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Business has never been better for home stager Caprice De Luca, but her personal life could stand a few renovations. Just when she thought things were getting serious with her boyfriend Grant, his pretty ex-wife swoops into town and nabs his attention. Uncle Dom is living with her parents and desperately needs a new job. And her sister Nikki's catering business is threaten Business has never been better for home stager Caprice De Luca, but her personal life could stand a few renovations. Just when she thought things were getting serious with her boyfriend Grant, his pretty ex-wife swoops into town and nabs his attention. Uncle Dom is living with her parents and desperately needs a new job. And her sister Nikki's catering business is threatened when rival Drew Pierson starts eating away at her share of the market. Things could not possibly get more chaotic when Drew is found bludgeoned to death by one of his grandmother's antique Tiffany lamps--and Nikki is the number one suspect. Now, Caprice must act fast to illuminate the truth and clear her sister's name--before a cold-blooded killer puts her lights out next Praise for Deadly Decor "The perfect combination of animals, a delightful cozy town and a suspenseful mystery." --Cozy Mystery Book Reviews.net"


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Business has never been better for home stager Caprice De Luca, but her personal life could stand a few renovations. Just when she thought things were getting serious with her boyfriend Grant, his pretty ex-wife swoops into town and nabs his attention. Uncle Dom is living with her parents and desperately needs a new job. And her sister Nikki's catering business is threaten Business has never been better for home stager Caprice De Luca, but her personal life could stand a few renovations. Just when she thought things were getting serious with her boyfriend Grant, his pretty ex-wife swoops into town and nabs his attention. Uncle Dom is living with her parents and desperately needs a new job. And her sister Nikki's catering business is threatened when rival Drew Pierson starts eating away at her share of the market. Things could not possibly get more chaotic when Drew is found bludgeoned to death by one of his grandmother's antique Tiffany lamps--and Nikki is the number one suspect. Now, Caprice must act fast to illuminate the truth and clear her sister's name--before a cold-blooded killer puts her lights out next Praise for Deadly Decor "The perfect combination of animals, a delightful cozy town and a suspenseful mystery." --Cozy Mystery Book Reviews.net"

