Good, Clean, Murder.: A Plain Jane Mystery

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Hardworking and hungry Bible school student Jane Adler cleans houses to make ends meet. But finding the money to pay for the last semester of school is the least of her problems when she uncovers a body in her boss's bed.
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Overview

Hardworking and hungry Bible school student Jane Adler cleans houses to make ends meet. But finding the money to pay for the last semester of school is the least of her problems when she uncovers a body in her boss's bed.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781482616316
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 3/11/2013
  • Pages: 332
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.74 (d)

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Traci Tyne Hilton is an award winning author and playwright from Portland, Oregon. Her newest book Good, Clean, Murder won the Mystery/Suspense category in the Christian Writers of the West Phoenix Rattler Contest, and was a finalist in the Write Integrity press Books of Hope contest.

Traci has a BA in History from Portland State University and lives in the rainiest part of the Pacific Northwest with her husband the mandolin playing funeral director from Kansas, their two daughters, and their dog, Dr. Watson.

More of Traci's work can be found at tracihilton.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2014

    Christian, murder, romance, 198 pages

    I do not know why authors depict Christian women as bland, mousey, timid, uncertain, with no commen sense and always obedient to parents, all males and authority figures. They do not wear fashionable clothing, make up or jewelery, never have high end jobs, have no sense of humor or desires of their own. That is the heroine of this book down to a T. This Christian, murder, romance was 198 pages of not much. The murder(s) was insipid and almost completely ignored. The business deal never concluded. The characters are either perfection or completely flawed, both of which were unlikable. These grown ups acted like spoiled five year olds. There was a lot of Christianity though. I usually enjoy a book that is well edited and clean, this took it too far, the heroine was appalled because of having one kiss. She acted like her lips were going to rot off. There are no adult themes in this book. I found it asinine and boring. For ages 12 and up.

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    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2014

    I love cozy mysteries and with a free ebook, my anticipiation wa

    I love cozy mysteries and with a free ebook, my anticipiation was running high; however after finishing the book, I felt deflated and somewhat cheated. I loved the character of Jane and found myself throughout the book more concerned about her life and her life choices rather on the whodunit. I felt the "mystery portion" of the story boring, I felt there was not enough depth in the family characters or whodunit and why storyline.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 24, 2013

    Good, Clean, Murder by Traci Tyne Hilton is an enjoyable book wi

    Good, Clean, Murder by Traci Tyne Hilton is an enjoyable book with murder, romance, and a young lady who seems to attract trouble like bees to honey. Jane is twenty, living on her own, and cleaning houses to pay for all her expenses. Her well to do parents would be happy to pay for her education but they would require her to attend a big university and she only wants to attend Bible College to prepare to be a missionary. At the beginning of the book she goes to her first house cleaning job for the day and when she goes into the master bedroom to get the sheets for the laundry she uncovers the owner of the house dead in bed. When the paramedics arrive, they find the wife in the bathroom and she is also dead. Were they murdered or did they both just happen to have heart attacks at the same time?




    Jane attends college at night and on the first night of her last semester she learns that the class was canceled. A handsome, young, professor is teaching the class that is offered to take the place of the canceled class. Immediately there is an attraction between Jane and the professor but students are not allowed to date faculty and this lead to lots of problems for the pair. The solution to the problem is quite interesting and even funny.




    Jane’s roommate has not been paying the rent and has left town with Jane’s half of the rent money after they were evicted. With no where to live and no money, Jane moves into the home of the murder victims to be a live-in maid for the son, daughter, and sister-in-law of the dead couple. Jane is determined to solve the mystery of the deaths and to minister to the son and daughter of the dead couple.




    The author did a good job developing the plot and characters. The dialogue many times had me laughing out loud. Other times I could feel Jane’s frustration and pain. The mystery of the murders kept me guessing as to who murdered the couple and why, if they were murdered and did not die of natural causes. The romance in the book was handled in such a way that kept me cheering for Jane and the professor and many times their actions had me shaking my head or laughing at them. I really liked the way that the author kept Jane centered in her belief in God. With all the craziness that happened to Jane, she still took time each day for her quiet time with God and she truly believed that God would make a way. There were some surprises in the ending but it was a good ending.




    I recommend this book to anyone who likes a good, clean, Christian story that involves suspense, a good bit of humor, and enough romance to keep things interesting.




    Thank you to the author, Traci Tyne Hilton, for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 20, 2013

    Good, Clean Murder. A plain Jane Mystery by Traci Tyne Hilton **

    Good, Clean Murder. A plain Jane Mystery by Traci Tyne Hilton ****
    A good clean fun read. Jane, who works for a dysfunction family as a housekeeper, shows up for work only to find them dead. She is left to deal with two irresponsible college kids and an overbearing bossy sister in law. While trying to work her way through Bible College herself, the quite life she has lead is no more. Not only is their drama at work, her personal life is starting to go crazy. She tries to mentor to the family, she is evicted because her roommate stole the rent money and now she’s in trouble at school. If you want an easy read full of mystery, Christian faith and a little romance then this is it.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2014

    Kinda of slow

    200 pages. Starts to get your atention. But it never reslly grabs it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2014

    cute-definitely clean

    I would read more books by this author.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2014

    wonderful

    This book is a great story. Everyone should read it if you do not like it well i do............

