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Elaine Viets is a Midwestern American newspaperwoman and mystery writer.

A native of the working-class white southside of St. Louis, Missouri, the statuesque (almost two meters) Viets has a degree in journalism and became a long-time popular media figure in St. Louis. She was a regular columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for twenty-five years, her columns focusing mostly on local issues and human-interest fare. She also hosted the local light-news television program Viets Beat, for which she won Emmy Awards in 1989 and 1990. After moving to Washington, D.C. and leaving the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Viets wrote a syndicated column carried by United Feature Syndicate and later by United Media.

She also began writing mystery novels, and eventually left the newspaper business almost entirely to become a full-time novelist. Viets first drew on her professional experience to produce four novels set in St. Louis and featuring fictional St. Louis newspaper columnist Francesca Vierling (and exciting speculation over which characters might represent real-life Post-Dispatch figures).

By the time she had written the last of these, Viets had relocated to Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1997, which became the locale for her next novels, the Dead-End Jobs series. Viets researches these books by herself taking the same sort of low-level dead-end jobs...telemarketer, shop clerk, and so forth...as the series' protagonist, Helen Hawthorne.

Viets, married for over thirty years to author and actor Don Crinklaw, is active in the trade organizations Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. She is a board member of the Mystery Writers of America. In 2004 she was nominated for three Agatha Awards. In 2005, she won awards presented for Best Short Story at two notable mystery conventions: an Agatha Award at Malice Domestic Ltd, and an Anthony Award at Bouchercon, both for her story Wedding Knife.

On April 11, 2007, Viets' fellow contributors to The Lipstick Chronicles reported that Viets had suffered a stroke. According to a subsequent update, Viets is recovering well and is again creating mysteries based on real life and the people who live it.

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Total Books: 73
The Art of Murder
2017 - The Art of Murder [Dead-End Job Mystery] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780451476142
ISBN-10: 045147614X
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
 1

Brain Storm
2016 - Brain Storm [Death Investigator Angela Richman] (Paperback)Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9781503936317
ISBN-10: 1503936317
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 3

Checked Out
2016 - Checked Out [Dead-End Job, Bk 14] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780451466334
ISBN-10: 0451466330
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
 5

Catnapped
2015 - Catnapped [Dead-End Job, Bk 13] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780451466310
ISBN-10: 0451466314
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 4

A Dog Gone Murder
2014 - A Dog Gone Murder [Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper, Bk 10] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780451465986
ISBN-10: 0451465989
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 11

Board Stiff
2014 - Board Stiff [Dead-End Job, Bk 12] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780451419101
ISBN-10: 0451419103
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 14

Fixing to Die
2013 - Fixing to Die [Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper, Bk 9] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780451240989
ISBN-10: 0451240987
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 16

Final Sail
2013 - Final Sail [Dead-End Job, Bk 11] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780451237705
ISBN-10: 0451237706
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 17

Murder is a Piece of Cake
2012 - Murder Is a Piece of Cake [Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper, Bk 8] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780451238511
ISBN-10: 0451238516
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 28

Pumped For Murder
2012 - Pumped for Murder [Dead-End Job, Bk 10] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780451235053
ISBN-10: 0451235053
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 36

Death on a Platter
2011 - Death on a Platter [Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper, Bk 7] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780451235244
ISBN-10: 045123524X
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 35

Half-Price Homicide
2011 - Half-price Homicide [Dead-End Job, Bk 9] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780451231543
ISBN-10: 0451231546
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 42

An Uplifting Murder
2010 - An Uplifting Murder [Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper, Bk 6] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780451231703
ISBN-10: 0451231708
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 43

Killer Cuts
2010 - Killer Cuts [Dead-End Job, Bk 8] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780451228543
ISBN-10: 0451228545
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 42

Half-Price Homicide
2010 - Half-price Homicide [Dead-End Job, Bk 9] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780451229892
ISBN-10: 0451229894
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 38

The Fashion Hound Murders
2009 - The Fashion Hound Murders [Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper, Bk 5] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780451228420
ISBN-10: 0451228421
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 63

Clubbed to Death
2009 - Clubbed to Death [Dead-End Job, Bk 7] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780451225252
ISBN-10: 0451225252
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 66

Killer Cuts
2009 - Killer Cuts [Dead-End Job, Bk 8] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780451226860
ISBN-10: 0451226860
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 45

Murder With All the Trimmings
2008 - Murder with All the Trimmings [Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper, Bk 4] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780451225481
ISBN-10: 0451225481
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 82

Murder With Reservations
2008 - Murder with Reservations [Dead-End Job, Bk 6] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780451223838
ISBN-10: 0451223837
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 81

Clubbed to Death
2008 - Clubbed to Death [Dead-End Job, Bk 7] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780451223944
ISBN-10: 0451223942
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 53

2007 - Accessory to Murder [Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper, Bk 3] (Paperback)Hardcover
2007 - Murder Unleashed [Dead-End Job, Bk 5] (Paperback)Hardcover
2007 - Murder with Reservations [Dead-End Job, Bk 6] (Hardcover)Paperback
2006 - High Heels Are Murder [Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper, Bk 2] (Paperback)
2006 - Murder Unleashed [Dead-End Job, Bk 5] (Hardcover)Paperback
2005 - Dying in Style [Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper, Bk 1] (Paperback)Hardcover
2005 - Dying in Style [Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper, Bk 1] (Hardcover)Paperback
2005 - Just Murdered [Dead-End Job, Bk 4] (Paperback)
2005 - Dying to Call You [Dead-End Job, Bk 3 - Large Print] (Hardcover)Paperback
2004 - Dying to Call You [Dead-End Job, Bk 3] (Paperback)Hardcover
2004 - Murder Between the Covers [Dead-End Job, Bk 2 - Large Print] (Hardcover)Paperback
2004 - Shop Till You Drop [Dead-End Job, Bk 1 - Large Print] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
2003 - Murder Between the Covers [Dead-End Job, Bk 2] (Paperback)Hardcover
2003 - Shop Till You Drop [Dead-End Job, Bk 1] (Paperback)Hardcover
2003 - Shop Till You Drop [Dead-End Job, Bk 1] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
2000 - Doc in the Box [Francesca Vierling, Bk 4 - Abridged - Audio Cassette] (Audio Cassette)Paperback
2000 - The Pink Flamingo Murders [Francesca Vierling, Bk 3] (Audio Cassette)Paperback
2000 - Rubout [Francesca Vierling, Bk 2 - Abridged Audio Cassette] (Audio Cassette)Paperback
2000 - Backstab [Francesca Vierling, Bk 1 - Audio Cassette] (Audio Cassette)
2000 - Doc in the Box [Francesca Vierling, Bk 4] (Paperback)Audio Cassette
1999 - The Pink Flamingo Murders [Francesca Vierling, Bk 3] (Paperback)Paperback, Audio Cassette
1999 - The Pink Flamingo Murders the 24c Ppk with Other [Francesca Vierling, Bk 3] (Paperback)
1997 - Backstab 24-c Fl [Francesca Vierling, Bk 1] (Paperback)
1995 - St Louis Home on the River [Urban Tapestry] (Hardcover)
Half-price Homicide a Dead-end Job Mystery [Center Point Premier Mystery Large Print] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover