Monday 21 January 2019

Murder with Reservations (A Dead-End Job Mystery #6) by Elaine Viets

Murder with Reservations (A Dead-End Job Mystery Book 6)
From Anthony and Agatha Award-winning author Elaine Viets—the thrilling mystery series about one woman trying to make a living... while other people are making a killing.

Still on the run from the long arm of the law, Helen Hawthorne has found employment as a maid at Fort Lauderdale’s Full Moon Hotel, picking up after clueless tourists and keeping her head down.

But staying discreet gets a bit more difficult when Helen opens the hotel Dumpster and discovers the dead body of a fellow hotel employee. Then, a hotel guest is murdered in the shower, and Helen’s no-good ex-husband Rob arrives in town in search of the money the court said he deserves.

With the police already suspicious, and her friends frantically trying to keep Rob off her trail, Helen knows the only way clean up the mess is to find the killer. But if she’s not careful, the killer just might find her first…

Praise for the Dead-End Job Mysteries by Anthony and Agatha Award-winning author Elaine Viets

“A stubborn and intelligent heroine, a wonderful South Florida setting, and a cast of more-or-less lethal bimbos...I loved this book.”—Charlaine Harris
“Brave Viets 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.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Laugh-out-loud comedy with enough twists and turns to make it to the top of the mystery bestseller charts.” —Florida Today
“Fans of Janet Evanovich and Parnell Hall will appreciate Viets’s humor.”—South Florida Sun-Sentinel
“Wit, murder, and sunshine . . . it must be Florida. I love this new series.”—Nancy Pickard
“A heroine with a sense of humor and a gift for snappy dialogue.”—Jane Heller
  (Summary via Goodreads)

I just love the Dead-End Job Mystery series by Elaine Viets.  I have read books one through six so far and cannot get enough of Helen, her crappy jobs, her crazy landlady, Margery, her perfect boyfriend Phil , her friend Peggy and her parrot and everything else  !!!

And in Murder with Reservations, the sixth book in the series, Helen's dead-end job is a maid in a hotel that has a "cursed" room.  And everyone wants in.....  A few months before Helen starts working at The Full Moon a robber with a lot of money stays there but before he can hand the money off to his partner, he dies.  Unfortunately the money is never found.  So while Helen is trying to do her job still hiding out from her ex-husband, all her co-workers are secretly searching the hotel for the missing money.

And hiding from her ex-husband is harder than ever because he has finally tracked her to Florida and is even staying at The Full Moon.  While her co-workers sneak her in and out of the hotel, her ex-husband Rob is getting closer and closer to finding her....until Margery gets involved.......

This is my favorite book so far in this series......I just love Helen and what she will do to not give one dollar of her hard earned money to her lazy cheating ex-husband.  I love her relationship with her landlady and friends at the Coronado Apartments.  I love the nights hanging by the pool with Margery, Peggy, her parrot Pete and Margery's deadly drinks.  Helen and Phil have a realistic relationship and in this book we get to see and learrn more about Rob.  Not to mention in this book there is murder, murder, and murder !!!  More murders than ever !!  And of course Helen is right smack in the middle of them all !!  But with one of the murders there is a very interesting twist that not even Helen could predict......

I HIGHLY recommend the Dead-End Job Mystery series by Elaine Viets.  You will get completely lost in these books and will love every minute of it !!

Review by Missi S.

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