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August 19, 2009

"Bundle of Trouble" A Mystery Novel Review

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Bundle_of_Trouble_Cover One of the things I love most about the annual BlogHer conference is meeting some of the amazing women who attend. 

Last month, I was taking a break in the Microsoft lounge, hoping to capitalize on some poor BlogHer forgetting her manicure appointment so I could slip in and get my nails done.  As I waited with my complimentary Starbucks and chocolate snacks, I overheard a woman talking about mystery novels.  Turns out her first was about to be published.

We got to talking about mystery writers--she likes Elizabeth George, so do I, and she actually knows Gillian Roberts, whose books I love.  Well, she was so excited about the coming launch of her book, I couldn't help but be excited for her. I told her to send me a copy and I would review it. 

With a smile she whipped out a copy from her bag and handed it to me.  The name of the woman was Diana Orgain and her book is called "Bundle of Trouble."

After chatting a while longer, we parted, and promised to keep in touch.  It wasn't until later that I began to worry, suppose I didn't like the book!?

After all, it's one thing to slam the book of a total stranger but something else again to slam the book of an author I'd just met.  An author who worked long and hard, writing and getting her book published.  An author who liked the same mystery writers I did.  

Suppose the book was the worst mystery I'd ever read!?  I'd have to crush this lovely woman I'd just bonded with over Starbucks and chocolate!

What if....!? 

I needn't have worried.

The book is a delightful mystery, a fun read and a welcome addition to any mystery reader's bookshelf. 

The main character is Kate Connolly, a new mom who's thrust into a murder mystery when a body turns up that the police say could be her brother-in-law.  Oh, and did I mention the body turns up just as Kate is going into labor with her first child?

By the time she and her husband get home with their new baby, the mystery surrounding Kate's brother-in-law's whereabouts has deepened.  Kate then finds herself pursuing bad guys while figuring out how to breast pump, manage postpartum hormones, and dodging dead bodies. 

Along the way there's plenty of humor and new mommy, a-ha moments.  For example, an organized lady, Kate is fond of to do lists: 

  1. Take Laurie to her one month wellness appointment.
  2. Visit Galigani in the hospital, find out what happened to him.
  3. Find George.
  4. Interview Kiku (bring own water!).
  5. Call Winter Henderson re hippie chick alibi.
  6. Read the parenting book from the library.
  7. Find the parenting book from the library.
  8. Oh yeah, diet, exercise, clean car, be good mom/wife, cook, clean, and all that jazz.

You don't have to be a new mom, or a mom at all to like Kate and if you love mysteries with a light touch, this is the book for you.

By the way, Diana was kind enough to sign a copy of her book for me to give away to one of my lucky readers.  Stay tuned to Megan's Minute for details on how you can win the book in the next couple of days.


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