Mother Knows Best

Mother Knows Best

by Karen MacInerney


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Things aren’t going well for private investigator and mom Margie Peterson. Her husband, Blake, is claiming his taste for drag queens is “just a phase.” Her first-grade daughter isn’t fitting in at her new posh elementary school, Holy Oaks Catholic School. And her hippie mother has swept into town and replaced the family’s store of processed foods with seaweed snacks. To top it all off, a late-night phone call from her boss, Peaches Barlowe, has pulled Margie into a very strange murder case, one that involves the Holy Oaks headmaster, George Cavendish. Poor man—he just happened to die in a dominatrix’s pink vinyl wading pool while wearing nothing but Aquaman tights and goggles.

As it turns out, there are a lot of people who might have wanted Mr. Cavendish dead, from his bereaved, betrayed widow to the shady owners of the local strip joint. Not even Margie’s best friend, whose daughter didn’t get into Holy Oaks, is above suspicion. Can the overtaxed PI solve the case before things get even weirder?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781503954830
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 03/15/2016
Series: A Margie Peterson Mystery Series
Pages: 307
Sales rank: 1,011,049
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Karen MacInerney is the housework-impaired author of fourteen books, including the Gray Whale Inn series, the Urban Werewolf trilogy, the Dewberry Farm Mysteries, and the Margie Peterson Mysteries. She lives in Austin, Texas, with two children, her husband, and a menagerie of animals.

