Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: Motherhood is Murder - 2nd in the Maternal Instincts Mystery series
Author: Diana Orgain
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Release Date: March 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, San Francisco area
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Moderate/Extreme
Diana's Website/Blog: www.dianaorgain.com
Kate Connolly, a brand new mother, is trying to get a business started. She will be able to work from home with flexible hours and can bring the baby with her on some stakeouts. She wants to be a licensed private investigator. Unfortunately, she has yet to obtain her license.
She meets some other ladies while buying baby clothes and is asked if she would like to join their new mommy-club, Roo & You. The ladies get together and talk about raising their children and get to know each other while their babies can interact. The club holds a dinner cruise and Kate and her husband, Jim are invited. The baby stays with Kate's mom and everything is set for a lovely evening out for the new parents. But, all good things must come to an end as one of the cofounders of the club takes a fall down a staircase on the cruise ship. It is determined that the it wasn't a fall but the lady was pushed down the stairs. The police are called and everyone on the cruise is considered a suspect and it also seems that most everyone on the cruise has a motive.
One of the mommies (Margaret) wants to hire Kate to investigate whether or not her husband was having an affair with the dead woman and also is he now having a fling with someone else? Kate still does not have her PI license and the police inspector is giving her a hard time for interfering in his investigation. Also, the killer is determined that Kate should keep her nose out of everything and make her give up the first time mom club.
I really enjoyed reading this book and am a big fan of Kate’s. She has a husband that loves her and a beautiful new baby girl. Jim is all for her following her dreams to become a PI and helps with the baby. Also, her mom is on tap for babysitting. Kate is a great mom and wife and could be a really good PI. This is a great light mystery for a mom who is busy always with a child and needs a few minutes to escape. It is also very funny but, it won't make you forget labor pains if you are so inclined. The characters are well thought out and the plot is interesting and surprising.
Enjoy and I'll talk to you soon,
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