Death Loves a Messy Desk (Charlotte Adams Series#3)

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Nothing makes Charlotte Adams happier than freeing people from clutter-and she boasts a waiting list of sloppy clients. Her free time has been taken up solving fatally untidy cases. Her latest task: a woman has hired her to organize a coworker's hopelessly cluttered desk. But when the miss behind the mess goes missing, workplace tempers rise. Now, Charlotte must open a brand-new folder-one she hopes won't be filed under M for murder.
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Overview


Nothing makes Charlotte Adams happier than freeing people from clutter-and she boasts a waiting list of sloppy clients. Her free time has been taken up solving fatally untidy cases. Her latest task: a woman has hired her to organize a coworker's hopelessly cluttered desk. But when the miss behind the mess goes missing, workplace tempers rise. Now, Charlotte must open a brand-new folder-one she hopes won't be filed under M for murder.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425228098
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/5/2009
  • Series: Charlotte Adams Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 752,186
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Posted April 24, 2009

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    A Quirky, Entertaining Mystery

    Charlotte Adams is a control freak, a busybody, and a compulsive organizer who likes to neaten up everything she can get her hands on. While these qualities may make her somewhat irritating to her friends, they also make her a stellar professional organizer and de-clutterer. They also get her in over her head when she is hired by the office manager of Quovadicon to clean up the desk of an employee whose messiness is leading the rest of the office into chaos. Charlotte discovers is that Barb Douglas's messy desk is the least of the company's problems though, as a flaky receptionist, a viperous instigator, and an asocial son of the boss all run rampant under the ineffectual leadership of Fredelle Newhouse. When Charlotte is nearly run off the road and Barb disappears Charlotte is unable to prevent herself from investigating despite the many warnings of her friends and her own post-traumatic stress from previous incidents. Not helping matters is that Charlotte finds herself isolated from her fellow childhood misfits who are all involved in their own relationships, including her best friend Jack who ignores her and whose new girlfriend sends a spike into Charlotte's heart. Between unsuccessfully training her miniature wiener dogs to become therapy dogs, juggling her other organizing jobs, and avoiding getting arrested (again) by the police, Charlotte barely has time to discover why Barb has mysteriously disappeared and what connection she may have had with a murdered man.

    Mary Jane Maffini continues to entertain readers in her third mystery featuring Charlotte Adams. This is a mystery full of quirky, humorous, and engaging characters, many of whom are as frustrated with Charlotte's investigative compulsion as she is with it herself. Charlotte is quite aware that she often acts rashly and unwisely, but her need to tidy up loose ends and retain control override all saner impulses. The close circle of friends that Charlotte has reunited with in the small Woodbridge town of 25,000 is what makes her so likable, and at times, vulnerable. This is a fun read for anyone who has ever been trapped in an office with crazy coworkers or who simply enjoys light-hearted, character-driven mysteries. - Cindy Chow

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2014

    A Pain For Love

    (This is part one. I didn't mean the end to be like romeo and juliet, btw. Enjoy!)<p> Cars flooded the streets as the day went by. Skyscrapers loomed overhead and fluffy clouds drifted overhead. <p>But past the city of Gellsburg, on a small hill with a maple tree on top was a little girl about 8 years old. Her blue scarf fluttered in the breeze as she chased a butterfly, laughing. Her brown eyes sparkled in the early morning sunlight and her chesnut brown hair gleamed with streaks of gold from the sunlight. This girl is Rachel, an orphan that lives in an abandoned diner. <p> On the other side of Gellsburg, in a fancy house, there was a little boy about Rachel's age playing with his pet huskey Snowbell. He giggled as she licked her face, his hazel eyes gleaming. His brown hair was ruffled, but he didn't care. This is Jack, a rich boy who only lives with his abu<_>sive mother. <p> These two children don't know eachother yet, but when they do, they're greatest adventure will turn into something more powerful then friendship. <p> But this day was four years ago. <p> part two at the next result. Sorry it's so short...my battery is running low.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    briana

    Im lost takes out food * thinks "fat @$$" *

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2013

    Jacob

    Stares at her. "You allowed to do that?"

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2013

    Morgan

    I dunno *draws a opened scroll that says Jacob underneath the one tha says Morgan hoping he wouldnt notice*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2010

    Well, at least it is not cluttering up my nightstand.

    What can you say about a book you have not picked up in a few weeks. I think I have crunched about 40 pages and... Did not get trapped by the clutter to the point of having to arrange my way out of the morass.
    I have to admit that having my Nook has changed my habits. There are options. It is 8:30pm. I have finished a great read but am wide awake and need an hours entertainment other than reality tv. Reach down and pick up that mystery and... Gee... Kind of boring... OK Lil' Nooky(That deserves a LOL) what is on-line? Oh let me get a few pages and check it out!

    This little paperback has migrated from Bed Basket(reading material, remotes, penNpaper, stuff, and, The basket also helps delineate one cat spot.) to the night stand(close by and ready for reading) to the round to-it pile on the edge of the dresser(getting close to forever closed. Maybe book trader/yard sale heaven)
    So I guess I will go vacuum. Ah maybe later. I will let you know more, if, I get round to-it.

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