by Barbara Colley
'Maid for a Day' keeps Charlotte LaRue plenty busy, of course.
But her latest job involves more than dusting and mopping.
She must also contend with the rumblings of a feuding New Orleans
gardening club. Things certainly aren’t coming up roses
in Barbara Colley‘s expertly paced, character-driven
off to a sweltering start, and Charlotte is already feeling the heat.
One of her best clients has just up and moved, leaving Charlotte
with a big chunk of free time in her normally hectic schedule. Her
son Hank is thrilled. He thinks it’s high time his mother retired.
But Charlotte has other ideas—and a new client to boot. Gardening
enthusiast Mimi Adams is planning to host the next meeting of the
Horticultural Heritage Society, a popular club among New Orleans’ A-list.
Mimi wants Charlotte to be there.
Charlotte had expected some good gossip at the meeting, but these
are downright ferocious. They’ve got their claws out, with free-floating
talk of extra-martial affairs (did Mimi really sleep with Rita’s husband?)
and a bitter argument over the club’s recent presidential election (Mimi
won…or did she?). A few days later, Mimi’s dead. Poisoned, according
to the doctor. But who planted it, and where? Was it in the bitter brownies at
the meeting? Or in the red wine? As Charlotte takes a closer look at Mimi’s “friends,” neighbors,
and scheming husband, she realizes she has a whole plot full of suspects to weed
through…and she’d better start digging.
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