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A CLEAN KILL - LESLIE GLASS

It is always fun to read an April Woo mystery and this is an excellent one.  April is now Lieutenant April Woo Sanchez, commanding officer of the Midtown North Detective Unit.  Her husband, Captain Mike Sanchez is now commanding officer of the Seventeenth Precinct in New York City.  Since their marriage and their promotions Mike and April have not worked homicide together but when Madeleine Wilson was found murdered in her private spa in her expensive town house Captain Mike Sanchez immediately calls Lt. Woo Sanchez.  Once again they are working a homicide together.

April and Mike have purchased a new home since their marriage and are preparing for their honeymoon which had been delayed on previous occasions due to the press of police work.

Madeleine (Maddy) Wilson was the bored wife of Wayne Wilson and the mother of two children.  Maddy had a trainer Derek who kept her supplied with cocaine as well as affection.  On the morning of her death Maddy was upset with her nanny, Remy Banks, and announced her intention to fire her.

Remy was friends with Alison Perkins' nanny Lynn.  Alison was Maddy's best friend and the wife of Andrew Perkins and mother to two children.  Maddy's trainer Derek was also Alison's trainer.  Both Maddy and Alison had used the agency owned by Jo Ellen Anderson, an eccentric old woman, who kept close track of her placements and her clients.

Before April and Mike have time to review all of the evidence in the Wilson murder Alison Perkins is found murdered in her home. 

To make matters worse April's Skinny Dragon Mother had settled into April and Mike's home without an invitation and was busy attempting to redecorate in what was her opinion the proper manner.

This was a good mystery with some humor thrown in.  The murderer was a well-kept secret until close to the end.  April's Sgt. Gelo was a character that I enjoyed.  I will be sure and buy the next April Woo mystery.

REVIEWED BY PATRICIA E. REID

DO NOT REPRINT WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE REVIEWER, PATRICIA E. REID

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