Final Sail is the 11th book in the Dead-End Job Mystery series by Elaine Viets. In this book, Helen Hawthorne and her husband, Phil Sagemont, are private investigators that have started their own firm called Coronado Investigations. In Final Sail, the husband and wife team are working two cases. The first case involves a gold digger who may have poisoned her elderly husband for his money. The second case involves a private yacht and emerald smuggling.
Elaine Viets has held many dead-end jobs and uses those experiences in her novels. Viets has been a telemarketer, dress store clerk, babysitter, and even a weed puller. For Final Sail, Viets did research on working on a private yacht. Viets real life experience and extensive research make Helen Hawthorne a more realistic and sympathetic heroine.
Final Sail is a fun, fast read. In the background, Final Sail continues a plot point involving Helen’s ex-husband and her nephew that has been brewing for the last few novels. I hope the next novel in this series will resolve this mystery. I’ll be looking forward to reading the 12th novel in the Dead End Job Mystery series.