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The Fashion Hound Murders: Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper Mass Market Paperback – November 3, 2009
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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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The characters are always interesting in Viets' books, but I personally would enjoy more description of the main character's physical appearance. The lead, Josie the Mystery Shopper, is described on the first page as, "small, brown-haired and cute". However, the other characters are well defined - especially the very enjoyable daughter, Amelia, wise and knowledgeable beyond her age, which is about 10.
Some of the details are not always believable - such as Josie not knowing the last name of her employer, or allowing a strange man to walk her home after one coffee date (they met the first time while he was walking his dog in her neighborhood). Another surprise, was agreeing to have dinner with him at his mother's house, WAY out in the country. However, the plot would have suffered had she not taken this risky step.
If you enjoyed Viets' other books, you will love this one too!