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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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    karen United States 08-11-14
    karen United States 08-11-14 Member Since 2004
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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.



    1 of 1 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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    Christine M Krannich 09-05-14 Member Since 2010
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Mazeppa, MN, United States 07-12-14
    Kimberly Mazeppa, MN, United States 07-12-14 Member Since 2012

    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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    Sysop Christchurch, New Zealand 07-07-14
    Sysop Christchurch, New Zealand 07-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Hightly enjoyable read with a deeper sub-plot"
    What did you love best about Mother's Day Out?

    I must admit I didn't expect much from this story. I bought it as a bit of 'fluff' to read in-between my more usual horror & mystery books, but I was very pleasantly surprised when it turned out to be a pretty good story.I've read all the "Plumb" books and it sounded like this would be similar, but I didn't find that at all - I think it's better, fresher and (in the realms of a story) more believable than those others. This was her first week as a private investigator, Margi is a housewife with no training or much of an idea of what she's supposed to be doing and no real back-up. Stephanie Plumb is a bounty hunter with years of experience and a wide support system. So I don't really think you can compare the two. I loved all the characters, especially "Mr Legs", and I am sure that I've met that headmistress!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Without giving too much away, I'll just say: motel + saran wrap + a Micky D's fry phone! LOL


    What about Cris Dukehart’s performance did you like?

    Very easy to listen to, great diction and I could hear her clearly and understand every word.


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

    Not 'JUST' a Housewife.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm looking forward to book 2. Although it is a humorous story there is a deeper, sadder part to it as well, and I want to know what happens regarding that situation.

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    Prof Dee Savannah, GA 06-27-14
    Prof Dee Savannah, GA 06-27-14 Member Since 2013

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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.

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    M. Mcallison 06-24-14 Member Since 2011
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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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    Diana 06-20-14
    Diana 06-20-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Frustrating"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Maybe, depends on if they want fluff or substance


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The author pulled out all the gimmicks to try to be humorous, but it was just silly. Don't use so much "hair adjustment, pulling hair behind ears, pushing hair away from face", detailed fat people descriptions, forgetting to do things or misunderstanding what people are saying.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Cris Dukehart?

    The one who does Stephanie Plum, since the author is trying to emulate her.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No way


    Any additional comments?

    I'm having a great time listening to the book because I'm venting my frustrations out loud and my husband is laughing out loud.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carol D. Florida 07-26-14
    Carol D. Florida 07-26-14 Member Since 2007

    Audible is my "can't live without". I enjoy the other readers recommendations. Keep them coming!

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    "Reads like a bad TV sitcom."

    Silly ,dumb, and sounds like a bad sitcom on TV. I did not finish this book and never will. Don't waste your time on this nonsense. The narrator was poor as well.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    lincolnchandler716 amarillo, TX, United States 06-20-14
    lincolnchandler716 amarillo, TX, United States 06-20-14 Member Since 2013
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    "HOW TO MAKE A GOOD IDEA TRITE"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    THE AUTHOR SHOULD HAVE DONE SOME TYPE OF RESEARH ON THE LAW OR KEEPED THE STORY LINE SIMPLER.


    What was most disappointing about Karen MacInerney’s story?

    THE LACK OF THE AUTHOR'S KNOWLEDGE ABOUT ; THE LAW, COMMUNITY PROPERTY, AND PERSONAL RELATIONS.


    Did Cris Dukehart do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    NOT BAD OR PASSABLE


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    THE LIGHT HEARTEDNESS OF THE STORY WAS ITS' STRONG POINT.


    Any additional comments?

    OVERALL IT BECAME TOO COMPLEX FOR NOVICE A DETECTIVE, WHICH GAVE IT A SCATTER GUN EFFECT. THE AUTHOR SHOUD FLOW CHART EVENT TO GIVE IT MORE REALISM.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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