Thursday, May 12, 2011

Review and Giveaway: Pumped for Murder by Elaine Viets

Hardcover, 272 pages
Expected publication: May 3rd 2011 by NAL Hardcover 
ISBN 0451233204 (ISBN13: 9780451233202)

Starting a new detective agency is not an easy task, as Phil and Helen Hawthorne, newleyweds, are finding out. Fortunately, their landlady at the Coronado apartments in Miami is more than willing to help out. She manages to get them their first two clients; Gus, whose brother committed suicide more than 20 years ago, wants them to prove it was homicide instead and Shelby wants them to prove her husband, Bryan, is cheating on her.

One way for the duo to work on the suspicious husband case is for Helen to get a job at the gymn where Bryan spends most of his time. This way she can see if he is having an affair with another gym rat. While trying to find out more about Bryan, Helen is on the premises when a corpse of Debbie, a local bodybuilder, is found.  Another gymn member, Evie, is arrested but Helen is convinced she is innocent and that solving this particular case would bring the new agency a lot of publicity. How to prove it? That takes some doing!

Phil has his hands busy with the other case and it leads him in some mighty interesting directions.

What I liked about this mystery  is the use of a married couple as main characters. They work well together as each has different strengths. The flavor of Miami  was well portrayed throughout the story.

 Pumped for Murder is the 10th in the series with this being a new-to-me author, I know I will be going back and starting the series from the beginning just to see how their relationship started out.

Disclosure: A Review copy of the book was provided by Berkley Prime Crime in exchange for my honest opinion.

To celebrate the release of Pumped for Murder, Penguin Group is allowing me to host a giveaway for one copy of the book. US only. Deadline to enter is May 20th at 5 PM. Be sure to include an e mail address in your comment. Good luck!

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  1. This sounds like a book I would enjoy reading, and I am a follower of your blog.

  2. You are on my sidebar.

  3. Thanks for the givaway.

    +2 I am an old follower.

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  4. I haven't read this series yet but it sounds good.

    +2 follower

    sgiden at

  5. I am a gfc follower.

  6. I would love to read it, it sounds really good.

  7. I think having a married couple is a great idea...the cover and title cracks me up!

  8. Where is every body? I love cozies and this one sounds great. Please enter me in this contest.

    I follow your blog with Goggle Friends Connect.

    My Twitter name is Carolee888.
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  9. Sounds like a winner!

    +2 - GFC follower as Karen B.


  10. No need to enter me but I have to say if anything would push me to murder, it would be working out in a gym.

  11. Sounds fun! Thanks for the giveaway.

    -old follower via GFC

    mtakala1 AT yahoo DOT com

  12. I love the Elaine Viets books and have read them all. It would be great to win this one.

    I follow your blog through Google.

  13. Thanks for this lovely giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  14. thanks for the chance to read this novel...great cover :)

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  15. i'm a new follower...karenk

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  16. e mail entry Terry


  17. I love a good mystery! Thanks for the giveaway. And I follow with GFC.


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