Half-Price Homicide

Half-Price Homicide

by Elaine Viets

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Half-Price Homicide 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.

When Fort Lauderdale’s wealthiest want to discreetly trade their best barely-worn threads for cash, they bring it to Snapdragon’s Second Thoughts—which is where Helen Hawthorne finds herself selling the most chic second-hand clothing in Florida.

But the usual haggling turns homicidal when a particularly petty customer turns up dead—dangling by a darling Gucci scarf—and Helen's boss Vera is eyed as a suspect.

Helen knows Vera can drive a hard bargain but can’t believe Vera would resort to murder. And while she would like to help, a sudden tragedy forces Helen to return to St. Louis—where she has the chance to face the past she’s been running from.

Now, if Helen doesn’t quickly deal with her fugitive status—as well as her own fractious family—she won’t make it back home in time to prevent the police from making a very unfashionable arrest…

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: 9781625673268
Publisher: JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc.
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Series: A Dead-End Job Mystery , #9
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 191,950
File size: 522 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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Half-Price Homicide 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Versel More than 1 year ago
Talk about being embarrassed--after raving about "Killer Cuts" and how Viets' series (both of them) just keep getting better and better, I pick up "Half Price Homicide" and wish I could take it all back. In what is obviously a transition book, Helen Hawthorne wraps up just about every loose end from the previous books: her St Louis legal problems, romance problems, mother problem, and job problems and develops a pretty unbelievable ex-husband problem. The mystery isn't very good, Helen and her sister (in addition to making some very bad choices) let their mother's husband run all over them. Frankly, this book was just bad. I haven't read the next when Helen's life has totally changed (we even know her real name now) and I'm not sure I will. Oh, Elaine, you have SOOOO let me down.
harstan More than 1 year ago
When the judge awarded Rob half his wife's earnings for life, Helen Hawthorne refuses to pay this outrageous alimony. She leaves her affluent home in St. Louis and goes on the run until she reaches Fort Lauderdale where she works at a series of dead end jobs. Helen also meets her fiancé private investigator Phil at the apartment complex they both live in. Phil wants to marry her, but before they can Helen must return to St. Louis to fix her legal and financial liabilities. Meanwhile she works at Snapdragon, a high class consignment shop. One of the repeat customers Chrissy comes in with a purse to sell, but her husband follows her to the shop. They end up in a shouting match; broken up by the store owner. Chrissy enters a dressing room to try on a dress. When the proprietor enters to see how it looks on her, Chrissy is dead. Helen knows the woman was murdered as there is blood on a décor pineapple. When she returns from St. Louis, she is shocked that her employer has lost so many customers and considers closing the shop. With Phil's help, Helen investigates the homicide hoping to find the killer and keep the store open. The Dead-End Job mysteries (see Killer Cuts) are always fun to read due to the heroine but Half-Price Homicide is especially a delight as long story arcs are completed and new ones begin; making this a must for series fans. Meanwhile Rob tries to blackmail his ex wife, but she refuses knowing she will return to St. Louis to end the legal travesty. Her time in Missouri is interesting while her sleuthing in Florida is clever as both subplots blend together smoothly in a fascinating major move forward for Helen. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous 10 months ago
Love the Dead-End Job Series. Will Helen ever get a break? ?
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Dollycas More than 1 year ago
A Dead End Job Mystery This is the ninth story in this series and I have enjoyed every one. This time Helen is working at a high class consignment shoppe at the beck and call of some pretty snobby customers. Rich women can buy anything they want with their pricey store charges, so they buy the clothes and purses from the stores and then resell them at the consignment shoppe at a fraction of the price just so they have spending money, because their husbands won't give them a dime for themselves. The owner Vera has to make sure the customer who buys the items doesn't run in the same circles as the client who sold it. It is a stressful job, but Vera loves it. One of the husbands figures out the scheme and catches his wife in the act of selling her pony hair purse, and a huge argument is played out in front of many customers, Vera and Helen. The husband leaves the store as do most of the customers, but his wife doesn't, she is found dead in the dressing room. Helen again finds herself on yet another suspect list. Meanwhile, Helen's mother passes away and she must make the arrangements to get her mother home and her fiance Phil talks her into handling her legal woes when she returns home for the funeral, which is no easy task, as her ex-husband again shows up to make trouble but will find himself buried in problems of his own. And again the tenants in 2C are nothing but trouble. The plot is tight and moves right along, the regular characters are now like old friends, and the new ones are excellent. This book has it all, murder, mayhem and mischief. The humor factor is high but is blended seamlessly with drama. Many loose ends seem to be tied up in the edition, I don't think this is the end of the series, but Viets may be taking Helen in a different direction. I can't wait to see what this author comes up with next. FTC Disclosure: Received from a friend..
MasonCanyon More than 1 year ago
If it wasn't for bad luck, Helen Hawthorne won't have any luck at all. At least that's the way it seems most of the time as Helen changes from one dead-end job to the next trying to stay one step ahead of her womanizing leech of an ex-husband, Rob. Helen is the heroine in HALF-PRICE HOMICIDE, author Elaine Viet's latest installment in the Dead-End Job Mystery series. Helen's current job is at a high-end clothing consignment shop in South Florida. Vera, the shop owner, buys and re-sales designer apparel that is to die for in more ways than one. A customer is found hanging by a Gucci scarf in the shop's dressing room. The list of suspects includes the victim's developer husband and a female county commissioner, as well as a neighbor from Helen's apartment complex. With the police turning the shop upside down looking for clues and no customers browsing through the racks, Vera ask Helen to solve the murder so life can go back to normal. As Helen works on the list of suspects, another murder victim is found. This time it's her neighbor that was in the shop and a suspect in the first murder. Helen's unusual group of eclectic friends from the complex returns including apartment owner, Margery, whose love of outlandish outfits and chain smoking habits are a stable force in Helen's life. To add to Helen's stress, her mother had a heart attack with complications shortly after stopping Helen's wedding and had to be hospitalized. When her condition takes a turn for the worse, Helen has to return to St. Louis to lay her mother to rest. While in St. Louis, Helen and her sister deal with their step father, Lawn Boy Larry, who tries to skimp on the funeral to save the money for himself. Helen starts making arrangements to get her life back on track and legal. But, before she can her ex-husband turns up. Rob's reappearance causes Helen more heartache and worries, even endangering the future of her young nephew. Some how in the midst of all the craziness, including an attempt on Helen's life; she and her true love, Phil, try a second time to get married. From the first introduction to the chic consignment shop to the thunderstorm on the beach at the end, author Elaine Viets takes the reader on a whirlwind ride of fun, excitement, mystery and suspense. Follow Helen as she tracks her way through the list of high society suspects, political intrigue, and porcelain pineapples. HALF-PRICE HOMICIDE is a stand alone book, although it is the ninth installment in the mystery series. First-time readers of the series won't be left wondering what's going on, but they will want to know all the crazy jobs Helen has had before, along with all the mishaps she finds herself in. Fans of the series will be reunited with some old friends and introduced to several new ones. In addition, they may find that the curse of Apartment 2C could be changing. For a fun time in a hot city, check out HALF-PRICE HOMICIDE. You'll never look at designer labels quite the same.