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The latest Dead-End Job mystery from the national bestselling author of Half-Priced Homicide. Helen Hawthorne and her new hubby Phil have opened their own P.I. agency and their very first client is Shelby, who thinks her husband is developing a killer body for another woman. To keep track of the suspected cheater, Helen gets a dead-end job at Fantastic Fitness, where sh The latest Dead-End Job mystery from the national bestselling author of Half-Priced Homicide. Helen Hawthorne and her new hubby Phil have opened their own P.I. agency and their very first client is Shelby, who thinks her husband is developing a killer body for another woman. To keep track of the suspected cheater, Helen gets a dead-end job at Fantastic Fitness, where she has to pump iron to stay employed. Then the budding agency takes on a murder case, and Helen has to move her workouts to the early morning just to keep up. With so much weight on her aching shoulders, will Helen catch a killer-or just drop dead from exhaustion?


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The latest Dead-End Job mystery from the national bestselling author of Half-Priced Homicide. Helen Hawthorne and her new hubby Phil have opened their own P.I. agency and their very first client is Shelby, who thinks her husband is developing a killer body for another woman. To keep track of the suspected cheater, Helen gets a dead-end job at Fantastic Fitness, where sh The latest Dead-End Job mystery from the national bestselling author of Half-Priced Homicide. Helen Hawthorne and her new hubby Phil have opened their own P.I. agency and their very first client is Shelby, who thinks her husband is developing a killer body for another woman. To keep track of the suspected cheater, Helen gets a dead-end job at Fantastic Fitness, where she has to pump iron to stay employed. Then the budding agency takes on a murder case, and Helen has to move her workouts to the early morning just to keep up. With so much weight on her aching shoulders, will Helen catch a killer-or just drop dead from exhaustion?

30 review for Pumped for Murder

  1. 5 out of 5

    Missi Martin (Stockwell)

    Pumped for Murder by Elaine Viets is the tenth book in her Dead-End Job Mystery series and there is so much for the reader to enjoy and love !! In Pumped for Murder Helen and her new husband Phil have just opened the doors to their new private investigators business and they are working out of apartment 2C at the Coronado Tropic Apartments and lucky for them they have 2 cases to work on. Their wonderful and colorful landlady, Margery, put them in touch with her mechanic who wants the death of hi Pumped for Murder by Elaine Viets is the tenth book in her Dead-End Job Mystery series and there is so much for the reader to enjoy and love !! In Pumped for Murder Helen and her new husband Phil have just opened the doors to their new private investigators business and they are working out of apartment 2C at the Coronado Tropic Apartments and lucky for them they have 2 cases to work on. Their wonderful and colorful landlady, Margery, put them in touch with her mechanic who wants the death of his brother looked into. His brother died 25 years ago and they ruled it a suicide but the brother thinks he was murdered. And then their neighbor and friend, Peggy, introduced them to a friend who wants to know if her husband is cheating on her. Phil takes the reins in the cold case because some of the research will be easier for him due to his background while Helen takes a job working the front desk of the fitness center where the woman's husband works out at. Even though Phil and Helen are working some aspects of the cases separately, they still spend plenty of time together as newleyweds and business partners. And both cases turn out to be harder than they expected...... I could read a book about the goings on around the Coronado Tropic Apartments without the murder and mystery....the characters are fun people who get along and sit by the pool every night with snacks and boxed wine....my kind of group. Now don't get me wrong...I LOVE the trouble Helen gets into and she does it with so little effort !!! I'm glad that Helen and Phil are FINALLY married and still living at the Coronado and love the fact that the opened their practice there as well. I also love that even though Helen is getting her life in order and not hiding out from the law anymore, she is still working dead-end jobs for the cases. I love all the relationships and friendships that have developed and continue to develop and I love that when I start reading one of the books in this series I can sink into my comfy seat and settle down and hang out with some old friends. And even though I am reading them in order you do not have to. Viets writes so that whatever book you pick up, you know what is going on immediately !!

