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Values are important to me, even in fictional characters. I am very liberal in most ways â€“ but that doesnâ€™t affect my need for social order and things like honesty in people and characters in the books I read. And sometimes I come across characters that rub me the wrong way. Case in point, the main character in Scrub-A-Dub Dead, Charlotte LaRue.
Charlotte owns a residential cleaning service but is helping out a friend who owns a commercial cleaning service and is short-handed at the moment. So Charlotte ends up cleaning hotel rooms in her native New Orleans, where she overhears several suggestive conversations by a group of hotel guests just before the female subject of their conversations is murdered. But when questioned by police, Charlotte says she knows nothing.
Why? First, she knows and doesnâ€™t like the police officer. Second, she is in a hurry to sit with a friend at the hospital. And this is where my need for values comes in â€“ neither of these reasons is an adequate excuse to keep information from the police. Charlotte sees nothing wrong with not telling the police she knows of multiple suspects with motivations like blackmail, revenge, jealously, etc. So, fairly early on in the book, the author has lost any empathy I might have had for the character and I no longer like her. And since I lost the connection to the heroine, I just didn’t care what happened in the book.
The other problem with this book is that it is kind of light on mystery. Charlotte has some interaction with the people involved in the victim’s life, she makes a few phone calls, and then she basically stumbles across the murderer by accident. The set up for the story is good, but for me the story is just DOA.
Favorite character? None. Did I guess it? No. Will I read another? No.
Mystery Book Reviews by Liz at http://reviewedbyliz.com Â©2007