SHADES OF WRATH is book 6 in Karen Rose Smith’s Caprice De Luca Home Staging cozy mystery series. 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, Sunshine 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… (Goodreads)
The characters are well rounded, well developed and three dimensional. Caprice is a smart hardworking woman who enjoys her home staging business. She also has a big heart and is happy to help those in need, human or animal. Spending time with her and her friends was enjoyable.
The author is very talented in her descriptive writing. Through much of the book I felt like I was right there, watching all the action and listening in on all the conversations while I was reading. She is also very talented in creating tension and suspense. The mystery was carried on well throughout the book and there were enough twists and turns and red herrings to keep me guessing throughout the story. That is what I want when reading a mystery.
One of my favorite things about this book was all of the animals that were included. You can tell that the author has a special love of cats and dogs. I so enjoyed reading about all of the animals antics and getting to know a little more about their personalities. And Caprice’s commitment to these animals and finding them homes was very refreshing. This added an extra level to the book, in my opinion.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. This is the sixth book in the series and I would suggest starting at the beginning to be able to meet all the characters and watch their personal growth as well as relationship growth.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read and review this book.