AN UPLIFTING MURDER, A JOSIE MARCUS MYSTERY SHOPPER by Elaine Viets
Being a mystery shopper has its perks, but for single mom Josie Marcus, it also has its problems. It seems Josie has a knack for being at the wrong place at the wrong time and finding dead bodies.
Josie's latest assignment is simple - check out an upscale lingerie store and be fitted for a bra (which she gets to keep). Her first surprise comes when Josie discovers her high school gym teacher is the store manager. She had looked out for Josie in the locker room when the other girls, one in particular, teased her for being underdeveloped. Right after that the teacher quit and Josie never knew why.
Things are going well on the shopping assignment until Josie gets another surprise. Her major tormentor in school, Francine 'Frankie' Martin, breezes through the store still tormenting everyone in her path.
A short time later Josie discovers Frankie dead in the ladies restroom at the mall and her former teacher is arrested for the murder. Josie agrees to help her former teacher and find the real killer. As Josie begins to look into the murder she finds more and more people had reasons to want Frankie dead.
Author Elaine Viets will keep you guessing right up until the end. As one suspect is cleared, another is brought to light. Meanwhile, Josie is also dealing with her young daughter, her sometimes cantankerous mother, a new vet boyfriend, at cat named Harry, and Stuart Little, an abandoned shih tzu.
AN UPLIFTING MURDER will have you laughing one minute, worried for Josie's safety the next and all the while trying to figure out who the real killer is. The sixth installment in the Josie Marcus Mystery Shopping Series is a stand alone book. References to Josie's prior "shopping adventures" will only entice you to read the entire series. And by the way, there's great shopping tips at the end of the book.
An Uplifting Murder, A Josie Marcus Mystery Shopper Series by Elaine Viets, Obsidian, @2010, ISBN: 978-0-451-23170-3, Paperback, 304 pages
FTC Full Disclosure - This book was sent to me by the author and the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
SAFE HAVEN by Nicholas Sparks
I have a love/hate relationship with Nicholas Sparks' books. I enjoy his writing but I know more than likely it will be a sad story or at least parts of it will be. I hate that about his work. However, at the same time I realize it must be included because he writes his characters to be realistic. These are characters you can really relate to either through personal experience or by knowing someone who's been in a similar situation.
All this holds time for SAFE HAVE as Sparks once again draws readers into a bitter love story with his latest novel of suspense, intrigue, danger and love.
Katie is a quiet, young women who tries her best to go about unnoticed by the residents of Southport, NC. But in this small town, it's hard for residents not to notice the beautiful mysterious woman.
Through a series of events, Katie slowly starts to make friends with Alex, a widower with two young children, and Jo, her out-spoken next door neighbor. Though she is reluctant to trust anyone, she slowly begins to come out of her shell.
Told through tortured memories, readers learn of Katie's former love and the menacing events that caused her to flee hoping to hide forever.
Author Nicholas Sparks tells the story not only from Katie's viewpoint, but also from that of her tormentor. It is in these sometimes ramblings that I caught myself saying, 'enough already.' However, I quickly realized these rambles were necessary to show the conflict and emotional swings her tormentor was going through.
SAFE HAVEN will take you on a roller coaster ride of emotions, while giving you a look at the terrifying life some people face daily and no one seems to notice.
Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks, Read by Rebecca Lowman, Hachette Audio, @2010, ISBN: 978-1-60788-619-8, 10 CDs, Approximately 11 hours run time
FTC Full Disclosure - I request this audio and it was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.