  2. 5 out of 5

    LORI CASWELL

    10th in the Dead-End Job Mystery Series Helen Hawthorne and her new husband Phil have opened their own Private Investigation Agency. Thanks to their friends at the Coronado Tropic Apartments they get their first clients. Shelby wants them to spy on her husband who she believes is being unfaithful and Gus wants them to investigate the death of his brother than happened back in the 1980's. To follow Shelby's husband Helen takes another Dead-End Job at Fantastic Fitness, since Shelby's husband Bryan s 10th in the Dead-End Job Mystery Series Helen Hawthorne and her new husband Phil have opened their own Private Investigation Agency. Thanks to their friends at the Coronado Tropic Apartments they get their first clients. Shelby wants them to spy on her husband who she believes is being unfaithful and Gus wants them to investigate the death of his brother than happened back in the 1980's. To follow Shelby's husband Helen takes another Dead-End Job at Fantastic Fitness, since Shelby's husband Bryan seems to spend most of his waking hours there. She gets the job with the condition to get her body back in shape, so in addition to the actual job she needs to also spend time working out. The other case keeps Phil hopping during the day but he also needs Helen by his side as the investigation leads them into the late evening and sometimes early morning hours. It is not enough that one job expects her to lose weight, but both jobs are putting an enormous weight upon her shoulders. Can they get pumped up and solve these cases and others that pop up along the way or will the weight of it all cause Helen to collapse under the pressure? I LOVED IT!!!!! When I reviewed the last book in this series Half-Price Homicide I was worried about the future of this series because that book tied up a lot of loose ends, but Elaine Viets didn't let me down, she is taking Helen in a new direction with her own Private Investigation Agency. Due to the clients the agency takes on Helen's dead end job adventures continue and I am loving it!!! Great mysteries, some crazy new characters plus the wacky ones we have grown to love, the residents of the Coronado Tropics Apartments are back. These books are so much fun to read and this one is no exception. Loved it from start to finish and can't wait for the next one!! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Obsidian/NAL, a division of Penguin Publishing . I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  3. 5 out of 5

    Crystal

    I'm sorry I started this series at book #10, because I probably won't read any of the earlier ones. The main characters are a couple who have just started a detective agency. The woman has to go undercover working at a gym, where she's told she must workout to keep her job. They solve a murder, find out who a philandering husband is boinking, and solve a cold-case. The humorous dialog was believable, not over-the-top, as in some books where you just can't believe the person is that funny with th I'm sorry I started this series at book #10, because I probably won't read any of the earlier ones. The main characters are a couple who have just started a detective agency. The woman has to go undercover working at a gym, where she's told she must workout to keep her job. They solve a murder, find out who a philandering husband is boinking, and solve a cold-case. The humorous dialog was believable, not over-the-top, as in some books where you just can't believe the person is that funny with the ad-lib.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lissa Smith Reads'~A Bookaholics Bookshelf

    I absolutely love the 'Dead-End Job Mystery' series by Elaine Viets. I started this series when I stumbled across one at random the decided it was one series worth reading. Even though this series is a murder mystery, it's delivered with a huge side of humor. Phil and Helen are newly married and started an investigation agency with her PI hubby. Her penchant for working dead-end jobs comes in handy when they’re hired to look into a fitness fanatic who may be cheating on his wife. They land anothe I absolutely love the 'Dead-End Job Mystery' series by Elaine Viets. I started this series when I stumbled across one at random the decided it was one series worth reading. Even though this series is a murder mystery, it's delivered with a huge side of humor. Phil and Helen are newly married and started an investigation agency with her PI hubby. Her penchant for working dead-end jobs comes in handy when they’re hired to look into a fitness fanatic who may be cheating on his wife. They land another case that has them investigating a murder committed in the 80s. Unfortunately, Helen is hiding a secret from Pil. This secret comes with a blackmailer that keeps upping the amount. If you more deets that make the story a whole. Your just going to have give it a read. I promise you will not be disappointed. ~Laters Peeps

