Silence of the Lamps by Karen Rose Smith

51b-1oGDeYLThough Caprice De Luca never intends to become entangled in a local murder, there always seems to be a good reason for her involvement. In the fifth book where her concern for others once again puts her in the middle of a police investigation, the amateur sleuth will not quit seeking answers until her sister is no long a suspect in the killing of a man whose list of enemies just keeps growing. Karen Rose Smith scatters crafty clues throughout the story to keep guesses about the murderer’s identity ever-changing. SILENCE OF THE LAMPS is a cozy mystery filled with compelling situations and engaging characters.

Often when a house that home stager Caprice De Luca has decorated is being shown to potential buyers, her sister, Nikki, does the catering. The food is always tasty, and even goes along with the overall theme of the residence. During one showing, another caterer comes by and criticizes everything about her sibling’s business. Though Drew Pierson once worked for Nikki, they are no longer on friendly terms and he seems determined to prove his business is better than her own. He has even sold one of his special creations to a restaurant chain which will make him a big profit.

When Nikki feels her competitor has taken things too far and wants to confront him, the two sisters go to where Drew lives. But upon arriving at the home where his grandmother also lives, they discover him murdered. Afterward, several good reasons for someone to want the scheming caterer dead are exposed. While Caprice may have been a great help in solving a few murders in the area, she is warned to not interfere in this latest case. Concerned that the police might think her sister is somehow linked, the home stager slyly begins asking questions to see where their answers lead.

Reading about Caprice De Luca and her never dull life causes plenty of entertainment, as I find her to be an interesting person. She is very enthusiastic when it comes to her home staging business, and seeing what items she picks out for her themes is certainly fascinating. Karen Rose Smith puts much effort into making her stories come across as realistic, and I enjoy reading about the descriptions of the objects used in particular houses. Caprice is devoted to her family, friends and the many animals in her life, as she makes sure each receives the required amount of attention to let them know they are cherished by her. She is someone willing to go the extra step when she knows her help is needed, and I certainly admired her tenacity to give her all when anything is attempted. But she is human, and her doubts about her relationship with Grant just made her more genuine.

Karen Rose Smith excels when it comes to cozy mysteries. It is easy to become immersed in the lives of the many reoccurring characters, and I am always eager to learn what is presently happening to them. The mysterious homicide in any Caprice De Luca story is cleverly concocted, and the murder in SILENCE OF THE LAMPS is truly cunning. As facts about the victim of the killing are uncovered, my deductions constantly altered. Until all is revealed, I was taken on a journey of surprisingly disclosures. I am already eager to see what occurs in the next Caprice De Luca Mystery.

Copy received from author

Series:  Caprice De Luca Mystery

Publisher:  Kensington

Releases:  April 26, 2016


Genre:   Mystery

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Rating:  4.5 Stars

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