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Monday, July 13, 2015

Drape Expectations by Karen Rose Smith - A Caprice De Luca Home Staging Mystery- Review

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 (Caprice De Luca Mystery, #4)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.

4 stars

Award-winning author Karen Rose Smith was born in Pennsylvania. Although she was an only child, she remembers the bonds of an extended family. Family is a strong theme in her books and she suspects her childhood memories are the reason.

In college, Karen began writing poetry and also met her husband to be. They both began married life as teachers, but when their son was born, Karen decided to try her hand at a home-decorating business.

She returned to teaching for a while but changes in her life led her to writing relationship novels. Now she writes romances as well as mysteries full time. Her first book was published in 1992; her 80th novel will be published in 2013. A winner of New Jersey's Golden Leaf Award in Short Contemporary Romance, Colorado Romance Writers Award Of Excellence for short contemporary, as well as the Phoenix Desert Rose Chapter's Golden Quill for Traditional Romance, she has also been honored with Cataromance.com's award for Best Special Edition and Washington Romance Writers Career Achievement Award. Her romances have made both the USA TODAY list and the Amazon Romance and Contemporary Romance Bestseller lists.

She has written for Meteor/Kismet, Kensington, Silhouette and Harlequin. Readers can contact Karen through her website, on Facebook (Karen Rose Smith Author) and on Twitter @ Karenrosesmith. They can also follow her monthly e-zine IN TOUCH with KAREN ROSE SMITH which has the latest news about her books, recipes and contests.

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