Murder with Reservations (Dead-End Job Series #6)

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Working at Sybil's Full Moon Hotel in Fort Lauderdale is keeping Helen Hawthorne both financially and physically fit. But when a maid turns up dead in a Dumpster, no one feels safe— especially not Helen. To make matters worse, her philandering ex just checked into the very hotel where she works. The cops don't seem to care much about a murdered maid, but they have noticed there's something shady about Helen. And if she doesn't manage to dodge their questions and shake off her ...
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Working at Sybil's Full Moon Hotel in Fort Lauderdale is keeping Helen Hawthorne both financially and physically fit. But when a maid turns up dead in a Dumpster, no one feels safe— especially not Helen. To make matters worse, her philandering ex just checked into the very hotel where she works. The cops don't seem to care much about a murdered maid, but they have noticed there's something shady about Helen. And if she doesn't manage to dodge their questions and shake off her ex, it could be checkout time…
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The sixth installment of Elaine Viets's Dead-End Job saga -- which features lovable protagonist Helen Hawthorne, a successful career woman on the run from an irate ex-husband and an unfair legal system -- puts the hardworking heroine in her newest minimum wage job: a hotel maid.

Sybil's Full Moon Hotel in Fort Lauderdale seems like the perfect place to work for Hawthorne, who is desperately trying to keep a low profile from her lowlife ex, Ron, whom she owes thousands of dollars in alimony. But when a coworker is found murdered in the dumpster, the local police converge on the hotel -- and Helen -- and to make matters worse, her ex-husband shows up and rents a room!

Mystery fans who enjoy lighthearted literary hijinks -- books by authors like Janet Evanovich and Madelyn Alt, for example -- should definitely give Viets's Dead-End Job saga (Murder Unleashed, Just Murdered, et al.) a try. A word of warning: Viets took the research for this novel very seriously and interviewed numerous members of hotel housekeeping staffs before writing the book. The reality of working as a hotel maid is portrayed with incredible authenticity and is at times downright stomach-churning. Whoever reads Murder with Reservations will find it nearly impossible to ever sleep on a hotel bedspread again -- and don't even think about drinking the coffee... Paul Goat Allen
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Yuppie-turned-menial-job-hunter Helen Hawthorne, still on the run from her deadbeat ex-husband, is keeping a low profile with backbreaking work as a maid at Sybil's Full Moon Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in Viets's humorous and socially conscious sixth whodunit (after 2006's Murder Unleashed). Helen's sister warns her that her ex, Rob, is hot on her trail, determined to hunt her down and claim his settlement money, but the heads-up doesn't alleviate Helen's fear and anger when she spies Rob checking in at her place of employment. Her postmarital troubles soon take a backseat to the main mystery, though: six months earlier, a bank robber checked into the Full Moon and supposedly stashed his loot ($100,000) somewhere on the premises before he was killed in a shootout. Helen's co-worker Rhonda goes missing, and a new cleaning guy shows up who's a little too cute to be true before Viets ties it all together for some rollicking fun and felony tempered with a dash of Nickel and Dimed. (May)

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The murder of a coworker threatens to expose a hotel maid hiding from her greedy ex. When an idiot family-court judge awards half of corporate exec Helen Hawthorne's assets to her philandering husband Rob, she ducks under the radar with a succession of low-pay, no-paper-trail jobs-store clerk, dog groomer and now maid at Sybil's Full Moon Hotel in Fort Lauderdale. And as if cleaning whipped cream out of the Jacuzzi in the honeymoon suite weren't gross enough, Helen pokes her nose into the hotel's evil-smelling dumpster and finds the body of fellow scrubber Rhonda Dournell, who'd hoped to escape her dreary life with the help of a well-heeled boyfriend. When hard-nosed Detective Bill Mulruney grills maids Helen, Denise and Cheryl, and front desk clerk Sondra, Helen knows it won't be long before Rob-who's already called her old boss at the bridal shop posing as a lawyer with a million-dollar inheritance-catches a glimpse of her on TV. Her new boyfriend Phil urges her to stop hiding and fight Rob in court while neighbors Margery and Peggy deflect Rob as he snoops around the Coronado, Helen's low-budget digs. But Helen knows she's treading water, especially when a second killing launches Mulruney's probe into overdrive. Brave Viets (Murder Unleashed, 2006, etc.) preps by actually working the jobs she describes in loving and hilarious detail, giving her offbeat series a healthy balance between the banal and the bizarre. Agent: David Hendin/DH Literary
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451223838
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/6/2008
  • Series: Dead-End Job Series , #6
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 321,907
  • Product dimensions: 6.56 (w) x 11.04 (h) x 0.78 (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 December 9, 2008

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    The best mystery in this charming amateur sleuth series a

    After catching her husband cheating on her with their neighbor, Helen Hawthorne destroyed his SUV. The Judge directed her to pay her former spouse half her salary in an alimony settlement. Rather than remit one dime to this louse, Helen went on the lam and accepted low paying dead end jobs in the Ft. Lauderdale area. Her sister calls helento tell her that Rob the rat is now in the Fort Lauderdale area looking for her. When Helen goes to her maid job at the Full Moon Motel she learns Rob is a guest there looking at her employment record.------------ While eluding the despicable Rob, Helen finds the murdered corpse of another maid in the motel dumpster. The last time Helen saw Rhonda was three days ago when the woman was talking about her wealthy boyfriend giving her several fifty dollar bills so that she could purchase an airline ticket for her mom to vacation in Mexico. When Rob visits Helen¿s home, he meets his ex-wife¿s landlady who sets him up with an affluent sexagenarian widow, whose husbands died under mysterious circumstances. When someone else dies at the motel, Helen goes on red alert sleuthing to the point of potentially lethal consequences.------------------ MURDER WITH RESERVATIONS is the best mystery in this charming amateur sleuth series as Elaine Viets adds wit and humor into her characters. The heroine continues to earn the respect and admiration of the audience with her efforts to make a new life for herself. The continuing support cast is a colorful eccentric mob with hearts of gold as they look out for one another including Helen. The whodunit is fun to follow as Helen pursues clues while eluding her ex. Fans of Ms. Viets should also read her other jocular series starring Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper.-------------- Harriet Klausner

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