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Fixing to Die (Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper #9)

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  307 Ratings  ·  42 Reviews
Mystery shopper Josie Marcus has been happily married to veterinarian Ted Scottsmeyer for months. But her newly wedded bliss is about to be cut short....

Josie and Ted have finally tied the knot, and they’re ready for the next step: buying a house. Ted’s business partner, Christine, has one she’s willing to sell, but it needs a lot of love. Luckily, the newlyweds are up for
Mass Market Paperback, 292 pages
Published November 5th 2013 by NAL (first published November 1st 2013)
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This installment in the Mystery Shopper series finds Josie happily married and determined to find just the right house for her daughter Amelia and husband Joe. Unfortunately, she’s not having much luck until Ted’s partner in their vet business, Dr. Christine Dillon Cormac, offers to sell them a home she owns that was recently vacated by her hippie sister Rain. Christine regales them with tales of Rain’s abusive boyfr
Anne Bannon
It's a fun little read. Did not know about cockroaches and stoves, but will be looking for them if we ever get the O'Keefe and Merritt my husband has been lusting after.
Debbie Lester
Nov 25, 2013 Debbie Lester rated it really liked it
Elaine Viets returns with the latest book in the Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper series, Fixing to Die. Fixing to Die is the ninth book in the series and finds lead character Josie finally, happily married to her Veterinarian husband Ted and looking for a new home of their family. Viets moves between the main mystery involving a murder victim found under the gazebo and a secondary mystery involving her daughter and cyber-bulling. Fans of the series will see less mystery shopping in this one, but m ...more
Dec 01, 2013 Christine rated it really liked it
Shelves: clean-cozy
Newlywed Josie Marcus hasn’t given up her mystery shopping job, but right now her main assignment is finding a house big enough for her daughter Amelia and her new husband Ted, but still within their budget. After being disappointed over and over by the houses she has been looking at, she finally finds her dream home – only to have it turn into a nightmare when a dead body is found in the backyard. When someone close to the couple becomes the main suspect, Josie puts her mystery shopping skills ...more
Gloria Feit
Jun 08, 2014 Gloria Feit rated it really liked it
The newest book in the series featuring Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper extraordinaire, focuses on other aspects of Josie’s life, with only one small assignment as a mystery shopper. Instead this tale revolves around a fairy-tale house which she has just bought from Dr. Christine Cormac, the vet who is a partner with Josie’s new husband, 6’ tall Dr. Ted (their marriage is new enough that she still thinks of it in terms of days, now numbering 44 as the book opens), in his St. Louis Mobo-Pet clinic. ...more
Jennifer Vido
Apr 29, 2014 Jennifer Vido rated it it was amazing
Mystery shopper Josie Marcus’ dream of happily-ever-after has finally come true by marrying Ted Scottsmeyer, a well-respected vet in town. Ready to settle down with her handsome beau and teenage daughter Amelia, she goes house hunting in search of the perfect abode. After a string of unsatisfactory showings, she learns Ted’s business partner Christine has an old house for sale that needs some attention. Ready for the challenge, the newlyweds close the deal and begin the renovation on their styli ...more
Feb 19, 2017 Sherrie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This was a good ending to the series because it looks that way. I really enjoyed all the books in this particular series and the daughter growing up along with a friendly vet who becomes a boyfriend then a husband. Adds a lot of humor and fun as well.
Mar 28, 2014 Ed rated it really liked it
#9 in the Josie Marcus - Mystery Shopper series. A change in this cozy entry has Josie's interactions with her horrible boss at an absolute minimum and her two mystery shopping excursions are wrapped up in a few pages. Her shopping efforts are focused on goods and services for rehabbing a Tudor Revival cottage. A welcome change of pace.
Josie's 12 year old daughter, Amelia, goes to an exclusive school and has become an expert on midcentury modern design because one of the Bad Girls brags about h
Dec 30, 2013 Rachel rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I finished reading this book last night but when I went to add it on Goodreads, I could remember neither the title nor the author's name, so make of that what you will. Nonetheless, this is a cute little mystery about newlyweds Josie and Ted, who buy a house from Ted's veterinary partner Christine, and who during renovation find the dead body of Christine's sister. Christine is arrested for the murder, and Josie sets out to prove her innocence mostly so that Ted can stop working such long hours. ...more
Oct 21, 2013 Fred rated it really liked it
Fixing to Die is the ninth book in the Josie Marcus Mystery Shopper series.

