Catching up with Charlotte LaRue is
like spending time with an old friend, albeit one usually in the mix of a murder mystery. The mystery in this enjoyable page-turner takes a while to get started, but that's all the more time to learn what's been going on with the characters, especially retired detective Louis Thibodeaux, since her last adventure.

This outing, set in post-Katrina New Orleans, has Charlotte putting her Maid-for-a-Day company in the hands of her assistant so that she can fill in for a friend at the Jazzy Hotel. There, Charlotte has a run-in with an upset Tessa Morgan, whose husband is having an affair with a younger woman, Lisa. Not surprisingly, there is more to Lisa's story than originally thought. When she's murdered and the clues point to Tessa, the wife is quickly arrested.

But something doesn't feel right to Charlotte, so she takes an extra look around the hotel rooms she's cleaning. When trouble comes calling (literally), Charlotte keeps asking herself why she didn't mind her own business! (KENSINGTON, Jan., 256 pp., $22.00)
Reviewed by: 
Sandra Garcia-Myers