Dusted To Death

Dusted To Death

by Barbara Colley

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780758261786
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 12/01/2010
Series: A Charlotte LaRue Mystery , #8
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,021,550
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Barbara Colley is an award-winning author whose books have been published in sixteen foreign languages. A native of Louisiana, she lives with her family in a suburb of New Orleans. Besides writing and sharing her stories, she loves strolling through the historical New Orleans French Quarter and Garden District, which inspired the setting for her Charlotte La Rue mystery series, Readers can write to Barbara at P.O. Box 290, Boutte, LA 70039.

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Dusted to Death 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
WillowOne on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Dusted to Death is the eighth book in the Charlotte LaRue Mysteries. Charlotte owns a business she calls Maid-For-A-Day. In this book Charlotte has taken a job taking care of a clients home during a movie shoot. When murder takes place Charlotte becomes involved in finding out who did it and why.I liked the fact that this book was "clean", Charlotte doesn't swear. Sometimes the swearing is overdone in many books. I have never read any of the previous books in the series but it wasn't hard to catch on to the character personalities. I liked the way Mrs. Colley wrote the story so that the reader could try and solve the mystery along with Charlotte and not being told what and why at each turn.
mindy74 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
"Dusted to Death" is the newest entry in Barbara Colley's Charlotte LaRue mystery series. Even though I hadn't read any of the previous titles, I was able to get a quick grasp of the main character and storyline due to Colley's easy to read writing style. LaRue is the owner of her own business, "Maid for a Day," and this time is hired to clean an old mansion for a movie shoot. As one might suspect, a murder occurs and LaRue finds herself trying to solve the mystery. The characters were fun and interesting, and there is even a little romance. This is a perfect mystery series for those who want "clean" mysteries; there is no sex, and LaRue herself doesn't swear and doesn't seem to like it when other do either. It's a nice, fun, easy read and although I don't know if I will want to catch up on the whole series, I will probably read future entries. Perfect bedtime reading.
aztwinmom on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Dusted to Death, set in New Orleans, features an older woman who owns her own maid service. This is a cozy mystery in the best tradition. The story has a good mystery to keep the reader interested and characters you quickly become involved with. I found this a fun, relaxing read and plan to read more by this author.
libri_amor on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Dusted to Death is the latest in an on going series about a small maid service in New Orleans, Charlotte the owner of Maid for a Day is the main character. This is a murder mystery with a few plot twists and a couple of red herrings based on the ins and outs of a film production using one of Charlotte's customers/friends home for the set of the movie. Throw in the obligatory 'love interests' both for the main character and the movie crew and stars and you have a fast reading mystery. As with many cozy mystery series jumping in in the middle of the series leaves a lot of loose ends hanging around, not all are cleaned up well enough to have the back story to understand some of the references. All that being said the story line is well plotted, with just enough 'side' plots to make it an interesting read. Not sure I would go find the rest of the books to 'catch up' on the back story tho.
Readerwoman on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Fun but a little too fluffy for me, even tho' cozies are my idea of a great read. A little TOO clean, too careful, too straight-laced. Has some great ideas, just not developed enough to be a strong contender in a field (cozy mysteries) that is swamped with great writers.
rosagallica on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Dusted To Death was a fun read but predictable. This was the first of this series I've read but I'm not sure I enjoyed it enough to make me want to read the rest. I want a storyline that keeps me reading late into the night. This was a pleasant little mystery but the suspense wasn't there until the last couple chapters.
mldg on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Dusted to Death is the eighth book in the Charlotte LaRue mystery series. Charlotte is the sixty-something, diabetic owner of Maid-For-A-Day. She's been hired to clean a house being used in a movie in her hometown of New Orleans.Charlotte's character is a no-nonsense, lovable, compassionate woman. The star of the movie is arrested when Charlotte finds a dead body in the dressing room. With the help of her son's childhood friend, Charlotte takes a trip to find out who actually did do the murder. This book is well written with good characters. Now I think I must go back and read the beginning of the series to see what led up to this story.
