Shades of Wrath By Karen Rose Smith: Review/Giveaway

Dec 17, 2016 | 2016 Articles, Mysteryrat's Maze, Sandra Murphy

by Sandra Murphy

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

Caprice DeLuca leads a busy life. She’s a home stager, although she does do some decorating jobs too. She rescues animals and finds homes for them, and she acts as matchmaker on occasion. Her family is close, some say too close, but it’s what she’s used to and loves.

She’s on hand during open houses to help the agents show the special features. Each house has its own theme. Caprice’s sister, Nikki, caters the open houses with fabulous snacks and much more.

bookCaprice’s contract with a local builder to stage his display homes has run out. She’s delighted to be asked to do a local television show with three other designers to see who can win the chance to stage homes for another builder. It will take time away from her business, but it’s fairly close by and her assistant can cover the four days she’s gone.

Another big project is furnishing a rehabbed home that will now house abused women. The main facility is mostly for overnight stays, but the mansion will allow women and their children to stay for longer times as they take classes so they can get jobs. There’s also the possibility of working on the main facility once the mansion is done.

Wendy is the force behind the shelter. She’s not always tactful, in fact, sometimes a little too in-your-face when needed. She will do anything to protect the women. When she’s found dead in the mansion, the only witness seems to be a stray cat.

Caprice is fairly fearless herself, interviewing people she suspects of Wendy’s murder. She says there are other people around since she’s talking to them at their work place. On the other hand, they’re not at work all the time which can put her in danger too.

Wendy’s life was a complicated one. She never talks about her past or her reasons for being so adamant about the women she helps. She’s not above threatening a bit of blackmail to do so. This can earn a person a lot of enemies.

Although Caprice puts herself into dangerous situations to confront her suspects, her heart is in the right place. Speaking of her heart, her romantic life seems to be doing well too. Look for many changes in the next in the series.

The town is one you’d like to visit and when you did, you’d be taken in as part of the family by Caprice and her relatives. They might get a little overbearing at times but the food Nikki cooks is worth the risk. There are recipes too—shredded potato, ground beef, sausage bake; a feta, olive and tomato salad; and an old-fashioned coconut cake. As an added bonus, there’s an excerpt from Slay Bells Ring, the next book in the series.

To enter to win a copy of Shades of Wrath, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “wrath,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen December 24, 2016. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.

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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.

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  1. Haven’t read this Author yet and would certainly like to book looks good

  2. Sounds like a fun read…thank you for the review and the chance.

  3. How can there be so many wonderful cozies out there?!?!? Not enough time to read them!!

  4. What a terrific premise. Helping a women’s shelter and making it a good place to come for help —a Beautiful Idea. Thanks for the opportunity.

  5. There were two different families that played a part in my growing up (both at different stages), both large Italian families. The Tonalato’s and the Genova family. Where I was from a extremely introverted family, they were loud, boisterous and never shied away from big hugs, and the food..oh my!

    Would love a chance to read this book.

  6. Love the title. Would like to read the book

  7. Have read & loved every book in this series, except this one, so thanks for the chance to win.

  8. This is a wonderful author that writes great cozy mysteries. I would love to read a print copy and post a review on a few sites.

  9. absolutely love this series! Would love to win a copy of this newest installment to the series.


  10. Another awesome book by Karen Rose Smith, with some interesting topics. I know this book is special to Karen and I’m looking forward to reading it. Thankyou for the opportunity!

  11. This sounds like a book I would really love. Thanks for the chance to win.

  12. Sounds great! Would like to read it!

  13. From what I’ve learned of Karen Rose on Facebook she is an exceptional person, and it comes as no surprise at all that her books seem to be as well. Love to get in on this series!

  14. We have a winner!


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