Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: An Uplifting Murder - 6th in the Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper series
Author: Elaine Viets
Release Date: November 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present, St. Louis MO
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Elaine's Website/Blog: www.elaineviets.com
This mystery is very fascinating with plenty of laughs and a little romance thrown in for good measure.
Josie Marcus, a single mom, is working as a Mystery Shopper in St. Louis. Her current assignment is the Desiree Lingerie Shop, located at the Plaza Venetia. This is a very upscale Mall in the city of St. Louis. The Lingerie Shop has received some complaints and the management has hired Mystery Shoppers to come in and check on one of their saleswomen. When Josie arrives at the shop she finds that her former high school gym teacher is a sales manager at the store. The lady, Mrs. Hayes, had stood up for Josie once in gym class when she was picked on by some other girls in her class. But, another shock was waiting for Josie when she came upon another old acquaintance, Francine, who turns up dead in a restroom near the shop with her hands tied up with a bra that she had just purchased. Unfortunately, Mrs. Hayes becomes the chief suspect as she was keeping a secret from her past that Francine knew about and was going to make public. But, Francine had plenty of other enemies and Josie wants to investigate so that she can clear the name of her former teacher.
This was definitely a good read. Josie is an extremely intelligent woman and is just like a bloodhound when looking for clues to save Mrs. Hayes. The author is first class and is able to generate feelings for the characters and readers will be cheering Josie on as she tries to unravel Mrs. Hayes past indiscretions and help her to clear her good name. All mystery readers will like this, not only cozy fans. So, enjoy and I'll talk to you soon.
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