Publisher: Quiet Kismet, Pennsylvania, may look like any other small town, but as a home stager, Caprice De Luca can see behind closed doors–and it seems someone has designs on murder. . .Life is a full house for Caprice these days. She’s dating, she’s rescuing adorable cocker spaniels, and she’s decorating the roomy interiors of Kismet’s most well-heeled residents with fun fantasy themes. But she’s worried about her pregnant sister. Bella’s marriage is coming apart like a bad wallpaper job, and to make matters worse, she’s decided to meet up with a former flame Bob Preston, a house painter Caprice frequently employs. When he’s found dead in a pool of green paint swirling with blood, it’s time for Caprice to stage an investigation. With all eyes trained on Bella’s husband, Caprice shifts her attention from finding the perfect curtains to finding the perfect culprit. . .
My Review: This is the second book in the Caprice De Luca Home Staging Mystery series. They take place in Kismet, Pennsylvania, a quiet town where murder comes as a surprise to those who live there. Caprice De Luca is home stager as well as a decorator. She tends to work with homeowners trying to sell their upscale, opulent homes and in this book there is no exception.
Caprice is staging the home of online dating executive Eliza. While working with Bob Preston, who often paints for her, she notices that he and Eliza seem to have more than a client/owner relationship, not only that, but her married sister sets up a coffee date with him right in front of Caprice. Bella and her husband are having marital and money issues and Caprice is worried about her. When Bella sets up a second “date” with Bob, Caprice plans to show up and see if she can talk some sense into Bella. When she arrives at the Community Centre, she hears a scream that sounds like Bella. When she investigates, she finds Bella covered in blood beside the dead body of Bob Preston. Not only does Bella become a suspect, but Joe, her husband, does as well. Caprice takes it upon herself to find the real killer to help her sister and brother-in-law.
Caprice’s life is extremely busy. She is dating a handsome doctor named Seth, as well as rescuing animals. Her latest rescue is a cocker spaniel who is expecting and she must learn to care for the puppies when they arrive. Her work life is busy with staging Eliza’s house, a “safari” themed house and redecorating for the buyer of it. The sexual tension between Caprice and Grant (her brother’s legal partner) accelerates a little in this book, especially when Seth has applied for a fellowship at John Hopkin’s and my be leaving town.
I really enjoyed the first book in this series and “Deadly Decor” is even better!! The author has used the unique home staging service along with romance to create a very engaging and lively cozy mystery. I am looking forward to reading more in this delightful series and would highly recommend this book to everyone who enjoys cozies.