Bundle of Trouble

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"Cigars all around"( LOUISE URE, SHAMUS AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR) for the new Maternal Instincts mystery series.

First-time mom Kate Connelly is bringing up baby- and bringing down a killer.

Kate Connelly may have found the perfect work-from-home Mommy job: private investigator. After all, the hours are flexible, she can bring the baby along on stake-outs, and if you're going to be up all night anyway, you might as well solve some crimes. But when ...

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Overview

"Cigars all around"( LOUISE URE, SHAMUS AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR) for the new Maternal Instincts mystery series.

First-time mom Kate Connelly is bringing up baby- and bringing down a killer.

Kate Connelly may have found the perfect work-from-home Mommy job: private investigator. After all, the hours are flexible, she can bring the baby along on stake-outs, and if you're going to be up all night anyway, you might as well solve some crimes. But when a body is pulled from San Francisco Bay that may be her brother-in-law, Kate must crack the case faster than you can say "diaper rash" in order to keep her family together.

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"[AN] ENTERTAINING NEW SLEUTH."
-GILLIAN ROBERTS, AUTHOR OF THE AMANDA PEPPER SERIES

"A charming, gutsy, wry character who will make you laugh so hard you'll forget the labor pains."
-LOUISE URE, SHAMUS AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR

Publishers Weekly

In Orgain's charming debut thriller, office manager Kate Connolly becomes a supersleuth and a new mom in the same week. From the moment she and newborn Laurie lock eyes, Kate can't imagine returning to work after her six-week maternity leave, but in expensive San Francisco, she and her ad exec husband, Jim, need every bit of both incomes. Then a dead body is fished out of the bay and linked to Jim's estranged brother, George. Both the police and PI Albert Galigani, hired by the dead man's mother, believe that Jim and Kate know more than they're revealing. Kate is determined to find the elusive George and get some answers, but she soon gets in over her head. Galigani serves as a charming mentor as Kate navigates the twists of motherhood and an uncomplicated but engaging plot. (Aug.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425229248
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/4/2009
  • Series: A Maternal Instincts Mystery Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,470,657
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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  • Posted February 9, 2012

    A Must Read for Moms who love Mysteries

    I'm so glad Diana Orgain contacted me through email in January to read her book "Bundle of Trouble". I would've never known about her series about Kate Connelly and her future P.I. job. I also wouldn't have such a comical and fun book to read...that makes me realize I need to lighten up on motherhood. I tend to be very over-protective of my children and love them so much...that sometimes I'm just like Kate, "Is she breathing...am I producing enough milk, and am I being a great mother?"

    Kate Connelly reminds me of myself (except for the P.I. Job). I gave up my Art Institute to stay home with my 2nd daughter since I didn't want to leave her. Shes' my precious baby girl and no one else could take care of her like I do (plus with breastfeeding, it's kind of hard to go to school and pump)....so I decided to go to online college courses instead. I get to pace my schedule and take care of my baby and also make sure my oldest daughter does her homework everyday. Believe me a Mother's Job is never done. I think I worked more than I did when I was in the Navy...but you know what, I wouldn't change it for the world. I love being home with my girls and that is why I can relate to Kate Connelly.

    Kate is a new Mom who doesn't want to go back to her office job. She instead wants to run her own business, of Private Investigating. How does she come about with this idea, you ask? Well...let's just say it has something to do with her brother-in-law, George, and her old high-school friend, Michelle. First off, her brother-in-law is a piece of work, he is always in some kind of trouble and seems he can never get his life on track. Kate's husband Jim, knows his brother's ways all too well. Kate just wants to find out why George's bags were left on the pier and where he is exactly and why he is being considered for murder. To crack the case, Kate actually gets involved since the cops aren't getting anywhere. She gets her first taste of PI work when a Private Investigator is sent to the Hospital. She takes over his Job.

