Death Tidies Up by Barbara Colley
(Charlotte LaRue Mystery Series, Book 2)

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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 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. . .


About Barbara Colley

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Barbara Colley, P.E., is the head of BC3E, Barbara Colley Consulting Engineers, a firm that provides a full range of civil engineering design services, based in Sonoma County, California. She is a land development specialist with over 30 years' experience. Her work has spanned hydrology, hydraulic system design, solid and water-borne waste management, natural resources and environmental impact, geology, and transportation studies.
Published January 1, 2005 by Kensington Books. 292 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction

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Besides, watching over a movie shoot in Bitsy’s mansion sounds like a piece of cake—and with her handsome neighbor Louis Thibodeaux acting kind of weird, Charlotte won’t at all mind getting a peek at leading man Hunter Lansky.

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Things turn even more complicated when Charlotte finds out client Marian Herbert's husband was involved in a business deal with the real estate agent that went badŠshortly thereafter Marian's husband died in a suspicious accident and Bergeron was believed killed in a small plane crash.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Much hinges on an automobile accident of ten years ago, when four Tulane University students, including Marian Hebert, Charlotte's client, Drew Bergeron, the dead man, and two others "borrowed" the car of a Tulane chemistry professor and ran over and killed a pedestrian.

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DEATH TIDIES UP by Barbara Colley is a entertaining second episode in the Charlotte LaRue mystery series.

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Reviewing the Evidence

DEATH TIDIES UP is the second in this New Orleans-based series featuring Charlotte LaRue, owner and chief employee of Maid-for-a-Day, a cleaning business.

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