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Mother's Day Out (The Margie Peterson Mysteries #1)

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  1,393 Ratings  ·  126 Reviews
Life is pretty typical for stay-at-home mom Margie Peterson. She's got a peanut-butter-covered wardrobe, an attorney husband who's always at the office, and a mother-in-law who keeps slipping her books like "Sex Secrets of Happy Wives." Then she lands a part-time job at a seedy P.I. firm — and her humdrum suburban life is turned upside-down.

By the end of her first day, Ma
Paperback, 256 pages
Published December 1st 2012 by Createspace (first published June 2nd 2012)
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Jun 23, 2012 Edel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cosy-mystery
This is the first book in the Margie Peterson series and WOW!!!!!!!!!!!
Let us start with Margie.. your typical mother and wife until she gets a job working for Peaches as a P.I. From here on out it is action packed ...there is transvestites,illegal aliens,car bombs,hair dye,bad guys,dishonest husbands,fashion shows, smart thinking females, a few cats and more action then you can shake a stick at .. Did I mention the weapons...quite a few of them too.
One thing can be learned from this..a woman's
Jul 18, 2012 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best book I've read this year! Laugh out loud Funny!! Great story! Can't wait for the second in the series!! ;)
J.A. Belfield
Jun 10, 2012 J.A. Belfield rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was warned that this book might be slightly absurd.
I have to say the assessment was spot on.
However, Karen MacInerney serves absurd with a very satisfying side of ‘I’ll have another slice of that, thank you very much.’
What can I say about Mother’s Day Out? Dude, I don’t even know where to start. I mean from this opening …
“After seven years of chiselling away at the petrified contents of Tupperware containers, wiping a variety of organic substances off of two small children, and cleaning up a
Mar 15, 2016 Betty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mother Goes To Work

This is the first book in this humorous series. The Protagonist, Margie Peterson see an ad for an assistant PI. Thinking it would be better than waiting tables, she applies for it. Most of the work are following people for divorce cases. Her case takes her to the Rainbow Bar. Simple, all she needs to do is seduce a man. She has no idea that is a Gay bar. She finds a dead man in the Princess restroom. Margie is horrified to find her home number among the dead man's belongings.
Mark Baker
Jan 20, 2016 Mark Baker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2016
Margie’s looking for work to help pay for her kid’s pre-school. Her first week on the job ends with her finding a dead transvestite in a restroom. What’s even more shocking is what Margie discovers while waiting for the police. Can she solve a case that has become very personal?

This is a definite departure from the author’s normal cozy mysteries, most along the lines of a Stephanie Plum book in content and tone. That includes the humor; this book had me laughing many times. The characters are ve
Mar 17, 2016 Earicka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From Bored Housewife To Budding PI?

***NOT for the homophobic, closedminded, or humor challenged!!!***

This series must be read in order. This is the first book. I can't wait to read Mother Knows Best!

Margie is not so sure her life is turning out as she had planned. Yes she has a nice house, a husband, a pet cat, and two adorable kids... A girl and a boy. Everything should be perfect. But her marriage seems to have hit a bit of a slump and there is NO WAY she is taking out a home loan just to pay
Emily Mckay
Jun 11, 2012 Emily Mckay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had the good fortune to read an advanced copy of this book and just loved it. MacInerney delivers great laughs, a fun mystery and plenty of real emotion, too.
Aug 11, 2014 Dianne rated it it was amazing
Please tell me there is going to be another book???

Wow - what a wacky book. Sometimes I would find myself laughing like a maniac and sometimes I would find myself nearly in tears.

I just have to find out what is in store next for Margie, Blake and the kids.

At one point while reading this, I thought that the author had bitten off more than she could chew and that all of the story lines couldn't possibly come together and make sense as they eventually did. And I felt that even if they could come to
Sep 17, 2013 Vickie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nook
This was FUN! This is what it would have been if Lucille Ball had decided to become a private investigator.
Marigold 'Margie' Peterson wants to earn some extra money. Her husband wants her to be a SAHM and join the Junior League to help him move up to partner in the law firm.
Margie finds Peaches, a private investigator, and asks for a tryout. Peaches reluctantly gives her a shot with an infidelity case. Margie gets her man, wrapped in plastic wrap, and it's pedal to the metal from there on out.
Olivia B
May 04, 2013 Olivia B rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Looking for a fun summer mystery?

