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Friday, March 4, 2011


Bundle of Trouble (A Maternal Instincts Mystery)

I read the first book in this series last year, which led to the second one being on my To-Be-Read pile.  Then the third installment was released on March 1, 2011, so I was busy reading books 2 & 3 last week!

Cover Design by
Annette Fiore De Fex
Cover Illustration by
Fernando Juarez 
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
A Division of Penguin Publishing

Second Book in the Series
ISBN-10: 0425233731
ISBN-13: 978-0425233733

New mom Kate Connolly is taking working at home to a whole new level as she tries to become a private investigator.  To do so she must "apprentice" with a real private investigator until she can get an actual license to work on her own.  Let's face it, the benefits are pretty good but very unconventional, flexible hours and the baby can go along on stakeouts.

In this installment, Kate is thinking of joining a new- mommy club and she is invited to meet the other members on dinner cruise.  Kate and her husband are enjoying a nice grown-ups night out until one of the club members takes a tumble down a flight of stairs and dies. The police come aboard to investigate and determine that the fall is actually homicide.  It doesn't take long for Kate to learn that every mommy in the group and their husbands all have something to hide and all become suspects.  She is definitely rethinking joining this group, but first she has to find out who actually killed the woman and why.

 I couldn't wait to jump right into Formula For Murder!!!!!!!

Cover Design by
Annette Fiore De Fex
Cover Illustration by
Fernando Juarez

A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
A Division of Penguin Publishing

Third Book in the Series
ISBN-10: 0425239888
ISBN-13: 978-0425239889

Kate and baby Laurie are on their way to get Laurie's first Christmas photos taken when their car is hit at high speed by another car and the other car doesn't even stop, just drives away.  Thankfully both Kate and Laurie are physically fine.  A witness to the accident gets the license plate and a good description of the offending car.  The car is from a fleet from the French Embassy and of course, they claim diplomatic immunity.  Kate's husband Jim wants answers and they head straight for the embassy, but get nowhere fast.  As they are leaving the embassy they notice two television reporters leaving right behind them and wonder what may be so newsworthy at the French embassy.

Just a few days later, one of the reporters is found murdered in Golden Gate Park.  Kate's mind goes into overdrive as she wonders if there is any connection to the death and the French embassy.  Then the husband of the slain reporter contacts Kate to investigate who killed his wife. What she uncovers is a lot more than a little spilled milk, I mean formula. 

Boy, this protagonist has spunk and it is very easy to fall for her and her cute little girl in a New York minute.  Her mother is priceless and her husband is so supportive and understanding.  If I would have come home after giving birth to my infant and told my husband I was going to stay home and be a private investigator on the side, he would have hit the roof and then sent me to have  my head examined.

Enter Diana Orgain, the author that makes this whole idea not only believable, but grabs you in such a way that you climb right in the stroller and go along for the ride.  

My youngest son was in an accident last August where his car was sitting completely stopped at a traffic light when another car plowed into the back of his car at such a high rate of speed that she hit his car and spun his car around and hit his car again on the driver's side. Witnesses were shocking to see my son who is 6'5" crawl out of that car virtually unscathed except for bruises, back and neck pain that developed later.

The first chapter of this book brought it right back to my mind in living color.  The feelings of wanting answers were portrayed exactly to the letter of how my husband and I felt.  The driver that hit my son's car stopped but gave a bunch of false information so we had to solve a mystery ourselves, but thankfully there were no dead bodies, secret plots or French officials standing in our way.

This author's writing style is crisp and the stories are fast moving with intrigue, suspense and humor that makes this whole series wonderfully entertaining.  This entire series should be on your MUST READ list!!!  Hit your local bookstore or use the links below to order your copies today!

To learn more about Diana check out her web page.

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 Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from The Berkley Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Marce said...

I loved Motherhood is Murder, some laughs I will never forget. Totally will read this one.

holdenj said...

Looking forward to Formula, loved the first two!

Anonymous said...

You remind me how much I love mysteries.

Shawn Becker said...

Looks like I better purchase these books! Your review was wonderful and I can not wait to read Bundle of trouble.

Julie @ Knitting and Sundries said...

These seem like totally fun reads. THanks also for sharing the story of your son; I can only imagine how frustrating that ordeal must have been