Murder with All the Trimmings (Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper Series #4)

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A humbug of a Shopping mystery...

From The Anthony and Agatha Award-Winning Author of Accessory to Murder

Includes insider shopping tips!

Mystery shopper Josie Marcus doesn't get the appeal of the year-round Christmas shop. But when three such holiday houses pop up within two blocks, she's assigned to rate them anonymously.

Easy enough, Josie thinks, until she realizes that ...

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Overview

A humbug of a Shopping mystery...

From The Anthony and Agatha Award-Winning Author of Accessory to Murder

Includes insider shopping tips!

Mystery shopper Josie Marcus doesn't get the appeal of the year-round Christmas shop. But when three such holiday houses pop up within two blocks, she's assigned to rate them anonymously.

Easy enough, Josie thinks, until she realizes that shoppers at one store are finding a strange-even deadly-secret ingredient in their holiday cake. And Josie must get to the bottom of it all before someone else becomes a Christmas spirit.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451225481
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/4/2008
  • Series: Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper Series , #4
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 409,559
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Elaine Viets

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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  • Posted February 19, 2009

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    Fun, fun, fun!!!

    This book is the newest in the series about Josie Marcus a mom and mystery shopper. She is a fun character. The whole series is great. I love to read series books and this is one of my favorites. The author has another series with a different character that I recommend to anyone who likes light mystery with out the gore.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2009

    Being from St. Louis, I have enjoyed reading Elaine Viets' newspaper columns. When she moved, I was disappointed but now am thrilled to find her writing the Josie Marcus series. It's typical Elaine Viets style--funny, entertaining. Loved it!

    True Viets syle--entertaining but very believable. <BR/>A fun series to follow. Can't wait for the next!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2008

    exciting amateur sleuth

    Mystery shopper Josie Marcus is having problems getting into the holiday spirits. Her boyfriend Mike invested $20,000 in the mother of his daughter Heather¿s- year round Christmas store. Josie does not like Heather because she is nasty towards Josie¿s younger daughter Amelia. Naughty or Nice is not doing well because a rival shop Elsie¿s Elf House opened nearby and a third Christmas store is in the same tiny vicinity. Josie has no time to worry about Mike, his investment or his cruel daughter. The father of her child Nate has just been released from a Canadian prison after a decade of incarceration for selling drugs. He threatens Josie with a custody suit and implies he could abduct their daughter. They have a shouting match that Josie¿s neighbor hears. When a drunken Nate comes to Josie¿s house with a chocolate Santa, Josie refuses to let him enter. He eats the pastry later Josie finds him unconscious. At the hospital, a toxicologist report says he imbibed anti-freeze just like a woman who ate a the same pstry from the same place. Josie and Mike are under suspicion so she seeks proof to back up her theory as to who the killer is. --- Elaine Viets writes exciting amateur sleuth mysteries filled with believable characters the recurring cast starting with Josie adds a sense of friendship that in turn embellishes the feeling of realism. A single mom, Josie knows she must care for Amanda first even before her desires. It is interesting how ¿blind¿ Mike is to his daughter¿s antipathy towards his girlfriend and her offspring. Nate is slime and in death he still causes the heroine problems. Although the whodunit is a bit light, the relationships crises add delightful trimmings to the murder investigation. --- Harriet Klausner

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