Board Stiff: A Dead-End Job Mystery

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Husband and wife PI team Helen Hawthorne and Phil Sagemont are about to find out murder is no day at the beach....

There’s a dark cloud over Sunny Jim’s Stand-Up Paddleboard Rental business on Florida’s Riggs Beach—especially after one of his clients is killed in a tragic paddleboarding mishap. Sunny Jim is sure it was no accident, and he hires Helen and Phil to find the murderer.

Between competitors poaching his territory, the city threatening to revoke his license, and a wrongful death suit filed by the victim’s husband, Sunny Jim may soon be up the creek without a paddle. Luckily, he has Helen and Phil on his side. As the couple investigates, they discover dark undercurrents of corruption behind the cheerful facades of the beachfront businesses. But the sands of time are running out, and if they don’t catch the killer soon, Sunny Jim won’t be the only one to go under....

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About the Author:

Elaine Viets has actually worked many of those dead-end jobs in her mystery novels, just like her character Helen Hawthorne. She is the author of the Dead-End Job mysteries, including Final SailPumped for Murder, and Half-Price Homicide, the Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper series, including Murder is a Piece of Cake and Death on a Platter, and numerous short stories. Elaine has won an Anthony Award and an Agatha Award. She lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with her husband, reporter Don Crinklaw. 



“A stubborn and intelligent heroine, a wonderful South Florida setting, and a cast of more or less lethal bimbos....I loved this book.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris

“A fast-paced story and nonstop wisecracks....Elaine Viets knows how to turn minimum wage into maximum hilarity.”—Nancy Martin, bestselling author of Little Black Book of Murder

“Clever....The real draw, though, is Viets’s snappy critique of South Florida.”—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

“Wickedly funny.”—The Miami Herald

“Entertaining.......Viets shines at evoking Florida’s vibrant landscapes and even more colorful characters.”—Publishers Weekly

“Hilarious.”—Kirkus Reviews

“The breezy, well-plotted book moves at a fast clip, fueled by Viets’s perfect comic timing.”—South Florida Sun-Sentinel

“Delightful, entertaining, and truly insightful.”—Fresh Fiction

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