Slay Bells Ring (Caprice DeLuca Series #7)

Slay Bells Ring (Caprice DeLuca Series #7)

by Karen Rose Smith

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ISBN-13: 9781496709776
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 10/31/2017
Series: Caprice DeLuca Series , #7
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 140,242
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

After writing romances for twenty years, Karen Rose Smith is excited to see her Caprice De Luca home-stager mystery series published. Her sleuth reflects many of her interests: ­interior decorating, cooking, retro fashion, gardening, and, most of all, taking in stray animals. Married to her college sweetheart, Karen has convinced her husband that felines can make purr-fect housemates. They share their home in the Susquehanna Valley of Pennsylvania with their three rescued cats. For more about Karen, please visit her website www.karenrosesmithmysteries.com.

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Slay Bells Ring 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
BeckyMcF 10 months ago
The 5 stars is because of the excellent storyline about Vietnam veterans and PTSD woven into a sad but clever murder mystery along with everyday happenings of caprice's interesting business and Caprice's family's activities. I like spending time with the DeLucas and their friends.
Emma More than 1 year ago
Slay Bells Ring by Karen Rose Smith (A Caprice De Luca Mystery) It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, especially now that Caprice De Luca has wrapped up her holiday-themed staging gig at a stunning historic home in downtown Kismet, Pennsylvania. Behind all the red ribbon and glowing string lights, homeowners Chris and Sara Merriweather have it all. But Chris, a Vietnam vet who plays Santa every year at the community park, has been displaying strange behavior after a recent trip to Washington, D.C. The joy of the season vanishes entirely when Chris is found murdered on Santa Lane, leaving behind his loyal malamute and lots of unfinished business. As Caprice uncovers hidden secrets in Santa's workshop, the pressure is on to catch the candy cane-wielding culprit--before she's next on a killer's deadly wish list . . . this is Caprice De Luca and Grant weatherford's story. Caprice is commissioned to stage a beautiful historic home, but the owners are split on the idea of selling the home.Chris, a toy maker, and the resident Santa Claus, is determined to sell the property, while his wife, Sara, is more reluctant, because the house holds so many memories for her. The Christmas season has arrived in Kismet, Pennsylvania.Caprice De Luca is busy at her job of staging houses for area relator Denise Lanford. Caprice and Grant are planning for their future. Caprice turned toward the driver’s side door of her Camaro. Grant started to say, “You be careful driving in this snow—” He stopped mid-sentence and Caprice saw why. “What are they?” he asked, puzzled. Caprice could see that the sleigh bells from her door decoration were now hanging on the car door handle with a plastic twist tie. Snow was accumulating on them. She stepped closer and spied something wedged underneath the bells. A Ziplock bag. She pulled it out and as she did, she saw the note within. In black marker on lined paper were the words—Stop asking questions or your sleigh bells will never ring again . Why would anyone want to murder Chris? read this book to find out. Slay Bells Ring by Karen Rose Smith is a wonderful well written 5 star book. I won a copy of this book in a contest. "I voluntarily reviewed this book." I highly recommend reading. Caprice De Luca Mystery 1. Staged to Death 2. Deadly Decor 3. Gilt by Association 4. Drape Expectations 5. Silence of the Lamps 6. Shades of Wrath 7. Slay Bells Ring Watch for Karen's new cozy mystery series in 2018--DAISY'S TEA GARDEN MYSTERIES MURDER WITH LEMON TEA CAKES January 2018 Search For Love 1. Nathan's Vow 2. Jake's Bride 3. Always Devoted 4. Always Her Cowboy 5. Heartfire 6. Cassidy's Cowboy 7. Her Sister 8. The Wedding Promise 9. Forever In Her Eyes
bookwomen37 More than 1 year ago
I have been reading this series since the beginning and this was the weakest one in the series. Caprice is staging a house and one of the owners is killed. Even though Caprice does solve the murder not a lot of the book is spent on the mystery. There were not a lot of suspects or red herrings to make the mystery interesting. This book also had a lot more romance and religion. I enjoy Caprice, her pets and her family but like the Holidays this one had too much togetherness. The author does do a good job with the small town setting. I hope the next book has a little less romance and more mystery.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Caprice is celebrating the holidays by investigating the murder of Chris Merriweather. He was Kismet's Santa. Can Caprice use her unique skills to find the killer? Caprice DeLuca is such a good and loving person that I immediately liked her. She cares about people and animals. Seeing her in action kept me on the edge of my seat. Her romance with Grant is filled with love and caring. The way he supports Caprice is so special. I want them to be together. always. The small town setting adds to the mystery. Kismet has people who care. I love that. Karen Rose Smith has writen a suspenseful story filled with secrets and suspects. I must admit that the ending took me by surprise. I never saw it coming. I love this series. It's a keeper. Caprice along with her family and her animal friends make Slay Bells Ring special. This author is a must buy for me. Her writing makes me feel as if I'm right there in the middle of the action. I can't wait to see what happens next.