Thursday, February 12, 2015

Gilt by Association (A Caprice De Luca Mystery Book 3) by Karen Rose Smith


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Between training her new puppy, helping her sister with her baby, and searching for the perfect vintage dress for Kismet's Valentine's Day dance, home-stager Caprice De Luca has a lot on her to-do list. But she's never too busy to do a little staging, and she's looking forward to thawing February's frozen real estate market with her Hearts and Flowers Open House. Her client Louise Downing's romantically decorated home practically staged itself. But when Louise is found murdered, Caprice is forced to turn her attention from sweethearts to suspects. And as the truth comes out in stages, she discovers that Louise had more secrets than a box of chocolate truffles. . .


Caprice quickly searched through the first floor, then called up the wide stairway, “Louise.”

She received no answer.

Louise had said she was going to putter in her greenhouse this morning.  Caprice gardened and her mom gardened even more.  She knew how easy it was to become distracted by watering, examining, sorting.  Maybe Louise was still in the greenhouse and was unmindful of the time.

“I’ll check the greenhouse,” she told Nikki as she passed her in the kitchen, her head deep in the refrigerator.

Caprice hurried to the greenhouse and saw the door was almost closed, but not completely.  She pushed it open, calling, “Louise?”

There was no answer.

When she stepped inside—

She spotted Louise crumpled on the floor.  She let out a loud “No,” ran toward the older woman, and stopped at her prone form, aghast at what she saw.

She was dead.

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