WASH AND DIE
Cleaning lady and grandma Charlotte LaRue solves another mystery in this light-reading series. The plot moves along at a nice pace, considering Charlotte spends as much time cleaning as she does detecting. The author has created an atypical character who has a loyal following, even though she's quite unlikable.
It isn't long before Charlotte regrets her decision about Joyce. Charlotte realizes that Joyce can't be trusted and asks her to leave. When Joyce later turns up dead, Charlotte embarks on a search for her killer. (KENSINGTON, Feb., 240 pp., $22.00)