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Cha Cha Cha

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by Jane Heller
 

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What does a woman do when her husband loses everything in the stock market-then ditches her? If she's Alison Waxman Koff, and she's been living the good life in a Connecticut mansion, she falls back on her one marketable skill: housecleaning. When her sleazy employer gets murdered, she finds herself with yet another role to play: prime suspect. A true heroine

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What does a woman do when her husband loses everything in the stock market-then ditches her? If she's Alison Waxman Koff, and she's been living the good life in a Connecticut mansion, she falls back on her one marketable skill: housecleaning. When her sleazy employer gets murdered, she finds herself with yet another role to play: prime suspect. A true heroine for our times, Alison scrambles to keep up with a changing world-and to find love with a man who might just turn out to be Prince Charming after all.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This debut novel by a publishing insider reads like a pallid imitation of Susan Isaacs, complete with a pampered Jewish housewife as sleuth. Alison Waxman Koff and her affluent husband live by the credo of Wall Street 's Gordon Gecko--``greed is good''--but their financial assets in upscale Layton, Conn., vanish in the crash of '87. Alison must do without her shopping trips, her manicures and eventually her husband, who returns to his first wife. Heavily in debt, she takes a job doing what she knows best: cleaning house. She becomes a maid for Melanie Moloney, a vitriolic, odious writer of sleazy biographies who is currently engaged in exposing the sins of Layton's leading citizen, a former Hollywood actor and U.S. senator. When Melanie is murdered, the inept local constabulary ignore the lengthy list of suspects and arrest Alison, who fights back with some unique weapons--even enlisting the aid of her loathsome mother. Heller's pursuit of humor is relentlessly heavy-handed, and her onslaught of lame wisecracks combines with stereotypical characters to further subvert her unsurprising story. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club alternates; author tour. (July)
Library Journal
The stock market crash of 1987 brings an end to the good life that Alison and Sandy Koff have enjoyed during the 1980s. Not only do they lose all their money, but Sandy decides to return to his first wife. Alison can't make ends meet with her part-time job as a reporter for the local newspaper, so she goes to work as a maid for Melanie Moloney, the celebrity writer who's in town to dig up the dirt on Senator Alistair Downs, the subject of her next tell-all biography. When Alison finds Melanie murdered, she's the main suspect, but others had a good reason to kill Melanie, including Downs himself, his daughter Bethany, and Cullie Harrington, an architectural photographer and Alison's new love. Although readers will figure out whodunit long before Alison does, this sexy and humorous first novel will be enjoyed by fans of Susan Isaacs's After All These Years (HarperCollins, 1993) and Judith Viorst's Murdering Mr. Monti (LJ 12/93). [Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club alternate selection.]-Nancy Pearl, Washington Ctr. for the Book, Seattle

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780595510849
Publisher:
iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/08/2008
Pages:
420
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.93(d)

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Cha Cha Cha 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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This book was the first book I read by Jane Heller. I thought it was an entertaining light read. A little comedy, a little romance, a little mystery.