30 review for Silence of the Lamps

  1. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Silence of the Lamps by Karen Rose Smith is a 2016 Kensington Press publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This fifth installment in the Caprice De Luca home staging series has settled into a nice rhythm now that I am familiar with the lay of the land, the characters, and of course all of our lovely furry friends. The story picks up with Nikki still duking it out with Drew, who is making her life miserable, and with Capric Silence of the Lamps by Karen Rose Smith is a 2016 Kensington Press publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This fifth installment in the Caprice De Luca home staging series has settled into a nice rhythm now that I am familiar with the lay of the land, the characters, and of course all of our lovely furry friends. The story picks up with Nikki still duking it out with Drew, who is making her life miserable, and with Caprice being blindsided by a new development in her relationship with Grant, which seemed to be going so well, but is now skating on very thin ice. But, on a happier note, Dulcina has adopted a pregnant cat, following Caprice’s example in helping stray and feral animals. However, the entire community of Kismet is stunned when there is another murder, and unfortunately, Caprice once more finds herself at the center of things. With an unpopular murder victim, the suspects can be many, but when the number one suspect is a member of her own family, Caprice feels it’s her duty to help the case along. I think this mystery is one of the best in the series so far, with lots of surprises along the way, and I loved the attention to detail, not to mention the action getting pretty intense there at the final showdown. I was a little disappointed in Grant, after he threw Caprice that curveball, and am as frustrated by his stoicism as Caprice. GRRR!! So, my heart really went out to Caprice, but, she still has her friends and family and of course an important mystery to solve. But, don’t give up on Caprice and Grant just yet… One of my favorite parts of the story, of course, was with the new pet sitter service and the adoption of the feral cat. I nearly got a lump in my throat as this poor kitty finally got a forever home and began trusting humans. Plus, the cat giving birth to kittens, sparks a fond memory between Grant and Caprice that made me smile. I have a special place in my heart for the pets in this series since I have two cocker spaniels and three cats. I love seeing my dog breed represented in a book. The characters are marvelous as always, with Caprice becoming more adept at crime solving, honing her amazing ability to draw people out and find clues. Once again, I must note that her methods of detection are quite plausible and Caprice is such a cool person, with her sassy and vintage style, and her sweet and sensitive, but fiercely loyal nature, who is always willing to help people, so I can’t help but like her and cheer her on. The secondary characters also add depth, plus a little humor, and of course it’s always fun to run into old friends, like Ace, plus find out what is going with Roz, who is one of my favorites. Like I have said many times, curling up with a good mystery is one of my favorite things to do, but with cozies, the experience is also like touching base with old friends, catching up with their lives, and sharing their ups and downs, enjoying good food, and favorite activities, and seeing them develop a little more with each chapter. This series quickly became one of my very favorite cozies and this installment only solidified my feelings. The only downside is that it ended too soon. This story has everything cozy mystery lovers could ask for. A solid whodunit, plenty of family, friends, and romance, adorable fur babies, and yummy recipes. 5 stars!!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 2.5 Stars Earlier this year I read my first Cozy Mystery - Kernel of Truth by Kristi Abbott. I loved it. It was like, murder mystery-lite. A quaint small town and a regular gal trying to solve a murder mystery. After that, I went on a binge entering to win more cozy mysteries from Goodreads, and even requesting this cozy mystery from NetGalley. However, like all books, no two are created equal, and unfortunately for m I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 2.5 Stars Earlier this year I read my first Cozy Mystery - Kernel of Truth by Kristi Abbott. I loved it. It was like, murder mystery-lite. A quaint small town and a regular gal trying to solve a murder mystery. After that, I went on a binge entering to win more cozy mysteries from Goodreads, and even requesting this cozy mystery from NetGalley. However, like all books, no two are created equal, and unfortunately for me, Silence of the Lamps did not reach the bar that Kernel of Truth set. Now, I’m jumping into this series late. This is book 5 in the Caprice De Luca Home Staging Mysteries. Right off the bat, Caprice attends a family event and the reader is bombarded with details of her large family. At first it was a little difficult to keep them all straight, but I caught on quickly enough. It’s possible that the characters were introduced gradually in book 1, so I won’t fault the author/book too much for this because as book 5 it would suck for those who have read since the beginning to have to go through the introductions all over again. The writing in this book is fine, I can’t complain about that, but the content is where I had issues. This book is so full of mindless filler I actually had to put the book down a few times and read something else. I was just bored. If you’re not an animal lover, you’ll hate this book. Caprice is absolutely obsessed with animals, which is all fine and well, but she’s to the point where she constantly has people “babysit” her dog. Every chapter. It’s fine that she does this, but as the reader, do I really need to constantly hear about it? And don’t even get me started on her outfits. I got it after the second clothing description, Caprice has her own sense of style, she only wears vintage, that’s cool and all, but after half a dozen times I’m ready to throw my Kindle at the wall. I really don’t need a head to toe description of every pair of bell bottoms the woman owns. Onto the murder—there were so many possible suspects that by the end, when the killer was revealed, I had already forgotten who that person was. I still can’t recall the interaction with the killer prior to the ending. I did like the ending though. It was dangerous and suspenseful. I really feel that with a lot of the unnecessary filler cut out (especially about Caprice’s family, pets, and her damn wardrobe descriptions!!!) this book would have been stronger. I thought I was reading a mystery surrounding a home stager, but that ended up being an aside to pet side plots. So, would I recommend this book? Probably not unless you really love animals and want to read more about them than murder. I would consider reading the first in this series to see how it compares, but the chances of that happening are pretty slim.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Ks Book Reviews

    SILENCE OF THE LAMPS is sure to light up your reading life. Author Karen Rose Smith’s Caprice De Luca Home Staging mysteries have been a very welcome addition to the cozy mystery genre ever since book one, STAGED TO DEATH. I’ve enjoyed following this group of characters from the beginning. Ms. Smith has really let them grow, and evolve, bringing out new layers in each one of them with every book. SILENCE OF THE LAMPS may just be the best in the series so far (It’s hard to pick only one). With i SILENCE OF THE LAMPS is sure to light up your reading life. Author Karen Rose Smith’s Caprice De Luca Home Staging mysteries have been a very welcome addition to the cozy mystery genre ever since book one, STAGED TO DEATH. I’ve enjoyed following this group of characters from the beginning. Ms. Smith has really let them grow, and evolve, bringing out new layers in each one of them with every book. SILENCE OF THE LAMPS may just be the best in the series so far (It’s hard to pick only one). With it’s terrific storyline, packed with action, intrigue, and humor, this book is solid page turner! Pick up a copy of SILENCE OF THE LAMPS, find a quiet spot, and prepare to be illuminated. Remember to check out the back of the book for tasty recipes, and excerpt SHADES OF WRATH, coming December 2016!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Katrina Epperson

