Review by Ryer Islington, Author of ULTIMATE JUSTICE, A Trey Fontaine Mystery
If you love cozies, check out this great series by Barbara Colley.
The first book is MAID FOR MURDER, in which the lovely Charlotte LaRue is introduced. Charlotte lives in and owns a Victorian double, in New Orleans, Louisiana. She runs her own business, providing housecleaning for the upper crust. Or maybe the middle crust, depending on your point of view. This book is all about the murder of one of Barbara’s clients and ends with a…ahm…bang.
Book two of the series is DEATH TIDIES UP, in which Charlotte finds a body in a newly renovated apartment she has been hired to clean. There’s a deep mystery here, with Charlotte’s niece, as well as the tenant in the other half of her double, Detective Louis Thibodeaux–quite a handsome and very friendly single man, constantly hovering over Charlotte. Another good mystery.
And then comes POLISHED OFF, WIPED OUT. MARRIED TO THE MOP, SCRUB-A-DUB DEAD, WASH AND DIE, and DUSTED TO DEATH.
Biography of Barbara Colley
Barbara Colley is an award-winning, best-selling author whose books have been published in over
seventeen foreign languages.
A native of Louisiana, Barbara has lived there all of her life. She was born in the town of Ringgold
and grew up in Minden where she worked on her high school newspaper staff, and later, on the staff of the
Minden Press and Herald. At that time though, she never really dreamed of becoming a writer. In fact,
she attended Louisiana Tech University and Nicholls State University as a music education major. Her
dream then was to become a band director. Instead, she fell in love, married, and moved with her
husband, David, to a small suburb of New Orleans. Over thirty years later, three children, and six precious
grandchildren, Barbara and her husband still live there.
“I truly love living near New Orleans,” Barbara says. “With its Creole French and Spanish
influence, it’s such a unique and interesting city. Strolling through the historical French Quarter or through
the lush Garden District is one of my favorite things to do. The city is well over 200 years old, but each
time that I visit, I find something new and fascinating.”
I hope that everyone who loves cozies will check out this great series, as well as Ms. Colley’s other books. All can be found online, as well as at fine brick-and-mortar stores around the world.