Murder Unleashed (Dead-End Job Series #5)

Murder Unleashed (Dead-End Job Series #5)

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by Elaine Viets
     
 

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Helen Hawthorne has no choice but to take on a series of dead-end jobs to make ends meet. Unfortunately, they're exposing her to a lot of people who end up dead. Her latest gig at the Pampered Pet Boutique isn't proving to be a warm and furry exception-and now she's got a murder to solve and a kidnapped pup to find, all before a Category 3 hurricane hits.See more details below

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Helen Hawthorne has no choice but to take on a series of dead-end jobs to make ends meet. Unfortunately, they're exposing her to a lot of people who end up dead. Her latest gig at the Pampered Pet Boutique isn't proving to be a warm and furry exception-and now she's got a murder to solve and a kidnapped pup to find, all before a Category 3 hurricane hits.

Editorial Reviews

Florida Today
"Laugh-out-loud comedy with enough twists and turns to make it to the top of the mystery bestseller lists."
Publishers Weekly
Full of wry social commentary, Viets's fifth Dead-End Job mystery (after 2005's Just Murdered) finds series heroine Helen Hawthorne, former St. Louis biz whiz, still on the lam and working off the books at a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., shop called Pampered Pets to avoid paying alimony to a philandering ex-husband. The murders of two Pampered Pets customers-Tammie Grimsby, an aging, sex-crazed trophy wife; and Willoughby Barclay, owner of Barkley, a "Labradoodle" who's the object of a custody dispute in an ugly divorce-sets Helen on the sleuthing trail. Viets wickedly explores the trendy and sometimes cruel fashion of using dogs as accessories and exuberantly depicts this elite pet world, which includes dueling dog groomers as well as murder suspects. A hurricane threat adds zest to the hunt for the killer. 5-city author tour. (May) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Pampered Pet Boutique employee Helen Hawthorne finds a dead blonde and becomes the main suspect in the next "Dead-End Job." Viets live in Fort Lauderdale, FL.-Ann Kim Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A hardcover debut for Viets's Dead-End Job series, in which Helen Hawthorne, on the lam after going after her cheating husband with a crowbar and refusing to pay him court-ordered alimony, has to take a series of cash-only jobs to fly below institutional radar. Jeff Barker's Pampered Pet Boutique caters to South Florida's most exclusive, obsessive and downright psychotic dog owners. Jeff's prima-donna groomer, Jonathon, is the toast of Fort Lauderdale, a man whose petty rages any woman would be proud to endure. Something worse, though, has clearly happened to Tammie Grimsby, whom Helen finds stabbed to death with grooming scissors when she drives the shop's pink Cadillac out to Tammie's gated community to drop off Prince, her Yorkie. Panicking, Helen drives off without reporting the crime. But her bad day isn't over yet. Willoughby Barclay, whose model labradoodle makes more money than Helen's made in five volumes, accuses Helen of letting Barkley get dognapped and threatens to sue both Helen and Jeff. Sadly, the tension soon ebbs; the mystery is cluttered and unconvincing; and Helen's love life passes belief. Even so, Viets has a wry way with humor-when Helen is questioned, "she only left out the part where she found Tammie, wiped down the door, dropped the dead woman's robe in the Dumpster, and phoned the police"-and the snapshots of lunatic dog owners are priceless. Helen's next dead-end job could be the one that pulls this all together.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451221087
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/01/2007
Series:
Dead-End Job Series, #5
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
728,122
Product dimensions:
4.19(w) x 6.74(h) x 0.71(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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