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Bad Housekeeping By Maia Chance: Review/Giveaway

IN THE August 12 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
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by Sandra Murphy

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of Bad Housekeeping. We also have a link to order it from Amazon, and from an indie bookstore where a portion goes to help support KRL.

Agnes Blythe worked for years to put her boyfriend, Roger, through school. Now he’s a professor, and it’s her turn to get a graduate degree. Roger will be her graduate advisor. Things would be going well if Roger hadn’t just announced he wants to break up with Agnes to be with a Pilate’s instructor.

With nowhere to go, Agnes is forced to return home to her teenage pink bedroom and her ill-fitting high school wardrobe. Roger kept the car so she’s two-wheeling around town. He’s boxed up her clothes, phone charger, wallet, and all for her to pick up. He wants to avoid any awkward encounters—of course. Agnes finds her stuff mistakenly went to the Goodwill instead. With no wardrobe, no driver’s license, and no money, she’s forced to grit her teeth and work with Aunt Effie. Effie is the Auntie Mame type, free-spending, grand ideas, and sweeping everyone else along for the ride—whether they want to go or not. book

Kathleen Todd heads up the historical society, and you’d think she was the Queen the way she acts. She’s bossy and pushes people to do what she wants, no matter if it’s for the best of all concerned or not. Agnes ends up on the receiving end of one of Kathleen’s rants when a Pyrex bowl is broken. Effie has a run-in with her at the grocery store.

It’s no surprise that they’re Persons of Interest when Kathleen’s body is found—in the house Effie just inherited and wants to turn into a high class inn.

Jentry and Jodie, Kathleen’s younger daughter, are “living off the grid” and allowing no visitors. Do they have something to hide? Everyone does. Kathleen hated local author Gracelyn Roy. The feeling was mutual. Dorrie was Kathleen’s downtrodden assistant. Roland is a rehabber who may have a murky past he’d like to stay hidden. Megan, Kathleen’s oldest, stood to inherit everything—or so everyone assumes. The local club owner had his share of secrets too.

You’d think Agnes would have some pull since her father is the mayor but no, he doesn’t like to get involved. The Police Chief doesn’t like Effie. The inn is about to be demolished because of its disrepair—and because Kathleen pushed the building inspector to declare it uninhabitable. What do Agnes and Effie have to lose by solving the murder?

Maia Chance also writes the Fairy Tale Fatal Mysteries and the Discreet Retrieval series. Agnes and Effie are a pair you’d love to know but wouldn’t be able to keep up with! They’re on the move, ready for danger, mostly, and willing to take a risk to find out the truth. Readers will want to know what’s next for them—and soon.

To enter to win a copy of Bad Housekeeping, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “housekeeping,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen August 19, 2017. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & short stories in our mystery section.

Use this link to purchase the book & a portion goes to help support KRL & indie bookstore Mysterious Galaxy:

You can also use this link to purchase the book on Amazon. If you have ad blocker on you may not see the link:


Sandra Murphy lives in the shadow of the Arch, in the land of blues, booze and shoes—St Louis, Missouri. While writing magazine articles to support her mystery book habit, she secretly polishes mystery books of her own, hoping, someday, they will see the light of Barnes and Noble and a Kindle. You can find several of Sandra’s short stories at Untreed Reads including her newest, “Arthur,” included in the anthology titled, Flash and Bang, available now. Look for Denali, in the anthology Dogs and Dragons.

Disclosure: This post contains links to an affiliate program, for which we receive a few cents if you make purchases using those links. KRL also receives free copies of most of the books that it reviews, that are provided in exchange for an honest review of the book.

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Pam Priborsky August 12, 2017 at 9:32am

I love Maia’s books and would love to read this one!


2 Janel Flynn
Twitter: @LadyFlynn
August 12, 2017 at 10:22am

Love the chance to read this one. Thank you for the giveaway.


3 Lynn August 12, 2017 at 11:31am

Would always rather be reading then doing house cleaning! Sounds entertaining, thanks for offering!


4 JoAn V August 12, 2017 at 4:23pm

This sound like a fun book that I would love to read. Thanks for the giveaway.


5 Linda Herold
Twitter: @Linda
August 12, 2017 at 5:24pm

Sounds like a fun book! Thanks for the chance to win it! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com


6 Bertha Hammond August 13, 2017 at 6:39am

Thanks for a chance to win a copy of this book. I haven’t read this series yet.


7 Annette Naish August 13, 2017 at 9:20am

It sounds like Roger should have been the one killed.


8 Lorraine Bowen August 13, 2017 at 10:07am

I need a Aunt Effie!
raineybird at yahoo dot com


9 Gloria Browning August 13, 2017 at 11:21am

What I wouldn’t give for someone to clean our house! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.


10 Carl August 13, 2017 at 11:42am

Sounds like a good story, it would definitely be read many times at our house. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com


11 Ashley @ Ashleyz Wonderland
Twitter: @ashielizz
August 13, 2017 at 4:42pm

This sounds like the start to a fun new series. Aunt Effie sound like a real firecracker!Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway!!
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12 Kara August 13, 2017 at 5:47pm

I’d love to win this–it sounds really good! Thanks, Karamarks0463@att.net


13 Renee August 14, 2017 at 10:02pm

Sounds like a good book. I’d like to read it.


14 Jeanie Dannheim
Twitter: @JeanieDannheim
August 15, 2017 at 4:31pm

This is a new to me author and her novel sounds exciting! Especially some of the personalities. Would love to read this.


15 Jess D August 15, 2017 at 6:09pm

Sounds like a great read. Thanks for the chance. Maceoindo (at) yahoo (dot)com


16 MaryAnn Forbes August 16, 2017 at 10:13am

Sounds like a fun read; thanks for the giveaway opportunity.


17 Becky Prazak August 16, 2017 at 10:32am

Thanks for the chance to win


18 Dianne Casey August 16, 2017 at 5:16pm

Maia is a new author to me. The book sounds like a great read. Looking forward to reading. Adding to my TBR list.


19 Amanda B. August 16, 2017 at 8:16pm

I would love to win this one! Thanks for the chance. 🙂 2boys4me (at) gmail (dot) com


20 Nora-Adrienne
Twitter: @Nora-Adrienne
August 17, 2017 at 8:58am

I’ve read the book and I want to own it. So toss my name into the contest jar and I hope I’m the lucky winner.

NoraAdrienne (at) gmail (dot) com
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21 Doward Wilson August 17, 2017 at 9:38pm

Really must read this new series by a great author.


22 Jill Broussard August 18, 2017 at 1:36pm

I would love to read this book. Thankyou for the opportunity! minishoes(at)msn(dot)com


23 Kay Garrett2
Twitter: @arkieclown
August 20, 2017 at 8:30pm

Your review of Bad Housekeeping intrigues me. I would love to read it. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!


24 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
August 28, 2017 at 2:09pm

We have a winner!


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