• Bundle of Trouble

  • A Maternal Instincts Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Diana Orgain
  • Narrated by: Diana Orgain
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (1,222 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

First-time mom Kate Connelly is bringing up baby - and bringing down a killer.

Kate Connelly 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 stake-outs, and if you’re going to be up all night anyway, you might as well solve some crimes. But when a body is pulled from San Francisco Bay that may be her brother-in-law, Kate must crack the case faster than you can say “diaper rash” in order to keep her family together.

©2009 Diana Orgain (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“Cigars all around”( Louise Ure, Shamus Award-winning author, on the new Maternal Instincts mystery series)

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Couldn't get into it.

Kind of boring and drawn out. The narrator was somewhat flat. The final straw was that the author kept using God's name in vain. Is that even necessary to writer a good story.??

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Ok

The main character was relatable and I liked her. The story wasn't bad but I didn't like the profanity and taking the Lords name in vain. I knew who the murderer was from the 1st meeting but that wasn't a deal breaker. I won't be listening to any more from this author. Because of the language.

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Didn't finish reading it.

Did not like the narrator, although it was the author. She definitely isn't an actor.

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Not my cup of tea....

Very amateurish and quite frankly predictable all the way to the end. I wish I had the time back listening to this book. 🥴

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Liked Book 2, But Not This One

The second in the series is good, but for the life of me, I couldn't take the husband's lackadaisical attitude when his wife went into labor. It wasn't funny. It starts off with him cussing because the phone rings during the Forty Niners Game, and goes downhill from there. Nope, this one is going back.

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Fun story, but...

This is a fun cozy and the characters are very likable. The story line about getting used to an new baby while juggling everything else was good. . I would have given it higher marks except that the endless repetition of the entire silly To Do list got old fast. We get that things were constantly changing. The lead character’s internal monologue was very funny. But will not be reading more by this author if a “to do” list continues to play such a major role

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A good read

I like the book but the reader needs to learn to change her voice better so you can tell who is talking. Not Has bad as some readers. The writer did a good job with story line but made the main character sound like a real flake at times. Overall a good read.

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Monotone narration

Hmm ... I have mixed feelings about this book, and I am not going to lie, I almost gave up at a few points as it took me some time to get into this story.

My biggest complaint with this audiobook was the narration. While it was manageable, I felt that Diana Orgain's voice was quite monotone and there was little to no differentiation between characters; I had to rewind several times as I lost focus due to boredom.

As for the main character, I found Kate to be slightly irritating; her constant whining about going back to the office got to be grating. However, as the story progressed, I got to like her more. My favourite character, though, was the PI Galigani; I hope that he and Kate pair off into Private Investigation together in future books.

Finally, in terms of the plot, I felt that the actual mystery was reasonably good once I got into it. To be honest, I had no idea who the killer was and his/her reasons until the big reveal.

Overall, despite its shortcomings, Bundle of Trouble was a decent enough book; it kept me interested enough to discover the ending. I will likely give book two a read.

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Hilarious New Mommy Murdee Solver!

So many laugh out loud moments!
I got all those crazy new mom jokes & couldn't wait for the main character to catch the murderer! Who knew she would go all ninja to protect her baby!?! Great Audible story. I'm off to re-listen!

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Bundle of Trouble

Loving this series, its lighthearted, fun , but still has the murder mystery to solve. The characters are good and the narration is very good.

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  • cat
  • 07-04-22

Hard work

Reasonable mystery but way too much about babies and breast feeding and a hysterical new mother. Won’t be listening to any more

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  • Elizabeth McCully
  • 01-03-22

A very humorous murder mystery!

I love comedy. I love murder mystery. Diana Orgain, in this book, has beautifully combined both. This is a book for all mothers and fathers; this trials of a new baby mixed with investigations and disappearance of the brother (in law) and a procession of dead bodies keeps you giggling and intrigued all the way through this fast paced adventure. It even concludes in a very happy ending! Well written and well performed by the author. Plan to read the other books in the series.

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  • Monica J.
  • 08-14-22

give this book a miss

Gave up half way through, I cannot recommend this book in any way, the only good thing is I didn't have to waste my money buying it as it was included in my membership.

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  • Mrs. Marlene Sweeney
  • 07-17-22

Mother finds murder

Through birth and death this story end up finding justice. Well performed , five deserved stars.

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  • Mrs. C. Hunt
  • 06-23-22

Bundle of Trouble

I found this book very hard to listen to as Diana has a strong accent and reads very quickly, so there is no real time to let my own emissions follow the story. As I am a mother of two boys and have been in the position of coming home with a new born, I was hoping I would relate with her, but she seems too hysterical. I never finished the book, did not even get to the murder I think Diana was trying too hard to be funny and missing the mark. Please slow it down, enjoy the joke and mayhem, the the reader, listener can enjoy it with you.

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  • Lou
  • 02-12-22

Good story

I liked this story, I like cozy mysteries so thought I'd give this one a go, I did like the story and the premis although I was a bit put off by the frantic pace of the narration.
I will give the second book a go and hope that it gets better 🤞 as I'd like to see where the storyline goes

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  • Julie
  • 11-22-21

Trouble ahead

I really enjoyed this book and downloaded the next audio book before I had finished. I did get fed of the to do list, which didn't change much but got used a lot. Other than that I liked the whole new mother idea to the mystery, although she didn't want to leave the new baby and return to work but was happy to leave her to investigate the murders. The mystery was interesting and had a lot going on with several murders. I liked the whole mystery surrounding the brother in-law. The characters worked well together and I look forward to starting the next book.
Kate never thought she would have anything else to worry about while giving birth but she receives a phone call from the police who have found a body in the river and her brother in law's procession laying near by. Is George dead? The mix up is quickly cleared up and while Kate is collecting George's bag she runs into an old friend and the wife of the dead man. Getting to know her again leads to Kate discovering a connection between the dead man and George. Instead of being the victim is he the killer? Then things get really complicated when Kate stumbles over her dead friends body and starts to notice someone following her. Finding George becomes Kate's number one priority besides taking care of her new born. Can she find him and work out if he is behind the death's or if he isn't find the real killer? All before her maternity leave ends?
I liked the narrator. She used some good voices to bring life to the characters.

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  • Pen Name
  • 06-23-20

Oh dear, not funny, not even that amusing.

Not what I expected. Didn’t raise a smile let alone a chuckle. I felt that more characters were invented just to give more suspects rather than to enrich the story. The plot was thin to totally unbelievable and I just didn’t care who had done the murders by the end. I kept hoping things would perk up, alas , no such luck.

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  • KK
  • 05-04-22

bad on many levels

I picked the book as it is the first of a series, was hoping to get hooked on and have many more to look forward to, instead I know to avoid any of the books and possibly the author and narrator.

I actually checked whether it was intended as an easy teen read but no apparently it’s a just a badly written book intended for adults read out by a voice you’d expect to read children books

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