    Karen Rose Smith brings us the fifth installment in the Caprice De Luca Mysteries. My opinion is even though this book is part of a series the story itself is a stand alone, but with that being said I encourage you to read the other books to get a full appreciation of the series. Caprice was a interior decorator, but with the downswing in the economy she reinvented her business into staging homes for homeowners and sellers to help for a quick sale. As her skills caught on her business has blosso Karen Rose Smith brings us the fifth installment in the Caprice De Luca Mysteries. My opinion is even though this book is part of a series the story itself is a stand alone, but with that being said I encourage you to read the other books to get a full appreciation of the series. Caprice was a interior decorator, but with the downswing in the economy she reinvented her business into staging homes for homeowners and sellers to help for a quick sale. As her skills caught on her business has blossomed. She has had help in from a lot of people, but mostly from her sister, Nicki. Another dead body has shown up and Caprice must solve this murder before Nicki is arrested for murder. Caprice is still rescuing pets, I love this about her. Her uncle has found a cat that appears to be injured and calls her in, except this cat is also expecting kittens. Grant is the one person she depends on for not only friendship, but hopefully much more. Now there's a kink there with the arrival of his ex-wife. Poor Caprice her life is going in so many directions, I wonder how she keeps up with it all. I do love Caprice and have since I first time I met her in the first book. She is a free spirit. She loves to dress in eclectic clothes and loves lots of color. She has a heart of gold and is always trying to help others, even at her own expense. I love the close relationship she shares with her family. I loved this book, but that didn't surprise me at all. This is a great plot line which is steady and easily pulled me in. The characters are well developed and make you feel like you are apart of their circle. I love how the author highlights rescued pets and finding them forever homes. This is a good, clean mystery interlaced with a little romance. I would recommend it to anyone. *I received this book from the publisher via Netgalley for a honest review without bias or outside influence. All thoughts or opinions are my own.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Vivian

    The storyline in this book involved Caprice trying to help her sister, Nikki, who had become the prime suspect in the death of a business rival she had recently argued with in public, thus leaving her with a perfect motive for murder in the eyes of the police. I find the details and vivid descriptions of the home staging Caprice does as well as her retro fashion sense very interesting and something different from the usual cozy mystery genre . I am also happy to see Caprice's relationship with G The storyline in this book involved Caprice trying to help her sister, Nikki, who had become the prime suspect in the death of a business rival she had recently argued with in public, thus leaving her with a perfect motive for murder in the eyes of the police. I find the details and vivid descriptions of the home staging Caprice does as well as her retro fashion sense very interesting and something different from the usual cozy mystery genre . I am also happy to see Caprice's relationship with Grant evolving, though the little twist in this story was unexpected! I like my cozies with a dash of romance and the little romantic breaks in the story do not detract from it in any way - in fact, they refresh you to tackle the mystery again which I needed because I sure didn't figure out the murderer in this one!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Shelle Perry

    Caprice De Luca’s job as a house stager, often has her hiring sister Nikki to cater her open houses. At one such occasion while Nikki is catering, her former sou-chef and now biggest catering competition, Drew Pierson, shows up and creates a scene. He loudly and quite publicly announces that he will destroy Nikki’s business. When at food expo a few days later Nikki realizes he has stolen one of her recipes and is claiming it as his own creation, she feels that she must confront him for his under Caprice De Luca’s job as a house stager, often has her hiring sister Nikki to cater her open houses. At one such occasion while Nikki is catering, her former sou-chef and now biggest catering competition, Drew Pierson, shows up and creates a scene. He loudly and quite publicly announces that he will destroy Nikki’s business. When at food expo a few days later Nikki realizes he has stolen one of her recipes and is claiming it as his own creation, she feels that she must confront him for his underhanded ways and tell him to stop. When Nikki and Caprice arrive at his grandmother’s home where he also lives, they find him dead, his head bashed in by the base of an expensive Tiffany lamp. Soon it becomes obvious to Caprice that Nikki is a prime suspect and she will need to find out who really murdered the abrasive caterer. Motives and suspects are aplenty, but a need to protect her sister and a promise to Drew’s Grandmother to find his murderer, keeps Caprice hot on the trail. There is a formula that most Cozies follow. They are usually quick fluff reads with just a touch of suspense. Really, just a way to pass a few minutes of time easily that doesn’t really register as the reader moves on to the next one on her list. Nothing wrong with that, but occasionally I like a bit of substance with my stories, and Silence of the Lamps delivers in a big way. This is my first experience with Caprice De Luca and her author Karen Rose Smith, and I am quite impressed. This story could easily have fallen into the typical pattern and been perfectly acceptable. Instead I found a wonderful story full of well developed, well written characters. Caprice and her close knit family are great examples. Instead of being cardboard filler, they are bright and vibrant with stories of their own. Interesting tid-bits like the circumstances of Nana living with Caprice’s parents, Uncle Dom’s search for a new and fulfilling career and the close, yet distinctly different relationships that Caprice has with each of her sisters, are wonderful touches to the story. The plot is beyond engaging. This is a murder mystery that reads like straight fiction. Caprice is less a heroine and more just a great protagonist with a great story to tell. Her relationships with her family, friends and neighbors are where the real story is, and nothing is lost as she doggedly tracks down the clues that will solve the murder. Her involvement in the community, her fierce loyalty to rescue animals and her struggles with her boyfriend simply serve to make her a relate-able person. The mystery itself is beautifully laid out with abundant clues and red herrings. The story leading to Drew’s death is well thought out and perfectly written. With more than 90 books, in some of my favorite genres, I can’t imagine how I have missed reading this author. It is a mistake I intend to correct. I most enjoyed my visit to Kismet and I hope to journey there again soon. 5 stars I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    Silence of the Lamps is the fifth book #5 in the Caprice De Luca mystery series but you can easily read this as a stand alone mystery. It is fun to read them all and find out about the previous mysteries she has solved. Caprice is a home stager and interior decorator who just happens to stumble upon dead bodies. Because they live in a relatively small town, the suspect usually includes a friend or relative of Caprice, so she can't help but get involved in solving the crime. In this book, her sis Silence of the Lamps is the fifth book #5 in the Caprice De Luca mystery series but you can easily read this as a stand alone mystery. It is fun to read them all and find out about the previous mysteries she has solved. Caprice is a home stager and interior decorator who just happens to stumble upon dead bodies. Because they live in a relatively small town, the suspect usually includes a friend or relative of Caprice, so she can't help but get involved in solving the crime. In this book, her sister Nikki was not a friend of the victim and had recently had a public argument with him about stealing one of her recipes. They were both caterers in direct competition with one another. Caprice begins asking questions and nosing around. The more she finds out, the suspect list grows exponentially. Drew had a lot of enemies. Can she solve the crime before her sister is the prime suspect and gets arrested? One of the things I love about this series is the relationship between the DeLuca family members. The interactions between Caprice and her sisters is so realistic you almost feel like part of the family. Their personal lives are a large part of the story as well. Their love lives, friendships, careers and experiences help make the story realistic. The mystery story line moved quickly although there were far too many suspects for me to keep track of. The ending was totally unexpected, but you could go back and see hints along the way. Another great addition to this series. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Amelia

