Drape Expectations (Caprice De Luca Mystery, #4)by Karen Rose Smith

Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages
Published July 28th 2015 by Kensington
5 Stars

Synopsis: These days, home stager Caprice De Luca’s calendar is a full house. Her grandmother’s health is failing, her wayward uncle is stirring the pot, and she’s torn between two equally eligible suitors. With so much drama in her personal life, Caprice is grateful to have Ace Richland, a former 80s rock star, ask her to stage his girlfriend’s house. But Alanna Goodwin is a tough customer who balks at Caprice’s ideas and all but commandeers the staging. Caprice almost isn’t surprised when the snappish Southern belle is strangled to death with a tieback from her tacky velvet drapes. But just as she draws back the curtains on the truth, Caprice realizes she may be next on a murderer’s set list…

My Review: Once again, Caprice is up to her eyeballs in work, pets, family drama and mystery. When Caprice is asked by her friend, rockstar Ace Richland to stage his girlfriend’s house, she can not refuse him. Alanna Goodwin is not the easiest person to get along with but Caprice knows she must have a good side if Ace loves her. When Ace finds Alanna dead in her house, he calls Caprice for help. He is immediately suspected of killing her, but Caprice does not believe it. She puts on her detective hat and does her best to unearth clues to find the real killer. While all this is going on, she ends up taking in Alanna’s cat and has to deal with socializing Mirabelle with her own pets. Family issues also crop up with her Uncle Dom returning to Kismet after a twelve year self-imposed exile. This puts pressure on Nana and her mom, causing Nana to have health issues. She is juggling jobs and trying to help her sister increase her catering business when a new caterer sets up shop. Her love life is still in trumoil and she needs to figure out if her heart really belongs to Seth, who is still out of town, or will she and Grant finally act on their smoldering feelings. As the clues pile up in the mystery, Caprice has a few suspects, but not enough concrete information. Once again, her sniffing around may be putting her in danger. Will she find the killer? What is going to happen with Seth and Grant? Will Nana rebound from her latest illness? A lot of questions are answered at the end of this book as well as revealing who the killer is. I did figure out the culprit but not until almost the end of the book. A well plotted mystery with a little romance, and lots of family involvement. I love this series and my visits to Kismet. A must for cozy mystery lovers. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.

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