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Laura Bishop's new home staging business is growing in popularity, though not with her nemesis. Laura has long suspected established interior designer Monica Heller of sabotaging her fledgling company--and having an affair with her late husband.

When the ultra-chic Monica is caught at the scene of a murder, Laura is plenty happy to imagine her languishing in a prison cell with bedsheets far from her normal 600-thread Egyptian cotton. But her delight is short-lived.

When Laura's friends land on the police's radar, Laura must overcome her dislike of Monica to help solve the crime. Not an easy task since Laura and Monica have been at war since the second grade.

252 pages, Paperback

First published April 28, 2020

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Profile Image for LORI CASWELL.
2,379 reviews271 followers
April 11, 2020
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Laura Bishop’s new business, staging homes is really taking off, but it seems interior designer Monica Heller would like to stop that, going so far as doing a little sabotage. Then Monica has other concerns on her hands when Laura and 3 other witnesses walk in on her killing her new client. She claims she didn’t do it, it’s all a mistake but the woman is spending some quality time behind bars while a mutual friend begs Laura to clear Monica of the crime.

Grace Topping continues to bring strong characters to her mysteries. Laura, Nita, and all their friends continue to evolve. One has a great amount of power over this certain group of people and knows how to use it to their advantage. I love the real teamwork feel of these amateur sleuths. Even Aunt Kit helps out and takes a new look at her niece’s choices.

The mystery gets off fast with first one body and then another, both killed in the same manner but no other apparent connection. I was surprised by how much time and effort Laura puts into not only helping Monica regarding the murders but in keeping her business afloat too. Laura is a much better person than me. I would have held a grudge. These women have been foes FOREVER!

The romantic aspect of this book is kinda cute. Laura is completely oblivious that Detective Spangler has feelings for her. I am happy that the author is taking the time to lay a firm foundation for this relationship. I think it will make it so much stronger in the long run.

I really enjoy the home staging theme of this series. It is creative and feels very fulfilling to help homeowners sell their homes faster and usually for a better price. It is like playing with full-size dollhouses. I love that Laura is building her wares enough to have more choices and the need for a large warehouse storage space. Each chapter starts with a staging tip. They could be useful for more than just staging a home. The tips are great to give your own home a little freshening.

Staging Wars is filled with great characters and a substantial mystery that kept me engaged and entertained from beginning to end. I am excited to see what Laura stages next.
May 2, 2020
Staging Wars by Grace Topping is charming and smartly written, with layered characters you’ll want as friends. A dash of romantic potential, a town full of suspects, the cutthroat world of home staging… each of these elements serves to bring the mystery together as readers follow the clues – and Laura – through the book. References to fictional detectives & classic mystery novels are the icing on the cake. Fun read!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)

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Profile Image for Christopher.
215 reviews167 followers
May 8, 2020
Laura Bishop’s home staging business is finally taking off, no thanks to a few crises that sure feel like someone’s attempt at sabotage. While she doesn’t have any definitive proof, she suspects the culprit might be her longtime nemesis Monica Heller. However, after she discovers Monica in a compromising position at the scene of a murder, Laura must put her ill feelings behind her in order to unmask the real killer. Monica might be a nightmare, but she’s not a murderer … right?

Grace Topping is back with another mystery so rollicking it’s a wonder Laura has any time for staging homes. Right out the gate, there’s a body on the floor and, while anyone else might run from absolving their tormentor, she charges ahead. Perhaps it’s her fair demeanor or her pure focus on making a new chapter in her life work, but Laura’s easily one of the most realistic amateur sleuths investigating in cozies today. Smart, funny, and logically cautious, she might struggle with defending Monica, but she always lands on a just decision, and in turn, she somehow makes it a joy to read about murder.

Of course, it helps that she’s backed up by a compelling mystery. Laura must deal with two possibly connected victims at two different crime scenes, which is flashy and surprising in its own right. However, this only comprises the tip of an intricately planned puzzle. Grace Topping is a master of doling out clues. She also keeps her text simple, stripping it of most frills as Laura traverses antique stores, art shows, and, of course, expertly staged homes. Combined, the result is deceptively simple: clues, hints, and possibilities are seamlessly woven throughout the story—not a single word is wasted. Blink and risk missing out on the solution until the very end.