    Though Caprice De Luca never intends to become entangled in a local murder, there always seems to be a good reason for her involvement. In the fifth book where her concern for others once again puts her in the middle of a police investigation, the amateur sleuth will not quit seeking answers until her sister is no long a suspect in the killing of a man whose list of enemies just keeps growing. Karen Rose Smith scatters crafty clues throughout the story to keep guesses about the murderer’s identi Though Caprice De Luca never intends to become entangled in a local murder, there always seems to be a good reason for her involvement. In the fifth book where her concern for others once again puts her in the middle of a police investigation, the amateur sleuth will not quit seeking answers until her sister is no long a suspect in the killing of a man whose list of enemies just keeps growing. Karen Rose Smith scatters crafty clues throughout the story to keep guesses about the murderer’s identity ever-changing. SILENCE OF THE LAMPS is a cozy mystery filled with compelling situations and engaging characters. Often when a house that home stager Caprice De Luca has decorated is being shown to potential buyers, her sister, Nikki, does the catering. The food is always tasty, and even goes along with the overall theme of the residence. During one showing, another caterer comes by and criticizes everything about her sibling’s business. Though Drew Pierson once worked for Nikki, they are no longer on friendly terms and he seems determined to prove his business is better than her own. He has even sold one of his special creations to a restaurant chain which will make him a big profit. When Nikki feels her competitor has taken things too far and wants to confront him, the two sisters go to where Drew lives. But upon arriving at the home where his grandmother also lives, they discover him murdered. Afterward, several good reasons for someone to want the scheming caterer dead are exposed. While Caprice may have been a great help in solving a few murders in the area, she is warned to not interfere in this latest case. Concerned that the police might think her sister is somehow linked, the home stager slyly begins asking questions to see where their answers lead. Reading about Caprice De Luca and her never dull life causes plenty of entertainment, as I find her to be an interesting person. She is very enthusiastic when it comes to her home staging business, and seeing what items she picks out for her themes is certainly fascinating. Karen Rose Smith puts much effort into making her stories come across as realistic, and I enjoy reading about the descriptions of the objects used in particular houses. Caprice is devoted to her family, friends and the many animals in her life, as she makes sure each receives the required amount of attention to let them know they are cherished by her. She is someone willing to go the extra step when she knows her help is needed, and I certainly admired her tenacity to give her all when anything is attempted. But she is human, and her doubts about her relationship with Grant just made her more genuine. Karen Rose Smith excels when it comes to cozy mysteries. It is easy to become immersed in the lives of the many reoccurring characters, and I am always eager to learn what is presently happening to them. The mysterious homicide in any Caprice De Luca story is cleverly concocted, and the murder in SILENCE OF THE LAMPS is truly cunning. As facts about the victim of the killing are uncovered, my deductions constantly altered. Until all is revealed, I was taken on a journey of surprisingly disclosures. I am already eager to see what occurs in the next Caprice De Luca Mystery. Copy received from author for Always Reviewing blog - 4.5 Stars

