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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 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.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Review "[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 Book Description: A body has been dredged from the San Francisco Bay. Kate Connelly, pregnant and ready to pop, has reason to fear it may be her long lost brother-in-law. Battling sleep deprivation, diaper blowouts and breastfeeding mishaps she muddles through her own investigation, Mommy style: To do: 1. Find Killer 2. Figure out hideous breast pump. 3. Avoid cranky cop. 4. Send out Make birth announcements – need pink paper. 5. FIND KILLER


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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 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.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Review "[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 Book Description: A body has been dredged from the San Francisco Bay. Kate Connelly, pregnant and ready to pop, has reason to fear it may be her long lost brother-in-law. Battling sleep deprivation, diaper blowouts and breastfeeding mishaps she muddles through her own investigation, Mommy style: To do: 1. Find Killer 2. Figure out hideous breast pump. 3. Avoid cranky cop. 4. Send out Make birth announcements – need pink paper. 5. FIND KILLER

30 review for Bundle of Trouble

  1. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Rose

    Hmm ... I have mixed feelings about this book, and I am not going to lie, I almost gave up at a few points as it took me some time to get into this story. My biggest complaint with this audiobook was the narration. While it was manageable, I felt that Diana Orgain's voice was quite monotone and there was little to no differentiation between characters; I had to rewind several times as I lost focus due to boredom. As for the main character, I found Kate to be slightly irritating; her constant whin Hmm ... I have mixed feelings about this book, and I am not going to lie, I almost gave up at a few points as it took me some time to get into this story. My biggest complaint with this audiobook was the narration. While it was manageable, I felt that Diana Orgain's voice was quite monotone and there was little to no differentiation between characters; I had to rewind several times as I lost focus due to boredom. As for the main character, I found Kate to be slightly irritating; her constant whining about going back to the office got to be grating. However, as the story progressed, I got to like her more. My favourite character, though, was the PI Galigani; I hope that he and Kate pair off into Private Investigation together in future books. Finally, in terms of the plot, I felt that the actual mystery was reasonably good once I got into it. To be honest, I had no idea who the killer was and his/her reasons until the big reveal. Overall, despite its shortcomings, Bundle of Trouble was a decent enough book; it kept me interested enough to discover the ending. I will likely give book two a read.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mandy

    Ok book, downloaded for free. Cozy little mystery.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Pamela(AllHoney)

    The first book in the A Maternal Instincts Mystery series by Diana Orgain. Kate Connolly is about to become a mom when she learns her husband's brother is missing. His bags are found on a pier where a body was found. After the baby is born, Kate feels a need to find out what happened to her brother-in-law and gets involved in investigating a murder. Not sure how I feel about the idea of taking off with newborn baby to investigate a murder. But this is fiction and the story itself was fairly good. The first book in the A Maternal Instincts Mystery series by Diana Orgain. Kate Connolly is about to become a mom when she learns her husband's brother is missing. His bags are found on a pier where a body was found. After the baby is born, Kate feels a need to find out what happened to her brother-in-law and gets involved in investigating a murder. Not sure how I feel about the idea of taking off with newborn baby to investigate a murder. But this is fiction and the story itself was fairly good. Had my idea on who the murderer was but not the motive.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Aya

    This book was fun and quite realistic! I finished it in 2 hours. Yeah, IT WAS GREAT. Maybe what made me start reading it is the book-cover, there is a mother with her baby! I LOVE BABIES, so CUTE! ❤️❤️ It has many tips for women and especially pregnant or new mums, and how to be over-protective with their pregnancy and baby. It reminded me a lot of Conan as a detective, and how many persons die in one book! *smirking* I tried to find out who is the murderer but that was so smart for me! I failed two This book was fun and quite realistic! I finished it in 2 hours. Yeah, IT WAS GREAT. Maybe what made me start reading it is the book-cover, there is a mother with her baby! I LOVE BABIES, so CUTE! ❤️❤️ It has many tips for women and especially pregnant or new mums, and how to be over-protective with their pregnancy and baby. It reminded me a lot of Conan as a detective, and how many persons die in one book! *smirking* I tried to find out who is the murderer but that was so smart for me! I failed two times then decided to let Kate do her job alone. And I was supersized by the end! ➥ Kate: She is a lovely, brave POWERFUL mother! I don't know how she could do all this in her first weeks after delivery! And how she could have all this time! I liked her way of writing to-do lists, I fail every time I wanna write one! ➥ Jim: He is a super supportive husband. I liked this character so much. ➥ Lauren: I wanna touch that CUTE BABY. *heart eyes* I think I'll read the second book soon.. it doesn't take much time, and so suitable for my exam-mode :D