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Slay Bells Ring by Karen Rose Smith is the seventh book in A Caprice De Luca Home Staging Mystery series (that’s a mouthful). Caprice De Luca is staging Christopher and Sara Merriweather home with a “Christmas Delight” theme for their open house. Chris and Sara own a local hobby store along with Chris making beautiful wood toys during the year. Chris has been acting strangely since his return from his annual trip to visit old war buddies in Washington, D.C. Late one evening, Chris (who plays Santa each year) is found dead outside Santa’s cabin on Santa Lane. Why would someone murder him? Caprice is asked to look into the crime and see if she can unmask the killer. She soon discovers that Chris was keeping many secrets. Which one of them go them got him murdered? Slay Bells Ring is not a standalone novel. You do need to read the previous six books in the series or you will be lost. There are numerous family members (friends, townspeople) and it will be impossible to keep them all straight. The murder occurs at the 20% mark in the story (I was beginning to wonder if I was reading a cozy mystery). The culprit’s identity can be discovered before the murder occurs (I am not kidding). I wish the mystery had been slightly more complicated and had been more of the focus of the book. The focus of Slay Bells Ring is on Grant and Caprice. They are newly engaged and very much in love (as we are told repeatedly). Slay Bells Ring is nicely written and has a good flow. It contains a charming town and a good female main character. I appreciate Caprice’s fashion sense and love of animals. Food items and Caprice’s clothing are described in detail (each and every outfit). Slay Bells Ring is perfect for readers looking for a light-hearted cozy mystery with love, family and Christmas. There is a preview of Murder with Lemon Tea Cakes at the end of the book.
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
This is a great book; this is the seventh book in the Caprice De Luca Home Staging Mystery Series written by Karen Rose Smith. Caprice De Luca has wrapped up her holiday-themed staging gig at a stunning historic home in downtown Kismit, Pennsylvania. Behind all the red ribbon and glowing string lights, homeowners Chris and Sara Merriweather have it all. But Chris, a Vietnam vet who plays Santa every year at the community park, has been displaying strange behavior after a recent trip to Washington, D.C. The joy of the season vanishes entirely when Chris is found murdered on Santa Lane, leaving behind his loyal malamute and lots of unfinished business. As Caprice uncovers hidden secrets in Santa's workshop, the pressure is on to catch the candy cane-wielding culprit. This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. This book will keep you reading long into the night. If you are looking for a great book, then you need to read this book. I am looking forward to reading the next book by this great author. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader’s copy of this book. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
kayteerufus More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. Ok first let's just talk about the amazing cover, I know that may not have a lot to do with the book, but I do judge a book by it's cover. And this one delivers, it is as amazing as the cover is, so my theory works, lol. What could be better than a gorgeous dog and a wonderful Christmas scene. Well, let me tell you, this read! I really enjoy this series and think this has to be my favorite. Santa has been killed with a candy cane, what?? Yep it happens. So of course Caprice has to find out what happened. His loyal dog may have seen the crime, but what help can he be? Caprice is a fabulous protagonist, loyal, family oriented, animal rescuer, style diva (even if she is stuck in the 70's), and very intelligent. I adore her family and her friends as well. The whole ensemble is perfect. I was pulled into "Slay Bells Ring" because of the cover and the fact I love author Karen Rose Smith's writing style. As soon as I started reading, I could not put this one down. The mystery was layered and intriguing. The characters were smart and well developed. And did I mention DOGS, lol. Seriously fabulous read no matter the season. I would recommend "Slay Bells Ring" to anyone that enjoys a fabulous cozy mystery that is well written, character driven, and a blast to read. It can be read as a standalone, but read the others in this great series as well, you will love them too. I read this during the Halloween season, but thanks to the writing of this wonderful author, I was transported to a wonderful winter land. I could just imagine myself at Christmas time and I loved it. Did I mention that the cover is gorgeous, check it out for sure and buy this funtastic read now.
TarynLee More than 1 year ago
