Caprice De Luca’s former client and now friend Ace Richland–an 80’s rock star–asks her for a favor. Can she quickly stage his girlfriend’s house to sell? Widow Alanna Goodwin, a transplanted Southern beauty, will be moving in with him! Immediately Caprice realizes Alanna’s southern charm can be turned on and off at will. Caprice agrees to stage Alanna’s Kismet antebellum-styled mansion for Ace’s sake. But she soon learns Alanna doesn’t have a genuine love for her cat Mirabelle and also uncovers a plot her new client is hatching to sabotage Ace’s comeback. However, before she can tell Ace, Alanna is murdered and Ace is the prime suspect.
Ace Richland was a good client and friend, so when he asks Caprice De luca to do a last minute home staged open house for his new girlfriend, Caprice couldn't say no. Just as she couldn't turn down Ace's 12 year old daughter Trista's request to referee her arguing parents. Caprice has a few soft spots.
Alanna, the girlfriend, turns out to be less than the ideal client, and seems to have quite a few secrets.
There is more to her than the gruff, demanding exterior she projects to the world.
Things get worse for Caprice when she overhears a conversation she doesn't know what to do about.
As if her life isn't complicated enough, with two men vying for her attention, amateur sleuth Caprice finds herself unable to resist snooping when her friend Ace discovers Alanna's dead body and becomes suspect number one.
Will working together to prove Ace innocent change the relationship Caprice has with attorney Grant?
Will Caprice survive asking strangers dangerous questions?
This is the most tension filled mystery of this series so far.
When you think you have it figured out, the plot twists. People are not who they seem at first.
I enjoy that besides the murder mystery we get more personal background on the de Luca family.
Award winning and best-selling author, Karen Rose Smith’s plots are all about emotion. She began writing in her early teens when she listened to music and created stories to accompany the songs. An only child, she spent a lot of time in her imagination and with books–Nancy Drew, Zane Gray, The Black Stallion and Anne of Green Gables. She dreamed of brothers and sisters and a big family like her mother and father came from. This is the root of her plotlines that include small communities and family relationships as part of everyday living. Residing in Pennsylvania with her husband and four rescued cats, she welcomes interaction with readers on social media.