An Uplifting Murder (Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper Series #6)

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On Josie's latest assignment, her former teacher-now working in a lingerie shop-is in need of some serious support when a customer is found murdered. Unfortunately, the teacher's alibi is flimsier than the camisoles she sells, so Josie will need to bust out her sleuthing skills to expose the real killer...

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Overview

On Josie's latest assignment, her former teacher-now working in a lingerie shop-is in need of some serious support when a customer is found murdered. Unfortunately, the teacher's alibi is flimsier than the camisoles she sells, so Josie will need to bust out her sleuthing skills to expose the real killer...

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  • ISBN-13: 9780451231703
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/2/2010
  • Series: Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper Series, #6
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 480,410
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Murder can be fun with an Elaine Viets

    This book is a fun read & even though it's a murder mystery type book it still has a humorous side to it. It's very entertaining.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Another hit!

    Elaine Viets is an original writer. I have read every book in this series and enjoyed them all immensely. I reccomend this to anyone who loves mysteries!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Fun Read

    I love mysteries; they're enjoyable and fun.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Really good book

    I love this series. Keepthem coming.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Great mystery that keeps you guessing.

    It's great to read a book where you can meet the characters again and again in a series of books by the same author.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Great Author, excellent reading

    Have been reading Ms. Viets for last two years and have throughly enjoyed not only her main character, but the plot, and the knack she has for bringing in each character into the story line.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2011

    clever title

    Very enjoyable light reading for a rainy afternoon.

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  • Posted July 27, 2011

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    A Totally Uplifting Read

    An Uplifting Murder By: Elaine Viets Copyright November 2010 When Josie is assigned to mystery shop a chain of lingerie stores it becomes old home week. The manager of the store is her old high school gym teacher Mrs. Hayes. Imagine her surprise and dismay when another person from her high school years shows up while she's there to shop. It's her old nemesis, the girl voted most likely to be hated. The shocks keep coming when Josie, entering the ladies restroom finds her former nemesis dead in a toilet stall. The police end up arresting Mrs. Hayes for the death, but Josie is positive her old teacher is innocent of this crime. There are too many people in the dead women's past who would love to have seen her dead. Josie and her sidekick Alyce are going to have to work this crime and solve it if they want to free Mrs. Hayes and find the real murderer. Between taking care of her daughter, working other gigs as a shopper, Josie is going to find herself run ragged. This is the sixth book in Ms. Viet's Mystery Shopper series and she has again pulled me into Josie Marcus' world, keeping me intrigued and fascinated with the story line. I strongly recommend this book and the whole series to anyone who wants a light read, with a lead character who cares enough to always get involved. FTC Full Disclosure - I own this book having received it as a gift.

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  • Posted January 16, 2011

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    Latest in the mystery shopper series

    It's a toss up between 4 & 5 stars but I'm willing to give Viets the benefit of the doubt. As always, the characters are well thought out, the dialogue believable, and the clues abundant as Josie searches for the killer of an old high school classmate who had tortured Josie all those many years ago and as she tries to free the accused killer (a former teacher who had stood up to the bully for Josie in that same high school). The clues are so abundant that I figured it all out about 100 pages before Josie but that doesn't matter. The light touching of romance between Josie and Ted, the vet, just adds to the flavor. Love both of Viets' series and look forward to the next.

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  • Posted October 27, 2010

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    Truly Upliffting

    In this edition Josie is mystery shopping at a high end lingerie store. Very pricey undergarments. She is more than surprised to find her old high school gym teacher Mrs. Hayes as manager and "self appointed C-cup counselor". To make things even more uncomfortable (Josie was very nervous about undressing in front of a stranger.) an extremely snotty high school classmate bounds into the store while Josie is there slinging accusations and insults like bullets from a gun.

    Josie is shocked but not totally surprised to find the classmate later, dead in the handicapped stall in the woman's bathroom. The real bombshell drops when her former teacher is arrested for the murder. As secrets are revealed Josie finds the victim has many more enemies than friends, she just has to uncover which enemy had the most to lose and the most to gain and she sets out to "bust" the real killer.

    I LOVED IT!!!!!

    This series is so much fun. Josie, her family and friends are such wonderful characters you are sure to love, and the author always colors the victim as someone you just love to hate. She always blends friendship, family, mystery, humor and romance perfectly. When you finish one story you can't wait to start the next. Pumped For Murder will be out in May 2011. I can't wait!!

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free Obsidian, .a division of Penguin Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted October 7, 2010

    Witty and fun. Another great book by Elaine!

    This latest in the Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper Series was an incredibly fun book for me to read. Given the opportunity to review the ARC was a boon. In this story, Josie is given the task of mystery shopping at a lingerie store which leads to murder. But by whom? The whys are many for this murder victim as she was still the same bully from high school that Josie remembers. The suspects are many, and the twists keep turning. There are new dynamics in Josie's relationships that add more dimension to the characters and the entire series. With each new book, Ms. Viets adds more layers which make reading these more and more fun. And the tips are helpful as well! Thank you!

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  • Posted September 21, 2010

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    Elaine Viets, author of the Dead End Job mysteries, has another hit amateur sleuth series in the Josie Marcus Mystery Shopper tales

    She is a mystery shopper who anonymously evaluates a store for services and items sold in the venue. Desiree Lingerie, a company who owns a chain of upscale products wants her to evaluate one of these sales-people in the Plaza Venetia store in West County, as various customers have complained. When Josie Marcus arrives at the store she receives a pleasant surprise when she meets the manager Laura Ferguson who helped her in school when kids were harassing her about what she wore.

    After she is through, Josie goes to the bathroom, but a woman in a wheelchair blocks her. The handicapped toilet is closed so Josie crawls under the door to see what is preventing the cubicle from being open. She finds the corpse of Francine who was an ugly person who relished hurting others including Laura, who cost her job she loved. Laura is arrested and Josie promises to find who the real killer though the number of people with viable motives leaves her wondering where to start.

    Elaine Viets, author of the Dead End Job mysteries, has another hit amateur sleuth series in the Josie Marcus Mystery Shopper tales (see Fashion Hound Murders and Dying in Style). As the star of this series, Josie is self deprecatingly witty, determined, frightened and reckless. Filled with jocularity starting with the title, fans will laugh at the predicaments this mystery shopper finds herself in on the job and sleuthing.

    Harriet Klausner

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