The Art of Murder (Dead-End Job Series #15)

The Art of Murder (Dead-End Job Series #15)

by Elaine Viets

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451476142
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/02/2017
Series: Dead-End Job Series , #15
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 207,468
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Elaine Viets has actually worked many of those dead-end jobs in her mystery novels, just like her character Helen Hawthorne. She is also the author of the Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper series and numerous short stories. Elaine has won an Anthony Award and an Agatha Award. She lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with her husband, reporter Don Crinklaw.

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The Art of Murder 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous 10 days ago
I look forward to each book (case) to hear what these characters are up to. They are always growing. Helen has a great sense of humor and I love the landlady. Smart, funny, relaxing read. Looking forward to book #16
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts What should have been a quiet and relaxing day for Helen Hawthorne and her friend Margery quickly turns deadly. The were touring Bonnet House, a Fort Lauderdale museum, and when the left they were witness to a woman falling down and convulsing in a parking lot. She later died and her death was very suspicious, but was it murder or suicide? Helen is asked to investigate her death and goes undercover to do so. Phil has his own case. He is trying to catch a thief that has been burglarizing high rises. Busy with their own cases they don’t have much time for each other. Hopefully they can wrap things up before their marriage starts to suffer. Fifteen books in and Elaine Viets still delivers a timely mystery we can escape right into. Helen has come a long way from the dead end jobs as she takes on another case all by herself and she ends up helping Phil with his case too. Phil ends up the one with the dead end job in this installment. I did figure out the whodunit in her case quite easily and some of the facets of Phil’s case too but both had a suspenseful endings. All our favorite characters and their “sunset salutes” are back. I did enjoy Markos helping the PI’s again. The new characters were interesting and well developed. Their dialogue was well written too and real. This was not my favorite book in the series but it was an entertaining read . I think I miss Helen being chased by her ex but as with all series I understand the characters have to evolve. The bit of marital tension between Helen and Phil did help, but truly we all know they are just so darn happy together. The Art of Murder is a light, fast, enjoyable cozy. A nice addition to this series.
Jewelsey More than 1 year ago
Great Cozy Mystery
Storytellermary More than 1 year ago
Elaine Viets' _Art of Murder_. I finished this last night, a great adventure, and deservedly on the best seller list! There is so much to enjoy, a refreshing vacation on the beach! Art classes at Bonnet House sound lovely, except for the artistic rivalry. Luxury condos and yachts, and “high speed” chases interrupted by speed bumps (known as sleeping policemen in Jamaica). People with no fingerprints from working with abrasive materials. (My fingerprints have become less pronounced, difficult for the time clock at the Y). Gold thieves and bitter tea. Multiple sources and uses for nicotine. Helen’s exemplary example in pulling the car over when making calls or texts. I’m loving Margery even more for her key retribution . . . and I’d love to enjoy a sunset at the Coronado. Reading of Thumbs going between apartments, I’m now wondering if Phil's and Helen's apartments might adjoin? I once had an efficiency apartment with a little round cat-hole into the bathroom so the kitties could get to the litter box (and play in the bathtub). Perhaps Thumbs needs a cat-tunnel. We readers need more Dead-End Jobs books, but no pressure . . . ;-)
MasonCanyon More than 1 year ago
Author Elaine Viets has created a protagonist in Helen Hawthorne that readers can relate to. Helen doesn’t back down from pursuing any job and is loyal to her friends. The secondary characters are also well-developed and add depth to the story. The story flows at a steady pace with twists and turs keeping the suspense high. The vivid descriptions and eye for details brings the fascinating Bonnet House Museum into the reader’s world. THE ART OF MURDER is the 15th installment in Viets’ Dead-End Job Mystery series, but can be read as a standalone. New readers will have no problem keep up with Helen, Phil, Margery and the rest of the gang. Returning fans will delight in catching up with some of their favorite characters. The intrigue of art classes paired with beautiful Fort Lauderdale (FL) landmarks as backdrops makes this a tantalizing cozy mystery. A blend of humor, suspense, friendship and determination make this a must read for murder mystery lovers. FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
Author Elaine Viets paints a vivid mystery with THE ART OF MURDER. The Dead-End Job Mystery series has been great from the start. Ms. Viets keeps upping her game with each new installment. This series is consistently well written with each new book adding stronger, and more entertaining plots. THE ART OF MURDER is quick to jump into the murder, and mayhem. From chapter one it just keep gaining momentum. Fast paced and intriguing, this book was hard to put down. With plenty of twists and turns to keep me guessing, and second guessing, the reveal was a total surprise. With books like THE ART OF MURDER, it’s easy to see why Ms. Viets, and the Dead-End Job mysteries have such a loyal following.