Thursday, June 21, 2007

Murder with Reservations by Elaine Viets

I got Elaine's newest book from the library. I have always enjoyed her Dead End series and this one did not disappoint. I give it an enjoyable B+.

Working at Sybil's Full Moon Hotel in Fort Lauderdale keeps Helen both financially and physically fit. But cleaning up after hotel guests is not like cleaning a house- it's like cleaning fifteen houses in a single day. Not to mention dreaded room 323. the hotel's most notorious. The guests in 323 are always drunk, loud, and rude- and worst of all they never tip. When a maid goes missing the day after of disastrous mess in 323, the rest of the staff chalk it up to job burnout and imagiine that Rhonda has finally ditched the housekeeping gig to run off with the dreamy rich boyfriend she's always talking about.

But then Rhonda ends up dead in a dumpster, and no one feels safe and snug in South Florida, especially not Helen. Another dead body means another chance for the cops to find her. And to make matters worse, he ex-husband is hot on her trail, checking in to the very hotel she works at. Sadly, the cops don't seem to care much about a murdered maid, but they have noticed there's something shady about the victim's coworker and her not quite truthful story. If Helen doesn't manage to dodge their questions and shake off her ex, it could be checkout time for her.

Helen and her friends are always good for a fun laughs, including laughing out loud. I love Margery her purple wearing landlord and Pete the Parrot. The way Rob was handled was very funny, and I am wanting to find out what exactly happens. I guess I will have to wait for almost another year! The only reason why I marked it down to a B+ is because it was so short, at only 263 pages. However if you have not read this story, I highly recommend you pick it up.


MyUtopia said...

I am so jealous of people that can utilize their library. Mine is closed for renovations until Aug. :(

Kristie said...

That has to stink. Not only can i use my city's library, I can request books from throughout the county and pick it up at my nearest library. It is nice though it doesn't help to reduce my spending much...