Killed by Clutter - Leslie Caine

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It's tooooo cold out, so I'm reading ALOT more. Killed by Clutter by Leslie Caine is a delightful read. Ms. Caine has a sly sense of humor, her characters are ridiculously quirky but believable, the plot is just twisty enough to be satisfying without annoying. The main amateur private eye ISN'T a Professional Organizer, but a highly-talented Interior Designer, Erin Gilbert, who plays a Professional Organizer in fictional detective stories....


Now I have a quarrel with that, because, in this story, her client is quite possibly someone who in real life could be diagnosed with hoarding disorder. The ease with which Ms. Gilbert gets her client to part with 40- and 50- year old newspapers, old tires, unusably rusty pots and pans - that ISN'T believable.


She's also not all that good a detective - none of the Professional Organizers who play detective in fictional detective stories are. But I'm probably going to look for more.

Comments (3)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Lauren - despite the felonious-sounding post title and name of book, I am glad to hear it capture (and held) your attention.  

Oct 29, 2022 09:11 AM
Lauren Williams, CPO, CVPO

Michael Jacobs I've been reading mysteries since I was a little kid - classic Hardy Boys & Nancy Drew girl. Will be my favorite genre forever. Lauren

Oct 29, 2022 06:26 PM
Michael Layton
RE/MAX Desert Properties - Palm Springs, CA
Experience and Trust

I had no idea there was a book about this!  Having dealt with 4 hoarders over my 22 years in Real Estate I can relate. They do not want to part with anything!  That's the crux of the problem.


Oct 29, 2022 09:41 AM
Lauren Williams, CPO, CVPO

Michael Layton If you're curious, pop over to my website sometime. I've compiled a bunch of reviews of fiction which features Organizers and/or hoarding. Would never have if it weren't for the profession and my love of mysteries as a genre. Lauren

Oct 29, 2022 06:28 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Lauren Williams, CPO, CVPO There are times I worry about myself- then I met a real hoarder 

Oct 29, 2022 11:37 AM
Lauren Williams, CPO, CVPO

Hannah Williams Oh yes, there can be truth to that! Lauren

Oct 29, 2022 06:28 PM