By Elaine Viets
Just 35 days until Checked Out, my 14th Dead-End Job Mystery hits the bookstores, and I’m counting every one.
Checked Out is set at a library, and to research this book, I volunteered at my local library in Fort Lauderdale, the Galt Ocean Mile Reading Center.
This volunteer job is a bookworm’s dream: I feel at home surrounded by books, and I love their perfume. I know many people like their e-readers, but I enjoy the feel of a book – especially a hardcover.
So what will you read in Checked Out?
Private eye Helen Hawthorne is searching for a missing million dollars in a South Florida library.
Helen has been hired by socialite Elizabeth Cateman Kingsley to find a missing John Singer Sargent painting owned by her late father. After his death, thousands of Davis Kingsley’s books were donated to the Flora Park Library, and his daughter suspects the small watercolor, worth a million dollars, is tucked in a dusty tome. Her search is complicated by the library’s mischievous calico cat and a ghost who may be all too alive. Helen’s search leads to murder.
Helen has to check out hundreds of books to find a rare watercolor by John Singer Sargent called "Muddy Alligators." Is this painting cool or what?
Usually Helen gets the scut jobs, but this time her PI partner and husband Phil is the one who’s suffering. Phil is booked to broil in the sun while he hunts for a ruby necklace stolen at a scandalous party. He also investigates that peculiar Florida crime, golf cart rustling.
The early reviews have been kind.
Publishers Weekly called Checked Out "snappy" and said, "Helen and Phil are as entertaining as they’ve ever been, and it’s fun to revisit their neighbors at the Coronado Tropic Apartments."
Suspense magazine said, "Best-selling author Elaine Viets gives a brilliant example of just how the rich are different from the rest of us in her latest Dead-End Job mystery, Checked Out. . . . Another great read from a master storyteller. Check it out for yourself!"
Better yet, win Checked Out before it even hits the bookstores.
Enter my contest for an autographed Checked Out hardcover. Just click on Contests at www.elaineviets.com