I have loved Ms. Viets' Dead-End Job Mystery series since the beginning. As a matter of fact, it is one of the few cozy mystery series that I still follow after glomming them for quite awhile. I always look forward to the newest one but was a bit disappointed with Half Price Homicide. I give it a B.
At Snapdragon, a high-end designer consignment shop, Helen is at the beck and call of snobby- yet frugal-customers. That alone is a deadly combination, especially with Chrissy, a drool-worthy fashionista who walks in with a purse to sell, and ends up screaming at her husband and another customer. Helen is used to dealing with snobby women, controlling husbands, and fashionable politicians. But she's about to have to handle a brand new type of unsatisfied customer-a murderer. Chrissy is found dead in Snapdragon's dressing room, with the hand-painted scarf Helen was just holding tied around her neck. And Helen goes from being low on society's totem pole to high on the police's suspect list.
I guess in the same vain as the Stephanie Plum books, I am looking for some type of resolution to Helen hiding from the authorties and her ex-husband Rob. While there was some resolution, Ms. Viets opened up another can of worms that just won't seem to allow Helen and her fiancee to settle down and live happily ever-after. This book also seemed to lack a bit in the mystery department and most of it focuses on Helen tying to clear up her past. I have to admit I enjoyed the books more before Helen settled down with Phil and worry that she may not have to continue to bounce from one dead end job to the next. With all of that being said, I still enjoyed this quick read, finishing it in one day. I am a bit behind on my reviews, of course! Happy Reading!