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By Elaine Viets That’s what Backstab, my first mystery, is selling for on Amazon. This is a new $5.99 paperback, published by Dell in 1997. The seller is "Any Book," and good old Any has a "91 percent positive over... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at My Weblog
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President Obama wore this tan suit to talk about something serious – Syria, Iraq, the economy, the Ukraine – and the country went nuts. Not about the political news. It was predictably – and sadly – awful. Nope, people were... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at My Weblog
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I’m rushing to finish my May 2015 Dead-End Job mystery, Checked Out, and I have all the symptoms of an author with a book nearing the end: I can’t sleep. I’m restless, anxious and distracted. I pace around the house.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2014 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets What were the major symptoms of Beatlemania? Fainting? Yes. Screaming? Of course. Crying? Definitely. Incontinence? Never. Recently, men have been lining up to say that Beatles concerts smelled like urine during the Fab Fours’ American tours, some... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets Like many long-married couples, Don and I have our favorite rants. Politics is often the elephant in the (bed)room. Take Congress, for example – take the whole bunch and drop them in Afghanistan. No, wait. I’m having... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets The hotel minibar -- in-room robbery, with our consent. Who can forget the $10 macadamia chocolate-chip cookies and $5 Cokes? Who can remember why we had to have them at midnight? Minibars are finally dying. A TripAdvisor... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets "Where are you from?" asked the driver for the Las Vegas airport shuttle, as he loaded my bags into the back. "Fort Lauderdale, Florida," I said. "How do you stand the humidity?" he asked. It was 102... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets I still miss my Grandma Vierling, especially this time of year. Grandma lived in St. Louis County. We called it the country then. Woods and blackberry patches surrounded her one-acre yard. Most of her backyard was a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2014 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets What’s the deal with pet custody? It’s the new legal gravy train. Pet custody is a major part of Catnapped!, my new Dead-End Job mystery. Helen Hawthorne and Phil Sagemont, husband-and-wife private eyes, are the in-house investigators... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2014 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets Ballroom dancers look graceful with their slender heels and swirly skirts. I love watching them. But on a dance floor I move like a cigar store Indian. My friend Chris is a ballroom dancer. She suggested Catnapped!,... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2014 at My Weblog
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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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