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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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  • 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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Fun Light although Predictable

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

Light, fun, predictable

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

Way too predictable at the end. Marjorie who's a brand new investigator doesn't know what she's doing and yet ends up being asked to investigate something at her daughter's school, her mother in law's housekeeper's husband's missing, she wants to figure out why her husband knows a guy she found dead. That's a lot on the plate for a newbie who has never done anything remotely like this in her life. And not only does she have all this to do, all of these mysteries turn out to be related

I would have liked the story to focus more on her stumbling through learning how to be an investigator and making mistakes and things not so tied up in a neat little package at the end of the story.

Which scene was your favorite?

The first three chapters were probably my favorite as they showed her trying to figure out what she was doing.

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

There were some scenes in the book that I found very funny although predictable.

Any additional comments?

As far as this being a cozy mystery series book, this is the first one I've managed to listen to all the way through. I usually don't care for them and find them bland with one dimensional characters, weak writing and predictable plots.

Although this story is predictable, it is fun and I enjoyed it. I think anyone who might enjoy Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series about the female bounty hunter, would enjoy this book.

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Cute...

Not quite as enjoyable as Kenny and Dewberry Farms, but still looking forward to the next book and building a similar relationship with Margie!

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Mixed Feelings

My feelings are pretty mixed about this one. I really enjoyed the last book by Karen MacInerney that I read a few months ago so I decided to give this one a try when I saw it offered through Prime Reading on Amazon. I had a moment while listening to this book that I considered not finishing it. I decided to keep going and did find the second half more exciting. I would say that this was an okay read in the end.

Margie has been a stay at home mom but she decides to go back to work to help make ends meet for her family. Getting a job turns out to be more of a challenge than she expects until she gets a job with a local private investigator firm. Now while her kids are at preschool, she is out doing surveillance and whatever is needed. Everything seems to be going okay until she finds a murder victim while on the job.

There were a few moments that were humorous during the story but I often felt like the book was trying too hard to be funny. There was never a time that I actually wanted to laugh out loud. I may have actually groaned a time or two due to the forced humor which wasn't all that funny.

I was also not a fan of Margie's husband. From the very start of the story, I didn't care for the man. As the book progressed and I realized that he was hiding a few things, I liked him even less. What I really disliked was Margie's response to everything. I couldn't understand why she wouldn't sit down and have a conversation with him instead of investigating everything. Although, I must say that one of the things that kept me listening when I considered stopping was that I wanted to know what was going on with this man.

I did have a little bit of an issue with how the transvestite characters were treated in this story. The murder victim in this story is a transvestite and had an identity both as a man and a woman. I didn't think that this was handled in the story with any sensitivity. It almost seemed like it was supposed to be funny when the characters stumbled over which pronoun to use.

There were several storylines going on during this book and I wondered how everything would eventually come together. I did find the story to be a bit more exciting once some real action started happening. I did think that some of the things that happened in this book to be a bit of a stretch and there was at least one "clue" that Margie suddenly remembers from the very beginning of the story seemingly out of nowhere.

This was the first time that I have had the chance to listen to Cris Dukehart narrate a book and I think she did a great job with it. There were a lot of different voices that she used to really help bring the story to life. She had a very pleasant reading voice and I wouldn't hesitate to listen to her work again in the future.

In the end, this was a book that had some good moments and some moments that weren't as great. I thought it was okay but I probably won't be continuing with the series. If you are wanting to try one of Karen MacInerney's cozy mysteries, I would recommend picking up Killer Jam instead.

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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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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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  • 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.