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Helen has a new job "off the books" at Page Turners bookstore in Fort Lauderdale...until the owner is murdered. But since the arrogant Page Turner III had so many enemies, Helen will have to read between the lines to uncover the truth about a clever killer. Helen has a new job "off the books" at Page Turners bookstore in Fort Lauderdale...until the owner is murdered. But since the arrogant Page Turner III had so many enemies, Helen will have to read between the lines to uncover the truth about a clever killer.


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Helen has a new job "off the books" at Page Turners bookstore in Fort Lauderdale...until the owner is murdered. But since the arrogant Page Turner III had so many enemies, Helen will have to read between the lines to uncover the truth about a clever killer. Helen has a new job "off the books" at Page Turners bookstore in Fort Lauderdale...until the owner is murdered. But since the arrogant Page Turner III had so many enemies, Helen will have to read between the lines to uncover the truth about a clever killer.

30 review for Murder Between the Covers

  1. 4 out of 5

    Luffy

    This was a throwback to the Golden age of Goodreads for me, when I would rate most books 5 stars. The Camel Club, Lucy Stone, Jaine Austen, all series that got 4 or 5 stars from me, week in week out. Murder between the Covers is like eating Cinnamon Babka that has neither phlegm nor hair on it. It's light, fluffy, creamy, airy, and sugary goodness. Unlike the first book, this one had enough jokes to transcend the cozy genre, where most of the repartee was confined to the title of book of said gen This was a throwback to the Golden age of Goodreads for me, when I would rate most books 5 stars. The Camel Club, Lucy Stone, Jaine Austen, all series that got 4 or 5 stars from me, week in week out. Murder between the Covers is like eating Cinnamon Babka that has neither phlegm nor hair on it. It's light, fluffy, creamy, airy, and sugary goodness. Unlike the first book, this one had enough jokes to transcend the cozy genre, where most of the repartee was confined to the title of book of said genre. I really am impatient to start the next book. But I wanted to tarry a bit. The amount of research done here adds life to the procedure. What a book. I loved how the heroine mentions she doesn't want to be in danger for the finale only for just that to happen. If you do read this, then great. If not then that's okay too. Happy reading.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    3.5 stars. I haven't read this series in order so I've read book after this, which made it fun to go back and read one towards the beginning. I liked the bookstore setting. I followed all the red herrings along with Helen and was surprised at the outcome. Fun story. 3.5 stars. I haven't read this series in order so I've read book after this, which made it fun to go back and read one towards the beginning. I liked the bookstore setting. I followed all the red herrings along with Helen and was surprised at the outcome. Fun story.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mailis Viiand

    Poor Helen seems to meet all the nastiest and sleaziest men on earth while working on simple blue collar jobs that aren't actually that easy when you go behind the scenes. In her place I'd probably go back to my well paying job, gather some money, sue the son of a bitch ex-husband, make the facts public and use the publicity to destroy him and live the best I can ever after. I wouldn't put my life and dreams on hold just to get lukewarm revenge. Be proactive darling. Still, then we wouldn't have Poor Helen seems to meet all the nastiest and sleaziest men on earth while working on simple blue collar jobs that aren't actually that easy when you go behind the scenes. In her place I'd probably go back to my well paying job, gather some money, sue the son of a bitch ex-husband, make the facts public and use the publicity to destroy him and live the best I can ever after. I wouldn't put my life and dreams on hold just to get lukewarm revenge. Be proactive darling. Still, then we wouldn't have this series to enjoy, right?

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ellen

    A sleuth with a sense of humor, October 18, 2011 By Ellen Rappaport This review is from: Murder Between the Covers (Dead-End Job Mysteries, Book 2) (Paperback) This is about the 4th book I've read in this series and this series is for me. I enjoy the sense of humor the author delivers through Helen Hawthorne and her zany landlady, Margery. The fun names for some of the characters-Page Turner the owner of the book store. The title for the book itself-Murder Between the Covers: can that mean cove A sleuth with a sense of humor, October 18, 2011 By Ellen Rappaport This review is from: Murder Between the Covers (Dead-End Job Mysteries, Book 2) (Paperback) This is about the 4th book I've read in this series and this series is for me. I enjoy the sense of humor the author delivers through Helen Hawthorne and her zany landlady, Margery. The fun names for some of the characters-Page Turner the owner of the book store. The title for the book itself-Murder Between the Covers: can that mean covers of a bed or a book. In this edition of the Dead End Job series Helen finds herself working in a (going down hill fast) book store. She's working for a sleazy boss with more enemies than one can count. Finally someone does him in, but Page Turner's body is found in Helen's friend's apartment. As soon as Peggy is jailed for the murder of Page Turner Helen sets out to find the real killer and clear her friend. Peg's Parrot, Pete, is handed over to Margery who is not too happy to have him. As Helen begins to uncover clues she soon discovers there's more to Peggy's past than what she originally thought. To make things more complicated Margery also knew about Peggy's past. Soon Helen and her landlady team up to stake out the manager of the book store. That's when things take a turn that Helen was definitly not expecting. I enjoy this series and it's characters. I recommend it to readers of cozy mysteries. Ellen

