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    Easy to read not easy to solve

    Cozy characters that interact well make this an easy read but not an easy solve mystery! Caprice DeLuca's decorator services include home staging. When rock star Ace Richland asks Caprice to work for his fiancé, Caprice arrives to find Alanna strangled to death in her home, and Ace is a prime suspect. Caprice, along with her entourage of pets, investigates to prove Ace innocent and finds herself in danger. In her personal life, Caprice must choose between her student doctor boyfriend, Scott, and her brother's former college roommate and now lawyer, Grant. She's turning 33 and it is time to commit to the life she wants - when she can figure out what that is This is book 4 in the series.
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    Quick Light cozy mystery

    I am been reading this series since the beginning and it has always been a quick light read. It is a combination cozy mystery with some romance and of course lots of pets. This one finds Caprice staging a home and stumbling again into a murder. This is the 4th murder she has solved and I was happy to see a new detective on the case who took Caprice's observations seriously. She does keep the police informed throughout. Those who have been reading the series since the beginning will also be happy to see Caprice make a romantic decision. The mystery in this book is OK and there are enough red herrings and suspects to keep it interesting. This series should be read in order. Enjoy
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    Superb mystery!

    I just finished reading Drape Expectations by Karen Rose Smith. It is the fourth book in the Caprice De Luca series. Ace Richland has asked Caprice to do him a favor and stage the home of his girlfriend, Alanna Goodwin. Ace and Alanna are going to move in together. Caprice agrees because Ace is a friend (though she knows Alanna is going to be very difficult). Alanna’s house is very southern and stuffed to the gills. She objects to every change Caprice wants to make to the house. During the open house, Caprice notices that Alanna is off having a discussion with Len Lowery, the keyboard player in Ace’s band. What are those two discussing? It is the second time Caprice has seen them together. Ace is getting ready to go out on tour, but he is having to replace one of the band members who just quit. Then two of Ace’s best guitars are stolen from his mansion (the locked room). Only someone close to Ace could have gotten into that room and stolen the guitars. Then some original songs are also stolen. It seems like someone is trying to sabotage Ace’s tour. When Caprice goes over to Alanna’s one day, no one answers the door. Since the door is open, Caprice (of course) goes in. She finds Alanna dead. Since, unfortunately, Ace is a prime suspect, Caprice has to investigate to clear his name. Caprice looks into who stood to inherit Alanna’s vast estate. Alanna’s will divided her estate into three parts. One third went to Alanna’s sister, Twyla Horton. One third goes to charity. The last third of the estate goes to Archer Ford. Archer claims to be the illegitimate son of Alanna’s first husband, Barton. Barton refused to have a DNA test done or to acknowledge Archer. Alanna never felt that it was fair to Archer (there is also a rumor of Alanna having an affair with Archer)! Of course, there are many people that did not like Alanna. She was pleasant in front of Ace, but Alanna could be a viper. Alanna owned a beautiful cat, Mirabelle whom she treated horribly (kept her in a little closet with no food, water, or bed). Since Twyla is allergic to cats, Caprice agrees to take care of her. There is a long list of suspects for Caprice to wade through and figure out who really killed Alanna Goodwin. Caprice also has to deal with her love interests, Seth Randolph and Grant Weatherford. Seth is a doctor who took a job in another town. Caprice has not seen him since the Valentine’s Day dance. Grant has yet to ask Caprice on a real date, but Caprice has strong feelings for Grant. Grant is finally ready to start dating again when Seth shows up. Caprice needs to make a choice. Who will Caprice pick? Drape Expectations was an excellent book! I could not put this book down. The author did a great job with the mysteries (the guitars and music as well as Alanna’s murder). I especially loved how Karen Rose Smith handled the murder mystery (she actually made me doubt myself). You will have to be very clever to figure out who killed Alanna Goodwin. I was glad that Caprice finally makes a choice between her two loves interests. Drape Expectations has fun, lovable characters, a fantastic mystery, cute animals, and romance. I give Drape Expectations 5 out of 5 stars. The rating is well deserved for this superbly written book. I received a complimentary copy of Drape Expectations from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The review and opinions expressed are my own.
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    Fun Cozy and Good Addition To Series

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher as a part of a book tour for a fair and honest review and rated it 4.5 out of 5 stars. A fun cozy filled with colorful characters, lively dialogue and plenty of suspense, Drape Expectations, the fourth book in the Caprice DeLuca Mystery series by Karen Rose Smith, is the perfect escape for mystery lovers. Set in the fictional town of Kismet, Pennsylvania, Ms. Smith’s “crime solving house stager” finds herself drawn into solving a murder and placing her life in danger. While the fourth book in a series, this is a book which can be enjoyed on its own. Ms. Smith does an excellent job developing Caprice DeLuca’s character right from the start. While I have not read the previous books in the series (something I’ll be correcting shortly), I was able to connect with Caprice right away. An attractive woman with a quirky sense of style, Caprice uses her knowledge and training in home design to “stage” her client’s homes in order to help them sell. While her business is thriving, and she’s got it mostly under control, Caprice is also trying to deal with some personal issues; a love life that’s definitely heating up a lot quicker than she expected and some family drama involving her uncle. When a former client asks her to take on an additional client and she agrees, she soon finds herself involved in solving a murder, trying to choose between two romantic rivals and trying to stay one step ahead of a killer who suddenly sees her as a threat. The secondary characters are also well developed and I really enjoyed getting to know Ace Richland, the 80’s rock star who has become her personal friend, Grant Weatherford, her brother’s law partner and one of her romantic interests and Lady and Sophia, her two pets. I also enjoyed getting to meet some of Caprice’s family members and I really liked how everyone she seemed to interact with ended up with either a rescued dog or cat, curtesy of Caprice’s efforts. Even the less than likeable characters, such as Alana Goodwin, Ace’s girlfriend, who later becomes the murder victim. The mystery of who killed Alana is well developed and there are plenty of twists and turns. There is enough suspense and action to keep you guessing as to who the killer is and why Alana had to die (and I have to admit that I really didn’t mind her dying). The story’s pace is good and I found myself turning the pages quickly to find out what was going to happen next. Especially with the additional emotional angst from Caprice’s love life and the danger she eventually finds herself in. Overall Ms. Smith does an excellent job developing her story and drawing the reader into the world she’s created. Will Caprice solve the murder before anyone else gets hurt? Will Caprice decide which man she wants in her life forever? You’ll have to read Drape Expectations to find out, I really enjoyed it and look forward to reading Silence of the Lamps when it is released in April 2016.
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    I enjoyed the story and the way things are revealed. I would recommend this book as its a good read and I will definitely look for more in the series. I will also look for the ones I've missed.
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