Best of all, though, Laura is backed up by a cadre of pals that infuse just enough drama and fun to keep her on her toes. Nita, her longtime best friend, is always around for some investigative work, and she pushes Laura outside of her more cautious tendencies. Tyrone and Mrs. Webster both return, and each gets their chance to shine in the spotlight. However, the biggest surprise of all might come in the form of Aunt Kit, a generally dour presence who provides a massive chance for Laura to grow and evolve in this book. Together, they each muster up the fun and heart that binds Laura’s adventure.

Ultimately, while Grace Topping’s Staging is Murder was a fantastic debut, Staging Wars proves she has staying power.

Note: I received a free ARC of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss.

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May 6, 2020
In this second installment, Laura Bishop's home staging business is really growing even with the competition of her long time frenemy, Monica Heller. When a series of murders seem to be taking place, Monica looks to be holding the knife and caught red handed. Sister Madeline asks Laura to put aside her differences and help Monica out, as she believes she is not a cold blooded killer. Laura and her bff, Nita, decide to sleuth it up with the help of Mrs. Webster and Aunt Kit. Can they figure out the mystery before its too late?

I really enjoyed the roles Mrs. Webster and Aunt Kit played in this installment. I enjoy when there are seniors getting involved in the sleuthing and I hope to see Aunt Kit in future books.

I had an idea of the culprit from about mid book. I don't know why, it just seemed to fit. This was a quick and fun book that also has some good house keeping and selling tips through out.

There is a slight mystery involving Laura's father and where he could be. I hope that is revisited in future books. I would also like to maybe see some sparks for Laura and Spangler.

I listened to the audio version of this novel narrated by Emily Durante. She did a fantastic job.

I am looking forward to book 3.
781 reviews30 followers
March 27, 2020
Another masterpiece by my favourite author, Grace Topping. The title Staging Wars is perfect for this story. Laura is at war - with her emotions; she also has some competition in her Staging business.

The story begins with Nita finding a dead body in the funeral home. Okay, since it is a 'funeral home', one would find dead bodies, right? But his one's had a knife to its back. Ouch! With an art exhibition in town, Nita and Laura get busy; Laura's aunt Kit's come over to visit. Next, a renowned artist is stabbed with a knife. Double Ouch! Laura might be in the Staging business but she's also an amateur sleuth. When Sister Madeline asks Laura to help Laura's arch-enemy Monica, Laura is torn between facing her envious side and not saying no to Sister M.

The character development is superb. We see Laura finally facing her fears. Also, we see a change in Aunt Kit. All's well that ends well, right?
The story is cozy, charming and brilliantly written. Staging Wars kept me hooked on until the end. I highly recommend it to all cozy mystery fans.
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Author 7 books67 followers
May 9, 2020
I'm in love with this series. Staging Wars starts off fast with a body drop in the first chapter and continues at a lively pace right to the wonderfully satisfying ending.

Grace Topping is a master of character and plot. This particular book showcases Laura's sidekick Nita's quirky yet adorable side and introduces Aunt Kit. I feel as if I know these women! Each character is unique, necessary, and give the book a wonderful flavor. The plot is multi-faceted and intricately drawn but never overwhelming. The characters believably take the reader along and follow each thread in this puzzle mystery to its conclusion. I love how each event, no matter how small (you'll know what I'm referring to when you read the book) is important to the story.

Oh, Laura, please turn that analytical mind to Detective Spangler - he is trying to tell you something important!

A cozy tour de force. I can't wait for the next installment in this series. Highly recommend this book.
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2,041 reviews
November 28, 2021
Enjoyable and easy to read cozy. This is a well done mystery and it’s a quick and fun read. This has definitely become one of my must read cozy series.
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1,236 reviews19 followers
December 18, 2020
Laura Bishop is a widow who's been trying to make a new life for herself with a home staging business. She's with her employees at the town square for the Louiston Small Business Fair. They have their booth in front of a funeral home, and the owner has allowed them to use the restroom when necessary. When her employee Nita runs to her telling Laura there's a body inside, she laughs and tells her it is a funeral home. But then Nita tells her it's a man with a knife in his back and everything changes - although Laura doesn't know that yet.

She's also concerned that things have been happening to sabotage her business - like when she ordered a moving truck but the order was cancelled and there isn't any others available. Laura soon discovers that an old school nemesis, interior designer Monica Heller, is dipping her hand into the home staging business, and she's sure the woman is causing her problems. But when she finds Monica standing over the body of another man who'd been stabbed in the back, she wonders if the two murders are related.

While she doesn't want anything to do with either one, when a nun who was once her teacher asks her to help Monica, she folds and agrees. But when she starts looking into the murders, what she discovers is more than she bargained for, and it might just get her killed...