  5. 4 out of 5

    Guyanese Christine

    I love this series but not sure how I feel about the change it is taking ..... no longer needing to take dead-end jobs, our protagonist has joined forces with her new hubby to start a detective agency. I wasn't so into this book that I read it in 2 days like usual. Just didn't think it was as much fun as the others in the series up to now. I love this series but not sure how I feel about the change it is taking ..... no longer needing to take dead-end jobs, our protagonist has joined forces with her new hubby to start a detective agency. I wasn't so into this book that I read it in 2 days like usual. Just didn't think it was as much fun as the others in the series up to now.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Eileen

    Series I have enjoyed reading this whole series. Helen is a very relatable character. She got herself into trouble with her temper and ended up working dead end jobs under an assumed name to avoid paying her ex husband. By book ten she is happy, remarried and working as a private investigator, but life is still complicated.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I didn't enjoy this book as much as others in the series. For a good portion of it, the center of the story seemed to have nothing to do with the supposed main murder. The subplots ultimately tie together albeit loosely. I didn't enjoy this book as much as others in the series. For a good portion of it, the center of the story seemed to have nothing to do with the supposed main murder. The subplots ultimately tie together albeit loosely.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Patricia McCormick

    Coronado Investigations solves three cases! Now that Helen and Phil have married and opened their detective agency, they acquire two new clients and solve several crimes, including the ones they were originally hired for. The agency is on its way!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    Always fun catching up with Helen and the gang.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    I like this series and the characters in it

  11. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    Soso Not as exciting as other mysteries, but guess it's part of a series. I have not read previous books in the series. Soso Not as exciting as other mysteries, but guess it's part of a series. I have not read previous books in the series.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    enjoyed the book...

  13. 4 out of 5

    Evelyn

    author needs to do her research Why would anyone go to Med tech school and then work as a phlebotomist for 1/4 the pay of a Med tech?

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jan Norton

    A fun read. I learned new things about a fitness center. Helen is working with her husband on getting her PI business up and running. They are working on two cases at the same time.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Bookishbrookeish

    I have to be in the right mood for a mystery series, and this was book 10, which I didn’t know when I picked it up. However, I had to DNF it because I just couldn’t take the writing style. It was ALL dialogue, and not particularly engaging dialogue either. Then I got to a whole passage that was horrible fat shaming by a personal trainer and just couldn’t take it anymore. Oh well. I tried. 🤷🏼‍♀️

  16. 4 out of 5

    Alannah Davis

    I was looking through the Elaine Viets titles at the nearby Barnes & Noble store a few weeks ago. I'd chanced across her "Death on a Platter" earlier and loved it, so I wanted to read more by her. Even though "Pumped for Murder" features a different sleuth than "Death on a Platter," I knew the moment I saw it that it would be my next Viets read. I dedicated myself to instructing aerobics for 10 years. A cozy mystery by an author I enjoy, written about a business I know and love? Buying it is a n I was looking through the Elaine Viets titles at the nearby Barnes & Noble store a few weeks ago. I'd chanced across her "Death on a Platter" earlier and loved it, so I wanted to read more by her. Even though "Pumped for Murder" features a different sleuth than "Death on a Platter," I knew the moment I saw it that it would be my next Viets read. I dedicated myself to instructing aerobics for 10 years. A cozy mystery by an author I enjoy, written about a business I know and love? Buying it is a no brainer. I wasn't disappointed. This is one of the most deftly written murder mysteries I've ever read. A 2-in-1, since the brand new private detective (and husband/wife) team of Helen and Phil take on two new clients at once, courtesy of their flamboyant landlord and their likable neighbor. The first client is the gorgeous Shelby. She'd bought her hubby Bryan a gift membership at Fantastic Fitness after he put on a few extra pounds. He'd sulked at first, then suddenly became enthusiastic about working out. Shelby is positive he's seeing another woman at the gym. Especially since he's buffed himself into romance-cover-novel gorgeousness, but no longer wants to take to the bed with her. P.I. trainee Helen takes on a receptionist job at Fantastic Fitness in order to find out if Bryan indeed has a lover, or he's simply lost interest in his marriage. Helen isn't sure which news would be worse. Meanwhile, Fantastic Fitness's young and ambitious bodybuilder Debbi is starving and dehydrating herself in her quest for a novice bodybuilding trophy. Until her two "trainers" give her the wrong advice. Given to steroid rages, Debbi's career is ended permanently. At the same time, Helen and Phil take on the case of a 50ish classic-car mechanic still grieving his brother, who committed suicide back in the decadent, drug-ridden 1980s. Except mechanic Gus doesn't believe his brother committed suicide. On top of all this, sleuth Helen is hiding the secret of her ex-husband's demise from her beloved current husband and sleuth partner Phil. Only a few things bother me. First, the investigation of Bryan's assumed cheating involved only Helen's employment at Fantastic Fitness. IMO, he should also have been followed outside the gym. This would have solved the Bryan case ASAP. I figured it out pretty quickly, and I usually don't figure out who the killer is. Second, the characters confronted by Helen and Phil seem to talk way more than real life would dictate. Third, I'm still confused by the way the mechanic's brother died. Still, these storylines were so intricate and so cleverly woven, I'm willing to look past my issues with the story and give it 5 stars. It's an amazing, absorbing, totally-worth-your-while read. I can't wait to read more of Elaine Viets' work.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

