There's a bad case of spring-cleaning fever going around New Orleans's historic Garden District, and it's keeping Charlotte LaRue-proprietor of Maid-for-a-Day-plenty busy. Especially when what's supposed to be a simple housecleaning job ends in a grim discovery-and things start to get real dirty real fast...Charlotte has just about had it with her sister Madeline. She's put up with her simpering sibling's selfish demands and snide comments for years, but when Maddie turns on her own son and his new bride, Charlotte's really steamed. She thinks Daniel and Nadia make a beautiful couple-and Nadia's little boy is just as cute as can be. And now that Nadia's abusive ex-boyfriend is out of the picture-no one's seen the cad in ages-the new family's future seems bright. But years of polishing, scrubbing, and dusting have taught Charlotte that it's only a matter of time before things get messy. Sure enough, when she pays a visit to a wealthy client's lavish mansion, an urn breaks open-and human bones spill out. A little snooping turns up a driver's license belonging to Nadia's no-good ex. Could the bones be his, too? It would certainly explain why he's been MIA for such a long time. Charlotte's suddenly got a lot more than cleaning on her mind-like how to get Nadia and Daniel off the short list of suspects that also includes powerful mayoral candidate Lowell Webster, as well as Charlotte's own client, spoiled socialite Patsy Dufour. And before she knows it, Charlotte's up to her elbows in the kind of dirty business that doesn't pay the bills...
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