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Room for Suspicion
Book 1 in the Cluttered Crime Mystery Series
It’s going to take more than carefully labeled boxes to sort through the clues of this homicide… 

     Professional organizer Crystal Ward knows she can make a success of her new business, Organizing Chicago. The extra income would allow her to renovate her own home, full of more cluttered spaces than she’d ever admit to her clients. But her life wasn’t always this disorganized. Five years ago her husband, Rick, a Chicago police detective, was shot while chasing a suspect. Now a paraplegic, he’s wary of her going into strangers’ homes…and for good reason.

     When Crys discovers a dead man in a client’s living room, she refuses to accept that the murder is an open-and-shut case of domestic violence. If she can untangle this mess, she can prove her client’s innocence and ease Rick’s fears.

     But the only witness to the murder is hospitalized in a catatonic state. And the lead detective is Rick’s former partner, the man Crys blames for his paralysis. Crys is on her own to save her client from jail and stop a murderer intent on tidying up loose ends.


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Deadlier Than Fiction
Book 2 in the Cluttered Crime Mystery Series
Available September 7, 2023
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Can she get the right read on this situation before someone ruins the ending?


     Professional organizer Crystal Ward is at a crossroads with her business, Organizing Chicago. Her husband, Rick, isn’t on board with online advertising, and their friends and family are running out of referrals. And now her client’s husband is outraged to learn that Crys donated novels he had promised to his brother. Crys’s only hope of salvaging the situation is to recover the titles.

     But she shouldn’t have judged those books by their covers. The secret they contain is valuable, and she’s not the only one trying to find them. What’s more, she’s now hiding a secret of her own. She’d promised Rick, a former homicide detective, that she’d avoid sketchy situations that could land her in danger. Her best move? To team up with a retired detective, who suddenly has his own agenda.

     With danger mounting, she must use all of her sleuthing skills to sort out friend from foe and fact from fiction before a killer can write her own final chapter.

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Killer Close to Home
Book 3 in the Cluttered Crime Mystery Series
Coming in January 2024 from Tule Publishing

About Carol Light

Welcome! If you love mysteries, I hope you'll read my Cluttered Crime series, featuring professional organizer Crystal Ward. 

Like Crys, I enjoy bringing order to chaos, but I do my best work at the computer. I'm a former English teacher and service center manager in state government who's always enjoyed reading and writing mysteries. I'm also a fan of traveling, quilting, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.

Please join me in following Crys's adventures as she builds her Organizing Chicago business and juggles being a wife and mom to two middle schoolers. Despite her husband Rick's objections, Crys is determined to succeed without sacrificing her family's needs, but murder has a way of changing even the best laid plans...

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