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Mother's Day Out Audiobook

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

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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 08-11-14
    karen 08-11-14
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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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    Douglas Kalamazoo, MI, United States 01-20-15
    Douglas Kalamazoo, MI, United States 01-20-15 Member Since 2016
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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
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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
    Susan Bartonville, TX 10-05-14 Member Since 2012
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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.

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    Jhbdesign 11-22-17
    Jhbdesign 11-22-17
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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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    Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe Los Angeles, CA United States 11-06-17
    Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe Los Angeles, CA United States 11-06-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A Wild adventure through the world of transvestite"

    Margie Peterson has taken a part-time job as a private investigator to pay for her two children's preschool in Mother's Day Out by Karen MacInerney. On her second job, in which she is to seduce a man to test his fidelity to his wife, she finds herself in a gay bar on tranny night. Going to the "princess room," complete with urinals, she finds a man in a ball gown who has been shot in the face. Using the victim's phone to call 911, Margie accidentally hits redial and calls her own home. Determined to find out the truth about her husband, whom she discovers has lied to her about knowing the executive of a shipping company, Margie sets out in what becomes a much more dramatic case than she has ever imagined she might get involved in.

    The book delves into the world of transvestites and that of soccer moms. Margie has to fit her investigations into her childcare schedule. Along the way, she gets saddled with cases she doesn't know how to investigate, including a missing person and embezzlement. Throughout it all, Margie enjoys the support of her best friend, Becky, who demonstrates the power of women's friendships.

    I enjoyed this book quite a bit. I could really find myself identifying with Margie, something I can't usually do with main characters in mystery books. She is an average woman put in an unusual situation and rises to the occasion to do what is necessary to save her family. In addition, cozy mysteries almost never contain gay characters at all, let alone transvestites. Yet this book not only dares to feature them in the book but makes them relatable and also educates the reader about the world of men who dress in drag.

    I really enjoyed the narration of Cris Dukehart, who creates believable voices for each character, whether that be the innocent Margie or her sexy, hardened detective boss Peaches or the gruff farmer Jess. In addition to her characterizations, Dukehart performs accents that take us to the South.

    I selected Mother's Day Out because it was on sale at Audible, and I'm glad I did. This book was a lot of fun to listen to and exciting without being too tense. I recommend it to anyone, even despite the potential for some to be offended by the transvestites because it treats their culture with gentleness and empathy. I give this book five stars.

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    "Funny"

    Great way to relax and be entertained with a book that makes you laugh out loud

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    Amazon Customer 05-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Fun story."
    Any additional comments?

    This is a fun story with some interesting characters, plenty of twists and turns, and just the right amount of humor. Had the ebook for for quite a while, but I never seemed to find the time to read it. Saw I could get the audio add-on for only a couple of bucks so snagged and gave it listen while on my daily walk. Am definitely glad I did. I'll definitely be picking up the 2nd book in the series soon.

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    S. Griffin 11-06-16
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    "Cute storyline's... Had me laughing out loud a few times"

    Took a couple of chapters for me to start enjoying but once I got hooked I could put it down. Looking forward to the next adventure!

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    LaurelOlivia Carlsbad, ca, United States 01-26-15
    LaurelOlivia Carlsbad, ca, United States 01-26-15 Member Since 2013
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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.


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    "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
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    2/29/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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