  9. 4 out of 5

    Connie

    Caprice De Luca is eagerly awaiting prospective buyers to view a home for sale that she has worked hard to stage to perfection. She is surprised to find chef Drew Pierson, archenemy to her sister, Nikki among the visitors. Drew is the owner of Portable Edibles and a competitor to Nikki’s catering company called Catered Capers. Caprice’s staging talents combined with Nikki’s catering talents at a house showing usually ends with a quick sale. Drew immediately begins making petty and disparaging re Caprice De Luca is eagerly awaiting prospective buyers to view a home for sale that she has worked hard to stage to perfection. She is surprised to find chef Drew Pierson, archenemy to her sister, Nikki among the visitors. Drew is the owner of Portable Edibles and a competitor to Nikki’s catering company called Catered Capers. Caprice’s staging talents combined with Nikki’s catering talents at a house showing usually ends with a quick sale. Drew immediately begins making petty and disparaging remarks about Nikki’s food offerings and her business in general. Their animosity started after Nikki turned Drew down to join her business and his passes to be her boyfriend. The man is a braggart and Nikki knows he copied and used some of her recipes calling them his own. Caprice has a large, close-knit family who all live nearby one another. Caprice’s other sister, Bella, is pretty, married, mom to three and also a good cook. Good cooks run in the family. Grant Weatherford is a guy who makes Caprice’s heart go pitter-patter. Grant and his wife divorced after they lost their daughter. Caprice and Grant are good friends but Caprice would like to see it go a bit further than just friends. But she is not sure where Grant stands when he tells her that his ex-wife is coming to town for a week and they plan to spend some time together and talk. Unsure if that means there is a chance they may get back together or not, Caprice graciously says she understands. Caprice has two cats named Mirabelle and Sophia, plus a dog named Lady. She is a good pet mom and takes very good care of her pets keeping them safe. If she has to be away for an evening, she will usually leave Lady with her Mom. When Drew Pierson is found dead and Caprice and Nikki are the ones to discover his body at the home of the woman who raised him, the police begin to suspect Nikki as she and Drew did not have a good relationship. Drew had been hit over the head with a blunt object. Caprice knows that there are two beautiful Tiffany lamps in the home thinks they are originals and very valuable. She notices that the base of one of the lamps is missing and wonders if that could have been the murder weapon. As Caprice has been inadvertently involved in solving other murders, the police are leery of her and ask her to stay out of the investigation. But that goes against her nature and she can’t help but put clues together. As she uncovers more information, she finds herself in danger and closer to discovering who the murderer is. This is a very good book with lots of events that add clues and make the reader really think. The identity of the murderer surprised me in the end. I know others will be going “hummmmm” as they read the book. I must add that I loved how nice and clean this book is. Well done, Karen Rose Smith! Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley

  10. 4 out of 5

    Toni

    4 Stars Let’s start out saying that this is a great book. The mystery kept me interested and I had quite a ride trying to figure out whodunit. But… this is my least favorite title for a book. If I saw this on a shelf I don’t think I would buy it. And that is sad since this is such a great read. I kept thinking it should be called something like Dueling Caterers, The Stained Glass Murder or The Secret of the Tiffany Lamps. But what do I know. I just read ‘em and don’t write ‘em. Caprice DeLuca is a 4 Stars Let’s start out saying that this is a great book. The mystery kept me interested and I had quite a ride trying to figure out whodunit. But… this is my least favorite title for a book. If I saw this on a shelf I don’t think I would buy it. And that is sad since this is such a great read. I kept thinking it should be called something like Dueling Caterers, The Stained Glass Murder or The Secret of the Tiffany Lamps. But what do I know. I just read ‘em and don’t write ‘em. Caprice DeLuca is a home stager whose sister, Nikki’s catering business is being tested by the underhanded Drew. Drew used to be an employee and frankly has a bit of a history of stealing from those who helped him up the ladder of success. Then when said underhanded ex-employee dies a mysterious death, Nikki is suspect number one. Time for Caprice to dust off her sleuthing skills, much to the dismay of the police who tell her over and over to let them handle it. And that is what Caprice is afraid of. They will handle it and her sister will be in jail for life. This is a great book. Good mystery. Entertaining characters but I am just not a fan of the title. I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) from NetGalley in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Penny Marks

    Silence of the Lamps is the fifth book in the Caprice De Luca mystery series. I have had the pleasure of reading each and every book in this series. I have loved each one! I believe that this one is the best. I say that because each of the characters has grown throughout the series into wonderful additions. The author, Karen Rose Smith makes you feel like they are your neighbors and friends. The detail she writes in describing the houses that are being staged is amazing. She goes into such detai Silence of the Lamps is the fifth book in the Caprice De Luca mystery series. I have had the pleasure of reading each and every book in this series. I have loved each one! I believe that this one is the best. I say that because each of the characters has grown throughout the series into wonderful additions. The author, Karen Rose Smith makes you feel like they are your neighbors and friends. The detail she writes in describing the houses that are being staged is amazing. She goes into such detail about the types of furniture and decor i can't imagine the amount of research that goes into each of these books. Caprice's business as a home stager is growing leaps and bounds. Her sisters catering business is also doing well until Drew threatens Niki and try's to take away her clients. All of this takes place at a Bridal Expo where there are a lot of witnesses. Unfortunately Drew ends up dead and guess who finds the body? Yep, Caprice and Niki. They find him dead on the floor of his grandmothers house. Niki had gone there to finally challenge Drew but instead becomes the prime suspect in his murder. The police have told Caprice to stand down and let them handle things. We all know Caprice and know that that is never going to happen and she ends up smack dab in the middle of the investigation. On top of all of this she thinks things are getting hot and heavy in her relationship with Grant when the bottom falls out. His ex wife shows up and Caprice can't help but reflect on her past with men and shut down. What will happen with them? Will it be Deja vu for Caprice and Grant go back to his ex or will he choose Caprice??? I loved all of the twists and turns and suspense in this book. It will have you wanting to keep reading till the wee hours saying, just one more chapter. I totally enjoy this series and can't wait to see what happens next.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Hobrock

