Books by Barbara Colley

Barbara Colley is an award-winning author whose books have been published in sixteen foreign languages. A native of Louisiana, she lives with her family in a suburb of New Orleans. Besides writing and sharing her stories, she loves strolling through the h

DUSTED TO DEATH by Barbara Colley
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"An eighth straightforward puzzle in which likable amateur sleuth Charlotte does her level best to straighten up someone else's mess."
Housekeeper almost gets her clock cleaned when a movie company shoots in her client's Greek Revival home. Read full book review >
WASH AND DIE by Barbara Colley
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Colley keeps her tale moving along smartly as no-nonsense Charlotte delivers a tidy treat."
No good deed goes unpunished when housecleaner Charlotte LaRue (Scrub-a-Dub Dead, 2007, etc.) lets her tenant's ex-wife stay in her New Orleans home after Katrina has passed through. Read full book review >
SCRUB-A-DUB-DEAD by Barbara Colley
Released: Dec. 26, 2006

"A routine mystery enlivened by romantic interludes like this one: 'As far as kisses went, it was more of a friendly type of kiss as opposed to the passionate type.'"
To oblige a friend, New Orleans housecleaner Charlotte LaRue (Wiped Out, 2005, etc.) takes a temporary job at the Garden District's Jazzy Hotel, where the body count keeps rising. Read full book review >
WIPED OUT by Barbara Colley
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Even likable Charlotte's fans may well see the solution coming a long way off. "
All the Lysol in the world can't hide the scent of murder in New Orleans's posh Garden District. Read full book review >
DEATH TIDIES UP by Barbara Colley
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Detection definitely gets swept into a corner in Colley's overplotted follow-up to her debut, Maid for Murder (2002)."
Actually, death makes a big fat mess. Years ago, Bill Hebert died in a freak accident, leaving his wife Marian alone to raise two sons, Aaron and B.J., and run his ailing New Orleans real-estate firm. Later, Drew Bergeron, Bill's former business partner, was killed in a plane crash. But now, Janet Davis and Emily Coleman, two of Charlotte LaRue's Maid-for-a-Day cleaning crew, discover the supposed-to-be-dead realtor's freshly murdered corpse in a second-floor closet of the Devilier place, bringing the cleanup of the newly renovated apartments to a screeching halt. Charlotte, who's got the heebie-jeebies anyway on account of her fast-approaching 60th birthday, falls over in a dead faint, causing the cops who respond to the call—Charlotte's tenant and not-so-secret admirer Louis Thibodeaux and her niece Judith Monroe—to insist that Charlotte's physician son Hank send Mom for a checkup. Soon Charlotte's cleaning bucket is full to overflowing. Not only does she have to run Marian's rapidly disintegrating household, keep tabs on delinquent B.J., swap gossip with nosy client Bitsy Duhe, improve her parakeet's vocabulary, encourage her employee Nadia Wilson's romance with her nephew Daniel, and discourage her niece Judith's unsuitable affair with her partner Will Richeux, she also has to fend off advances from handyman Sam Roberts, cross swords repeatedly with Louis, and of course solve a murder. Read full book review >
MAID FOR MURDER by Barbara Colley
Released: Feb. 5, 2002

"Adolescent romantic maunderings mar postmenopausal Charlotte's otherwise respectable debut."
The living's not so easy for 60-ish Charlotte LaRue, owner of Maid-for-a-Day cleaning service. Not only does she have to ride herd on reliable employees like Nadia Wilson, who can be counted on to take off every time her no-account boyfriend Ricco Martinez gets thrown into jail, but she herself cleans the stately mansions of two of the richest and most finicky families in New Orleans' posh Garden District. Of course, Bitsy Duhe isn't a problem; except for her shameless love of gossip and her affinity for kitchen gadgets, she's basically a tidy housekeeper. But it's another story at the Dubuissons' place. This Greek Revival mansion is not only huge, it seems plagued by misfortune. Twenty years ago Andrew St. Martin was killed there shortly after his daughter Jeanne's marriage to powerful attorney Jackson Dubuisson, and now Jackson spends every minute at work, except for the minutes he steals to flirt with his partner Tony Marriott's wife Sydney, leaving Jeanne alone to care for her bedridden mother Clarice. But when Jackson too is killed by an intruder, Jeanne trusts no one more than Charlotte to comfort her in her time of need. And Charlotte—to the double dismay of her niece, police detective Judith Monroe, and Judith's surly partner, Louis Thibodeaux—must scour the landscape to bring a killer to justice. Read full book review >