Grime and Punishment - Jane Jeffry Bk 1 Author:Jill Churchill It's So hard to Kill Good Help These Days. . . — With three kids to raise on her own, Jane Jeffry sometimes needs a hand with the housework. But many of her complaining neighbors believe that the "Happy Helper" cleaning lady they all share wouldnt know a dustball if she was choking on it. That hardly seems reason enough, however, to do the disre... more »putable domestic in.
So when the charwoman in question is discovered strangled to death with a vacuum cleaner cord, Jane decides to dig up the real dirt--if the tenacious single mom can find any time to spare between her PTA meetings and car-pooling duties. But despite her busy schedule, Jane is determined to tidy up the whole murderous mess--even if it means provoking a killer who may live as close as next door.« less
I finally read the first book of the series! We are introduced here to suburban moms Jane Jeffry and her neighbor Shelley Nowack. The fun begins when the cleaning lady is murdered in Shelley's house. Detective Mel Van Dyne investigates all their neighbors, and Jane and Shelley decide to poke their noses in when it becomes clear that one of their friends has to be the murderer of the blackmailing maid. A fun read with a clever mystery, it's clear why this one won the Agatha award.