About the book:
SHADES OF WRATH is book 6 in Karen Rose Smith’s Caprice De Luca Home Staging cozy mystery series.
Between her booming business, her family, and her work rescuing stray animals, home stager Caprice De Luca’s life is packed. But when a murder unsettles peaceful Kismet, Pennsylvania, she adds amateur sleuth to her resume. Thanks to a wealthy patron, Kismet’s women’s shelter, Sunshine Tomorrow, has inherited a run-down mansion. Now the shelter’s director, Wendy Newcomb, wants Caprice’s decorating expertise. Caprice is happy to help, but when she glimpses a few heated encounters between Wendy and some locals, she fears that Wendy may be in need of protection herself. When Wendy is found dead inside the old house, Caprice is compelled to poke around in her affairs–and discovers she had her share of enemies.
Now, with countless clients, a TV gig that could make her a household name, and rumors of a marriage proposal on its way, Caprice must find time to design an investigation that will lure a crafty killer into the wide open–before someone else winds up in a state of permanent disrepair
In the sixth installment of the Caprice De Luca Mystery Series, the protagonist Caprice is redecorating Sunrise Tomorrow. I found this to be a one of my favorite projects that she’s undertaken. The idea of Wendy Newcomb wanting to do something so worthwhile and meaningful as a women’s shelter made me very interested in reading this book. Of course, I knew that Caprice would return to her sleuthing because, well, she’s Caprice!
The pace of the book was close to perfect and of course, you’ll be kept guessing who the murderer is. I really enjoy this authors cozy mysteries and recommend them to readers of this genre.
Karen’s characters are always engaging and I love how she’s developed Caprice and given her a personality. Her choice of clothing, her relationship with Grant and her love of animals.
Speaking of animals. That’s how I discovered the author. I came across one of her Facebook posts about her cats and how she and her husband have helped so many. There are references to their cats in Shades of Wrath and one brought tears to my eyes, and that is Sunnybud. I and many of her readers will always remember Sunnybud.
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and have given my honest opinion.