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Authors: Elaine Viets

Tags: #Fiction, #Mystery & Detective, #Cozy, #Women Sleuths, #Amateur Sleuth, #General

The Fashion Hound Murders

Table of Contents

Title Page

Copyright Page




Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 16

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

Chapter 19

Chapter 20

Chapter 21

Chapter 22

Chapter 23

Chapter 24

Chapter 25

Chapter 26

Chapter 27

Chapter 28

Chapter 29

Chapter 30

Chapter 31

Chapter 32

Chapter 33

Chapter 34

Chapter 35

Chapter 36



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Praise for the Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper Series

Murder with All the Trimmings

“Viets milks much holiday humor in her novel, pulling out all the wonderfully garish stops.”—
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


“Elaine Viets writes exciting amateur sleuth mysteries filled with believable characters; the recurring cast starting with Josie adds a sense of friendship that in turn embellishes the feeling of realism.”

Midwest Book Review


“This series gets better with every book. . . . A wonderful holiday read . . . a book to be savored by a cozy fire with a good cup of hot chocolate.”—Gumshoe


“Viets brings a sense of humor to a variety of difficult family situations in this fun novel.”—
Romantic Times


Accessory to Murder

“Elaine Viets knows how to orchestrate a flawless mystery with just the right blend of humor, intrigue, and hot romance. If you are looking to complete your wardrobe for the fall, you just found the most essential piece.”—Fresh Fiction


“The writing and plot are superb . . . no wasted words, scenes, or characters. Everything advances the plot, builds the characters, or keeps things moving. It’s what her many fans have learned to expect.”—Cozy Library


“A funny, laugh-out-loud whodunit. Elaine Viets has created characters that you can identify with. . . . This is one book you don’t want to miss.”—The Romance Readers Connection


“A well-thought-out whodunit starring a sleuth who is totally believable and a bit quirky.”—
Midwest Book Review


“A very interesting series. . . . I’m looking forward to the next book.”—
Deadly Pleasures

High Heels Are Murder

“[A] laugh-out-loud comedic murder mystery guaranteed to keep you entertained for any number of hours—the perfect read for a rainy day. . . . Shopping, St. Louis culinary treats, and mayhem abound, providing for a satisfying read.”—Front Street Reviews


High Heels Are Murder
takes Josie into the wicked world of murder, mayhem, and toe cleavage. . . . Viets spans the female psyche with panache and wit.”—
South Florida Sun-Sentinel


“Viets has written one of the funniest amateur sleuth mysteries to come along in ages. Her protagonist is a thoroughly likable person, a great mother, daughter, and friend. . . . The strength and the freshness of the tale lies in the characters.”

Midwest Book Review


Dying in Style

“Finally, a protagonist we can relate to.”

Riverfront Times
(St. Louis, MO)


“Laugh-out-loud humor adds to the brisk action.”

South Florida Sun-Sentinel


“I found myself rooting for Josie. . . . A really interesting mystery plot along the way, too.”—Roundtable Reviews


“A charming and sympathetic amateur sleuth.”

—The Romance Readers Connection


Praise for the Dead-End Job Mystery Series


Murder with Reservations

“Elaine Viets has come up with all the ingredients for an irresistible mystery: a heroine with a sense of humor and a gift for snappy dialogue, an atmospheric South Florida backdrop . . . and some really nasty crimes.”—Jane Heller, author of
Some Nerve


“Deliciously engaging.”—
South Florida Sun-Sentinel


“Wit, murder, and sunshine . . . it must be Florida. I love this new series.”—Nancy Pickard, author of
The Virgin of Small Plains

“An intelligent heroine.”

—Charlaine Harris, author of
A Secret Rage


“An entertaining new series with just the right touch of humor.”

The Miami Herald


“It’s Janet Evanovich meets
The Fugitive.

Tim Dorsey, author of
Big Bamboo


Dying to Call You

“Viets writes a laugh-out-loud comedy with enough twists and turns to make it to the top. . . . In fact, she’s been nominated for a truckload of awards this year. . . . There is a good reason why Viets is taking the mystery genre by storm these days. . . . She can keep you wondering ‘Who done it?’ while laughing all the way to the last page.”—
Florida Today


Murder Between the Covers

“Wry sense of humor, appealing, realistic characters, and a briskly moving plot.”—
South Florida Sun-Sentinel


“A great writer . . . simply superb.”—
Midwest Book Review


Shop Till You Drop

“Fans of Janet Evanovich and Parnell Hall will appreciate Viets’s humor.”—
South Florida Sun-Sentinel


“Elaine Viets’s debut is a live wire. . . . Helen Hawthorne takes Florida by storm. Shop no further—this is the one.”—Tim Dorsey


“I loved this book. With a stubborn . . . heroine, a wonderful South Florida setting, and a cast of more-or-less lethal bimbos,
Shop Till You Drop
provides tons of fun. Six-toed cats, expensive clothes, sexy guys on motorcycles—this book has it all.”

—Charlaine Harris


“Fresh, funny, and fiendishly constructed . . . a bright start to an exciting new series. This one is hard to beat.”

—Parnell Hall, author of the Puzzle Lady
crossword puzzle mysteries

Also by Elaine Viets

Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper Series


Dying in Style
High Heels Are Murder
Accessory to Murder
Murder with All the Trimmings


Dead-End Job Mystery Series


Shop Till You Drop
Murder Between the Covers
Dying to Call You
Just Murdered
Murder Unleashed
Murder with Reservations
Clubbed to Death
Killer Cuts


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For those who speak for the ones who cannot—
the animal rescue organizations


Thanks to the staff of the Humane Society of Missouri, who save animals every day. Debbie Hill, vice president of operations, and Jeane Jae, director of communications, were especially helpful.

Rachelle L’Ecuyer worked long hours to answer my questions about her city, Maplewood. She even e-mailed me at ten at night, long after she should have been at home.

Karen and David Reibman did adopt two Missouri puppy mill dogs, Joey and Magic. Karen believes the little dogs give her more than she gives them.

St. Louis is my hometown, and I depend on my local experts, Jinny Gender, Karen Grace, and Janet Smith.

Thanks also to Valerie Cannata, Anne Watts, and Kay Gordy. I consult Kay, proud grandmother of Sage, for early childhood behavior. Kay is an even better cook than Alyce.

Thanks to Emma, my expert on nine-year-olds. Emma gave me deep background on what it’s like to be nine years old. I wish I could use her real name, but the world is a dangerous place these days for young women.

As always, thanks and love to my husband, Don Crin klaw, for his extraordinary help and patience.

My agent, David Hendin, is still the best.

To my editor, Kara Cesare, and her assistant, Lindsay Nouis, thank you. Their critique made this a better book. Thanks to the Obsidian copy editor and production staff and to hardworking publicist Megan Swartz. I am one of the lucky writers who likes her publisher.

Many booksellers help keep this series alive. I wish I had room to thank them all.

Special thanks to the law enforcement men and women who answered my questions on police procedure. Some police and medical sources have to remain nameless, but I want to thank them all the same. Particular thanks to Detective R. C. White, Fort Lauderdale Police Department (retired), and Synae White. Any mistakes are mine, not theirs.

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