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Mother Knows Best 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Bev_Ash More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. It is funny, yet handles some realistic issues. I didn't know this was a second book in a series, but I had no trouble knowing what was going on. The plot is well written and the characters, while sometimes a little strange, come alive so that you can picture them in your mind. I enjoyed this book so much I have already bought the first book. I got this ARC free from NetGalley for an honest review.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Mother Knows Best by Karen MacInerney is the second book in The Margie Peterson Mysteries series. Margie (Marigold) Peterson is an assistant detective at Peachtree Investigations owned by Peaches Barlowe. Margie gets a late night call from Peaches. She needs some assistance and gives Margie an address. The headmaster of Holy Oaks Catholic School (Margie’s daughter, Elsie just started going here), George Cavendish is dead in a wading pool at the apartment of a lady of the evening (get my drift). Peaches needs Margie’s help in moving the body (Peaches owes a favor which is why they are doing this task). Margie is shocked to find George in Aquaman tights (can you imagine) and goggles (trust me you do not want to know why). They get the body moved, and Margie hopes that will be the end of it (I hope they did not leave anything behind). Unfortunately, Margie’s best friend, Becky Hale becomes a prime suspect (thanks to Margie). Now Margie needs to prove her friend’s innocence or admit to moving the dead guy. This turns out to be the least of Margie’s problems. Her husband, Blake has decided to take a Journey to Manhood course. It helps a man discover his “manhood” (he is attracted to drag queen’s) and wants Margie to participate by joining the female (wives) group (I know what my answer would be). Also, Margie’s mother is visiting (surprise). She cleans out Margie’s house of all the foods that are bad for you (the one’s that taste good) and exchanges them for items no child will touch (items with no sugar and are oddly colored). Buckle up and hold on! Margie is in for a lively time. Mother Knows Best reminded me of a screwball comedy. Lucy and Ethel would have been right at home (if you do not get this reference you need to watch more late night television). I just thought there was too much nonsense going on. One example is Margie’s daughter, Elsie acting like a dog (goes by Fifi, wears a collar, drinks water out of a bowl on the floor, and will only eat white food). Husband was caught sleeping with a transvestite named Selena S. Mother Knows Best is just not my type of book. If you enjoy this type of comedy, then you will love reading Mother Knows Best. The mystery was extremely simple and easy to figure out. I give Mother Knows Best 3 out of 5 stars. The novel is an easy and quick read. Mother Knows Best can be enjoyed without having read the first book in the series. I received a complimentary copy of Mother Knows Best from NetGalley (and the publisher) in exchange for an honest evaluation of the novel.
DaneWeimMama More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be funny, crazy & just a little absurd but only in the most fun way. Margie Peterson is a detective & she encounters so many crazy situations. The book is a little more "adult" than some cozy murders but is not offensive. This is the 2nd book in the A Margie Peterson Mystery series but can be read as a stand alone. ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
This is a great book; this is the second book in the A Margie Peterson Mystery series by Karen MacInerney. Margie Peterson is a mom and a private investigator. To make matters worse her husband is in a drag queen phase, her daughter isn’t fitting in her new school and her hippie mother has swept into town. When her boss calls her for a strange murder case, it is up to her find out what really happened to George Cavendish, the Holy Oaks headmaster. If you are looking for a fun mystery, then you need to read this one. I am looking forward to the next book by this author. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
ethel55 More than 1 year ago
Way more risqué than the normal ‘cozy’ type fare I read. Margie Peterson has a lot on her plate, with her marriage secretly on the rocks while she tries to normalize life for her kids. It’s a fast paced riot, the detective agency she works at shares a building with a Brazilian Wax spa, her hippie mother is throwing out all their boxed food and her poor daughter is having trouble adjusting to a new private school. Naturally, the private school is where all the hoopla begins and the action doesn’t stop until the end.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Margie works for Peaches who’s business is Peachtree Investigations. Because the previous office had been blown up the office was now in the back of a waxing salon. Margie’s life has been a little messed up lately her husband Blake had fallen for a drag queen who is now dead. Blake claims it was just a phase. The Margie’s six year old daughter thinks she is a dog and will only eat white food. Her other child Nick is four and ok so far. Then Margie gets a call early one morning from Peaches and she need Margie’s help moving a body. The body of George Cavendish who is the principal of Holy Oakes the school Elsie has started first grade in even if she isn’t fitting in. Then Margie is called upon to get a pregnant pot bellied pig from their client's ex husband. To top it off the pig is bigger than Margie thought and is on the mean size. Really hasn’t been Margie’s year apparently. Another story i didn’t hate but didn’t love either. I think Margie really should think a lot more and harder before she does things. I just don't think this is a realistic story in any way. Also who worries about a pot bellied pig if it is mean not me anyway. Just not my type of book I like a more serious murder mystery. But it did make me laugh so earned the three I gave. I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.
Olivia_B More than 1 year ago
Margie is back - and this time she brought a pig! Mother Knows Best, a hilarious sequel to Mother's Day Out, beautifully blends mystery, humor, and the daily drama of suburban parenthood. Already juggling a husband trying to "find himself", snobby in-laws, a daughter with a species identity crises, and a visiting hippie mother, Margie has a full plate. Now in between trailing cheating spouses to strip clubs and attending PTA meetings, Margie has to clear her best friend as a murder suspect. And then there's one of my favorite characters EVER, Bubba Sue, the pregnant pig with anger management issues. While Mother Knows Best is a fun read on its own, I highly recommend picking up Mother's Day Out first if you haven't read it already. You'll fall in love with Margie, her unique boss, her zany family, and most of all - Bubba Sue!
CozyMysteryLover1 More than 1 year ago
I am so happy that I was given the opportunity to read this book. What a quirky story filled with outlandish characters. This is definitely not your typical cozy mystery. Private Investigator Margie is dealing with a lot in her life. Her husband is having an identity crisis, her daughter is acting like a dog and her free spirit of a mother is visiting and throwing out all of her not so nutritious food. If this isn't enough, Margie receives a 3 a.m. phone call from her boss, Peaches. Answering that call leads Margie knee deep in strip clubs, illegal drugs and of course, wrangling a very pregnant Bubba Sue, who is not a typical tea cup pig. Believe me, this book is one of THE BEST cozy mysteries I've read. This is a ten star story for sure. Throughout this story the author had me laughing and crying while keeping me guessing until the very end. I highly recommend this story and can't wait to share this review with my book group. I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my fair and honest review.