Formula For Murder by Diana Orgain is the third book in the “Maternal Instincts” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime (Penguin), March 2011

Kate and little Laurie are on their way to take baby’s-first-holiday photos when they become the victims of a hit-and-run. Luckily, they escape unharmed, and a witness identifies the car’s French diplomatic license plates. When Kate and her hubby, Jim, try to get some answers at the consulate, they get le cold shoulders—but not before noticing a pair of television reporters exiting the building.

A few days later, the dead body of one of the reporters is found in Golden Gate Park. Kate wonders if there’s a connection to the consulate, and is hired by the dead reporter’s husband to get some answers. And she’ll have to uncover a plot that’s dirtier—and far deadlier—than any diaper.

This is such a fun read. Kate and baby Laurie becomes a victim of a hit-and-run and within a couple of days, Kate has a case of murder reporter involved with the French consulate where the hit-and-run driver happens to work. Are the two incidents connected? Kate believes so and immediately tackles her case with gusto with help from her family and friends. Kate is like the engine that could and I just love it. The closer Kate gets, the dangerous it becomes and Kate will have to find a way to rattle the cage to catch this killer. The best part of this story is Kate’s internal dialogue, her anxiety of being the perfect mom and the support she gets from her husband and mother. This is by far the best book in the series with great characters and a charming setting in San Francisco. Reading this was a delight and I can’t wait to be a part of Kate’s next adventure.

FTC Full Disclosure – The publisher sent me a copy of this book

previously posted on the Cozy Chicks blog

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