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Board Stiff
Dead-End Job Mystery #12
Elaine Viets

May 6, 2014/ ISBN 978-0-451-41910-1
Mystery/Amateur Sleuth

Reviewed by Laura Hinds


Helen Hawthorne and Phil Sagemont make a great husband and wife PI team. Heck, they’ve worked together solving cases since long before they were married. When a local paddleboard rental owner hires them to prove that an accident involving one of his rental boards is really murder, will this case be a walk on the beach or something a lot more sinister?

The death of tourist Ceci, a woman beleaguered by a verbally abusive husband, appears to be an accident--and one that could drive Sunny Jim Sandusky right out of business. It doesn’t take long for Helen and Phil to realize that there is a lot more going on with the case beneath the surface clues. With corruption and cold-blooded thugs in the city, it’s possible Ceci’s death was a ploy to hide some darker criminal activity. All bets are off as Helen and Phil race to get to the truth before anyone else becomes a victim.

I love how straightforward this book is. There is no nonsense about it, and yet it is lighthearted enough in spots to be humorous. The romance between Helen and Phil hasn’t paled any since they married, and author Viets once again uses Helen’s history and backstory to move things along with this new mystery.

Fans of the series will love this book, and if you are new to the “Dead End Job Mystery Series,” it’s fine to start here. I guarantee that once you’ve read it you’ll be intrigued enough to go back to the beginning and read the previous eleven books. Grab a copy now and stash it in your beach bag for that first day at the beach this year.

Other Reviews in this series

Just Murdered, 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 1] [review 2]
Final Sail, No 11 [review]
Board Stiff,
No 12 [review]
The Art of Murder, No 14

Reviewed 2014