Maid For Murder Book Summary and Study Guide

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Kensington, Feb 2002, 25.00, 264 pp.
ISBN 1575668734

    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.
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    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.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   70% Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings towards family/friends Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   vigilante getting revenge Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   small businessman Age:    -   40's-50's


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Deep South

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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