Mother's Day Out

Mother's Day Out

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by Karen MacInerney
     
 

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Margie Peterson is a typical stay-at-home mom until she trades dishes for detective work to become Austin’s least-likely PI. Soon she’s knee-deep in cheating husbands, transvestites, and trouble in a laugh-out-loud new mystery from award-winning author Karen MacInerney.

With a husband who works long hours trying to make partner and two rambunctious

Overview

Margie Peterson is a typical stay-at-home mom until she trades dishes for detective work to become Austin’s least-likely PI. Soon she’s knee-deep in cheating husbands, transvestites, and trouble in a laugh-out-loud new mystery from award-winning author Karen MacInerney.

With a husband who works long hours trying to make partner and two rambunctious kids that are running her ragged, Margie Peterson is like any other worn-out suburban mom. When she decides to take a job as a PI for a seedy local detective agency, everything changes. It doesn’t take long for Margie to get in over her head: her first day on the job she totals her minivan, mistakenly enters a drag contest, and winds up in the bathroom with a dead transvestite. But when Margie finds her home number in the victim’s phone, things really start to get interesting.

Editorial Reviews

Author blurb - Sue Ann Jaffarian
"The minivan and her daughter's fry phone were the first casualties when Margie Peterson took on a part-time job for Peachtree Investigations. Karen MacInerney has delivered a laugh-out-loud, wacky and hysterical romp featuring an ordinary car-pool mom who finds herself walking on the wild side, coming face-to-face with plastic-wrapped cheaters, a murdered transvestite, and her own husband’s secrets."
– Sue Ann Jaffarian, author of the Odelia Grey mysteries

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781477820025
Publisher:
Amazon Publishing
Publication date:
04/15/2014
Series:
A Margie Peterson Mystery, #1
Pages:
305
Sales rank:
433,165
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Karen MacInerney is the author of numerous popular mystery novels, including the Agatha Award–nominated series The Gray Whale Inn Mysteries and the trilogy Tales of an Urban Werewolf, which was nominated for a P.E.A.R.L award by her readers. When she’s not working on her novels, she teaches writing workshops in Austin, Texas, where she lives with her husband and two children.

