Silence of the Lamps
Book 5, A Caprice De Luca Mystery
Karen Rose Smith
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Business has never been better for home stager Caprice De Luca, but her personal life could stand a few renovations. Just when she thought things were getting serious with her boyfriend Grant, his pretty ex-wife swoops into town and nabs his attention. Uncle Dom is living with her parents and desperately needs a new job. And her sister Nikki's catering business is threatened when rival Drew Pierson starts eating away at her share of the market. Things could not possibly get more chaotic when Drew is found bludgeoned to death by one of his grandmother's antique Tiffany lamps--and Nikki is the number one suspect. Now, Caprice must act fast to illuminate the truth and clear her sister's name--before a cold-blooded killer puts her lights out next…
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"The perfect combination of animals, a delightful cozy town and a suspenseful mystery." --Cozy Mystery Book Reviews.net
Karen Rose Smith's Silence of the Lamps
Grant, Grant….What are you going to do? Stay with Caprice
who you told to trust you or workout issues with your
ex-wife and leave Caprice alone???
While Caprice De Luca is facing this issue, she is
investigating who murdered Drew Pierson, once an
employee of her sister, Nikki De Luca.
Drew is trying to take business away from Nikki. He
has turned into a formidable rival.
Nikki and Caprice discover Drew dead at his house.
Who would have killed him?
When Nikki becomes the main suspects, Caprice dives into
solving the murder. She finds a lot of colorful, well defined
suspects. Which one was responsible?
This book is the fifth on in A Caprice De Luca Mystery Series.
It can be read as a stand alone.
You will find intrigue, suspense, suspects, humor,
family values, forgiveness, the awaited romantic decision
and great food with recipes at the end of the story.
The author cat “ Halo” makes a cameo appearance. Come
spend some time in Kismet, Pennsylvania with the De Luca
family, friends, dogs and cats for very enjoyable reading.
Thanks to Net Gallery, Kensington Publishing and the author
for the eBook. My opinion is my own.
Fifth book in series!
Silence of the Lamps by Karen Rose Smith is the fifth book in the Caprice De Luca series. Caprice's sister, Nikki owns Nikki's Catered Capers. She has been having trouble with Drew Pierson. Drew used to work with Nikki until she spurned his advances and did not want him to become her partner. He is now out to make her life miserable and shut down her business. Nikki and Drew had a heated exchange at an open house that Caprice was staging. Then another incident at the local wedding expo. Nikki goes over to Drew's house (actually he lives with his grandmother, Rowena) to talk to him with Caprice and they find Drew dead on the floor. A beautiful Tiffany lampshade is nearby and the base is missing (I wonder what killed him). Nikki ends up being at the top of the suspect list (of course). Caprice will do anything she can to clear her sister's name (as expected). Caprice (despite warnings from loved one's) is determined to find the real killer. Join us is Kismet for another Caprice investigation and her intriguing vintage fashions.
Silence of the Lamps was my least favorite book in the series (which I have really enjoyed up to this point). The novel contained very little mystery. The clues were not provided until before the killer was revealed (not that you really need the clues to solve the crime). The focus of this book seemed to be on Caprice and her relationship with Grant, the animals (a cat that needed rescued, Lady and Patches), Uncle Dom becoming a pet sitter, and Caprice's constant need for someone to watch her dog (which I really do not understand). I read cozy mysteries for the (you are going to be shocked) the mystery! Silence of the Lamps is nicely written and easy to read (it had a good flow as well). The characters are interesting, and I enjoy Caprice's unique style of dress and decorating (vintage). I give Silence of the Lamps 3 out of 5 stars. If this novel just had more mystery (clues, investigation) and less about finding pet sitters, I would love it.
I received a complimentary copy of Silence of the Lamps from NetGalley in exchange for an honest evaluation of the novel.