Dying to Call You

Dying to Call You

by Elaine Viets

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Dying to Call You by Elaine Viets

From Anthony and Agatha Award-winning author Elaine Viets—the thrilling mystery series about one woman trying to make a living... while other people are making a killing.

Still living under the radar in Fort Lauderdale due to her refusal to pay her ex-husband’s spousal support, Helen Hawthorne’s latest workaday job might just be the lowest rung on the employment ladder—telemarketing. She’s spending her hours interrupting dinners and disturbing slumbers, and in return hearing curses and extremely rude suggestions.

Then, while Helen is conducting a phone survey with the wealthy Henry “Hank” Asporth, he puts the receiver down without hanging up…and Helen can’t believe what she hears next. She can just make out a man and a woman arguing, a short scream cut off by a horrible choking sound, then an eerie silence followed by a final “click.”

Convinced she just heard a murder being committed—but with no solid proof—Helen is driven to find out what really happened with Hank and the mystery woman. But if she’s not careful, she just might end up holding a dead line of her own…

Praise for the Dead-End Job Mysteries by Anthony and Agatha Award-winning author Elaine Viets

“A stubborn and intelligent heroine, a wonderful South Florida setting, and a cast of more-or-less lethal bimbos...I loved this book.”—Charlaine Harris
“Brave Viets 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.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Laugh-out-loud comedy with enough twists and turns to make it to the top of the mystery bestseller charts.” —Florida Today
“Fans of Janet Evanovich and Parnell Hall will appreciate Viets’s humor.”—South Florida Sun-Sentinel
“Wit, murder, and sunshine . . . it must be Florida. I love this new series.”—Nancy Pickard
“A heroine with a sense of humor and a gift for snappy dialogue.”—Jane Heller

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781625673206
Publisher: JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc.
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Series: A Dead-End Job Mystery , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 131,999
File size: 572 KB

About the Author

Elaine Viets has written 32 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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A Letter from Helen Hawthorne

Dear Readers:

My name is Helen Hawthorne, and I'm on the run in South Florida, where it seems like I've dated every drunk, druggie, and deadbeat. Along with all the rotten men in South Florida, I've also encountered all the bad jobs. That's why the mystery series about my life is called the Dead-End Job series. I work a different minimum-wage job in every book. I've been a bookseller, I sold bustiers to bimbos, and now I'm a telemarketer.

I also go topless in this new book, Dying to Call You, but it's not what you think. When a writer sets a mystery in South Florida, there's always a naked female (it's practically a rule). She's usually a sensitive stripper who only does it to keep her toddler in heart medicine. She also falls in love (or into bed) with the hero. I only tend bar topless once in Dying to Call You, and it is to save a life and solve a murder. In my story, I go topless from a feminist perspective. I mean, it's an outdoor bar, so my goose bumps are bigger than -- well, never mind. Just read it, OK?

Dying to Call You is a pretty amazing novel. First, it's an insider's look at telemarketing, which is a very hot issue right now. Both the author, Elaine Viets, and I have worked in the telephone boiler rooms, so we can tell it like it really is.

Second, the novel covers other controversial subjects like corpse clothes (there's a real traffic in those creepy things), sex in coffins, and charity orgies. Did you know that, for years, there's been a rumor that the bigwigs in Fort Lauderdale engage in charity orgies? In Dying to Call You, I actually go to one.

Here's another good reason to read Dying to Call You. The person who tells my story, Elaine Viets, has been nominated for a phenomenal number of awards this year: Three Agathas, and a Lefty, from Left Coast Crime. She didn't win any of those, but it was an honor just the same. She said that to everyone in the hotel bar after the awards ceremony. And, she's just been nominated for three more awards. That makes seven in 2004. This time, it's a an Anthony, a Macavity, and a Barry, all of which are given out at Bouchercon, the big mystery convention. I hope she wins at least one, or she's going to be the Susan Lucci of the mystery world.

So, read Dying to Call You. I promise, it's really funny. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to my next awful job.

Helen Hawthorne

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Dying to Call You (Dead-End Job Series #3) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Helen Hawthorne caught her unemployed husband having sex with their next door neighbor and in a rage she wrecked his SUV. The Judge ordered her to pay alimony because her spouse spent the last few years taking care of her and their home while she earned a six figure income. An irate Helen refuses to pay one cent so she leaves St. Louis relocating in Fort Lauderdale where she accepts dead- end jobs that pay under the table............................ Her current job is a telemarketer at Tank Titan System Cleaner where the callers who pick up curse, hang up, and general humiliate her because they think she is as a low life. During a phone survey with Hank Asparth, he places the instrument down without hanging up; thus she overhears him arguing with a woman until she realizes that he strangled her. Helen calls the police, but they find nothing suspicions. She can¿t let it go so she calls the victim¿s sister Savannah to only to learn her sibling has been missing for several days. Helen believes that Savannah¿s sister Laredo is dead and plans to learn the truth............................ DYING TO CALL YOU stars one of the liveliest audacious and entertaining heroines to grace an amateur sleuth tale. She chose to become a fugitive because she believes in justice and opts to expose herself for the same belief. From going topless to stealing from the mob, this protagonist will do whatever it takes to prove Hank killed Laredo The investigation is cleverly designed adding to the proof that Elaine Viets is a talented storyteller who keeps her readers engaged........................ Harriet Klausner
krystalsbooks on LibraryThing 5 days ago
This was another cute mystery by this author. I truly like her writing style.
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I enjoyed this book...until the ending. To see what Helen stooped to was disappointing. Then the ending was a disaster. Totally unbelievable. I am not too sure if I will continue with this series. Elaine Viets seems to be trying too hard.
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Countrybeachbum More than 1 year ago
I have thouroughly enjoyed every book of Elaine's dead end job series!!
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