Wednesday, November 30, 2016

REVIEW: Shades of Wrath

Shades of Wrath
Author: Karen Rose Smith

**I voluntarily read an Advanced Readers Copy of this book from Kensington Books via NetGalley. The opinions stated in this review are entirely my own.**

Caprice De Luca is a home-stager and interior decorator by trade, and an amateur sleuth by circumstance. Shades of Wrath is the 6th book in the Caprice De Luca cozy mystery series.

In this newest installment, Caprice is not staging a home for sale but offering decorating ideas for a mansion that has been donated to Sunrise Tomorrow, a local women's shelter. Her task is to offer decorating suggestions for the rooms so that women will feel comfortable and safe when they stay there. Shelter Director Wendy Newcomb is dedicated to providing a discrete, safe haven for abused women. Renovations on the old, dilapidated mansion have barely started when Caprice receives a strange call from the director regarding blackmail. When Newcomb's body is discovered at the mansion the following day, Caprice finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation.

This series does not have to be read in order. A reader could jump right in at book six and enjoy the story with no problem. There are a few minor character details from prior books in this series that would be helpful to understanding a few nuances, but nothing intrinsic to the plot.

I enjoyed this book! The mystery portion of the plot is clever and engaging. I don't know a lot about interior design, real estate sales or home-staging so I found the sub-plot details interesting. The sub-plot and hint of romance don't overpower the mystery. Caprice De Luca is a warm, engaging main character who works well with the supporting cast of characters in this cozy mystery.

This was the first book I've read in the Caprice De Luca series. I immediately added the prior books to my TBR list. Shades of Wrath was well-written. The characters are likable and the pacing was perfect. Overall, the book was an enjoyable evening read.

Karen Rose Smith is also the author of several romance novels. For more information on the author and her books, check out her website:

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