Josie Marcus is now Mrs. Ted Scottsmeyer, and the newlyweds
are house hunting. Ted's partner, Christine, has an older
house that needs a lot of work that she will sell them for a
very good price; both Josie and Ted agree it's a good
investment and they are actually looking forward to
restoring it. However, construction is put on hold when
the body of Christine's sister, Rain, is found buried
underneath a gazebo in the back yard. A nosey neighbor,
who lives next door, told Josie that soon after Rain left,
Christine was hammering on the stairs of the gazebo.
Christine and Rain had some violent arguments that the
neighbors on both sides of the house overheard, and without
looking at any other suspect Detective Stevenski arrests
When Josie isn't doing her mystery shopping she is
interviewing people that knew Rain, and they are an
interesting group but have no motive to harm Rain.
Christine is in jail with no bail and her three children
have been placed with her sleazy ex-husband. Plus, with
Christine out of the vet clinic, Ted and the new vet he has
hired to help out are putting in twelve hour days.
Josie's daughter, Amelia, and three of her friends are being
bullied at school by "cool" girls, but the school insists
the bullying is not taking place on their grounds. With all
of the parents help, aided by Amelia's technical savvy, the
"uncool" girls become heroes. Josie is very proud of the
way her daughter has responded to this situation.
FIXING TO DIE, Elaine Viets's ninth Mystery Shopper
gift to her readers, is an excellent addition to this
series. Rain's killer gets a little too close to Josie and
Amelia and puts the teen in harm's way. The tightly drawn
characters and sharp dialogue, along with Ms. Viets sense of
timing and narrative are all spot on and always guarantee a
delightful and entertaining read.
FIXING TO DIE can be read as a stand-alone book, but if the
reader is a newcomer to Ms. Viets's work, this reviewer
suggests reading earlier Mystery Shopper stories to
get the full enjoyment of being involved with Josie, Ted,
Amelia and Josie's mother, Jane.
Mystery shopper Josie Marcus has been happily married to
veterinarian Ted Scottsmeyer for months. But her newly
wedded bliss is about to be cut short....
Josie and Ted have finally tied the knot, and
they’re ready for the next step: buying a house. Ted’s
business partner, Christine, has one she’s willing to sell,
but it needs a lot of love. Luckily, the newlyweds are up
for the challenge.
But when they tear
down a rickety gazebo in the backyard, they find the body of
Christine’s sister, a free spirit who supposedly took off
six months before. The police arrest Christine for murder,
leaving Ted to work overtime at the office to cover for his
partner. With no time to work on the house or be with her
husband, Josie will have to find the real killer quickly,
before both her house and marriage are beyond