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Girl time is hard to come by for new moms. So, when Kate's best friend, Paula, invites her to Spa Day, Kate jumps at the chance for break from diaper duty. But when a body is recovered from one of the saunas, it may prove that the guest was Pampered to Death! The killer has an agenda and it may include deadly face masks! Suddenly everyone has a motive and Kate must solve t Girl time is hard to come by for new moms. So, when Kate's best friend, Paula, invites her to Spa Day, Kate jumps at the chance for break from diaper duty. But when a body is recovered from one of the saunas, it may prove that the guest was Pampered to Death! The killer has an agenda and it may include deadly face masks! Suddenly everyone has a motive and Kate must solve the mystery before the next victim falls prey to a ghastly seaweed wrap.


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Girl time is hard to come by for new moms. So, when Kate's best friend, Paula, invites her to Spa Day, Kate jumps at the chance for break from diaper duty. But when a body is recovered from one of the saunas, it may prove that the guest was Pampered to Death! The killer has an agenda and it may include deadly face masks! Suddenly everyone has a motive and Kate must solve t Girl time is hard to come by for new moms. So, when Kate's best friend, Paula, invites her to Spa Day, Kate jumps at the chance for break from diaper duty. But when a body is recovered from one of the saunas, it may prove that the guest was Pampered to Death! The killer has an agenda and it may include deadly face masks! Suddenly everyone has a motive and Kate must solve the mystery before the next victim falls prey to a ghastly seaweed wrap.

30 review for Pampered to Death

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jeanie

    Pampered to Death is the name of the spa featured in this mystery; it might be time for a name change! The delightful 5th in the Maternal Instincts Mystery series can be read as a standalone or with the series. Kate, who is a new mom of the adorable 5-month-old Laurie, is a PI in training. She and her best friend Paula went to the spa for some adult time. Paula is an interior designer, just getting back into the swing of working after having her second child, Chloe, and surviving her son, Danny, Pampered to Death is the name of the spa featured in this mystery; it might be time for a name change! The delightful 5th in the Maternal Instincts Mystery series can be read as a standalone or with the series. Kate, who is a new mom of the adorable 5-month-old Laurie, is a PI in training. She and her best friend Paula went to the spa for some adult time. Paula is an interior designer, just getting back into the swing of working after having her second child, Chloe, and surviving her son, Danny, going through the terrible twos. Kate hit the hot tub and met Jane North, owner of the spa as well as Julie, future mother-in-law of Kelly, a young woman having a spa day with her maid of honor, Brittany, and her bridesmaids. They were at the next hot tub and having a loud, fueled-by-booze great time. Kelly and Brittany were called for their facials and massages. It seemed like only a moment later that they heard screams – Kelly had stopped breathing, and died on the massage table. Before the morning is over, Kate has a new client as well as new friend, Jane North, who is in the midst of expanding the spa. Jane is the ex-wife of embittered police inspector Patrick McNearny, who is also the former partner of Kate’s mentor and man she is interning for, Albert Galigani. A few days later, Kate’s mother – and girlfriend of Galigani – almost died in the sauna. The stakes are becoming way too personal. And that was before her baby girl was threatened! I enjoyed this visit with Kate, Paula and their respective families. Kate and Paula share funny and not-so-funny tales about being mommies and the days of needing an adult to talk with about something other than diapers and potty training. I very much like Kate and Paula, and even Kevin, the teen musical prodigy and their preferred babysitter. The characters are well-rounded people who I wouldn’t mind having as neighbors. I think my only question is how much is Kate to tell a potential suspect; I had the feeling that in the heat of the moment, a little too much spills out. Especially since for some reason, Kate is feeling too hormonal and despite her best efforts, it is coming out all over. What a way to go – murdered days before the wedding while at the spa! Hannah, the aesthetician and massage therapist, was horrified, especially when being accused of murder. Kate tends to take the witnesses – all Kelly’s friends – at face value. I was drawn into this novel from the beginning and it held my attention throughout. I thought I knew who the bad guy(s) might be from the start, but changed my mind for a while…only to change it back quickly. What makes Kate a good sleuth is how she is willing to look at everyone involved. She is young, energetic, with a sharp mind (and wit!). I do hope we see more of Jane in the future. I highly recommend Pampered to Death; the author brings humor to first-time parenthood while juggling a new business as a PI. We are also treated to an exciting preview of A Witch Called Wanda, which sounds like another fun mystery from Diana Orgain. From a grateful heart: I received this eBook from the author, and this is my honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    Pampered to Death: Maternal Instincts Mystery Series Book 5 by Diane Orgain. This mystery series is combined with a comedy to make people laugh at both PI’s and having a baby. The 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. After Paula has her baby, she treats herself and Kate to a spa day at a new spa. While they are there, they meet the owner, Jan North. Then Pampered to Death: Maternal Instincts Mystery Series Book 5 by Diane Orgain. This mystery series is combined with a comedy to make people laugh at both PI’s and having a baby. The 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. After Paula has her baby, she treats herself and Kate to a spa day at a new spa. While they are there, they meet the owner, Jan North. Then a Bridal group comes in along with the groom’s mother, Mrs. Lozano. Among the girls is Merida, who at one in had dated Ryan. Now she and Kelly are best friends. . The girls are drunk so before she gets a facial, the bride is persuaded to get some coffee. She then goes to get a facial. Just as Paula and Kate are relaxing, a scream comes from the facial room and they find Kelly is dead. What killed her and who? As Kate investigates Kelly, she finds nothing to indicate anyone had bad feelings towards her, so who was the target? The mystery gets harder.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Dale Keck

