Shades of Wrath
Between her booming business, her family, and her work rescuing stray animals, home stager Caprice De Luca’s life is packed. But when a murder unsettles peaceful Kismet, Pennsylvania, she adds amateur sleuth to her resume.
Thanks to a wealthy patron, Kismet’s women’s shelter, Sunrise Tomorrow, has inherited a run-down mansion. Now the shelter’s director, Wendy Newcomb, wants Caprice’s decorating expertise. Caprice is happy to help, but when she glimpses a few heated encounters between Wendy and some locals, she fears that Wendy may be in need of protection herself.
When Wendy is found dead inside the old house, Caprice is compelled to poke around in her affairs–and discovers she had her share of enemies. Now, with countless clients, a TV gig that could make her a household name, and rumors of a marriage proposal on its way, Caprice must find time to design an investigation that will lure a crafty killer into the wide open–before someone else winds up in a state of permanent disrepair…
Award-winning author Karen Rose Smith was born in Pennsylvania. Although she was an only child, she remembers the bonds of an extended family. Family is a strong theme in her books and she suspects her childhood memories are the reason. In college, Karen began writing poetry and also met her husband to be. They both began married life as teachers, but when their son was born, Karen decided to try her hand at a home-decorating business. She returned to teaching for a while but changes in her life led her to writing relationship novels. Now she writes romances as well as mysteries full time. Her first book was published in 1992; her 80th novel will be published in 2013. A winner of New Jersey's Golden Leaf Award in Short Contemporary Romance, Colorado Romance Writers Award Of Excellence for short contemporary, as well as the Phoenix Desert Rose Chapter's Golden Quill for Traditional Romance, she has also been honored with Cataromance.com's award for Best Special Edition and Washington Romance Writers Career Achievement Award. Her romances have made both the USA TODAY list and the Amazon Romance and Contemporary Romance Bestseller lists. She has written for Meteor/Kismet, Kensington, Silhouette and Harlequin. Readers can contact Karen through her website, on Facebook (Karen Rose Smith Author) and on Twitter @ Karenrosesmith. They can also follow her monthly e-zine IN TOUCH with KAREN ROSE SMITH which has the latest news about her books, recipes and contests.
Book Review by Bree Herron
It takes a strong author to write a mystery surrounding a safe house. Karen Rose Smith fits that description and more. She nailed this mystery as a master of her craft.A Shades of Wrath is the latest for Caprice! And it's a winner! Click To Tweet
I adore the Caprice series, she is one of those characters that you just gravitate to, and want to read. She is charming, fun and always in a mystery that makes the reader stay glued to the story. Shades of Wrath certainly contains more than just a mystery it contains a hot topic. A safe house and a mystery? Karen tackled this scenario with the charm, and a strong character that becomes our victim. It is an interesting twist to have it taken place in this home and I loved it, I felt a new level of strength from Caprice as she hunted for the murderer.
Karen also introduced such a charming kitty, that I fell instantly in love. What a sweet kitty! And he is real, Sunnybud has a very special post of honor on Karen’s blog, you can read it here.
I hope mystery lovers everywhere will take the time to read this wonderful book, you can feel the heart and soul put into Caprice and the story.
Do you enjoy when authors write with a tough topic in their story?