Formula for Murder

Formula for Murder Sleuth and first time mom Kate Connolly and her baby are the victims of a hit and run but escape unharmed A witness identifies the car s French diplomatic license plates yet when Kate and her hubby

  • Title: Formula for Murder
  • Author: Diana Orgain
  • ISBN: 9780425239889
  • Page: 459
  • Format: Paperback
  • Sleuth and first time mom Kate Connolly and her baby are the victims of a hit and run, but escape unharmed A witness identifies the car s French diplomatic license plates, yet when Kate and her hubby try to get some answers, they get le cold shoulder But there s something going on at the French consulate that s dirtier and far deadlier than any diaper.

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      Published :2019-03-11T10:26:28+00:00

    About " Diana Orgain "

  • Diana Orgain

    Diana Orgain was born in San Francisco, CA As a child she loved Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew mysteries and dreamed of being a writer one day She went on to earn her B.A and M.F.A in Creative Writing from SFSU with a minor in acting Diana has acted professionally in many theater roles and national commercials She wrote several plays, which were produced in San Francisco State University Bundle of Trouble A Maternal Instincts Mystery pub Berkley Prime Crime is her first novel Series Maternal Instincts Mystery

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  • I wanted to give this a 1 star because I disliked the main character so much (worst PI ever,) but since the writing itself wasn't bad, I'm going for 2 since side characters were okay.I'll just jump straight to what I disliked. The main character, Kate, was basically an idiot who had no business being a PI. Seriously, she only managed to "solve" the mystery through wild guess work, zero evidence, and armchair PI work. Basically, she proved nothing and the murder, when revealed, just happened to r [...]



  • First-time Mom, Kate Connolly may have found the perfect work-from-home mommy job: private investigator. After all, the hours are flexible, she can bring the baby along on stakeouts, and if you're going to be up all night anyway, you might as well solve some crimes.Kate and little Laurie are on their way to take baby's first-holiday photos when they become the victims of a hit-and-run. Luckily they escape unharmed, and a witness identifies the car's French diplomatic license plates. When Kate an [...]


  • A light, fun read! Kate's baby is slowly but surely growing up, and Kate's getting started launching her new life as a PI. Her priority at the moment is Laurie's first Christmas, and it's while they are on the way for Christmas photos that she's the victim of a hit and run accident.Once it's clear the police aren't going to do anything about the incident, Kate wants to take matters into her own hands. When this investigation brings her a client that will pay her to continue, she doesn't have a c [...]


  • Good mystery and I liked the interplay between characters. Read this to get more in the Christmas spirit. Could really identify with the "maternal instincts" aspect. The main character is trying to solve a mystery but her maternal instincts always come first. I think any new mom could related to the things she experiences with her infant.


  • Quirky cozy I enjoyed this story. It had many laugh out loud moments and the mystery itself was interesting.Kate and her family are good characters and the writing is smooth and concise. The author has a good style of writing that keeps the reader captivated.


  • This is a Cozy Mystery that reads easily and kept my interest throughout.It is about a new mom juggling her motherly duties and her new profession as a private investigator. She seems to be a magnet for death and discovers several during her investigation of the staff of the French Embassy.There are a few good laughs to be had throughout the story but I loved her absolute delight when her baby daughter becomes aware of her as a person.Diana Orgain has also narrated her book and she does a good j [...]


  • A little too much new-mother angst for me; a little too much "oh, I can work my way into any setting and get answers" as well. I realize the series is meant to be light-hearted and humorous, but the mystery got solved in spite of Kate's P.I. skills. She didn't really ask pertinent questions of anybody, she didn't investigate. She just guessed/had a feeling about things. And that she got so close to so many French Embassy folks - HA! It was ok, but I won't read any more in the series.


  • Interesting BookAnother lovely book by Diana Orgain, this time with a diplomatic twist.I also loved all the characters from Jim and Laurie to Marie's mom and her best friend Paula.


  • I love the to do listsBeing a compulsive list maker myself, I laughed at every list and references to them. Still waiting on a cat to show up at some point. Came for the cat stayed for the list So!





  • Cute mysteryI enjoyed Diana's style of writing. She kept me guessing right up until the end on who did it. Very entertaining and I would tell everyone to read it. Thank you.




  • GoodThis book was very good, but I didn't enjoy it quite as much as the first two. Probably just a personal preference. The characters are well developed and it is a good story. I would recommend this and all of her books!


  • Kate and baby Laurie are on their way to get Laurie's first Christmas photos taken when their car is hit at high speed by another car and the other car doesn't even stop, just drives away. Thankfully both Kate and Laurie are physically fine. A witness to the accident gets the license plate and a good description of the offending car. The car is from a fleet from the French Embassy and of course, they claim diplomatic immunity. Kate's husband Jim wants answers and they head straight for the embas [...]


