A Dead-End Job Mystery #10
May 2012 (paperback edition)/ 978-0-451-23505-3
by Laura Hinds
Newlyweds Phil Sagemont and Helen Hawthorne are getting started
in their new PI agency. They live and work in Florida, which is
a hotbed for family and relationship problems. Their very first
case involves a woman who believes that her husband is cheating
and wants them to prove it.
Because their client, Shelby, is suspicious of hubby Bryan's new-found
physique, they decide that Helen will get a job at the gym and keep
an eye on Bryan's activities. Bryan may or may not be sneaking around,
but Helen finds plenty of unusual activities going on at the gym.
Since Helen is working early morning hours at the gym, Phil finds
himself responsible for their second case. The case dates back to
the 1980's, and the question of whether a man's death was suicide
(as ruled by the police) or murder.
Pumped for Murder continues the series theme of Helen working at
a dead-end job. As receptionist at the gym, it certainly wouldn't
be a good career move. However, the investigation work is right
up her alley, and she knows she can handle yet another temporary
I loved that Helen and Phil are now married, and the series has
shifted to accommodate that change, as well as the opening of their
PI agency together. The neighbors from the Coronado Tropic Apartments
are along for this adventure, too, and in fact, the PI agency is
christened Coronado Investigations.
Viets was able to merge Helen and Phil's union, while still letting
their individuality show. The two investigations allow each to work
alone and yet have each other for sounding boards and for backup.
The stories flow seamlessly, and enable the reader to work through
the twists and turns without discovering what really are the facts
of each case until very close to the end. I found Pumped for Murder
fast-paced, action-packed, and comfortable with a familiar cast
of characters as a back drop.
Pumped for Murder is a nicely crafted, cozy mystery, appropriate
for ages teen and up, and this paperback version would make for
a nice summer beach read.
Reviews in this series
No 4 [review]
Murder Unleashed, No. 5 [review]
Murder with Reservations, No. 6 [review]
Clubbed to Death, No 7 [review]
Pumped for Murder, No 10 [review
No 11 [review]
No 12 [review]