This is the second book in a new series and I loved it as much as the first one. While the author is new to the cozy mystery genre, she's very good at it. Her characters are beginning to come to life, and Laura is beginning to realize that closing herself off from anything not related to work could be harming her. She's also hosting a visit from her Aunt Kit, her late mother's sister, and we're getting an insight into her childhood and how it helped to shape her into the person she is.

The mystery was done very well, with two different men who didn't know each other, and while it seemed that they had nothing in common, we soon see how wrong we were when the pieces of the puzzle start to come together. The portrait it paints is one of greed and how it affects others and changes them. Laura is an intelligent woman who can see the bigger picture and look for things that might seem insignificant but aren't.

I also like the fact that Detective Spangler is warming up to her and not being as hard-nosed as he was in the first book; it makes it so much nicer in the long run. I, for one, don't like police officers who treat the protagonist as if they were insects to be swatted away; and we're learning that Spangler has a human side, which makes him all the more likable. While I saw what was happening with her Aunt Kit, I was pleased to see that my hopes in that area are coming to fruition.

When Laura had put it all together and the murderer was discovered, it was a refreshing scenario that I know has probably not been done before; and I enjoyed it immensely. The ending was satisfying and gave us something to look forward to. Kudos to Ms. Topping on a very fun cozy and I look forward to the next in the series. Recommended.
2,107 reviews19 followers
July 18, 2020
I loved Grace Topping’s newest addition to her Laura Bishop Mystery series, Staging Wars. As much as I enjoyed Staging Is Murder, the second book in the series is even better. From the flow of writing that had me falling into the story to the murder plot that left me completely puzzled, I enjoyed every minute. I appreciate dynamic characters and seeing Laura realize, with a little help from a special teacher, that the anger she has been clinging to is only hurting her gave me goosebumps. Her friend and business partner Nita added a delightful quirk as well as giving Laura someone to bounce idea around with. In that regard, the rest of the ensemble made up of Tyrone, the part time worker with great taste, and Mrs. Webster, his grandmother a retired nurse, who both added great character and dimension to the story and provided just the voices Laura needed to see a broader picture in the business and in her investigation. I did not expect to enjoy her aunt Kit's visit, but Laura and I were both surprised at how well that turned out. Probably the biggest surprise for everyone was that the person Laura ended up helping was her long-time nemesis, Monica.
Grace Topping incorporated Laura's staging into the story so well that I felt as if I could see her work, but the mystery always remained the focus of the book. That was one place that I think Staging Wars held my attention better that the first book. The Laura Bishop Mystery have an avid fan in this reader who cannot wait for the next book.
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697 reviews25 followers
April 5, 2020
STAGING WARS by Grace Topping
The Second Laura Bishop Mystery

A dead body in a funeral home generally isn't cause for alarm. It is, however, when the dead body is lying on the hallway floor with a knife sticking out of his back! While Mrs. Webster seems intrigued by another murder and Nita is freaking out after originally finding the dead man, Laura Bishop maintains she will not get involved in another murder investigation. Even when Laura and her friends find Laura's nemesis holding a bloody knife over yet another dead body, she doesn't want to get involved. Perhaps karma has finally caught up with the woman who not only tormented her growing up, but might have had an affair with her husband, and may be sabotaging her business. Laura balks when Sister Madeleine urges her to not only help prove Monica's innocence, but also make sure her business, her competing business, stays on track. Laura, giving in to the guilt trip, eventually agrees to help out. After all, how can one say no to a nun?

Two murders, both men stabbed in the back, but seemingly no other connection. A conundrum that makes for an interesting mystery. I appreciate how the connection is made and the "a-ha" moments when I remembered the clues the author left for observant readers. I'm enjoying how Laura is clueless about Detective Spangler's feelings for her, though admittedly the clues are subtle. I adore Mrs. Webster, with her no nonsense attitude and sense of adventure. The little details and well developed characters give this series an added zing.

I was a little annoyed by Laura's attitude towards horses and the author certainly needed to do a little more research in that regard. Though she knew the horse needed to be cooled down, how it was done was incorrect and I gasped aloud when the horse was given lots of water to drink after a hard workout in the heat! Although I felt that some suspects where given short shrift and could have been fleshed out more, it would have made for a very long, perhaps too long, book. These are minor complaints, however, as I did thoroughly enjoy this second Laura Bishop Mystery.

STAGING WARS is an intriguing, well plotted mystery that includes characters with chemistry, humor, and hints of things to come.

FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a digital ARC provided through Edelweiss, in the hopes I would review it.
Profile Image for Toni.
1,327 reviews41 followers
March 23, 2020
4.5 Stars

This is the second book in the Laura Bishop mystery series by Grace Topping.

Basic premise: Laura’s home staging business is going well but she fears a rival is sabotaging her success. Then said rival, Monica, finds herself in jail after being found holding the murder weapon while standing over a dead body.

I am not sure I would have put myself on the line as much as Laura did trying to prove Monica’s innocence. The two had been at war with each other since second grade and the woman even had an affair with her ex-husband before his demise. Talk about conflict of interest.

There is not really a romantic interest in this series yet but I have a feeling the ground is being laid for a romance between Laura and Detective Spangler. Even though there has not been a romantic spark, per say, between the detective and Laura, I feel like that could be coming in a future book. I look forward to that little plot point!

If you haven’t read book one, definitely go over and read that. The character base is pretty much the same as this one and it will give you a good backstory to work from when diving into this book. But in reality, this book really does give you a good idea of what has happened in the past and can totally be read as a standalone. But book one is so good! You have to check that one out too! Just a suggestion!

This series is just starting out gang busters! Books one and two are unputdownable!

If you enjoy a good cozy mystery, definitely give this one a try, you won’t be disappointed!

I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank Edelweiss, Henery Press and the author for allowing me to read this title.
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830 reviews35 followers
April 21, 2020
Perfectly delightful!

I’m so happy to have been introduced to this series! Staging Wars is the second book in the Laura Bishop mystery series. If you didn’t read Staging is Murder, you can start there, but you don’t have to. You’ll quickly catch up with and warm up to the characters in the series.

Laura and Nita have been friends since grade school. Knowing that Laura’s situation at home was pretty lonely, Sister Madeline encouraged the friendship. Nita’s big family welcomed Laura as one of their own, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Now, many years later, Nita’s joined Laura’s new staging business, and they make the perfect team. Detective team that is! Okay, they make a great staging business team too, but they do seem to stumble upon a number of bodies in their business much to the dismay of Detective Spangler.

In Staging Wars, Nita stumbles upon a body; then she stumbles upon another! This time with the murderer (?) standing above the body with a bloody knife! Poor Nita! Well, Sister Madeline, being the gentle, kind, manipulating soul she is, guilts Laura into helping the suspect of the second murder (again, much to the dismay of Detective Spangler!).

Speaking of Detective Spangler, he’s just one of the well written secondary (sorta primary) characters in Staging Wars. One of the characters I adore is Mrs. Webster. Mrs. Webster speaks her mind! I was cracking up during several scenes where she appears. Tyrone Webster works part time for Laura and Nita, and, yes, he’s related to Mrs. Webster. He’s her grandson, so you know he’s a good kid.

Another of my favorite characters is Laura’s visiting Aunt Kit. Kit is much like her sister, Laura’s mother, was in that she has a personality that is a bit harsh and hard to warm up to. But as she spends more time with Laura, some of her icy shell starts to break off. I think that she and Laura’s mom were probably raised in a cold home, so they learned to be cold. I do hope that Aunt Kit decides to make her visit permanent!

Staging Wars fits my definition of the perfect cozy mystery book. It’s not gruesome; doesn’t have strong language; has a well-plotted mystery that’s not easy to solve; doesn’t have sexual situations; and leaves you with a good, cozy feeling.

I highly recommend this book and can’t wait to see what Laura and friends get up to next!
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268 reviews11 followers
April 25, 2020
Another fun book in an entertaining series. Laura’s journey to success in a new career is inspiring and you can’t help but root for her to succeed. The mystery kept me guessing and I enjoyed reading about the struggle Laura went through helping someone who isn’t her favorite person. Two thumbs up!

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396 reviews7 followers
April 20, 2020
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.Staging Wars by Grace Topping is a well-developed mystery with these great tips for staging your home.
Two murders in Louiston, but are they connected?
Laura Bishop
Our sleuth is the main character, and she is out to figure out who is committing these murderers. Laura doesn't want to get involved with finding the killer or killers. However, when her former teacher and friend ask her to cover for her high school nemesis' business, Laura is pulled into the mystery. 