  5. 4 out of 5

    Regan

    We're reading book 2 in my book club, Motherhood is Murder, but I have to read a series in order or I feel like I'm missing out on something. Way too much of this book was spent talking about feeding, changing and overall caring for baby Laurie. If I had doubts about having a baby before this book assured me it was the right choice. You can coo over someone else's baby, even a fictional one, just so much. Her dealing with first delivering the baby, then caring for the baby and worrying about how We're reading book 2 in my book club, Motherhood is Murder, but I have to read a series in order or I feel like I'm missing out on something. Way too much of this book was spent talking about feeding, changing and overall caring for baby Laurie. If I had doubts about having a baby before this book assured me it was the right choice. You can coo over someone else's baby, even a fictional one, just so much. Her dealing with first delivering the baby, then caring for the baby and worrying about how much milk she was producing and whining about going back to work took up so much time I'm surprised she had time to solve the murder. I didn't particularly find any of the characters very likeable.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sherry Grussing

    Not believable. Not likeable. Not well written.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sandee

    Fun and cute cozy about a new mom and her desire to find a job she can do from home. That would be private detective right? A little scattered but a cute story and loveable characters.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    so fun loved it now reading I think it's 3formula for murder, maybe 2 not sure of sequence , but loving it so fun loved it now reading I think it's 3formula for murder, maybe 2 not sure of sequence , but loving it

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tari

    This was a really cute mystery along with being funny and at times, pretty hilarious. It's been a very long time since I had a newborn but somehow the author's descriptions of the feelings moms go through and Kate's lack of sleep took me right back there. When I was back to reality, I was pretty happy that my daughter is not a newborn but an awesome adult now, although it was fun to remember those cute little baby sounds and smells. I got a kick out of Kate's to-do lists throughout the book and This was a really cute mystery along with being funny and at times, pretty hilarious. It's been a very long time since I had a newborn but somehow the author's descriptions of the feelings moms go through and Kate's lack of sleep took me right back there. When I was back to reality, I was pretty happy that my daughter is not a newborn but an awesome adult now, although it was fun to remember those cute little baby sounds and smells. I got a kick out of Kate's to-do lists throughout the book and had to hand it to her to make those despite being so sleep-deprived and foggy-brained from pregnancy. Kate Connolly was relieved that her good-for-nothing brother-in-law George wasn't actually dead the day she gave birth to her daughter, Laurie. But when she found out the person that was really found dead was the husband of one of her school friends, Kate was interested in finding out more about what happened and bringing the killer to justice. Add in a somewhat aging private investigator who had to drop the case due to health issues and Kate decided to take his place--a perfect career choice she thought so that she could be with her sweet little baby. A couple more bodies later and Kate has a full-blown case to look into. I really enjoyed the characters of Kate, her husband, Jim, and Kate's mom. I liked that the main character was on really good terms with her mother and relied on her help as well as being happily married. There are definitely plenty of books that depict this but it's always nice to find yet another one since most of the sleuths are not in a good place with an ex-husband or boyfriend and sometimes don't have a good rapport with their moms. I had to admire Kate's tenacity in investigating because she wanted to be a PI. I think she definitely has what it will take and with her new friend, PI Galgani's help, she'll turn into a really good and licensed private investigator. I am definitely planning on reading more in this series. I was happy to have the excuse to read this for a book club this week and now I'm very interested in seeing how Kate does in the world of being an official investigator and what it takes to get her there. I loved how Jim was so supportive of her--I can't say any more without spoiling some of the plot. Some guys would just say "you gotta work, suck it up." But he actually supported her idea of working from her home. I wonder where their next adventure with Baby Laurie will take them? (I kind of know since there is a sneak preview chapter at the end of this book but I haven't quite finished reading that yet!)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    This was a cute cozy. I really enjoyed it because after having two kids, I could really identify with the heroine. If you've never had any children, I could see how this book may not be your "cup of tea", though, as there are a lot of references to the main character's recovery after having her baby, her breastfeeding trials, fatigue, hormones, etc. The actual mystery part of it was pretty good- it kept me guessing for a while. There sure seemed to be a lot of dead bodies turning up, too! It was This was a cute cozy. I really enjoyed it because after having two kids, I could really identify with the heroine. If you've never had any children, I could see how this book may not be your "cup of tea", though, as there are a lot of references to the main character's recovery after having her baby, her breastfeeding trials, fatigue, hormones, etc. The actual mystery part of it was pretty good- it kept me guessing for a while. There sure seemed to be a lot of dead bodies turning up, too! It was kind of funny to picture this plucky little lady trying to track down a killer with her baby and all of her baby gear in tow! I loved her "mentor" Galigani, the original P.I. character in the story, and I hope that he plays a part in the next book, which I did put onto my WL. Overall I enjoyed it. 3 1/2 stars