    Pumped for Murder ~NAL Hardcover (16) Fantastic!, March 29, 2012 By Ellen Rappaport (Florida) This review is from: Pumped for Murder: A Dead-End Job Mystery (Hardcover) I am a faithful reader of this wonderful Dead End series and this latest, "Pumped for Murder" proves that to be a wise choice on my part. This author listens to suggestions made by her readers and lovers of this cozy series. She found a creative way to change the outcome of apt. 2C and yet continue keeping it in the series. Lov Pumped for Murder ~NAL Hardcover (16) Fantastic!, March 29, 2012 By Ellen Rappaport (Florida) This review is from: Pumped for Murder: A Dead-End Job Mystery (Hardcover) I am a faithful reader of this wonderful Dead End series and this latest, "Pumped for Murder" proves that to be a wise choice on my part. This author listens to suggestions made by her readers and lovers of this cozy series. She found a creative way to change the outcome of apt. 2C and yet continue keeping it in the series. Love that! This author also has actually three cases going on simultaneously without becoming overwhelming to the reader. Two of these cases concern Helen & Phil in their newly established(or hope to become established) P.I. agency now operating out of apt. 2C. The first case involves a 25 yo case of an apparent suicide. The brother of that victim believes he was murdered and hires Phil & Helen to get to the bottom of it. The second case involves a suspected wife cheater and Helen delves into this one by following the suspect to his fitness center by applying for a job there as a receptionist. Both these cases become intensely involved in both the present and the past and the P.I. agency grows as Phil & Helen's relationship evolves to a new level. Always keeping the reader on edge but never overwhelmed. The third case involves an ongoing blackmail scheme with Helen & her sister (Kathy) as it's victims. This case has Helen avoiding any disclosure to Phil. Her first non truth in their relationship. I have a feeling we will be reading more about this in the next installment. Let me just say how much I enjoyed this book and love this series. The author, Elaine Viets, never gets dull or repetitive. She uses change in such a creative way that I can only recommend this wonderful series to any cozy lover. You won't be disappointed. Thank-you to Elaine Viets for respecting your loyal readers and keeping us first in all your creative ways. Ellen

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kaye

    Starting a new detective agency is not an easy task, as Phil and Helen Hawthorne, newleyweds, are finding out. Fortunately, their landlady at the Coronado apartments in Miami is more than willing to help out. She manages to get them their first two clients; Gus, whose brother committed suicide more than 20 years ago, wants them to prove it was homicide instead and Shelby wants them to prove her husband, Bryan, is cheating on her. One way for the duo to work on the suspicious husband case is for Starting a new detective agency is not an easy task, as Phil and Helen Hawthorne, newleyweds, are finding out. Fortunately, their landlady at the Coronado apartments in Miami is more than willing to help out. She manages to get them their first two clients; Gus, whose brother committed suicide more than 20 years ago, wants them to prove it was homicide instead and Shelby wants them to prove her husband, Bryan, is cheating on her. One way for the duo to work on the suspicious husband case is for Helen to get a job at the gymn where Bryan spends most of his time. This way she can see if he is having an affair with another gym rat. While trying to find out more about Bryan, Helen is on the premises when a corpse of Debbie, a local bodybuilder, is found. Another gymn member, Evie, is arrested but Helen is convinced she is innocent and that solving this particular case would bring the new agency a lot of publicity. How to prove it? That takes some doing! Phil has his hands busy with the other case and it leads him in some mighty interesting directions. What I liked about this mystery is the use of a married couple as main characters. They work well together as each has different strengths ?? The flavor of Miami was well portrayed throughout the story. Pumped for Murder is the 10th in the series with this being a new-to-me author, I know I will be going back and starting the series from the beginning just to see how their relationship started out. Disclosure: A Review copy of the book was provided by Berkley Prime Crime in exchange for my honest opinion.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Monzon

