Half-Price Homicide: A Dead-End Job Mystery
by Elaine Viets
Cover Artist: Tsukushi / Lott Representatives
Review by Sherry Lilley
NAL Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780451229892
Date: 04 May 2010 List Price $22.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Links: Author's Website / Show Official Info /
Helen is working at Snapdragon's Second Thoughts with owner Vera Salinda when Chrissy Martlet is murdered. The cop investigating has crossed paths with Helen before and is convinced Helen is hiding something. Well, she is hiding something, but nothing that has anything to do with murder!
To keep the shop afloat, and herself out of jail, Helen starts looking around to see if she can discovery who committed the crime. There are several likely suspects, including one of Helen's own neighbors. But shortly into the story, the neighbor is murdered, and Helen's landlord wants Helen to prove who didn't do it.
In addition, Helen's mother has not recovered from the coma she fell into after aborting Helen's marriage to Phil. Helen feels like she can finally be the dutiful daughter and look after her mother for what little time she has left. With two murders to solve, the police breathing down her neck and a sick mother to look after, Helen's a little busy.
This is an enjoyable book. It moves along at a good pace, with a few surprises and some interesting turns. With summer coming up, this would be a good book to keep a person company on the beach or in the hammock. Ms. Viets tied up many loose ends, but she also created enough new ones to make me very impatient for the next book in the series.