by Norah McClintock
Connie Suarez, downsized from her job as a legal secretary, is working as a maid. She's getting used to picking up after people and putting their lives in order. But she is not prepared for the mess that awaits her when she arrives at work one morning to find her employer dead on the floor of his bedroom. Connie's co-worker Maria, an illegal alien from Colombia, quickly becomes the prime suspect in his murder.
When Maria begs her for help, Connie cannot refuse. As she tries to discover what really happened, she learns that Maria has been keeping a number of things from her. Now Connie can't decide who or what to believe. And that's not the worst of it. Connie soon realizes that she herself is also a potential target for violence. The question now is, will she be able to clean up the mess that Maria is in without getting killed herself?
Reading Level: 4.0
Pub Date: October 1, 2012
- About the author
Norah McClintock’s fascinating mysteries are hard to put down. She wrote more than 60 books and won the Crime Writers of Canada's Arthur Ellis Award five times. She published a graphic novel, I Witness, with illustrations by Mike Deas and contributed to Seven (the series), the Seven Sequels and the Secrets series.
Kirkus Reviews—September 15, 2012
"This title is from Rapid Reads, a line of shorter books targeted to adult learners, reluctant readers and others seeking high-interest reading material. With a fast-paced plot and simple narrative, this story fits the bill. Connie is a likable and smart protagonist who uses her abilities in unusual ways. It also includes a rather nuanced look at the challenges faced by Latinas, whether they are in the country legally or illegally. Weighing in at just 128 pages, this solid mystery is good for both the series' target audience and readers who don't want a long-term commitment."
Annette's Book Spot blog—December 10, 2012
"Would have appeal to reluctant readers of any age who like a quick who-done-it...Cleanup delivers an action packed, easy to read, attention getting plot."
CM Magazine—November 9, 2012
"An intriguing, well-written murder mystery by an accomplished author...It will appeal to older teen and adult reluctant readers."
TriState YA Book Reveiw Committee—January 1, 2013
"Many readers will enjoy the fast pace and conflicts...A good choice for middle school and high school libraries. Due to its size and fast plot development, the book will find a niche with reluctant readers as well."