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Mother's Day Out: The Margie Peterson Mysteries, Book 1 | [Karen MacInerney]

Mother's Day Out: The Margie Peterson Mysteries, Book 1

With a husband who works long hours trying to make partner and two rambunctious kids that are running her ragged, Margie Peterson is like any other worn-out suburban mom. When she decides to take a job as a PI for a seedy local detective agency, everything changes. It doesn’t take long for Margie to get in over her head: Her first day on the job she totals her minivan, mistakenly enters a drag contest, and winds up in the bathroom with a dead transvestite. But when Margie finds her home number in the victim’s phone, things really start to get interesting.
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Publisher's Summary

Margie Peterson is a typical stay-at-home mom until she trades dishes for detective work to become Austin’s least-likely PI. Soon she’s knee-deep in cheating husbands, transvestites, and trouble in a laugh-out-loud new mystery from award-winning author Karen MacInerney.

With a husband who works long hours trying to make partner and two rambunctious kids that are running her ragged, Margie Peterson is like any other worn-out suburban mom. When she decides to take a job as a PI for a seedy local detective agency, everything changes. It doesn’t take long for Margie to get in over her head: Her first day on the job she totals her minivan, mistakenly enters a drag contest, and winds up in the bathroom with a dead transvestite. But when Margie finds her home number in the victim’s phone, things really start to get interesting.

©2014 Karen MacInerney (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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    Susan Bartonville, TX 10-05-14
    Susan Bartonville, TX 10-05-14 Member Since 2012

    Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.  

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    "Fun"

    I almost stopped reading this in the first few chapters because it was so corny but I am happy I did not. It had just enough of a mystery and laugh out loud circumstances to keep me hooked and to become attached to the characters. Margie Peterson is a house Mom who has to return to the workplace and like she said, "if I was a stripper or couldn't type I would have a job tomorrow". Hehe. Quite a few funny lines made this a fun read and Margie's genuine naïveté got past the ridiculous portrayed in the start of the book. Not heavy literature but the author spun a fairly good mystery along with some good twists. The narrator did a good job and is the right voice for Margie. Recommend for a tongue in cheek, light read. I enjoyed it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    karen United States 08-11-14
    karen United States 08-11-14 Member Since 2014
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    "That was fun!"

    Yet another bargain book success! Never heard of either the book or the author, but decided to roll the dice and take a chance -- and once again, that was a good idea.

    It's funny, they say there are only four basic plots in all of fiction, but I'm not sure how that accounts for this one. As the story evolves, a pretty unique situation reveals itself -- although in today's crazy world I suppose it isn't quite as unique as I think it is. Even so, this was like nothing I'd ever read before. I loved the freshness of the whole thing.

    Karen MacInerny has created interesting, likable characters and structured a truly unique plot but what makes this book a real delight is how funny it is. One of the side-stories deals with how Margie, formerly a stay at home mother, now a new, untrained, part-time private eye, is forced to deal with the head of her daughter's day care center. My kids are grown now, but it seems to me I had some of those same inane discussions with a similar Witch in Power when they were little -- you know, the "Solve (this issue with your child) by tomorrow, or we're expelling her." No, my daughter hadn't decided that she was a dog -- with all that entails, including eating on the floor, barking, biting, etc -- but I seem to recall similar disputes and similar chaos. And I also recall spending some evenings with one kid or the other, explaining just how important to Life As We Know it, that they amend their conduct by tomorrow morning, or all hell was going to break loose. Like Margie, I simply could not deal with having to find new child care arrangements. I'm sure most other working mothers will have had similar experiences. Odd how much more fun it is to remember those situations than was dealing with them in the first place!

    Also odd was that so many readers compared this book to those of Janet Evanovitch. I don't get that at all. I've read/tried to read a couple of Evanovitch's books, and didn't enjoy them at all -- I've stopped even looking at her series. To me, the Evanovitch books came across as downright silly, whereas this one was genuinely funny. All in the eyes of the beholder, I suppose.

    So? All in all, a good book and a great narrator. I'll be looking for more.



