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By Elaine Viets My cat Harry has a brain the size of a Ping-Pong ball. He weighs eight pounds. So when he has to go to the vet, I pack him in his cat carrier and go, right? Oh, no.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2014 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets Glitter. Feathers. Funny signs. Sleek tailoring and artistic embroidery. The best show at a cat show isn’t in the rings. It’s at benches, where the cats in cages wait to be judged. When I researched "Catnapped!," my... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets Cats are magic. Any mystery reader knows that. In some mysteries, like Sofie Kelly’s Magical Cats series, cats walk through doors and materialize in strange places. Sofie’s cats took her to the New York Times bestseller list.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets Helen Hawthorne is up to her elbows in cat hair in "Catnapped!," my May Dead-End Job mystery. She’s working at a cattery, grooming pampered Persians. In "Catnapped!" Fort Lauderdale socialite Trish Barrymore and her rich husband, Smart... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2014 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets   I can’t find a treadmill at the gym today. The place is packed with sweaty sufferers, flogging themselves in fat church. By February I’ll have that same gym to myself. Why? Because by then my neighbors... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2014 at My Weblog
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I love Rosemary Harris’ Dirty Business gardening series – "Slugfest" was my favorite. Her debut novel, "Pushing Up Daisies." was nominated for an Agatha and an Anthony for Best First Novel. Rosemary has returned to her roots with her new... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2013 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets We’re used to seeing Maryann Schnoor walking around our Fort Lauderdale neighborhood early in the morning with a beer can in her hand. Maryann isn’t drinking. She’s humoring her cocker spaniel, Marley. The lengths Maryann goes to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2013 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets Happy Thanksgiving! Today, southern turkeys are stuffed with cornbread dressing. In the northeast, it’s apple and cranberry stuffing. New Englanders go for oysters or chestnuts and the Southwest may feast on tamale stuffing spiced with a chili... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2013 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets Embarrassed by your old pink bathroom? Wish you could make it stylish without ripping it out? I’ve got good news: The pink bathroom is once more enthroned as a style icon. I discovered this when I wrote... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2013 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets So I’m feeding the cats their favorite dinner: Fancy Feast Gravy Lovers Chicken Feast in Grilled Chicken Flavor Gravy. The cats are howling like they haven’t eaten in a week, but one look and you know they’ve... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2013 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets "Fixing to Die," my new Josie Marcus Mystery Shopper mystery, will be there for you in November. Josie, newly married to veterinarian Ted Scottsmeyer, hunts for their first house – and learned that real estate agents speak... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2013 at My Weblog
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by Elaine Viets I am five chapters away from finishing my May 2014 mystery, "Catnapped!" It’s due in New York October first. My thirteenth Dead-end Job mystery is set in the intriguing world of cat shows and pet custody. Right... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2013 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets Saturday was a long day. I drove three hours to Fort Myers to research my May Dead-End Job mystery, "Catnapped!" Then I spent six hours at a cat show in this charming town on Florida’s west coast.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2013 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets "Tell me something about yourself that your readers don’t know," Lynn Kaczmarek said. Lynn was interviewing me for Mystery Scene magazine. I wound up on the cover with some of my favorite authors, including Diamond Dagger winner... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2013 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets I’d rather have a daylong dental appointment than get my picture taken. So? Nobody likes getting photographed. Who wants to see proof that time marches on – right across your face? But I wasn’t simply whining. My... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2013 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets "Whatever." Those eight letters can convey an incredible range in teen talk, from disgust to delight. Adults also use "whatever," but they can’t wring the same intonations out of the word. I learned about the amazing flexibility... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2013 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets Monday night, Don and I came back from a trip to Key Largo, relaxed, rested and ready to snooze in our cool condo. It didn’t happen. The condo was there, all right, but the air conditioning died... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2013 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets I’m still unpacking from my "Board Stiff" book tour, but I wanted to give you some of the highlights. The tour got off to a rousing start at the Festival of Mystery. Each year, Femme Marcia Talley... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2013 at My Weblog
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Mary, those roaches were free -- they had free run of the restaurant. Enjoyed seeing you in St. Louis.
Toggle Commented May 11, 2013 on Beached! at My Weblog
It's true, Catriona. I've eaten more than my share of fish, but tossing one like a football is too cruel. The boys did stop and the fish did swim away. All these stories are true, including the roach story.
Toggle Commented May 10, 2013 on Beached! at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets For "Board Stiff," my new Dead-End Job mystery, I transformed my favorite true stories into fiction. Newlywed private eyes Helen Hawthorne and her husband Phil Sagemont have an assignment in the mythical South Florida town of Riggs... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2013 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets Book tours are where readers get to meet their favorite authors, right? Partly. But we also get to meet you, and promote a favorite cause, see interesting places and eat good food. Let me tell you about... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2013 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets "Board Stiff," my twelfth Dead-End Job Mystery, will be published this May. My editor sent me the first copy yesterday. I took my new book out of its bubble-wrap swaddling and admired its perfectly formed fingers and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2013 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets "Board Stiff" is my May Dead-End Job mystery. This time private eyes Helen Hawthorne and her husband, Phil Sagemont, are hired by Sunny Jim’s Stand-Up Paddleboard Rental in mythical Riggs Beach, Florida. When a customer dies in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2013 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets Technology has changed mystery writing. Now I can e-mail my novels to my editor, instead of figuring out which FedEx box has the latest pickup. When I finished "Board Stiff," my May Dead-End Job mystery, a touch... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2013 at My Weblog
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