    Caprice DeLuca and her family are so much fun to read about. She is a home stager who puts the girls at HGTV to shame! I'd like to hire her to stage and decorate my home. She loves "hippie" clothing, otherwise known as vintage, and I'd like to raid her closet also. She spends a lot of time "helping" the police solve crimes that usually involve a friend or relative. Her intuitive questioning and research usually lead her into trouble, but eventually helps to solve the issues at hand. Caprice also Caprice DeLuca and her family are so much fun to read about. She is a home stager who puts the girls at HGTV to shame! I'd like to hire her to stage and decorate my home. She loves "hippie" clothing, otherwise known as vintage, and I'd like to raid her closet also. She spends a lot of time "helping" the police solve crimes that usually involve a friend or relative. Her intuitive questioning and research usually lead her into trouble, but eventually helps to solve the issues at hand. Caprice also loves animals and helps rescue them whenever possible. This time her sister Nikki could possibly be arrested for the murder of her newest competitor and former apprentice. In addition, her own personal life is sort of taking a nose dive and she must get it all sorted out while solving a murder and staging several homes. It's always a pleasure to follow Caprice, and I was thrilled to be able to read and review this advanced copy! Thank you Karen Rose Smith for another exciting chapter in the life of Caprice and friends.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Doward Wilson

    Valuable antique Tiffany lamps and secret family recipes lead to a murder. Caprice's home staging business and Nikki's catering company work together to help realtors sell homes. Nikki's former employee and current business rival Drew is threatening her business. When she and Caprice find his battered body at his grandmother's home, Nikki becomes the top suspect. Drew was a competent chef but had no creative talent. His newest recipes appeared to have been stolen from former friends and his lovi Valuable antique Tiffany lamps and secret family recipes lead to a murder. Caprice's home staging business and Nikki's catering company work together to help realtors sell homes. Nikki's former employee and current business rival Drew is threatening her business. When she and Caprice find his battered body at his grandmother's home, Nikki becomes the top suspect. Drew was a competent chef but had no creative talent. His newest recipes appeared to have been stolen from former friends and his loving grandmother. Caprice is determined to find the real killer and not get herself killed in the process. This is another entertaining entry in this fascinating series. The characters bring you into their close knit Italian family and make you welcome. The decorating and food themes are woven tightly into the complex murder plot. This book has everything you need for an exciting adventure that will leave you wanting more! I received this ARC in a contest from the author. This is my honest opinion and fair review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Barb

    Caprice De Luca is a home staging expert, and her sister Nikki is a chef with her own catering business. They along with the rest of their big Italian family keep the action lively in Karen Rose Smith’s cozy series. Nikki is in the middle of a heated competition with Drew, another chef who wants to run her out of business. There’s even a big public argument, which doesn’t bode well for Nikki when Drew is murdered. Caprice has no choice but to get involved, but they have the help of her hunky law Caprice De Luca is a home staging expert, and her sister Nikki is a chef with her own catering business. They along with the rest of their big Italian family keep the action lively in Karen Rose Smith’s cozy series. Nikki is in the middle of a heated competition with Drew, another chef who wants to run her out of business. There’s even a big public argument, which doesn’t bode well for Nikki when Drew is murdered. Caprice has no choice but to get involved, but they have the help of her hunky lawyer boyfriend Grant and Nikki and her lawyer brother Vince. Add to the mix a visit from Grant’s ex-wife, which leaves Caprice alone and insecure, as well as mysterious threats towards herself and her dog! I love this series. I’m especially fond of the way that Caprice rescues strays and ferals and finds loving forever homes for them. Karen Rose Smith’s stories are well written, combining complex characters, devious plots, and a sometimes breathtaking pace. I received a free e-copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Betty

