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Dusted To Death

(Charlotte LaRue Mystery #8)

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  308 ratings  ·  33 reviews
When a big Hollywood movie studio comes to New Orleans and wants to use Bitsy Duhe's gorgeous Victorian house for a shoot, Bitsy consents--as long as Charlotte La Rue, owner of Maid for a Day, agrees to take care of her beloved home during filming. . .

Soon Charlotte meets the cast and crew, including Hollywood ingénue Angel Martinique. The movie seems to be going well--un
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Kensington (first published December 15th 2009)
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Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was (mostly) a satisfying ending to the series. I enjoyed all 8 books quite a lot. This particular mystery was quite intriguing to me as it involved a film crew using a historic home in New Orleans as its set. I love the character Charlotte LaRue! One can find some interesting friends in books, and here is an example for me.
✨ Gramy ✨
It wasn't outstanding, but I liked it.
A great way to introduce myself to this series is by reading the 8th book first. I actually enjoyed this book even though I didn't know the main characters that well. I was introduced to Charlotte LaRue a woman that owns her own cleaning service and who solves some crime in between her cleaning jobs.

This book Charlotte's one customer Bitsy hires Charlotte to work for a production company that is making a movie and using Ms. Bitsy's home. I found myself laughing at the interaction between these t
Susan Banner
Jul 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Summer read, perfect for a couple of hot, July days!
Jul 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Feb 21, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-cozy
Dusted to Death is the 8th book in the Maid-for-a-Day series. This time around Charlotte is working with Hollywood-type people who have come to New Orleans to film a new movie. The lead actress's boyfriend is murdered and Charlotte sets out to find the killer.

Things end predictably when Charlotte was attacked by the killer and had to physically fight them off, as is the case with just about every title in this series. She's a 60-something woman who constantly prevails over much younger attackers
There’s a film studio in New Orleans that finds Bitsy house fabulous to want to pay her to use her house for a movie. The film studio has to hire Bitsy housekeeper to seal the deal and her name is Charlotte. Charlotte is use to the hustle and bustle so she goes in to the job done but one thing wasn’t disclosed to Charlotte and that she has to deal with an actress name Angel and her drama with her man. She quickly falls into the responsibilities she is told to do although she has to bit her tongu ...more
Aug 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Cozy mystery time again! I have read the rest of this series about Charlotte LaRue, cleaning lady sleuth, and enjoyed them all. The mystery in this book is not my favorite of the series, but it is still a fun read. There is more of a romance element in this book for Charlotte and it is done very well with a light touch that didn’t overwhelm the mystery. Charlotte is a very realistic, likable character. She is spunky and independent enough to be someone you cheer for, but she is intelligent enoug ...more
Jan 17, 2010 rated it liked it
Maid service owner Charlotte LaRue reluctantly accepts a job from a movie production company to please a steady client--not because she's had a crush on the handsome star for many years. The company is taking over Bitsy's beautiful mansion, and Charlotte is to be on hand to keep the place clean and protect Bitsy's valuables. But when the creepy boyfriend of the female lead is killed and the starlet arrested, the production grinds to a halt, and Charlotte can't resist the temptation to find out w ...more
Oct 01, 2010 rated it liked it
I liked the plot of this book and the twists and turns it took. However, the methods the author takes in transitioning, especially for a mystery novel, are not quite what I'd expect, nor do i prefer. Also, while I appreciate her views on religion and being against swearing, I find it odd the way she goes about incorporating it into the story as it veers off the track of the plot and makes me want to skip over the entire paragraph. I don't think I'll be reading any more of the series, but I didn' ...more
Feb 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Charlotte is the owner of Maid for a Day and is about to get her biggest job yet, curtesy of her long time client Bitsy. Bitsy has allowed a big Hollywood movie studio to rent her house for a shoot. Her demands are that Charlotte stays during the shoot to make sure that nothing goes wrong in her house. Of course during the shoot there's a murder & the female star is arrested for it. Can Charlote find the murderer before the movie company leaves the area??? ...more
Gretchen Rings
Jan 15, 2010 rated it it was ok
A couple of loose ends in this otherwise highly enjoyable book is the reason I could only give it two stars. Otherwise, I loved the main character Charlotte LaRue, a 60-something New Orleans woman who owns her own cleaning business. My favorite scene was when she threw bleach in the bad guy's face to protect herself. Talk about using tools of the trade! ...more
Feb 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Dusted to Death, set in New Orleans, features an older woman who owns her own maid service. This is a cozy mystery in the best tradition. The story has a good mystery to keep the reader interested and characters you quickly become involved with. I found this a fun, relaxing read and plan to read more by this author.
Darlene Chisholm
Jun 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
A nice light read. Charlotte figures out murder mysteries well enough but when it comes to her own life she's not quite as savvy. Good thing she has a great family support system and I'm glad that she can finally add Louis to the list of people she just can't live without. Louis is a great guy and love knows no age. ...more
Feb 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Up to this point I have really enjoyed Colley's books set in the Garden District of New Orleans. But this one seemed to be just to "preachy". I found myself cringing several times at the overly religious overtones. Stick to writing the lighthearted mysteries and leave religion out of it. ...more
Donna Jo Atwood
This is part of the Charlotte LaRue mystery series. It is a serviceable cozy mystery with slight plot and characterization--in other words, a good mindless read for those times when you've got to have a book, but don't want to concentrate on it. ...more
May 14, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
A fun little domestic mystery set in New Orleans. The writing was not the greatest, but it was serviceable, and the mystery was not too hard to fathom, but it was pleasantly presented. The romantic subplot, though, felt shoehorned in and unrealistic.
Lynn Demsky
Aug 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I’ve enjoyed every book in this series and this one was no exception! A really quick read, maybe 6 hours top and fast paced, quick, good plot, cut and great characters! GREAT READ!! I’ll have to see if Colley has written more in this series; think I’ve read them all!
Jan 26, 2010 rated it it was ok
May 30, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Good addition to the series of cozy cleaning ladies....
Nov 20, 2010 rated it liked it
Cute, quick murder mystery, fun to read.
Mar 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
This book moves a little slow but I enjoyed it still. it made me alugh and left me to wonder what would happen next and who did it?
Jun 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Likeable characters and a fun plot.
Oct 10, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: funny-mysteries
Very disappointing. I really enjoyed the other books in this series.
Nov 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
I've enjoyed all of the books by Barbara Colley that I've read! ...more
Aug 08, 2012 rated it did not like it

I could not find a single character that was likable. The story drug on and on, and, the main character was bitter and hollow at the same time.
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
One of the better cozy mysteries I've read lately.

Lots of suspense in this book and the ending was surprising enough. Even a bit of romance to ice the cake, as it were.
Robin Resch
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fast paced just like her other books. It is fun to watch the characters grow. I also like that the main characters don't die off. Can't wait for the next one. ...more
Lois Hecksel
Jun 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
An interesting, nice, light cozy mystery based in New Orleans.
Angél Tetrick
May 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable easy read. Characters are believable and heart warming.
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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 historical New Orleans French Quarter and Garden District, which inspired the setting for her Charlotte La Rue mystery series.

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Charlotte LaRue Mystery (8 books)
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