Murder With Reservations
A Dead-End Job Mystery
by Elaine Viets
May 6, 2008
Available in: Paperback
Living life on the lam and working wherever she can find a paycheck, Helen Hawthorne has a knack for keeping a low profile. But when her co-worker dies, and her two-timing ex-husband tracks her down in South Florida, it's going to get a lot harder to fly under the radar...
Working at Sybil's Full Moon Hotel in Fort Lauderdale keeps Helen both financially and physically fit. But cleaning up after hotel guests is not like cleaning a houseit's like cleaning fifteen houses in a single day. Not to mention the dreaded 323, the hotel's most notorious room. The guests in 323 are always drunk, loud, and rudeand, worst of all, they never tip. When a maid goes missing the day after a disastrous mess in 323, the rest of the cleaning staff chalk it up to job burnout, and imagine that Rhonda has finally ditched the housekeeping gig to run off with the dreamy, rich boyfriend she's always talking about.
But then Rhonda turns up dead in a Dumpster, and no one feels safe and snug in South Floridaespecially not Helen. Another dead body means another chance for the cops to find her. And to make matters worse, her ex-husband is hot on her trail, checking into the very hotel where she works. Sadly, the cops don't seem to care much about a murdered maidbut they have noticed there's something shady about the victim's coworker and her not-quite-truthful story. And if she doesn't manage to dodge their questions and shake off her ex, it could be checkout time for Helen...
Elaine Viets actually works the same dead-end jobs as her character, Helen Hawthorne. She has been a dress shop clerk, bookseller and a telemarketer who called you at dinner time. You probably hung up on her. MURDER BETWEEN THE COVERS is the second book in the Dead- End Job series. She and Helen have a real future working jobs that go nowhere. Elaine has just signed a contract for three more books.
She lives in South Florida with her husband, Don Crinklaw. They collect parking tickets.