Review: Formula for Murder by Diana Orgain

13 Apr

Formula for Murder (A Maternal Instincts Mystery, #3)My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A light, fun read, and a great followup to the first two books.

Kate’s baby is slowly but surely growing up, and Kate’s getting started launching her new life as a PI. Her priority at the moment is Laurie’s first Christmas, and it’s while they are on the way for Christmas photos that they are victims of a hit and run accident.

Once it’s clear the police aren’t going to do anything about the incident, Kate wants to take matters into her own hands. When this investigation brings her a client that will pay her to continue, she doesn’t have a choice, right?

Except that she’s on a stakeout when Laurie rolls over for the first time. And she misses Laurie’s (rescheduled) Christmas photos due to the investigation. Her mother is happy to help out, but that doesn’t make Kate feel any better.

This is a typical cozy in that the mystery isn’t really the point of this book. It does a nice job of leading Kate to meet interesting people and make discoveries about her life, and that’s really what I want in a book like this one.

I liked the first book in the series, and thought the second book was even better. Through no fault of the book, I didn’t like this one quite as much as the second.  This was due to the change in emphasis on the impact of a baby on a mom’s life to the emphasis on the impact of going back to work, a change I was lucky enough not to have to make.  I think this is more likely to be a positive aspect of the book for most readers!

I’d encourage any mom (or person thinking of motherhood) that’s looking for a quick, fun read to pick up this series!

I received this book for review, thanks to the author and the publisher.


Posted by on April 13, 2011 in books, reviews


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2 responses to “Review: Formula for Murder by Diana Orgain

  1. Marce

    April 13, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    I loved the 2nd in this series and look forward to reading this one. I am a working mom and wouldn’t have it any other way, couldn’t pay me to stay home so this may be fun.

    Great review

    • Laura

      April 15, 2011 at 12:38 am

      Yes, I think that my slight disconnect with the book will prove to be a point of connection for most moms! I think you’ll enjoy it.


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