Plano Book Club with Elaine Viets

  • June 20, 2012 · 7:00 PM
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Monthly meeting in North Plano. Author call-in with author guest Elaine Viets. Elaine Viets

As a young girl, Elaine Viets was taught the virtues of South St. Louis: the importance of hard work, housecleaning, and paying cash. She managed to forget almost everything she learned, which is why she turned to mystery writing.

Living in South Florida has not improved her character. But it has given her the new bestselling Dead-End Job series.

Like her character Helen Hawthorne, Elaine actually works those rotten jobs. Her first book in the series is SHOP TILL YOU DROP, a novel of sex, murder and plastic surgery. It's set at a fashionable dress shop that caters to kept women. Book two, MURDER BETWEEN THE COVERS, takes place at a bookstore. For the third, DYING TO CALL YOU, Helen works as a telemarketer.

Elaine's short story, "Red Meat," is in BLOOD ON THEIR HANDS, the Mystery Writers of America anthology edited by Lawrence Block. "Sex and Bingo" is featured in the HIGH STAKES gambling anthology. Both are published by Berkley Prime Crime.

She has also written four critically acclaimed Francesca Vierling mysteries.

Elaine has been on the national board of the Mystery Writers of America and a member of Sisters in Crime. The St. Louis native now lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with her husband, actor Don Crinklaw, where they collect speeding tickets.

Books:

Pumped For Murder , May 2012
Dead-End Job
Paperback (reprint)
Death On A Platter , November 2011
A Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper Mystery #7
Paperback
Pumped For Murder , May 2011
Dead-End Job #10
Hardcover
An Uplifting Murder , November 2010
Mystery Shopper #6
Mass Market Paperback
Half-Price Homicide , May 2010
A Dead-End Job Mystery
Hardcover
The Fashion Hound Murders , November 2009
Mystery Shopper #5
Paperback
Killer Cuts , May 2009
Dead-End Job #8
Hardcover
Murder With All The Trimmings , November 2008
Mystery Shopper
Paperback
Clubbed to Death , May 2008
Dead-End Job
Hardcover
Accessory to Murder , November 2007
Mystery Shopper #3
Paperback
Murder Unleashed , May 2007
A Dead-End Job Mystery
Paperback (reprint)
Murder With Reservations , May 2007
Dead-End Job Mystery
Hardcover
High Heels are Murder , November 2006
Mystery Shopper #2
Paperback
Just Murdered , May 2005
A Dead-End Job Mystery
Paperback
Drop-Dead Blonde , February 2005
Paperback
Dying To Call You , October 2004
A Dead-End Job Mystery
Paperback
Murder Between The Covers , December 2003
A Deadend Job Mystery
Paperback
Shop Till You Drop , May 2003
A Dead-End Job Mystery
Paperback

Menu:

American Cook Out

Appetizers: Jill

Hot Dogs / Hamburgers / Sausages: Reyes

Sliced Cheese for topping: Sherry Moran

Rolls for meat: Sandi

Salad:

Potato Salad:

Other Salad / cold dish: coleslaw: erica

fruit salad: Summer

other?

Condiments:

Pickles:

Dessert: Deborah

Wine: Donna

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  • Sara E.

    Elaine was a lot of fun- and working horrible jobs is a great way to think of ways to kill someone.. . .

    June 21, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great discussion with this fun author!

    June 21, 2012

  • Sara R.

    The Skype worked well. Had a great time.

    June 21, 2012

  • Sherry M.

    Good phone-in with Elaine! Relieved my mind about Josie's marriage. Liked her stories of jobs she's worked. Good group of readers, even if not all had read her books.

    June 21, 2012

  • Gwen R.

    Sorry, Sherry. Just noticed that we have you down for Cheese. That's great!

    June 20, 2012

  • Gwen R.

    Sherry can you bring Potato salad?

    June 20, 2012

  • Sherry M.

    Or, sliced cheese - whichever you need most. LMK, please.

    June 19, 2012

  • Sherry M.

    I'll bring potato salad.

    June 19, 2012

  • Summer

    I can bring some fruit salad

    June 18, 2012

  • Donna

    I will bring wine

    June 18, 2012

  • Deborah E.

    I will bring dessert.

    June 18, 2012

  • Erica C.

    I will bring a coleslaw.

    June 4, 2012

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