I liked that Laura grows in this second installment. She is forced to confront some personal things, and she tries to figure out how to get over the hurt. Laura is a class act, but she needs to remember to take her cell phone with her. 
Detective Alex Spangler
Alex seems to want to do his job well, but Laura is usually a step or two ahead of him. Although, he does save her from some clumsy moves throughout the book. There is a definite attraction between these two, but will it take off? I can't wait to see if Laura can move forward with all of her life.
The mystery has some funny parts, Laura and Nita could be another Lucy and Ethel. They certainly get into some tight spots. Laura, however, figures out what's going on and helps Spangler with the case.
Four Stars
Staging Wars by Grace Topping is a beautiful read. The characters come to life, and the setting is superb. I love these small-town mysteries. I am rating Staging Wars with four stars. If you like cozy mysteries with a decorating flair, then check out this series. 

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217 reviews30 followers
July 6, 2022
Staging Wars, the second book in Grace Topping’s Laura Bishop cozy mystery series combines delightful characters with a compelling mystery, adding up to a very enjoyable read.

Laura Bishop is hoping to drum up clients for her staging business at a local small business fair, when her friend and assistant, Nita, discovers a body with a knife in his back. But when Laura’s chief competitor, Monica, is arrested for the man’s murder, rather than gloating, Laura puts aside their differences and (with a little urging from Sister Madeleine) volunteers to complete the projects Monica started. Along the way, Laura discovers a second murder and becomes involved in looking into the seemingly unrelated cases. But as the threads of clues start to unravel, it is clear there is a connection between the murders, and the danger Laura faces is very real.

The mystery here was quite interesting and, with the interrelated crimes, took a different tone than most cozy mysteries. Not only did Laura need to find a killer, but she had to piece together the connection between the two murders. I liked the resolution, which neatly tied in with Laura’s profession.

The characters, too, are engaging. Laura is easy to relate to. She is a “regular” person in an unusual circumstance who must somehow figure what is going on. She is smart and analytical, but clearly an amateur in the sleuthing business. She owns her mistakes and suffers some of the same frustrations that we would face in trying to solve a murder. Her sidekick, Nita, seems to have an instinct about when to help out. She is a loyal and clever friend. And Aunt Kit, who is introduced in this story, is probably my favorite of the surrounding cast. I certainly hope she sticks around for the next book.

Another unique and interesting thing about this book is that each chapter starts with some sage advice about staging your home. This added element contributes to both our knowledge about realty transactions and also gives us a deeper connection to Laura.

To be honest, I was somewhat iffy on the first Laura Bishop book. Staging is Murder had the elements of a solid mystery novel, but somehow got bogged down in extraneous details. However, Staging Wars definitively redeems the series.

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1,512 reviews11 followers
May 1, 2020
Laura Bishop has almost too much to juggle in her life these days. She and her best friend, Nita, are working hard with their home staging business while having to deal with Laura's long time nemesis (way back in grade school) Monica. Laura is sure that the woman in trying to sabotage her staging business to get rid of the competition plus she had an affair with Laura's ex husband (now deceased).
Why would she want to have anything at all to do with her? Well, when Monica is found standing over a very dead body and she's holding the murder weapon, yes, she wins the prime spot on the police list of suspects. Laura is fine staying out of it...all of it, no more investigating murders for her. Or so she says until Sister Madeline asks her to find the killer and get Monica out of jail. Now she's in the thick of it and, with Nita, the investigating begins.
This is the second in the series and works well as a stand alone. However, I'll bet you finish this one and just must get your hands on a copy of the first book, Staging is Murder. The mystery in each is very well crafted, the writing style flows smoothly and the characters are well fleshed out. There is even a good dose of humor and a bit of a budding romance between Laura and Det. Spangler. I'm saving a spot on my TBR list for the next book.
My thanks to the publisher, Henery Press and to Edelweiss for giving me an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.
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310 reviews5 followers
May 11, 2020
Grace Topping has created another inviting cozy mystery staring house staging master Laura Bishop. This time the corpse shows up at the small town funeral parlor - except the corpse is found on the floor with a knife sticking out of his back and fresh blood on the floor.

Each chapter begins with one or two sentences providing hints on preparing a house for viewing prior to sale - the same format was used in the first book in the series. Collecting the 100 or so hints found in these two books would go a long way in helping the homeowner prepare his or her home for sale. At nearly 50 chapters, the book seems just a bit long. The story was good, but it was sometimes hard to get attached to the characters and plot. There were times I gave thought to not finishing it. Thus, the 3-½ half star review.

