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Clubbed to death : a dead-end job mystery

Publication Information:
New York : Obsidian, ©2008.
Physical Description:
viii, 264 pages ; 22 cm
Working in a country club complaint department to deal with the griping of the rich and spoiled, Helen Hawthorne's ex-husband arrives back in her life aboard the yacht of his new lady, Marcella, known as the Black Widow for her string of dead spouses.
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The national bestselling author who turns "minimum wage into maximum hilarity" (Nancy Martin, author of Murder Melts in Your Mouth ) reveals the lifestyles of the rich and murdered&

Helen Hawthorne's latest dead-end job is in a country club's complaint department, dealing with the gripes of the rich and spoiled. Then Rob, her deadbeat ex-husband, sails back into her life aboard the yacht of his new lady, Marcella--known as the Black Widow for her string of dead spouses. The next day Rob's reported missing. If the Black Widow has such a murderous reputation, then why is Helen led from the club in handcuffs?

When Marcella helps Helen get released, the two form an uneasy alliance to find out what really happened. Helen's barely begun digging when a club patron is discovered beaten to death with a golf club --his membership permanently expired. Someone got more than a little teed off and it's up to Helen to get to the truth--without getting clubbed herself&

Author Notes

Before becoming a full-time author, Elaine Viets worked in the field of journalism. She is the author of the Dead-End Job Mystery series; the Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper series; and the Francesca Vierling Mystery series. Her short story Wedding Knife, which appeared in Chesapeake Crimes, won both the Agatha and the Anthony Awards. Viets resides in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

In Viets's sprightly seventh Dead-End Job mystery (after 2007's Murder with Reservations), intrepid Helen Hawthorne, now a "customer care" clerk at the snobbish Superior Club in Golden Palms, Fla., is dismayed to run into her money-hungry ex, Rob, in the club parking lot. When Rob, who's now married to a wealthy club member known as the Black Widow because her last five husbands have died mysteriously, tells Helen he fears for his life, the unsympathetic Helen hits him. Fellow club employees witness their fight, and one of them, Brenda, almost succeeds in getting Helen fired. Later, the authorities view Helen as a prime suspect after Rob disappears, a possible murder victim. When someone beats Brenda and a philandering plastic surgeon to death with Brenda's seven iron, Helen has a lot more to worry about. The romantic ending will leave fans eager for the next installment in this superior cozy series. Author tour. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Working as a customer service representative in an exclusive private club not far from Fort Lauderdale, FL, Helen Hawthorne (Murder with Reservations) finds her life turned upside down when her deadbeat ex-husband, Rob, arrives with his new wife, the ultrawealthy and many-times married Marcella, known as The Black Widow. When Rob disappears the next day, Helen is the only suspect. After Marcella helps get Helen released from police custody, the two form an uneasy alliance to investigate. Anyone whose job is in customer service will relate to Helen's work experiences here. A quick summer read for fans of humorous mysteries with clever premises. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ 1/08.] (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.