Wow!~ I give this one 5 stars! In this book Helen's dead end job is as a telemarketer. She hears someone being strangled to death on a phone call and the police don't believe her. So of course Helen sets out to prove there really was a murder. Lots of very interesting twists and turns in this book, this one kept me guessing until the very end. You may not be able to put this one down, so get yourself some tea or coffee and some chocolate and enjoy!
4.5 stars - this is my second book of the Dead-End-Job-Mysteries series (I'm reading out of order, apparently .. but luckily it isn't detracting from the story!) I love Helen, the heroine. She's plucky and resourceful, and Elaine Viets has a great writing voice that is fun to read.
This is a fun series! Helen's latest dead-end job is in telemarketing. When she overhears a murder during a phone survey, she calls 911. But when the police don't believe her, Helen starts her own investigation. There's never a dull moment with Helen - topless parties, kinky sex acts, and even a peek at her neighbor Phil.
this series-dead end jobs-by elaine Viets rocks. It's a great cozy easy reading fun filled line up. The main character, Helen, has a strong presence, but so do all her co conspirators, and they are a colorful bunch, but believable to. Love the south Florida setting, the Coronado rentals where they live,...all fun and you won't want to put this one down. The telemarketing theme is funny, almost sad at times, but heck, Helen makes a go of it no matter what.
Helen becomes a telemarketer and thinks she hears a murder. The police don't believe her so she starts on her latest adventure trying to prove that she did her someone die and prove who did it. Very good book
In this book Helen takes a job as a telemarketer - selling a septic product. She begins to notice little things about the company that don't seem to fit. When the sellers do well, they are "rewarded" by making calls for their sister company, who does phone surveys. One night, while making a survey call, she overhears a murder. Or did she? The police find nothing. With the sister of the "murder victim" (who is missing), she begins to make inquiries. She finally meets her pot smoking neighbor Phil.
A telemarketer gets more than she bargained for after she overhears an argument, followed by a scream... and then dead silence. Soon Helen is over her head chasing clues and trying to avoid a close call with a killer.
Helen has another dead end job where she is getting paid under the table in cash. This time she is a dreaded telemarketer. She is good at it and earns herself a break from being a telemarketer and gets to do surveys. While she is talking with a client she hears a women die. She cannot get the feeling out of her head even when the police tell her she is mistaken. She has to find this women and her killer.
These books are nice easy reads.
A Dead-End Job Mystery
1. Shop Till You Drop (2003)
2. Murder Between the Covers (2003)
3. Dying to Call You (2004)
4. Just Murdered (2005)
5. Murder Unleashed (2006)
6. Murder with Reservations (2007)
7. Clubbed to Death (2008)
8. Killer Cuts (2009)
9. Half-Price Homicide (2010)
10. Pumped for Murder (2011)
11. Final Sail (2012)
12. Board Stiff (2013)
13. Catnapped! (2014)
14. Checked Out (2015)
Not sure if it's my overall apathy of telemarketers in general that annoyed me in this installment of the Dead-End Job Mystery series, or if I'm losing interest in the series overall but I found the plot hard to focus on. Helen was over the top with too many "too stupid to live" moments. Not even the appearance of Helen's "invisible pot-head" neighbor, Phil, impressed me. He just strikes me as yet another of the many men that have crossed Helen's path that she's better off avoiding. Maybe he will redeem himself later on. But I really don't care at this point.
The problem for me in this series is that Helen is becoming more stupid. I get that she's on the run. I understand why she has to avoid banks and has to work for cash under the table and why she has to sock her money away inside her furniture, teddy bear and suitcase. What pisses me off is that her carelessness costs her a large chunk of this money. On top of that, what she has to endure in order to even acquire the money in the first place to have it gone in the blink of an eye makes me want to chew glass and spit nails.
More stupidity on her part ensues. Questioning people who later end up dead and having your fingerprints all over the place does not make for an intelligent person. She wiped the fingerprints from the doorknob, but she walked inside the apartment leaving DNA evidence all over the place. Oh, and for a finale, lets go to the killers house and search the place for evidence! I dont mind the forensic inaccuracies but when the lead character jumps from being a mover and shaker drawing in six figures to stupid, careless and foolish, it bothers the hell out of me.
Overall, though this book is definitely the worst of the series, theres hope that it cant get any worse. It can only go up from here, right? Then again, Helens next dead-end job is in a bridal dress shop. Stupidity, carelessness and foolishness will not mix well with Bridezilla on PMS. As long as Helens stupidity isnt a long term affliction, I can hang around and find out how she does in the next job.
3rd in the Dead-End Job series. In this book, Helen takes a job as a telemarketer, and overhears a murder during one of her calls. The police tell her it was just a movie, but Helen doesn't believe that. Her snooping gets her involved in some wild private "charity fund raising" parties, and, of course, her own life is threatened.