Dying in Style

Dying in Style

by Elaine Viets

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Overview

Suburban single mom, Josie Marcus, loves being a secret shopper. But when she’s framed for the murder of a famous handbag designer, Josie discovers that secret sleuth might be a better fit…

Josie’s excited about her latest assignment: mystery shopping the stores of St. Louis’s premier handbag designer, Danessa Celedine. A stunning socialite who frequently makes headlines with her hot Russian lover, Serge, Danessa sells exquisite purses to the rich and famous for a small fortune. Unfortunately, the Celedine shops aren’t nearly as dazzling as their clientele and Josie’s negative report could kill a lucrative deal to sell the handbag empire. Danessa swears it will also cost Josie her career.

Businesses often live and die by Josie’s reviews, but when Danessa and Serge are found murdered, she’s suddenly linked to an actual homicide…as the chief suspect! Now, Josie will need all her secret shopper subterfuge to investigate the crimes, clear her name, and stop the killer from claiming another fashion victim.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781625673336
Publisher: JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc.
Publication date: 11/13/2018
Series: Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 115,238
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Elaine Viets has written 33 mysteries in four series: the bestselling Dead-End Job series with South Florida PI Helen Hawthorne, the cozy Josie Marcus Mystery Shopper mysteries, and the dark Francesca Vierling mysteries. With the Angela Richman Death Investigator series, Elaine returns to her hardboiled roots and uses her experience as a stroke survivor and her studies at the Medicolegal Death Investigators Training Course. Elaine was a director at large for the Mystery Writers of America. She's a frequent contributor to Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine and anthologies edited by Charlaine Harris and Lawrence Block. Elaine won the Anthony, Agatha and Lefty Awards.

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Dying in Style (Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper Series #1) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In St. Louis thirty-one years old Josie Marcus enjoys her undercover work as a mystery shopper for Sutton Services mostly because it enables the single mother to spend plenty of flexible time with her nine years old daughter Amelia, but also she enjoys the thrill. She admits that the job pays lousy, is hard on the feet and her car and her mom thinks she is as bad as the CIA dirty tricks squad. --- Her current assignment is for the client Creshan Corporation, which is considering whether to spend fifty million dollars to purchase the three exclusive Danessa boutiques from founder Danessa Celedine. Josie is shocked to find the three stores poorly managed and not customer focused even with few people shopping. Her report tears into Danessa and threatens the business deal. Before Danessa can react, someone kills her with the police wondering whether the mystery shopper, fearing a costly law suit, killed her. Josie in turn ponders whether the amazon store manager of one of the Danessa shops did the deed because she assumes someone had to be strong to commit this style murder. --- DYING IN STYLE is a fun cozy starring a delightful protagonist who enjoys debunking crummy sales people and managers. The first half of the story line introduces the audience to Josie, a terrific undercover agent. When Danessa is murdered, Josie becomes an amateur sleuth because she fears she will be the fall gal. Throw in fourteen simple shopping tips and one has a fine unique espionage murder in the mall thriller. --- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The storyline and mystery is entertaining but the main character, Josie Marcus, is annoyingly self-righteous and judgmental. Good enough for a rainy day escape but couldn't really recommend the series.
Darla on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A NEW series. I was disappointed it wasn't another Dead End Jobs story, but I had a hard time putting it down anyway. I suspect that EV researched "mystery shopper" as a Dead End Job, but discovered it had more potential than just one book, so decided to make a new series with it. Single mother Josie is a mystery shopper. When she gives a chain of upscale boutiques a poor review, it garners first threats from the owner, then the threat of arrest when the owner is murdered. Pretty good, but not quite up to the Dead End Jobs books. Her sidekick socialite friend is a great character, but her shopaholic mother is really annoying.
Caro on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Didn't work for me -- too much telling and not enough showing. Not interested in buying other books in the sereis.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A first this a nice story but the author needs to reread her story as it does not follow the story line she changes as she is with her friend baby in bed sleeping later the baby is on her friends lap.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast reading. Love her style of writing. Unique storyline keeps you guessing. Couldnt put it down.will be reading rest of series
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