Elaine Viets

Elaine Viets has written 34 mysteries in four series: the bestselling Dead-End Job series with South Florida PI Helen Hawthorne, the cozy Josie Marcus Mystery Shopper mysteries, and the dark Francesca Vierling mysteries. With the Angela Richman Death Investigator series, Elaine returns to her hardboiled roots and uses her experience as a stroke survivor and her studies at the Medicolegal Death Investigators Training Course. Elaine was a director at large for the Mystery Writers of America. She’s a frequent contributor to Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine and anthologies edited by Charlaine Harris and Lawrence Block. Elaine won the Anthony, Agatha and Lefty Awards.

Find Elaine on her website, or follow her on Twitter @evmysterywriter.

Bibliography

  • Dead-End Job Mysteries
    Shop Till You Drop (#1)
    Elaine Viets
  • Dead-End Job Mysteries
    Murder Between the Covers (#2)
    Elaine Viets
  • Dead-End Job Mysteries
    Dying to Call You (#3)
    Elaine Viets
  • Dead-End Job Mysteries
    Just Murdered (#4)
    Elaine Viets
  • Dead-End Job Mysteries
    Murder Unleashed (#5)
    Elaine Viets
  • Lefty Award Winner

    Dead-End Job Mysteries
    Murder with Reservations (#6)
    Elaine Viets
  • Dead-End Job Mysteries
    Clubbed to Death (#7)
    Elaine Viets
  • Dead-End Job Mysteries
    Killer Cuts (#8)
    Elaine Viets
  • Dead-End Job Mysteries
    Half-Price Homicide (#9)
    Elaine Viets
  • Dead-End Job Mysteries
    Pumped for Murder (#10)
    Elaine Viets
  • Dead-End Job Mysteries
    Final Sail (#11)
    Elaine Viets
  • Dead-End Job Mysteries
    Board Stiff (#12)
    Elaine Viets
  • Dead-End Job Mysteries
    Catnapped! (#13)
    Elaine Viets
  • Dead-End Job Mysteries
    Checked Out (#14)
    Elaine Viets
  • Dead-End Job Mysteries
    The Art of Murder (#15)
    Elaine Viets
  • Dead-End Job Mysteries
    The Dead-End Job Mysteries: Volume 1-7
    Elaine Viets
  • Dead-End Job Mysteries
    The Dead-End Job Mysteries: Volume 8-13
    Elaine Viets
  • Angela Richman, Death Investigator
    Brain Storm (#1)
    Elaine Viets
  • Angela Richman, Death Investigator
    Fire and Ash (#2)
    Elaine Viets
  • Angela Richman, Death Investigator
    Ice Blonde (#3)
    Elaine Viets
  • Angela Richman, Death Investigator
    A Star is Dead (#4)
    Elaine Viets
  • Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper
    Dying in Style (#1)
    Elaine Viets
  • Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper
    High Heels Are Murder (#2)
    Elaine Viets
  • Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper
    Accessory to Murder (#3)
    Elaine Viets
  • Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper
    Murder with All the Trimmings (#4)
    Elaine Viets
  • Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper
    The Fashion Hound Murders (#5)
    Elaine Viets
  • Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper
    An Uplifting Murder (#6)
    Elaine Viets
  • Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper
    Death on a Platter (#7)
    Elaine Viets
  • Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper
    Murder is a Piece of Cake (#8)
    Elaine Viets
  • Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper
    Fixing to Die (#9)
    Elaine Viets
  • Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper
    A Dog Gone Murder (#10)
    Elaine Viets
  • “Wedding Knife” Agatha Award Winner, Anthony Award Winner

    Collections
    Deal With the Devil
    Elaine Viets
  • Non-Fiction
    How to Commit Monogamy
    Elaine Viets
  • Francesca Vierling Mysteries
    Backstab (#1)
    Elaine Viets
  • Francesca Vierling Mysteries
    Rubout (#2)
    Elaine Viets
  • Francesca Vierling Mysteries
    The Pink Flamingo Murders (#3)
    Elaine Viets
  • Francesca Vierling Mysteries
    Doc in the Box (#4)
    Elaine Viets
     

Reviews

Dead-End Job Mysteries

Angela Richman, Death Investigator

Brain Storm (#1)
“[Elaine Viets’] complicated heroine deserves a return outing.”

Kirkus

“Angela’s endearing, spirited, and resilient humanity resonates on the page. Viets takes an entertaining detour from her usual cozy territory.”