For five years, the most exciting thing in Margie's life was changing diapers, but when she took a freelance job as an investigator, all of that changed. One minute she's snapping photos of a married man dressed in nothing but Saran wrap in a motel with a hooker, and the next she discovers a dead drag queen in the ladies' room of a seedy bar. While chasing down embezzlers, wayward husbands, and sixteen thousand dollars missing from her own checking account, Margi
Gail McLeod
Jul 10, 2015 Gail McLeod rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was terrified to read this book. Why? Because the author is married to my nephew. What if I hated it? She would guess from my averted eyes, my hesitant response, my attempt to change the subject, and decades-long family relationships would be torpedoed in an instant.

Instead, I LOVED the book and laughed out loud often. Damn, my niece is witty! The detective, Margie Peterson, has two young children and wants to pick up extra money with an amateur sleuthing gig in her hometown of Austin, Texas.
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 ...more
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Not So Stay At Home Mom.......

Another great book from Karen McInerney! This is a great comedic mystery filled with lots of twists. Margie Peterson, full time stay at home mom turned part time PI is clumsy, quirky and a whole lot of fun. Who would have thought getting a part time job would get her into so much trouble? Often undervalued and underestimated Margie sets out to uncover secrets for others while working for Peachtree Investigations and ends up revealing a few in her own life as well. I
Aug 26, 2014 Barbara rated it it was amazing
This was a Goodreads book that I received in the mail. It was an interesting book to say the least.
The plot deals with Margie Peterson taking a job as a private investigator only to end up in a gay bar discovering a murdered transvestite. Her life begins a downward spiral of doubting her husband and an upward spiral of learning who her true friends are.
I enjoyed the comic situations Margie got into, the dialogue, and Betsy's Mary Kay references. When I started I thought it was a bit too fantasti
Mar 09, 2015 Sarah rated it it was ok
I can't recommend this to my Goodreads friends. The words "flimsy" and "scatterbrained" spring to mind when I consider the main protagonist, Margie Peterson, a fledgeling private eye mother-of-two. I must stop reading these cosy americana mysteries: they're sometimes a bit fun but usually follow a distinct format, so you know just how they're going to end. I suppose one could put them in a sort of "Chick Lit cum Cozy Mystery" category, light and fluffy, easily forgotton, and not really what I'm ...more
Sheila Beaumont
I totally enjoyed this fun whodunit, even more than I expected after reading several rave reviews of it. With its solid, twisty mystery plot, excellent characters (especially the heroine, neophyte P.I. Margie Peterson), and loads of humor, I found it almost impossible to stop reading. And immediately after I finished it, I pre-ordered the next book in the series (which I hope continues for a long time).
Jamie Hayes
Oct 27, 2016 Jamie Hayes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Laugh out loud funny

I didn't have high hopes when i saw the cover of this book but after reading the synopsis it seemed entertaining enough. It was a quick read.... Easy to get back into between distractions. I'm ready to read the next Margie mystery!
Tara Lewis
Nov 28, 2016 Tara Lewis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

cute book! full of fun, I had a hard time putting this down! The twists and turns were great even if I figured out a few of them ahead of time. The character was funny and easy to relate to, bought the second book and hope more follow!
Patti A Palmer
Nov 24, 2016 Patti A Palmer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I loved this book. One minute I was laughing so hard and next minute I was hurting for Margie. I can't wait to start reading the second book of the mystery series.
Suzanne Petrella
Nov 02, 2016 Suzanne Petrella rated it liked it
So so, passes time but feels as if the author is almost talking down to the reader. Simplistic vocabulary and sentence structure. Amusing.
Lisa Lester
Oct 28, 2016 Lisa Lester rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun. Book

