Search Results: "Elaine Viets"


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PUMPED FOR MURDER by Elaine Viets
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 3, 2011

"Coronado's off to a respectable start with a variety of offbeat cases that should bring Helen a decent payday at last."
A husband-and-wife detective team takes on its inaugural cases. Read full book review >

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MURDER WITH RESERVATIONS by Elaine Viets
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2007

"Brave Viets (Murder Unleashed, 2006, etc.) 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."
The murder of a coworker threatens to expose a hotel maid hiding from her greedy ex. Read full book review >

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BRAIN STORM  by Elaine Viets
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Viets' new series launch carries more heft than her earlier cozies (Catnapped!, 2014, etc.). Her complicated heroine deserves a return outing."
A death investigator battles to clear the neurosurgeon who saved her life. Read full book review >

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MURDER UNLEASHED by Elaine Viets
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 2, 2006

"Helen's next dead-end job could be the one that pulls this all together."
A hardcover debut for Viets's Dead-End Job series, in which Helen Hawthorne, on the lam after going after her cheating husband with a crowbar and refusing to pay him court-ordered alimony, has to take a series of cash-only jobs to fly below institutional radar. Read full book review >

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BOARD STIFF by Elaine Viets
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 7, 2013

"Viets' 12th proves that moving Helen from dead-end jobs into full-time employment does nothing to stifle her quirky good humor."
Florida private eye Helen Hawthorne (Final Sail, 2012, etc.) helps a small businessman fight city hall. Read full book review >

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FINAL SAIL by Elaine Viets
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2012

"Doubling the mysteries doesn't really double the fun in Viets' convoluted eleventh."
A husband and wife detective duo teams up to split the work. Read full book review >

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HALF-PRICE HOMICIDE by Elaine Viets
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 4, 2010

"Helen's ninth is oddly shaped, with a unnecessary twist that defies logic."
Still another murder can't be good news for a consignment-shop clerk who's trying to keep a low profile since fleeing an unjust divorce settlement. Read full book review >

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LEE & ELAINE by Ann Rower
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 19, 2002

"The upshot: She doesn't have much of a story, and neither do we."
Rower's second, as dismal as its predecessor (Armed Response, 1995), trades the former's West Coast trappings for the Hamptons as the artist/writer narrator tries desperately to turn the dead wives of rival painters William de Kooning and Jackson Pollock into posthumous friends—and straighten out her own life in the bargain. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 21, 2006

"A testament to the need to be heard, and to the restorative power of friendship."
A lonely wife finds solace in friendship. Read full book review >

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AFTER ELAINE by Ann L. Dreyer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"A likable heroine and a convincing exploration of loss. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A few weeks before the end of Gina's fifth-grade year, her angry, difficult older sister skips school and dies in a car accident with another teenager with whom she had been drinking. Read full book review >

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AUNT ELAINE DOES THE DANCE FROM SPAIN by Leah Komaiko
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"The story is slight but pleasantly frothy; Mathers, widely praised for her sophisticated colors and clean, imaginative design, breaks no new ground here but nicely captures the lighthearted spirit in her vibrant, delicately witty art. (Picture book. 4-8)"
``Aunt Elaine/thinks she's from Spain,/but she and Dad were born in Maine,'' confides Elaine's slightly nerdy-looking niece, Katy; as ``Elena,'' her aunt is enthusiastic about performing Spanish dances with what looks like a multicultural troupe. Read full book review >