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Dust Angel [Kindle Edition]

Jutta Profijt , Erik J. Macki
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Losing her posh advertising job, her boyfriend, and her apartment all in the same morning has left Corinna Leyendecker with a massive mess where her life should be. She tries to get things back on track, but with a mountain of red tape between her and unemployment assistance and a string of disastrous job interviews under her belt, it’s clear that following the rules is getting her nowhere. So she decides to start doing things her way…

With the help of a quirky friend—and some unconventional branding—Corinna launches her own business: an elite cleaning service for wealthy men. And business is booming…until the day she finds a dead homeless man in the house of a fussy new client. As usual, Corinna’s instinct is to clean up, but body disposal isn’t easy, especially when you’re juggling work, friendships, media attention, and a nasty flu. It’s going to take more than a little elbow grease to finish this dirty job and come out clean.



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About the Author

Jutta Profijt was born in 1967 in Ratingen, Germany. After finishing school, she lived abroad working as an au pair, an importer/exporter, a coach to executives and students, and a business English instructor. She published her first book in 2003, Morgue Drawer Four, which was shortlisted for Germany’s 2010 Friedrich Glauser Prize for best crime novel and which Mystery Scene Magazine praised as “not only funny, but…insightful.” Jutta currently works as a freelance writer and translator.

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  • File Size: 479 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 161109044X
  • Publisher: AmazonCrossing (March 19, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009LQX2J0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,896 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quirky & Fun, Light Mystery February 10, 2013
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Dust Angel is a mix between a "chick lit" and a mystery novel. Corinna Leyendecker, the protagonist, loses her job and her boyfriend on the same day. After some reflection, she realizes she didn't like her job all that much, and that she is unhappy with her excess weight and lack of friends. After a short stint of job interviews, Corinna has a revelation that she would be happier as a small business owner, and gets to work getting a government grant to start a company that provides household services for busy, executive men.

As one might expect, Corinna is lucky enough to get a grant, a loan, and unemployment to start her small company. Somewhat unexpectedly, her primary helper is a punk lesbian from Corinna's former job and the first employee of the company is a friend of Corinna's grandmother. A nasty, flu-like cold is almost a character in itself, as once Corinna catches the cold, her decision making abilities take a strong turn for the worse. This leads Corinna into an awkward encounter with a dead man, which is the "mystery" part of the story. However, Corinna is never actually frightened of the corpse, just frustrated and stressed, so the mystery is really more of a case of hijinks than a crime.

As in most stories of this type, Corinna overcomes challenges and obstacles to win success, lose and win back her friends, and decides that she doesn't really like her former boyfriend all that much, but is unexpectedly drawn to someone new. Dust Angel is a light and charming story--a nice book for an afternoon of escapism. There is a deft, light touch through most of the book which nicely smooths that this is a translation from German. I hope that Dust Angel gets some exposure in the US, I believe it deserves a place on the 2013 list of "beach reads."
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jobless, homeless, loveless & sleepless in Düsseldorf January 26, 2013
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Corinna Leyendecker loses her job in advertising, and after many horrific job interviews decides to start her own business: a comprehensive house cleaning and maintenance service called Dust Angel. It so happens she has fine blonde hair like an angel, but her height (5'11") and her weight hardly suggest the diaphanous proportions of a heavenly visitant. Nonetheless this is the start of a great business plan - and a hilarious adventure, or rather misadventure.

Jutta Profijt is the author of a series of books about a ghost who haunts the coroner who did his postmortem. I loved those peculiar mysteries for their oddity and wit. Dust Angel is written in the same witty style and with similiar offbeat humor. But it's not a mystery, despite the presence of a dead body in the plot, but rather a kind of lifestyle comedy.

The truth is, I don't really know how to categorize Dust Angel, but I had great fun reading it.

