WorldCat Identities

Viets, Elaine 1950-

Overview
Works: 72 works in 356 publications in 2 languages and 21,446 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Sea stories  Fantasy fiction 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PS3572.I325, 813.54
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Elaine Viets
Half-price homicide : a dead-end job mystery by Elaine Viets( Book )

13 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 1,298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tired of living life on the lam, Helen Hawthorne goes back to St. Louis to clear her name of alimony evasion so she can finally marry the man she loves. But she still has to pay the bills, even if it means working at a consignment shop where the designer duds are to die for--literally. Secondhand clothes. First-degree murder. At Snapdragon, the high-end designer consignment shop, Helen is at the beck and call of snobby--yet frugal--customers. That alone is a deadly combination, but the sellers of the drool-worthy fashions can be even more high maintenance. Especially Chrissy, who comes in with a purse to sell and ends up screaming it out with her own husband and another customer. If Helen didn't have a greedy ex-husband demanding more money and a mother in a Florida nursing home, she'd be hanging up her cash register. But when Chrissy is found dead in a dressing room with a hand-painted scarf around her neck, Helen goes from being low on society's totem pole to high on the police's suspect list
Killer cuts by Elaine Viets( Book )

25 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 1,229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Helen Hawthorne's latest dead-end job is in Miguel Angel's Fort Lauderdale hair salon, where a trim can cost as much as a car payment and a blowout can wipe you out. But when one of the salon's most famous clients, gossip blogger and cable-TV show host Kingman 'King' Oden is murdered at his own wedding, things get a little hairy and King becomes the prime suspect. To save her boss--and her job--Helen is determined to find the murderer. When she finds herself the target of threatening notes, it's more imperative than ever that she figure out who at the wedding was dressed to kill
Final sail : a dead-end job mystery by Elaine Viets( Book )

17 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 1,163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"To catch a jewel smuggler on a luxury yacht, Helen needs to pose as the ship's new stewardess--but between serving drinks to the snobs, scrubbing floors, and cleaning up after seasick passengers, she's starting to miss dry land almost as much as she misses Phil. While Helen's cruising to the Bahamas, Phil's got his own job--trying to catch a sexy gold digger who may have killed her elderly new husband for his fortune. Good thing he's a self-proclaimed master of disguise, playing it cool as everything from an air-conditioning repairman to a Rastafarian. Helen's a help to Phil in his case, but when she's on her own on the high seas, Helen needs to watch her step as she searches out the smuggler--or she may end up going from undercover to overboard ..."--
Board stiff : a dead-end job mystery by Elaine Viets( Book )

16 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 1,090 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"There's a dark cloud over Sunny Jim's Safety First Parasailing and Stand-Up Paddleboarding business on Florida's Riggs Beach--especially after one of his clients is killed in a tragic paddleboarding mishap. Sunny Jim is sure it was no accident, and he hires Helen and Phil to find the murderer. Between cutthroat competitors poaching his territory, the city threatening to revoke his license, a restaurant owner wanting his beach spot for a parking lot, and a wrongful death suit filed by the victim's husband, Sunny Jim may soon be up the creek without a paddle. But he does have Helen and Phil on his side, and as the couple start to investigate, they discover dark undercurrents of corruption behind the cheerful facades of the beachfront businesses, as well as domestic secrets. But the sands of time are running out, and if they don't catch the killer soon, Sunny Jim won't be the only one to go under ..."--
Checked out : a dead-end job mystery by Elaine Viets( Book )

