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Murder Unleashed: A Dead-End Job Mystery    by Elaine Viets order for
Murder Unleashed
by Elaine Viets
Order:  USA  Can
Signet, 2007 (2007)
* *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

Helen Hawthorn is forced to work dead end jobs to escape spending the rest of her life paying alimony to her cheating house-husband. She goes on the run, finding a permanent home and good friends in Fort Lauderdale, but her dead end jobs keep getting her in trouble. Her latest is at Pampered Pets Boutique where the furry clients have better lives than most humans.

Helen is not having a good week. First, one of the pet owners comes on to her, next she finds a body, and last, she allows a high earning labradoodle to be kidnapped. All of this happens while a category 3 hurricane is just off the coast and heading directly towards Fort Lauderdale.

Helen is forced to do some sleuthing when the shop's flamboyant groomer is suspected of the murder and her boss is threatened with a lawsuit over the missing puppy.

Elaine Viets' two chick-lit series are light and humorous while always including a good mystery. This is the fifth in the Dead End Job Mysteries. She also writes the Mystery Shopper Series whose heroine is single mother, Josie Marcus.

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