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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Cozy Wednesday - Pumped For Murder by Elaine Viets

It snowed here in Wisconsin again yesterday. Hard to believe April is more than half over and there is snow on the ground yet again. It was a perfect day for reading, the snow, sleet and rain hitting the windows made me curl up in a blanket in front of the fire one last time.  The weatherman promises we may hit 60 this weekend but doesn't promise this is the last day of winter like weather.  Before the snow started falling I did see some green leaves emerging from the border along the driveway and buds on the lilac bushes, hopefully warmer weather will arrive soon and melt the snow away so that the flowers can start to bloom soon.

In the meantime this is the book I curled up with:

An Obsidian Mystery
Published by New American Library
A Division of The Penguin Group

ISBN-10: 0451233204
ISBN-13: 978-0451233202

10th in the Dead-End Job Mystery Series

Helen Hawthorne and her new husband Phil have opened their own Private Investigation Agency. Thanks to their friends at the Coronado Tropic Apartments they get their first clients.

Shelby wants them to spy on her husband who she believes is being unfaithful and Gus wants them to investigate the death of his brother than happened back in the 1980's.

To follow Shelby's husband Helen takes another Dead-End Job at Fantastic Fitness, since Shelby's husband Bryan seems to spend most of his waking hours there.  She gets the job with the condition to get her body back in shape, so in addition to the actual job she needs to also spend time working out.

The other case keeps Phil hopping during the day but he also needs Helen by his side as the investigation leads them into the late evening and sometimes early morning hours.  It is not enough that one job expects her to lose weight, but both jobs are putting an enormous weight upon her shoulders.  Can they get pumped up and solve these cases and others that pop up along the way or will the weight of it all cause Helen to collapse under the pressure? 

When I reviewed the last book in this series Half-Price Homicide I was worried about the future of this series because that book tied up a lot of loose ends, but Elaine Viets didn't let me down, she is taking Helen in a new direction with her own Private Investigation Agency. Due to the clients the agency takes on Helen's dead end job adventures continue and I am loving it!!! Great mysteries, some crazy new characters plus the wacky ones we have grown to love, the residents of the Coronado Tropics Apartments are back.  These books are so much fun to read and this one is no exception.  Loved it from start to finish and can't wait for the next one!!

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Obsidian/NAL, a division of Penguin Publishing . I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Steve Capell said...

Wow -- I bet your tired of the snow! Its cool here in Kansas, but NO SNOW! BTW Pumped Up For Murder sounds like a wonderful Cozy Mystery! I may have to read this one! Thanks for your review.

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

What a great sounding series! it snowed here in Minnesota the other day too. i am so done with that.:)