Charlotte LaRue, owner of Maid For A Day in New Orleans has two problems. One is that she hasn't been feeling too well lately and the other is she's about to turn the big 60.
But both of these seem unimportant when while cleaning the old Devilier House, which has been converted to apartments, her cleaning crew stumbles across a body.
Being braver than her crew, Charlotte goes to the closet to check and realizes that the half-dressed man sitting on the floor is indeed dead. And even though he's wearing a purple Mardi Gras mask, there's something familiar about him.
But even she was shocked to hear that the dead man was Drew Bergeron, who supposedly died in a plane crash years before. Where had he been, and why had he come back.
Charlotte couldn't help wondering if his death had anything to do with the "accidental" death of Bill Hebert, husband of Marion Hebert, one of her clients. Bill had been fired by Drew years before and had fell into a depression over it. Marion still blames that firing for Bill not paying as close attention as he should have to his new job and that was what caused the accident.
Or maybe it was the secret that Marion, Bill and Drew shared, going back 20 years which was the real problem.
Charlotte tries to solve the mystery, before the killer can kill again.
I really like the relationship between Charlotte and her family friends, especially her niece, Judith who's a Police Detective and her son, Hank, who's a doctor.
She has a great just beginning, but not quite a romance, yet starting with Detective Louis Thibodeaux, who is getting ready to retire and is living in the other half of Charlotte's Duplex while he's building his new house. If you read the first book in this series, "Maid For Murder" these two would have been the least likely people to have ever gotten together.
The mystery. I figured out who did it and why halfway through the book and then spent the rest of the book, thinking, it must be a red herring because it can't be that easy. But it was.
Too many loose ends. Why did Drew leave. You have theories, but no one ever comes right out says this is why Drew disappeared. How did he do it, and why did he come back?
There are several things the killer does that don't make sense and they're not explained, I can't say what they are because it would give away who the killer was.
Overall it was an nice read. Nothing that makes you really excited to get the next book in the series. But good enough that you want to read the next one.