Thursday, April 23, 2009
DEATH LOVES A MESSY DESK by Mary Jane Maffini (Berkley)
Professional organizer Charlotte Adams keeps to a meticulously well-planned schedule, but occasionally even she encounters challenging days. When a new customer asks her to help with an employee's messy desk, Charlotte foresees no problem; but, when she's run off the road on the way to the job site and the sloppy employee is missing, she soon realizes she may have bitten off more than she can chew. Normally, Charlotte's friends provide support to one another when they're having one of those days, but one is hugely pregnant, one cuts her phone calls short, another has three kids, and still another is mysteriously tied up with a volunteer project.
Maffini defines her characters beautifully—I never once had trouble identifying any of them—and her pacing is superb. Messy Desk is a quick, fun read. Enjoy.