Publishers Weekly

“There is certainly much to like about this first in series crime novel. The characters are well-drawn, from Angela Richman and her experience recovering from her strokes, to her close friend, pathologist Katherine Kelly Stern, who assists Angela with her investigation. The murder mystery storyline is intricately crafted, and with Angela not quite sure what is real and what is a consequence of her hallucinations, the reader is kept in the dark, guessing as to whodunit and why. A strong start to this series.”

Mysterious Reviews

Fire and Ash (#2)
“Viets, best known for her lighter mysteries […] aptly handles the darker aspects of this series […] Viets includes the perfect amount of details about forensics and police and fire investigations to make FIRE AND ASHES credible without overwhelming the plot.”

The Roanoke Times

“I love this series and enjoyed the dramatic finale—the suspense was palpable.”

Mayhem and Magic

“[T]ightly woven with subplots that played off each other that helped enhance […] this tale […] This is an engagingly riveting read and I can’t wait to read the next book in this gripping series.”

Dru’s Book Musings

“Elaine Viets continues to grow as a writer, and this return to her more traditional mystery novels continues to surprise with its nuanced plotting and fearless topical explorations.”

King’s River Life Magazine

Ice Blonde (#3)
“As with all of the novels by Elaine Viets, this novella is sprinkled throughout with wry observations and sharp dialogue, all tied together by a plot that explores the hypocrisy of the very rich.”

King’s River Life Magazine

A Star is Dead (#4)
“This third in Viets’ Death Investigator series will satisfy both procedural and cozy fans who like a good puzzle.”

Booklist, Starred Review!

“Witty dialogue and well-defined characters, including plucky and intelligent Angela, lift this wry look at the trappings of celebrity. Fans and newcomers alike will be pleased.”

Publishers Weekly

“[A STAR IS DEAD] is an intriguing mystery featuring a character in the little-known job of death investigator.”

Library Journal

“What this series does so well is blend together the best aspects of forensic procedurals and cozy mysteries […] This continues to be a cleverly written mystery series that exposes the ugly underside of the wealthy elite and the pretenses money only superficially hides.”

Kings River Life

“Sharp dialogue and well-sculpted characters punctuate A STAR IS DEAD.”

Sun Sentinel

Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper

Collections

Deal With the Devil
“Within each short story characters are fully developed, with wry twists that prove to be as satisfying as unexpected. This is a stunning collection of fourteen well-crafted tales, and it guarantees that new fans as well as loyal readers will be left wishing for even more selections by a talented author.”

King’s River Life Magazine

Non-Fiction

Francesca Vierling Mysteries

Awards & Accolades

Dead-End Job Mysteries

Shop Till You Drop (#1)
USA

Agatha Award Nominee: 2004 “Best Novel”

USA

2004 Lefty Award Nominee: “Best Humorous Mystery Published in 2003”

Murder Between the Covers (#2)
USA

Barry Award Nominee: 2004 “Best Paperback Original”

Murder Unleashed (#5)
USA

2007 Lefty Award Nominee: “Best Humorous Mystery Published in 2006”

Murder with Reservations (#6)
USA

Winner 2008 Lefty Award: “Funniest Mystery Published in 2007”

USA

Agatha Award Nominee: 2007 “Best Novel”

Killer Cuts (#8)
USA

2010 David Award Nominee: “Best Mystery Published in 2009”

Pumped for Murder (#10)
USA

2012 TV ME! Nationwide Pitch Contest Honorable Mention

Angela Richman, Death Investigator

Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper

Fixing to Die (#9)
USA

Barry Award Nominee: 2014 “Best Paperback Original”

Collections

Deal With the Devil
USA

“Wedding Knife” — Winner Agatha Award: 2004 “Best Short Story”

USA

“Wedding Knife” — Winner Anthony Award: 2005 “Best Short Fiction”

USA

“Sex and Bingo” — Agatha Award Nominee: 2004 “Best Short Story”

USA

“Killer Blonde” — Anthony Award Nominee: 2006 “Best Short Story”

USA

“Read Meat” — Macavity Award Nominee: 2004 “Best Short Story”

USA

“Read Meat” — Agatha Award Nominee: 2004 “Best Short Story”

USA

“Read Meat” — Anthony Award Nominee: 2004 “Best Short Story”

Non-Fiction

Francesca Vierling Mysteries