  5. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    The bookstore details are spot-on: the customer who doesn't know the author or title but the book is blue, the Bible as most shoplifted book, the neverending slush piles, the kids destroying the children's section while the moms ignore them, the customer who shows up every day to read, the manager(owner in this case) who knows nothing about books, the new employee who can't figure out how to ring up a coupon - clearly Viets did spend a year working in a bookstore. For the rest, well, it's a myst The bookstore details are spot-on: the customer who doesn't know the author or title but the book is blue, the Bible as most shoplifted book, the neverending slush piles, the kids destroying the children's section while the moms ignore them, the customer who shows up every day to read, the manager(owner in this case) who knows nothing about books, the new employee who can't figure out how to ring up a coupon - clearly Viets did spend a year working in a bookstore. For the rest, well, it's a mystery novel, populated by a lot of people who have no problem bending the law if it suits them and who think they have a claim on rich people's money just because they're poor. It's set in south Florida, would make a good beach read. Maybe one of these days it'll be warm enough to go to the beach.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Melissapalmer404

    Book #58 Read in 2016 Murder Between the Covers by Elaine Viets This is the second book in a cozy mystery series. Helen, hiding from the law after assaulting her cheating ex-husband, goes from dead-end job to dead-end job. In this book, Helen is working in a bookstore. The sleazy bookstore owner is killed and one of Helen's friends is arrested for his murder. Helen sets out to prove Peggy's innocence. This series has a lot of fun characters, decent mystery plots and humor. I recommend this series. Book #58 Read in 2016 Murder Between the Covers by Elaine Viets This is the second book in a cozy mystery series. Helen, hiding from the law after assaulting her cheating ex-husband, goes from dead-end job to dead-end job. In this book, Helen is working in a bookstore. The sleazy bookstore owner is killed and one of Helen's friends is arrested for his murder. Helen sets out to prove Peggy's innocence. This series has a lot of fun characters, decent mystery plots and humor. I recommend this series.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Stina

    Is this book really worse than the first in this series? I'm not sure, but it sure feels like it. Maybe it's just because I was really hoping that the series would improve, but I was disappointed by Helen's complete idiocy, and Viets's writing style seemed even more transparently amateurish than ever. I could catalog everything that annoyed me in this book, but I would rather not waste the energy. I don't think I will be reading anything more from this author. Is this book really worse than the first in this series? I'm not sure, but it sure feels like it. Maybe it's just because I was really hoping that the series would improve, but I was disappointed by Helen's complete idiocy, and Viets's writing style seemed even more transparently amateurish than ever. I could catalog everything that annoyed me in this book, but I would rather not waste the energy. I don't think I will be reading anything more from this author.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Missi Martin (Stockwell)

    I just love the Dead-End Job Mystery series by Elaine Viets and am very happy that JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc. are giving them new life. This series was written years ago but I have only recently been introduced to it. I read and reviewed the first book in this series, Shop Till You Drop, and knew that I wanted to read every single book in this series. I fell in love with the main character, Helen Hawthorne. Helen is on the run from her past. A past where she was married, had a great job, a I just love the Dead-End Job Mystery series by Elaine Viets and am very happy that JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc. are giving them new life. This series was written years ago but I have only recently been introduced to it. I read and reviewed the first book in this series, Shop Till You Drop, and knew that I wanted to read every single book in this series. I fell in love with the main character, Helen Hawthorne. Helen is on the run from her past. A past where she was married, had a great job, and she thought a solid marriage. All of that changed one day when she returned home early from work and caught her low-life husband cheating !!! When they went to court for divorce and the judge awarded her ex a percentage of her future earnings, she vowed that he would never receive another penny from her. So she packed up and moved to Florida where she has her own apartment, a few people she can call friends, and a cat. The only bad thing is that in order to keep her vow to not givr her ex another cent, she has to find employers who are willing to pay her cash. In Murder Between the Covers, Helen is working at a bookstore called Page Turners, after its founder the original Page Turner. She is working for the grandson who is a very sleazy, cheap and creepy drunk. Page Turner III has a hobby of bedding women in his office and taping the sessions. When he is found murdered, the list of suspects is quite long, unfortunately the police only look at one person. That person is Helen's friend, Peggy, and the main reason she is the only suspect is because he is found dead in her bed ....... Helen knows that there is no way that Peggy would have killed Page and will stop at nothing to prove that. With the help of her landlady, Margery, they lead their own investigation. There is so much to fall in love with in this series !!!! As soon as I finished reading the first book I was looking forward to this next one. And now that I am done with Murder Betweent the Covers, I cannot wait to pick up the next book to see where Helen is going to work next and what craziness will follow her....

