The Dead-End Jobs Re-release
By Elaine Viets
I can't believe it's been 15 years since Shop till You Drop, my first Dead-End Job mystery, was published. I can't believe all the jobs Helen and I have worked. Telemarketer for Dying to Call You was the worst. The boiler room where we made the calls was dirty, the staff was desperate, and the people we called – bothered, if the truth be told – were rude and angry. If I go to hell, I'll be a telemarketer.
We were booksellers for Murder Between the Covers. That job – and it's definitely not a dead-end one – was my favorite.
The Dead-End Job mysteries are now classics. The first 13 novels were re-released by JABberwocky Literary March 6 as e-books. JABberwocky represents award-winning authors including Charlaine Harris, Brandon Sanderson, and Toni Kelner and has made books available from two dozen of its clients within in its e-book program.
Now the Dead-End Job mysteries have new covers by the award-winning Jenn Reese at Tiger Bright Studios. Inside, you'll find your favorite adventures of Helen Hawthorne, the
St. Louis woman who had a high-finance job, a beautiful home— and a good-for-nothing husband she caught in the act with their neighbor. When she divorced the bum, the judge saddled Helen with alimony. Helen refused to pay her ex, tossed her wedding ring in the Mississippi River, and went on the run.
She wound up in Fort Lauderdale, working dead-end jobs for cash under the table. Follow Helen as she learns to thrive in subtropical South Florida. In these 13 novels, Helen changes. She goes from a bitter woman who distrusts men to a happily married bride. She becomes a private eye. She still works those low-paying jobs, but now she's undercover.
Helen also finds a new family at the Coronado Tropic Apartments, with Margery, her purple-wearing landlady, Peggy and her parrot Pete, and the other colorful characters.
Now you can read the first 13 Dead-End Job mysteries as e-books (the paperbacks will come out this summer). Helen's in-depth exploration of the pink-collar world has become timelier since the series started.
(1) In Shop till You Drop, Helen sells bustiers to bimbos.
(2) Next, she works as a bookseller in Murder Between the Covers.
(3) Then she's a telemarketer selling septic tank cleaner in Dying to Call You. (Yes, I really sold it. Wanna hear my spiel?)
(4) After that, Helen works at a bridal salon for Just Murdered. After I sold wedding dresses – when emotions run strong – I wondered why there aren't more murders.
(5) During a hurricane, Helen tracks down a killer at a posh dog grooming salon in Murder Unleashed.
(6) In Murder with Reservations Helen is a hotel maid, and finds out why you shouldn't use a hotel coffee pot. (Ask me if you dare.)
(7) In Clubbed to Death, Helen works at a country club, solving the problems of people who have no problems. The club's motto should be "Do you know who I am?"
(8) From there, she's a gofer at a high-end hair salon where a color and cut cost more than a car payment in Killer Cuts.(9) In Half-Price Homicide, Helen's working at a resale boutique where trophy wives with controlling husbands get their folding money.
(10) In Pumped for Murder, Helen explores the fascinating world of women's competition body building, where "ripped and stripped" competitors live on three ounces of chicken – a day.
(11) Next, Helen is a stewardess on a luxury yacht for Final Sail, and learns to vacuum in the tracks. (It's an art.)
(12) Life's a beach in South Florida, but the friendly folks selling parasailing and paddle boarding are in cutthroat businesses. Helen's role in Board Stiff is no day at the beach.
(13) The fur flies when Helen is a groomer for pedigreed show cats in Catnapped!
Get the whole set or treat yourself to the books you missed. Prices start at $2.99 and go up. Check them out here. http://awfulagent.com/ebooks/elaine-viets