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Elaine Viets


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.

Elaine is president of the Florida chapter of the Mystery Writers of America, and was a judge for the MWA's coveted Edgar Award for Best Novel 2000. The St. Louis native now lives in Hollywood, Florida, with her husband, Don Crinklaw, where they collect speeding tickets.


Non fiction
Agatha Award Best Novel nominee (2003) : Shop Till You Drop
Agatha Award Best Novel nominee (2007) : Murder with Reservations

Elaine Viets recommends
Death of an Orchid Lover
Death of an Orchid Lover (2000)
(Joe Portugal, book 2)
Nathan Walpow
"The Sam Spade of the Gardening Set."
Dearly Depotted
Dearly Depotted (2005)
(Flower Shop Mystery, book 3)
Kate Collins
"As fresh as a daisy, with a bouquet of irresistible characters."
Raiders of the Lost Corset
Raiders of the Lost Corset (2006)
(Crime of Fashion, book 4)
Ellen Byerrum
"Lacey Smithsonian skewers Washington with style."
What's a Ghoul to Do?
What's a Ghoul to Do? (2007)
(Ghost Hunter Mystery, book 1)
Victoria Laurie
"Laurie's new paranormal series lights up the night - on this plane and a few others."
Mama Does Time
Mama Does Time (2008)
(Mace Bauer Mysteries, book 1)
Deborah Sharp
"With a strong, funny heroine, colourful characters, and a look at a part of Florida the tourists rarely see, Deborah Sharp has an engaging new series. Make sure "Mama Does Time" does time on your bookshelf."

Pretty In Ink (2010)
(Tattoo Shop Mystery, book 2)
Karen E Olson
"A delightful new series."

How to Survive a Killer Seance (2011)
(Party-Planning Mystery, book 3)
Penny Warner
"Don't miss Penny Warner's new series."

Die Buying (2011)
(Mall Cop, book 1)
Laura DiSilverio
"An original heroine, a clever concept... Put this series at the top of your shopping list."

Died With a Bow (2012)
(Accessories Mystery, book 2)
Grace Carroll
"A stylish new series."

Revenge on Route 66 (2013)
(Tracy Eaton, book 4)
Kris Neri
"I loved this triop down Route 66. Kris Neri keeps the action rolling with a tight plot, a cast of loveable loonies, and a nostalgic tour of Americana."

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