The clutter corpse / Simon Brett.

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      Summary: "Ellen Curtis runs her own business helping people who are running out of space. As a declutterer, she is used to encountering all sorts of weird and wonderful objects in the course of her work. What she has never before encountered is a dead body. When Ellen stumbles across the body of a young woman in an over-cluttered flat, suspicion immediately falls on the deceased homeowner's son, who has recently absconded from prison. No doubt Nate Ogden is guilty of many things--but is he really the killer? Discovering a link between the victim and her own past, Ellen sets out to uncover the truth. But where has her best friend disappeared to? And is Ellen really prepared for the shocking revelations to follow?" -- Provided by publisher.
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      BRETT, S. The clutter corpse. First world edition. [s. l.]: Crème de la Crime, 2020. ISBN 1780291248. Disponível em: Acesso em: 8 ago. 2020.
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      Brett S. The Clutter Corpse. First world edition. Crème de la Crime; 2020. Accessed August 8, 2020.
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      Brett, S. (2020). The clutter corpse (First world edition.). Crème de la Crime.
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      Brett, Simon. 2020. The Clutter Corpse. First world edition. A Decluttering Mystery: [1]. Crème de la Crime.
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      Brett, S. (2020) The clutter corpse. First world edition. Crème de la Crime (A decluttering mystery: [1]). Available at: (Accessed: 8 August 2020).
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      Brett, S 2020, The clutter corpse, First world edition., A decluttering mystery: [1], Crème de la Crime, viewed 8 August 2020, .
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      Brett, Simon. The Clutter Corpse. First world edition., Crème de la Crime, 2020. EBSCOhost,
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      Brett, Simon. The Clutter Corpse. First world edition. A Decluttering Mystery: [1]. Crème de la Crime, 2020.
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      Brett S. The clutter corpse [Internet]. First world edition. Crème de la Crime; 2020 [cited 2020 Aug 8]. (A decluttering mystery: [1]). Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2020 May #1

*Starred Review* Brett, who writes the Charles Paris mysteries, the Fethering mysteries, and the Mrs. Pargeter mysteries, and who has won the UK's Crime Writers Association's Diamond Dagger Award for sustained excellence in the genre, now launches a new series. This first Decluttering mystery provides a genially literal take on the role of the detective as someone who straightens out a very big mess. Ellen Curtis is a declutterer. Her job, sometimes at the invitation of people who need help with organization, sometimes at the behest of British social services for people whose hoarding has made their homes dangerous, means that she sees things most people never see and finds ways to deal with it. Ellen narrates, and we learn about the traumas in her past that make her compelled to bring order out of chaos. Ellen's first case with a corpse is in a hoarder's flat, which belongs to the mother of a young man just out of prison. Ellen finds a hand under a pile of mattresses attached to an emaciated young woman, a woman Ellen knew before the victim's descent leading to drug addiction and death. Watching Ellen investigate this crime on her own is thoroughly fascinating. Brett fans, along with readers who liked Richard Roper's How Not to Die Alone (2019), will love this quirky, warmhearted mystery. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2020 May

Ellen Curtis owns a business, SpaceWoman, helping people declutter their homes in southern England. Most of her jobs come from people whose family members are hoarders, and she tries to help them deal with their life issues as well. One of Ellen's best friends, Hilary, is a psychotherapist who works with prisoners who are about to be released. Because Hilary doesn't believe Nate Ogden will be released to his mother's home unless the house is cleaned up, Ellen agrees to help. Unexpectedly, she uncovers a drug addict's body stuffed in a back room, something that usually doesn't happen on her job. When Ellen recognizes the corpse, she's curious enough to dig into the past, meet with a drug dealer, and put herself in danger, typical behavior for an amateur sleuth. VERDICT Brett, author of the "Fethering" and "Charles Paris" mysteries, launches a new series with a story that dwells too much on the protagonist's past and family history to make for a tedious, stuffy account. Readers may want to skip this cold introduction, which has more framework than mystery. [See Prepub Alert, 11/18/19.]—Lesa Holstine, Evansville Vanderburgh P.L., IN

Copyright 2020 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2020 April #1

Set in Chichester, England, this gentle series launch from Brett (the Fethering mysteries) introduces Ellen Curtis, a widow with two grown children who runs her own business called SpaceWoman, which offers decluttering and interior restyling. As Ellen goes about a typical workday, she chats engagingly about her clients, her friends, her actor mother, her children, her deceased husband, and her adventurous youth. However, her afternoon takes an unexpected turn when she stops in at the cluttered apartment of Maureen Ogden, whose grown son, Nate, has recently been released on parole from prison where he was serving time for his live-in girlfriend's murder. Amid the stacked newspapers and piles of debris, Ellen finds the body of an emaciated young woman. Could Nate be the killer? Ellen decides to investigate. The languid lead-up to the body's discovery turns out to be necessary preparation for another murder and the denouement. The appealing Ellen is fortunate to pursue a profession that allows her to enter into the homes and minds of her clients. She is sure to win many loyal fans. Agent: Lisa Moylett, CMM Agency (U.K.). (June)

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