booboobad on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Good book. I didn't figure out who "did it" until it was spelled out in the story. (very different for me, I usually figure things out pretty fast). Also, the "light" love story gave it a slightly difffernt twist than your usual mystery. I can't wait to see what happens next.
NellieMc on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This book is still a fun three hour read, but not quite on the par of her other books. The subplot of Charlotte's maybe romance seemed to get in the way of her usual spirit and vivacity and it impeded the plot a bit. It's obvious that everything's going to get solved and worked out, and that Charlotte will be in danger, and it's an enjoyable light ride,but one that could have had a bit more mystery and tension to it. Still, a good series in the genre of light mystery and provides a decent escape for a good three hours.
mishmelle on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I got about ¾ of the way through this book before I had to put it down. Though cozies are not my bread and butter reading material, I do enjoy them occasionally. However, what I thought would be a humorous and quirky mystery turned out to be just bland and boring. I would almost call this a Christian mystery as the main character is very prim and proper, doesn¿t tolerate swearing, says grace before eating, and either church or the bible was mentioned several times. It¿s not a bad thing if you like your books very clean. For me, it made for a very boring read. I usually give one star for books I cannot finish. I gave this one two stars because I don¿t think it is a bad book, just that it isn¿t right for me. I think someone who likes a straight forward whodunit type mystery or someone who enjoys Christian fiction might like this one.
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Big_Time_Publishing_Radio More than 1 year ago
There's a film studio in New Orleans that finds Bitsy house fabulous to want to pay her to use her house for a movie. The film studio has to hire Bitsy housekeeper to seal the deal and her name is Charlotte. Charlotte is use to the hustle and bustle so she goes in to the job done but one thing wasn't disclosed to Charlotte and that she has to deal with an actress name Angel and her drama with her man. She quickly falls into the responsibilities she is told to do although she has to bit her tongue to get the job done. As the days goes on and she finds herself meeting up with people of all kinds including her son BF, turns out to be Angel limousine driver. After all the years that pass was really a shocking sight for Charlotte because the life style he lived didn't look to glorifying for him to turn out to be an outstanding person. After some days of hard work and continue reporting day after day she comes in and there wasn't too much terrific going on yet. She goes up stairs to check it out and comes across a dead body and it was the men of the actress and he was stabbed with a letter opener. Charlotte screams for help and call 911 to become the main suspect at the moment until the limousine driver request extra help to clear Angel name because she was arrested moments later for the death of her man. They find themselves going deep into Angel background in this little town to come up empty handed but with Charlotte experience of this not being her first murder case. She explores more and get deeper to find out that someone had it out for both Angel and her man.
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Sandy1946 More than 1 year ago
Offbear,but fun reading.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
In New Orleans at sixty-three years of age, Charlotte LaRue still has the energy to perform the work of her business Maid for a Day as she cleans for selected clients who prefer her only. Bitsy Dhue asks Charlotte to watch her Victorian house as well as keeping it clean because a movie company is going to film there. It is a two week gig and she will receive $5000 for this pristine assignment. One of the movie stars is Angel Martinique who has the reputation of her first name, but as Charlotte quickly learns G-string is apropos rather than the G rating reputation of this Hollywood heater, who away from the lights is a spoiled virago. Charlotte enters a room to find the body of Angel's boyfriend Nick Franklin. She also notices next to the corpse, the letter opener used in a recent Angel scene and later confirmed by the cops as the murder weapon. Angel is arrested but her chauffeur Benny who loves her persuades Charlotte, whom he has heard solved homicides, to help him prove her innocence by finding the real culprit. This amateur sleuth is terrific due to the Hollywood invasion that leads to an intricately created mystery. The heroine has strong instincts and her work enables her to notice clues in what seems like spotless segues. Fans will enjoy Charlotte cleaning up the crime scene not aware the killer is watching her . Harriet Klausner