Dorothy Cannell: Spring Cleaning Murders (USA 1999)
From the Publisher:
For thirteen years, Dorothy Cannell, the award-winning author of The Thin Woman and The Widows' Club, has enchanted readers who relish Nancy Atherton, Carolyn Hart, and Diane Mott Davidson. Now she brings us her inimitable Ellie Haskell - heroine of the weight-loss wars and busy mother of twins - in a mystery that fizzes with deadly wit. Spring cleaning fever has Ellie nearly scrubbing the Merlin's Court chandeliers with a toothbrush. But when yet another member of the Chitteron Fells Charwomen's Association bites the dust, Ellie swaps scrubbing for sleuthing to find out who has more than dust bunnies and dirty dishes to hide. With Ellie and a madcap cast that includes her handsome husband Bentley, her feckless cousin Freddy, and caustic home helper Mrs. Malloy, The Spring Cleaning Murders is Cannell at her best.
Dorothy Cannell: Spring Cleaning Murders. An Ellie Haskell Mystery. Penguin, ISBN: 0140276157 (June, 1999), 290 p., $6.99