Good, Clean, Murder stars Jane Adler, a Portland, Oregon native who cleans houses for a living. Not because she needs to, but because she attends a local Bible school against her parent’s wishes.
Jane Adler’s life is quite pathetic. She grew up in the lap of luxury and went to a prep school. But now she cleans the houses of the same people her parents hob nob with. All because she wants to be independent. And she thinks the hard work will build character. Jane wants to be a missionary in some East European country. She wants to do everything yesterday, and hence foregoes a college education. She shares a studio with a girl of questionable background.
The Crawfords own a burger chain and are quite rich. One fine morning, as she starts her cleaning routine, Jane finds them dead. She faces some disillusionment at school when the office worker says her degree hardly means anything. There is a handsome new teacher teaching a class she is forced to take. When her roomie admits to being evicted for not paying rent, Jane takes up residence in the Crawford house, although reluctantly.
The Crawford scion is in shock and doesn’t know how to grieve. There is community pressure to close down the unhealthy burger stores. Marjorie Crawford, the aunt, is at her overbearing best. Jane takes it upon herself to see that the house is clean and the family fed as they prepare for the funeral. She suspects foul play in the deaths and is also doing some sleuthing on the side.
Good, Clean, Murder is an easy read. It is an inspirational mystery so there is a lot of stuff about Christianity. Jane prays to Christ every few lines, and quotes the Scriptures. Lovers of Christian fiction will hit a doubly whammy with this one. Even otherwise, the mystery part will hold the reader’s attention.
Foreclosed was well written, and so is Good, Clean, Murder. I won’t mind reading another book in the series.