Death of the Office Witch (A Charlie Greene Mystery)

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Charlie Greene is definitely a woman of the nineties. At home, she is trying to stay one step ahead of her blossoming teenage daughter, Libby, meet the mortgage, and pay the orthodontist bills. While at work, she is talking deals, doing lunch, and juggling clients at a colorful Hollywood talent agency. Stressed is her normal state of being, but even she is unprepared for this particular morning. Charlie arrives at Congdon & Morse Representation - late as usual after battles with both Libby and L.A. traffic - ...
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Charlie Greene is definitely a woman of the nineties. At home, she is trying to stay one step ahead of her blossoming teenage daughter, Libby, meet the mortgage, and pay the orthodontist bills. While at work, she is talking deals, doing lunch, and juggling clients at a colorful Hollywood talent agency. Stressed is her normal state of being, but even she is unprepared for this particular morning. Charlie arrives at Congdon & Morse Representation - late as usual after battles with both Libby and L.A. traffic - to find the office in an uproar. Gloria, the sharp-tongued receptionist, has completely vanished. But Charlie is sure she hears her voice, although why the irascible Gloria claims to be in an empty garbage can is beyond her. When Gloria's body is found nearby, things take a macabre turn for the worse. It seems Gloria more than lived up to her nickname of "the office witch"; the murder suspects include members of her own coven, as well as most of her co-workers. Charlie, however, is not one of the suspects. Instead, the police believe she has psychic powers and insist on her cooperation. But wouldn't you know before the ripe old age of thirty-one if you were a psychic? Charlie thinks so - not that she believes in the paranormal anyway. If she really had psychic powers, she wouldn't have become an unwed mother at the age of sixteen. Therefore, Charlie reasons, there must be a logical basis for her flashes of insight - and she sets out to prove it by catching the murderer. Another murder follows, confounding things considerably. Again, Charlie inexplicably finds herself knowing more than she should. Now everyone - including a desperate murderer - is becoming convinced of Charlie's heretofore unsuspected skills. But Charlie survives to make another deal, and luscious Libby makes it through the uproar without getting pregnant. Everything - well, almost everything - is explained logically in the murderously funny Death of the Office Witch.

A new mystery starring Hollywood agent, supermom, sleuth, and reluctant psychic Charlie Greene. When Gloria, the loathed office receptionist, is found dead--and Charlie admits to being the first person to "talk" to the victim after the murder--the police are intrigued, and there's no turning back.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This semi-supernatural mystery, an uneven work that doesn't live up to its best moments, marks the return of L.A. literary agent Charlie Green. On a day that begins with highway gridlock, a missed appointment and an argument with her acid-tongued teenage daughter, Libby, Charlie also faces the mysterious disappearance of waspish office secretary Gloria Tuschman. Gloria is discovered sprawled out in nearby bushes--dead. Charlie, who tested her sleuthing skills in Murder at Moot Point , is brought in on the case by Gloria herself, whose voice seems to call from the Great Beyond: ``Charlie, I'm in the trash can. Help me.'' Lt. David Dalrymple of the Beverly Hills PD also hopes for her help while Charlie learns that several co-workers have reason to rejoice in Gloria's death. Then, visiting Montana author Mary Ann Leffler also vanishes, leaving Charlie to hunt for more clues in this world and the next. Millhiser is perhaps too successful at making the work of a Hollywood literary agent seem mundane; as for other realms, those unearthly messages, rather than being portentous, are just transparent plot-expediting gimmicks. (Nov.)
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Charlie Greene, the L.A. literary agent who bumbled into a murder investigation in Murder at Moot Point ( LJ 10/1/92), tries once again to outwit police. When fellow workers become suspects in the murder of their universally unloved office receptionist, no one has an ironclad alibi, so Greene balances her own hectic schedule, an unpredictable teenager, and a tenacious homicide detective in order to help them out. Before she discovers the receptionist's ``hold'' on the murderer, further murder and mayhem occur. Humorous, inviting, and Hollywood hectic, this book is written in crisp, likable prose.
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