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Gilt by Association

(Caprice De Luca Home Staging Mystery #3)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  348 ratings  ·  75 reviews
Between training her new puppy, helping her sister with her baby, and searching for the perfect vintage dress for Kismet's Valentine's Day dance, home-stager Caprice De Luca has a lot on her to-do list. But she's never too busy to do a little staging, and she's looking forward to thawing February's frozen real estate market with her Hearts and Flowers Open House. Her clien ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 27th 2015 by Kensington
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Nov 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Gilt by Association by Karen Rose Smith is a 2015 Kensington Publication.

I got in on the ground floor with this series and knew right away I was going to love it. Somehow or other I missed this book when it came out, so I have read the fourth book, but not this third one. So, I checked it out with my overdrive library account in order to catch up.

When her mother's best friend, Louise, is found murdered, Caprice looks into the case at her mother's request. It turns out Louise has a secret past,
Saba N  Taylor
Dec 22, 2014 rated it liked it
A great cozy mystery to read on a wintry night with a cup of steaming tea. :)

I take it there was a book before this one as through out the story Caprice mentions her involvement in a previous murder investigation case. While it doesn't make a huge difference in this particular case, it's often mention was a bit annoying and could have been limited. But I guess the author had to since Caprice's "relationship"with Grant was based on their encounter in her first investigative case where he apparen
Vicki Jaeger
Dec 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Vicki by: advance reading copy
Part of the premise threw me off: staging houses for sale (get that) and having lavish themes and full meal catering to support it (never heard of it). I googled it, and apparently it's a thing. Who knew.
The other part I struggled with was the all-inclusive details. Now I'm all for details when they move the story along, or are small clues that help lead you to the killer, or give you insight into the character. But this was just overboard (and oversharing) on the author's behalf. Some examples:
May 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Caprice De Luca is a home stager. Her job is similar to an interior decorator, but home staging is preparing someone's home to be as appealing as possible to potential home buyers in the real estate market. It's close to Valentine's Day, and Chet and Louise Downing hire Caprice to stage their house for a quick sale. Louise is Caprice's moms best friend. Caprice is appalled when she discovers Louise dead in her greenhouse. She's been shot at close range. Mom is devastated and asks Caprice to inve ...more
Dec 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books
This fun and relaxing tale with mystery and romance is a great read. The De Luca Family is very close. Caprice and Nicki worked handling Open Houses for selling real estate. Caprice does the setting and Nicki caters the buffet table. At an open house Caprice finds the owner, Louise Drowning murder in the greenhouse.. Louise is a good friend of their Mothers and Caprice fells compel to investigate. She needs to find Louise's for the answer. All the regular characters are mention. The first time I ...more
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This particular installment in the series wasn't as compelling as the others that I've read so far. It felt a bit slow action-wise, and some of the dialogue didn't feel as dynamic or spirited. Quite a bit of filler, too, it seemed. Having said that, however, it was good mystery. I was also happy to spend some time with the mc and her family, and look forward to more in the next book. A good 3.5* for this one.
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved this and I think you will also!
Laura Reading
Dec 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have read the first book in this series, and have the second book on my wishlist.
When the opportunity came from Netgalley to revisit the De Luca family and follow along as
Caprice De Luca investigates another murder, I jumped at the opportunity. I was not disappointed.

The De Luca family is close knit and each member has a busy and complicated life.
There are 3 sisters and a brother, each of whom seems to have relationship issues.
Caprice and Nikki work together doing home stagings, Caprice with
This is the third book in the Caprice De Luca Home Staging Mystery series. Caprice is looking forward to staging Louise and Chet Downing's property with a hearts and flowers theme in time for Valentine's Day. But right before the event, when Caprice finds the murdered body of Louise in the greenhouse, she decides to once again help investigate the crime...a crime that took the life of one of her mother's best friends. While her friend Grant warns her of the dangers, can Caprice get to the bottom ...more
Feb 09, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gilt by Association by Karen R Smith is the third book in the Caprice De Luca Home Staging series. Caprice, our protagonist is a home stager, puppy trainer, babysitter, vintage dress finder and crime solver. In her third adventure she finds that her frozen February becomes more chilling when her client is found dead. And like any great murder mystery the killer will be revealed one detail at a time.

