Kensington, Feb 2005, 22.0, 272 pp.
In New Orleans, Charlotte LaRue owns works as a maid for certain clients in order to support herself and keep busy. However, when Mimi Adams hires her Charlotte has no idea what she has let herself in for. Mimi explains that she is getting even with her neighbor Sally for hosting noisy pool parties and poisoning her trees. When the Horticultural Heritage Society meets at Mimi's home, Charlotte learns that many of the attendees detest their hostess.
Rita believes that Mimi had an affair with her husband; to get back at her, she runs for HHS president. When the secret ballot is tallied, Mimi wins, but Charlotte saw that her client's nosy friend June rigged the vote. Two other members want to start their own club. When Mimi suddenly dies, the coroner determines she was poisoned. Charlotte believes she knows who killed the odious Mimi, but lacks proof.
WIPED OUT is a southern cozy. Charlotte does not go searching for evidence, but does listen to conversations and observes behavior and events that lead her to unmask the culprit.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner