Title: Dust Angel
Author: Jutta Profijt (Translated by Eric J. Macki)
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Version Read: ebook galley
Publication Date: March 19th, 2013 (English version)
Categories: mystery, contemporary, fiction, humour
Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher via Netgalley. This in no way reflects my feelings towards the book or the book’s review.
Summary (Goodreads): Losing her posh advertising job, her boyfriend, and her apartment all in the same morning has left Corinna Leyendecker with a massive mess where her life should be. She tries to get things back on track, but with a mountain of red tape between her and unemployment assistance and a string of disastrous job interviews under her belt, it’s clear that following the rules is getting her nowhere. So she decides to start doing things her way. With the help of a quirky friend and some unconventional branding, Corinna launches her own business: an elite cleaning service for wealthy men. And business is booming, until the day she finds a dead homeless man in the house of a fussy new client. As usual, Corinna’s instinct is to clean up, but body disposal isn’t easy, especially when you’re juggling work, friendships, media attention, and a nasty flu. It’s going to take more than a little elbow grease to finish this dirty job and come out clean.
Dust Angel was great fun. A fun, slightly crazy mystery that grabbed you by the hand and ran, but didn’t get too fast or too far ahead either.
Poor Corinna got into some very awkward situations, but I loved that she handled herself nicely. There were times reading this that I was laughing because I could imagine my own reactions in some of those situations. She is also rather naive for someone who is 31 years old, but that suited her personality and wasn’t odd at all. I liked how Corinna adapted to some of the situations and things that were happening and just flatly ignored – to the best of her ability – other things, because it is how most people would deal with the happenings in the book.
Despite the description, Corinna’s job isn’t really anything to do with body disposal, that is just an accidental part of her new business. Once everything was laid out on the table it was quite funny and I really enjoyed imagining the conversation that happened.
I quite enjoyed the way Jutta Profijt wrote about the unemployment agency and the endless job interviews, and could sympathise with Corinna about the endless resumes and cover letters that are required when applying for a job. (If I never have to write another cover letter it will be too soon. But I digress.) It was realistic without being boring.
I also thought she dealt with Corinna’s relationship with Greg quite realistically. Whilst I wouldn’t have handled the situation how Corinna did in the beginning, it suited her character to deal with it that way.
The translator, Erik J. Macki , has done a really good job with keeping the story flowing as I imagine it did in the original German publication. It still flowed nicely and this doesn’t always happen with foreign-language-to-English translations because of the many nuances of the English language. But this was superbly done.
I would recommend this for anyone who wants a little change of pace in their ordinary mystery/contemporary reading as it was fun and reasonably quick. I read it in a matter of hours.