Elaine Viets
Elaine Viets is an American author of cozy mystery novels. She writes the Dead-End Job and Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper series. Elaine is also a journalist in her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri, where she was a regular columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for 25 years. After moving to Washington D.C. and writing a syndicated columnist, she switched from the newspaper business to become a novelist with her Francesca Vierling series. Elaine has been married for over thirty years to author/actor Don Crinklaw and is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.

Elaine Viets became a published novelist in 1997 with the novel Back Stab. Below is a list of Elaine Viets’ books in order of when they were originally released:

Publication Order of Francesca Vierling Books


Backstab(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Rubout(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Pink Flamingo Murders(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Doc in a Box(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Dead-End Job Books


Shop Till You Drop(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder Between the Covers(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dying to Call You(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Killer Blonde(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Just Murdered(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder Unleashed(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder with Reservations(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Clubbed to Death(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Killer Cuts(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Half-Price Homicide(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Pumped for Murder(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Final Sail(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Board Stiff(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Catnapped!(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Checked Out(2015) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Art of Murder(2016) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Josie Marcus: Mystery Shopper Books


Dying in Style(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
High Heels Are Murder(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
An Accessory to Murder(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder with All the Trimmings(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Fashion Hound Murders(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
An Uplifting Murder(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death on a Platter(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder is a Piece of Cake(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Fixing to Die(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Dog Gone Murder(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Story Collections


Urban Affairs: Tales from the Heart of the City(1988) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Mystery Megapack: 25 Modern and Classic Mystery Stories(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books


Viets' Guide to Sex, Travel and Anything Else That Will Sell This Book(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
How to Commit Monogamy: A Lighthearted Look at Long-Term Love(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Drop-Dead Blonde(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Notes: The story Killer Blonde also appears in Drop-Dead Blonde. Drop-Dead Blonde also contains stories by Victoria Laurie, Nancy Martin and Denise Swanson. The Mystery Megapack: 25 Modern and Classic Mystery Stories also contains stories by Nora Charles, Toni L.P. Kelner, C. Ellett Logan, Johnston McCulley, Darrell Schweitzer, Marcia Talley and Art Taylor.

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Elaine Viets Synopsis: Backstab by Elaine Viets is the first novel in her Francesca Vierling series. The series covers the newspaper business and someone who is killing off the reads of the St. Louis City Gazette newspaper, and the newspaper can’t stand to lose the circulation. Francesca Vierling is a columnist for the paper and is losing her readership, and so she is taking these killings very personally. She goes on a search for a the killer on the streets of St. Louis, even visiting the Miss Gender Bender Pageant.

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