Shop Till You Drop

Shop Till You Drop

by Elaine Viets

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ISBN-13: 9781625673183
Publisher: JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc.
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Series: A Dead-End Job Mystery , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 105,621
File size: 576 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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Shop till You Drop (Dead-End Job Series #1) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
jmhans More than 1 year ago
I loved the lightness of the book and the need to keep reading until it was done. Her writing makes you feel like you are part of the book, perhaps a fly on the wall. You can see the movie of the characters playing out in your head. Very funny with a twist of things you wouldn't think of in your wildest dreams!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This excellent story following the life of Helen Hawrthorne is thrilling, funny, and an overall quick and easy read. Once I started reading, I couldn't stop.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A slow start but an easy, funny read. Very much like Janet Evonavich's bounty hunter but in a different setting and job of course.
harstan More than 1 year ago
After hearing the judge¿s ruling in a St. Louis Courtroom, Helen Hawthorne goes on the run, leaving a job that pays six figures annum and her family and friends behind. She ends up in Fort Lauderdale working in sales in the exclusive female clothes store Juliana¿s, earning minimum wage off the books. The clientele consists of trophy wives and men¿s mistresses who have nothing better to do than shop until they drop. After two weeks on the job, Helen comes to believe that her boss is skimming money, selling illegal drugs, arranging for illegal plastic surgery and hiring a hit man for a customer..................... Before Helen can decide what to do about what she thinks is going on, Christina takes off on a vacation and never comes back. Her body is found in a barrel floating in the ocean and Helen soon has proof that her former boss was blackmailing five customers and her ex-boyfriend. When Helen tries to solve the crime and collect the reward money, the killer decides to make Helen the second victim...................... The first Dead-End Jobs mystery is such a smashing success it will provide long-term job security for Elaine Viets. The tale contains wit, local color and a cast of secondary characters that is eccentric and funny. The heroine is a delightful mix of grit; determination and stubbornness, which is why she goes from one deadly encounter to another. She doesn¿t know the meaning of the word quit and she hounds all the suspects until one of them finally makes a move on her. Elaine Viets¿ SHOP TILL YOU DROP is electrifying................... Harriet Klausner
MerryMary on LibraryThing 29 days ago
Helen is on the run from something, and forced to work "off the books" on deadend jobs. That's why she continues to work at an exclusive dress shop, even though the clients are shallow, surgery-obsessed, and vaguely nasty. The story involves fraud, murder, the Mob, drugs, embezzlement, and sugar daddies. The story is told with a light touch - but it seems dead on.
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TheBookResort More than 1 year ago
Shop till You Drop is one of the best, laugh your butt off mystery books out there. Helen Hawthorne is one of the most impressive characters to come along in the saturated amateur sleuth genre. Elaine Viets has made her Dead-End Job mysteries must read. No matter what is going on. When I first stumbled upon Elaine Viets it was a lazy Sunday afternoon in May. The local paper had a review about Shop Till You Drop. I wanted it. Immediately. I called my area bookstore because they knew who I was & always took care of me. lol. Well, they had no copies in stock & wanted to order me a copy ~ nope, it wasn't good enough. I wanted this book... now. I was going through of one of my moody reading spells where you just couldn't find the right book to read & every unread book on your shelf just wasn't calling you. Shop till You Drop was shouting to be read. The bookstore didn't want to lose a customer, so they were kind enough to call area stores to see if they had any copies in stock. Well, it seems everyone wanted this book ~ darn bookstores for not stocking enough copies. Finally, a book miracle... one of the chains had one left. My husband (fiance' @ the time) was on call, but drove the truck 20 miles to pick up the book w/ my mom in tow. This way if he got a call she could grab the book & wait until he was clear. Well, I read it ~ in one sitting. I believe one of the reasons I think the Stephanie Plum series is a total snore fest is Elaine Viets. She is one of the reasons I am so darn spoiled by excellent writing, laugh-out-loud amusing adventures & characters so vile or so endearing you just want them to be real. Elaine Viets' Dead-End Job Mysteries are addicting... like grapes, peanuts, potato chips or M&M's... one just will not do. No one knows South Florida like Ms. Viets. She describes the local flavor w/a kaleidoscope of colors. With every book in the Dead-End Job series I have to remind myself I am not in Fort Lauderdale. I can't just pop over & visit some of the most winsome characters to come along in any genre in a long time. No hanging @ the Tropic apartments w/ Helen, Margery, Peggy, Pete & Phil... Well... sorta Phil. For me, the most disappointing thing about this series is I can't lounge beside the pool @ the Coronado. Ms. Viets creates such vivacious characters, I was tempted to go for a stroll along Las Olas Boulevard & ring the bell @ Julianna's. I just wanted to see Christina up close. Helen Hawthorne is one of the most riotous, sensational & vivid characters you'll ever encounter. The cast of secondary characters are delectable, whimsical & priceless. Elaine's plotting is ingenious & her wicked sense of humor is reason enough to pick up Shop till You Drop. This is definitely a series lovers of the cozy genre should scoop up & readers in search of incredible story telling should rush out to grab Shop till You Drop. Hurry go grab it. Heck, who am I kidding, order all of the books now. The only thing you will regret is waiting an entire year for the next hilarious mystery adventure w/ Helen & company.
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robinbird12 More than 1 year ago
This book was different for me... The characters were very thin and shallow. It had its funny parts but not many. It was good but not great. I was hoping for better.
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