Good, Clean, Murder

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Good, Clean, Murder (A Plain Jane Mystery #1) by Traci Tyne Hilton

Sweet, kind, Jane’s ultimate dream is to become a missionary. When her parents wouldn’t pay for any type of Bible college or seminary, Jane decided to go it alone, cleaning houses to pay for school.

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One morning she is doing one of her regular jobs, when she discovers that her client, and owner of the Roly Burger fast-food franchise, dead she decides that cleaning isn’t all she can do.

Private Investigating!

Private Investigating!

Jane feels it is her duty to discover who murdered her best client. The police think it was natural causes, but Jane knows that with all the changes her client had been making and the protests surrounding him; there are plenty of possible suspects.

Who done it?

Who done it?

When her air-headed roommate loses their apartment, she accepts the housekeeping job provided by her recently deceased client’s son, Jake; as it will give her a roof, food she could never purchase, and a chance to investigate the family.

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To further complicate her life, one of Jane’s new classes has been given a young, attractive professor. Both are interested in each other, but with the school’s rules stand in the way.

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Besides this Jane also has her walk with God to consider, as some days are harder than others to live a Christian life and be Christlike to those who cause her pain.

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Thoughts After Reading:

The beginning is strong,

this is going to be good

But the mystery is easily solved and falls flat.

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I also fail to understand why she would be so interested in her professor, Isaac. He sounds like a weirdo and worst of all he knows that his flirting and asking her out will be harmful to her. BUT does it ANYWAY!!!

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I hope Jane ends up with Jake; riding the J train all the way.

I’d give this book three out of five stars.

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Grime and Punishment

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Grime and Punishment (Jane Jeffry #1) by Jill Churchill

Thoughts Before Reading:

So the first book I read in this series was From Here to Paternity. I got it for free from the library and hated it (more on that later). For some strange reason I thought I would give the first book a go to see if it was good, and when I read it, I loved it!

As you might have guessed, all the books in the series are reworking of famous films/literature. This one is of Crime and Punishment.

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The story is that widowed Jane Jeffry is doing a great job raising her kids. She has hidden from them the real reason dad was out that night when a car crashed into him, is there for her kids in carpooling, cooking, cleaning, supporting; but even supermoms need a little help.

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She’s supported by her husbands life insurance and interests, letting her be a stay at home mom, and she can even afford a cleaning lady to come in. When her usual person retires, she and her best friend Shelley, the next-door-neighbor, manage to score the best cleaning lady in the neighborhood.

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On the day of the new cleaning lady’s fist day, it is also one of Shelley’s legendary PTA parties. Fed up with people always bringing the same thing, no main courses, and at least one poorly done meal, she now assigns each mother a specific dish, one they can drop off early in the day so everything is ready to go at meeting time. Everyone is used to this and Shelley just leaves her door open as she trusts her neighbors and the cleaning lady will be there.

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That day Jane stops by early to see Shelley, and finds out that their new cleaning lady called in sick. Replaced this morning by another cleaner, who from far away and behind, looks just like her.

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Jane and Shelley visit, when Jane realizes she forgot to make her dish. She helps some other ladies drop off food, cleans up from the morning, runs around doing errands and finding ingredients. When she has everything completed, she goes to drop off the salad, happy to have made it under the wire. When she gets home she gets a call from Shelley. It turns out the cleaning lady is dead

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The police come and start the investigation, one sexy detective paying Jane a lot of attention. In fact they all pay her a lot of attention, thinking she is highly suspect in the cleaning lady’s murder.

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It soon is figured out that the murder meant to kill the original cleaning lady, Edith, rather than the replacement. It turns out Edith is very nosy, and her urge to snoop has netted her something big, and a death wish.

Jane is on the case to figure out who the killer is and clean up her neighborhood. Hopefully she can sweep up the answers before she is the next victim.

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Thoughts After Reading:

In some ways it was very similar to Mrs. McGinty’s Dead, the cleaning woman is nosy and discovers a real tidbit, being murdered for it; but in other ways it is very enjoyable. I loved it so much I had a hard time putting it down, eager to discover which suburbanite is the murderer and what really happened the night Jane’s husband died.

I encourage you to read it as it was fantastic. Yes:

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