  11. 4 out of 5

    Marianne

    This was really good very entertaining with little laurie...will start the next one.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Davie

    First in the Maternal Instincts Mystery series based in San Francisco and revolving around a new mother who doesn't want to go back to work. My Take I'm torn. Orgain writes well. And I can't stand her stupid protagonist. What mother takes her newborn baby out to chase down a murderer? This just boggles my mind. And stupid. Omigod, she's constantly forgetting stuff---I will give her points for never forgetting her baby. She doesn't want to go back to her job because she just wants to stay home with First in the Maternal Instincts Mystery series based in San Francisco and revolving around a new mother who doesn't want to go back to work. My Take I'm torn. Orgain writes well. And I can't stand her stupid protagonist. What mother takes her newborn baby out to chase down a murderer? This just boggles my mind. And stupid. Omigod, she's constantly forgetting stuff---I will give her points for never forgetting her baby. She doesn't want to go back to her job because she just wants to stay home with her baby. Okay, yeah, I get that. And maybe the post-partum aspect is affecting her mind and that's why she's making all these incredibly dumb moves. And, again, I get that Orgain is using a mother's need to be with her baby to ramp up Kate's panic about finding a way to make an income that will let her stay with her baby. But, private detective? As clueless as Kate is? I just ain't buyin' it. It's something of a Keystone Kops with half-truths and lies and Kate running into danger with baby and without. Every other moment finds Kate missing, losing, or forgetting something. God only knows what she's missing when she's talking to people. And she trusts everybody! She thinks they're all telling her the truth. I mean, duhhh. Of course she's also running around accusing people right and left. It's a darn good thing Kate stocked the freezer with frozen dinners and they have all those takeout menus, 'cause Kate never seems to get to the grocery store. Then there are the break-ins on her car. And she keeps carting her kid around with her. In the first six weeks of giving birth. On the plus-side, it was a very realistic rendition of a new mother with all the frustrations, aches and pains, and panic over her daughter. I adored Jim's patience. And the wrap-up at the end was cute. The Story Kate is two days overdue, so naturally her water just has to break when they get some fearsome news on the phone. It's a worry that Kate and Jim put on hold until a few days after Laurie's birth when Kate goes down to the morgue to pick up George's personal effects. Where she meets Michelle on the same errand. Just not picking up effects. People are dying right and left with Kate poking her nose in everywhere. The Characters Kate Connolly is pregnant and on maternity leave from her job as an office manager for an architectural firm. She's a fanatical list maker, which I'm assuming is supposed to be cute. Jim Connolly works for an advertising firm that isn't particularly loyal to its employees. Laurie is the new baby. Kate's mom is amazing. She's always there to help out, and she adores Jim. Hanks is a guy mom hooks up with on Match.com. George Connolly is Jim's ne-er-do-well younger brother. Uncle Roger took George in when their parents died, and just never left. Until recently. The pregnant Kiku Ajari met and fell in love with George at El Paraiso. Even she doesn't know the truth. Paula is one of Kate's best friends but currently living in France. Michelle Dupree Avery is an old school friend/rival of Kate's. Her husband Brad was planning on leaving her. Rich Hanlen is Brad's best friend and the assistant manager of El Paraiso, Michelle and Brad's restaurant. Svetlana Avery is Brad's first wife; their daughter Penny drowned when she was three. Jennifer Miller used to work at El Paraiso and switched to Svetlana's store, Heavenly Haight. KelliAnn Dupree is Michelle's half-sister. Nick Dowling is with the medical examiner's office. Inspector Patrick McNearny, a major jerk with discretion issues, and Jones are with the SFPD. Josh Garner is a top partner at Jim's firm and plays poker with McNearny. Investigator Galigani was hired by Brad's mother, Gloria, to find out the truth, only he has a heart attack and Kate just slips into place. Dr. Clement is Laurie's pediatrician who spends more time on initial interviews than in follow-up appointments. Charles Crane is the lawyer they hire when George wants Jim arrested. The Cover The cover fits the style perfectly with its cartoonishly messy kitchen littered with baby toys, carriers, and accessories, mom's endless lists, and, just in case we miss the theme, mom holding the baby and a magnifying glass. I suspect the title is meant to refer to the baby; in my mind, the Bundle of Trouble is mom. �

  13. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    Bundle of Trouble: Maternal Instincts Mystery Series Book 1 is by Diane Orgain. This mystery series is combined with a comedy to make people laugh at both PI’s and having a baby. Tha main characters in all the books are Jim, Kate, her Mom, Paula, Albert Galigani, and Inspector Patrick McNeary. Kenny, the neighbor boy takes a larger part as the series continues. Jim and Kate had a pretty decent life. Jim had a great job and Kate was on leave from her job and she intended to go back after having t Bundle of Trouble: Maternal Instincts Mystery Series Book 1 is by Diane Orgain. This mystery series is combined with a comedy to make people laugh at both PI’s and having a baby. Tha main characters in all the books are Jim, Kate, her Mom, Paula, Albert Galigani, and Inspector Patrick McNeary. Kenny, the neighbor boy takes a larger part as the series continues. Jim and Kate had a pretty decent life. Jim had a great job and Kate was on leave from her job and she intended to go back after having the baby so they would afford everything they needed. Just as Kate and Jim were leaving for the hospital, Jim got a call asking him if he knew the whereabouts of his brother, George and if George had any identifying marks. The call was from the medical examiner about a body that had been found near the pier in San Francisco. He hadn’t seen George for some time and since George was a deadbeat, he didn’t want to. He hung up and took Kate to the hospital. Jim refused to talk about George. Kate agreed simply because she was in labor. She delivered a beautiful girl the next day. Now they were busy with her. Jim didn’t forget the body and contacted the ME to find that the body was another man; but his brother was wanted for questioning. Kate’s curiosity had been aroused by the news of a dead body when she went to the Me’s office to see get George’s belongings. At the Me’s office was, she, ironically, ran into the dead man’s wife, Michelle Avery, who just happened to know George and that he worked for her husband who had been killed. Kate decided to see if she could find George. Kate decides she wants to be a PI and be able to spend mor time with Laurie. However, she can’t just put out her shingle, she had to be trained and go through tests. Finding a mentor is her first step. She finds Alpert Galigani to help her. Then, Jim loses his job! Can she still be come a PI or does she need to crawl back and try to get her old job back?

  14. 4 out of 5

    Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*

    I'm surprised how much I enjoyed this one. First, cozies can be hit or miss --- and the ones that work well are usually over the top funny or mixed into other genres. This one was a breath of fresh air. Coincidentally starting right after Mother's Day, it hit me as bittersweet since my only child turned 18 the weekend past. In this book's case, the mother opens the book with labor and a new bundle of joy, a sweet husband, and a murder that ends up hitting way too close to home. Toss in several s I'm surprised how much I enjoyed this one. First, cozies can be hit or miss --- and the ones that work well are usually over the top funny or mixed into other genres. This one was a breath of fresh air. Coincidentally starting right after Mother's Day, it hit me as bittersweet since my only child turned 18 the weekend past. In this book's case, the mother opens the book with labor and a new bundle of joy, a sweet husband, and a murder that ends up hitting way too close to home. Toss in several surprise twists, leads, twists, trails, and it's surprisingly complex and clever while still keeping the babyhood heavy. I like how the author kept focusing on hormones leaving the new mother forgetful and weepy (is realistic), her worries about her weight and even her feet, her terror of returning to work - so much of it was what first-time mothers go through. Sometimes she was a bit too over the top and annoying (downright paranoid for awhile!) but the book was charming. There was humor, there was a lot of heartfelt warmth, a clever mystery, lots of characters, lots of leads into different directions. Recommended!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Charlene

    I'm not sure what I think of this book, actually. I certainly related to the sudden changes a new baby makes to her mother's (and father's) life: the wonder of breastfeeding, the mountains of laundry, the lack of sleep, the desire to stay home. What is a mystery to me is how this new first-time mom could leave, or take, her baby to enter into dangerous settings if the story is meant to be any kind of serious read. I realize a cozy mystery leaves out the gore in the narrative, but I cannot buy int I'm not sure what I think of this book, actually. I certainly related to the sudden changes a new baby makes to her mother's (and father's) life: the wonder of breastfeeding, the mountains of laundry, the lack of sleep, the desire to stay home. What is a mystery to me is how this new first-time mom could leave, or take, her baby to enter into dangerous settings if the story is meant to be any kind of serious read. I realize a cozy mystery leaves out the gore in the narrative, but I cannot buy into a story that leaves the reader so uncomfortable about this young woman trying to be a sleuth so eary after childbirth. I do have the other books on order from the library, so I will at least read the next one to see whether things become more believable and comfortable for me as the reader. What I'm hoping is that I do not follow my first inclination to call this a fantasy cozy, or some such term.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Shannon McGee

    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 t 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.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Really enjoyed this debut in Diana Orgain's Maternal Instincts Mystery series. New mom Kate Connolly gets pulled into a murder investigation when, at first, her brother-in-law is suspected dead and, later, an old school friend is found boots-up as well. For fans of cozy mysteries with a bite. Really enjoyed this debut in Diana Orgain's Maternal Instincts Mystery series. New mom Kate Connolly gets pulled into a murder investigation when, at first, her brother-in-law is suspected dead and, later, an old school friend is found boots-up as well. For fans of cozy mysteries with a bite.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Hejtmanek

    Twee Quite simple in plot and character development Not that interesting. And who would take a baby out on an investigation?

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mary Clare

    the newborn baby was the smartest character in this book

  20. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    This is a fun start to a new to me series. This just proves that women can do it all...give birth, nurse a baby and solve 3 murders.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Anne Hawn Smith

    A little improbable, but also for light reading It is a bit of a stretch for a new mother to be investigating a series of murders, especially when she has to take the infant along at times, but it a fun book and the main character is likable.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Gail Cook

    I received a copy of this book from Voracious Readers in return for an honest review and that's exactly what this is, an honest review of how I felt about this story. This gentle story is not for those who like blood, guts and gore. It is a gentle armchair murder story that sweeps you along wondering how a new mother manages to do all that she does. Then I thought of my own daughter who after having her babies got right back on with life. Some of the reviews that I have read seem to not understan I received a copy of this book from Voracious Readers in return for an honest review and that's exactly what this is, an honest review of how I felt about this story. This gentle story is not for those who like blood, guts and gore. It is a gentle armchair murder story that sweeps you along wondering how a new mother manages to do all that she does. Then I thought of my own daughter who after having her babies got right back on with life. Some of the reviews that I have read seem to not understand that people are all different and manage to do different things in different time scales. I know of a GP who went back to full time work after only two weeks maternity leave. Each to their own. Diana Orgain writes a story that pulls you into it and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I was disappointed when I discovered that I had reached the end. I would have liked .... well read it for yourself and see what you think.

