Death of the Office Witch

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Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated, Jan 1, 1995 - Fiction - 304 pages
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Charlie Greene is definitely a woman of the nineties. At home, she is trying to stay one step ahead of her blossoming teenage daughter, Libby, meet the mortgage, and pay the orthodontist bills. While at work, she is talking deals, doing lunch, and juggling clients at a colorful Hollywood talent agency. Stressed is her normal state of being, but even she is unprepared for this particular morning. Charlie arrives at Congdon & Morse Representation - late as usual after battles with both Libby and L.A. traffic - to find the office in an uproar. Gloria, the sharp-tongued receptionist, has completely vanished. But Charlie is sure she hears her voice, although why the irascible Gloria claims to be in an empty garbage can is beyond her. When Gloria's body is found nearby, things take a macabre turn for the worse. It seems Gloria more than lived up to her nickname of "the office witch"; the murder suspects include members of her own coven, as well as most of her co-workers. Charlie, however, is not one of the suspects. Instead, the police believe she has psychic powers and insist on her cooperation. But wouldn't you know before the ripe old age of thirty-one if you were a psychic? Charlie thinks so - not that she believes in the paranormal anyway. If she really had psychic powers, she wouldn't have become an unwed mother at the age of sixteen. Therefore, Charlie reasons, there must be a logical basis for her flashes of insight - and she sets out to prove it by catching the murderer. Another murder follows, confounding things considerably. Again, Charlie inexplicably finds herself knowing more than she should. Now everyone - including a desperate murderer - is becoming convinced of Charlie'sheretofore unsuspected skills. But Charlie survives to make another deal, and luscious Libby makes it through the uproar without getting pregnant. Everything - well, almost everything - is explained logically in the murderously funny Death of the Office Witch.

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Charlie Greene, the L.A. literary agent who bumbled into a murder investigation in Murder at Moot Point ( LJ 10/1/92), tries once again to outwit police. When fellow workers become suspects in the ... Read full review


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Marlys Millhiser, a former regional vice president of the Mystery Writers of America, is the author of five previous Charlie Greene mysteries and several best-selling novels, including The Mirror. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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