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3.0 out of 5 stars One Mystery Would Have Been Enough, July 3, 2011
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This review is from: Pumped for Murder: A Dead-End Job Mystery (Hardcover)
Helen Hawthorne and Phil have finally married, and with her ex-husband problems over, they are finally ready to start their new life together.

What better way than to open their own detective agency. Phil already has his license, and Helen can apprentice with him while she goes to classes and gets her own.

Their agency gets its first cases with the help of their friend Peggy and their landlady Margery.

Peggy's co-worker, Shelby wants someone to follow her husband, who she believes is cheating on her. Helen follows up this case by getting a job at Fantastic Fitness, where Bryan spends a lot of his time.

Gus, Margery's mechanic wants them to reopen his brothers' suicide that occurred twenty-five years ago. He's sure it was murder.

Helen's case becomes more complicated when a body shows up at the gym and she realizes there's more to investigate than a cheating husband.

Phils problem is a cold case that was listed as suicide doesn't have a lot of evidence left.

Will they be able to solve these two cases and get their detective agency on the map?


I enjoyed the mystery at the gym and it was more enjoyable now that Helen didn't have to worry every time a cop showed up that she would be "found out".

This new premise of a detective agency with Phil is a natural evolution of things. Dead End jobs are a great cover for when you're investigating the types of cases that they want to be involved with.


I didn't enjoy the mystery of the suicide. I found a lot of it boring and actually skipped several pages of the investigation in that storyline.

I wish they would make Peggy more of a character. She seems to only appear in the book now to sit around the pool with her parrot.

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Unfortunately the continuation of the dreadful storyline with her ex-husband Rob is continued. The way Rob is treated in these books, you would almost forget that all he did was cheat on Helen, he didn't kill anyone or commit a crime.

I find the new storyline with Rob reflects badly on Helen, not on him. There are only two things that can happen.

Rob is dead and Helen and her sister buried him, for reasons too ridiculous to get into.

Rob is alive and is the blackmailer - which means Helen and her sister buried him alive.

I would have given this 4 stars because I thought the gym story was one of the better ones in the series, but this issue with Rob really drags the entire story down.

I agree with one of the other reviews which said they had hoped it would turn out to be a dream. Too Late For That.
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Initial post: Jul 3, 2012 8:19:36 AM PDT
About the Rob storyline: you said it. Better than I did, although I have also posted a review of this book which tackles the Rob story.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 3, 2012 8:40:10 AM PDT
Beth D says:
I liked your review. This Rob story is just dragging down the series. Either way it really makes Helen a bad person. If he's dead - doesn't he have family who might be worried about him, and never know what happened to him - he would have just disappeared? If he wasn't dead the thought of them burying him alive is really gruesome - What would he have had to go through to get out.

I'm not sure the author can ever correct it to my satisfaction, because she's an awful person either way it might turn out.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 3, 2012 8:46:51 AM PDT
And my problem, especially since I just *had* to go post a review of "Final Sail," is that I'd stopped reading this series and instead of being logical and reading the books in order to catch up - I picked up Final Sail. Then I read this one. Now I suppose I should finish my read-the-last-three-books-backwards by reading the one that came before "Pumped for Murder." But I may just skip it and stay tuned to see what the next book is like.

Dang it, I have actually seen this author on a few occasions, and really like her work (she has other series either completed or still in progress), so I *want* to enjoy this series. The Rob thing is just a mess for sure.
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