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While on a late-night job in tiny Shakespeare, Ark., Lily Bard, 31, sees a furtive figure placing large plastic garbage bags in the local park and, untying one, discovers the body of her former landlord. In a quick but anonymous phone call (she is determined to avoid any questioning), she reports it to the police chief. With skill and wry wit, Harris, the author of the Aurora Teagarden series, soon reveals the horrific facts in Lily's background that explain why she is solitary, confrontational, obsessed with self-defense—and why she chooses, despite a first-rate education, to eke out a living as a cleaning woman. Realizing, however, that her fingerprints on the body of the dead man might make her a suspect, Lily subtly and insightfully queries her customers, some of them tenants of the murdered landlord, in the process meticulously evaluating their closets, drawers and motives. The renters are a well-defined lot: a happily promiscuous idler; a sanctimonious and hypocritical reverend; and an aging couple with much to grieve about. As Lily investigates, she develops a wary but cordial relationship with the police chief and forms a warmer tie with her karate instructor. But at the same time, someone has discovered the unspeakable facts about Lily's past and has begun stalking her. Harris's finely tuned, colorful and suspenseful tale, filled with vigorous and unique characters, will leave readers hoping it's the start of a series.
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Harris, author of the Aurora Teagarden series, now introduces Lily Bard, resident of Shakespeare, Arkansas, a woman fiercely protective of her privacy, determined to succeed as a one-woman cleaning agency, and just as fiercely determined to excel in karate. When the unpopular and very nosy owner of the apartment building next door is murdered and the body dumped in the local park, Lily reports the body to the police--anonymously. The local police chief, however, is nobody's fool and quickly discovers Lily's involvement and her own past, which makes her a possible suspect. Given the situation and, since she cleans for many of the other possible suspects, some opportunities, Lily decides that the only way to clear her name is to find the real killer. Harris has created an intriguing new character in this solidly plotted story. Expect more from crime fiction's first cleaning-lady series. Stuart Miller --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
A very interesting and conflicted lead character. Not as much fun as Sookie but still very good.Published 2 months ago by cliff bolder
Rather a standard cozy mystery, where someone in a small apartment building must have killed the landlord. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Diane H.
Though a "True Blood" fan, this was my first time reading Charlaine Harris, and (admittedly) I probably started here because the premise of this series seemed so... Read morePublished 2 months ago by ShowBizBuff
I had read this book several years ago. I read and re-read the books I enjoy.this was one of those. The series has 5 complete books that build on each other. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lori lynn satterly
I love Charlene Harris and I she didn't disappoint me. I love the character of Lilly Bard and the people she cleans houses for. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sylvia E. Huckaby
At first I was disappointed in this book because I have read Charlaine Harris before and I love the Sookie books. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Author Jane B Night
Finished all the Sookie Stackhouse books and thought I would check out another series by this author. Read morePublished 4 months ago by R. Murphy