This was a good book. It was quirky and interesting it kept my attention because of all the different storylines.
Nov 05, 2016 Meredith rated it liked it
Cozy mystery is good description. Nice little read.
Connie Lewis
Oct 08, 2016 Connie Lewis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Marigold Peterson is Austin's version of Stephanie Plum, with a few significant twists. For this former South Central Texas girl this book is rife with intrigue and laughter, all set in the familiar surroundings of Austin, SoCo, Congress Ave., Sixth Street, Frost Tower, Zelker Park, a quick trip to Utopia... Along the way we meet coyotes as well as several Junior League types. Can't wait to see what Margie, Becky and Peaches get up to next.
Sep 22, 2016 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Margie Peterson book 1

Some very interesting characters and strange situations made for a mixed read for me. I really like Margie, so I will be trying book 2 now.
Joyce Mason
Karen MacInerney is a talented writer, and I enjoyed this book. It was a fun romp that kept me turning the pages.

What I liked: The humorous, well-crafted writing, the fast pace and the believable characters. What I struggled with: This book requires a lot of suspension of disbelief. The humorous cozy genre, in general, tends to ask that of its readers, but in this case, there were just too many crazy things happening in a short time span that felt implausible. The other thing I struggled with i
Sep 09, 2012 Suzanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Humour, Mystery & Lady Sleuth lovers!
Recommended to Suzanne by: Book received to review
I haven't quite decided what part of this novel I loved the most!  It would be so easy to spill the beans here and tell you the best parts, but of course, I'll restrain myself!  I was hooked from the first saran wrap caper and felt compelled to devour the book in one sitting!  Prior stay-at-home Mom  Margie's commitment to succeed at her new job as a P.I. endeared her to me and I related to the determined, take no prisoners type this character developed into!  Yet she never forgot that she was ...more
Sep 17, 2013 Elaine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-series
This book was a great read, and an intriguing mystery. The characters are well done, especially Margie, the main character. Margie is a more or less happily married woman in Austin, Texas, her husband a ladder-climbing lawyer. With two kids attending a private day school, Margie feels the need for a part-time job. The only one she can find is as a part-time PI for Peaches Investigations.

In the course of her first investigation, she's drawn into both the Austin transvestite community and the 'Ju
**I received this book as a part of Goodreads Giveaways**

Margie Peterson is your typical stay at home mom. As if carpool lines, PTA fundraisers, and school newsletters weren't enough to keep her busy, she decides to take a part-time job to help with the family finances. The job she took is not one that is typical of a stay home mom, but it's one that is sending her on quite an adventure. She gets the opportunity to work for a private investigator. The job is simple, but could be dangerous at tim
Sep 09, 2016 Kevin rated it it was amazing
Interesting mystery with plenty of laughs along the way as stay-at-home mom Margie Peterson re-enters the workforce as a private investigator for Peachtree Investigations. MacInerney introduces several quirky characters as family and friends. A wonderful standout is Peaches Barlowe, owner of Peachtree Investigations, who, I believed, was intentionally sending Margie out on cases designed to discourage her from pursuing a career as a P.I., but is shown to have a heart of gold (and a love of ...more
Jan 06, 2016 Lisa rated it liked it
I'm afraid I can't really agree with all those who thought this book was laugh out loud funny or a "farce" or even a well-crafted cozy mystery. I wasn't expecting a great literary work, and I was willing to accept the (comic) premise--stay-at-home mom turns to private investigating for a little extra income--despite its absurdity, but my chief complaint with this book is that it badly needed more careful editing. The hallmark of a well-written murder mystery, for me at least, is a tightly ...more
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I'm the author of the Agatha-nominated Gray Whale Inn mystery series, Tales of an Urban Werewolf. the Margie Peterson mysteries and the Dewberry Farm mysteries (plus a new fantasy in the works). My reading is like my writing: eclectic!

I grew up in the Northeast, but I currently live in Austin with my husband, two kids, and a houserabbit named Bunny. Feel free to visit me online at www.karenmacine
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