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Formula for Murder

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  • Posted March 27, 2011

    Maternal Instincts mystery shines!

    Once you suspend your disbelief about first time mom Kate Connolly running around with a three month old baby on stakeouts, you will be rewarded with a fresh and fun cozy mystery. Kate is very believable as a woman who wants to eventually get her PI license so she will have more time for motherhood. After Kate and her baby Laurie are victims of a hit and run, they discover the other vehicle has diplomatic plates. A visit to the French embassy results in stonewalling, but an odd sighting of a local investigative journalist piques Kate's interest. When journalist Pickett is found dead, Kate's radar is immediately on high. Kate is surrounded by great characters, her husband Jim is completely supportive, her mother able to sit at the drop of a hat and PI mentor Galigani is patient beyond belief. I enjoy the San Franscisco setting of these books and hope there will be many more to come!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 11, 2011

    Fun, Fast Read!

    "Formula for Murder" is the latest in the Maternal Instincts Mystery series from Diana Orgain. She hooks the reader in right away with her clever chapter headings. Well, not chapter headings, exactly. Each chapter begins with a "To Do" list, like some of us begin our day. And as the life of first-time mom Kate Connolly-the likeable protagonist-becomes more and more complicated, so does the "To Do" list. Just like in the real world.
    Kate has found what she thinks is the perfect work-from-home mommy job: private investigator. The hours are flexible, she can bring baby Laurie along on stakeouts, and if you're going to be up all night anyway, why not solve a few crimes in between feedings? Kate and Laurie are on their way to accomplish a top priority on the "To Do" list, getting Laurie's first holiday photo taken, when they are victims of a hit and run. A witness identifies the car's French diplomatic license plates. Sacre bleu! Do we have the beginnings of an international incident? When Kate and her husband Jim try to get some answers at the consulate, they're given le brush off, but not before they notice a pair of local, television reporters leaving the consulate.
    A few days later, one of the reporters is found dead in Golden Gate Park. Kate the Private Investigator, suspects there's a connection to the consulate, and she's hired by the dead reporter's husband to get some answers. Then, another dead body turns up: the driver of the car that rear-ended Kate and Laurie. Ooh la la! What's going on?
    This is a fun, fast read as Kate tries to juggle her new mommy status with her equally new private investigator status. I can't wait for the next one in this series!

    Reviewed by Susan Santangelo author of "Moving Can Be Murder" for Suspense Magazine

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