  • Aspiring PI Kate was driving her car when it was hit by another car. She had her three-month-old daughter with her and, luckily, neither of them was injured. The driver of the other car sped away, but a witness provided enough information that the police were able to determine that the car belonged to someone at the French Embassy. Having diplomatic plates meant there was no way to arrest the other driver. But when a reporter covering the story is killed, her husband hires Kate to help find he [...]


  • “Formula for Murder” is the latest in the Maternal Instincts Mystery series from Diana Orgain. She hooks the reader in right away with her clever chapter headings. Well, not chapter headings, exactly. Each chapter begins with a “To Do” list, like some of us begin our day. And as the life of first-time mom Kate Connolly—the likeable protagonist—becomes more and more complicated, so does the “To Do” list. Just like in the real world.Kate has found what she thinks is the perfect wor [...]


  • On the way to get Christmas photos of baby Laurie, aspiring private investigator Kate Connelly's is hit from behind by a silver SUV, which then drives off. One of the good Samaritans who comes to her aid learns that the car belongs to the French consulate, but when Kate and her husband Jim approach them, they claim diplomatic immunity.On their way out of the consulate, Kate and Jim spot two television reporters which piques Kate's always active curiosity. A few days later one of the reporters is [...]


  • Kept me entertainedThis series has good potential once the characters are fleshed out and consistent. While Orgain has captured the roller coaster of emotions running through a new mother, the character seems inconsistent and over the top. In one section, she's crying because her mother took little Laurie to have Christmas pictures made when she hadn't had the time to do so and in the next, she's heading out again without little Laurie with only the slightest twinge of guilt. I have trouble figu [...]


  • I was sent this book by the publisher to review. I was excited because I had read the other books in the Maternal Instincts series.Kate and her new baby, Laurie are on their way to get Laurie’s pictures taken with Santa when they are involved in a hit and run accident. Thanks to a witness, the identity of the other driver is revealed. Unfortunately, it’s a car from the French Embassy who are admitting nothing. Driven by the desire for justice and the fact the insurance company refuses to pay [...]


  • "Formula for Murder" is a humorous "who-done-it" mystery. It's the third novel in the series, but you don't need to have read the previous novels to understand this one. Also, reading the books out of order won't spoil the previous mysteries.The novel was fast-paced and a fun read. The suspense came from sorting out the clues of who-done-it and why, the ever-increasing body count, and the need for Kate to get all her Christmas things done before Christmas while also solving the mystery.The detai [...]


  • I enjoyed the first two book in this series and did not enjoy this one any less. I don’t read many mysteries but if I did I would probably stick with what I am told this is which is a cozy mystery. From Kate’s to do list to her learning how to be a PI to her missing her baby’s important moments(Like christmas pictures!) I found the book an irresistible read and hard to put down. Although because I do like this series so much I stretched out the reading so I could have more of the book to e [...]


  • This is the third in Diana Orgain's "Maternal Instincts" mystery series, and the third I've read. I waffle on whether I actually like the books, but I've gotten to know the main cast of characters, so their story is at least as important to follow as is the mystery to be solved. I like the best friend, the husband, the trombone player kid, and the mentor detective best.You can see summaries of the plot from the book blurb or the other reviews. I'd characterize this as "almost a cozy." I don't k [...]


  • New mom and new PI Kate Connelly is in a hit and run, and witnesses identify the car as belonging to someone from the French consulate. The consulate denies it, but it leads to a case for Kate when she sees a reporter leaving and the reporter turns up dead two days later. Was she working on a story on the French consulate that lead to her death? I love the characters, and the story was interesting. It did bog down a little in the middle, but it picked up again for a fun finish.Read my full revie [...]


  • An interesting cozy starring a new mother as a PI. I liked the idea and some of the way the story progressed although there were also parts that irritates me. A new mother wouldn't have the freedom that this lady does eg be able to just miss a breastfeed without leaking consequences. A breastfeeding mother shouldn't be drinking alcohol or running around the city chasing a murderer. However I did like the idea of a new mother being able to do some more of the things she did, to investigate, to go [...]


  • This novel had ample twists and turns in the drama. I had a problem with the premise that a nursing mother with a three-month-old baby should be privately investigating murders. It seems like the more experienced PI supervisor was capable of looking for the hit and run driver who hit her car. The baby's father and grandmother seemed supportive of the Mom's ill-advised investigations. For me the story was not humorous, and I was very uncomfortable with the mother-baby dynamics. Others may appreci [...]


  • Great Series!This is a great series; this is the third book in the Maternal Instincts Mystery series by Diana Orgain. Kate Connelly is trying to adjust being a new mom. She works as a private investigator so she can stay home with the baby. When Kate and her baby are victims in a hit and run she finds out that the car that hit her was a French Diplomatic vehicle. She is determined to find what is going on. If you are looking for a great mystery then you need to read this book. I can’t wait to [...]


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