This is the first book that I have read by this author, but I don't think it will be my last

Josie and Ted have tied knot. Now, Josie, Ted and Amelia, Josie's daughter are looking for a home to call their own. Unfortunately, nothing strikes Josie's fancy. Ted comes home one evening with the news that his partner, Chris, has a house for sale and upon seeing it, they feel it is a doable project. Ted and a couple buddies star
Lynn Demsky
Jan 14, 2015 Lynn Demsky rated it it was amazing
“Mystery shopper Josie Marcus has been happily married to veterinarian Ted Scottsmeyer for months. But her newly wedded bliss is about to be cut short....

Josie and Ted have finally tied the knot, and they’re ready for the next step: buying a house. Ted’s business partner, Christine, has one she’s willing to sell, but it needs a lot of love. Luckily, the newlyweds are up for the challenge.

But when they tear down a rickety gazebo in the backyard, they find the body of Christine’s sister, a free sp
Nov 06, 2013 Debbie rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
"Fixing to Die" is a cozy mystery. It's the ninth in a series. You don't need to read the previous books to understand this one, and this book didn't spoil the whodunits of the previous mysteries.

The characters were interesting and acted realistically. The story rotated between house shopping and renovation, mystery shopping, and the mysteries. One "mystery" followed how Joise's daughter proved that some rich kids were cyber-bullying her.

