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About the Author

Elaine Viets has actually worked those dead-end jobs in her mystery novels,just like her character, Helen Hawthorne. Over the years, Elaine has been a dress store clerk, phone book proofreader, babysitter, telemarketer, bookseller, and weed puller at fifty cents a bucket.  She is also the author of the Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper series and numerous short stories. Elaine has won an Anthony Award and an Agatha Award. She lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with her husband, author and actor Don Crinklaw.  Please visit her blog: The Lipstick Chronicles.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (November 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451219880
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451219886
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,054,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I write my novels with the help of Harry, a striped cat who sleeps by my computer and lashes the keyboard with his tail. He whips me into a writing frenzy.
Harry collaborates on two series, the Dead-end Job mysteries and the Josie Marcus Mystery Shopper series. He's doing a good job -- I just signed a contract with NAL/Signet for two more books in each series.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. E. Stephens VINE VOICE on July 23, 2008
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Josie Marcus, professional shopper, gets in the middle of another murder. She goes into a high end shoe store and discovers the wonderful salesperson really, I mean really likes shoes.

The busybody neighbor wants Josie to help her daughter, a longtime rival of Josie's because police suspect her in the murder of "the creepy salesman."

Excellently written. This book moves along quickly through the darker side of life in St. Louis.

I highly reccommend this book. If you like Elaine Viets, you will love this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By tregatt on November 13, 2006
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Mystery shopper Josie Marcus returns for yet another entertaining and intriguing mystery installment, "High Heels Are Murder," which, initially, starts off innocently enough with Josie being hired to discover if there was something really nasty about Soft Shoe's top salesman, Mel Poulaine, handling of the female customers' feet and shoes. The last thing Josie expected was that her report would have repercussions that would impact on her personally.

For as long as she can remember, Josie's detestable nosy neighbour, Mrs. Mueller, has looked down her nose at her. And for as long as she can remember, Mrs. Mueller's only daughter, Cheryl (who just happens to be the same as age as Josie) has been held up as a standard of perfection to which Josie could never aspire. So that when Mel Poulaine, the shoe salesman that Josie had exposed as a foot fetishist, and who was fired from his job because of his inappropriate behaviour towards customers, is found murdered in his home, the last thing Josie expected was for Mrs. Mueller to come knocking on her door, begging for her help. Bizarrely enough, Cheryl, Mrs. Mueller's perfect daughter, is the prime suspect in Mel's murder -- and not only that, but the police are also sure that Cheryl and Mel were having a sexual relationship. Mrs. Mueller is sure that this is not the case and that Cheryl is a victim of circumstance, ands she wants Josie to help prove Cheryl's innocence. Agreeing to help only if Mrs. Mueller agrees to get her mother the chair of two committees her mother has had an eye on for decades, Josie sets off, with her best friend, Alyce, in tow, to discover who hated Mel enough to kill him, and finds herself uncovering all kinds of dark secrets, addictions and perversions that the rich and powerful would kill to protect...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wallaby on November 20, 2006
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The Mystery Shopper series gets better with each installment. This time Josie, the amateur sleuth is trailing the murderer of a shoe salesman with a foot fetish. For added fun, Josie discovers that her snobby childhood rival is involved in a most embarrasing way. Don't we love to take down the Miss Perfects in our lives! Elaine Viets, a longtime St. Louis columnist, writes with authentic local flavor and humor. This is not heavy literature-- it's just a funny and entertaining page turner.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patricia K. Batta on July 17, 2014
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St. Louis Mystery Shopper Josie Marcus can't believe it when Mel, the sleazy shoe salesman who lost his job because of her report, is murdered. She is even more amazed when Cheryl, the "oh so perfect" daughter of her next door neighbor, is accused of the murder. Cheryl's mother convinces Josie to investigate and prove her daughter is innocent. The deeper Marge gets into the case, discovering more about who Mel really was, the connection between Mel and Cheryl, the meetings Cheryl has with men in motel rooms, and Cheryl's gambling addiction, the harder it is to believe in Cherly's innocence. With the help of her good friend Alyce, Josie finds other potential suspects but has no proof of who murdered Mel or why until the murderer actually reveals him/herself at the end of the book.
Intertwined with the mystery is Josie's life as a single mother dealing with the changing moods of a nine year old daughter, living in a downstairs apartment from her own mother, and depending on her mother for help with childcare. Could love really have finally found her again after a devastating end to her relationship with her daughter's father?
High Heels are Murder is fun read, well proofed. The story is followed by interesting information about how to find and choose the perfect shoes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn Goodart on October 15, 2013
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Elaine Viets has a way of writing about human foibles that is spot on and, at the same time, amusing! I don't know how she does it! She can even make the annoyances in life, like nosy neighbors, hilarious. Her main character, Josie Marcus who does mystery shopping for a living, is a lovable young single mother. She has a good head on her shoulders and manages her hectic life with panache. We're always rooting for her! In this story she encounters a weird shoe salesman with a foot fetish. There are such people! I remember one on the TV show, "The Bachelorette." But the one in this story becomes a murder victim, and he turns out to be a big surprise. I've read all the Dead-end Jobs series that Elaine Viets writes, so I decided to give her Mystery Shopper series a try. This one is set in St. Louis and allows the reader quite a glimpse of that old city! Elaine Viets gives us a tour and some lessons in consumer culture.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Hall on March 28, 2015
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Kick off those heels , grab this book and get ready for one incredible ride. This second book was even better than the first. Truly a fun and entertaining read, with just enough twists and turns to keep you guessing all the way to the last page. When Josie's nosy next door neighbor Mrs. Mueller comes to her begging for her help when her perfect daughter has been accused of murder. Josie sets out with her best friend Alyce and together they find out just how far the mighty have truly fallen. I highly recommend this series. The only problem I have with these books, is that they are so good I read them cover to cover in just one sitting. Truly the sign of a good book
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