I loved the satiric commentary on the hip denizens of ad agencies (I've been a copywriter, and Profijt describes the scene perfectly ). Another hilarious bit of satire focuses on a seminar that teaches would-be entrepreneurs how to dress for success. Here Corinna learns to her amazement that dusty rose is her best color and that despite her height she will have to start wearing high heels. The coach's disparaging remarks about Corinna and everyone else in the seminar are pretty funny.

Corinna has her romantic troubles, of course. It's not easy to be thirty-one, have big hips, and lose your boyfriend to an elfin hottie.

But this is a very upbeat novel, despite the agonies of anxiety, stress and downright terror Corinna has to go through before things look up. If here's hope for Corinna, there's hope for us all.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent April 30, 2013
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This is a story about a woman who loses both her job and her boyfriend in the same day. After bombing several job interviews, she decides to start her own housecleaning business that is aimed at wealthy bachelors. After work one day, she realizes that she left a door unlocked so she returns to her client's home to lock the door and she finds the dead body of a homeless man in the cooler. Thinking that the man snuck into the home because of the unlocked door, she puts the body in the trunk of her car to dispose of it before her client finds out and her new business falls apart. The writing is good, but the story is just ok. It contains a lot of chick lit clichés such as a break-up, significant weight loss and an ex-boyfriend who is suddenly interested again after fabulous makeover. For me these types of stories are played out, but I was drawn to this book because of the mystery surrounding the dead man, but in the end the conclusion of the mystery was anti-climatic. And the amount of time she spent driving around with the body in the trunk of her car dragged on for far too long. This book would be a good choice for the beach or a plane ride, but not so interesting that I was rushing to read where I had left off.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars it was alright April 24, 2013
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Corinna loses her job, starts her own business, things go awry, hilarity and hijinks ensue, everything gets sorted, all the loose ends are tied up. That's basically what happens in this book except the hilarity isn't that hilarious or interesting. I did like that it took place in Germany, that made it more interesting, but after a while I wasn't that interested in what would happen next and only kept reading because it's a light read (think airplane or beach) and I knew it wouldn't take too long. I started out liking the book and was waiting for it to pick up speed and take off, but it never really did. After all problems get sorted out, there is a brief bit that mostly wraps up the loose ends...it felt like a very cheaty way to do that, like the author couldn't be bothered to work those details into the main story. I really thought I would like this book but in the end it was just...meh.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Fun, funny mystery story.
Published 14 days ago by Sharon Opila
5.0 out of 5 stars A great humorous murder mystery!
Once again Jutta Profijt has presented us with a captivating and humorous murder-mystery-romance novel that held my interiors throughout. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Sylvia Kircher
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Easy book to read with humor, some suspense, and romance.
Published 1 month ago by Katy Pawlowicz
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Light summertime read; somewhat predictable.
Published 1 month ago by William J. Kuffner
4.0 out of 5 stars An easy interesting quick read
Enjoyed this story. It was a quick read. Nice writing style.
Published 2 months ago by Jeanne M. Popovich
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed in "Dust Angel"
Story is not creative enough to keep your interest... Actually becomes boring.... Most books you can't wait to read through, but this one drags on slowly.
Published 2 months ago by deborah cavalieri
3.0 out of 5 stars dust angel
Could have been a 4 star, but author tries too hard to make it amusing. Seems like an attempt to imitate the Kinsey Milhouse dectective series.
Published 2 months ago by Sally H. Bozeat
4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed this book.
I enjoyed this book. There were quite a few unexpected turns which I couldn't have guessed. And I read this book quickly without wanting to put it down.
Published 3 months ago by CindiK
4.0 out of 5 stars Would make a good chick flick
This is a total chick book. The heroine finds herself dumped and fired on the same day. She discovers her boyfriend has a new woman when she gets home early after getting fired. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dio
5.0 out of 5 stars Dust Angel
Very entertaining. Light evening reading. Has a lot of funny and cute happenings without sex and good reading for a rainy Sunday afternoon. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Minnie
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