Caprice is staging a holiday themed house for family friends the Merriweather's, and it's coming along beautifully. The family seems to have it all but when Chris, who always plays Santa every year, is found murdered all might not be as it seems. The question on everyone's mind is who could have done something like that to such a kind man. Caprice has known the family forever and can't just sit back and do nothing, she wants to help figure out just what happened. While looking for answers some disturbing things pop up about Chris putting him in a different light. Apparently he had been hiding quite a few secrets from his family for many years. Follow along with Caprice as she searches for clues and answers. You can't help but enjoy what a unique and strong main character she is and the lengths she will go to for family and friends. I always look forward to reading about what theme she will come up with next for the house that she is staging and what animals she will help.
Mama_Cat More than 1 year ago
Slay Bells Ring is absolutely the very best Caprice De Luca Mystery to date. Karen Rose Smith has taken Caprice, her family, and friends (and furbabies!) to new heights with this 7th in series. It can be read as a standalone or in order. It is delightful and suspenseful mystery, the author continues to outdo herself with endearing characters, suspense, and romance as well as social awareness challenges and pet needs. Caprice and Grant are planning for their future but have not yet set a wedding date. She is busy with home staging and interior decorating jobs along with Christmas preparations. Her newest contract is with Sara and Chris Merriweather, old family friends who are selling their gorgeous historic home to move into a condo in a retirement community. Chris plays Santa Claus at the Santa house as he does every year. He suffers from PTSD after being in Viet Nam, but this is something he always looks forward to. Children love Blitz, his dog, almost as much as Santa. Yet Blitz was locked in the Santa house the night Chris was found bludgeoned to death with one of the candy cane decor stands stuck into the ground next to the house. Caprice had harrowing escapades in the past while trying to help find the bad guy in murders for friends and lets the police handle such things now. How can she refuse to help Sara, however, after the long friendship with her parents? The chief of police, a family friend, Mack Powalski, can’t be part of the investigation due to his friendship with Chris. There are several possible suspects, including a couple of friends who are also Viet Nam vets. In recent months, Chris simply hasn’t been himself and even his wife doesn’t know why. At least until his secrets begin to be revealed. Caprice and her nana are people I would want to meet if they were real. Caprice has a talent for coordinating fashions, furnishings, and colors, as well as communicating with people and animals. All the main characters are well-defined, with their behaviors and dialog showing who they are. The De Lucas all genuinely care about others, whether they have two legs or four, with unconditional love for their family. Sara, her family, and the veterans are also well-rounded. The author writes some of herself into the De Luca family’s ladies, especially with cooking expertise and love of pets. The plot includes some huge surprises and turns! I like when there is a buildup of the story before a crime occurs; for this reader, it is much more shocking if I like the person injured or murdered. In this case, Chris is someone who will be missed very much by his family and community, and Sara is a wonderful lady. I like how cats and dogs are so much a part of Caprice and her family, including her uncle and his new business. The author has a finely executed plot with verve and charm and a layer of mysteries. While I did have a strong guess who the bad guy(s) were, I had the wrong motive – something that would not be revealed until much later. The end is very satisfying, and I am already looking forward to the next mystery! I highly recommend Slay Bells Ring, which can be read as a standalone or in order of the series. Oh yes, sleigh bells are used at least three ways in the novel, a unique play on words in the title! From a grateful heart: I received this eBook from the author and NetGalley, and this is my honest review.
Kuzlin More than 1 year ago
This is an enjoyable cozy mystery series that is best enjoyed read sequentially in order to better appreciate the characters, their development and their relationships with each other. Caprice is once again drawn into a murder investigation, that of the town's charitable Santa figure, a familiar face and a good friend of her father. But solving his murder could bring even more sorrow since it may have been done by a friend. The story flows at a nice, steady pace and I love how Caprice's family support her and each other. A new addition to this story is the adorable white Malamute, Blitz, as well as regulars Lady, and cats Sophia and Mirabelle. I can't wait for book #8. Disclosure: I am voluntarily reviewing this book received through Net Galley.
Kuzlin More than 1 year ago
This is an enjoyable cozy mystery series that is best enjoyed read sequentially in order to better appreciate the characters, their development and their relationships with each other. Caprice is once again drawn into a murder investigation, that of the town's charitable Santa figure, a familiar face and a good friend of her father. But solving his murder could bring even more sorrow since it may have been done by a friend. The story flows at a nice, steady pace and I love how Caprice's family support her and each other. A new addition to this story is the adorable white Malamute, Blitz, as well as regulars Lady, and cats Sophia and Mirabelle. I can't wait for book #8. Disclosure: I am voluntarily reviewing this book received through Net Galley.