Silence of the Lamps (Caprice De Luca Home Staging Mystery #5)by Karen Rose Smith

Mass Market Paperback, 322 pages
Published April 26th 2016 by Kensington
4 Stars

Synopsis: 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

My Review: Silence of the Lamps is the fifth book #5 in the Caprice De Luca mystery series but you can easily read this as a stand alone mystery. It is fun to read them all and find out about the previous mysteries she has solved. Caprice is a home stager and interior decorator who just happens to stumble upon dead bodies. Because they live in a relatively small town, the suspect usually includes a friend or relative of Caprice, so she can’t help but get involved in solving the crime. In this book, her sister Nikki was not a friend of the victim and had recently had a public argument with him about stealing one of her recipes. They were both caterers in direct competition with one another. Caprice begins asking questions and nosing around. The more she finds out, the suspect list grows exponentially. Drew had a lot of enemies. Can she solve the crime before her sister is the prime suspect and gets arrested?

One of the things I love about this series is the relationship between the DeLuca family members. The interactions between Caprice and her sisters is so realistic you almost feel like part of the family. Their personal lives are a large part of the story as well. Their love lives, friendships, careers and experiences help make the story realistic. The mystery story line moved quickly although there were far too many suspects for me to keep track of. The ending was totally unexpected, but you could go back and see hints along the way. Another great addition to this series. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.

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