  9. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    Murder Between the Covers, the second installment in the Shop Til You Drop murder series, begins as Helen Hawthorne has ended her job at a high end boutique and started her next dead end job at a book store. She has the world's worst boss who quickly ends up dead and one of her best friends gets the blame. Helen is determined to prove her friend's innocence. Let the fumbling and bumbling begin. I laughed through most of the book. This series reminds me of Stephanie Plum's adventures in the Janet Murder Between the Covers, the second installment in the Shop Til You Drop murder series, begins as Helen Hawthorne has ended her job at a high end boutique and started her next dead end job at a book store. She has the world's worst boss who quickly ends up dead and one of her best friends gets the blame. Helen is determined to prove her friend's innocence. Let the fumbling and bumbling begin. I laughed through most of the book. This series reminds me of Stephanie Plum's adventures in the Janet Evanovich novels. I love reading these books by Elaine Viets and can't wait until the next one.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

    Well, folks, this one wasn't as good as the first, but yet it held my attention extremely well. Murder Between the Covers was leaning towards the non-cozy spectrum, yet it stayed within the cozy boundaries, just barely. The characters were extremely well-written and the setting was good, but yet something about this book just didn't click for me. Overall good, and I recommend it, but if the next few don't get any better, then I may not stick with this series. Well, folks, this one wasn't as good as the first, but yet it held my attention extremely well. Murder Between the Covers was leaning towards the non-cozy spectrum, yet it stayed within the cozy boundaries, just barely. The characters were extremely well-written and the setting was good, but yet something about this book just didn't click for me. Overall good, and I recommend it, but if the next few don't get any better, then I may not stick with this series.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    just can't get into this series. I would like more on the overall arc. And her boyfriend went from amazing (in the last book) to complete loon so fast it seemed like the author only likes writing about the beginning of dating someone, not having an actual relationship. just can't get into this series. I would like more on the overall arc. And her boyfriend went from amazing (in the last book) to complete loon so fast it seemed like the author only likes writing about the beginning of dating someone, not having an actual relationship.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kim Smith

    this was my first Elaine Viets book...was totally enjoyable. Would love to get the next one!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A fun, enjoyable read. I really liked Helen working at the book store and was sad when it closed. However, her having steady employment would defeat the purpose of the series name. I was not surprised at who the victim was; I was surprised that there ended up being a second victim. We got to learn more about Peggy, her backstory, and how she came to own Pete the Parrot. Margery was the star of the book; her enthusiasm for snooping was contagious. I was not a fan of Dr. Rick; he was sending out a A fun, enjoyable read. I really liked Helen working at the book store and was sad when it closed. However, her having steady employment would defeat the purpose of the series name. I was not surprised at who the victim was; I was surprised that there ended up being a second victim. We got to learn more about Peggy, her backstory, and how she came to own Pete the Parrot. Margery was the star of the book; her enthusiasm for snooping was contagious. I was not a fan of Dr. Rick; he was sending out all kinds of warning signs that Helen was refusing to acknowledge. It was a shame that it took him hurting her for her to realize it, but at least she got out before it got worse. I was sad that Gabe ended up being a womanizing jerk. I am liking this series, but I'm not sure how much I will like the telemarketer job as a backdrop for the next book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    The second installment of the Dead-End Job series by Elaine Viets continues to follow Helen Hawthorne in Florida and her quest for better-paying jobs, which seems to lead to murder mysteries around her. I'm glad Helen was still living at the same place in this story, because her neighbors are wacky and enjoyable. I enjoyed the bookstore setting, but the sleazy owner was maybe a little too sleazy. The "bad guys" have zero redeeming qualities in these stories, which makes them easy to dislike but The second installment of the Dead-End Job series by Elaine Viets continues to follow Helen Hawthorne in Florida and her quest for better-paying jobs, which seems to lead to murder mysteries around her. I'm glad Helen was still living at the same place in this story, because her neighbors are wacky and enjoyable. I enjoyed the bookstore setting, but the sleazy owner was maybe a little too sleazy. The "bad guys" have zero redeeming qualities in these stories, which makes them easy to dislike but isn't very realistic.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    It was fun to read another Dead-End Mystery crime story. I decided to start at the beginning of the series, but I am still a book off. This time while Helen works to solve the murder of the "creep" who is her boss, she must also deal with a best friend being the accused murderer. On top of all of this she has some boyfriend troubles and the whole apartment condo is tented to get rid of termites. It was fun to read another Dead-End Mystery crime story. I decided to start at the beginning of the series, but I am still a book off. This time while Helen works to solve the murder of the "creep" who is her boss, she must also deal with a best friend being the accused murderer. On top of all of this she has some boyfriend troubles and the whole apartment condo is tented to get rid of termites.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    This book was Ok. Helen kept making the statement "I'm so Midwestern" when she doesn't understand something or when it came to something she knew nothing about. I live in the Midwest and I was not insulted by this phrase but seems that some authors feel that if you live in the Midwest you are naive and don't understand the workings of the world. This book was Ok. Helen kept making the statement "I'm so Midwestern" when she doesn't understand something or when it came to something she knew nothing about. I live in the Midwest and I was not insulted by this phrase but seems that some authors feel that if you live in the Midwest you are naive and don't understand the workings of the world.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Margaret

