Checked Out by Elaine Viets
(NAL, 2015, 288 pages)
Checked Out is the 14th book in the Dead-End Job series by Elaine Viets. In this book, private investigators, Helen Hawthorne and her husband, Phil Sagemont, have two cases to solve. Helen is volunteering in a library to try to find a missing million dollar small watercolor by John Singer Sargent. It was placed in one of the thousands of books that were donated to the library. Phil is looking for a valuable necklace and family golf cart which went missing after a birthday party. For good measure, there is also a murder to solve.
Elaine Viets always does her research on the dead-end jobs in her books. She did volunteer in a library to learn how libraries work and some of the library terms. According to her Amazon page, Viets will be starting a new, dark series featuring Angela Richman, death investigator. The first novel in the new series, Brain Storm, will be out late Summer 2016.
I enjoy the Dead-End Job series. Since I’m a librarian, Checked Out, was a fun read for me. If you’re looking for a fun, quick read, you might want to give Checked Out a try.