I’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.
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