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Drape Expectations

(Caprice De Luca Home Staging Mystery #4)

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These days, home stager Caprice De Luca’s calendar is a full house. Her grandmother’s health is failing, her wayward uncle is stirring the pot, and she’s torn between two equally eligible suitors. With so much drama in her personal life, Caprice is grateful to have Ace Richland, a former 80s rock star, ask her to stage his girlfriend’s house. But Alanna Goodwin is a tough ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages
Published July 28th 2015 by Kensington (first published July 15th 2015)
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Linda
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Caprice gets a call from her friend and client, Ace Richland, a rock star legend making a comeback. He asks her for a favor, to stage his new girlfriend's Kismet house to sell, so that she could move in with him. While Caprice's initial opinion of Alanna is not the greatest, her friendship with Ace wins out and she agrees to meet Alanna at her home and discuss a possible contract. At her first meeting, she quickly realizes how difficult Alanna can be but a promise is a promise. One good thing ab ...more
Patricia Tucker
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Each new book, in this series, is like a family reunion! Drape Expectations is my favorite, so far.

Caprice agrees to stage the home of Alanna Goodwin, girlfriend of her friend, Ace Richland. Alanna seems to be a southern belle but her demeanor changes at will. While at Alanna's home, Caprice sees (and hears) things, giving her cause for concern. Things get worse, during the open house, and Caprice gives Alanna an angry reprimand. Ashamed of her behavior, Caprice goes to Alanna's home, the next d
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Carol
Caprice, Caprice..what are you going to do? Which beau will be
the pick for you?
But first, a mystery needs resolution…who murdered Alanna
Goodwin, owner of the White Pillars mansion. Caprice has been
hired to stage Alanna’s home for sale.
Caprice’s friend Ace Richland had recommended her to Alanna.
Caprice discovers that is Alanna is trying to sabotage Ace’s
upcoming road tour working with one of the band members.
Then Ace’s house is robbed of two of his valuable guitars,
and Caprice interest is peak
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Madonna Dolin
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kensington Publishing through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Once again this is a new series for me. I liked the character of Caprice De Luca quite a lot and think she would be a great friend to have. I haven't ever heard of a house stager before but then again I live in a very rural area. Caprice gets involved when her friend Ace is suspected of killing his girlfriend. There is a love triangle that has apparently been on going in the
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Shannon Binegar-Foster
Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVED every minute of this book. While I had figured out many of the twists in this book I was completely surprised by the reveal of the murderer. I am excited to see what lies ahead for this great cast of characters. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review, which in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
Brenda
Jun 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Drape Expectations is the 4th installment in the Caprice De Luca Home Staging Mystery series. Set in the quaint town of Kismet, Pennsylvania Caprice has been hired by her rock star friend Ace Richland to stage the home of his new girlfriend, Alanna Goodwin.

Alanna is a Southern Belle with a Texan twang. Caprice is very protective of Ace and his daughter Trista and does not have good feelings about the Southern beauty. Butting heads over the Antebellum Ecstasy staging theme does little to endear
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Crittermom
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Drape Expectations is a mystery that leaves cozy lovers and animal lovers begging for more. Filled with food, family (both 2 and 4 legged), friends, and suspense, the 4th Caprice De Luca Home Staging mystery is a terrific addition to the series. *For newcomers to the series, home staging is the decoration and setup of a home to highlight its best features and facilitate a sale.

As a favor to her friend Ace, a famous musician, Caprice agrees to stage Alanna's home. She quickly learns that beneath
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Nancy
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Drape Expectations is book four in the home staging series written by Karen Rose Smith which feature Caprice Deluca. These books are delightful to read because whatever is happening in her career a mystery always occurs and she can’t resist solving it.

Caprice DeLuca is a home stager with busy schedule getting her girlfriend’s house ready for sale, her family, caring for rescued animals along with a complicated love life. Then she gets a phone call from Ace Richland requesting a favor, to stage h
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Julie
Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Drape Expectations by Karen Rose Smith is a 2015 Kensington Publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is the 4th book in the Caprice DeLuca Mystery series.

Ace, a rock legend, is about to embark on a tour, but is also planning to marry a woman named Alanna. So, he ask Caprice to do a staging for his fiance's home, because they plan on moving in together immediately. Caprice agrees to help because Ace is a good friend, bu
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Notthatcatwoman
Jun 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
*I was given an advanced copy by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Warning MINOR spoilers.