Like many small towns, Louiston had its share of wacky characters. From the manager of the town diner to the detective who was irritated that Laura involved herself in his cases even when it was to prove the innocence of a friend. And when she does, it often leads to trouble for her, her friends, and her co-workers.
This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are my own.
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378 reviews7 followers
November 28, 2020
I absolutely loved the second book in the Laura Bishop Mystery Series, Staging Wars by Grace Topping. The author bought all the great characters back from book one including:

Nita - Laura’s best friend.
Tyrone - Laura’s assistant and his grandmother, Mrs. Webster.
Monica - Laura’s nemesis.
Detective Alex Sprangler
And joining the party, Laura’s Aunt Kit.

The story had a great mystery, the plot was cleverly filled with clues as to who the murderer was, and there were several humorous moments that had me laughing out loud such as the use of authors names, historical figures, and etc. being used in place of cuss words by Nita. The author touched upon the subject of Laura’s father, and I hope she continues down that road in future books. And as a nice bonus, Ms. Topping gave the reader the recipe to the scones Laura had at the local tea shop and Aunt Kit’s favorite chicken dish; Chicken with Mushrooms and Harvey’s Bristol Cream Sherry Sauce.

Without a doubt, I can recommend this 5 star book to anyone who loves a good mystery that is difficult to put down. I can hardly wait for book number 3 in the series.
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1,110 reviews4 followers
October 18, 2020
This was the second in the Laura Bishop mystery series, and I think it will have to be the last for me. I want to like cozy mysteries--I do like cozy mysteries, but this one was so shallow and light and cutesey and quick...I dunno. The only part I really enjoyed was near the end when the heroine had to extract herself from a peculiar situation, shall I say. That was fun to read, but it didn't carry the whole book.

Her little trick to make this cozy series unique is placing a short "home staging" trick at the start of each chapter. In the first book, this was amusing and the tricks were carefully chosen to foreshadow the action of the ensuing pages. But this time, I couldn't see the connections at all and they were boring, like those ever-so-obvious home organization hints in mass-produced women's magazines. Hang a hook by the garage door to keep your car keys at hand.

Boring characters and absurd situations and blah. I give up.
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860 reviews
April 12, 2020
With all staging tips, I'm so anxious to put my house up for sale. Great information along with a good mystery. Are the two murders related? Laura and friends do a great job putting the clues together to get the answer which will lead to the killer or killers. I love the visiting Aunt Kit and hopefully so will show up in future books. The mystery of Laura's father has me excited to see where that will lead, hopefully in future books. The family and friends are so wonderfully helpful and supportive. I did figure out the culprit early on but lots of great twists on how it was all put together. Bring on book 3!
13 reviews
March 3, 2021
Surprise Ending

The story starts with a murder in the funeral home and kept my interest all the way through. In this second book in the series, Laura's business is growing and she has developed a great partnership with her best friend. After an art competition, Laura and her friends find her rival standing over the body of a famous artist with a bloody knife. There is a lot of action and well developed characters with an ending I didn't see coming. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can't wait for the next one.
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286 reviews28 followers
April 13, 2020
Another outstanding book from Grace Topping! The writer has a wonderful technique in words by making the reader feel as if they are right beside the protagonist. I love the actual real estate staging tips at the beginning of each chapter. I can hardly wait for the continuation of this top notch series.
88 reviews1 follower
May 8, 2020
I think the second book was even better than the. first! This was a thoroughly enjoyable read. The more I read, the better it got. The characters continue to evolve and grow. As a bonus, there are staging tips headlining each chapter. This book was engaging from beginning to end. I look forward to reading the next book!
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10.4k reviews99 followers
May 17, 2020
A series that is becoming a favorite and improves with each instalment.
There's a likeable and well thought cast of characters, a solid mystery, humour, a plot that keeps you hook.
These elements made me love this story and wish to read the next book soon.
Highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
104 reviews12 followers
June 7, 2020
Fun Mystery

Did you ever think a real estate stager could solve mysteries? Grace Topping provides readers with a new type of amateur sleuth who enjoys fixing house for sale and asking questions to help solve mysterious deaths in a small town. Her characters keep you guessing until the last chapter.
168 reviews27 followers
May 3, 2020
This an interesting engaging series. I learned much about how to help your house sell quickly but also met great new characters. The team of stagers ,the family backup the setting ocean side. Bodies and suspects make for a good read.
85 reviews
June 16, 2020
Always interesting

You can count on Laura, Nita and the rest to keep things interest. So glad the detective has become more reasonable and believable. Looking forward to the next adventure.
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114 reviews
August 15, 2020
Although it seems I'm in the minority, I had to suspend too much to enjoy this one. Sadly, some of the dialogue, characterization and commentary was cliche or lame. I just could not bring myself to care.
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