Helen Hawthorne hates her new job as a telemarketer. Selling Tank Titan, a Septic cleaner isn't how she planned her career.
But when you're on the run from the law and can only take jobs that will pay cash under the table, you take what you can get. Some of her previous jobs in a dress shop and book store weren't all that great either.
After a particularly good day on the phone, Helen is sent to telemarketing heaven. Instead of selling Tank Titan, she is moving over to other side of the business for the night and doing Survey's.
This night looked like it was going to be good. Taking survey's from rich people about a particular brand of vodka.
At least it looked good until she calls Hank Asporth and hears a woman being strangled on the other end of the phone.
The police investigate immediately, but find nothing and tell Helen she just heard the television. Helen's made even more suspicious when Hank's lawyer shows up, he doesn't demand she be fired for the outrageous claims she made, just asks that she doesn't repeat them.
It's up to Helen to solve a murder she knows happened without getting too much police attention on herself.
Helen hooks up with Savannah Power, the sister of Laredo Manson, who Helen has determined must be the victim. Together they get into the very seamy side of life with the super rich in Florida.
Helen is a great character. She's so smart and funny, you just hate the predicament she's gotten herself into.
Fred and Ethel Mertz - the new snow birds at the apartment complex, who turn out to be the most obnoxious couple you could ever meet.
The mystery, very involved and complicated. The books have really evolved from the first one, "Shop Till You Drop." which I did not like.
Phil the pothead - who lives next door to Helen and saved her life once. She has never actually seen him in the entire time she's lived there, even when he saved her life, she only saw his shirt.
Margery Flax - Helen's 70ish landlady, who has more energy than I do.
I still don't believe the reason why Helen thinks she needs to be on the run. It makes no sense, they don't hunt killers as hard as she thinks they'd be looking for her. Every time we come to this section of the books, it makes me re-evaluate how smart I think Helen is.
Phil the pothead - we finally meet him face to face. I'm not sure if that's a good thing for the stories , or if he should have remained an elusive person.
Overall a good read. This is still a short series, so it makes a great fill in series to read while waiting for the new book from your favorite author. Also check out Elaine Viet's 4 book series - featuring newspaper reporter Francesca Vierling.