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Final Sail (A Dead-End Job Mystery #11)

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Husband and wife PI team Helen Hawthorne and Phil Sagemont both have their hands full, but only Helen has to carry drink trays—as part ofher latest undercover assignment as a stewardess on a private yacht… Lost at Sea

To catch a jewel smuggler on a luxury yacht, Helen needs to pose as the ship’s new stewardess—but between serving drinks to the snobs, scrubbing floors, and
Hardcover, 260 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by NAL Hardcover
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Julie Barrett
Final Sail by Elaine Viets
Violet is hiring a husband/wife detective team, Phil and Helen so they can make sure her new step mother won't kill her father.
She plans for Helen to be ordained a minister so she can visit him in ICU. He's in a coma and has a massive heart attack.
Phil questions the housekeeper to get an idea of what he'll be up against when he applies for the job of estate manager-in charge of all the people that do the manual work.
Helen also now has a job on a luxury yacht as a stewa
Okay, the book is good, really good, the plot is great, but I have a problem with where this series is heading.
Let's not go backwards into the whole Rob story again! Let it be and concentrate on the new detective business and cases. Please do not make this series silly, in a bad way, by bringing back a dead character! Keep the dead, dead, and keep Helen's sister in the background because she is annoying enough to make people quit reading.
Develop the story of the detective agency and let Phil and
This series has become pretty predictable, but I find myself reading them anyway. This one wasn't bad. The stuff about the yacht stewdardess job was interesting and the way the "bad guys" killed the victims off was also interesting. I'm sure I'll read #12 one of these days!
Good, light summer read. I have read all of her Dead-End Job Mysteries. I find myself reading an entire series of books if I enjoy the author.
Helen Hawthorne has finally climbed back to respectability. No more dead end jobs. She is now a partner in her new husband's detective agency. This book covers two cases. One involves the death of an 80 year old man and his very young bimbo wife. The man's daughter is sure this was murder. Both Phil and Helen work on this one. The other case involves an elegant yacht whose captain want the detectives to catch a jewel smuggler from among his crew. Helen goes undercover as a cabin steward to ferre ...more
"Final Sail" is a mystery novel. It's the eleventh book in a series, but you don't need to read the previous novels to understand this one and this novel didn't spoil the previous mysteries.

Helen's case was a clue-based puzzle mystery while Phil's case was mainly a description of his adventures after he'd solved it. The author probably had no idea that another author had already used the idea, but I've read a story where jewels were smuggled in a similar fashion and so I guessed whodunit long be
Inconsistencies. Barely into the book, and they're already obvious:

Page 8:
Helen thinks to herself about Violet, "She was so eaten with hatred that she could not say her stepmother's name."
Page 17:
Phil, referring to Violet, says, "It's true she won't even say Blossom's name..."
Back in time to Page 6:
Violet: "... Blossom has reduced him to a thing on a machine..."
It looks to me like Violet does indeed say Blossom's name.

It's these little inconsistencies that bother me about these books. Why do I
Coronado Investigations is in demand. Helen and Phil are married and working together just not necessarily on the same case at the same time. Phil is trying to catch a young gold digger who may have killed her elderly spouse for his money. He will be using a variety of disguises to reel her in.

Helen starts out helping Phil but now she has her own case. She is hitting the high seas as a stewardess on an luxury yacht to try to catch a jewel smuggler. Sounds like a dream job right, but she has to b
Victoria Allman
Helen Hawthorne is at it again. In the latest installment of Elaine Viets' funny and well-crafted mystery series, Helen finds herself as both a preacher and a stewardess on a yacht--two very different roles for this P.I. to undertake--in an attempt to solve both a murder and stop an emerald-smuggler. Both cases intertwine to expose Helen to the rich and privileged behaving very badly. The often humorous characters are spot-on and will leave you laughing and cringing at the same time; all the whi ...more
Packed with Suspense between the covers, August 18, 2012
By Ellen Rappaport (Florida)
This review is from: Final Sail: A Dead-End Job Mystery (Hardcover)
This is the latest in the Dead end Job mysteries and I've read them all. Apparently the author has not reached her limit in bringing non-stop suspense to this series. This book proves it.

Helen and Phil meet with attorney Nancie Hays in her office. Nancie's client, Violet Zerling, can barely contain her anger regarding the condition of her elde
Gloria Feit
Helen Hawthorne, the protagonist of the endearing Dead-End Job Mystery Series, now finds herself spending her time solving cases with her husband, with whom she has opened a private detective agency. As the book opens they take on two investigations, and the novel is about equally divided between them. The first case involves the impending death of an elderly man, presently hospitalized but with apparently no hope of surviving, whose daughter is convinced that his second wife, much younger than ...more
For the most part Helen's life is back on track and back to the legal side, all except for her one secret. Although her secret didn't come out in this book, I have a feeling it will soon and it will come back to bite her big time.