    Not kindle unlimited, why haven't read any of her books basically. Did have some questions, mostly about was/wasn't and other words being switched and typos and run together words {did no one proof the story}, but also things such as she was getting hungry because the house was smelling like Italy {lasagna} yet quite a bit later it went in to detail about her STARTING dinner, again PROOF. A spa is open before 8 in the morning, but people in the adjoining nail salon getting their hours cut are cl Not kindle unlimited, why haven't read any of her books basically. Did have some questions, mostly about was/wasn't and other words being switched and typos and run together words {did no one proof the story}, but also things such as she was getting hungry because the house was smelling like Italy {lasagna} yet quite a bit later it went in to detail about her STARTING dinner, again PROOF. A spa is open before 8 in the morning, but people in the adjoining nail salon getting their hours cut are closed? You are looking for footage of small things but not someone carrying in 'huge' canisters of carbon monoxide? You're going to question a suspect, a very probable one who has already killed a at least 2 times and attempted it more times, with your 5 month old baby in a stroller next to you but no backup, and no witnesses to any confessions? Then it turns out you had recorded the whole thing, but instead of just saying goodbye and going to the police, you let a serial murderer/attempted murderer know you taped her, then when she rushed you, pull the phone out her way BUT leave your child's stroller wide open for her to take/push toward traffic etc? Uh, hello, the salon is right across the street, and it leads straight in to the spa, so you're not to go to the salon but you can go to the spa? Yeah...you took out 'both perps' with a soccer mom van, WITH YOUR KID IN THE VEHICLE, and what was the daughter doing outside the nail salon anyway, that's where she worked. -- Will have to assume that since my windows actually read the 2 witch stories to me that there were these issues, too, just didn't notice them. However, this particular story/story type was not a 5, at best a 4, more like a 3 1/2 but since they don't do halves, say 3and start PROOFING, oh and ever heard of child protective services for when people do the type of things in this story, putting their child and their unborn child in harm's way? Beyond 'not cool', more like chargeable offense. Book should have been called NON Maternal Instincts or Lacking Maternal Instincts. The reason for the 3 instead of the 4, is because all the issues AND guessed the killer a long way back; red herrings are usually much better. Girl time is hard to come by for new moms. So, when Kate's best friend, Paula, invites her to Spa Day, Kate jumps at the chance for break from diaper duty. But when a body is recovered from one of the saunas, it may prove that the guest was Pampered to Death! The killer has an agenda and it may include deadly face masks! Suddenly everyone has a motive and Kate must solve the mystery before the next victim falls prey to a ghastly seaweed wrap. Book 5 of 5 in A Maternal Instincts Mystery (5 Book Series), other series, including iwitch series, see amazon writer page. In the Maternal Instincts Mystery Series Bundle of Trouble Motherhood is Murder Formula for Murder Nursing a Grudge Pampered to Death In the iWitch Mystery Series A Witch Called Wanda I Wanda Put a Spell on You In the Love or Money Mystery Series A First Date with Death A Second Chance at Murder Third Time’s a Crime In the Roundup Crew Mystery Series Yappy Hour Trigger Yappy