19 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,083 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Shhh ... in the newest hardcover in the national bestselling Dead-End Job Mystery series, Helen Hawthorne quietly goes undercover at a local library to search for a missing masterpiece. Wealthy socialite Elizabeth Cateman Kingsley has hired Helen to find a missing John Singer Sargent painting, owned by her late father. After his death, many of Davis Cateman's books were donated to the Flora Park library, and his daughter suspects the small watercolor-worth millions-was tucked away inside one of those dusty tomes. To search the stacks, Helen applies for a position as a library volunteer and discovers the library director has a catalog of complaints-from a mischievous calico cat named Paris to the mysterious disappearance of various items that some of the more imaginative staff are attributing to a ghost haunting the building. While her husband Phil sticks his neck out to find a missing necklace, Helen is on her own with no one to lend her a hand. When a dead body turns up in a parking lot, it appears someone is willing to go to any lengths to keep the treasure in the library quiet. Now Helen is bound and determined to find the killer as well as the painting-before she's taken out of circulation herself"--
Catnapped! : a dead-end job mystery by Elaine Viets( Book )

9 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 1,021 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The one thing celebrity Trish Barrymore and her no account accountant husband, Mort, can agree on in their bitter divorce is shared cat custody. But when Mort is found brained by a mahogany cat tower, and Justine, their pedigreed Chartreux show cat, goes missing, Trish calls on Helen and Phil. Despite a ransom note from the catnapper, Trish is still the prime murder suspect in the eyes of the police. As they await the post Mortem, it's up to Helen and Phil to find the feline filcher and let the cat out of the bag. Discovering that Mort had some shady dealings within cat show circles, Helen goes undercover as an assistant for a woman who shows prizewinning Persians. But Phil is not buying Trish's cat that swallowed a canary act, he thinks she might be staging the whole catnapping. As Helen and Phil get deeper into a high pressure world of primping, posing, and purring to collar a killer, they get caught up in a cat and mouse game where the stakes are literally life and death
Clubbed to death : a dead-end job mystery by Elaine Viets( Book )

9 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 1,007 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
Murder with reservations by Elaine Viets( Book )

11 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 1,003 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Helen Hawthorne finds her job at Sybil's Full Moon Hotel in Fort Lauderdale threatened when the body of a maid turns up in a dumpster, a discovery that could bring the local cops down on her head and lead to a confrontation with her ex-husband
The art of murder : a dead-end job mystery by Elaine Viets( Book )

11 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 943 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From the national bestselling author of Checked Out, PI Helen Hawthorne must pose as a painter at Fort Lauderdale's famous Bonnet House Museum to catch an artful killer ... STILL LIFE The art world is a happening place--but a brush with death shouldn't be in the picture. Unfortunately, that's just what happens to Helen Hawthorne and her friend Margery. While touring gorgeous Bonnet House, a mansion turned museum, they observe a painting class and note an up-and-coming artist. When they later see her deadly end, Helen is hired to canvas the crime scene--undercover, of course. Sketchy suspects lurk in the victim's bohemian past. Was the promising painter killed by her jealous husband? Her best friend? A rival using her artful wiles? With her husband, Phil, busy setting a trap for a gold thief, it's up to Helen to paint this killer into a corner ..."--
Murder unleashed : a dead-end job mystery by Elaine Viets( Book )

8 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 924 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An employee of the Pampered Pet Boutique, Helen Hawthorne becomes the prime suspect in the killing of a trophy wife and the kidnapping of a valuable labradoodle puppy, when she stumbles upon the corpse during a delivery to a client
Pumped for murder by Elaine Viets( Book )

9 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 888 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Helen Hawthorne and her new husband, Phil, have just opened a private investigation business. Their first client asks them to watch her husband, who she believes is body building at a gym to impress another woman. This leads Helen to another dead-end job, working as a receptionist at Fantastic Fitness, which requires her to workout as well. Meanwhile, Coronado Investigations takes on a decades-old murder case, keeping Helen busy and exhausted
Shop till you drop : a dead-end job mystery by Elaine Viets( Book )

14 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 712 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Once on the fast track to success, Helen Hawthorne is now going nowhere fast. She traded in her chic life for a shabby one. And now she's on the run, jumping from city to city and dead-end job to dead-end job, trying to stay one step ahead of her past. After two weeks as the new salesclerk at Juliana's, Fort Lauderdale's ultra-exclusive clothing boutique, Helen still feels out of fashion. And since the only crime likely to be committed around here is being old-or worse, looking old-Helen figures she's safe. Until she discovers the manager has been embezzling money and selling designer drugs along with the designer clothes. Add murder to the mix-and Helen's dead-end job is downright deadly
Dying to call you : a dead-end job mystery by Elaine Viets( Book )

