Bundle of Trouble
(Maternal Instincts Mystery, 1)
By: Diana Orgain
Published: July 2015
Published by: Kindle Edition
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Series
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.)
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Bundle of Trouble is the first book in the cozy mystery series Maternal Instincts by Diana Orgain. It follows new mom Kate, as she uses her maternity leave to investigate a murder that is connected to her brother in-law George. I was initially attracted to this novel as I am both a mystery fan and a first-time Mom. I was eager to see how the author would pair the two.
Overall the plot was enjoyable and quick to read. However there were some inconsistencies and less than smooth transitions from one part to another, which prevented me from giving this book a higher rating. I have yet to decide if I will continue with the series.