Motherhood is Murder by Diana Orgain
Kate Connolly is back and, once again, she’s surrounded by trouble.
She just found a new mommy’s group, Roo & You, and joins them for a river cruise. Unfortunately, it doesn’t exactly end up being a relaxing night out. One of the women takes a nasty spill and, although she shouldn’t from the severity of the fall, dies. Suddenly, almost everyone is a suspect and Kate has another job for her fledgling P.I. business.
I enjoyed Diana Orgain’s first book in the Maternal Mysteries series, Bundle of Trouble, but I think that “Motherhood is Murder” was much better. You can only read for so long about someone who has NO idea what is going on in her life and is totally overwhelmed by everything. Sure, that describes pretty much every brand new mother, but there’s probably a reason there aren’t more books about brand new mothers.
In “Motherhood is Murder,” Kate’s baby is a little older and the story has matured as well. Kate has calmed down a little and is getting more into the swing of motherhood and has also learned from her previous experiences. Part of the charm of this series is Kate’s occasionally bumbling attempts to feel her way through being both a mom and a private investigator, but now that she’s bumbling a little bit less, I think a good balance has been struck.
I think most women with new babies or small children would enjoy this series. For one thing, it is fun and easy to read between feedings or crawling around with your kids, for another Kate is very relateable as a mother trying to figure out how to care for her family both financially and with her presence. Recommended.