The main mystery was Joise questioning the obvious suspec
Nov 06, 2013 Juanita rated it liked it
A satisfying Josie Marcus mystery. In this book, Josie and Ted are on the hunt for a new house. Christine, who is Ted's co-owner at the vet, has a house she was renting to her sister (Rain) who skipped out without paying rent. Since renters are such a pain to deal with, Christine decides she's going to put the house up on the market and offers Ted and Josie first look and a really good deal. When they decide to buy it, they discover Rain's dead body under a shoddily constructed gazebo in the bac ...more
Nov 12, 2013 Mary rated it really liked it
I always have fun reading a Josie Marcus cozy mystery. In this outing, after getting married in the last book, Josie, Ted and her daughter Amelia are house hunting. Ted's veterinary partner Chris, has a home that she inherited and had been inhabited by her sister until recently. They fall in love with the house and in the process of tearing out an oddly built gazebo, discover the body of Rain, Chris's sister. The busybody neighbor next door claims to have heard Chris fighting with her sister abo ...more
Jan 15, 2014 Kay rated it really liked it
Since I only read Chick Lit occasionally I find myself surprised at this rating. Elaine Viets used to live in St. Louis, my home town, and write human interest stories for the St. Louis Post Dispatch. When her husband moved so did she and I really didn't keep up with her. I saw this book at the library and those old memories came back so I picked up the book. It was fun to read. It had multiple plot lines and real life situations. She sets this series in St. Louis and mentions many local places, ...more
Jan 25, 2015 Karen rated it it was amazing
I am so hooked on any of the "cozy" mysteries Elaine Viets writes. They are simply charming, well-plotted, leaving you wondering right up until the end "whodunnit!" Interspersed is shopping advice, as in Fixing to Die, about the renovation of a mid-century modern kitchen. There are thoughtfully presented websites that are so fun to browse, whether or not you're involved in the shopping at hand. I was able to send my daughter two websites applicable to her beloved 1930's cottage home knowing she ...more
Dec 29, 2013 Deb rated it really liked it
Josie Marcus, her daughter Amelia and her new husband Ted are all delightful. This time around, Josie doesn't do much mystery shopping - two trips to a green kitchen supply store is about it - but she does renovate her new house, discover a body (of course!) in the garden and clear the name of Ted's partner at the veterinary clinic. It is the little touches that make Elaine Viets such fun to read: lemon cupcakes in the neo-50s kitchen, Jack Russell show dogs, a new romance for Josie's mom, a bul ...more
Kathy Bryson
Dec 05, 2013 Kathy Bryson rated it it was amazing
When Elaine Viets tweeted that she wrote about bullying, I was intrigued. This book does not disappoint. Josie Marcus is in the middle of house-hunting when she realized her daughter Amelia is being picked on at school in that really, horribly nasty way that only the internet can support. The solution that they come up with is innovative and inspiring, no quiet roll over for these ladies. Now figuring out who killed the sister of the previous owner of their new house? Equally pressing concern as ...more
Feb 15, 2015 Gwen rated it liked it
Josie and Ted aren't even three months into wedded bliss when their dream house turns not so dreamy --a dead body under the gazebo -- and Ted's mother threatens a return visit. Amelia also comes into her own, proving that she is her mother's daughter, and technology can be a girl's best friend when it comes to catching mean girls. Save a dog's ear, everyone survives safe and sound, with a dreamy new kitchen to boot!
May 03, 2013 Darcy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book, mystery, 2013
This book is what I have come to expect from this series. I like Josie and Ted settling into being married and moving forward with their combined lives. I also really like the relationship that Ted and Amelia are forging. All the drama around their new house was crazy. I wondered if they would be able to live there, not sure that I would have been able to. I was a little surprised by "who done it", I had someone else pegged. I really liked how Amelia fought back against the mean girls.
Jan 06, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it
Josie tied the knot and is moving to her own home. But a big problem is buried in the back yard. I have an old home and really appreciated the ideas put forth in this book for rehabbing a house. Again, the police investigator is a dolt, but the cast of characters is a lot of fun. In this one, Amelia gets to do some investigating on her own on a problem she has. I do like having the shopping tips at the end of each of the books.
Jul 22, 2013 Melodie rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2014
I really enjoyed this entry in the Josie Marcus Mystery Shopper series. Josie's life is improving by leaps & bounds and Amelia is coming into her own now they're settling into life with Dr. Ted. Things are even looking up for Josie's mom! The mystery was a good one and though I thought I knew who the "bad guy" was I hadn't figured out the why until near the end. The way this one ended it could be the last in the series, but I'm hoping for at least one more. RECOMMEND!
Dorothy Timm
Dec 12, 2015 Dorothy Timm rated it really liked it
It was an enjoyable read, for a cozy mystery. But I think I'm taking a break from cozies for a while. Why is it that all cozies tell the reader a key piece of evidence, needed to solve the crime, about 90% of the way through the book? However, when I do go back to reading cozies, this author would be one of my choices.
Feb 16, 2014 Diane rated it really liked it
I really like the mystery shopper series. I've carried this with me reading bits and pieces here and there until I finished it today. Nice discussion about social media bullying and great discussion about the perils of unscrupulous vets and show animals…both cats and dogs! Not much thought goes into reading these, but sometimes that's the best kind of book. Recommended!
Laura Bonham
Mar 14, 2014 Laura Bonham rated it it was ok
spoiler alert**
this book was a cutesie quick read. the characters did not go very deep and the story flowed together a little too easily. I thought it was something to note that even though the main character was supposed to be a detective, she didn't actually solve the case. I would have liked to see a stronger female character.
Kay Hudson
Dec 07, 2014 Kay Hudson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Another fun installment in the Josie Marcus series. This time she's renovating the kitchen in the house she and Ted have bought, but when they tear down the ugly gazebo they find a body buried under it. Amelia gets involved in her own investigation when she's bullied by the mean girls at her private school. Viets is as entertaining as ever.
Jan 24, 2014 Rumeur rated it liked it
I like this series but this story in particular was an easy to figure out "who dunnit" from almost the fourth chapter or less. A bit too predictable. Would've been better had there been a twist to it and an entirely different ending than I expected. I'll continue reading this series --out of order but no need to really read them in order
Nov 12, 2013 Lorraine rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book very much. I love reading about Josie and her adventures. As usual, in addition to her regular cast of family and friends, there were new and interesting characters to add to the fun. The mystery wasn't too tough to figure out, but this was still a great book.
Amy Mcveigh
Jun 26, 2013 Amy Mcveigh rated it really liked it
I liked this book. I still love the character and the story was good. The only complaints I have is there really was no mystery shopping in the book (although I didn't mind that so much) also there were parts that seemed to repeat like when she contemplated who the killer was.
Jun 29, 2015 Natalie rated it liked it
This was a cute read in the Josie Marcus series. I wish there had been more focus on Josie trying to solve the murder as well as more mystery shopping assignments--those are always really interesting.
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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.

Living in South Florida has not improved her character. But it has given her the bestselling Dead-End Job series. Like her amateur detective, Helen Hawthorne, Elaine actu
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