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Pumped for Murder (A Dead-End Job Mystery #10)

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  702 Ratings  ·  73 Reviews
"Back in Miami after a relaxing honeymoon, Helen Hawthorne and her new hubby Phil are opening their own PI agency--specializing in families with private problems. But even with a new business, Helen can't seem to get away from those dead-end jobs. "
Helen and Phil's very first client is Shelby, a woman who wants them to spy on her husband, Bryan. Six months ago, he bought
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Published May 1st 2011 by New American Library (first published April 12th 2011)
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Jan 16, 2016 LORI CASWELL rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
10th in the Dead-End Job Mystery Series

Helen Hawthorne and her new husband Phil have opened their own Private Investigation Agency. Thanks to their friends at the Coronado Tropic Apartments they get their first clients.

Shelby wants them to spy on her husband who she believes is being unfaithful and Gus wants them to investigate the death of his brother than happened back in the 1980's.

To follow Shelby's husband Helen takes another Dead-End Job at Fantastic Fitness, since Shelby's husband Bryan s
Mar 21, 2012 Crystal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm sorry I started this series at book #10, because I probably won't read any of the earlier ones. The main characters are a couple who have just started a detective agency. The woman has to go undercover working at a gym, where she's told she must workout to keep her job. They solve a murder, find out who a philandering husband is boinking, and solve a cold-case. The humorous dialog was believable, not over-the-top, as in some books where you just can't believe the person is that funny with th ...more
Sandra Holladay
This is the first book of Ms. Viets that I have read. The story was an ok read, but one of my hang-ups is the use of ‘ said’, ‘ said’, said’ so often it interrupts the flow of the story. There are ways of letting the reader know who is speaking without using the word ‘said’ so often.

I.E. a short example from the book:
Shelby studied her red-painted nails. “There’s no romance,” she said. “Not for me. My husband has lost interest in me.”

“Maybe he’s tired from working out,” Helen said. “How old is
Alannah Davis
Jun 21, 2012 Alannah Davis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was looking through the Elaine Viets titles at the nearby Barnes & Noble store a few weeks ago. I'd chanced across her "Death on a Platter" earlier and loved it, so I wanted to read more by her. Even though "Pumped for Murder" features a different sleuth than "Death on a Platter," I knew the moment I saw it that it would be my next Viets read. I dedicated myself to instructing aerobics for 10 years. A cozy mystery by an author I enjoy, written about a business I know and love? Buying it is ...more

Pumped for Murder
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Fantastic!, March 29, 2012
By Ellen Rappaport (Florida)
This review is from: Pumped for Murder: A Dead-End Job Mystery (Hardcover)
I am a faithful reader of this wonderful Dead End series and this latest, "Pumped for Murder" proves that to be a wise choice on my part. This author listens to suggestions made by her readers and lovers of this cozy series. She found a creative way to change the outcome of apt. 2C and yet continue keeping it in the series. Lov
May 18, 2011 Kaye rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-challenge

Starting a new detective agency is not an easy task, as Phil and Helen Hawthorne, newleyweds, are finding out. Fortunately, their landlady at the Coronado apartments in Miami is more than willing to help out. She manages to get them their first two clients; Gus, whose brother committed suicide more than 20 years ago, wants them to prove it was homicide instead and Shelby wants them to prove her husband, Bryan, is cheating on her.

One way for the duo to work on the suspicious husband case is for
Jennifer Monzon
May 15, 2011 Jennifer Monzon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
Don’t let the title fool you, this is not a story of a person who was accused of murder or was a convicted murderer. It’s much more than that. I will be the first to tell you that when I accepted to review this book I thought I was getting myself into a horror story of some kind, but boy was I wrong. I just recently saw the entire season of Veronica Mars and was disappointed that the series ended and that they canceled the show but when I began reading this story I was excited again!This is an i ...more
May 14, 2011 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I very luckily won an advanced reading copy of Elaine Viets latest book in the Dead End Job mystery series, Pumped for Murder, on her website. I have read this entire cozy mystery series by Elaine Viets and have been enjoying it immensely. She has developed a great group of supporting characters for Helen Hawthorne to interact with. Newly married Helen and her husband Phil live in the Coronado Tropic Apartments in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Elaine makes living at the Coronado sound like so much f ...more
May 28, 2011 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-series
After being at an author visit with Elaine Viets at the St. Louis County Library on Wednesday, I was very excited to read her latest book in the Dead-End Job series. As one person in the audience asked, how would it still be the Dead-End Job series if the main character, Helen Hawthorne, didn't have to hide anymore from her ex-husband. Viets said she'd found a way to do it - and she did, in a very clever way. As part of the PI company she and her new husband have formed, Helen is the one who get ...more
Nov 03, 2014 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, cozy-mysteries
Pumped for Murder by Elaine Viets was a great cozy, a fast, not let you go kind. This is the tenth in a series about dead end jobs.

