‘Silence of the Lamps’ by Karen Rose Smith

sotl krsSTORY: 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

REVIEW: Caprice De Luca is eagerly awaiting prospective buyers to view a home for sale that she has worked hard to stage to perfection. She is surprised to find chef Drew Pierson, archenemy to her sister, Nikki among the visitors. Drew is the owner of Portable Edibles and a competitor to Nikki’s catering company called Catered Capers. Caprice’s staging talents combined with Nikki’s catering talents at a house showing usually ends with a quick sale.

Drew immediately begins making petty and disparaging remarks about Nikki’s food offerings and her business in general. Their animosity started after Nikki turned Drew down to join her business and his passes to be her boyfriend. The man is a braggart and Nikki knows he copied and used some of her recipes calling them his own.

Caprice has a large, close-knit family who all live nearby one another. Caprice’s other sister, Bella, is pretty, married, mom to three and also a good cook. Good cooks run in the family.

Grant Weatherford is a guy who makes Caprice’s heart go pitter-patter. Grant and his wife divorced after they lost their daughter. Caprice and Grant are good friends but Caprice would like to see it go a bit further than just friends. But she is not sure where Grant stands when he tells her that his ex-wife is coming to town for a week and they plan to spend some time together and talk. Unsure if that means there is a chance they may get back together or not, Caprice graciously says she understands.

Caprice has two cats named Mirabelle and Sophia, plus a dog named Lady. She is a good pet mom and takes very good care of her pets keeping them safe. If she has to be away for an evening, she will usually leave Lady with her Mom.

When Drew Pierson is found dead and Caprice and Nikki are the ones to discover his body at the home of the woman who raised him, the police begin to suspect Nikki as she and Drew did not have a good relationship. Drew had been hit over the head with a blunt object. Caprice knows that there are two beautiful Tiffany lamps in the home thinks they are originals and very valuable. She notices that the base of one of the lamps is missing and wonders if that could have been the murder weapon.

As Caprice has been inadvertently involved in solving other murders, the police are leery of her and ask her to stay out of the investigation. But that goes against her nature and she can’t help but put clues together. As she uncovers more information, she finds herself in danger and closer to discovering who the murderer is.

This is a very good book with lots of events that add clues and make the reader really think. The identity of the murderer surprised me in the end. I know others will be going “hummmmm” as they read the book. I must add that I loved how nice and clean this book is. Well done, Karen Rose Smith!

Complimentary copy provided by the publisher

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