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Elaine Viets | Feline Magic

Elaine Viets




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Dead-End Job #13

May 2014
On Sale: May 6, 2014
Featuring: Phil Sagemont; Helen Hawthorne
288 pages
ISBN: 0451466306
EAN: 9780451466303
Kindle: B00FX7LV3A
Hardcover / e-Book
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Also by Elaine Viets:
A Star is Dead, April 2020
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The Art of Murder, May 2017
Brain Storm, August 2016
Checked Out, May 2016


No cozy is complete without a cat. Mysteries have talking cats, crime-solving cats, and in Sofie Kelly's Magical Cats series, felines walk through doors and materialize in strange places. Sofie's cats transported her series to the New York Times bestseller list.

My Dead-End Job mysteries also have cats. Thumbs is a six-toed polydactyl cat who belongs to South Florida private eyes Helen Hawthorne and Phil Sagemont. Thumbs is a more earthbound feline, but he has practical magic.

CATNAPPED!, my 13th Dead-End Job mystery, is set in the world of cat shows. A pedigreed Chartreux show cat has been kidnapped for half a million dollars. Helen and Phil, the husband and wife PI owners of Coronado Investigations, are waiting for the catnapper to call. During this tense time, Thumbs uses all his feline powers to comfort Helen Hawthorne:

Cats are magical creatures, Helen thought, as she sipped her coffee on the couch in Phil's apartment. Her own cat, Thumbs, was curled up next to her, purring. Cats can't talk or walk through walls, though they seem to have those powers. But they are calming.

Since nine o'clock this morning, I've downed four cups of coffee, waiting for the catnapper's call. Phil's worked himself into a sweaty, twitching mess of caffeine nerves.

We both know we have to recover that kidnapped kitten. Our reputation—the future of our agency—is wrapped up in Justine's small gray paws.

I'm scared, too. Phil may be the only man in the world for me, but he can't help me wait out this crisis. All we can do is worry together. Thumbs and his rumbly purr ward off the gnawing anxiety.

Thumbs only weighs fifteen pounds. He has no pedigree. By any breed standard, his soft, six-toed paws are deformed. Yet he rules our household through the force of his personality. Phil and I run on his schedule: his breakfast is served at seven a.m., his dinner is at seven p.m., his litter box is cleaned, his ears are scratched and he scores an occasional shrimp treat.

He's smart enough to be content with that. Thumbs knows the secret of serenity. He gives it, too. He has an uncanny knack for coolly sidestepping mayhem. His first owner was murdered. I swiped him from his second owner, and used the cat's DNA to send that person to prison.

Thumbs has stayed with me ever since. He adopted Phil, and now he's sitting with me during this crisis, watching me with those shrewd golden-green eyes outlined with dark feline mascara. His sturdy body is a patchwork of stripes and pure white fur. He's a creature of many parts.

Helen was scratching the thick fur along the cat's shoulders when she heard the special ring tone for the kidnapper's line.

She checked the clock: 10:45.

Phil pounced on the phone.

Elaine Viets's national bestselling Her Dead-End Job mysteries are a satiric look at a serious subject - the minimum wage world. Her character, Helen Hawthorne, works a different low-paying job each book. She's been everything from a telemarketer to a hotel maid. The South Florida series has been called "Janet Evanovich meets The Fugitive."

CATNAPPED!, the 13th book in the series, is set in the world of show cats. A Cat Fanciers' Association judge checked the show details. Fresh Fiction's Betty Cox said, "Cozy mystery tales just can't get any better than Catnapped!"

Elaine has won the Agatha, Anthony and Lefty Awards.

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18 comments posted.

Re: Elaine Viets | Feline Magic

cool book!
(Denise Holcomb 10:53pm July 28, 2014)

I love stories about cats! Can't wait to read your newest book. Thank u so much for having contests for your fans. Good Luck to all, but I sure hope that I win.
(Cheri Minott 1:53am July 29, 2014)

I have 2 of my own furbabies - each one with their own
personality and colors, even though they came from the same
litter. I've had them from the moment of their birth, when
their Mother gave birth at my feet!! Having such a bond,
makes your books that much more special, and I don't know
why I haven't heard about your books before!! It seems like
I have some catching up to do!! Your latest book sounds
like the purrfect read to wrap up the Summer with, and I'll
have to do some catching up with your prior books as well.
Congratulations on your latest book, as well as with your
awards!! That should make it all the more special!!
(Peggy Roberson 9:29am July 29, 2014)

Cats are cool, Denise, and so much fun to write about.
(Elaine Viets 7:27pm July 29, 2014)

I wish you all could win, Cheri, but only one person. I'm glad CATNAPPED! will go to a reader who will enjoy it.
(Elaine Viets 7:28pm July 29, 2014)

CATNAPPED! is my lucky 13th mystery, Peggy, so you have lots of Dead-End Job mysteries to look forward to. Check out the first chapters of each one on my Novels page at
(Elaine Viets 7:30pm July 29, 2014)

I truly enjoyed this book. Elaine Viets never disappoints! Thank you for this
(Susan Carter 7:39pm July 29, 2014)

I've read all the dead end mysteries and I love the series. Haven't yet been able to get a copy of catnapped but it's on my list!!!!
(Jean Utley 7:59pm July 29, 2014)

I believe I read that you used your own cat, Mystery, as the cover cat for this book. I have yet to read it, but am greatly looking forward to it.
(Amanda Barnett 8:11pm July 29, 2014)

I love this series. And I do agree that cats something to cozy mysteries,
but I think dogs, do too.
(Beverly Archer 8:42pm July 29, 2014)

Great series. Number 13 sounds as if it may become my favorite.
(Barbara Tobey 8:54pm July 29, 2014)

Totally looking forward to reading this book. My Mom & I are fans of Helen & the gang including Thumbs. One question - what happened to Chocolate the teddy bear? I really enjoy the Josie Marcus stories. Thanks for writing such wonderful stories.
(Evelyn Daniels 9:18pm July 29, 2014)

Have enjoyed every single one of the dead end job mysteries. love the characters and situations.
(Edie Restall 10:13pm July 29, 2014)

Cats and cozies are just a perfect combo.
(Sue Farrell 11:18pm July 29, 2014)

Hi! I just finished the book and I really enjoyed it plus I
learned a lot about cat shows. I've read all the books in the
series and can't wait for book 14. :-D
(Chelsea Schneiter 11:19pm July 29, 2014)

So excited to see a new book by Elaine! LOVE her work! :)
(Heather Janes 12:00pm July 30, 2014)

I really enjoy Elaine Viets' Dead-End Job series. I would love to win the book,
but I will read it even if I don't win.
(Patricia Hewitt 6:54pm July 30, 2014)

Cats intrigue me, but I haven't yet come across a six toed
one. Cozies are a genre that makes me smile and are ones I
reach for when the weather turns colder because they warm me.
(Alyson Widen 5:47pm July 31, 2014)

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