Josie finds Cheryl is a gambling addict, and is part of a slave fetish ring by Mel to make money for women who need extra money. When Mel¿s housekeeper is killed and Cheryl is connected to Mel¿s murder Josie finds her life in danger from a killer who is protecting someone else and doesn¿t want Josie finding out and revealing that secret.--------------- Elaine Viets has written one of the funniest amateur sleuth mysteries to come along in ages. Her protagonist is a thoroughly likeable person, a great mother, daughter and friend who does the right things for the right reasons, even when they make her uncomfortable. There is a lot of action in HIGH HEELS ARE MURDER but the strength and the freshness of the tale lies in the characters who are realistic and believable.--------------- Harriet Klausner