    Don’t let the title fool you, this is not a story of a person who was accused of murder or was a convicted murderer. It’s much more than that. I will be the first to tell you that when I accepted to review this book I thought I was getting myself into a horror story of some kind, but boy was I wrong. I just recently saw the entire season of Veronica Mars and was disappointed that the series ended and that they canceled the show but when I began reading this story I was excited again!This is an i Don’t let the title fool you, this is not a story of a person who was accused of murder or was a convicted murderer. It’s much more than that. I will be the first to tell you that when I accepted to review this book I thought I was getting myself into a horror story of some kind, but boy was I wrong. I just recently saw the entire season of Veronica Mars and was disappointed that the series ended and that they canceled the show but when I began reading this story I was excited again!This is an investigative story about two newlyweds who start their own business as PI detectives in sunny South Florida! It’s location is Ft. Lauderdale and being from Miami myself I was excited to know of the locations I was reading. The story was edgy and featured different types of cases all at once but never confused you. The author did a great job with that. She made it all relate with each other and unfold together in the end. Helen the female lead character reminded me a lot of Veronica Mars. Helen went with her guy instinct and did not follow any rules when she believe she was on to something and I believe that’s what makes a good PI. The landlord lady was something else, she was funny, quirky and loved to drink “box wine”. She has a parrot named Pete who’s on a diet!! I thought that was hilarious. With all the twists and turns and fast paced information you learned on each case just by flipping the page I wouldn’t dare but the book down. I finished the book in two days!!!! If you into investigations, solving murders or just like the thrill of the chase, this book is for you! You’d love it! I personally did and I highly recommend it.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    I very luckily won an advanced reading copy of Elaine Viets latest book in the Dead End Job mystery series, Pumped for Murder, on her website. I have read this entire cozy mystery series by Elaine Viets and have been enjoying it immensely. She has developed a great group of supporting characters for Helen Hawthorne to interact with. Newly married Helen and her husband Phil live in the Coronado Tropic Apartments in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Elaine makes living at the Coronado sound like so much f I very luckily won an advanced reading copy of Elaine Viets latest book in the Dead End Job mystery series, Pumped for Murder, on her website. I have read this entire cozy mystery series by Elaine Viets and have been enjoying it immensely. She has developed a great group of supporting characters for Helen Hawthorne to interact with. Newly married Helen and her husband Phil live in the Coronado Tropic Apartments in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Elaine makes living at the Coronado sound like so much fun that I want to live there too! In this first outing of the newly formed detective agency, Coronado Investigations, that Phil and Helen have formed they are investigating two cases. The first is investigating a possible philandering husband for client Shelby. In order to investigate Shelby's husband, Helen takes a job at the gym Shelby's husband Brian frequents, Fantastic Fitness. As a low paid receptionist at the gym, Helen is still taking on a dead end job but for a better reason this time out. And she may even get into shape at the same time! The second case is a 25 year old case that has long been considered a suicide. Phil and Helen's client Gus Behr believes that his brother may have actually been murdered and has them investigate...but will their client like what they find out. I highly recommend this latest outing for our Dead End Job detective, Helen Hawthorne. I love being back with these great group of characters in South Florida! Another winner from Elaine Viets!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    After being at an author visit with Elaine Viets at the St. Louis County Library on Wednesday, I was very excited to read her latest book in the Dead-End Job series. As one person in the audience asked, how would it still be the Dead-End Job series if the main character, Helen Hawthorne, didn't have to hide anymore from her ex-husband. Viets said she'd found a way to do it - and she did, in a very clever way. As part of the PI company she and her new husband have formed, Helen is the one who get After being at an author visit with Elaine Viets at the St. Louis County Library on Wednesday, I was very excited to read her latest book in the Dead-End Job series. As one person in the audience asked, how would it still be the Dead-End Job series if the main character, Helen Hawthorne, didn't have to hide anymore from her ex-husband. Viets said she'd found a way to do it - and she did, in a very clever way. As part of the PI company she and her new husband have formed, Helen is the one who gets to take on the non-glamourous jobs to learn the information needed to solve their cases. This time she gets to work in a fitness gym that carters to serious body builders and some possible adulterers. This is for the first of two cases Coronado Investigations takes on as it opens its doors. The second case is a cold-case murder investigation. The first case develops in the style that has brought this series so much success. I love the humorous comments that are pure Viets! The commentary provided by Helen and her apartment-dwelling friends keep that story line moving forward in an enjoyable manner. I felt good to catch the one clue to solve one of the two mysteries connected to this storyline. I wasn't as pleased with the second case. It was somewhat disjointed. This may have been expected when Helen and Phil are investigating a 25-year-old murder. Overall, another great book by Elaine Viets as she continues to develop these colorful characters for us.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Rhodes

