Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper Series
Publisher: Penguin Group-Obsidian
Date published: November 2010
Mass Market Paper
Reviewed by Pam
Obtained via Publisher
Josie is assigned to a local store, Desiree Lingerie as a Mystery Shopper, along with her friend Alyce to be fitted with a bra. Josie is surprised to find her former high school gym teacher, Mrs. Hayes, working there as a manager and she’s also the ‘C-cup counselor. When Frankie the most disliked girl at the school, also turns up, it seems she’s also has not lost her sarcastic tongue. It brings back many memories for Josie, not many of them the happiest.
After being fitted with their new underwear, Josie and Alyse walk down to the nearest rest room. A woman in a wheelchair is there, waiting on the disabled stall to be emptied. When nothing happens Josie takes things in hand, and they learn Frankie is dead. Mrs. Hayes quickly becomes the suspect, as she’s been harboring a secret that could be her motive. Josie and Alyce begin to search for anyone else who could possibly be the murderer.
AN UPLIFTING MURDER is a funny romp, taking the reader along with Josie in sleuth mode. Ms Viets has written a humor filled tale, as an amateur sleuth tries to find the real murderer. As the cozy mystery murder is unfurled, the woman in the wheel chair also becomes a suspect, as Josie leaves no stone unturned.
The characters are way over the top, but the tale has the right mix of humor, realism and a winding plot building momentum along the way. Everything advances the plot and reveals true friendship, intrigue and some funny scenes. Josie is charming, as she breezes on her way to interview anyone in town who may remotely turn out to be the culprit. The shop lifter in the toilets also gets her come-uppance, when she tries to hide what she truly is. This tale is filled with witty remarks, very interesting characters, including a romantic vet.
Josie’s mother has come to realize her daughter isn’t like anyone else’s, as rescued dogs and cats join the household. It also seems as if somebody is now out to kill Josie.
So if you like murder and mayhem in your reading choices, this book is ideal.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.