    Caprice De Luca goes with her sister, Nicki to confront Drew, her former assistant only to find him murder. Nicki becomes the main suspect and Caprice attempts to clear her sister. Caprice's romance with Grant is on hold as his ex-wife arrives in town. Uncle Dom is starting a pet sitter business. Uncle Dom rescues a stray cat as Caprice continues to display her love for animals. The different topics are brought together to form a delightful and relaxing read. The ending surprised me. Disclosure: Caprice De Luca goes with her sister, Nicki to confront Drew, her former assistant only to find him murder. Nicki becomes the main suspect and Caprice attempts to clear her sister. Caprice's romance with Grant is on hold as his ex-wife arrives in town. Uncle Dom is starting a pet sitter business. Uncle Dom rescues a stray cat as Caprice continues to display her love for animals. The different topics are brought together to form a delightful and relaxing read. The ending surprised me. Disclosure: I received a free copy from Kensington Books through NetGalley for an honest review. I would like to thank them for this opportunity to read and review the book. The opinions are my own.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jeannie

    This fifth book of the Caprice De Luca Home Staging mysteries combines mystery, love, and family perfectly. I have read every book in this series and the personalities of the characters keep unfolding and keep you engaged. I liked the fact that the author included her own pet Halo in this installment. Smith skillfully weaves her story lines and keeps you guessing until the very end. I recommend this series highly. I received a copy of this book from the publishers for a fair and honest review. T This fifth book of the Caprice De Luca Home Staging mysteries combines mystery, love, and family perfectly. I have read every book in this series and the personalities of the characters keep unfolding and keep you engaged. I liked the fact that the author included her own pet Halo in this installment. Smith skillfully weaves her story lines and keeps you guessing until the very end. I recommend this series highly. I received a copy of this book from the publishers for a fair and honest review. The views and thoughts are my own.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Taryn

    A Lively Series This is such a lively series, it never disappoints. Karen's main character Caprice is a wonderfully eccentric home stager who always finds time to investigate a mystery and help an animal or two along the way. I adore her strong family values and her need to be a good friend. Take the journey with Caprice in this new installment as she tries to keep her sister from being the main suspect in the death of her rival and as her boyfriend Grant meets up with his ex. A Lively Series This is such a lively series, it never disappoints. Karen's main character Caprice is a wonderfully eccentric home stager who always finds time to investigate a mystery and help an animal or two along the way. I adore her strong family values and her need to be a good friend. Take the journey with Caprice in this new installment as she tries to keep her sister from being the main suspect in the death of her rival and as her boyfriend Grant meets up with his ex.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Johnna

    another great installment in the Home Staging Mystery series

  19. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    Another great book to the series. **Even in a series, the books can stand alone reads.** Caprice DeLuca is such a warm, compassionate person, who loves her family, friends and anything furry and on 4 legs. She is a home stager by trade, but her experiences in always coming upon a murder, puts her sleuth experience and nose into high gear. Her sister Nikki's competitor Drew, past suitor and past partner in her catering business comes up murdered just after they have a public argument. So when Cap Another great book to the series. **Even in a series, the books can stand alone reads.** Caprice DeLuca is such a warm, compassionate person, who loves her family, friends and anything furry and on 4 legs. She is a home stager by trade, but her experiences in always coming upon a murder, puts her sleuth experience and nose into high gear. Her sister Nikki's competitor Drew, past suitor and past partner in her catering business comes up murdered just after they have a public argument. So when Caprice and Nikki find Drew murdered, Nikki is top on the suspect list. Caprice starts her investigation to make sure her sister is in the clear. Along with all of this, she had to find a temporary home for a pregnant feral cat, her love interest Grant is spending time with his ex-wife who is in town and Uncle Dom is becoming a pet sitter. I just love these books!! The author always surprises me with the "who-dunnit" when I think I have figured out the ending. I can't wait for the next one!!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mary Cokenour

    Caprice de Luca is sleuthing again, this time to keep sister Nikki from being jailed for rival caterer, Drew Pierson's, death. Good thing Nikki didn't get involved with Drew anymore than she did as it turns out he would easily win the annual sleezebag award. While all this is going on, Grant's ex, Naomi, comes into town; Grant says it's to close open wounds, but Caprice is remembering how she was dumped by fiance Travis when he returned to his ex. Could it all be happening to her again? Past secre Caprice de Luca is sleuthing again, this time to keep sister Nikki from being jailed for rival caterer, Drew Pierson's, death. Good thing Nikki didn't get involved with Drew anymore than she did as it turns out he would easily win the annual sleezebag award. While all this is going on, Grant's ex, Naomi, comes into town; Grant says it's to close open wounds, but Caprice is remembering how she was dumped by fiance Travis when he returned to his ex. Could it all be happening to her again? Past secrets reveal whodunnit, but will Caprice live long enough to tell the police what she's discovered?