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2014

    O.k

    It was ok. A little slow,it needed a little editting. A page was missing from the story

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2014

    3*

    It was okay. Kept my interest but something was off. Just did not really like any of the characters. Would not want to be friends with any of them. Her parents were awful.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 3, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    A real plain read; nothing to brag about and boring.

    A real plain read; nothing to brag about and boring.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2014

    boring

    It was supposed to be about a possible murder and all the book seemed to talk about was her school and joining a mission or something I became bored and deleted book. Only made it half way through and not much said on the murder BORING

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 23, 2013

    Traci Tyne Hilton has the amazing ability to create characters y

    Traci Tyne Hilton has the amazing ability to create characters you can't help but adore and the characters in Good, Clean Murder are no different. From the first chapter, I couldn't help but love Jane. Not only are the characters well-developed in this story, but the story itself is an excellent one. Those that love cozy mysteries are going to love this book. Best of all, it's FREE! If you're looking for the next cozy mystery series to get wrapped up in, this one is a great choice.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2014

    Ok

    Not enough of a plot and not enough focus on the murder
    Too much about Jane's mission

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2014

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    This was a good read.

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  • Posted February 28, 2014

    Fun book to read.

    Okay book, it didn't keep my interest like some books do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2014

    Very good read!

    I am not big on christian books but this one was very good!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2014

    a good read

    a good read, but kind of disappointed in the ending

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  • Posted March 2, 2013

    Funny Book And A Fun Read Jane Adler has a lot going for her. Sh

    Funny Book And A Fun Read
    Jane Adler has a lot going for her. She’s hardworking and running her own cleaning service called Plain Jane’s Good Clean Houses. She has an apartment with a roommate. She’s attending Bible College to advance her ambitions towards becoming a missionary, and has met a wonderful man there with boyfriend potential. Ultimately though, Jane truly wants God’s Will for her life.
    One problem, she’s 20 years old and thinks she knows everything.
    Consequently over the past two years when her parents moved out of state and Jane decided to stay behind in Portland she made a series of bad decisions. All of which are now coming back on her at the same time. In a matter of days she will find that she’s homeless due to her less than ethical roommate, the man she’s attracted to is a teacher which may get her kicked out of school, and that may not even matter as the certificate she has worked so hard for is probably worthless.
    Well at least her business is going well. That is until she finds one of her clients, the wealthy owner of Roly Burgers, in his bed, dead, with his wife in same condition in the master bathroom. And it’s payday!
    Jane is having a tough week.
    If that all sounds very entertaining it’s because it is, and yes I liked this book a lot. Jane is a heroine we can all relate to because if we are honest we have all been in her position. Young, making mistakes, okay a lot of mistakes, and learning the hard lesson (hopefully) that wanting God’s Will in your life is not the same thing as allowing God to do His Will in your life.
    You see Jane has habit of doing first and praying later. God always comes through, not always the way she wants just the way she needs. Trouble is that Jane doesn’t always, scratch that, hardly ever, scratch that, NEVER listens to Him until it’s too late. She’s repentant, but she’s not as willing to let Him have control over her destiny as she would like to believe.
    Jane’s misadventures are hilarious, especially when she decides she’s going to play detective and find out just who killed her employers. If anyone did. They could have been done in by one too many Roly-Poly burgers. She’s aided in this endeavor, when she can get him to pay attention, by her deceased employer’s son and former classmate the lackadaisical Jake Crawford. Who she finds herself a little too interested in despite the fact that he definitely Mr. Wrong.
    Oh those bad boys, even Christian girls have a soft spot for them. Well, he’s not that bad, just lost.
    During the subsequent “investigative” process, Jane manages to clear all of her suspects and is no closer to solving the crime than when she started. If there was a crime, remember those burgers. You will groan, in a good natured way, at Jane’s varying degrees of competence and naiveté. Jake too is surprising helpful, when he had a mind to do so. He may be lazy and have a lot bad habits but he really likes Jane. A lot.
    Not to be forgotten is the ever steadfast and good looking Isaac Daniels, the teacher who almost got Jane kicked out of school. A lapse in judgment, nothing malicious about it because he also likes Jane. A lot. He is supportive, shares her faith, gives very good advice regarding the investigation, and tries to steer her towards more realistic life goals. Advice Jane can understand, but doesn’t agree with. Remember, listening is a skill she needs to improve on.
    Jane does eventually solve the crime, yes there is a crime, but that is due more to luck, or the hand of God, then her deductive skills. Well she’s new to it, and besides how could she have foreseen all of the roadblocks that came her way?
    Like her parents riding to rescue, the over enthusiastic fast food protestor that gets her father arrested, the roommate issue that just will not go away, trying to get her mind on the right man and off the wrong one, or the troubles with her car, not all of them mechanical.
    Welcome to Jane Land, sit back enjoy the ride.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted February 25, 2014

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    Posted February 14, 2014

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