cover image Clubbed to Death: A Dead-End Job Mystery

Clubbed to Death: A Dead-End Job Mystery

Elaine Viets, . . NAL/Obsidian, $21.95 (264pp) ISBN 978-0-451-22394-4

In Viets’s sprightly seventh Dead-End Job mystery (after 2007’s Murder with Reservations ), intrepid Helen Hawthorne, now a “customer care” clerk at the snobbish Superior Club in Golden Palms, Fla., is dismayed to run into her money-hungry ex, Rob, in the club parking lot. When Rob, who’s now married to a wealthy club member known as the Black Widow because her last five husbands have died mysteriously, tells Helen he fears for his life, the unsympathetic Helen hits him. Fellow club employees witness their fight, and one of them, Brenda, almost succeeds in getting Helen fired. Later, the authorities view Helen as a prime suspect after Rob disappears, a possible murder victim. When someone beats Brenda and a philandering plastic surgeon to death with Brenda’s seven iron, Helen has a lot more to worry about. The romantic ending will leave fans eager for the next installment in this superior cozy series. Author tour. (May)