Finally! This book has taken that big step forward that this series needed. Our romantic love triangle gets an answer, plus we get shown a little bit more of the affection, though I still would classify this as a romance series. The mystery was even better than the last. Not so much in itself but more the execution. It was planned out better, the red herrings made sense, and the ending actually was
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Tess
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Caprice is hired to stage a house for Alanna, the wealthy fiancee of her friend Ace, a former rock star who's trying to get his career going again. As they will get married soon, they want to put her house on the market. That doesn't seem too likely at this point, when Alanna is killed and Ace is named as the main suspect. Poor Caprice, not only is her work life slowing down, but her personal life is being put to the test. Grant and Seth, her gentlemen friends would really like Caprice to decide ...more
Betty
Jun 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books
Caprice De Luca homestaging business is moving along fine When she gets a call from Ace Richland to come at once as his fiancee Alanna has been strangled. He found the body and fought her the night before. Her curiosity is caught and she starts exploring what happen. The police and her friends tell her to let the police find the killer. Caprice rescues Mirabella , white Persian cat. The description of introducing Caprice to her cat and dog are great and is funny. Families problems have her atten ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Once again, Caprice is up to her eyeballs in work, pets, family drama and mystery. When Caprice is asked by her friend, rockstar Ace Richland to stage his girlfriend's house, she can not refuse him. Alanna Goodwin is not the easiest person to get along with but Caprice knows she must have a good side if Ace loves her. When Ace finds Alanna dead in her house, he calls Caprice for help. He is immediately suspected of killing her, but Caprice does not believe it. She puts on her detective hat and d ...more
Amelia
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
All the books in the Caprice De Luca Home Staging Mystery series have been extremely captivating, and the fourth story has the amateur sleuth heroine trying to solve a murder connected to a friend. Though Caprice De Luca has no formal police training, her ability to logically work though clues linked to an unsolved death has led to her helping discover three killers. When she once again becomes entangled in a mysterious murder, she vows to keep digging until the culprit is caught. Cozy mysteries ...more
Janice Liedl
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
This is a top-notch cozy mystery, featuring a one-of-a-kind sleuth in home decorator and stager Caprice de Luca. Her small town doesn't confine her, as the rich and famous come to buy and sell there and nearby. One, a friend and rock star, wants Caprice to work her magic on his girlfriend's home.

Alanna, the would-be client, is difficult and that's only the start of problems for Caprice and company. Soon she's dead and the police suspect Alanna's boyfriend, Caprice's client and friend, Ace. Capri
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Laura
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ace Richland was a good client and friend, so when he asks Caprice De luca to do a last minute home staged open house for his new girlfriend, Caprice couldn't say no. Just as she couldn't turn down Ace's 12 year old daughter Trista's request to referee her arguing parents. Caprice has a few soft spots.

Alanna, the girlfriend, turns out to be less than the ideal client, and seems to have quite a few secrets.
There is more to her than the gruff, demanding exterior she projects to the world.
Things ge
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Nate
Jun 22, 2015 rated it liked it
[I received this book free from the publisher through NetGalley. I thank them for their generousity. In exchange, I was simply asked to write an honest review, and post it. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising]

Question: How can you go wrong with a novel called Drape Expectations?

When I first saw a professional staging mystery I wa
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Teresa Kander
This is the first book I've read in this series, and I'm definitely hooked on it. There is a love triangle, but it is resolved by the end of the book, so I can overlook it. :)

Caprice stages homes to help sell them, and in the course of her job she manages to discover dead bodies--and then feels compelled to solve the crimes. She is also an animal lover, as are the majority of the other characters in the story, so we are introducted to a variety of pets as well as people. Caprice's Nana is one of
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Penny Marks
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. This is the first book I have read in this series and I don't know how I have missed it. I am ready to delve right into another. Love how Karen Rose Smith incorporates her love of animals, fashion, decorating sense and mystery all in one book. Also the way she writes it just has you reading effortlessly, flowing from scene to scene. Her characters are so believable you feel like they could be your neighbors or friends.
Caprice has so much going on in her life right
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Jeanie
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Karen Rose Smith is at her very best in ‘Drape Expectations’! She exceeds the suspense, humor, and warmth of family and friends that we anticipate from her in this fourth offering of the Caprice De Luca Mystery series. It can be read as a stand-alone or as part of the series.
Caprice has her own interior design and home staging business with an excellent reputation for her unique artistry. Caprice has a close-knit family, including her Nana, with whom she is exceptionally close. Caprice loves an
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JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mysteries, cozy
Caprice Deluca is a home stager, and because of this, she sometimes makes friends of her clients. Ace Richland, a former rock star on the way to a comeback, is one of those friends. He has called Caprice because his girlfriend Alanna Goodwin is going to sell her house and move in with him. He wants Caprice to stage it for her.

