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: Drape Expectations

Drape Expectations
Drape Expectations by Karen Rose Smith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Drape Expectations is more than a cozy mystery. The family dynamic factors strongly in this book. Our sleuth, Caprice De Luca, is determined to find the killer who murdered her rock star friend Ace Richland’s girlfriend, Alanna Goodwin. Since Ace finds the body it’s only natural that suspicion surrounds him, but Caprice feels in her heart that her friend could never commit murder. He may have a bad temper and all, but murder? Nah.  Besides, it’s beginning to look like others in Alanna Goodwin’s life had a motive for murder. There’s a mysterious child, an alleged affair and even sabotage involved in this murder case. As Caprice skillfully goes about piecing together clues that will ultimately lead her to the culprit, she also makes an addition to her pet family, helps her nana through a health crisis, mends broken family ties involving an estranged family member, and finally chooses which of her two suitors is the right man to spend her life with. There was a very evocative moment where the author did a superb job of conveying the feelings of the characters when Caprice makes a choice between her two men.  I loved that scene. All the while we contentedly meet up with Caprice’s friends and family members from prior books in the series, watch as her dog Lady and cat Sophia adjust to the new member of their family, Mirabelle, the shy kitty who was left behind when her neglectful owner Alanna was murdered, and wince as Caprice’s life is threatened as she unselfishly puts herself in one precarious situation after another to help clear her friend Ace’s name.
In conclusion, this cozy mystery is cozy in more ways than one. You will enjoy going along for the ride to find out who killed Alanna Goodwin, but you will also find pleasure in peering into the daily events of an amateur sleuth who loves life, love, her profession, her family and her pets. It’s for this reason that Drape Expectations was a major hit with me and I recommend it highly.
Thank you Karen Rose Smith for an advanced copy of this book 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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Staged to Death by Karen Rose Smith

IMG_3269.JPG ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  I thoroughly enjoyed Staged to Death by Karen Rose Smith. This is book 1 in the Caprice De Luca Mystery series. Caprice is a professional home stager who has been hired by her old High School friend Roz Winslow to stage her castle-like mansion that she shares with her husband Ted, so that they can sell it. Little does Caprice know that she and Roz will find Ted dead in the couple’s home, stabbed by one of his own prized weapons. Caprice goes into action to protect her friend while trying to find the killer. This cozy really resonated with me for several reasons. The story flowed effortlessly…no lulls, and I was easily able to acquaint myself with the main characters. I was immersed in the book to the very end. I really liked the protagonist, Caprice. Her eclectic, retro style presented a vivid picture of her personality, as well as her surroundings, whether it was her staging projects or times when she was entertaining in her home. Also, the book mentions so many of my favorite things: loving family members, great food, recipes, cute pets, flowers, and an intriguing murder mystery. I really liked that the murderer wasn’t far fetched because it actually gave me the opportunity to figure out who might have done it. Although there were quite a few names mentioned in the book, I was able to keep up with who was who. Additionally, I’m actually happy that book 2, Deadly Decor, is available because I am convinced I would enjoy another cozy featuring Caprice De Luca. In summary, this was one of my favorite cozies. I enjoyed it so much that in the end I think I would have been happy with whoever the murderer was because the story was good nevertheless. I received this book free from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review which I have given.