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Just Murdered (Dead-End Job Series #4)

Just Murdered (Dead-End Job Series #4)

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by Elaine Viets

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Helen Hawthorne's new job at a bridal salon becomes downright funereal when a bride-to-be's mother is murdered. Now, Helen must find the killer before this turns into another dead-end position for her-literally.


Helen Hawthorne's new job at a bridal salon becomes downright funereal when a bride-to-be's mother is murdered. Now, Helen must find the killer before this turns into another dead-end position for her-literally.

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Ever since she found her husband in bed with another woman and the divorce judge awarded the unfaithful skunk alimony, former executive Helen Hawthorne has been on the run, taking only dead-end, cash-only jobs to keep her ex away from her few remaining assets. Her recent unorthodox employment history has shown her how quickly new hopes can tarnish…especially when you're as prone to stumbling over crime as Helen seems to be.

What few romantic illusions Helen has left get tossed away faster than a wedding bouquet when she goes to work at Millicent's Bridal Salon. The arrival of wealthy, obnoxious mother-of-the-bride Kiki Shenrad is enough to put the final nail in the coffin of anyone's dreams of happily-ever-after. Kiki isn't about to get anyone's vote for Best Supporting Actress in her daughter's wedding. In fact, she only takes time off from outrageous public displays of affection with her buff chauffeur to make cruel jibes at her future son-in-law and to upstage her daughter at every opportunity. When Kiki turns up dead at the wedding, the only genuine tears are those of relief. But, despite an entire wedding party full of people with personal gripes against the victim, it's Helen who becomes the prime suspect: Her fingerprints are all over the bridal gown that serves as the murder weapon. Trying to clear her name -- while carting around 40-pound dresses, untangling headpieces, and reviving fathers who've just realized their daughter's gown will cost more than their own midlife-crisis sports cars -- Helen is soon in as much danger from the killer as she is from the police.

Funny, wry, and smoothly written, this amusing caper ofers mystery fans plenty of entertainment…and more twists and turns than those on the path to any dead-end job. Sue Stone

Product Details

Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
Dead-End Job Series , #4
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Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.90(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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Just Murdered (Dead-End Job Series #4) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
When Helen Hawthorne saw her husband having sex with another woman, she became so mad she smashed his car to pieces. The judge ordered them to split to the income when they sell their house equally and ordered Helen to pay alimony because supposedly he supposedly supported her career by being a house husband. Rather than give him a dime, Helen runs down to Ft. Lauderdale, going from a six figure job to a series of dead end positions that she receives remittance for under the table........................ Her latest job is as a salesperson at the posh Millicent¿s Bridal Salon but Helen discovers that weddings bring out the worst in people. Kiki is a rich mother of the bride who is determined to out shine her daughter on her wedding day. Kiki makes enemies wherever she goes as she believes her money insulates her from taking responsibility for her actions. On the day of the wedding Kiki is found murdered in a closet and Helen has to find out who the killer is because she is the police¿s number one suspect.................... JUST MURDERED is a hilarious chick-lit mystery where the bride and groom get married despite the fact that Kiki fails to attend. When her body is discovered, there are a host of suspects who would have liked to kill Kiki from the chauffer who was used as a stud to the owner of the bridal store who hasn¿t been paid for the gowns, accessories and the daughter who despised her mother. Readers will find themselves laughing out loud when Helen subtly tries to question the suspects, all of whom look at her as the hired help...................... Harriet Klausner
Sherri_Hunter More than 1 year ago
Just Murdered finds Helen now working at a bridal boutique and neck deep in all the drama that the wedding dress selection entails. While reading this, I found myself visualizing a television program I have enjoyed watching called “Say Yes to the Dress.” Several times on this show, the bride’s mother (usually) moves Heaven and Earth to try to upstage the bride. A lot of fighting and arguments ensue, sometimes shouting matches even, and always lots of tears. The same can be said of this book. But unlike the TV show, the mother of the bride is murdered and the murder weapon is none other than a bridal gown! Sadly, out of all the tears that are shed, none are for the victim. I have to say, I wasn’t crying over her demise either. The victim is a rich, arrogant tramp who makes out with her chauffeur on the street in plain sight of anyone walking by. She’s condescending to Helen and her employer, Millicent. She’s rude to just about everyone. She’s cold and cruel to her daughter. She’s vindictive to her ex-husband. Personally, I expected a horde of people lining up to kill this woman. Unfortunately for Helen, the police seem to be focused on her as their prime suspect since her fingerprints are all over the wedding gown. Frankly, the law enforcement element in this book leaves a lot to be desired. I found myself thinking throughout the book, “Hello, Detective, OF COURSE Helen’s fingerprints are on the gown, you nit-wit, she works for the bridal boutique and is helping to dress the bride!” Helen even emphasizes this fact to them, but they seem to be a few sandwiches short of a picnic, so of course, Helen is going to have to figure out who the killer is on her own. Helen’s new man in her life won’t be much help either. Apparently, his wife that nobody, especially Helen, knew about has shown up for an unexpected visit and Helen is livid. I thought she handled the entire situation poorly. If she would have taken 5 minutes to listen to him, the entire mess could have been resolved. There is an interesting scene where Helen finds herself on the receiving end of some embarrassment when she tries to surprise Phil but his wife one-ups her. Frankly, I could have done without this story line. Helen’s luck with relationships is a big fat zero so to my way of thinking, she should just focus on keeping her rent paid and feeding herself and her cat, Thumbs. Helen’s near obsession with the whole thing was over the top and was distracting her from focusing on finding out who the killer is. Since I’m not all that thrilled with the Phil relationship anyway, I couldn’t care less if he’s married. Helen shouldn’t be throwing rocks from inside her glass house anyway. She’s got lots of secrets herself that she hasn’t been forthcoming with anyone about. Pot and kettle and all that. I’m still invested in this series, though I’m not sure why. Maybe Phil will grow on me and Helen might actually get herself on track and get her past resolved so she can focus on a smooth future. In the meantime, she manages to muddle her way through, finds the killer without getting herself killed or at the very least, seriously hurt. There are currently eleven books in this series, so I haven’t even gotten halfway through yet. A lot can happen between now and then. I can say with absolute certainty that I enjoyed this dead-end job better than her last one. Helen’s next job is at a pet boutique so I’m hopeful that this series hasn’t yet gone to the dogs.
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This series is great. I have just finished the fifth in the series and can't wait to get the rest. Makes me laugh and we've checked out a few of the restaurants mentioned in the book. Check out Jaxsons ice cream parlor.
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