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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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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.



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Awesome new series

Margie is naive, but sometimes it’s the naive ones that don’t realize that they can’t do it, and end up doing a spectacular job!

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  • Douglas
  • Kalamazoo, MI, United States
  • 01-20-15

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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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.

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  • Susan
  • Bartonville, TX
  • 10-05-14

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.

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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.

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Bad

Didn’t make it through chapter 2. The first chapter started with offensive characters. Won’t read any of her books again.

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Humorous Who-dun-it

Super cute mystery that yields laugh out loud scenarios as She re-enters the work force, tends to the family, solves cases as a Private Investigator. Fun light read deliciously written by super witty author!
Narration is spot on in her delivery and was definitely the best choice for this type of book. I am eager to hear more narrations by her!

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AS A PI...

Absurd. It was recommended to me, but it really isn’t my style. I should stick with classics, historical fiction, and non-fiction. This is very misleading as to how private investigators operate. I hope people realize that it’s just ridiculous entertainment. Other than that, it was fine, I mean, I got through it, which is why I gave it two stars instead of one.

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Easy, Enjoyable Read

I tried this book after reading the author's Dewberry Farm series. I liked this book as much as the others . I used the Audabile option and loved the narrator, great voice, inflection and tone. I like the Audable feature as it takes me so much longer to listen to these books, and enjoy the story. If I read them myself, I can consume a book in less then 4 hours. I will read the next 2 books in this series
Highly recommended for a good story, easy read and the narration ifp you try Audable.

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  • martine mcd
  • 05-12-16

nice easy read.

Easy going book, really enjoyed it, quite a change of book for me. Fun and humorous and a rather good plot.

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  • IAN
  • 02-29-16

Had me laughing from start to finish.

If you could sum up Mother's Day Out in three words, what would they be?

Fun story line

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

Probably 'One for the Money' by Janet Evanovich. Same sense of humour.

What does Cris Dukehart bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The sound of the Texas drawl.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laugh

Any additional comments?

Loveable characters, great plot and overall brilliantly crafted story.