    I won't spoil the book for anyone. If you love mystery books, this is a definite read...but be forewarned, read the title, this mystery I recommend more to Women. Why Women...because guys would probably get confused over the maternal instincts of Kate (if you know what I mean). They actually would know what a Woman thinks when she's a Mother and why we are over-protective. =)

    I loved the beginning to the end of this book. I loved the comical situations and mysteries that Kate put herself in. My favorite part would have to be when Jim is left with Laurie (their newborn) and doesn't know how to calm him down. Jim reminded me of my husband. I had to laugh at those parts. Poor Men! (haha)

    I also want to say, I kept changing my mind who the killer could actually be. Diana definitely threw me for a twist and I definitely wasn't expecting that kind of ending, which is always a plus for me. I didn't know the killer was that person. I thought it was someone else. I love those kind of twists and turns.

    I definitely look forward to reading the next book in the Series and finding out what other mystery Kate cracks. I also look forward to hearing about Kate's Maternal Instincts. =)

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  • Posted December 4, 2010

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    Loved it!

    So glad I stumbled upon this book in B&N one day. Kate and her family are just charming. Loved reading about the baby. I could just see her little face! Even if, like me, you don't have children of your own, you will enjoy reading this book. I'm looking forward to reading the next one ASAP.

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  • Posted February 17, 2010

    New beginnings!

    As Kate Connolly delivers her first child, she and her husband learn of the disappearance of her brother in law, George. Once the glow of new motherhood wears off, Kate is off to pick up George's belongings and finds herself spending her short maternity leave discovering the identity of a murderer. Kate's mother (and new grandma) is on hand for quick babysitting duty and her husband supports this foray into what could become a new line of work for Kate. I enjoyed that the crime wasn't too easy to solve and it was fun to discover a new cozy right at the beginning of the series.

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  • Posted August 5, 2009

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    GREAT MYSTERY!!!

    My wife told me that I had to read this book. I was not very excited about it because, well, I'm a guy and it seemed very geared to moms. But she has a good sense of what is good and what is great. She would not stop talking about how great it was, so I gave it a try.

    AMAZING! It totally blow me away. This writer has really got that special touch. With two more books in the series coming out, my wife and I are both super excited. Well worth it. Buy it, read it and I dare you to tell me different.

    Bravo Diana Orgain!

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  • Posted August 1, 2009

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    Congrats for the birth of a fun new series!

    This intro to the Maternal Instincts series will strike a cord with moms and cozy fans alike. We meet mom-to-be Kate on the eve of delivery, the same time she last gets any type of actual sleep. The plot is engaging and well written, but it's Kate and her family who make this book. Kate faces wardrobe difficulties, baby induced memory loss and learning to breastfeed with the same guts and determination that she brings to her new career as a P.I. And the instant, gut wrenching love she feels for new daughter Laurie will tug at your heartstrings. Can't wait for the next in series!

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  • Posted June 5, 2009

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    chick lit meets Noir in Dana Orgain's fun mystery

    In San Francisco, office manager Kate Connolly takes a leave of absence to give birth to Laurie. However, mom and daughter connect instantly and Kate asks herself how she is going to return to work in six weeks when this bundle of joy calls to her to stay with her. Her spouse Jim reminds Kate that they live in a double income city.

    The police pull out of the Bay the corpse of a murdered male whom the medical examiner thought might be Jim's estranged brother, George; his bags were on the pier nearby. Jim gives information to the ME, which proves the victim is not his brother. Instead Brad Avery was fished from the water. Brad's family hires private investigator Albert Galigani to uncover who killed her son. Neither he nor SFPD can find George, but both assume the missing man's brother and sister-in-law knows more than they are telling, which is nothing. Kate searches for the elusive George only to get in trouble with the police and an unknown adversary who might be George.

    The keys to this straightforward whodunit are Kate's adjustment to motherhood to include her daily to do list and hard boiled Galigani who is amused by the new mother teaches her the ropes of investigating. In other words chick lit meets Noir in Dana Orgain's fun mystery.

    Harriet Klausner

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