Closet Confidential (Charlotte Adams Series #4)

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Fourth in the series featuring organizer and amateur sleuth Charlotte Adams, following Death Loves a Messy Desk. A friend hires Charlotte to organize her closets and prove that her daughter's accident was murder. And now Charlotte has to get a house-and her suspects-in order.

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Overview

Fourth in the series featuring organizer and amateur sleuth Charlotte Adams, following Death Loves a Messy Desk. A friend hires Charlotte to organize her closets and prove that her daughter's accident was murder. And now Charlotte has to get a house-and her suspects-in order.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425235645
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/6/2010
  • Series: Charlotte Adams Series , #4
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 987,786
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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Mary Jane Maffini is an accomplished mystery author. She is also the former co-owner of the largest mystery bookshop in Ottawa. She lives and works in Ottawa, Ontario. Author website: maryjanemaffini.ca
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  • Posted June 15, 2010

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    A Delightful Series Continues

    After being repeatedly arrested, attacked, and shot at, professional organizer Charlotte Adams is attempting to redeem her reputation in town and focus on her new career. However, her mother's old frenemy Lorelei Beauchamp pretty much derails Charlotte's good intentions when Lorelei's husband hires Charlotte more as a distraction than as an effective organizer. Lorelei has been sedating herself daily since the death of her daughter, and despite her more than seven closets full of new or barely used designer clothing the wealthy former model desires not Charlotte's organizational talents but her investigative ones. Lorelei refuses to believe that her do-gooding daughter drowned accidentally on a construction site and was instead murdered. Admittedly a bossy meddler, Charlotte begins questioning the police department's determination of death by accident with mixed conclusions from witnesses, friends, and the police themselves. Not surprisingly, Charlotte continues to pursue a definitive answer despite warnings from the one-date-but-never-called-back police detective Connor Tierney, her best friend Jack, and her occasionally annoying womanizing but still likable friend Nick, the police officer who actually found Anabel's body. The generous, beautiful Anabel Beauchamp seemed to have no enemies though, and her volunteer work at a youth center put her on the side of angels with no motivation in sight for her murder.

    One issue I frequently have with mysteries promoted by their occupations or hobbies is that they often intrude upon or seem incidental to the actual mystery and are solely the publisher's marketing ploy to lure in readers. However, in this series Charlotte's organizing skills organically aid in her investigation and, especially after a traumatic viewing of the show "Hoarders," had me fascinated and actually following her advice. And despite even Charlotte herself declaring an occasional lack of common sense in her investigations, she is so likable and relatable that the reader forgives this and wonders why everyone doesn't just get out of her way and allow her to pursue justice.

    One of Maffini's strongest talents is her ability to create fully developed, realistic characters. I was so involved in following the characters' lives that it was a hundred pages in before I realized that it hadn't even been determined that a crime was committed. Even readers unfamiliar with this series will find themselves engulfed in the lives of Charlotte and the misfits, her friends from childhood who never seemed to fit in with the rest of the town. Jack and his baby obsession, Pepper and her troubled marriage, and Nick's sudden elusiveness all become as interesting as the death. That's not to say that the mystery plot isn't strong as well, as once one of the misfits is attacked the friends circle the wagons and Charlotte, in full busybody mode, throws herself into protecting the ones she loves. This is one of the strongest amateur mystery series around and I look forward to reading more of Charlotte's adventures. The Canadian Mary Jane Maffini is a veteran writer with two other series and numerous short story awards under her belt, and this experience shows these delightful books. - Cindy Chow

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  • Posted January 22, 2012

    Good mystery series with ongoing character development

    Well drawn characters with relationships that develop and change over time. This is one series you may want to start at the begining and read forward so you can see the relationships develop. Worth your time and money

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