Caprice’s house staging is disrupted by Drew Pierson, a caterer who opened Portable Edibles, a business in direct competition with her sister Nikki’s Catered Capers. Nikki turned down Drew as a possible partner and he seems determined to undermine and bury her. However his successful launch of a deal for his blackberry barbecue sauce must have stirred up his enemies. When Nikki visits the house where Drew lives with his grandmother to resolve differences, she and Caprice find him dead–murdered with the base of a valuable Tiffany lamp.
Caprice discovers clues about Drew’s sly business dealings–from stealing recipes from another chef, to friends who hold grudges, to a sister who will now inherit half of her grandmother’s estate since Drew is dead. In the midst of her own romantic relationship upheaval, helping her uncle set up his pet sitting-business, assisting a friend care for a pregnant stray cat, Caprice follows the suspect trail, inadvertently putting herself in danger once more.
Silence of the Lamps by Karen Rose Smith
Series: A Caprice De Luca, Home Staging Mystery, #5
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Release Date: 4/26/16
Page Count: 352
I have been an avid reader of this series since the very first book, Staged to Death, so I was stoked to get my hands on an ARC of this book to review! Like all of the plots in this series, this story is well written and well developed. Even if you haven’t read a book in this series you can pick up this book and read it as a standalone, as there are many mentions of past mysteries and it is easy to follow along the story line. I can guarantee though that you will be hooked and dive into the other books as soon as you finish this one, if you haven’t already. The ending had a great twist and I didn’t see it coming at all! And can we just chat for a second on character development? The whole cast of characters in this series is awesome! The De Luca family is a tight-knit clan that I would be honored to call my own family. And I love to see the development of Caprice and Grant’s relationship! As always, I was ever so happy to find the recipes for many of the yummy and tempting foods mentioned throughout the book. I can’t wait to try them out in my own kitchen.
Overall, Silence of the Lamps was another amazing add to this series packed with laughable moments and truly lovable characters, making this a fast-paced, fun read. I actually think this is my favorite in the series, which is really saying something as the previous four books have been awesome cozy mystery reads! I can’t wait until December to get my hands on Shades of Wrath!
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Award winning and best-selling author, Karen Rose Smith’s plots are all about emotion. She began writing in her early teens when she listened to music and created stories to accompany the songs. An only child, she spent a lot of time in her imagination and with books–Nancy Drew, Zane Gray, The Black Stallion and Anne of Green Gables. She dreamed of brothers and sisters and a big family like her mother and father came from. This is the root of her plotlines that include small communities and family relationships as part of everyday living. Residing in Pennsylvania with her husband and four rescued cats, she welcomes interaction with readers on social media.
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Check Out the Rest of the Series:
STAGED TO DEATH, Book 1
DEADLY DECOR, Book 2
GILT BY ASSOCIATION, Book 3
DRAPE EXPECTATIONS, Book 4
SILENCE OF THE LAMPS, Book 5
SHADES OF WRATH, Book 6 (December 2016)
NOTE: I was provided with an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts are my own.