    The Dead End Murders are one of my favorite cozy mysteries series. In Pumped for Murder newlyweds Helen and Phil have started their own investigation agency - Coronado Investigations - and have two jobs their working on. One is a wife who is positive her husband is having an affair and she thinks his paramour works out at the gym he works out at. She knows there is a vacancy for a receptionist so Helen applies for the job so she can keep an eye on Bryan, only to discover that he does not appear The Dead End Murders are one of my favorite cozy mysteries series. In Pumped for Murder newlyweds Helen and Phil have started their own investigation agency - Coronado Investigations - and have two jobs their working on. One is a wife who is positive her husband is having an affair and she thinks his paramour works out at the gym he works out at. She knows there is a vacancy for a receptionist so Helen applies for the job so she can keep an eye on Bryan, only to discover that he does not appear to be involved in any extracurricular activities with any other gym members. The other case is a mechanic who wants them to take another look at his brother's death, declared a suicide 25 years earlier but he is positive his brother was murdered. While Helen is working at the gym a bodybuilder is murdered and the wrong person arrested. Helen investigates the murder and with the help of an ambitious cop, the wrongfully accused's lawyer, and a TV reporter they arrest the correct suspects. In the middle of all the action Helen receives a phone call from her sister in St. Louis who is being blackmailed. She helps her out with cash and sets up a sting to catch the blackmailer who gets away. I have my ideas of who that blackmailer is. I'm not sure if the identity will be revealed in the newest novel - Final Sail - but I can't wait to read it and find out. Pumped for Murder is a good read, well written, good plots that intertwine and kept me wanting to keep turning the pages.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    Pumped for Murder by Elaine Viets was a great cozy, a fast, not let you go kind. This is the tenth in a series about dead end jobs. There were two mysteries plus something carried over from the previous books that I didn't really understand. It seems that her very young nephew killed her ex husband with a metal baseball bat, I won't say any more about that. But I was confused enough to wonder about about the main character's morals. Helen Hawthorne was a great character otherwise. I want to go ba Pumped for Murder by Elaine Viets was a great cozy, a fast, not let you go kind. This is the tenth in a series about dead end jobs. There were two mysteries plus something carried over from the previous books that I didn't really understand. It seems that her very young nephew killed her ex husband with a metal baseball bat, I won't say any more about that. But I was confused enough to wonder about about the main character's morals. Helen Hawthorne was a great character otherwise. I want to go back and start the series at the beginning to find out about the baseball bat business. Helen is the one who ends up in dead end jobs for each book, this time she was working in a fitness gym and I really got interested in the fitness fanatics and the competitive body builders. Some of the descriptions would make me want to read them over again, they were so colorful. Helen sets out to investigate the husband of her client to see who he is builing his muscles for but there is a murder in the gym and was the most interesting part of the book for me. The second mystery that Helen and her new husband were investigating was to find whether a car refurbisher's brother committed suicide or murder. That one was more complicated. When reading this cozy, I thought it was like getting two cozies in one. I highly recommend it but if you haven't read the previous books, you may be as lost as I was about the metal bat. You would still really enjoy the two mysteries though

