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Killed by Clutter (A Domestic Bliss Mystery #4)

3.56 of 5 stars 3.56  ·  rating details  ·  279 ratings  ·  30 reviews
At first glance, decorator Erin Gilbert fell in love with the charming little bungalow on a quiet street in Crestview, Colorado. Until she stepped inside. There, eccentric widow Helen Walker has created a maze of bric-a-brac, papers, and just plain junk that she won’t throw out. Even worse: two bizarre deaths have convinced Helen she is being stalked by a serial killer–and ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published February 27th 2007 by Dell (first published January 1st 2007)
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Once again, Erin Gilbert finds herself embroiled in an interior design job-turned-murder as her attempts to declutter an elderly woman's house result in dead bodies galore. What exactly is hidden amongst the moldering piles of newspapers and magazines? Will Erin save the old woman from her busy-body neighbors and interfering relatives before the plug is pulled on her own life? And how much longer can she and Steve Sullivan flirt around before someone makes a definitive move?

The characters are fu
I thought this was a pleasant read. I haven't read any of the others in the series but I'm thinking about checking them out.

The only thing I didn't like about this was the decoration tips.
Ashland Mystery Oregon
Decorator Erin Gilbert's down on her luck and re-imagines herself in a new career - a de-clutterer. Is her latest client a nutcase hoarder or is she a hoarder in danger? Love the fictional take on what appears to be an all too common disorder, and makes me want to clean house.

Good character development and small town cozy relationships that you love to love and hate. The family dynamics make you want to weep. Not much local color, but no matter, go read Fodors.

--Ashland Mystery

Killed By Clutter
Leslie Caine
328 pages
copyright: 2007
isbn: 978-440-33598-6

A Place for Everything And Everything In It's Place. Including Murder.

At first glance, decorator Erin Gilbert fell in love with the charming little bungalow on a quiet stret in Crestview, Colorado. Unitl she stepped inside. There, eccentric widow Helen Walker has created a maze of bric-a-brac, papers, and just plain junk that she won't throw out. Even worse: two bizarre deaths have convinced Helen she is being stalk
Cathy Savage
I would have rated it at 2&1/2 stars if I could. The story was okay if a bit far fetched. At the end I got the feeling of "deus ex machina" as tidbits were revealed. To my mind the story was cluttered up by all the description of the decorating schemes in the various locations. I don't feel it aided the story at all. I guess I should have expected that from the series name of "Domestic Bliss". Likely won't bother with any others by this author unless I have nothing else to read (never going ...more
While this isn't my usual type of book, I rather enjoyed it. I have often speculated as to whether or not my high stacks of books would come tumbling down on my head while I slept, so I thought this would be a good one for me! :-)

It's decent, albeit far-fetched and idiosyncratic. If I knew that someone was breaking into my home and taking things, I would certainly change my locks, something the protagonist refuses to do.... hmmm... I guess if she did, there wouldn't be much of a book! "Police of
Allison Kohn
A good mystery

As usual this was a good mystery. I wanted to tell those two to grow up more than once but the mysteries are always intriguing. I'm sure anyone who enjoys a good mystery will be glad they got this one.
The main character was just a bit to overwhelming in her nosiness and her butting in the way she did. She could have handled getting clues and helping in a much better way than the way she pushed herself on everyone.
I spotted this title at the Niles Library and know I had to read it! I struggle each day to de-clutter around here, but being a fairly serious packrat, I seem to be losing the battle.

Fortunately (is this a spoiler?) it doesn't appear the murder(s) in this book were actually caused by the piles of stuff. This book is part of a series of mystery novels by Leslie Caine--a "Domestic Bliss" series. It features a protagonist who is an interior decorator. I think that several of the other novels featur
There was just enough substance to keep me engaged, but that was it. Mystery portion was very simplistic and the relationship between Gilbert and Sullivan was extremely irritating. Maybe their dynamics would have been more sensible if I hadn't jumped into the middle of the series.
Eccentric widow Helen Walker has created a maze of "stuff" she won’t throw out. Decorator Erin Gilbert has been hired by Helen's family to help her get rid of the clutter. Helen is reluctant as she is convinced that people around her who are dying are really being killed and her only defense is her cluttered house.Realizing that there is a method to her client’s madness, Erin sets out to discover just what is in the house that really is worth killing for.
A neighbor gave me this book in a stack of several pulp fiction books. This is fairly cheesy writing but in the end it was interesting enough that it worked to keep my mind away from other concerns, so that's good. Evidently the author has several in a series of books about an interior-decorator turned detective. I prefer my Goldy Schultz catering mysteries over this sort of book, but it's still fine if you want a fluffy, easy read.
Erin Gilbert, an interior designer in Crestview, Colorado, is hired by a couple to help their pack-rat aunt move back into her house instead of living in her garage, the only open space she has left. But the aunt is sure someone is out to kill her. And before you can say "junk", there is a dead body. And it's up to Erin to figure out who the killer is.
It was ok, but not my favorite cozy series. The premise of the series is cute and the main character is ok but this one just didn't do it for me.

The perp was a character I didn't really like but the reasoning behind the murder was really dumb. The side plot with the disappearing heirlooms by the nephew was more believable as a motive.
ill bk cute story of a clutter buster/interior designer and her client an old lady with paths in her house and a dead next door neighbor in the basement-- twists fromher past with her sister and her husband a pushy niece and sad sack nephew and the design firm of Sullivan and gilbert rides to the rescue
Fun mystery to read...
Interior designer turn amateur detective. I like interior designing and I like mystery. Not entirely realistic, but what's the point of reading a totally realistic fiction?
Julie Golding Page
While this was a fun and light read, I found the main character irritating in both her unrealistic meddling in her clients' affairs and her inability to be honest with her love interest.
This is a nice - fun quick read murder mystery. Full of twists that keep you interested. Love the decorating / scrapbook connection.
I really enjoyed this installment in the series. It was a lot of fun and I really didn't guess who the killer was.
A bit of fluff - but good fun, with positive characters and humor. Murder lite, which is what I needed.
I love this series. The author is one of my favorites. A cute cozy about an interior decorator.
Cute, easy read. A little corny at times, but I didn't have to think about it at all.
Alicia V
Loved it! Great continuation in the series and awesome Decor tips through out.
I enjoyed this book. Clutter busting meets murder!! What's not to like?
An entertaining but not mind-boggling mystery.
Deena Santori
A good, light-weight vacation read.
Another light fun read.
Enjoyable summer read!
Easy fun read.
Fun fast read ~
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(about the photo from author's own webpage)

"This is an old photo of my daughter and me in front of our house in Colorado. She is now in college and looks quite different, but amazingly, I haven't changed one bit!"

(from author's own webpage--abbreviated)

As the opening for my "Meet Leslie" page, here's a touch of biographical information: I have been married for more than two decade
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