Review: Silence of the Lamps

Silence of the Lamps
Silence of the Lamps by Karen Rose Smith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Loved this book!!  In Silence of the Lamps, book 5 of the Caprice De Luca Home Staging Mystery series, Caprice is determined to uncover who murdered Drew Pierson, her sister Nikki’s nemesis and catering competitor. Caprice’s tenacity in investigating the murder stems from her desire to clear her sister’s name from the suspect list. Drew Pierson’s unprofessional behavior destroyed his prospects for partnering with Nikki, a consequence he seemingly bitterly regrets. Later, when Drew shows up to one of Caprice’s home stagings where Nikki’s providing the catering, an argument ensues causing a scene in front of many onlookers.  Shortly thereafter Caprice and Nikki pay a visit to Drew’s residence, his grandmother’s house, in an effort to resolve their differences.  Instead they find Drew dead on the floor, clobbered with a Tiffany lamp base. Nikki becomes an obvious suspect, but when Caprice’s sleuthing efforts reveal that Drew was an opportunist with his share of enemies, will she be able to convince the police that there were possibly others with a motive for murder? Might one of Drew’s disgruntled associates decided they’d had enough and done away with him?
As anticipated, Karen Rose Smith delivered on another thoroughly satisfying cozy mystery. I have enjoyed every book I’ve read in her home staging mystery series and Silence of the Lamps is no exception. I appreciate how she incorporates her love for family life, friends, relationships and animals into her stories. There’s a warmth that exudes her writing, and although I was in anxious expectation of learning who the murderer was, I was so invested in all of the other fine elements of the book that I probably would have been satisfied with whoever the culprit was.  Every moment I spend reading one of Karen Rose Smith’s books is well worth the time. I loved Silence of the Lamps and look forward to reading the next book in the series.
Thank you Karen Rose Smith and Kensington books for an ARC of Silence of the Lamps in exchange for an honest review which I have given.

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Review: Gilt by Association

Gilt by Association
Gilt by Association by Karen Rose Smith

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Gilt By Association was, for me, the epitome of a great cozy; a nice mix of characters, sweet pets, good food, a love triangle, and a suspenseful whodunnit. There’s something about Karen Rose Smith’s cozies that make you feel warm and comforted while you’re trying to figure out who committed the murder. As usual I only learned of who it was when it was uncovered in the end, but the story was believable, flowed well, and had just enough twists and turns to make you continue wondering throughout who the killer might be. Ignoring the advice of well-meaning friends and relatives to refrain from getting involved in a murder investigation, Caprice De Luca, amateur sleuth, won’t rest until she uncovers who killed her mother’s best friend Louise Downing.  Louise has been in Caprice’s life since she can remember, and fond memories abound. However, Caprice begins to learn that some labeled Louise bossy and insecure. These developments along with information that reveals she had a checkered past, makes Caprice even more determined to find her killer. As I read this story I couldn’t help but to appreciate the strong sense of family that was featured, and Caprice’s individuality and compassion. She was a likable character that you wanted to root for….you wanted to see her succeed in her endeavors to find Louise’s murderer. This added to my enjoyment of this cozy. In conclusion, I loved this book and would highly recommend it to lovers of cozy mysteries. Thank you Karen Rose Smith for providing me with a free copy of this book. In exchange I have written an honest review.

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