  23. 4 out of 5

    JOHN ABBATE

    Not to be missed! Kate Connelly is a new (very!) mother. Between little sleep, spit up at inopportune times, and breast feeding accidents she tells it like it really is for a new mother. She is surrounded by chaos and out of control hormones but needs to find her missing brother-in-law and solve some murders. This well written cozy is filled with warmth and humor. The plot is well thought out and has lots of suspects and twists and turns. A wonderful start to a new series.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nadishka Aloysius

    The story centres on Kate Connolly who is heavily pregnant (2 days overdue, in fact) when the story begins. The writer just dives into the action - the first chapter takes us through a phone call from the Medical Examiner informing Kate and her husband, Jim, that his brother George may be dead, and the birth of their daughter Laurie. A few days later they realise the dead man found in the San Fransisco Bay is not Kate's brother-in-law, but the husband of her high school friend, Michelle. However The story centres on Kate Connolly who is heavily pregnant (2 days overdue, in fact) when the story begins. The writer just dives into the action - the first chapter takes us through a phone call from the Medical Examiner informing Kate and her husband, Jim, that his brother George may be dead, and the birth of their daughter Laurie. A few days later they realise the dead man found in the San Fransisco Bay is not Kate's brother-in-law, but the husband of her high school friend, Michelle. However, George is now a suspect in the murder investigation, and the police also suspect Kate and her husband of having had a hand in the affair. From the outset Kate is worried as to the whereabouts of George, who is missing, and she makes discreet inquiries in her free time. Things get more complex with the body count rising - Michelle and her husband's first wife Svetlana also fall victim to the murderer. Mrs. Gloria Avery (mother of the first victim, Brad, who was fished out of the Bay) hires a PI named Galigani, who unfortunately suffers a heart attack outside Kate's house. This draws Kate, who has been having second thoughts about returning to her corporate desk after six weeks of maternity leave, more actively into the case. Since Galigani is unable to work, she undertakes his work and starts interviewing suspects. Despite having no prior experience in detective work, or a license, she manages to solve the case. I have read many cozy mysteries. Actually, there are so many authors in that genre it is quite difficult to separate the sub-standard work from those worth buying. In fact, I must confess that I picked this up because it was on a free promotion. However, I am planning on buying another of the series because I enjoyed this so much... and let me tell you why. First and foremost, the story moves at a good pace and is witty and easy to read. The characters are likeable and draw you into their lives. I loved Kate, and I think all mothers will be able to relate to her. She keeps a check list (which is updated in every chapter) which is hilarious: To Do: 1. Help Jim find a job 2. Find George AGAIN 3. Figure out what Michelle's reports mean 4. Research day care for Laurie 5. Prep to return to the office 6. Stock up on pumped milk It really adds new meaning to multi-tasking! In addition to the murder investigation, I loved the ongoing thread of dealing with a new baby and other post pregnancy issues. Her joints hurt, she can't make the breast pump work, her memory is weak, her feet are still bloated so she can only fit into one pair of shoes, her nice clothes are too small, she's losing hair, she doesn't want to abandon her daughter and return to work, she feels a failure because a nurse suggests she may have depression, she feels a failure because she forgets to give her daughter 'tummy time'... and the list goes on. She even has to take her newborn with her when she interviews suspects - once into a bar! Despite all this she soldiers on and not only solves the murder, but gets the hang of being a great mom. I found myself, as a reader and a mom, cheering her on and sharing in her little accomplishments (even if it is only being able to put the button on in her slacks, or get the breast pump to work). Writing a successful mystery story is actually not an easy task, and it falls flat if the reader is able to solve the case before the heroine does. So, I was quite satisfied with the plot construction of this one. There were many clues and plenty of red herrings littered across the path. I was able to pick up on important facts but I was unable to guess the murderer's identity. And, at the end of the day, that is the most important thing! So, if you are a fan of mystery stories, and a mom as well, then this is worth trying out!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Shaz Goodwin