The mysteries this time around were funny. I felt sorry for Helen on her ship duty, she worked her butt off for whiny rich people. I did have to laugh at their antics, but there is no way that I would be able to work for them. I also felt sorry for Helen when she was fo
Robert Edler
As their new detective agency adds clients Helen and Phil find themselves multi-tasking. First a wealthy man's daughter hires them to prove that her father's much, much younger second wife is a gold digger who is trying to poison him. Then the captain of a private yacht needs someone to find an emerald smuggler on the high Caribbean seas. And talk about odd jobs, Helen gets ordained as an internet minister and signs on as cruise stewardess in order to work as a detective.
With a lot of twists and
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Our newly wed private investigators, Helen Hawthorne and Phil Sagemont, find themselves with a clutch of cases to solve. First there is the need to go undercover for both of them while trying to solve whether a client's father has been murdered by his considerably younger new wife. If so, how?

Next, there is smuggling, ok, the hint of smuggling on the seas, and Helen must again go undercover as a yacht stewardess.

That is the total of what I'm going to disclose about this mystery. Why? Because, t
If you like light cozies that are fun to read, you'll enjoy another installment in the Helen Hawthorne series. Newly married, Helen and Phil are now a husband and wife PI team. Their first case is a tough one. When another one pop ups, it's time for Helen to go undercover on a yacht for an emerald smuggler and Phil to tail a black widow type, who's more than she seems. While these two cases are ongoing at the same time, it's up to Helen to find a connection to between them. They learn some inter ...more
Newly minted private investigator Helen Hathaway and her experienced husband Phil are hired to investigate a woman who may be trying to kill her wealthy husband. While Phil takes a job working for the beautiful woman as an estate manager, Helen works with another client, a yacht captain who suspects one of his crew of smuggling. Helen finds out how hard work can be when she signs on as a stewardess for the wealthy couple who owns the yacht. This isn't a really very coherent plot, as the two inve ...more
Helen Hawthorne and her husband, Phil, are like old friends now that I've read nearly all the books to date in the Dead End Jobs series. This one had Helen and Phil solving two mysteries, one on land and one on the high seas. Although Helen no longer dwells quite so much on her past, that is part of the book and may be a spoiler for those who haven't read earlier books in the series. Peggy and her parrot, Pete, residents of the Coronado Apartments where Helen and Phil live, get only a passing me ...more
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This one was just ok for me but still enjoyed it well enough. Not sure I like Phil that well.
Nov 11, 2014 Zora marked it as couldnt-get-into
no point of view = headhopping = badly written. I don't know why I keep picking up a cozy every year or so. I'm generally unhappy I did.
Helen and her partner are hired to investigate Violet's claims that her young, gold-digging stepmother is trying to kill Violet's rich father. They are also hired to discover who is smuggling emeralds into the country via a private yacht. I enjoyed this book. Thumbs the cat wasn't in it much, but another animal was. Some of Helen's responsibilities on the yacht were mind-boggling! It was rather easy to tell who the "bad guys" were early on; it just took a little while to figure out the specifics ...more
I enjoyed this as much as I have all of the Dead-End Job Mystery series.
Anne Bannon
It's pretty standard Viets, which means it's fun and disheartening at the same time. In this one, Helen goes undercover as a steward on a yacht while husband Phil goes undercover as a handyman. The good news is that the Rob plotline from, what, three(?) books ago might actually be resolving itself. I though Viets had dug herself into a really bad hole with that one, but it looks like she might be digging herself out. I just don't see how she'll be able to without messing up Helen's relationship ...more
This had a little more suspense to it than some of the others I've read by Viets.
This was a very entertaining, fast-paced read.
Not quite as engaging as Board Stiff.
Julie Ihlenfeldt
Elaine Viets books, especially the Dead-End Job series, are always entertaining.
Linda Smatzny
This is the 11th book in the Dead-End Job Mystery series. This time Helen & Phil have two cases to solve. One case involves murder of an older man by his younger wife. The case involves smuggling aboard a private yacht. Phil goes undercover to catch the young wife. Helen goes undercover on the yacht as a stewardess who does a lot of cleaning. Both cases get solved but Helen still has a secret from Phil.
Robin Tidwell
Another fantastic read from St. Louis’ own Elaine Viets! Once again, Elaine doesn’t disappoint, and neither does Helen, the heroine of the Dead-End Jobs mystery series. This eleventh book of the series involves Helen and her husband Phil in two mysteries, with two clients. Helen quickly finds her sea-legs and sets about solving a murder along with finding the identity of a Caribbean smuggler; Phil has fun playing vintage gumshoe while acting as an estate steward.
Good Dead End Job Mystery. I liked Helen and Phil running the detective agency. Nice interlocking of the two mystery storylines of Blossom and the suspicious death of her much older rich husband and the smuggling plot aboard the elite private yacht. Hopefully the next installment will take care of ex husband's storyline once and for all. I almost gave up on the series with the whole blackmailing of Kathy and Helen.
Dee Renee  Chesnut
Jun 19, 2012 Dee Renee Chesnut rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Dee Renee by: next in series by Elaine Viets
Shelves: 2012
I enjoy the books by this author for she does a good job of capturing the local Florida observations about its people and the economy. In 20 years, this book may seem dated; but it is spot on now.
This is an entertaining cozy mystery,even with its three murders.
If you want a fun summer read or you are already a fan of Elaine Viets' book, I recommend this.
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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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