Charlotte LaRue should be happy. Her cleaning business is booming, and she has a loving family. However, the big 60th birthday is coming, and she's in a jam, again, thanks to one of her clients.

Marian Hebert has been hard to deal with, and so have her mood swings, enhanced by her husband's death. But now the body of his best friend, who supposedly died years earlier, has resurfaced. The whole situation seems shady, so naturally Charlotte is curious and tries to find the killer. But will she end up solving the crime, or just end up six feet under?

DEATH TIDIES UP is a fun, speedy read that dares the reader to keep up. The novel is extremely well plotted, and Colley handles her characters with a deft pen and grace. (Feb., 256 pp., $22.00)

Reviewed by: 
Robyn Glazer