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Product Details

  • Series: A Maternal Instincts Mystery (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; First Edition edition (August 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425229246
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425229248
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.2 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,611,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In Orgain's charming debut thriller, office manager Kate Connolly becomes a supersleuth and a new mom in the same week. From the moment she and newborn Laurie lock eyes, Kate can't imagine returning to work after her six-week maternity leave, but in expensive San Francisco, she and her ad exec husband, Jim, need every bit of both incomes. Then a dead body is fished out of the bay and linked to Jim's estranged brother, George. Both the police and PI Albert Galigani, hired by the dead man's mother, believe that Jim and Kate know more than they're revealing. Kate is determined to find the elusive George and get some answers, but she soon gets in over her head. Galigani serves as a charming mentor as Kate navigates the twists of motherhood and an uncomplicated but engaging plot. (Aug.)
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"[AN] ENTERTAINING NEW SLEUTH."
-GILLIAN ROBERTS, AUTHOR OF THE AMANDA PEPPER SERIES

"A charming, gutsy, wry character who will make you laugh so hard you'll forget the labor pains."
-LOUISE URE, SHAMUS AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR


More About the Author

Diana Orgain was born in San Francisco, CA. As a child she loved Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew mysteries and best of all Agatha Christie. She dreamed of being a writer one day.

She went on to earn her B.A and M.F.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University with a minor in acting.

Diana has acted professionally in many theater roles and national commercials. She wrote several plays, which were produced at San Francisco State University, GreenHouses Productions, and PlayGround in San Francisco.

Diana Orgain is the bestselling author of the Maternal Instincts Mystery Series: Bundle of Trouble, Motherhood is Murder and Formula for Murder, published by Penguin USA. She is the co-author of GILT TRIP the lates book in the NY Times Bestselling Scrapbooking Mystery Series by Laura Childs.

To keep up to date with the latest releases visit Diana at www.dianaorgain.com or sign up for the newsletter http://bit.ly/1exLAg9

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This book is fun to read .
K. Kelsey
Diana Orgain does a great job of combining the usual new mommy worries with an intriguing murder mystery.
mychellem
I'm so glad Diana Orgain contacted me through email in January to read her book "Bundle of Trouble".
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R.J.K. Kendle on August 12, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Bundle of Trouble (A Maternal Instincts Mystery)
Bundle of Trouble is one of the best books I've read in a long while! A unique turn is that the protagonist is a brand new Mom and truly and really Mommy minded. I couldn't put down this book until grudgingly, my family said they had to eat! Bundle of Trouble is a tale of murder, intrigue, suspense and baby bottles. This funny new mom book features mommy detective Kate Connelly, a new mom with a plan to spend her maternity leave bonding with her precious new baby. Things take an unexpected turn when the Connelly's receive a phone call saying a body was found in the San Francisco Bay and the police think it may be Kate's brother in-law. Kate finds herself smack dab in the middle of a murder investigation with her new baby on her hip. With binkies, bottles and a diaper bag of sleuthing supplies, Kate finds herself in questionable situations and meeting sketchy characters with dark secrets. Any situation she finds herself in paints a new piece of the puzzle in this very funny who-done-it. Kate Connelly, new Mom, sleuth, gal about town with diaper bag is an excellent detective and I can't wait till she starts her next case! Bundle of Trouble (A Maternal Instincts Mystery)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Abad on August 5, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
My wife told me that I had to read this book. I was not very excited about it because, well, I'm a guy and it seemed very geared to moms. But she has a good sense of what is good and what is great. She would not stop talking about how great it was, so I gave it a try.

AMAZING! It totally blow me away. This writer has really got that special touch. With two more books in the series coming out, my wife and I are both super excited. Well worth it. Buy it, read it and I dare you to tell me different.

Bravo Diana Orgain!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Verlen TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 11, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Kate Connolly has just given birth and feels she has found the perfect stay-at-home job, that of a private investigator. The inspiration hit when she got a call from the police telling her that her brother-in-law had been murdered. She sets out to investigate. If you are looking for a fun mystery this is it! If you've ever had a baby, you'll relate to all of the newborn issues that Kate comes across. One of the funniest parts of the book are Kate's To-Do lists that she keeps to combat newborn memory issues! A definite plus to the mystery genre.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shannon M. Mcgee on December 22, 2009
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Kate is pregnant and just starting labor. Before she gets to the hospital, she gets a phone call regarding her mysterious brother in law, George. She becomes obsessed with finding out what George has to do with a recent murder. Even after the baby is born, instead of going to her old job, Kate becomes a private investigator ... just not officially. The mystery runs deeper than Kate realizes, and people keep dying.

I couldn't wait to read this one; it just seemed like such fun. I had to laugh at the "To Do Lists" that Kate would come up with, which reminds me of myself. The characters were intriguing, and I couldn't figure out "who done it" until the story got around to unfolding the mystery. I can't wait for the sequel to come out in March 2010.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Reader's Respite TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 11, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
New mother Kate Connolly has just given birth to her first child when she inadvertently finds herself embroiled in the mystery of her brother-in-law's disappearance. When the private investigator working the case winds up in the hospital, Kate finds herself solving not only the mystery of her brother-in-law, but possibly the mystery of how to avoid returning to her 9-5 office job at the end of her maternity leave.

Diana Orgain does a crack job of creating a plausible whodunit with a delightful protagonist. No deep, dark undercurrents in this new series and we're fairly certain that's just the way Ms. Orgain intended it. Upbeat and light-hearted (even, some might say, a bit saccharine at times), Kate Connolly's new mommy status brings back fond memories of those first hectic weeks with an infant.

Mother's everywhere who like a cozy mystery now and again will most certainly enjoy this fun, quick read. Ms. Orgain delivers! (Bad, bad pun. Get over it.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patricia K. Arndt on April 8, 2014
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Cute, fluffly little mystery; a quick, enjoyable read. At first I was not impressed, it read like a Dick & Jane book. But the further into the book I got, the more I liked it. Miss Orgain weaves a good story and approaches the problems encountered by a new mother with humor. Brought back a lot of memories. I look forward to reading the other books in the Maternal Instincts series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mychellem on July 19, 2013
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It was Ayelet Waldman's Mommy Track Mysteries that got me started reading cozy mysteries again, so when I saw Bundle of Trouble, the first in the Maternal Instincts mystery series, I grabbed it right away.
Kate Connolly is just going into labor with her first child when her husband receives a call from the police, asking him to identify a decomposing body found in the San Francisco Bay as his estranged brother, George. But the situation is more complicated than just identifying the remains of a homeless relative. Even though Kate is trying to adjust to life as a brand new mom, she finds herself plunged into a murder investigation.

Finding a killer while suffering from Mommy Brain? It makes for a fun read. Diana Orgain does a great job of combining the usual new mommy worries with an intriguing murder mystery. As the days of her maternity leave fly quickly by, Kate realizes that she doesn't want to leave her newborn and go back to the office and she starts to wonder if she can launch a new career as a private investigator. The "to do" list that she revises daily shows her changing priorities.

I'll admit, I've got very strong opinions when it comes to parenting and how it should be done. Diana Orgain treads lightly and doesn't take sides in the mommy wars. I did want to offer Kate a few tips -- if she got a baby sling and learned how to use it safely, she could dump that clunky baby carrier and get around a whole lot easier. But maybe I shouldn't encourage her to follow suspects with a baby in her arms...
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