Good, Clean, Murder: A Plain Jane Mystery

Rated 4.80/5 based on 5 reviews
When Jane stumbled over the body of her best client she didn’t think her week could get any worse. But her parents were right: getting a roommate on Craigslist had been a bad idea. Now homeless and broke, the offer to be live-in help for her dead client’s grief-stricken son is an offer she can’t refuse. Will trying to solve the mystery of the death be a help, or another one of Jane's bad ideas? More
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Words: 69,800
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301007950
About Traci Tyne Hilton

Traci Tyne Hilton is an award winning playwright from Portland, Oregon.

Traci earned a degree in History from Portland State University and still lives in the rainiest part of the Pacific Northwest.

She has written grant proposals, blogs, essays on etymology, Bible studies, Sunday School curriculum, novels, short stories, history essays, and plays. She hopes to do many more of the above, God willing and the creek don't rise.

More of Traci's work can be found at http://www.tracihilton.com

Traci's photo by http://www.facebook.com/jessiekirkphotography?sk=wall#!/jessiekirkphotography?sk=info

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Review by: Jan Rowe on Sep. 16, 2014 :
A light hearted murder mystery. Well worth a read
(review of free book)

Review by: Deanna Love Gottreu on April 24, 2013 :
Good, Clean, Murder by Traci Tyne Hilton is an enjoyable book with murder, romance, and a young lady who seems to attract trouble like bees to honey. Jane is twenty, living on her own, and cleaning houses to pay for all her expenses. Her well to do parents would be happy to pay for her education but they would require her to attend a big university and she only wants to attend Bible College to prepare to be a missionary. At the beginning of the book she goes to her first house cleaning job for the day and when she goes into the master bedroom to get the sheets for the laundry she uncovers the owner of the house dead in bed. When the paramedics arrive, they find the wife in the bathroom and she is also dead. Were they murdered or did they both just happen to have heart attacks at the same time?

Jane attends college at night and on the first night of her last semester she learns that the class was canceled. A handsome, young, professor is teaching the class that is offered to take the place of the canceled class. Immediately there is an attraction between Jane and the professor but students are not allowed to date faculty and this lead to lots of problems for the pair. The solution to the problem is quite interesting and even funny.

Jane’s roommate has not been paying the rent and has left town with Jane’s half of the rent money after they were evicted. With no where to live and no money, Jane moves into the home of the murder victims to be a live-in maid for the son, daughter, and sister-in-law of the dead couple. Jane is determined to solve the mystery of the deaths and to minister to the son and daughter of the dead couple.

The author did a good job developing the plot and characters. The dialogue many times had me laughing out loud. Other times I could feel Jane’s frustration and pain. The mystery of the murders kept me guessing as to who murdered the couple and why, if they were murdered and did not die of natural causes. The romance in the book was handled in such a way that kept me cheering for Jane and the professor and many times their actions had me shaking my head or laughing at them. I really liked the way that the author kept Jane centered in her belief in God. With all the craziness that happened to Jane, she still took time each day for her quiet time with God and she truly believed that God would make a way. There were some surprises in the ending but it was a good ending.

I recommend this book to anyone who likes a good, clean, Christian story that involves suspense, a good bit of humor, and enough romance to keep things interesting.

Thank you to the author, Traci Tyne Hilton, for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Michelle Morgan on April 20, 2013 :
Good, Clean Murder. A plain Jane Mystery by Traci Tyne Hilton ****
A good clean fun read. Jane, who works for a dysfunction family as a housekeeper, shows up for work only to find them dead. She is left to deal with two irresponsible college kids and an overbearing bossy sister in law. While trying to work her way through Bible College herself, the quite life she has lead is no more. Not only is their drama at work, her personal life is starting to go crazy. She tries to mentor to the family, she is evicted because her roommate stole the rent money and now she’s in trouble at school. If you want an easy read full of mystery, Christian faith and a little romance then this is it.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: stuart laing on Feb. 25, 2013 :
I received a copy of this from the author in return for an honest review so that is exactly what it will receive.

Jane Adler, a young woman working as a house cleaner to pay her way through Harvest Bible School to further her wish to become a missionary finds herself unwillingly caught up in a murder. Her clients who own a burger chain in Portland are found dead when she goes to clean their house.
What had started off as a normal Monday soon takes a turn for the worse.

While that basic premise may seem routine the author brings a fresh perspective to the genre through the Christian faith of Jane. She constantly seeks guidance and assistance from God not only to assist her with her growing determination to discover the identity of the killer but also to help her with doubts about which field of mission work she should focus on. Romantic feelings towards her new lecturer and growing concerns about whether she has wasted two years of her life at Harvest Bible School where even the staff seem determined to convince her that the certificate she has been working for is essentially worthless.
Through into this mixture a psycho ex room-mate with a Neo-Nazi boyfriend, a mob of drug addled Human rights activists determined to close down the burger chain and Jane's attempts to act as a comfort blanket to the bereaved children and family of her clients you have much more than your standard murder mystery.
Financial worries and a growing reliance from the family upon her threaten to drag her down but Jane refuses to buckle under the pressure dropped on her shoulder.
The Christian faith of the main character shines throughout the book and never feels that it is being used as just a plot device. Everything Jane does is guided by her faith and that faith is a beacon of hope in even the darkest hour.
All in all this hold the promise of being a wonderfully engaging series and the ending leaves it wide open for Jane's adventures to continue.
Thoroughly enjoyable.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: stuart laing on Feb. 25, 2013 :
I received a copy of this from the author in return for an honest review so that is exactly what it will receive.

Jane Adler, a young woman working as a house cleaner to pay her way through Harvest Bible School to further her wish to become a missionary finds herself unwillingly caught up in a murder. Her clients who own a burger chain in Portland are found dead when she goes to clean their house.
What had started off as a normal Monday soon takes a turn for the worse.

While that basic premise may seem routine the author brings a fresh perspective to the genre through the Christian faith of Jane. She constantly seeks guidance and assistance from God not only to assist her with her growing determination to discover the identity of the killer but also to help her with doubts about which field of mission work she should focus on. Romantic feelings towards her new lecturer and growing concerns about whether she has wasted two years of her life at Harvest Bible School where even the staff seem determined to convince her that the certificate she has been working for is essentially worthless.
Through into this mixture a psycho ex room-mate with a Neo-Nazi boyfriend, a mob of drug addled Human rights activists determined to close down the burger chain and Jane's attempts to act as a comfort blanket to the bereaved children and family of her clients you have much more than your standard murder mystery.
Financial worries and a growing reliance from the family upon her threaten to drag her down but Jane refuses to buckle under the pressure dropped on her shoulder.
The Christian faith of the main character shines throughout the book and never feels that it is being used as just a plot device. Everything Jane does is guided by her faith and that faith is a beacon of hope in even the darkest hour.
All in all this hold the promise of being a wonderfully engaging series and the ending leaves it wide open for Jane's adventures to continue.
Thoroughly enjoyable.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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