Friday, August 21, 2009

Bundle Of Trouble - Diana Orgain

Bundle Of Trouble
A Maternal Instincts Mystery
Diana Orgain
Berkley Prime Crime


Kate Connolly has a baby. Really, the first couple of chapters are of Kate going into labor and delivering. (All written in delightfully non-graphic terms, so fear not, squeamish readers.) And what could possibly make your delivery day less-than-joyful? Aside from huge contractions and a husband who spends the time in between contractions watching TV in the hospital room, which, let’s face it, are pretty much givens. One thing that would cast a pall on that happy day would be a phone call from the San Francisco Medical Examiner’s Office, asking if your brother-in-law, George, has any distinguishing scars or tattoos that they can match against a body found floating in the bay.

All of that is lost in the joy of finally having baby Laurie. Once she’s home and settled, though, Kate begins to wonder. One of her first outings is pretty grisly: she goes to the ME’s office to pick up the bags ID’d as George’s that were somehow left on the pier. At the ME’s office, she meets an old high school friend, Michelle. Incredibly, it turns out that the body in the bay was that of Michelle’s estranged husband, Brad. Now Michelle’s a suspect and so is George. But George is nowhere to be found. And with Kate casting desperately around for a way to avoid going back to the corporate grind after six weeks with her baby, she decides to take the investigation into her own hands.

I have to admit that I find it fairly unbelievable that a mom with a week-old child would even want to travel around the city, interrogating shady characters. Sometimes, she brings the baby with her, which strikes me as pretty irresponsible, especially since Grandma is always available to care for Laurie. Once you get past that, though, the mystery is interesting and grows in unexpected ways. If you love babies and the mommy-track type of books, this is the mystery series for you. If the Mommy-and-me scene isn’t for you, there’s still a good mystery here.

Rating: 6 ½
August 2009
ISBN# 978-0-425-22924-8 (paperback)


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