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Staging is Murder

(A Laura Bishop Mystery #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  246 ratings  ·  72 reviews
Laura Bishop just nabbed her first decorating commission—staging for sale a 19th century mansion that hasn’t been updated for decades. But when a body falls from a laundry chute and lands at Laura’s feet, removing flowered wallpaper becomes the least of her duties.

To clear her young assistant of the murder and save her fledgling business, Laura’s determined to find the k
Paperback, 262 pages
Published April 30th 2019 by Henery Press
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Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Laura Bishop has landed the perfect job to jumpstart her new home staging career— an aging mansion that needs to sell fast. But before she can even change a curtain, the body of the owner comes tumbling down the laundry chute. With the police suspecting her assistant, Tyrone, of murder, it’s up to Laura to clear his name.

Some cozies are so well-constructed and satisfying that the obvious craft behind them is almost as entertaining as the book itself. That’s the case with author Grace Topping’s f
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Author Grace Topping debuts nicely with her Laura Bishop Mystery series from Henery Press. This cozy is a light read with lots of plausible suspect’s and a killer who was cleverly snuck into the plot and never even on my radar! There are plenty of chuckles along the route to the satisfying conclusion.

Protagonist Laura Bishop is a beginner in the home staging business and her very first client, Victoria Denton, is a doozy! Nita, Laura’s best friend, has a huge Italian-American family who embrace
Mark Baker
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, mystery
Laura Bishop is just getting her home staging business off the ground, and she is thrilled to land Victoria Denton as her first client. Victoria can make her reputation in their small Pennsylvania town. Unfortunately, Victoria also has a reputation for being hard to work with, and Laura is finding that all too true. Working late one night, Laura is shocked to find Victoria’s dead body. When the police arrest Laura’s assistant, she decides she needs to look into the crime to find out what really ...more
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Grace Topping starts this book/series out with a big thump. While curbing the clutter in the huge 19th-century mansion, her protagonist Laura Bishop heads to the cellar with a box only to have her client’s body fall from the laundry chute right at her feet. Victoria Denton was difficult but who would have done such a thing?

The police decide Laura’s assistant, Tyrone is their prime suspect. He accidentally broke a vase sending Ms. Denton into a tizzy. She also is on the committ
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
The first book in a new book on a house decorating theme and a new author for me. It was slow getting starting as the background for the series was set but I found I didn't want to set it down. It is written a single person view. I felt the characters needed additional development. The writing flows easy and descriptions place you right there. There are usually events I felt were creative one that caught my attention one is that the victim sent down the laundry chute to the protagonist.
Laura Bi
May 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Staging is Murder by Grace Topping takes us to Louiston, Pennsylvania. Laura Bishop has quit her boring job in IT to start her own home staging company called Staging for You. She has done homes for family and friends for years, but now she has received her first paid commission. Unfortunately, the job is staging the notoriously difficult Victoria Denton’s home, but, if the job is done well (which it will be), it will give Laura a good reputation and a much needed reference. Tyrone Webster is La ...more
What an awesome first book in this new series! I couldn't put it down! I'm so glad one of the online book clubs I'm in chose it for this month's discussion. I just loved Laura's bestie, Nita and her big Italian family of her mom and brothers, not to mention her husband. They were awesome, and I could see why Laura enjoyed being with them so much, since she'd never had any siblings. Laura's friend Sister Madeleine was just about the coolest nun who loved reading mysteries and advised Laura to loo ...more
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
It is amazing how many different topics can be explored for cozy mysteries. Grace Topping's Staging is Murder is a wonderful book that explores a topic I havr never seen before in a cozy mystery: staging a house for sale. The plot is wonderfully written, weaving the story with murder and intrigue enough to keep you on your toes. All of the characters are wonderful, even those you just love to hate. I spent most of the book trying to figure out the who done-it to the not only the murder but the o ...more
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
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4.5 Stars

This is a new author for me, and she did not disappoint. The mystery was well-crafted. Red herrings were well placed and a smooth flow of text rounded out a great book.

I have not seen a book centered around house staging before, although I had heard of the practice. I am not sure I would have stayed on staging the place after the murder. Heck, the fingerprint dust mess alone would have sent me running,

This book was un-put-downable. And the only thing I felt a tad lacking was the pacing.
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Staging is Murder by Grace Topping is one of the best cozy stories that I have ever read. Be it the plot or character development, the writing style or the mystery behind the murder, Grace Topping has done an excellent job in keeping her readers hooked on to the book. I absolutely loved the characters, especially Laura. The story is unique and so is the mystery behind the murder. A highly recommended cozy mystery!
Karen (BaronessBookTrove)
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy from the Great Escapes Book Tours. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. It’s raining bodies! Oh, just one body but still!
Staging is Murder by Grace Topping is a fun mystery with a reluctant amateur detective. This book is a wonderful start to a new series. I can’t wait to see what Laura and Nita get into next.
The reluctant sleuth, Laura Bishop
Laura Bishop really doesn’t want to investigate a client’s murder, but
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read it in a day it was so cozy.

A new series featuring Laura Bishop, IT specialist turned professional home stage-r. Her first client, Victoria Denton, is known to be one nasty person. When Victoria is murdered Laura 's young assistant, Tyrone Webster, is arrested giving Laura a reason to find the real killer.

Each chapter starts with a staging tip, and as Laura draws upon her avid-reader-gained investigative skills we get a glimpse into a number of other series to add to our own collections.

Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
When Laura Bishop's fledgling decorating company beats out well known rival Monica Heller for the Denton mansion project, Laura is thrilled to have to work. That is until she spends some time with Victoria Denton. In Staging is Murder by Grace Topping, Laura has her work cut out for her with the Denton House in the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania. Not only is the house huge it is severely outdated, cluttered with figurines and lorded over by angry, rude Victoria Denton. Then she discovers a ...more
Marie McNary
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fans of Krista Davis’ Domestic Diva Mystery Series will enjoy this book. It draws you in and keeps the reader engaged from beginning until end. A strong first installment to the series. The book kept me guessing. I thought I had the ending figured out twice, only to have it turn out I was wrong. I’m looking forward to reading more of Laura’s future adventures!
Apr 29, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a good first attempt but a very predictable mystery. I did like the hints about staging a house to sell in each chapter. The author has a lot of promise and I hope she continues to write such unique cozies.
Jeanie Jackson
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I greatly enjoyed Staging is Murder, the first book in the Laura Bishop series. I like that Laura understands that she doesn’t know how to conduct an investigation and that she might not find the answers. Since her assistant and dear friend Tyrone is arrested and the police are satisfied that they have the murderer, someone has to try to find the real killer, and it seems she is elected. Tyrone is studying design and is a natural at developing great stage settings, so it seems a great idea for h ...more
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
STAGING IS MURDER by Grace Topping
The First Laura Bishop Mystery

Laura Bishop has landed her first job as a professional home stager, beating out her old high school nemesis to stage the Denton house for sale. Along with her young assistant Tyrone, Laura is ready to make her mark, especially since she doesn't return to her well paying, but soul numbing IT career. Despite the difficult owner and tight deadline, Laura is making progress. But while working in the basement, the owner's body falls fro
Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
Wow! The planning and misdirections in this first book remind me of the Golden Age murder/mystery writers!

Laura has a part-time assistant to help her with her fledgling business, Tyrone holds down 2 or 3 jobs, is putting himself through college, lives with his Nan and seems to be an all round good guy, so when he breaks a vase on their first paying job and gets into a little bit of a verbal argument with the house owner (who seems to think there is nothing wrong with outdated decorations and WAY
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very good start for a new series. It's entertaining, engaging and fun to read.
I liked the cast of characters, likable and relatable, the setting and the style of writing.
The mystery was good and it kept me guessing till the end.
I look forward to reading the next installment in this series.
Highly recommended!
Many thanks to Henery Press and Edelweiss for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
Laura Bishop is starting a new career in home staging. She's been hired by Victoria Denton, who's about as nasty as they come. But Laura needs the job, and she's determined to make the best of it. Along with her is her assistant Tyrone Webster, who has aspirations of becoming a designer. While working with Victoria is difficult, Laura and Tyrone seem to be dealing with it. But things come to a head one day when Tyrone accidentally breaks a vase and Victoria gets angry and demands he leave. It go ...more
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Woot -- what a fabulous debut in the cozy mystery genre! So much to love about this book and this author (may there be many more untold stories clamoring to escape her clever mind!) Here's some things that really stuck out for me:

Love the staging theme -- it's a nice change from all the bookshop/library/tea shop themed mysteries (though I'm fiercely loyal to those tropes!) -- it's just fun to have something a little different in the cozy mystery mix.

Love that the heroine is a little 'seasoned' -
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you enjoyed Jan Karon's Mitford books as I did, then you need to take a literary journey to Louiston, PA. It's the home of Laura Bishop, home stager and reluctant sleuth. As Laura tries to get her new home staging business off the ground, she finds a body in her client's home and is drawn into trying to solve the crime.
Along the way, she introduces the reader to Louiston businesses and colorful characters all around town. Wander down Main Street and try to predict who will help Laura and who
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The debut book in the Laura Bishop series, Staging is Murder is a great start to a new series by Grace Topping. The characters are likable and interesting. The introductions and character backgrounds are done smoothly and are well paced through the book and not drawing away from the flow of the mystery. I really enjoyed reading Staging is Murder, it kept me interested, and cheering for Laura as she tries to prove her assistant’s innocence when a murder literally lands at her feet. Each chapter a ...more
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A new book by a new author always leaves the reader wondering what is coming. Grace Topping and Henery Books have not disappointed.

My first thought, as I picked up this book, was that I was about to read another theater or movie themed book. WRONG!! Laura Bishop is not into the stage as much as she is into real estate - her job is preparing a house to sell, regardless of the shape she finds it in when first enters its doors. This theme is carried throughout the book as each chapter is prefaced
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this first in a series cozy mystery. I liked how every chapter had a tip for staging homes for sale and that something from that tip was in that chapter. I also enjoyed the references to various other murder mystery books. I will be reading more from this series as they are released. Looking forward to the next book.
Dorothy Scott
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For Mystery Lovers

Thoroughly enjoyed this book.Not a mystery reader, but eagerly awaiting the next one. This is written very well and a fun read. Congratulations on a book well done and a highly recommended read!
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Engaging read

This book by Grace Topping is a wonderful debut book. Her main character is a stager for home sales - something I have never seen before. I loved the book and can't wait for the next one in the series!
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fun first in series!
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This well-crafted debut by Grace Topping makes me eager for more Laura Bishop adventures. I especially enjoyed the confrontation scene. Kudos to Grace!
Clemmie Jackson
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyable mystery with a twist
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