Motherhood is Murder by Diana Orgain – Book Review

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.

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Bundle of Trouble – Book Review

bundle of trouble Bundle of Trouble by Diana Orgain

Kate Connelly just had a baby girl.  All she wants to do enjoy her maternity leave with her little girl and sort out what it means to be a mom.  Unfortunately, shortly before Kate delivers baby Laurie, she and her husband get a call from the medical examiners office, asking about her brother-in-law, George.  A body has been discovered in the bay.  Although it turns out not to be George, it does seem that he’s involved in whatever is going on.  When the P.I. investigating the case is unable to continue his investigation, Kate decides to take over.  After all, this IS her brother-in-law.  Plus, maybe, if she starts a P.I. business, she won’t have to go back to work.

Okay, first let me set out a couple things that bothered me:

  • Kate had like, one contraction, then her water broke and she was rushing to the hospital.  Classic TV-labor syndrome.  Come on, when does labor happen like that?  Especially the first time.
  • Kate kept leaving Laurie with her mother as a babysitter and going out for a couple of hours, always getting back in time for the next feeding.  I know they had some formula as a backup, but it didn’t seem it was ever used while her mom was babysitting.  My baby sure didn’t (and still doesn’t) eat like clockwork.  Yes, it is about every 3 hours on average, but sometimes he eats and wants to eat again in 40 minutes!
  • Kate’s to-do lists.  They were waaaaay too cutesy for my taste.

However, this is a cozy mystery, not gritty realistic fiction.  The point is to get the dazed feel of being a new mom, and that did get across.  This was a light, fun book.  Come on, how many books are written about new moms with their new babies?  If you want to recollect the feelings from those first, crazy days or you have a new baby and want someone to commiserate with, this is good brain candy, a great ‘diaper bag book’.  It isn’t “War and Peace,” but you will be entertained.  And, really, who could read “War and Peace” with a new baby in the house?

This is the first book in the “Maternal Mysteries” series.

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Thank you to Diana for having this book sent to me.