  24. 5 out of 5

    Victoria Allman

    With, Pumped For Murder, Elaine Viets' 10th Helen Hawthorne book, you might expect the series to have run its course, like so many others do by this number, but there is no dead-end in sight for this delightful series. The earlier books focused on Helen hiding out from the law in Ft. Lauderdale and having to work dead-end jobs just to pay the rent. In, Pumped For Murder, Helen's life has turned around. She cleared her name, married Phil and has just opened a detective agency--whose first custome With, Pumped For Murder, Elaine Viets' 10th Helen Hawthorne book, you might expect the series to have run its course, like so many others do by this number, but there is no dead-end in sight for this delightful series. The earlier books focused on Helen hiding out from the law in Ft. Lauderdale and having to work dead-end jobs just to pay the rent. In, Pumped For Murder, Helen's life has turned around. She cleared her name, married Phil and has just opened a detective agency--whose first customer requires Helen to go straight back to those dead-end jobs and get a position in a health club to investigate a member. As happens to Helen, it isn't long before a dead body surfaces. I was thrilled to explore a new story arc with Helen, as I did not want this series to end. Each book has been a fabulous, funny read that has kept me coming back for more. Elaine Viets blends the right amount of humor with mystery. Her observations of Lauderdale and all the creatures of South Florida are spot-on. I discover a little more about the city with each book. The same crazy characters I loved from previous books collide with a new group of strange and colorful people. I loved Pumped For Murder and look forward to the next in the series. Victoria Allman author of: SEAsoned - A Chef's Journey with Her Captain

  25. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Helen Hawthorne and her new hubby Phil have opened their own P.I. agency and their very first client is Shelby, who thinks her husband is developing a killer body for another woman. To keep track of the suspected cheater, Helen gets a dead-end job at Fantastic Fitness, where she has to pump iron to stay employed. Then the budding agency takes on a murder case, and Helen has to move her workouts to the early morning just to keep up. With so much weight on her aching shoulders, will Helen catch a Helen Hawthorne and her new hubby Phil have opened their own P.I. agency and their very first client is Shelby, who thinks her husband is developing a killer body for another woman. To keep track of the suspected cheater, Helen gets a dead-end job at Fantastic Fitness, where she has to pump iron to stay employed. Then the budding agency takes on a murder case, and Helen has to move her workouts to the early morning just to keep up. With so much weight on her aching shoulders, will Helen catch a killer-or just drop dead from exhaustion? I have always liked this series. Best if started at the beginning of the series and work your way through. I think I missed the one before this, so will have to go back and pick it up. Poor Helen takes "dead-end" jobs, at first to keep her husband from getting half of her income after their divorce and now to solve mysteries with her PI husband. I have had some of this type of job, so it is fun to read about other people in the same type of settings.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Holladay

    This is the first book of Ms. Viets that I have read. The story was an ok read, but one of my hang-ups is the use of ‘ said’, ‘ said’, said’ so often it interrupts the flow of the story. There are ways of letting the reader know who is speaking without using the word ‘said’ so often. I.E. a short example from the book: Shelby studied her red-painted nails. “There’s no romance,” she said. “Not for me. My husband has lost interest in me.” “Maybe he’s tired from working out,” Helen said. “How old i This is the first book of Ms. Viets that I have read. The story was an ok read, but one of my hang-ups is the use of ‘ said’, ‘ said’, said’ so often it interrupts the flow of the story. There are ways of letting the reader know who is speaking without using the word ‘said’ so often. I.E. a short example from the book: Shelby studied her red-painted nails. “There’s no romance,” she said. “Not for me. My husband has lost interest in me.” “Maybe he’s tired from working out,” Helen said. “How old is Bryan?” “Forty,” Shelby said. “I’m two years younger. Forty is a dangerous age for men. They get restless. There’s someone else. I’m sure. Almost sure. I need you to make sure.” “Have you seen any signs of infidelity?” Phil said. “I never caught him with another woman,” Shelby said. “There are other, less obvious clues,” Phil said.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ed

