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Product Details

  • Series: A Maternal Instincts Mystery (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425239888
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425239889
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #646,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It was fun, fun, fun to read and I am so glad I did.
Leta Hamilton
The references to motherhood were kept minimal so the story moved along well, and the mystery itself was just as you expect a cozy to be - light, fun, and interesting.
Butterscotch
I'll be honest with you... I was sent this book by the publisher, and when I was asked if I wanted to read it I jumped all over that chance.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lori Caswell VINE VOICE on March 4, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Kate and baby Laurie are on their way to get Laurie's first Christmas photos taken when their car is hit at high speed by another car and the other car doesn't even stop, just drives away. Thankfully both Kate and Laurie are physically fine. A witness to the accident gets the license plate and a good description of the offending car. The car is from a fleet from the French Embassy and of course, they claim diplomatic immunity. Kate's husband Jim wants answers and they head straight for the embassy, but get nowhere fast. As they are leaving the embassy they notice two television reporters leaving right behind them and wonder what may be so newsworthy at the French embassy.

Just a few days later, one of the reporters is found murdered in Golden Gate Park. Kate's mind goes into overdrive as she wonders if there is any connection to the death and the French embassy. Then the husband of the slain reporter contacts Kate to investigate who killed his wife. What she uncovers is a lot more than a little spilled milk, I mean formula.

I LOVED IT!!!!!

Boy, this protagonist has spunk and it is very easy to fall for her and her cute little girl in a New York minute. Her mother is priceless and her husband is so supportive and understanding. If I would have come home after giving birth to my infant and told my husband I was going to stay home and be a private investigator on the side, he would have hit the roof and then sent me to have my head examined.

Enter Diana Orgain, the author that makes this whole idea not only believable, but grabs you in such a way that you climb right in the stroller and go along for the ride.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By persiansweetie on March 1, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have read the first two of the Maternal Instincts series and this by far was the best one and this series seems to keep getting better and better. It keeps you in suspense to the very end, i love it and it had kept me laughing through out the entire story especially with the way the herione, Kate, acts with the situation her mother goes through with juggling two men especially with one of them being her boss! I loved it! I definately recommend this series to anyone and you dont have to be a parent to appreciate it.
I am not a parent but i am studying for working with infants and children and this just keeps me humored as well as imformed on how life and parents deal with, i once again recommend this for anyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marilynne Smith on March 7, 2011
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How can a mother with a small baby work as a PI and be effective? I mean really now. Have you ever taken care of a 3-month-old baby? It's time consuming, but PI Kate Connolly seems to be able to juggle the two jobs. Of course, she has a very loving and accommodating husband and a Mom who is willing to babysit.

When Kate's car is totaled by a hit-and-run driver, her little Laurie is in the car with her riding in her car seat. Kate is first angered that anyone would crunch her car while there was a baby inside. But wait! She's caught a look at the driver and an eye witness has written down the license number.

Kate and baby Laurie are at the hospital when husband Jim rides to the rescue. Kate now has the address of the driver - and it's at the French Embassy. When Kate tries to find out who the driver of the vehicle is, she meets with resistance of the French sort.

The more Kate discovers about the case, the deeper she is involved. Soon she is fighting for more than insurance money. All the while she is a loving, gushing, adoring Mom. How does she do it? She is also preparing for Christmas, she needs a photo of Laurie for their Christmas cards, she has a long to-do list of things to get done. How can she do it all?

I enjoyed all the twists and turns. This the third Maternal Instincts Mystery.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Vaughn on October 19, 2012
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When was the last time you read about stake-outs being done by a PI Mommy, her baby daughter and a energetic Grandmother to keep her company. That alone should get you reading this third book in the Maternal Instincts series. Add to that the husband of all our dreams, and an adventurous, pregnant best friend that can get you into all the A-list parties in San Francisco. This mystery takes us into the depths of the French Embassy, and the halls of city government, stopping at the local news station along the way. With her husband always willing to lend a hand and give a lot of moral support, and a doting Grandmother, plus a boss that is willing to visit clients introducing baby Laurie as their "secretary" there actually is time to solve a murder or two along the way. You will find yourself laughing along at all their antics. I enjoyed it so much I read it though in one sitting and can't wait for the next in the series. It is another GREAT COZY.

Also it doesn't hurt that on page 180 it is stated that one of people she needs to visit lives "...on the peninsula in one of my favorite towns, San Carlos." which just happens to be where my family and I live and completely agree with her!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Debbie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 26, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Formula for Murder" is a humorous "who-done-it" mystery. It's the third novel in the series, but you don't need to have read the previous novels to understand this one. Also, reading the books out of order won't spoil the previous mysteries.

The novel was fast-paced and a fun read. The suspense came from sorting out the clues of who-done-it and why, the ever-increasing body count, and the need for Kate to get all her Christmas things done before Christmas while also solving the mystery.

The details about Kate's first-time mommy moments and her learning to be a private investigator brought the story alive in my imagination. Kate, her family, and her friends were engaging and interesting. The characters were realistic, through most didn't come across as particularly deep (which is fine for a humorous novel).

There was a very minor amount of bad language. There were no sex scenes, though people having sex was sometimes referred to or implied. Overall, I'd recommend this well-written, enjoyable novel.

I received this book as a review copy from the publisher.

Reviewed by Debbie from Genre Reviews
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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, and Nursing a Grudge. She is the NY Times Bestselling co-author of the Scrapbooking Mystery Series with 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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