Thursday, August 11, 2011


Publisher: Berkley
Date published: March 2011
ISBN: 978-0425239889
Mass Market Paperback
Cozy mystery
Reviewed by Valerie
Obtained by publisher

Kate Connolly is a first time mom. Little Laurie is just a few months old and Kate seems to have found the perfect job. One she can do from home – private investigator. She can do research while the baby sleeps, take her along on stake-outs and there is always her husband or mother who can babysit if things get too exciting. Still, on her way to get her baby’s picture taken she is hit by another car and it drives off! Shaken, she did get a good look at the driver. She also finds out that the car belongs to the French consulate. Her husband is very upset and they go right away to the consulate. He finds the car in the garage and they both go in and confront the consulate. But, after being given the cold shoulder they leave the building and notice a couple of reporters also leaving. Some days later, one of the reporters is found dead and her husband hires Kate to find out what happened. Now the adventure really begins….

I really do enjoy a nice cozy mystery and this one was very nice indeed. Ms. Orgain has created a very sympathetic heroine and her adorable baby. Sometimes, through the story, I had to think about the actual possibility of Kate doing all her stuff with a baby in tow and as a mother myself, with a number of children I realized it was indeed possible as some of my own children were the perfect baby! Ms Orgain contrives an interesting plot with twists and turns, red herrings and some exciting action. This is a treat, with a cute baby, a determined mother who is also vulnerable, an understanding husband and a mother who is more than willing to take over on baby duty. I empathized with Kate when she missed some special moments with her baby because of the case. I cheered with her when she was able to crack it too. This is certainly an author I would read again and I can recommend this story to all lovers of cozy mysteries.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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