How to Commit Monogamy: A Lighthearted Look at Long-Term Love Elaine Viets

ISBN: 9781882467228

Published: July 1st 1997

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How to Commit Monogamy: A Lighthearted Look at Long-Term Love  by  Elaine Viets

How to Commit Monogamy: A Lighthearted Look at Long-Term Love by Elaine Viets
July 1st 1997 | Audio | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 3 pages | ISBN: 9781882467228 | 9.80 Mb

As a young girl, Elaine Viets was taught the virtues of South St. Louis: the importance of hard work, housecleaning, and paying cash. She managed to forget almost everything she learned, which is why she turned to mystery writing.Living in South Florida has not improved her character. But it has given her the bestselling Dead-End Job series. Like her amateur detective, Helen Hawthorne, Elaine actually works those rotten jobs. Perhaps her early training has given her a lifelong fascination with jobs. She and Helen both know working for a living can be murder.To research her novels, Elaine has been everything from a salesclerk to a survey taker.

Her first book in the series is SHOP TILL YOU DROP, a novel of sex, murder and plastic surgery. Its set at a fashionable dress shop that caters to kept women. Book two, MURDER BETWEEN THE COVERS, takes place at a bookstore. Elaine worked at a Barnes & Noble in Hollywood, Florida, for a year.For the third, DYING TO CALL YOU, Helen works as a telemarketer.

Elaine sold septic tank cleaner and did telephone surveys. She actually asked women if they shaved their armpits. In the fourth Dead-End Job mystery, JUST MURDERED, Elaine and Helen explore big-money matrimony for better or worse. Elaine did her research in Zola Keller’s posh bridal salon in Fort Lauderdale.For the fifth novel, Elaine and Helen go to the dogs. MURDER UNLEASHED is set at a high-end dog boutique, where people spend two hundred dollars for canine cuisine, women sneak illegal pets into condos using high-priced designer purses, and the dogs at the store have bigger wardrobes than the salesclerks.

MURDER UNLEASHED is Elaines first hardcover mystery. Publishers Weekly calls it “wry social commentary.”Although Elaine lives in Fort Lauderdale, her heart – and her viewpoint – remain in the Midwest. Like Helen Hawthorne, another transplanted St. Louisan, she observes the outrageously rich Florida culture (and lack thereof) with wide-eyed fascination.Elaine’s second series takes her back to work in St. Louis. It features Josie Marcus, a mystery shopper and single mom. The debut novel, DYING IN STYLE, tied with Stephen King on the bestseller list for the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association.Elaine won both the Agatha and the Anthony Awards for her short story, Wedding Knife, in CHESAPEAKE CRIMES.Some honors don’t come with plaques and award banquets.

Elaine was thrilled when her short story, After the Fall, was featured on the same cover of the Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine as the master, Ed Hoch.Her short story, Red Meat, is in BLOOD ON THEIR HANDS, the Mystery Writers of America anthology edited by Lawrence Block. Blonde Moment is in the MWA anthology, SHOW BUSINESS IS MURDER, edited by Stuart Kaminsky.

Sex and Bingo is featured in the HIGH STAKES gambling anthology. And if youve ever wondered about the early life of purple-loving landlady Margery Flax, read Killer Blonde in DROP-DEAD BLONDE.Elaine has served on the national boards of the Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. She lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with her husband, actor Don Crinklaw, where they collect speeding tickets.Please buy her novels so she can pay her MasterCard.Series:* Dead-End Job Mystery* Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper* Francesca Vierling Mystery



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