A Day in the Life with Caprice De Luca by Karen Rose Smith

shades-of-wrathI’m so excited about my latest decorating project, a magnificent old mansion that’s a bit rundown. Built around 1930 during the Tudor revival, it was recently bequeathed to the Sunrise Foundation, an organization that helps abused women. The director, Wendy Newcomb–who has made helping victims of domestic violence find a new life her life’s cause–will turn the mansion into a transitional facility. Women who need more than emergency shelter can live there while they train for jobs and put their lives back together. And with my decorating design skills, I will help them feel comfortable there.

I can’t imagine a relationship with a life partner that isn’t filled with respect and trust as well as love. I believe I’ve found that with Grant Weatherford, my brother Vince’s law partner. We’re seriously dating and spending lots of time together. Our cocker spaniels, Lady and Patches–who are brother and sister, like to play frisbee and run in Kismet’s dog park together. Every moment I spend with Grant convinces me we have a future together that includes wedding vows. But there is an obstacle. He’s divorced and we’re Catholic. But I’m trying not to live in the future. . .just dream about it.

My sister Bella needs my help packing up her orders for kids’ Halloween costumes. She’s a wonderful designer and seamstress and her online business has taken off. She’s not only making Halloween costumes for friends’ children but sending orders as far as Alaska! Country Squire Golf and Recreation Club is planning a Masquerade Ball. I wonder if Grant would like to attend it and wear a costume.

Possibly Vince who is dating my good friend Roz Winslow can be persuaded to go with us. My sister Nikki will be catering the ball so she’ll be working rather than dancing. Still, I hope she and Detective Brett Carstead–who suspected her of murder not so long ago–can have a fun Halloween date. Brett needs some fun in his life and I’m sure my sister can teach him how to loosen up and smile more if only he’ll let her.

My long-haired calico Sophia–named after my Nana’s favorite actress Sophia Loren–and my newer adoptee Mirabelle–a beautiful white Persian, are sniffing the air as Bella’s recipe for coconut cake bakes in the oven. It’s a test run for me to try her recipe. Oops, that’s the buzzer for the cake. Signing off until next time.


Shades of Wrath is the sixth book in the Caprice De Luca mystery series, published by Kensington, November 2016.

Between her booming business, her family, and her work rescuing stray animals, home stager Caprice De Luca’s life is packed. But when a murder unsettles peaceful Kismet, Pennsylvania, she adds amateur sleuth to her resume.

Thanks to a wealthy patron, Kismet’s women’s shelter, Sunrise Tomorrow, has inherited a run-down mansion. Now the shelter’s director, Wendy Newcomb, wants Caprice’s decorating expertise. Caprice is happy to help, but when she glimpses a few heated encounters between Wendy and some locals, she fears that Wendy may be in need of protection herself.

When Wendy is found dead inside the old house, Caprice is compelled to poke around in her affairs–and discovers she had her share of enemies. Now, with countless clients, a TV gig that could make her a household name, and rumors of a marriage proposal on its way, Caprice must find time to design an investigation that will lure a crafty killer into the wide open–before someone else winds up in a state of permanent disrepair. . .

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About the author
USA Today Bestselling Author Karen Rose Smith’s 100th novel is a 2018 release. Her passion is caring for her four rescued cats. . .and other felines who stop by in winter. Her hobbies are gardening, cooking, watercolor painting and photography. An only child, Karen delved into books at an early age. Even though she escaped into story worlds, she had many cousins around her on weekends. Families are a strong theme in her novels in both her mysteries and romances. After writing romances for 20 years, she began writing women’s fiction and cozy mysteries. She hopes to write novels in all of these genres for many years to come.

Connect with Karen at Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Goodreads, Romance Website, Mystery Website, and Blog.

All comments are welcomed.

Giveaway: Leave a comment below for your chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card and a magnifying glass. The giveaway ends November 27, 2016 at 11:59 AM EST. Good luck everyone!

