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Beck is Back—
and Better Than Ever

“A canny sense of humor and timing… Beck is masterly in pulling all these madcap threads together even as the rollicking suspense threatens to careen out of control (but never does).” —Publishers Weekly (starred review 7/6/15)

Parking valet Tyler Benson finds he’s the chief suspect in numerous crimes, and he needs to solve them before the police arrest him—if someone from a bunch of feuding Slavic-mafia gangsters doesn’t find him first.

The many devoted fans of K. K. Beck will be delighted to know that she’s back, and in great satiric form in this rollicking caper. The author of two beloved series, plus many standalone mysteries, has brought back Lukowski and MacNab, the Seattle police detectives of her previous Workplace Mysteries (The Body in the Cornflakes, The Body in the Volvo, We Interrupt This Broadcast). Beck says, “I like writing these because one of my pet peeves is today’s lack of respect for people in honest and useful but unglamorous jobs. In all these books, the actual (amateur) detectives are unsung, hard-working people in the occupations described in the novels. These cops are kind of a Greek chorus, commenting on the other characters. They’re not stupid; they just aren’t close enough to figure it all out.”

The good-natured, conscientious protagonist of Tipping the Valet, Tyler Benson, is guilty of nothing more than being in the wrong place at the wrong time, usually saying the wrong thing.  Other characters include his feckless father; a gorgeous Italian restaurateuse; a high-tech billionaire; a very odd lawyer; a passel of Russian and Ukrainian mobsters; over-indulgent parents; some annoying foodies; and other typical Seattleites.

The good-natured, conscientious protagonist of Tipping the Valet, Tyler Benson, is guilty of nothing more than being in the wrong place at the wrong time, usually saying the wrong thing.  Other characters include his feckless father; a gorgeous Italian restaurateuse; a high-tech billionaire; a very odd lawyer; a passel of Russian and Ukrainian mobsters; over-indulgent parents; some annoying foodies; and other typical Seattleites.

Previous Workplace Mysteries were described by critics as “a charmer” (Wash. Post Book World); “edgy, sarcastic humor” (PW); “comical consistency” (Kirkus); “deliriously funny take on murder most foul reminiscent of the zany detective movie comedies of the 1930s” (St. Petersburg Times). Ellery Queen summed it up: “Beck is one of the most consistently entertaining writers in the mystery fields.”

Besides the Workplace Mysteries, K. K. Beck is the author of a biography, a short-story collection, 2 YA mysteries, a 3-book series (Iris Cooper), a 4-book series (Jane da Silva), and 6 standalone mysteries. Her stories have been nominated for the Edgar, Anthony, Agatha, and Macavity awards. She also writes under her full name, Kathrine Beck, and lives in Seattle


Tipping the Valet
A Workplace Novel
K. K. Beck
ISBN 978-1-56474-563-7
paperback, 208 pages, $15.95

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