Murder with All the Trimmings

Murder with All the Trimmings

by Elaine Viets

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‘Tis the season for sleuthing when secret shopper Josie Marcus’s ex falls victim to a festive fiend…

Josie’s latest mystery shopper report won’t help business at Naughty or Nice, Maplewood’s raunchy year-round Christmas store. But she can’t worry about work when her ex-dealer, ex-convict, ex-boyfriend, Nate Weekler, just came home for the holidays, prepared to fight Josie for custody of their daughter. Josie wishes he’d catch the next sleigh out of town, but instead, Nate is poisoned…and suddenly Josie is a person of interest.

With Nate’s criminal past, he’d never make Santa’s “Nice” column, but his own list of enemies also includes plenty of “Naughties” who might want him dead. Josie will need her team of little helpers to wrap up this case, before the killer commits another holiday homicide.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781625673367
Publisher: JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc.
Publication date: 11/13/2018
Series: Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 305,135
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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Murder with All the Trimmings (Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper Series #4) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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melbiddle More than 1 year ago
This book is the newest in the series about Josie Marcus a mom and mystery shopper. She is a fun character. The whole series is great. I love to read series books and this is one of my favorites. The author has another series with a different character that I recommend to anyone who likes light mystery with out the gore.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
True Viets syle--entertaining but very believable.
A fun series to follow. Can't wait for the next!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mystery shopper Josie Marcus is having problems getting into the holiday spirits. Her boyfriend Mike invested $20,000 in the mother of his daughter Heather¿s- year round Christmas store. Josie does not like Heather because she is nasty towards Josie¿s younger daughter Amelia. Naughty or Nice is not doing well because a rival shop Elsie¿s Elf House opened nearby and a third Christmas store is in the same tiny vicinity. Josie has no time to worry about Mike, his investment or his cruel daughter. The father of her child Nate has just been released from a Canadian prison after a decade of incarceration for selling drugs. He threatens Josie with a custody suit and implies he could abduct their daughter. They have a shouting match that Josie¿s neighbor hears. When a drunken Nate comes to Josie¿s house with a chocolate Santa, Josie refuses to let him enter. He eats the pastry later Josie finds him unconscious. At the hospital, a toxicologist report says he imbibed anti-freeze just like a woman who ate a the same pstry from the same place. Josie and Mike are under suspicion so she seeks proof to back up her theory as to who the killer is. --- Elaine Viets writes exciting amateur sleuth mysteries filled with believable characters the recurring cast starting with Josie adds a sense of friendship that in turn embellishes the feeling of realism. A single mom, Josie knows she must care for Amanda first even before her desires. It is interesting how ¿blind¿ Mike is to his daughter¿s antipathy towards his girlfriend and her offspring. Nate is slime and in death he still causes the heroine problems. Although the whodunit is a bit light, the relationships crises add delightful trimmings to the murder investigation. --- Harriet Klausner