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Shop Till You Drop

(The first book in the Dead-End Job series)
A novel by

Agatha Award Best Novel (nominee)
Once on the fast track to success, Helen Hawthorne is now going nowhere fast. She traded in her chic life for a shabby one. And now she's on the run, jumping from city to city and dead-end job to dead-end job, trying to stay one step ahead of her past...
After two weeks as the new salesclerk at Juliana's, Fort Lauderdale's ultra-exclusive clothing boutique, Helen still feels out of fashion. And since the only crime likely to be committed around here is being old-or worse, looking old-Helen figures she's safe. Until she discovers the manager has been embezzling money and selling designer drugs along with the designer clothes. Add murder to the mix-and Helen's dead-end job is downright deadly.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Elaine Viets' debut Dead-End Job Mystery is a live wire. It's Janet Evanovich meets The Fugitive as Helen Hawthorne takes Florida by storm. Shop no further--this is the one." - Tim Dorsey

"Dead-on funny." - Jerrilyn Farmer

"Fresh, funny, and fiendishly constructed, SHOP TILL YOU DROP gleefully skewers cosmetic surgery, ultra exclusive clothing boutiques, cheating ex-husbands, and the Florida dating game, as attractive newcomer Helen Hawthorne takes on the first of her deliciously awful dead-end jobs and finds herself enmeshed in drugs, embezzlement, and murder. A bright start to an exciting new series. This one is hard to beat." - Parnell Hall

"I loved this book. With a stubborn and intelligent heroine, a wonderful South Florida setting, and a cast of more-or-less lethal bimbos, SHOP TILL YOU DROP provides tons of fun. Six-toed cats, expensive clothes, sexy guys on motorcycles--this book has it all." - Charlaine Harris

"Wit, murder, and must be Florida. I love this new series by Elaine Viets." - Nancy Pickard

Used availability for Elaine Viets's Shop Till You Drop

Hardback Editions

February 2004 : USA Hardback

Title: Shop Till You Drop (Beeler Large Print Mystery Series)
Author(s): Elaine Viets
ISBN: 1-57490-549-X / 978-1-57490-549-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thomas t Beeler
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2003 : USA Hardback

Title: Shop Till You Drop: A Dead-End Job Mystery
Author(s): Elaine Viets
ISBN: 0-7394-3459-4 / 978-0-7394-3459-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Signet
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Paperback Editions

April 2003 : USA Mass Market Paperback

Title: Shop Till You Drop: A Dead-End Job Mystery
Author(s): Elaine Viets
ISBN: 0-451-20855-2 / 978-0-451-20855-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Berkley
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Kindle Editions

March 2018 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Shop Till You Drop (A Dead-End Job Mystery Book 1)
Author(s): Elaine Viets
Publisher: JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc.
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