When Caprice acquiesces, she soon realizes that Alanna won't be easy to work with; and has a pretty good reason to dislike her: she doesn't seem to care for her beautiful c
...more
Vicki
Jun 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was my first book by Karen Rose Smith, and I was not disappointed. In fact I enjoyed this book so much that I want to go back and read the previous books!

At first I wasn’t sure I was going to like this because the main character decorates houses and I have no interest in decorations, but the characters ended up being so loveable that I couldn’t help but love it all.

So let me start off with the setting, one of the reasons I liked this book was once again like all cozy mysteries it has that s
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Michelle
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Caprice's home staging business is providing her with lots of work and she really does not need anymore work. But, she cannot say "no" to her friend Ace, he wants her to stage his new girlfriends house so it can be sold so she can move in with Ace. Alanna (Ace's new girlfriend) is not the nicest person in the world and Caprice does walk out of her home showing when she gets very upset with her. Before you know it there is a murder and it's Alanna and the weapon is an ugly tie back from the curta ...more
JoAn
Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Drape Expectations by Karen Rose Smith is the fourth book in her Caprice DeLuca mystery series. I have not read the others in this series; but I didn't have any problems in following the mystery.

Caprice is a home stager and apparently in big demand by the local real estate agents in her home town area. I liked Caprice and her vintage style of dress because she was comfortable in her own skin and in what she enjoyed without any affectations. I also enjoyed her family very much because there is l
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Susan Johnston
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Princess Fuzzypants here! I get to review when there are animals in the book and with Sophia, Mirabelle and Lady all central characters, it's a natural for meow. House stager, Caprice, might not have been drawn into the murder of her client had she not witnessed her cruelty to her kitty, Mirabelle. Of course, when Caprice discovers Alanna's body, she feels compelled to solve the mystery despite the danger to her own safety. Her friend, former 80's rock icon, Ace, is the prime suspect and Caprice ...more
Katrina Wiese
I received an ARC of of this book from NetGalley via publisher Kensington books for an honest review. All opinions are mine.

This is the 4th book in the Caprice De Luca Mysteries Series by Karen Rose Smith, and another fun addition to this series. I have really loved reading all of the books in the series. I have enjoyed the characters and their pets, which are very believable and relatable. Karen Rose Smith is amazing at character building and plot building. I am always amazed that I have a hard
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Patty
Jul 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
First, I would give this a 4.5, but Goodreads won't let me. I try to save 5's for books that really change things for me.

Like the other titles in the Caprice De Luca series, this is a good, solid story. Well told, well paced, and enough of a puzzle to leave you with a challenge. As a cozy series it is solid. We care about the characters, enjoy the relations with family and friends and get enough about Caprice's career to keep her story interesting. In addition, there has been a romance or two g
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Jacque
Jun 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Drape Expectations is the fourth Caprice De Luca Mystery, but the first I have read. This works very well as a stand-alone novel, but the characters are so likable and engaging, I now want to read the first three books! This is a very pleasant cozy, filled with family, dogs, cats, love....and of course, a murder to be solved. Caprice stages houses to be sold, but she also happens to be very good at solving crimes...and getting into dangerous situations. Sit back with a cup of coffee and enjoy.
Up-in
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the 4th book in this series. I enjoyed the easy flow of the book and the characters interacting with one another. Caprice jumps in to help her friend Ace with staging his fiance, Alanna's, house. Ace becomes a suspect in Alanna's murder and Caprice begins investigating. There are several interesting twists & turns before the killer is revealed. I really appreciate Caprice choosing one of the potential boyfriends and not having a love triangle drag on & on.

NOTE: I received a copy of this
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Michael Brown
Oct 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Another series where the bodies drop in and an unsuspecting person finds them and then works to solve the crime because a friend or relative is involved. While a better read than most because the main player is nosey but not out of touch with the real world and therefore always doing things so stupidly that they deserve to be hurt or killed she is still not cautious enough. We have yet again a small town and a group of characters that seem to center on their pets and there over curious natures. ...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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