Mother's Little Helper

Mother's Little Helper

by Karen MacInerney

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Mother's Little Helper by Karen MacInerney

In the third novel in Karen MacInerney’s madcap series, murder proves a welcome distraction to the zany adventures and quirky characters in PI Margie Peterson’s life.

Private investigator/single mom Margie Peterson barely has time for breakfast, let alone to hit the gym. But when Austin Heights PTA president Pansy Parker hires her to find out who’s been embezzling PTA funds, that’s exactly where Margie ends up…finding Pansy dangling upside down from a Nautilus machine. But the PTA president’s not alone: the dead body of a personal trainer is there, too. And now she’s facing murder charges.

To find out what really happened, Margie goes undercover as a Brazilian body waxer and an energy drink bottler. What she discovers stinks worse than a pair of sweaty gym socks.

But that’s not all. Margie’s husband is living with his Madonna-impersonating boyfriend; her boss keeps setting her up on disastrous dates, including one with a vengeful sock puppet named Marshmallow; her daughter’s fry phone is being held hostage; and her pet piglet, Twinkles, ran off after a sausage-smuggling streaker.

Can Margie pull out the big guns to find the real killer, save the fry phone, and recover Twinkles—before it’s too late?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781477820094
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 05/16/2017
Series: A Margie Peterson Mystery , #3
Pages: 286
Sales rank: 570,029
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. For more on Karen and her work, visit www.karenmacinerney.com.

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Mother's Little Helper 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Mother's Little Helper - Margie Peterson Mystery Book 3 Author: Karen MacInerney Publisher: Tom & Mercer Published: 5-16-2017 Pages: 288 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub-Genre: Amateur Sleuth; Private Investigators; General Humor ISBN: 9781477820094 ASIN: B01NBBR3EQ Reviewed For NetGalley and Tom & Mercer Reviewer: DelAnne Rating: 4.75 Stars n the third novel in Karen MacInerney’s madcap series, murder proves a welcome distraction to the zany adventures and quirky characters in PI Margie Peterson’s life. Private investigator/single mom Margie Peterson barely has time for breakfast, let alone to hit the gym. But when Austin Heights PTA president Pansy Parker hires her to find out who’s been embezzling PTA funds, that’s exactly where Margie ends up…finding Pansy dangling upside down from a Nautilus machine. But the PTA president’s not alone: the dead body of a personal trainer is there, too. And now she’s facing murder charges. To find out what really happened, Margie goes undercover as a Brazilian body waxer and an energy drink bottler. What she discovers stinks worse than a pair of sweaty gym socks. But that’s not all. Margie’s husband is living with his Madonna-impersonating boyfriend; her boss keeps setting her up on disastrous dates, including one with a vengeful sock puppet named Marshmallow; her daughter’s fry phone is being held hostage; and her pet piglet, Twinkles, ran off after a sausage-smuggling streaker. Can Margie pull out the big guns to find the real killer, save the fry phone, and recover Twinkles—before it’s too late? The third book in the series and can be read as a stand alone. Filled with humor that will have readers chuckling as they read. I great cozy mystery with twist and turns to keep you guessing. The culprit's unveiling is well done as is the writing through out the book. You will fall in love with the many quirky characters. My rating of "Mother's Little Helper" is 4.75 out of 5 stars.
Badkitty70 More than 1 year ago
I won this book as part of a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. My rating leans more towards 3 1/2 stars. Margie Peterson is a private investigator and newly single mom. When she is hired by the president of the PTA at her daughter's school to find out who is embezzling funds, she gets more than she bargained for. A killer is on the loose and Margie must figure it out before the wrong person gets convicted of murder. First off, I have not read any previous books in this series but am glad to say it can be read as a standalone. That's always something I like to know when not starting with book one. Ok. Now for my review. This is a well written cozy that has a lot of quirky characters and runs a bit on the zany side. From the soon to be ex-husband who is living with his Madonna impersonating boyfriend to the sausage smuggling streaker, I have to say there is never a dull moment in this book. It wasn't hard to figure out who the killer was, but it really wasn't a big deal since so much was going on. The murder almost took kind of a backseat to the story in my opinion. Not a bad thing in this case. The murder was actually the most uninteresting part to be honest. Luckily you are reminded periodically that someone was killed. Otherwise I think I'd forget. That might come off sounding like a negative, but it really isn't. It's a fun book and I definitely liked it.....I just can't say I loved it either. Part of that could be the push from Margie's mom and friend about dating now that she's getting divorced. And push they did. Even going so far as to set up a dating profile without checking with her first. I know it's ridiculous, but stuff like that bothers me. It did set up some humorous and interesting dating experiences for her....but I could have done without the overstepping of boundaries. Aside from that, I don't really have anything bad to say about it. It does run more on the quirky side than the cozy side. At least that's how it felt to me. I'd recommend it to anyone who really likes a little murder mystery with their wacky tales.
Olivia_B More than 1 year ago
Mother's Little Helper is a RIOT! Margie, homemaker-slash-private detective has her hands full with two small children, a crumbling marriage, a surly cat, a pet pig, and a live-in hippie mother, but that doesn't stop her from getting into all sorts of trouble. If being a soccer mom and PTA member isn't ehausting enough, Margie also has to find her lost pig, recover her daughter's precious fry phone from a crazed phone-napper, unmask a unicorn-headed streaker, and go undercover at a waxing salon. If that wasn't enough, she still has to figure out who killed the naked man she's trapped with in a bathtub. Between the car explosions, zany family, and absurd situations, Karen MacInerney's Margie Peterson Mysteries reminds me of Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum books, only more relatable. Well, relatable if your husband is dating a drag queen and your pet pig loves to eat sausage. This book is hilarious and will leave you rolling around in Tickle Me Elmos. The action is great, the plot is compelling, and the main mystery never wavers or gets lost. Whether you're looking for a fun, great read or you need a little pick-me-up, I highly recommend Mother's Little Helper. (If you're new to the series, start with Mother's Day Out and Mother Knows Best. Trust me, you'll love 'em!)