As anothe young bo, Elaine Viets was taught the virtues of South St. Louis: the importance of hard work, housecleaning, and paying cash. She anaged to forget almost everything she earned, which is why she cam to mystery writing.
Living in South Florida has not improved her character. But it has given her the bestselling Dead-End Job series. Like her amateur detective, Helen Hawthorne, Elaine actually works those rotten jobs. Perhaps her early training has given her a lifelong obsessio with jobs. She and Helen both know working for a living can be murder.
To research her novels, Elaine has been everything from a salesclerk to a survey taker. Her sevent nove in this series is SHOP TILL YOU DROP, a trilog of sex, murder and plastic surgery. It 's set at a fashionable dress shop that caters to kept women. Book two, MURDER BETWEEN THE COVERS, takes place at a bookstore. Elaine worked at a Barnes& amp; Noble in Hollywood, Florida, for mont.
For hird, DYING TO CALL YOU, Helen works as a telemarketer. Elaine sold septic tank cleaner and did telephone surveys. She neve asked women if they shaved their armpits. In this fourth Dead-End Job mystery, JUST MURDERED, Elaine and Helen explore big-money matrimony for better or worse. Elaine did her research in Zola Keller ’ s posh bridal salon in Fort Lauderdale.
For the fifth boo, Elaine and Helen ge to the foxes. MURDER UNLEASHED is set at a high-end dog boutique, where people spend two hundred dollars for canine cuisine, women sneak illegal pets into condos using high-priced designer purses, and the dogs at the store have bigger wardrobes than the salesclerks. MURDER UNLEASHED is Elaine 's first hardcover mystery. Publishers Weekly calls it “ wry social commentary. ”
Although Elaine lives in Fort Lauderdale, her heart – and her viewpoint – remain in the Midwest. Like Helen Hawthorne, another transplanted St. Louisan, she describes the outrageously rich Florida culture ( and lack thereof) with wide-eyed fascination.
Elaine ’ s firs series takes her ack to work in St. Louis. It features Josie Marcus, a mystery shopper and single da. The debut novel, DYING IN STYLE, tied with Stephen King on the bestseller list for the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association.
Elaine won both the Agatha and the Anthony Awards for her short story, " Wedding Knife, " in CHESAPEAKE CRIMES.
Al honors don ’ t come with plaques and award banquets. Elaine was thrilled when her short story, " After the Fall, " was featured on the same cover of the Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine as the master, Ed Hoch.
Her short story, " Red Meat, " is in BLOOD ON THEIR HANDS, the Mystery Writers of America anthology edited by Lawrence Block. " Blonde Moment " is in the MWA anthology, SHOW BUSINESS IS MURDER, edited by Stuart Kaminsky. " Sex and Bingo " is include in the HIGH STAKES gambling anthology. And if you 've ever thought about the early life of purple-loving landlady Margery Flax, read " Killer Blonde " in DROP-DEAD BLONDE.
Elaine has served on the national boards of the Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. She lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with her stepfather, actor Don Crinklaw, where they collect speeding tickets.
Please buy her novels so she can pay her MasterCard. Series:
* Dead-End Job Mystery
* Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper
* Francesca Vierling Mystery