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dallass

    It’s full steam ahead to paranoia for Caprice as Grants ex-wife comes to town and Caprice gets jealous. Also, the black sheep of the De Luca family returns as Uncle Dom moves into town after his marriage fails, and this causes some tension within the tight knit family. And if that wasn’t enough, quiet sister Nikki’s under suspicion of murder when the douchecanoe who auditioned to be her partner dies after opening a competiting catering business. It’s hard times for the De Luca family, but they a It’s full steam ahead to paranoia for Caprice as Grants ex-wife comes to town and Caprice gets jealous. Also, the black sheep of the De Luca family returns as Uncle Dom moves into town after his marriage fails, and this causes some tension within the tight knit family. And if that wasn’t enough, quiet sister Nikki’s under suspicion of murder when the douchecanoe who auditioned to be her partner dies after opening a competiting catering business. It’s hard times for the De Luca family, but they are so supportive and loyal, that you just know it’s all going to work out in the end.., of course it is, it’s a cosy mystery. 3 stars

  22. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    The series gets better and better Caprice de Luca always manages to find the body. Someone she loves or knows is in danger of being accused, so there is nothing to do but figure out who the murderer is. Of course she gets into a tough situation at the end but always manages to come out alive. The book is fun ,

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sheri Jesse

    Another good installment in the series. Thankfully, Caprice and Grant make decisions on if and where their relationship should go though I still think Caprice is wishy washy and sometimes just needs to make a decision.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Marjorie Schultz

    Fun read

  25. 4 out of 5

    Di

    Good pace and interesting characters. I was kept guessing until the end!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Archer

    I loved this installment! Karen Rose Smith does it again with this series. I loved the mystery, the characters, and the animals involved in this light, charming, and mystery-packed cozy.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Susan Moxley

    A great read if you love mystery and intrigue with a little bit of house staging Mixed in.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Alicia Mickey

    Loved this one too!!! I can't put these down!!! Loved this one too!!! I can't put these down!!!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    Still enjoying this series; free e-book from the library.

  30. 5 out of 5

    JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Caprice De Luca is a home stager - she decorates homes with 'themes' in order to make them more attractive to potential buyers. Her sister Nikki, is a chef who caters the open houses (among other events) with Caprice. At one of these open houses Caprice and Nikki are surprised to see Drew Pierson, who at one time worked with Nikki and was almost her partner until she decided that they just weren't a 'good fit' for each other. Since then, he has opened his own catering company, which is in direct Caprice De Luca is a home stager - she decorates homes with 'themes' in order to make them more attractive to potential buyers. Her sister Nikki, is a chef who caters the open houses (among other events) with Caprice. At one of these open houses Caprice and Nikki are surprised to see Drew Pierson, who at one time worked with Nikki and was almost her partner until she decided that they just weren't a 'good fit' for each other. Since then, he has opened his own catering company, which is in direct competition with Nikki. It is there that he informs her he's planning on putting her out of business. Not long after they are at a wedding expo, there is an altercation between Drew and Nikki which is witnessed by others, and Caprice and Nikki find that Drew is serving the same dish as Nikki's, which is one of her own creations and passing it off as his; an altercation that is witnessed by others, all the while luring customers away from Nikki with his own creation of a chocolate walnut groom's cake. This is just too much for Nikki, who later tells Caprice Drew's not only been stealing her dishes, he's also been stealing her clients, and she wants to confront him; so Caprice agrees to go along as moral support. When they arrive at the home Drew shares with his grandmother Rowena, Nikki enters first and it isn't a sight she wants to see...Drew is dead, lying in a pool of blood, with an upturned Tiffany floor lamp next to him. She runs out, and Caprice quickly scans the scene and Drew for any signs of life before calling the police. When it becomes clear to Caprice that Nikki is the main suspect, she knows she must investigate to find the real killer before Nikki is railroaded into a crime she didn't commit. Even though Caprice is worried about her sister, she also has some romantic worries of her own: new to her relationship with Grant Weatherford, her brother's law partner, he tells her that his ex-wife is coming to town and he needs to spend some time with her because they've never had any closure. When Caprice begins digging into Drew's past, she becomes aware of a very different man than what she or Nikki knows; one that isn't as well-liked as he appeared to be, and one that wasn't above using and manipulating people to get what he wants. And the more she finds out, the closer it brings her to a killer... I found this book not only to be a delightful read, but one that gives us an insight into Caprice and her life. For not only do we have our intrepid home stager investigating yet another murder, we see other glimpses of her life as well: her innate kindness to others, as when she visits the bereaved grandmother; her caring in her friends and animals - offering her neighbor Dulcina the homeless cat she's recently rescued; her enduring friendships and love for her family; her determination to rescue animals and find them good homes - these are things that make Caprice a real person, someone I would like to know and spend time with. Of all the books in this series, I think that Silence of the Lamps is my favorite to date. We see not only the inner traits I've mentioned above, but also her weaknesses and her own uncertainty in her relationship with Grant, and her angst in trying to decide what to do to resolve the situation. It makes her whole, and most likely one of the most believable characters I've come across in a long time. In the end, when the true killer is revealed (for you and I know as readers that of course her sister Nikki wouldn't do such a deed), it comes as a surprise, but nevertheless a realistic one; and proof enough that while some people will do almost anything for money, there are still others who will stand up and do the right thing in the end. Highly recommended. http://joannesbooks.blogspot.com/2016...

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