    I liked this more than I expected. The heroine is not as ditsy as most cozy mystery amateur sleuths I come across although she is running from her past and taking payment under the table so she's not really quite as smart as I'd like her to be. I did enjoy the south Florida and bookstore setting and her co-worker and apartment-dweller characters. I would read more from this author. I liked this more than I expected. The heroine is not as ditsy as most cozy mystery amateur sleuths I come across although she is running from her past and taking payment under the table so she's not really quite as smart as I'd like her to be. I did enjoy the south Florida and bookstore setting and her co-worker and apartment-dweller characters. I would read more from this author.

  18. 4 out of 5

    April

    While I didn't figure out who the culprit was before Helen did, it was still an enjoyable read. Even though Helen is trying to fly under the radar, she manages to get caught up in the midst of things and has to talk to police ... eventually her luck will run out and her past will catch up to her. Until then she will keep doing what she does and entertain us while she is doing it. While I didn't figure out who the culprit was before Helen did, it was still an enjoyable read. Even though Helen is trying to fly under the radar, she manages to get caught up in the midst of things and has to talk to police ... eventually her luck will run out and her past will catch up to her. Until then she will keep doing what she does and entertain us while she is doing it.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tex

    3 1/2 stars. Better than mediocre and even better than that because it's set where I live and I can picture every road turn and landmark. Dead End Job Mystery is a bit more than a cozy mystery, but, again, possibly because the setting is so familiar. I'll read more of Viets. 3 1/2 stars. Better than mediocre and even better than that because it's set where I live and I can picture every road turn and landmark. Dead End Job Mystery is a bit more than a cozy mystery, but, again, possibly because the setting is so familiar. I'll read more of Viets.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Pam Gatfield

    Fun little book with lovable characters. The second book in the series is just as fun. Helen is piecing the murders together in her own way with the help of her savy purple landlord.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Marisa Young

    A woman hiding from her ex is working at a bookstore in Fort Lauderdale Florida. The owner is not liked and ends up dead. Was it his wife, one of his ex-lovers or one of his employees? Author worked at Barnes & Noble for a year to get background for book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    Reasonably entertaining, and has the Florida part of it right, though it could use a better editor because you don't need to use the same adjectives to describe someone every time the character appears. Reasonably entertaining, and has the Florida part of it right, though it could use a better editor because you don't need to use the same adjectives to describe someone every time the character appears.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jan

    Nice, quick read. Enjoy this series when I need a light read.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Alice Teets

    Okay mystery. Decent characters. Not feeling it a lot.

  25. 4 out of 5

    VaLinda Miller

    I like cozy mystery books and since the setting was in a bookstore, I knew I would like it. It’s funny and the characters are wild, especially the customers. Really enjoyed it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Frances A

    Captivating, suspenseful and very creative.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Grandma Mush

    Enjoyed more than the first in this series. Enough action and humor. Reads very easily.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    The only redeeming character in this book was Pete the Parrot.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Casey Petersen

    Probably a 3.5 to me. I like the main character and I like the mysteries she finds herself in. I will keep reading.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Carole

    Another fun Fort Lauderdale read during corona season.

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