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Motherhood Is Murder [Mass Market Paperback]

Carolyn Hart Mary Daheim Jane Isenberg Shirley Rousseau Murphy
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Book by Hart, Carolyn, Daheim, Mary, Murphy, Shirley Rousseau, Isenberg, Jane

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3.0 out of 5 stars 2 out of 4 stories worth reading Nov. 14 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The one good thing about anthology books is you get a chance to read stories from authors you may not have read before and then decide if you want to ever read them again. This book contains four stories - 2 from authors I have previous read and two who were brand new to me.
1. Dial M For Mom - by Mary Daheim.
Mary Daheim's Bed & Breakfast Series are my favorite books in mystery series.
This story is a continuation from that series, in which Cousin Renie's three children have announced their engagements. The story is very funny as she tries to plan three weddings, all on the same day, but at different locations without going crazy. It doesn't help that her photographer is found dead in the parking lot after the wedding rehearsal.
Is it murder? Could it have anything to do with the mysterious man who keeps showing up in pictures that he had taken of the families earlier?
2. Mothers Must Do - by Carolyn Hart. I have read several of Carolyn Hart's books, but none with the character of Laurel Darling Roethke, so I don't know if she has a continuing series with her.
I hope not.
I didn't like the character of Laurel Darling, from the beginning of the book where she loads up the dead body and moves it so the police won't know where he was killed, to her continuously thinking "Dear Max" whenever her son's name comes up. And it seems to come up all the time.
The mystery wasn't very interesting. I didn't care about any of the people and couldn't wait for the story to end.
3. The Proof Is In The Patch - by Jane Isenberg -
I have never read any of her books before, but I enjoyed this story enough that I will check out more of her books.
Bel Barrett is a college professor.
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3.0 out of 5 stars 2 out of 4 stories worth reading Nov. 14 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
The one good thing about anthology books is you get a chance to read stories from authors you may not have read before and then decide if you want to ever read them again. This book contains four stories - 2 from authors I have previous read and two who were brand new to me.
1. Dial M For Mom - by Mary Daheim.
Mary Daheim's Bed & Breakfast Series are my favorite books in mystery series.
This story is a continuation from that series, in which Cousin Renie's three children have announced their engagements. The story is very funny as she tries to plan three weddings, all on the same day, but at different locations without going crazy. It doesn't help that her photographer is found dead in the parking lot after the wedding rehearsal.
Is it murder? Could it have anything to do with the mysterious man who keeps showing up in pictures that he had taken of the families earlier?
2. Mothers Must Do - by Carolyn Hart. I have read several of Carolyn Hart's books, but none with the character of Laurel Darling Roethke, so I don't know if she has a continuing series with her.
I hope not.
I didn't like the character of Laurel Darling, from the beginning of the book where she loads up the dead body and moves it so the police won't know where he was killed, to her continuously thinking "Dear Max" whenever her son's name comes up. And it seems to come up all the time.
The mystery wasn't very interesting. I didn't care about any of the people and couldn't wait for the story to end.
3. The Proof Is In The Patch - by Jane Isenberg -
I have never read any of her books before, but I enjoyed this story enough that I will check out more of her books.
Bel Barrett is a college professor. One day she receives an urgent call from a student who needs to see her right away. Bel puts her off until the next day, which is unfortunate as the student is murdered before they can have their meeting.
Bel decides to investigate the girl's murder, which includes taking a job as a nanny at the home where the student had worked and had been murdered.
The story had some very funny moments the mystery was interesting and I really liked the character of Bel Barrett.
4. Tomcat - by Shirley Rousseau Murphy. I have never read any of her books before and won't read any in the future. I couldn't even finish this one. Maybe you have to be a cat person to enjoy it.
The book is a must buy if you're a fan of Mary Daheim as her story is a continuation of a storyline in her books and although you may get bits and pieces in her next book, this will probably be the only place to get a complete look at the weddings of all three of Cousin Renie's kids, and that alone is worth the price of the book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Mother Is Murder June 11 2014
By Sharon Aszman - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read this book by Carolyn Hart and other authors. I am sure if anyone wants to purchase it will not be disappointed because it is truly a page turner.
5.0 out of 5 stars Motherhood Dec 14 2013
By Ellen M Caggiano - Published on Amazon.com
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I was a little worried with this book as I tend to enjoy mysteries only but this made me both laugh and cry as I had some of the same problems (4 Kids) 2 Weddings together). It was a lite book but when written.
3.0 out of 5 stars Four novellas Dec 7 2013
By A J. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I enjoyed the variety in these long stories by four different women, especially the ones by Carolyn Hart and Mary Daheim. I found the Appalachian slang of the last story depicting rather poor and undereducated people a bit demeaning and did not enjoy this story nearly as much as the first three.
5.0 out of 5 stars Mary Daheim is awesome! March 29 2013
By Busy Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read all Mary's books except for all of her earliest short stories. But all her stories have wry humor, sharp wit, and are so easy to identify with. I love her writing, and wholeheartedly recommend anything she writes.
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