"Lighthearted amateur sleuth"
Charlotte La Rue needed something to support herself
and her infant son when her lover died in Vietnam so she
opened up a cleaning service Maid for a Day. Thirty years
later, fifty-nine years old Charlotte has expanded the
business which operates in the high society section of New
Orleans called appropriately the Garden District. She is a
good person who tries to keep a relationship with her
clients on a business level but sometimes she fails.
One of the clients she ends up befriending is Jeanne
Duboisson, a rich woman who stays home to take care of her
sick mother. Jeanne's husband Jackson is rarely home and
rumors come to Charlotte's attention that he is stepping
out on Jeanne. When Jackson is found murdered in his own
study, Charlotte reluctantly gets drawn into the
investigation and to her surprise, she likes trying to
figure out who the murderer actually is.
MAID FOR MURDER is a lighthearted amateur sleuth
novel that bursts with humor yet contains pathos and
poignancy. The characters are drawn very true to life and
the reader will end up feeling sympathy for the victims as
well as the perpetrator. Fans will enjoy Barbara Colley's
very good debut novel.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted December 31, 2001