There were two mysteries plus something carried over from the previous books that I didn't really understand. It seems that her very young nephew killed her ex husband with a metal baseball bat, I won't say any more about that. But I was confused enough to wonder about about the main character's morals. Helen Hawthorne was a great character otherwise. I want to go ba
Cheryl Rhodes
Jun 03, 2012 Cheryl Rhodes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Dead End Murders are one of my favorite cozy mysteries series.

In Pumped for Murder newlyweds Helen and Phil have started their own investigation agency - Coronado Investigations - and have two jobs their working on.

One is a wife who is positive her husband is having an affair and she thinks his paramour works out at the gym he works out at. She knows there is a vacancy for a receptionist so Helen applies for the job so she can keep an eye on Bryan, only to discover that he does not appear
Victoria Allman
Jul 16, 2011 Victoria Allman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With, Pumped For Murder, Elaine Viets' 10th Helen Hawthorne book, you might expect the series to have run its course, like so many others do by this number, but there is no dead-end in sight for this delightful series. The earlier books focused on Helen hiding out from the law in Ft. Lauderdale and having to work dead-end jobs just to pay the rent. In, Pumped For Murder, Helen's life has turned around. She cleared her name, married Phil and has just opened a detective agency--whose first custome ...more
Feb 29, 2012 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Helen Hawthorne and her new hubby Phil have opened their own P.I. agency and their very first client is Shelby, who thinks her husband is developing a killer body for another woman.

To keep track of the suspected cheater, Helen gets a dead-end job at Fantastic Fitness, where she has to pump iron to stay employed. Then the budding agency takes on a murder case, and Helen has to move her workouts to the early morning just to keep up. With so much weight on her aching shoulders, will Helen catch a
Aug 26, 2012 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#10 in the Dead End Job series. Helen's marriage to Phil and their establishment of a detective agency has added new life to the series. Luckily, they establish their office at the Coronado, where they had both been living, so they retain landlady Margery as an ongoing character.

Dead End Job series - Helen and her new husband, Phil, have settled in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where they have formed a detective agency, Coronado Investigations. In their first case, Helen goes undercover as a receptioni
Rebecca Talkie
Aug 11, 2011 Rebecca Talkie rated it really liked it
This is the latest in a series by this author with these characters. I will say that she has allowed the characters to grow and change. This book is the first after a major change in the plot line.But after finishing, I am left wondering if she is going to continue with the story after these changes. This book left me wondering if the author has decided that this was the last book. She does have at least one other series with totally different characters and stories that I have never been able t ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
This book is the first episode of Helen and Phil's married life as Private Investigators. Helen is still used in her capacity as a 'dead-end job' worker to infiltrate a high-end gymnasium on a case to find out about a straying husband. Phil concentrates upon a dead case file that a grieving brother wants re-opened.

Meanwhile, Helen is once-again embroiled in the secret blackmailing mystery involving her sister, nephew and herself. I find this a bit jarring. It just keeps on and on throughout the
Jan 07, 2016 Michele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was worried that the odd plot twist in the last book was a jump the shark moment. It was still an underlying theme in this book, but didn't have an adverse impact on this book. I really liked this book. One thing I can say about the author, she really does dig into her subject. It is obvious research was done. There is nothing more annoying than blatant mistakes in simple research (I will forgive the author for referring to a pony as a baby horse in the last book, a pony is a category of horse ...more
Oct 08, 2014 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I have loved Elaine Viets since she was a columnist in the 1980s Post-Dispatch and was delighted to discover her St. Louis/Florida based mysteries a couple of years ago. I can't say that this one is the most memorable of the series, nor why I stayed up reading it till 2 am, but that's been my typical response when I get one of these at the library. The appeal, as always, is the wit and local color--trying to tail a suspect on Manchester Road in an underpowered Neon!--a major laugh out loud momen ...more
Nov 24, 2012 Dimples88 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read most of the other books in the Dead-End Job series and also the Mystery Shopper series by the same author. I LOVE elaine viets' books, and this book is no exception.