What I like about cozy mystery series is that many of them give you enough background information
Jan 16, 2015 rated it liked it
I would actually give this 3 1/2 stars, I enjoyed this book and love the series. My only drawback is that there seemed to be filler, for instance I love animals and I liked some of the tips of puppy training but I don't think I needed to read about every praise and treat. The whole thing with Grant, Caprice keeps thinking they are better friends but other than puppy training there didn't seem to be the same conversations that sometimes had me laughing before. That being said I do really like Cap ...more
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Jan 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
This third installment of the Caprice De Luca Mystery series is the best yet. Karen Rose Smith has really developed her characters since her first two books.

We're back in Kismet, PA where murder hits too close to home this time, when Caprice's mother's best friend is found dead. As Caprice comes across clue after clue, I had a pretty good feeling as to the identity of the killer. But there were enough twists to make me doubt myself at times.

Ms. Smith is a wonderful story teller. Her likable char
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is Karen's 3rd book in her Caprice De Luca series. Sisters Caprice, who is a house stager and Nikki, who is a caterer, seem to be able to work together on many projects. They have been hires by their long-time family friend, Louise Downing, to stage her house, so she and her husband can finally enjoy their golden years. The girls leave Louise's home after a brain storming session, little did they guess that the next time they saw Louise, she would be dead. The De Luca family and Louise's hu ...more
Jo Dervan
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
This book is part of a series of cozy mysteries. Caprice DeLucca, is a home stager who lives with her large Italian family in a small PA town. When she isn't staging homes, she is solving mysteries. In this story Louise, a close friend of Caprice's Mom ends up murdered in her greenhouse. Caprice discovered the body when she arrived at the house for a home staged open house. Louise and her hsuabdn, Chet, were selling the house and he was to retire from his pretzel company. Caprice promised her mo ...more
Sandy Bartles
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love these books with Caprice De Luca and hate having to wait so long between books. I had never heard of home staging a house before selling it, probably because I don't own an expensive house. Caprice not only stages homes, buts she takes in strays and finds them new homes, she adores her family and is always there to help them out and is still trying to decide between the two men in her life. However, her life never seems to be busy enough because she also manages to find time to ...more
Barbara Thompson
Jan 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was my first book to read by Author Karen Rose Smith. I was not disappointed. Gilt by Association is a fantastic book and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. This was not a mystery I could predict. It had twists and turns with some surprises and I love the characters, mystery and romance. The book seemed to be centered around Valentine's Day, but it's great to read anytime. I definitely recommend Gilt by Association and it's Book Three in the A Caprice De Luca Mystery series. I am looking forw ...more
Shelley Giusti
Feb 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Karen Rose Smith's third book is a hit! I love this series and always look forward to seeing what Caprice is up to next. Caprice is always busy with staging homes and taking care of her puppy, she is on the hunt for a dress to the Valentines day dance. So when a murder takes place and it is a close friend of her mom's, Caprice knows she has to do what she can to find out what happened and why. You will love the characters, they are strong and vibrant, the town is a welcoming place to visit. Once ...more
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, romance
I really enjoyed reading the book Gilt by Association. I like when Seth surprises Caprice at the Valentines and spend some time together before returning to his fellowship and gives her momento think about him while he gone. It has to around the death of Louise downing Murder. It ends up that Mrs downing had a hidden past that ends up catching up to her and murdering her at the same time. It keeps you guessing who killed her in the first place.
Doward Wilson
May 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Caprice is a fascinating character. Her business is unusual. Now add in entertaining murders and you have a great book. Her friends and family round out the story line in Book 3 in a well built manner but her stray pets rescues and adoptions really give the story umph! Funny and well plotted, this is a series to keep reading.
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Love this series. Karen Rose Smith does not disappoint. I will be re-reading this book again and again.
May 29, 2017 rated it liked it
' "You gave Louise everything," she almost shouted like the mentally unhinged woman that Caprice realized she was.'
In spite of occasional clumsiness like this, and as much emphasis on puppy training as on home staging, this series' gimmick, I enjoyed the book and would read others by the author.
Rachel Archer
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Another great installment.