    #10 in the Dead End Job series. Helen's marriage to Phil and their establishment of a detective agency has added new life to the series. Luckily, they establish their office at the Coronado, where they had both been living, so they retain landlady Margery as an ongoing character. Dead End Job series - Helen and her new husband, Phil, have settled in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where they have formed a detective agency, Coronado Investigations. In their first case, Helen goes undercover as a receptioni #10 in the Dead End Job series. Helen's marriage to Phil and their establishment of a detective agency has added new life to the series. Luckily, they establish their office at the Coronado, where they had both been living, so they retain landlady Margery as an ongoing character. Dead End Job series - Helen and her new husband, Phil, have settled in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where they have formed a detective agency, Coronado Investigations. In their first case, Helen goes undercover as a receptionist at Fantastic Fitness to check out real estate salesman Bryan Minars, whose wife suspects he's been cheating on her with someone at the Fort Lauderdale gym. For their second case, Helen and Phil agree to help classic car restorer Gus Behr, who's convinced that his brother's shooting death 25 years earlier, written off as a suicide, was really a murder.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jeannie and Louis Rigod

    This book is the first episode of Helen and Phil's married life as Private Investigators. Helen is still used in her capacity as a 'dead-end job' worker to infiltrate a high-end gymnasium on a case to find out about a straying husband. Phil concentrates upon a dead case file that a grieving brother wants re-opened. Meanwhile, Helen is once-again embroiled in the secret blackmailing mystery involving her sister, nephew and herself. I find this a bit jarring. It just keeps on and on throughout the This book is the first episode of Helen and Phil's married life as Private Investigators. Helen is still used in her capacity as a 'dead-end job' worker to infiltrate a high-end gymnasium on a case to find out about a straying husband. Phil concentrates upon a dead case file that a grieving brother wants re-opened. Meanwhile, Helen is once-again embroiled in the secret blackmailing mystery involving her sister, nephew and herself. I find this a bit jarring. It just keeps on and on throughout the books without any resolution. I'd like it to finish. I find these books getting better and better. Ms. Viets writes a compelling mystery. I look forward to her next adventure in the series.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I have loved Elaine Viets since she was a columnist in the 1980s Post-Dispatch and was delighted to discover her St. Louis/Florida based mysteries a couple of years ago. I can't say that this one is the most memorable of the series, nor why I stayed up reading it till 2 am, but that's been my typical response when I get one of these at the library. The appeal, as always, is the wit and local color--trying to tail a suspect on Manchester Road in an underpowered Neon!--a major laugh out loud momen I have loved Elaine Viets since she was a columnist in the 1980s Post-Dispatch and was delighted to discover her St. Louis/Florida based mysteries a couple of years ago. I can't say that this one is the most memorable of the series, nor why I stayed up reading it till 2 am, but that's been my typical response when I get one of these at the library. The appeal, as always, is the wit and local color--trying to tail a suspect on Manchester Road in an underpowered Neon!--a major laugh out loud moment. The new twist in her "on the run from the law in St. Louis" is kind of a stretch, but I'll have to go back to the ones I missed to find out what happened.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Talkie

    This is the latest in a series by this author with these characters. I will say that she has allowed the characters to grow and change. This book is the first after a major change in the plot line.But after finishing, I am left wondering if she is going to continue with the story after these changes. This book left me wondering if the author has decided that this was the last book. She does have at least one other series with totally different characters and stories that I have never been able t This is the latest in a series by this author with these characters. I will say that she has allowed the characters to grow and change. This book is the first after a major change in the plot line.But after finishing, I am left wondering if she is going to continue with the story after these changes. This book left me wondering if the author has decided that this was the last book. She does have at least one other series with totally different characters and stories that I have never been able to get into. I would recommend this book, but only after starting at the beginning with the first book.

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