44 responses to “A Day in the Life with Caprice De Luca by Karen Rose Smith

  1. Thanks for this chance to win!

  2. Just bought all the books in the series before this one on kindle. Cant wait to read. Thanks for the chance.

  3. Thank you for the chance to win.

  4. Have read & loved every book in this series & can’t wait to read this one. Thanks for another great post & giveaway!

  5. I love books that have old mansions in them! Thanks for a chance to win!

  6. LOVE this series. Reading them is like spending time with friends and the plots are really good, cozy without being silly and I enjoy her stagings. KRS did a great job of handling a sensitive subject.

  7. Thank you for the giveaway. I am really excited about the new book, as well as the giveaway. This series is one of my favorites. All the books have keep me trying to figure out who did it and why. I always feel like I am there with them in the book.

  8. I have enjoyed the previous books in this series, and am looking forward to the newest one in 2018!

  9. Sounds like an action filled cozy….Thanks.

  10. Love this series. I have already ordered this book. Hope there will be more books in this series

  11. Her books are always winners!

  12. conniepsaunders

    Caprice is one busy lady and I look forward to reading this adventure! CONGRATS Karen Rose, 100 biijs is quite achievement!!
    Connie

  13. Caprice De Luca is a great character. I love this series. Thank you for this chance!

  14. Barbara Hackel

    Should be a great book-another in a good series! Thanks Dru Ann for having Karen’s newest book featured. Thank you Karen for the give-away!

  15. Hi Dru, I’d love to win this book and add i to my collection.

  16. Loved the post. And the cover. Looks like a great read, so is on my TBR. A gc would help get the book faster. So thanks for the chance to do so. And when do you not need a magnifying glass.

  17. Love this series and would love to win the gift card so I can purchase it. I could use that magnifying glass to read it as well. ( :

  18. Thanks for this lovely giveaway. Great Post.

  19. Sounds like a fabulous series.

  20. I have read all the books in the series and have really enjoyed each and every one!

  21. For some reason I really seem to connect with Caprice. This is a very enjoyable series.
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  22. love this series!! Thank you for the chance to win in the contest!

  23. Love Caprice! Can’t wait to read this! Thank you for the opportunity!

  24. Love this series, the characters are so fun.

  25. Re-purposing the mansion like that is a great idea.

  26. Love this series! Haven’t read this one though.

  27. What a dandy prize offer. I hope, I hope I win!

  28. Caprice DeLuca is just as much an animal lover as her creator, Karen Rose Smith. This series is a delightful read and I’m sure this book will be just as enjoyable as the previous books.

  29. I really enjoy this series, not only for the plot, characters, the animal rescue, but also because author Karen Rose Smith is an amazing person and it comes through in her writing! I have this pre-ordered and cant wait

  30. Great series. Can’t wait to read “Shades of Wrath”. Redecorating a run down mansion sounds like a great read.

  31. Wow, 100 books, what a prolific author! Thank you both for a chance to win one of the many books.

  32. Looking forward to reading the latest Caprice De Luca Mystery.

  33. Cynthia E. Blain

    This sounds great just like previous books. Will hope to order soon.
    Such a nice write up.

  34. One of my favorite series and author. What a cool giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win it.

  35. I love this series. Karen Rose Smith is a wonderful author. Thank you for the chance.

  36. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway. janngrogan@yahoo.com

  37. Thanks for the opportunity to win a prize. I enjoyed your blog.

  38. Jill Broussard

    Always enjoy Karen’s books! Thankyou for the opportunity!

  39. Thank you so very much dear Dru Ann and Karen for the chance to win. I absolutely love, love, love all of Karen’s awesome books and am looking forward to this one. CONGRATS dearest Karen on 100 books!! You ROCK girl. God bless you awesome girls!

  40. Brian Thomas Frauenknecht

    I love this series and would love to win this book. Thanks for the chance to win Dru!!

  41. I have this book. It is next in line to be read!

  42. Can’t wait for this installment–I love cats and coconut cake.

  43. Great series.

  44. Looking forward to reading “Shades of Wrath”. Can’t wait to read about Caprice and Sunnybud. Love this series.