Death at a Premium

Death at a Premium

by Valerie Wolzien
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Death at a Premium by Valerie Wolzien


After signing a lucrative deal to remodel Bride’s Bed and Breakfast, island contractor Josie Pigeon thinks her summer is set. And with her upcoming nuptials to Sam Richardson, she’s definitely in the marriage mood–that is, until a series of unfortunate events befalls the construction site.

First, Josie’s wealthy employer hires his inexperienced, twenty-year-old grandson as architect of the project; soon after, the only male member on Josie’s crew is causing problems–romantic as well as professional; and then her insurance company is threatening to cancel coverage for her entire staff. To top it all off, there are rumors that the B&B is haunted, and mannequins are turning up behind the walls of the inn. They appear to be the exploits of a prankster–until a real corpse is found, revealing the sinister handiwork of a cold-blooded killer.

“Valerie Wolzien is a consummate crime writer. Her heroines sparkle as they sift through clues and stir up evidence in the darker, deadly side of suburbia.”
–Mary Daheim

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345468093
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/27/2005
Series: Josie Pigeon Series
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.89(w) x 4.17(h) x 0.77(d)

About the Author

Valerie Wolzien is the author of the Susan Henshaw suburban mysteries and the Josie Pigeon seashore mysteries. Wolzien, who lives in an old house overlooking the Hudson River, loves to hear from readers and can be reached online at She also shares the website with three other mystery authors, including Ballantine’s Lee Harris.

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Death at a Premium 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Just before Memorial Day, building contractor Josie Pigeon and her fiancé lawyer Sam Richardson discuss their Labor Day wedding when she learns that her firm Island Contracting won the bid to renovate Bride¿s Bed and Breakfast. However, her client also sends his grandson, an undergraduate architectural student Christopher Higgins, to redesign the B&B. Worse than keeping the rookie in line, her associate accidentally hires a man who besides breaking Josie¿s gender wall is unable to get insurance due to illness. --- As the crew works on breaking down a wall, they find a corpse behind the plaster. However, the body turns out to have been a mannequin. Later they find a second dummy under the house. Not long afterward they find a third except this time it is a real corpse. The father and son Rodney ¿Rats¿ who make up the sheriff¿s department assumes that one of the crew killed the victim though their preference is to pin the crime on Josie. Not sitting idly around waiting for the Rats to devour her, Josie investigates beyond just her team though some shaky shenanigans over E-Bay items surface. --- DEATH AT A PREMIUM is a fine amateur sleuth starring a strong intelligent and proactive heroine in a Florida barrier island setting. The cozy like story line starts off breezy with wedding plans, unwanted male help, and buried mannequins, but soon turns into a homicide investigation. Josie is at her best saving her business, solving a murder mystery along with a summer cop (female of course), coping with her teenage son and her future mother-in-law and planning a wedding. This is no different than battling Hurricane Agatha as she did in Murder in the Forecast. ---Harriet Klausner