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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.


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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.

30 review for Murder Between the Covers

  1. 5 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. 5 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 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. 5 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. 4 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

    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....

  8. 4 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.

  9. 4 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.

  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.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kim Smith

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

  12. 4 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.

  13. 4 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 4 out of 5

    April Wilson

    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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 4 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. 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.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jan

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

  21. 4 out of 5

    Alice Teets

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

  22. 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.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Frances A

    Captivating, suspenseful and very creative.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Grandma Mush

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

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

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

  26. 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.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Carole

    Another fun Fort Lauderdale read during corona season.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Elusive

    In ‘Murder Between the Covers’, Helen Hawthorne now works in a bookstore. Her daily routine and responsibilities tend to be hectic and mundane until her boss, Page Turner III winds up dead. His untimely death and the fact that someone had murdered him aren’t surprising. On the other hand, what’s truly strange is how he ended up on (Helen’s friend) Peggy’s bed. When Peggy becomes the top suspect, Helen must race against time to clear her name. I really enjoyed reading about Helen’s days at the boo In ‘Murder Between the Covers’, Helen Hawthorne now works in a bookstore. Her daily routine and responsibilities tend to be hectic and mundane until her boss, Page Turner III winds up dead. His untimely death and the fact that someone had murdered him aren’t surprising. On the other hand, what’s truly strange is how he ended up on (Helen’s friend) Peggy’s bed. When Peggy becomes the top suspect, Helen must race against time to clear her name. I really enjoyed reading about Helen’s days at the bookstore. The situations and people she encountered were incredibly realistic and I liked how the author maintained her light-hearted writing style coupled with doses of humour every now and then. As much as I love books, I wouldn’t want to work in a bookstore especially after seeing how much Helen had to put up with every day. The abundance of books left scattered all over the store and the amount of damaged books would upset any bookworm. Besides that, there were many unpleasant people frequenting the store – shoplifters, perverts, rowdy kids, obnoxious customers and even those who misused the toilets! Helen’s co-workers were an interesting bunch. Unfortunately, they were mostly one-dimensional thus I didn’t get to know them as well as I got to know her co-workers and regular clients in the first book ‘Shop Till You Drop’. This was a missed opportunity. Instead, she was focused on freeing Peggy. While I could understand her determination, I felt that she was simply taking turns picking the possible murderer and then discarding him or her rather than investigating each person thoroughly. Of course, she’s an amateur sleuth hence I wouldn’t expect her to do what someone like Poirot would do. However, it’d be great if she’s able to catch the culprit using her skills and intelligence instead of what feels like guesswork at times. The crime aspect was intriguing and suspenseful mainly due to the circumstances. The unexplainable location, butcher knife in the back and position of the body made the story even more exciting. Meanwhile, there was a rich pool of suspects since the deceased had been disliked by many. He had constantly mistreated his employees and recorded steamy sessions with unsuspecting women thus everyone had a motive. In terms of romance, I found it unnecessary to include details about Helen’s dates. None of her short-lived so-called relationships were ever convincing because there’s never any chemistry. There's also no need to remind the reader that her landlady Margery loves purple clothes and red nail polish. Overall, ‘Murder Between the Covers’ was a relaxing, cozy book. Although I think that the mystery aspect was far better in the first book, this was still worth the read. It's just impossible to ignore how the police seem to do nothing to solve the crime.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    Good read for people who'd like realistic characters and mysteries. Viets made her characters likeable but realistic, which I really liked. Margery, Peggy, Helen, Brad, Denny, etc. all seemed like people you could easily meet or know already in real life, so it's not difficult to understand how they reacted to certain situations. They have their flaws, but some of them are also very likeable (like Margery or Sarah, whom I adored). Helen, the heroine, is also refreshingly NOT like your typical mys Good read for people who'd like realistic characters and mysteries. Viets made her characters likeable but realistic, which I really liked. Margery, Peggy, Helen, Brad, Denny, etc. all seemed like people you could easily meet or know already in real life, so it's not difficult to understand how they reacted to certain situations. They have their flaws, but some of them are also very likeable (like Margery or Sarah, whom I adored). Helen, the heroine, is also refreshingly NOT like your typical mystery flick heroine; she does not have super sleuthing powers or a chic life and a hot male sidekick/cop boyfriend there to help her every time she gets in a fix. Helen is just a woman who wants to help her friend, and pokes around enough to stumble on the truth. My only complaint, character-wise, is the way Helen goes from relationship to relationship. What made her realistic also made her a character I can't admire and like. The basic plot was typical of a mystery, and you could see the deaths (and probably how they'll be done) a mile away. The actual killer was a bit of a surprise, though. I liked that all the workings of a bookstore was there, good or bad; Viets had obviously experienced it firsthand and done research on the rest. There were a few issues that were not explained, like Peggy's tape. From memory, it was never mentioned where it had actually gone, and no one seemed to think about it afterwards. And the Senator + Grisham; I suppose they never found anything in Page's office? It wasn't mentioned, either. Helen's past was extremely confusing for the reader who accidentally picked up this one instead of Book 1, too. It wasn't explained until halfway through the book what she was talking about, even though her dark past is mentioned over and over. But those are small issues overall. Recommended as a nice, quick read if you've got some spare time sitting around.

  30. 5 out of 5

    YoSafBridg

    So here i am, drawn to yet another story of a bookstore worker, this time it's Elaine Viets' amateur detective (and running from the law, unlucky in love) character Helen Hawthorne in Murder Between the Covers. Apparently Helen's bookstore gig is her second "dead-end" type job in the Fort Lauderdale area (she is forced to take such positions~and be paid under the table~due to her being in hiding from both the courts and her ex-husband) I suppose some of us bookstore workers should have caught on So here i am, drawn to yet another story of a bookstore worker, this time it's Elaine Viets' amateur detective (and running from the law, unlucky in love) character Helen Hawthorne in Murder Between the Covers. Apparently Helen's bookstore gig is her second "dead-end" type job in the Fort Lauderdale area (she is forced to take such positions~and be paid under the table~due to her being in hiding from both the courts and her ex-husband) I suppose some of us bookstore workers should have caught on to the whole dead-end aspect a whole lot sooner than we did (or at least admitted to ourselves the truth that we already knew). I'm not usually a voracious reader of mysteries though i have read my share in the past and this one is at least enough to keep one entertained~it seems as if all the elements of the typical mystery are there (all the characters both unsavory and savory, and a few well-intentioned misleads for good measure), as well as all the elements of the typical bookstore. Not quite enough to sell me on the whole series, though i might want to go back and read the first one to see if it will shed any more light on Helen's situation (perhaps exactly what led her to run~although i often seem to be looking for more backstory than is given). Probably a good quick read for a mystery lover.

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