Meg Langslow’s job as coordinator for the Helping Hands in small town Virginia leads the team to assist Harvey the Hoarder with his cluttered house. Harvey is about to be evicted due to complaints by his nosy neighbors, and some second cousins who seem very interested in his house, but don’t care anything about Harvey. The poor man ends up murdered just as Helping Hands has started to make a dent on his decades long practice of saving every item that crosses his path. In this close-knit community Meg digs into the room full of papers Harvey kept as well as some online hoarder help groups.
Reading this book makes me wish that societies functioned as well as they do in Ms. Andrew’s world. The Helping Hands is an interfaith organization that helps with anything their neighbors might need, building a handicap ramp, finishing a quilt, de-cluttering a house, putting in a security system, all with just a phone call or text saying it needs doing. In my experience the real world doesn’t work that way so much, but it’s nice to imagine.
I am so glad to have found this author of lighthearted mysteries. With the state of the world being what it is I think we all can use some escape to a brighter side of life, even with murder in the equation.
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