read only 2 of the stories in the book, Elaine Viets Dead-end Job and Victoria Laurie, Psychic Eye Mystery.
Psychic Eye. This seems to be the prequel story of Abby Cooper, PI. Abby's sister Cat wisks her away to sunny Florida for some R&R and to attend a psychic seminar. Abby reluctantly agrees to attend, but discovers that the psychic Diedra is a fraud. She gets thrown out of the confrence and approached by a metaphical scientist wanting to study Abby to win a 2.5million dollar award. The woman who offers the award, Celeste, crashes the confrence and exposes Diedra, and is later found dead in the hotel. Abby, Cat, and their new friend, Milicent sleuth around the hotel to expose the real killer.
Elaine Viets story: I was expecting to read abut Helen and her first dead end job. Instead we open the story with Helen drinking on the patio at her apartments with her landlord, Margery. Margery then tells Helen a story about murder in her office back in the early 70's. We learn about a mousy shy employee named Minfreda aka Minny, whom everyone picks on, especially the boss, Vicki. After Minni's office chum quits, Minnie dyes her hair blonde and oozes with her new found confidence. After Vicki steals Minnie's promotion, Vicki gets brutally murdered and disappears. Helen soon starts thinking that based on all the detailed facts, the real murderer could very well be sitting right in front of her!!
Four beloved authors with all new fair-haired mysteries to dye for do.
They're blondes with style, money, and men falling at their feet. But now these perfect women are perfect victims. In Drop-Dead Blonde, four of today's top mystery authors-Nancy Martin, Denise Swanson, Elaine Viets, and Victoria Laurie-spin four all-new tales of fair-haired sirens, secrets, and seduction.
I swapped for this book because I like Denise Swanson and Elaine Viets. I did read the first story by Nancy Martin but I did not read the last by Victoria Laurie.
All the stories in this book belong to series by the authors. Since I have not read Nancy Martin, I felt like I was hearing a story about a friend of a friend. For the Swanson and Viets stories I am past this point in the series. I wish I had read these short stories back when it came out since I am further along in the series and past some of the life points in these stories.
Nancy Martin story is about the Blackbird sisters and how they get tangled up in a personal shopper murder.
Elaine Viets story is from the Dead End Job series, but this story is a twist and it is told by Helen's landlord Margory.
Denise Swanson story is from the Scumble River series, it takes place during Spring break. This story takes place before Murder of a Smart Cookie.