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Mother's Day Out 4.3 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 27 reviews.
pecan More than 1 year ago
I have read all karen's books and love them all! This one is laugh out loud!! Zany and highly entertaining. Can't wait for next one!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Much of the dialog felt false to me. The storylines were sometimes too far-fetched (even for fiction), but if you like flamboyant characters, give it a try.
dkb2 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book. It's not too heavy, just a light fun read. I will read more of this series as they come out. It's just my kind of book. Relaxing, light, and easy to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Karen Macinerney has another hit series! Margie Peterson has it all going on with a house, husband, kids and murder in a gay bar with alot of laughs to boot.
ClaireBray More than 1 year ago
Karen MacInerney’s latest book, Mother’s Day Out, looks like the start to a promising new mystery series. Her new heroine, Margie Peterson, is a harried Austin mom looking for a part time job. When she answers an ad to become an investigator for a private detective she soon becomes embroiled in a murder mystery which involves Texas transvestites, illegal immigrants and forced labor, the Junior League, and irregularities in her children’s preschool. As she rattles around town in her increasingly battered minivan, Margie’s life gets more and more complicated. She starts to find some startling coincidences that lead her right back to her own private life. Clever plots, witty writing, and insights into the details of the real life of a busy mom make this a great read. This is the first detective you’ll find who has to take time out of work to pick up the kids at preschool and deal with piles of dirty laundry. I’m looking forward to the further adventures of Margie and her pals in the next installments of this entertaining new series
Olivia_B More than 1 year ago
Looking for a fun summer mystery? For five years, the most exciting thing in Margie's life was changing diapers, but when she took a freelance job as an investigator, all of that changed. One minute she's snapping photos of a married man dressed in nothing but Saran wrap in a motel with a hooker, and the next she discovers a dead drag queen in the ladies' room of a seedy bar. While chasing down embezzlers, wayward husbands, and sixteen thousand dollars missing from her own checking account, Margie and her equally quirky friends uncover a mystery spanning the underground Austin transvestite scene to the society pages. In Mother's Day Out, Margie transforms herself from supermom to superslueth, and discovers her hidden talent for ferreting out the truth. Even when the answers aren't pretty, she keeps digging until she reaches the satisfying conclusion. Karen MacInerney expertly weaves a plot of intrigue and hijinks in this believable mystery filled with charming characters. Fans of the Gray Whale Inn novels won’t be disappointed. I can't wait for the next installment in the new Margie Peterson mystery series!
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Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Grab Your Fry Phone and Hang on for the Wild Ride I’ve been reading and enjoying Karen MacInerney’s cozy mysteries for years, but I was hesitant to read Mother’s Day Out. Karen herself said it wasn’t in her normal cozy vein, so I wasn’t sure how I would react to it. I’m happy to say that I really did enjoy it. Margie Peterson is a stay at home mom trying to help pay for her kid’s preschool, so she takes a part time job as a PI. Her first case ends in personal disaster when she loses her daughter’s favorite toy, a fry phone from a McDonald’s happy meal, after getting the shot of the cheating husband she was tailing. But things go from bad to worse that night when Margie takes on a second case. Before the night is over, she stumbles over the body of a dead transvestite. Even more surprising is what she finds on the victim’s phone. Can she solve a case that has suddenly become personal? If I hadn’t said this wasn’t a cozy before, you would have figured it out by now. Transvestites aren’t your normal cozy mystery victim (although I can think of one or two where it has come up). This isn’t a full on PI book or anything dark or heavy. I’d classify it as soft boiled with a strong humorous bent, in fact. While some of the humor in this book is supposed to come from Margie embarrassing herself (which usually makes me cringe instead of laugh), I still found plenty to laugh at, including a scene with a cat that had me laughing out loud in the break room at work. While I’ve only read a couple of Stephanie Plum books, that was still the best comparison that came into my mind in terms of content and humor. Of course, one of my complaints with Janet Evanovich is that her characters are shallow (just look at my reviews of the series she is co-writing with Lee Goldberg). That’s not an issue here at all. Margie is a fully formed and sympathetic main character. You get where she is coming from and why she does what she does. Her kids are realistic, her mother-in-law and mother both pains…. The list could go on. Really, all of the cast comes across as very real, and it’s hard not to wonder what will happen next to them. Couple that with a wonderful plot. This may be Margie’s first case, but she is already a great detective. Oh, she has a few missteps, but they are completely realistic, and the way she puts things together at the end was great. Margie is clearly on her way to being a sharp PI, and I’m sure that will be developed as the series goes forward. I did have one issue with the plot as a Christian (being vague to avoid spoilers), but that is a difference in how Karen and I view the world and not something that will take away from most people’s enjoyment of the book. Truly, the mystery is very solid, and I was racing to the end to find out just what all was going on. So Mother’s Day Out proves to be another winner from a talented author. If you are looking for a wacky mystery that will have you laughing and turning pages, this is the book for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick enjoyable read. Loved the quirky characters! Definetly recommend.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept you guesing on eavh chapter!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
SassyGrandmaSK More than 1 year ago
I loved it and recommended it to a friend.
pat99 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It was exciting, fun, and light hearted. At times it reminded me of the Stephanie Plum (Janet Evanovich) books, although since it is about a detective-mom it lacked the sizzle that comes from interactions with Ranger and Morelli! Still, it kept me reading and amused and it was fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick read. Had good laughs and suspense. Not too heavy on brain power. Just what I needed on vacation!
var More than 1 year ago
Good summer reading. Hope it continues is a series with all the characters!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book. Recomend for a fast lighthearted read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I work full-time and go to school part-time, with very little time for leisure reading and was sorry I tapped into this book. I could not stop reading and really needed to study for finals. Funny and very different story line that I was not expecting. Looking forward to the next Margie Peterson book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There were times I was laughing my head off and other times waiting to see when the other shoe would drop. If you love a good story with a character that you want to see come out on top of everything that can go wrong with trying to manage a house-hold, in-laws, school-principal issues, kids-identity issues, spouse-issues, Jr. League-Lady's issues, car-exploding issues, and new job as a PI-learning as I go issues - THEN YOU HAVE COME TO THE RIGHT PLACE!!! ENJOY!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book on a road trip from West Texas to Tulsa. It kept my interest and left me wanting to read the sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The pink panther on steroids..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago