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Saturday, July 12, 2014

77) Killer Blonde by Elaine Viets

The Blurb :

South Florida sleuth Helen Hawthorne gets a history lesson from her landlady Margery Flax. In the 1970s, while pushing papers in a dead-end job, Margery witnessed a battle of the blondes between vivacious Vicki and meticulous Minnie for a promotion that would take one of them to the top of the corporate ladder.

But when their office politics turned dirty, the blondes got dangerous—leaving one of them dead and one of them a killer whose identity Margery has kept secret for more than forty years…

My Thoughts :

The Dead-End Job Mysteries are one of my favourite cozies to read and may even be the cozy series I have followed the longest.  Killer Blonde is a short story that appeared in Drop-Dead Blonde and was released this year as a novella.  

The story is short, sweet and a delight to read.  Told mostly from Margery's perspective it shows that the author can not only write a great plot for a novel but is brilliant at putting together a super mystery in a smaller package.  With wonderful details of the 70's and a great insight to a much younger Margery, I really enjoyed this short tale.  I won't go into details because it would ruin the story but you are left wondering if Margery made up the whole thing, was involved or if it is a bit of both.

For any fans of the series this is a must read.  If you haven't tried this series then this is actually a nice chance to check it out.  The story doesn't give away hardly anything about the series and could stand alone.  Well worth reading and a nice story to curl up with for an hour or two (depending on how fast you read!).

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1 comment:

Aurian said...

This is another series on my wishlist Amber, and pretty high up. I sure hope to read it someday soon. Thanks for reminding me!