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Book Review: Wiped Out

Reviewed By: Dawn Dowdle

[5 stars]

Wiped Out     Amazon US PB Amazon US HC Amazon Canada PB Amazon Canada HC
Barbara Colley
Class/Genre:   Mystery   Cozy   Amateur Sleuth
Series: Charlotte Larue
Kensington Hardback, 2/05, 272 pages, $22.00

Charlotte LaRue owns Maid for a Day in New Orleans. She also works as a maid for a few clients. Her son is always trying to get her to retire. Sheís just not ready. She prefers to work to keep busy and support herself. Sheís taken on a new client, Mimi Adams, and Charlotte has no idea what sheís gotten herself into.

She soon learns that not only is Mimi getting even with her neighbor Sally for her noisy pool parties and poisoning Mimiís trees, the Horticultural Heritage Society that Mimi hosts at her house has a lot of discord. Rita has accused Mimi of having an affair with her husband, so to retaliate, she runs for president of HHS against Mimi. Mimi wins by secret ballot, but Charlotte knows that the vote was rigged by Mimiís best friend June. Then some members try to start their own club. When Mimi dies of poisoning, there is an abundance of suspects.

Charlotte continues to clean for Mimiís family, but soon wonders if that arrangement can continue. She begins to search for proof of the killerís identity. But can she do so without being caught and without getting killed herself?

Plus she has her family and its idiosyncrasies to deal with. And letís not forget Louis. Even though heís not as prominent in this book, he is still in the mix.

I always love books in this series. I would really like to have Charlotte come clean for me. She is a hoot. I like the New Orleans setting as well. This is a place Iíve always wanted to visit. When I finish reading a book in this series, I feel as if Iíve visited it. This is a great Southern cozy. Itís a fast, enjoyable read. I hated for it to end. I highly recommend this book.

Dawn Dowdle

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