Death Tidies Up: A Charlotte LaRue Mystery [NOOK Book]

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Between running her maid service (the successful Maid-for-a-Day) and fretting about her upcoming birthday (the dreaded 6-0), Charlotte LaRue doesn't have much time for gossip. But New Orleans's latest dust-up is hard to ignore--especially since it involves Marian Hebert, one of Charlotte's new clients. Turns out Marian's now-deceased husband once worked for his best friend Drew Bergeron's real-estate agency--and when the business deal soured, so did the friendship. The whole sordid affair came to an unfortunate ...
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Overview

Between running her maid service (the successful Maid-for-a-Day) and fretting about her upcoming birthday (the dreaded 6-0), Charlotte LaRue doesn't have much time for gossip. But New Orleans's latest dust-up is hard to ignore--especially since it involves Marian Hebert, one of Charlotte's new clients. Turns out Marian's now-deceased husband once worked for his best friend Drew Bergeron's real-estate agency--and when the business deal soured, so did the friendship. The whole sordid affair came to an unfortunate end when Drew died in a plane crash--and Bill Hebert was killed in what some people insist on calling an accident. Others are convinced it was murder.

Pretty juicy stuff, right? Charlotte doesn't think so. She's trying her best to forget all the rumors--she has more important things to worry about these days. Like vacuuming, window-washing. . .and her new job at the old Devilier house. The gorgeous historic home is being transformed into luxury apartments, and Maid-for-a-Day is in charge of the cleanup. Should be easy enough, Charlotte thinks--until she finds a barely-cold corpse in one of the closets.

The police are sure the dead man is Drew Bergeron. Funny, considering Drew supposedly died years ago--and Charlotte distinctly remembers attending his funeral. Talk about messy. Suddenly all that gossip about the Heberts and Bergerons seems incredibly timely--and Charlotte wishes she'd listened just a little bit closer. . .

With old rivalries flaring--and past secrets suddenly back in the present--Charlotte has a feeling this job will involve some real dirty work. Good thing she has a knack for cleaning up crimes. . .

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
After Colley's strong series debut, Maid for Murder (2002), featuring house-cleaning sleuth Charlotte La Rue, the author stumbles in her second outing, set in New Orleans' Garden District. A scantily clad corpse found in a closet turns out to be real-estate baron Drew Bergeron, whose funeral Charlotte attended two years earlier. This tale of blackmail, fraud and injustice offers little investigation, most of the "evidence" deriving from hindsight and gossip la Miss Marple but without Christie's insight into human nature. Charlotte's circular musings and personal affairs serve to pad the story rather than add substance to the plot or depth to the supporting characters. Readers tired of the Big Easy as a locale of grim police procedurals, though, may welcome this cozy approach. Agent, Evan Marshall. (Feb. 11) Forecast: The eye-catching orange jacket and impressive list of encomiums for Maid for Murder should help ensure solid initial sales.
Library Journal
When her cleaning-service crew discovers a corpse, Charlotte LaRue nearly panics, then faints. She's had brushes with death before (Maid for Murder), but this investigation consolidates all her worries: the homicide detective niece she raised, the soon-to-retire detective she likes, and the fact of turning 60 and needing a check-up. Charlotte taps into the Garden District information and rumor mill for clues. After all, the dead man supposedly died two years earlier in a highly publicized plane accident. Colley's second Charlotte LaRue adventure includes a pleasant, easy-paced narrative, familiar New Orleans surroundings, and an appealingly down-to-earth sleuth. Fans of Southern cozies will enjoy. Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Actually, death makes a big fat mess. Years ago, Bill Hebert died in a freak accident, leaving his wife Marian alone to raise two sons, Aaron and B.J., and run his ailing New Orleans real-estate firm. Later, Drew Bergeron, Bill's former business partner, was killed in a plane crash. But now, Janet Davis and Emily Coleman, two of Charlotte LaRue's Maid-for-a-Day cleaning crew, discover the supposed-to-be-dead realtor's freshly murdered corpse in a second-floor closet of the Devilier place, bringing the cleanup of the newly renovated apartments to a screeching halt. Charlotte, who's got the heebie-jeebies anyway on account of her fast-approaching 60th birthday, falls over in a dead faint, causing the cops who respond to the call-Charlotte's tenant and not-so-secret admirer Louis Thibodeaux and her niece Judith Monroe-to insist that Charlotte's physician son Hank send Mom for a checkup. Soon Charlotte's cleaning bucket is full to overflowing. Not only does she have to run Marian's rapidly disintegrating household, keep tabs on delinquent B.J., swap gossip with nosy client Bitsy Duhe, improve her parakeet's vocabulary, encourage her employee Nadia Wilson's romance with her nephew Daniel, and discourage her niece Judith's unsuitable affair with her partner Will Richeux, she also has to fend off advances from handyman Sam Roberts, cross swords repeatedly with Louis, and of course solve a murder. Detection definitely gets swept into a corner in Colley's overplotted follow-up to her debut, Maid for Murder (2002). Agent: Evan Marshall
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780758265753
  • Publisher: kensington publishing
  • Publication date: 1/1/2004
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 361,771
  • File size: 739 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2012

    NOT FREE!!!!!!!!!

    I uploaded this book, from the ap, with the understanding that free meant FREE. False. My credit card was charged around five dollars for a book that I never intended on purchasing. I am furious about it. Not cool. Do not believe it when it says this book is free. It is a lie.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2006

    Excuse me?

    Far too politically correct. The author has issues with being female, commenting on male chauvinists, using politically correct attitudes throughout a fairly well-told story, only to turn into a hypocrite when referring to the main character's son's lessons in treating a woman like a lady! You can't have it both ways. The political correctness detracted from what would have been a very good story.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 9, 2012

    I found it a bit repetitive on some details not relevant to the

    I found it a bit repetitive on some details not relevant to the storyline. Such as her son's father dying in the war in Vietnam, mentioned once okay but three or four times is just irritating. Had humor in parts and was fun to read on a hot summer day.

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  • Posted May 14, 2012

    A good series.

    Charlotte is a good role model for all of us getting older. She runs a maid service, works hard, and finds dead bodies. Her niece Judith is a police detective, so is her neighbor. Her clients are all a little quirky, and interesting. It also has cleaning tips.

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    Posted May 6, 2012

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    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2012

    Good Story. . .

    but long winded. The storyline was interesting. The main character, Charlotte was likeable. The story was written in the voice of a sixty year old Southern woman who tends to be somewhat ponderous which caused the story to flow more slowly than I would have liked. The flow of the story was a little choppy because of that.

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  • Posted February 3, 2012

    Very cute!

    Recent hospital visits with my father gave me plenty of down time to read. This was a nice respite for my heart and head during a pretty stress and worrisome time. Enjoyable easy read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2012

    Good Read

    a cute quick read. nice for that lazy sunday afternoon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2012

    Not for me

    The main character is unlikeable, which makes this a difficult read. She's judgmental and overly dramatic. She's emotional and hates everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2012

    Good book

    I got it free,never heard of this author before, thought it looked interseting. I found it to be an easy read. Interesting enough to keep my attention yet, good for when you feel like something light to read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2012

    Good story

    Nice characters

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    attractive amateur sleuth-police procedural

    In New Orleans, though she fears her upcoming sixtieth birthday because that sounds old, Charlotte LaRue feels quite good about her cleaning company, Maid for a Day. Her small firm won a contract from realtor Marian Hebert to clean the renovated Devilier Apartments before the tenants take residency. However, the cleaning crew finds a dead body in a closet in one of the rooms. The police led by Charlotte¿s niece and her tenant arrive to investigate. The corpse turns out to be Drew Bergerson, who allegedly died two years ago in a plane crash into the Gulf of Mexico. Though told to stay out, Charlotte wonders if this death is connected to the supposed accidental explosion nine months ago that killed Marian¿s husband as she tries to sweep clean the homicide in her own unique manner. DEATH TIDIES UP is an attractive amateur sleuth-police procedural that reader will relish because the engaging staff, especially the charming star, makes for fun reading. The cozy style who-done-it will hook the audience because of the warm cast though the answers to the murder mystery seem strange. Barbara Colley provides an entertaining cozy that will send the audience seeking the first LaRue novel, MAID FOR MURDER, which is being re-released as a paperback in January. Harriet Klausner

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