I started this book in the middle of a snow flurry, and finished it the same day. I loved it. The characters and the little town of Kismet feel very much like family and home. This story especially, was fantastic, and it was a perfect way to spend my day indoors.
I’m enjoying the characters, but this time the story just wasn’t doing that much for me. However I am loving the interactions between Caprice and Grant.

2.5 stars
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I really enjoyed the involvement of the past, and Caprice's mom's best friend. Or were they really best friends?
Karen Rose Smith has a great new mystery out: Gilt by Association, the third book in the Caprice De Luca series. This is the best one so far! This cozy mystery could be read as a stand-alone novel as any necessary information is seamlessly woven into the story but once you begin reading, you won’t want to miss the earlier ones.
Caprice comes from the very close-knit De Luca family. Bella, her younger sister, is a wife and mother of two youngsters and a newborn. Caprice has her own Home Staging bu
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Jun 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Once again, I followed the clues with Caprice and could not wait to find out who done it. This is the third book in the Caprice De Luca Mystery series and I thoroughly enjoyed it. A 4.5 stars for me.

In this outing Caprice's mother's best friend, Louise, is found murdered while she is staging her house. Caprice finds the body and is so upset, she really does not look at the clues of the scene. At her mother's request, Caprice looks into the case. There are various suspects, the cheating husband,
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Gilt by Association is the third installment in the Home Staging Mystery series featuring Caprice De Luca. It's February in Kismet, Pennsylvania and Caprice is busy staging a home for her mom's best friend, Louise Downing. In keeping with her staging themes, Caprice is planning on a Hearts and Flowers open house and also trying to find the perfect dress for the annual Valentine's Day dance.

Caprice finds Louise's dead body out in the greenhouse, surrounded by a box of her favorite chocolates. Whe
DelAnne Frazee
Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Title: Gilt By Association - Caprice DeLuca Home Staging Mystery 3
Author: Karen Rose Smith
Published: 1-27-16
Publisher: Kensington Books
Pages: 320
Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense
Sub Genre: Amateur Sleuths; Cooking; Food & Wine; Cozy Mystery
ISBN: 9780758284884
Reviewer: DelAnne
Reviewed For: NetGalley

With the winter months being slow season for the real estate market in Kismet, PA home owners know that anyone willing to search for a new home is serious about purchasing.
Mary Brown
Mar 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Gilt By Association by Karen Rose Smith is the third book in the Caprice DeLuca Mystery series and it is a good read.

Caprice DeLuca is a house-stager for high-end clientele. Along with her sister, Nikki, who does catering, they host awesome open houses that are the talk of the town. When they agree to stage and hold an open house for their mother’s best friend, Louise, they never expected it to be the event of the century. Because they never expected there to be a murder right before the big ev
Katrina Epperson
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited to be able to read the third release in the Caprice DeLuca's mysteries. I became invested in this series with the first book, Staged To Death, where I first met Caprice. She is a lovely young woman with insecurities just like anyone else, but she tries to hide them. With the downward plunge in the economy she has had to reinvent herself from an interior designer to a home stager. She has taken a fledgling idea and turned it into a prosperous business. At present she has been con ...more
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Award-winning author Karen Rose Smith was born in Pennsylvania. Although she was an only child, she remembers the bonds of an extended family. Family is a strong theme in her books and she suspects her childhood memories are the reason.

In college, Karen began writing poetry and also met her husband to be. They both began married life as teachers, but when their son was born, Karen decided to try

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