    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jen ravenna, OH, United States 05-08-14
    Jen ravenna, OH, United States 05-08-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Easy Listening"

    This book is on the lines of Janet Evanovich’s numbers books in the good ways. It’s a light chic mystery that is fun, witty and not totally unbelievable. It kept my attention and had me hanging to the very end. Margie Peterson is a mother of two who supplements the family income doing investigation work. I found her relationship with her children, their school and her community to be very true to life. Margie takes a positive, tongue in cheek approach through adversity, which I found refreshing. Margie and her friend Becky have the relationship that every woman in the entire world has spent their entire life longing for. I am all for a book about women supporting women.

    Personally Stephanie Plum of that other popular, and admittedly similar series, just never did it for me. I've tried several times. I can’t get past that accent and those never ending colorful characters with colorful language and odd accents. Mother’s Day Out was easy to get into, listen to and left me feeling upbeat and lighthearted. I will be waiting for the next in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    LaurelOlivia Carlsbad, ca, United States 01-26-15
    LaurelOlivia Carlsbad, ca, United States 01-26-15 Member Since 2013

    LauralOlivia

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    "Fun ride"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Not that I can think of.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the pace, funny antics and crazy bad luck. i like how she pretty much takes most things without panic.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When she tells her husband about the car, the kid and the transvestite.


    Could you see Mother's Day Out being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I could see either, it is just a fun diversion.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Kalamazoo, MI, United States 01-20-15
    Douglas Kalamazoo, MI, United States 01-20-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Perfect!"

    Excellent and Smartly Quirky main character. If you like Steph Plum or Sookie Stackhouse you'll find this one a great beginning to what I hope will be a great series. The Narrater "Chris Dukehart" did a wonderful job. I patiently await more...

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    tennismama 10-23-14
    tennismama 10-23-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Kind of painful to listen to...."

    I found it hard to believe the main character had lived to adulthood and motherhood given her ineptitude. Too bad the character couldn't have a little more common sense and attentiveness to what is going on around her.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christine M Krannich 09-05-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Glad I did not pay full price"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The plot was absurd. I found no humor in this whatsoever. Usually I can suspend disbelief but the whole thing was just ridiculous.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Karen MacInerney again?

    No


    What didn’t you like about Cris Dukehart’s performance?

    Pacing was not good but the material was not exactly inspiring.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Mother's Day Out?

    The plot would have been completely redone.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste a full credit or pay full price. I got it during a 2-for-1. I still might return it and in over 5yrs I have only returned 1 other book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly 07-12-14
    Kimberly 07-12-14

    I like to read stories about dogs, mysteries that are a little but humorous, stories about relationships that are not too explicate, Christian fiction and stories revolving around knitting and quilting.

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    "It had my attention from the start"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Margie was my favorite character because she is so humble.


    What about Cris Dukehart’s performance did you like?

    Her voice fits the main personality well.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Twisted


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Prof Dee 06-27-14
    Prof Dee 06-27-14

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    "Not a Plum"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    If Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum got married, had two kids, and surrounded herself with trite, mundane characters she might end up in this book. I'm a big fan of the Plum series, and I could see room for another take on the female fish outta water, but this book doesn't pull it off, even though it really, really wants to.
    Perhaps Austin Tx. doesn't have the same pool of fun characters as Trenton, NJ, or the author missed what humor she could plum from the character's world. Or perhaps in this case imitation isn't the sincerest form of flattery, it's just imitation. Maybe the character needs to be a little smarter, a little sharper, a little more unique. There's room for growth, but I won't be staying around to see where it goes.



    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Don't know yet.


    What three words best describe Cris Dukehart’s performance?

    Stephanie Plum imitator.


    Was Mother's Day Out worth the listening time?

    Alas, no.


    Any additional comments?

    Not terrible, a few funny scenes, just not worth the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M. Mcallison 06-24-14
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    "Great new series!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Mother's Day Out to be better than the print version?

    Yes.


    What other book might you compare Mother's Day Out to and why?

    Stephanie Plum series


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All the scenes with Margie and her BFF


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for the next one!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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