Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Pumped for Murder by Elaine Viets, 292 pages
Helen Hawthorne and her sweetie Phil are married, and sitting up a detective agency. For their first two cases, they are asked to investigate a decades old suicide that the brother believes was murder and a possible cheating husband. Helen goes undercover at a gym as a receptionist to check out the cheating husband. Of course she manages to stumble across a corpse just days into the job. Now, Helen must try to find the killer before she ends up pushing up daisies instead of pumping iron.
I'm a big fan of these books in the Dead-End Jobs mysteries, heck, I've been reading Elaine Viets since her columns in the Sunday Parade magazine years ago. She's a funny writer and that comes through in her books. These books are great because Helen works jobs that many of us have had or currently work in. Any new Viets mystery also goes to the top of my "must read" list.