  4. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Hackel

    A spa day for Kate with her best friend Paula goes astray when a bride is discovered dead in a treatment room. Fortunately for Kate, she had met the owner and discussed her PI career while in the hot tub. Because of that, owner Jane immediately hires Kate to get to the bottom of the murder. It seems Jane is unwilling to trust the police to get the job done. It turns out her ex-husband is a detective on the force, and once Kate learns who he is, she totally understands Jane's reasoning. What follo A spa day for Kate with her best friend Paula goes astray when a bride is discovered dead in a treatment room. Fortunately for Kate, she had met the owner and discussed her PI career while in the hot tub. Because of that, owner Jane immediately hires Kate to get to the bottom of the murder. It seems Jane is unwilling to trust the police to get the job done. It turns out her ex-husband is a detective on the force, and once Kate learns who he is, she totally understands Jane's reasoning. What follows is an interesting mystery with a lot of potential suspects. Interspersed with solving the murder, Kate has a personal mystery to solve and a five month old baby to take care of as well. She juggles everything with the help of her husband, a neighbor boy, and friend Paula. Her neighbor, Kenny, is a terrific babysitter, and when Paula's two year old and infant are added to the mix he remains unflappable. I laughed at the thought of Kenny entertaining them with his trombone! How nice to see a confident young man in the role of babysitter. The intricate plot and suspicions will make you enjoy the book. I have to say the ending was a neat twist and surprise.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Another fun book in the series. No spoilers, but I am going to say that this is a very good book to make sure and read for those that are into the lives of the characters in this series. The story was well laid-out and gave me that nice sense of accomplishment that comes of solving mysteries just before the main character did. I thought there was more sifting through suspects and trying out different theories than in the last book, which was good. I do think Kate put herself and her baby in a dan Another fun book in the series. No spoilers, but I am going to say that this is a very good book to make sure and read for those that are into the lives of the characters in this series. The story was well laid-out and gave me that nice sense of accomplishment that comes of solving mysteries just before the main character did. I thought there was more sifting through suspects and trying out different theories than in the last book, which was good. I do think Kate put herself and her baby in a dangerous situation at one point. For me, the real draw in this series is its cozy aspect. I like catching up with Kate and her family. I especially enjoy seeing how Laurie is growing. The author really makes the baby feel real. I really like that each book only has her aging about a month, so as a reader I sort of feel like I'm getting to watch her grow up. I reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This is a great book; this is the fifth book in the Maternal Instincts Mystery Series written by Diana Orgain. Girl time is hard to come by for new moms. So, when Kate's best friend, Paula, invites her to Spa Day, Kate jumps at the chance for break from diaper duty. But when a body is recovered from one of the saunas, it may prove that the guest was Pampered to Death! The killer has an agenda and it may include deadly face masks! Suddenly everyone has a motive and Kate must solve the mystery bef This is a great book; this is the fifth book in the Maternal Instincts Mystery Series written by Diana Orgain. Girl time is hard to come by for new moms. So, when Kate's best friend, Paula, invites her to Spa Day, Kate jumps at the chance for break from diaper duty. But when a body is recovered from one of the saunas, it may prove that the guest was Pampered to Death! The killer has an agenda and it may include deadly face masks! Suddenly everyone has a motive and Kate must solve the mystery before the next victim falls prey to a ghastly seaweed wrap. This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. This book will keep you reading long into the night. If you are looking for a great book, then you need to read this book. I am looking forward to reading the next book by this great author. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader’s copy of this book. The free book held no determination on my personal review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    I'm so glad the author has continued this fun series! I really enjoy Kate's P.I. adventures, with baby Laurie often accompanying her clever mom as she searches for clues. Kate, her best friend Paula, and Kate's husband Jim are all likable characters. Paula is helpful to Kate in her investigation and Jim is supportive of Kate, even when the cases take a dangerous turn. The case in this book seems straightforward at first, but then Kate learns it's more complex that she originally thought, but ref I'm so glad the author has continued this fun series! I really enjoy Kate's P.I. adventures, with baby Laurie often accompanying her clever mom as she searches for clues. Kate, her best friend Paula, and Kate's husband Jim are all likable characters. Paula is helpful to Kate in her investigation and Jim is supportive of Kate, even when the cases take a dangerous turn. The case in this book seems straightforward at first, but then Kate learns it's more complex that she originally thought, but refuses to give up. I've read the prior books in the series, but this mystery stands alone and new readers will have no problem connecting with Kate and enjoying the book. Fans who like Ayelet Waldman's "Mommy Track" series will definitely enjoy the latest by Diana Orgain. I already have the next book in the series and am eager to find out what happens next both in Kate's personal life and her career.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Faith Creech

    I really enjoyed Diana's latest book. It was filled with humor and fun dialogue. I loved the interaction between Kate and her husband and baby. It was so much fun to read, it just made me laugh. I also enjoyed the mystery aspect. I have read all of Diane Orgaine's books and loved them all. This one was no exception. I really enjoyed Diana's latest book. It was filled with humor and fun dialogue. I loved the interaction between Kate and her husband and baby. It was so much fun to read, it just made me laugh. I also enjoyed the mystery aspect. I have read all of Diane Orgaine's books and loved them all. This one was no exception.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Fredenburgh

    Kate and her friend Paula plan a visit to a spa and while there run into a bridal party.Not long after the bride is dead and Kate's next PI case drops in her lap.There's a surprise at the end! Enjoy! Kate and her friend Paula plan a visit to a spa and while there run into a bridal party.Not long after the bride is dead and Kate's next PI case drops in her lap.There's a surprise at the end! Enjoy!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Judy Roberts

    Great series This is one of the best series I have encountered since getting my kindle. Fast paced and the fact that now a baby is also in peril makes page turning even faster!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Charlene

    a great fun read! all of the books in this series are enjoyable. I love these cozy mysteries, love the characters! cannot wait for the next book!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rhea Folland

    Great read

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    Easy read, fun cozy.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Liz Ewing

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tabs

  16. 5 out of 5

    Marcia

  17. 5 out of 5

    Linda Scott

  18. 4 out of 5

    Gwynn Amoroso

  19. 4 out of 5

    Claire

  20. 5 out of 5

    Carol LaGrange Moran

  21. 4 out of 5

    Darlene

  22. 5 out of 5

    Holly

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ty Starks

  24. 4 out of 5

    Irene

  25. 4 out of 5

    Erica

  26. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Anderson

  27. 4 out of 5

    Dave Sloan

  28. 5 out of 5

    Donna Johnson

  29. 4 out of 5

    Diane

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Sheldon

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