    Bundle of Trouble is the first in the series ‘Maternal Instincts Mystery’. The second book is called Motherhood is Murder and the third, Formula for Murder. We first get involved at the end of Kate’s pregnancy. She receives a phone call from the Medical Examiner’s Office. A body has been found in the bay, her brother-in-law’s possessions have been found at the end of the pier. Then she goes into labour. I have to admit that in the beginning I wasn’t caught up in the story and wasn’t sure whether I Bundle of Trouble is the first in the series ‘Maternal Instincts Mystery’. The second book is called Motherhood is Murder and the third, Formula for Murder. We first get involved at the end of Kate’s pregnancy. She receives a phone call from the Medical Examiner’s Office. A body has been found in the bay, her brother-in-law’s possessions have been found at the end of the pier. Then she goes into labour. I have to admit that in the beginning I wasn’t caught up in the story and wasn’t sure whether I would continue reading. I didn’t ‘feel’ the worry Kate and husband Jim were feeling as Kate was in labour. The short and simple sentences didn’t catch my imagination. However, as soon as the first death occurred I was caught up in the whirlwind of activity, the intrigue making me click the pages. In the end, I was so caught up in the action I read it in 24 hours! The plot is very clever and fast moving and at no point did I guess who the murderer was. Every time I had a guess, I was wrong. I loved this. Alongside this, I was transported back to those first few weeks of having your first baby in your life. Having Laurie (baby) as part of the story in no way detracts from the plot. It’s just a part of Kate and Jim’s life. I also loved the tongue-in-cheek sarcastic humour. I found this so down-to-earth and it’s an integral part of the whole. Kate makes To Do lists (a girl after my own heart). I think this list sums up the story and the humour: To do: 1. Find Killer 2. Figure out hideous breast pump. 3. Avoid cranky cop. 4. Send out Make birth announcements – need pink paper. 5. FIND KILLER I would like to thank the author for sending me an e-copy in exchange for an honest review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    #ReadAllTheBooks

    I love cozy mysteries- they're the perfect thing to curl up with if you aren't looking for something extremely heavy to read. They're also great in those instances where you may not be able to read everything in one sitting & need something that can easily be put down & picked up. This particular cozy mystery surrounds the character of Kate, a woman going through all of the highs & lows of being a new mother. If worrying about tummy time & thank you cards wasn't enough, she also has to deal with I love cozy mysteries- they're the perfect thing to curl up with if you aren't looking for something extremely heavy to read. They're also great in those instances where you may not be able to read everything in one sitting & need something that can easily be put down & picked up. This particular cozy mystery surrounds the character of Kate, a woman going through all of the highs & lows of being a new mother. If worrying about tummy time & thank you cards wasn't enough, she also has to deal with the nasty discovery of her brother-in-law's bags being discovered near a dead man. With baby in tow, Kate sets about trying to figure out what those bags were doing there & how her brother-in-law may be involved. I might not be able to relate to all of the mommy stuff in the book, but the great thing about the book is that you don't have to *be* a mom to enjoy this book. Orgain does a fantastic job of relating the stresses and daily worries about being a mother as well as building a great suspenseful read. I love the character of Kate- she's a delight to read about & I love her interactions with her new daughter. The only thing I could say is that about halfway through I was able to see where the plot might be going & who the killer might be. I usually don't mind this because part of the fun of reading mysteries is doing your own deductions. The book is a good read, so even if you are like me & are good at guessing "whodunit" you should still enjoy the book as you go along.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kristy

