Professional organizer, Charlotte Adams, has limped back to her hometown of Woodbridge, New York, after tossing that square-cut diamond from her cheating dog of an ex- into the Hudson River. She’s starting again and finding support from the misfit friends of her childhood, getting her equilibrium back and enjoying a life that now includes her landlord and oldest friend, Jack Reilly, and a pair of challenging rescued dachshunds, Truffle and Sweet Marie. Sure, her mother’s occasional visits and regular phone calls can throw her for a loop, but Charlotte’s a problem solver. The series has been optioned for television.
In Organize Your Corpses, Charlotte is engaged by her much-feared old high school teacher, Helen Henley, unaffectionately known as Hellfire Henley, to clear out a hoarding relative’s decrepit home. Turns out clutter can be fatal and the wrong people can be accused of murder.
The Cluttered Corpse starts easy with a client’s out of control collection of stuffed animals, until that leads to a surprising death. Charlotte ends up embroiled in a bigger problem when a nasty neighbour is found dead and the client confesses to a crime that Charlotte is convinced she couldn’t have committed.
In Death Loves a Messy Desk a local business calls in Charlotte to deal with an employee’s disastrous desk and the resulting office turmoil. When the desk owner disappears, Charlotte soon realizes that there is something much more dangerous beneath the surface of the desk and the workplace.
In Closet Confidential a wealthy grieving client hires Charlotte to deal with her seven design-clothing-stuffed closets, but her real reason is to engage Charlotte to prove that her daughter died as a result of murder rather than an accident. The police toss obstacles in her path and trouble follows.
The Busy Woman’s Guide to Murder sees Mona Pringle, Charlotte’s ‘regular’ 911 operator, calls her to say that her childhood bullies are back in town. When the bullies start to die, one-by-one, Mona goes on the run and Charlotte must try to clear her name and prevent more deaths.
Death Plans a Perfect Trip Charlotte follows a tangled trail of clues through Paris, Lisbon, northern Italy and Cinque Terre in search of her missing mother, best-selling novelist, Esme Adams. The clues point to dark repercussions from Esme’s past and Charlotte’s childhood, leading to a relentless pursuit by unseen villains. Will Charlotte find Esme in time?
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