This book is entertaining and funny. But parts of the book regarding the decades-old suicide/murder case was SO sad, it had me in tears. Overall, it's a very exciting interesting book. And at the same time, it's light enough that u don't find it tiring to read. That's why I love Elaine Viets' books, I'd recommend them all,
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Newly-weds Helen and Phil have opened a detective agency and, through friends, have two new clients. Helen gets a receptionist's job at a local fitness center where she's going to see if one client's husband is cheating on her. The two together are trying to find out if a long-ago suicide was really a murder. There are other things besides cheating going on in the gym, however, and Helen is also under pressure to lose weight and look more like a Fantastic Fitness employee. Then Helen gets a call ...more
Oct 16, 2013 Sean rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
a nice read. actually I'd give it 3.5 stars.

there's a section in the middle having to do with blackmail which didn't quite fit with the rest of the book. this is the first book I'm reading in the series so I'm sure is tied in with previous books. no doubt, it'll probably be addressed in subsequent installments in the series as well. however to me this section was a distraction and without it, I'd very likely give the book a solid 4 stars.

I liked how everything tied up neatly at the conclusion.
Jun 27, 2011 Jackie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Helen Hawthorne and her new husband Phil open their own PI business and their first 2 cases involve a suspicious wife wanting to check up on her husband and a guy who doesn't believe his brother committted suicide years ago. Helen gets a job in the gym that the husband frequents and gets involved with a lot of unusual characters. Phil is getting the low down on the brother by hanging out at the bar that hosted his last birthday party. No great mystery and somewhat predictable but a nice easy lig ...more
May 17, 2013 Rachelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
These books are written in a jumpy style that seems to lack appropriate timing or lead-ins... Characters appear out of nowhere. Conversations get serious without warning. The attempt at creating colorful characters only seems shallow. And facts are forgotten or changed! Could use a more thorough editing and continuity adjustment. Other than that, it's written simply, and is incredibly easy to read when you get past the inconsistent flow. It occupies my time between other books, which is all it's ...more
May 29, 2011 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads
I've read most of the books in this series and enjoy Helen and the other characters at the Coronado Apartments. The mystery in this one was pretty good and the plot moved along nicely. However, some of the action in the book focused on an event from a previous book. It had been awhile since I read that one and I couldn't remember all the details. I think if you haven't read the previous book, you'll be really lost.
Linda Smatzny
Aug 24, 2013 Linda Smatzny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the tenth book in the Dead-End Job Mystery series. This time around Helen and her new husband, Phil, have opened their own PI firm. Immediately they get two cases - one to check out a supposedly cheating husband and the second one is a cold case. The cold case involves a death that was ruled a homicide but the client believes it was murder. Of course, Helen finds a body which becomes another murder case.
Jill Black
Either I'm getting really intolerant, or Helen Hawthorne is getting dumber. Either way, parts of this book were downright painful to get through. Overall, the storylines are pretty ok and somewhat believable, but when I get to anything having to do with the part regarding her sister in St Louis I want to just scream. I'll give Helen one more try with Final Sail, but if it ends up being similar to this one, I'll have to give her up. I've always preferred the Josey Marcus series anyway.
Mary Z : )
Nov 22, 2013 Mary Z : ) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-cozy
This is a great series. Love the heroine, Helen. She's not high strung, full of herself, or some hand-wringing mess who can't take care of herself. Yes, she has a problem from her past that keeps rearing its ugly head, but it's neat to follow that storyline from book to book. I'm planning to read the entire series.
Mar 29, 2016 Cindy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is a lot going on with Helen, her new husband, Phil, and their new PI agency. Not crazy about Phil, he seems like a pompous know-it-all. I knew a pompous know-it-all and while reading, Phil's character reminded me of him...not good. A cold case murder, a cheating husband, and the murder of a female bodybuilder did keep Pumped for Murder interesting.
Jun 13, 2011 Darcy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, mystery
I am not sure if it is me or these books, but I found this one utterly predictable. I figured out what was happening with both mysteries almost as soon as they were presented. Helen is starting to grate on my nerves with her actions in St. Louis. That situation is just begging to blow up in her face in a bad way. It will be interesting to see just how it happens.
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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.

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