17 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and Japanese and held by 633 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Helen Hawthorne has just found her new calling ... as a telemarketer. And it's not long before she's disrupting dinners all over the country with her pesky calls. But during a phone survey to the home of Henry Asporth, she's the one who gets an earful when she overhears an argument, followed by a scream--and then dead air. Was someone being strangled? Or was it just a loud movie? Helen searches the office computer database to learn more about Asporth and the much younger woman he allegedly lived with ... before she disappeared. And soon Helen's in over her head, chasing clues and trying to avoid a close call ... with a killer
Murder between the covers : a dead-end job mystery by Elaine Viets( Book )

13 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and held by 510 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Helen has a new job "off the books" at Page Turners bookstore in Fort Lauderdale...until the owner is murdered. But since the arrogant Page Turner III had so many enemies, Helen will have to read between the lines to uncover the truth about a clever killer
Just murdered : a dead-end job mystery by Elaine Viets( Book )

13 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in English and Japanese and held by 504 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Helen takes a job at an upscale bridal salon. When a rich, obnoxious mother-of-the-bride is killed, Helen's fingerprints are found on the muder weapon -- a wedding dress
Dying in style : Josie Marcus, mystery shopper by Elaine Viets( Book )

10 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 485 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hired to inspect the stores of designer Denessa Celedine anonymously, mystery shopper Josie Marcus's less than stellar report is the least of the designer's problems, after she is found strangled with one of her own expensive snakeskin belts. Original
Death on a platter by Elaine Viets( Book )

8 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 471 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Josie Marcus plans to savor sampling the local St. Louis cuisine for a City Eats food tour. But her appetite is ruined at Tillie's Off the Hill Italian Restaurant when another customer is poisoned. Was the victim the real target-or is someone trying to ruin Tillie's reputation? It's up to Josie to find a killer who has no reservations about preparing a dish to die for"--Page 2 of cover
Accessory to murder : Josie Marcus, mystery shopper by Elaine Viets( Book )

11 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in English and held by 465 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Josie Marcus, a mystery shopper and a single mom, goes to uncover the truth behind a hot young designer's murder in the mall's parking lot, not believing that her best friend's husband committed the crime
Murder with all the trimmings : Josie Marcus, mystery shopper by Elaine Viets( Book )

6 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 442 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mystery shopper Josie Marcus's report about Danessa Celedine's exclusive store is less than stellar, and it may cost the fashion diva fifty million dollars. But Danessa's financial future becomes moot when she's found murdered, strangled with one of her own thousand-dollar snakeskin belts--and Josie is accused of the crime
The fashion hound murders by Elaine Viets( Book )

8 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in English and held by 413 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Josie had no idea that the business of fashion-forward puppies could get so ugly--until she's hired to check out a big pet store's involvement with puppy mills. After she gets a tip from a disgruntled pet shop employee named Edna, Josie discovers that behind the cashmere sweaters and bejeweled collars, cruel means of breeding designer dogs are being used. While working the case, she's led to a puppy mill and sees the horrible conditions firsthand. Something has to be done, and she has the footage from her hidden camera to prove it. But when Edna is found dead, Josie realizes that sinking her teeth into this cause just might land her in the doghouse."--Page 4 of cover
 
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Clubbed to death : a dead-end job mystery
Alternative Names
Elaine Viets American writer

Elaine Viets Amerikaans schrijfster

Elaine Viets écrivaine américaine

Elaine Viets escritora estadounidense

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エレイン・ヴィエッツ

Languages
English (240)

Japanese (5)

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Killer cutsClubbed to death : a dead-end job mysteryMurder with reservationsMurder unleashed : a dead-end job mysteryPumped for murderShop till you drop : a dead-end job mysteryDying to call you : a dead-end job mysteryMurder between the covers : a dead-end job mystery