    Not terrible, but it was excruciatingly slow. Not really sure why I kept on reading until the end. The premise--brand new mom turns into a sleuth to solve a murder that her brother-in-law is somehow connected to--is intriguing. However, the execution of the premise is not so great. There were some glaring continuity errors. One example: main character Kate's high school friend/classmate's half-sister is described as being only a few years older, but she's later said to be in a prom photo in the Not terrible, but it was excruciatingly slow. Not really sure why I kept on reading until the end. The premise--brand new mom turns into a sleuth to solve a murder that her brother-in-law is somehow connected to--is intriguing. However, the execution of the premise is not so great. There were some glaring continuity errors. One example: main character Kate's high school friend/classmate's half-sister is described as being only a few years older, but she's later said to be in a prom photo in the Kate's senior yearbook). That makes them the same age ... Another huge problem is the idea that Kate had every intention of returning to work after her maternity leave but as of the Thursday before the Monday she's to return to work, she had yet to even begin to look for daycare. That's just ludicrous. Even 25 years ago when I had my first child, you had to start looking for a spot in daycare for an infant while you were still pregnant if you had any hope of finding one in time. So, even though as soon as her baby was born Kate started having doubts about returning to work, realistically she still would have already--at a minimum--had daycare researched. I vaguely recall getting this book because it was supposed to be funny. Not.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    New mom Kate Connolly is shocked by the deaths of her old high school friend Michelle and Michelle’s husband. Her wayward brother-in-law’s possible involvement in the crimes troubles Kate so much that she tries to find him. It isn’t easy with a newborn to look after. Despite the dark plot, Bundle of Trouble is a fun, cozy with a great protagonist who’s learning how to be a mom and a sleuth. Needless to say, both cause plenty of anxiety. Kate dreads returning to her office manager job in six weeks New mom Kate Connolly is shocked by the deaths of her old high school friend Michelle and Michelle’s husband. Her wayward brother-in-law’s possible involvement in the crimes troubles Kate so much that she tries to find him. It isn’t easy with a newborn to look after. Despite the dark plot, Bundle of Trouble is a fun, cozy with a great protagonist who’s learning how to be a mom and a sleuth. Needless to say, both cause plenty of anxiety. Kate dreads returning to her office manager job in six weeks, and often feels like a complete failure as a new mom. I can relate to all the lists she makes and many other new mom issues (although it was a long time ago for me). I thought I knew who the killer was, but the revelation came as a surprise. The author has a lovely writing style that creates a light tone while showcasing more serious and realistic domestic issues. Cozy fans will enjoy this one, especially if they’re parents.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Franjessca

    Full Review posted at Book Lovin' Mamas I loved the beginning to the end of this book. I loved the comical situations and mysteries that Kate put herself in the story. My favorite part would have to be when Jim is left with Laurie (their newborn) and doesn’t know how to calm him down. Jim reminded me of my husband. I had to laugh at those parts. Poor Men! (haha) I also want to say; I kept changing my mind who the killer could be. Diana threw me for a twist, and I wasn’t expecting that ending, whic Full Review posted at Book Lovin' Mamas I loved the beginning to the end of this book. I loved the comical situations and mysteries that Kate put herself in the story. My favorite part would have to be when Jim is left with Laurie (their newborn) and doesn’t know how to calm him down. Jim reminded me of my husband. I had to laugh at those parts. Poor Men! (haha) I also want to say; I kept changing my mind who the killer could be. Diana threw me for a twist, and I wasn’t expecting that ending, which is always a plus for me. I didn’t know the killer was that person. I thought it was someone else. I love those kinds of twists and turns. I look forward to reading the next book in the Series and finding out what other mystery Kate cracks. I also look forward to hearing about Kate’s Maternal Instincts. =)

  30. 5 out of 5

    ✨ Gramy ✨

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This story has just enough interest to keep you going to see if it is ever going to actually make sense. The husband demonstrated he loved his family and supported his wife. Too much focus on the baby and not enough on the actual investigative nature. The woman had worked in a corporate office, yet after pregnancy, suddenly had trouble keeping up with her own car keys, didn't know what a retainer is, and has no idea how to conquer motherhood to her own satisfaction - yet she is suppose to have a This story has just enough interest to keep you going to see if it is ever going to actually make sense. The husband demonstrated he loved his family and supported his wife. Too much focus on the baby and not enough on the actual investigative nature. The woman had worked in a corporate office, yet after pregnancy, suddenly had trouble keeping up with her own car keys, didn't know what a retainer is, and has no idea how to conquer motherhood to her own satisfaction - yet she is suppose to have automatically become a successful P.I. while juggling new motherhood. Plus, she has the diluted idea that being a P.I. will actually allow her to stay at home with her baby, by taking it along to interviews and stake outs. Lastly, I despised the To-DO LIST in every chapter. Beyond conceivable even for fiction, sorry.

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