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Murder Between the Covers (A Dead-End Job…

Murder Between the Covers (A Dead-End Job Mystery, No. 2) (original 2003; edition 2003)

by Elaine Viets

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Helen has a new job "off the books" at Page Turners bookstore in Fort Lauderdale. It's run by Page Turner III, who is neither well-read nor well-liked. When his money troubles surface, it seems the store may close. Then Page is found dead, and he had plenty of enemies, including an unhappy wife and unfortunate employees. But it's his unforgiving lover--Helen's wacky neighbor--whom police are ready to throw the book at. To save her friend, Helen will have to read between the lines.… (more)
Title:Murder Between the Covers (A Dead-End Job Mystery, No. 2)
Authors:Elaine Viets
Info:Signet (2003), Paperback
Collections:Your library, Mysteries, Bibliomysteries
Tags:bibliomystery, bookstore, A Dead-End Job Mystery, Helen Hawthorne, Elaine Viets

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Murder Between the Covers by Elaine Viets (2003)



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One of the better ones in this series. ( )
  MystereityReviews | Mar 11, 2016 |
Cutesy, Florida location, murder mystery. Helen, a worker in a bookstore, makes it her job to find out who killed Page Turner, the owner of a chain of bookstores. The characters were quirky, the local references were funny. Just not my genre of book. ( )
  LivelyLady | Jan 20, 2015 |
Helen Hawthorne works for cash at Page Turners, a family owned bookstore in South Florida. The proprietor, Page Turner III, is horrible to staff and customers alike and few people are upset when he is murdered. Helen is forced to investigate his death when her friend Peggy is arrested for his murder and finds that almost everyone who knew Page Turner had a good motive for killing him.

The interesting fact behind this series (which as of this year will run to eight books) is that before writing each book Elaine Viets does the jobs that she describes in the book. She was, according to her website FAQ, a bookseller for over a year before (or perhaps while) writing Murder Between the Covers. I'm sure this is what helps to give the bookstore and its myriad of demanding, (and only occasionally lovely) customers. Having done my share of time in jobs dealing with the general public I found much to relate to in that aspect of the book.

The rest of the book is fairly standard for the genre. Each potential suspect is eliminated, generally via direct questioning, until there's only one potential killer remaining and most of this was done quite believably although the ending was a little too contrived. There are a series of oddball characters, such as Helen's purple-loving 76-year-old landlady, Margery, who provided the kind of humour I tend to like in my cosies.

My one problem with the book is that I never quite bought into the Helen character. The premise is that she works for cash because any income she earns officially has to be shared with her ex-husband so even though she's well-educated she works 'dead-end jobs'. I suspect that in the real world someone smart in similar circumstances would just get themselves some good quality fake identification and get a better paying job. So there were quite a few points when I thought "well you really don't have to be in that situation" and so I couldn't summon up the sympathy I'm sure I was supposed to have. ( )
  bsquaredinoz | Mar 31, 2013 |
Better and better ( )
  gerleliz | Sep 19, 2009 |
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For booksellers everywhere: Your job is harder than it looks. Your influence is greater than you'll ever know.
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"Helen, where the hell are you?" The creep used the intercom, so everyone heard.
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