These days, home stager Caprice De Luca’s calendar is a full house. Her grandmother’s health is failing, her wayward uncle is stirring the pot, and she’s torn between two equally eligible suitors. With so much drama in her personal life, Caprice is grateful to have Ace Richland, a former 80s rock star, ask her to stage his girlfriend’s house. But Alanna Goodwin is a tough customer who balks at Caprice’s ideas and all but commandeers the staging. Caprice almost isn’t surprised when the snappish Southern belle is strangled to death with a tieback from her tacky velvet drapes. But just as she draws back the curtains on the truth, Caprice realizes she may be next on a murderer’s set list…
Drape Expectations by Karen Rose Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Drape Expectations by Karen Rose Smith is a 2015 Kensington Publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
This is the 4th book in the Caprice DeLuca Mystery series.
Ace, a rock legend, is about to embark on a tour, but is also planning to marry a woman named Alanna. So, he ask Caprice to do a staging for his fiance's home, because they plan on moving in together immediately. Caprice agrees to help because Ace is a good friend, but before she gets the project started, Alanna is found murdered, and Ace is the number one suspect.
On a more personal level, Caprice meets her Uncle Dom who has returned home after a twelve year absence, and Caprice is finally ready to address her true feelings for Seth and Grant.
This is a sturdy installment in this cozy mystery series, with a real puzzler of a mystery and a nice balance between the investigation and the on going saga of Caprice's family dramas and her love life.
While I never guessed who the killer was, the conclusion was bit tepid due to the rushed through explanation of the killer's motives, but other than that the story was wonderful and thoroughly entertaining.
Of course Caprice has the help of her pets and even takes care of the victim's cat, which is what I like most about her. I also like her family and although they go through ups and downs, they always stick together and try to work through their issues.
I was delighted by the developments in Caprice's personal life and can't wait to see how everything turns out.
Overall, I recommend this book to all cozy mystery lovers especially those you enjoy home interior and pets.