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Bundle of Trouble: Book 1

First-time mom Kate Connolly may have found the perfect work-from-home Mommy job: Private Investigator. After all, the hours are flexible, she can bring the baby along on stake-outs, and if you’re going to be up all night anyway, you might as well solve some crimes.

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Motherhood is Murder: Book 2

Nights out are hard to come by for new parents. So when Kate’s new- mommy club, Roo & You, holds a dinner cruise, she and her husband leave baby Laurie with Kate’s mom and join the grown-ups for some fine dining on the San Francisco Bay. But when one of the cofounders of Roo & You takes a fatal spill down a staircase, the police department crashes the party. Suddenly every mom and her man has a motive. Kate’s on deck to solve the mystery- but a killer’s determined to make her rue the day she joined the first-time-mom’s club…

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Formula for Murder: Book 3

Sleuth and first-time mom Kate Connolly and her baby are the victims of a hit-and-run, but escape unharmed. A witness identifies the car’s French diplomatic license plates, yet when Kate and her hubby try to get some answers, they get le cold shoulder. But there’s something going on at the French consulate that’s dirtier-and far deadlier-than any diaper.

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Nursing a Grudge: Book 4

Kate Connelly would like nothing more than to cuddle with her new baby, except to solve her next case and become a bonafide P.I. She gets her chance when San Francisco’s hottest critic writes a particularly scathing review about the trendy new restaurant, Philosophie. The critic’s boyfriend falls to his death under mysterious circumstances from Painted Rock Cliff, and Kate fears that the restaurant critic may be targeted next. Battling sleep deprivation, diaper blowouts and breastfeeding mishaps Kate muddles through her own investigation, Mommy style!

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Pampered to Death: Book 5

Girl time is hard to come by for new moms. So, when Kate’s best friend, Paula, invites her to Spa Day, Kate jumps at the chance for a break from diaper duty. But when a body is discovered at the spa, it may prove that the guest was Pampered to Death! The killer has an agenda and it may include deadly face masks! Suddenly everyone has a motive, and Kate must solve the mystery before the next victim falls prey to a ghastly seaweed wrap.

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Killer Cravings: Book 6

While staking out a cheating husband, Kate falls prey to the worst craving ever, brownies with purple icing. Her devoted husband, Jim, is happy to go to the bakery several times a week to indulge her increasing addiction. Turns out he used to date the baker, and when her baked goods become a murder weapon, Kate is hired to find the killer. Murder hits close to home, and the diaper hits the fan. It’s up to Kate to keep her Family Life on track while solving another deadly whodunit!

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A Deathly Rattle: Book 7

Private detective and new mom, Kate Connolly, is no stranger to solving crimes with a baby on her hip. But in just a few months, she’ll have three babies, and her to-do list has never been longer.

When someone shoots rival PI Vicente Domingo, Kate jumps to take the case. Is the would-be murderer someone Vicente’s been investigating recently? Or does it have something to do with a shadowy secret from Vicente’s past?

Can Kate crack the case before the would-be murderer comes back to finish the job—or before her mom decorates the twins’ new room in the world’s worst nursery theme while Kate’s not looking?

Jump into the latest installment of the Maternal Instincts Mysteries, a laugh-out-loud, page-turning clean cozy mystery series by USA Today Bestselling Author Diana Orgain.

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Rockabye Murder: Book 8

There’s murder on the dance floor—literally.

All Kate was supposed to do at this swing-dance lesson was master the triple step, which seemed like a breeze . . . when she wasn’t pregnant with twins. But now a dead body has lindy-hopped its way off the studio’s roof, clutching a cryptic note with a dire warning: if the studio goes ahead with the upcoming 1950s-themed benefit dance, one of the attendees will die on the dance floor.

Kate’s got a case to solve and the clock is ticking, but her favorite babysitter is MIA. Can she solve the case before the killer strikes again?

To do:

1. Help Mom’s boyfriend shop for engagement rings.
2. Learn how to do the Charleston without falling on my face.
3. Buy even more diapers.
4. Solve a murder—fast.

Jitterbug into the eighth book of the Maternal Instincts Mysteries, a laugh-out-loud, page-turning clean cozy mystery series by USA Today Bestselling Author Diana Orgain.

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Prams and Poison: Book 9

The only constant is . . . murder.

When Kate’s best friend Paula is hired to renovate one of San Francisco’s famous Victorian-style “painted ladies,” it seems like the gig of a lifetime. But when a stiletto-brandishing tenant chases Kate and Paula off the front steps, it quickly becomes clear that finding the perfect paint swatches is going to be the easy part. And that’s before a skeleton in a Victorian-era gown tumbles out of the attic.

Kate knows she has to take the case . . . but what’s she supposed to do with nine-month-old Laurie now that her main babysitter’s found a new job? Her mom hasn’t been much help since she’s started juggling a string of dates with two men—her boyfriend who wants to propose and an ex who’s back to sweep her off her feet.

Can Kate solve her most complicated case yet between interviewing new nannies and overseeing her own convoluted garage-turned-nursery renovation? Or will all this change be the death of her blooming PI career?

To do:

1. Find the perfect nanny.
2. Write a thank-you note to Mom’s ex-boyfriend. (Weird.)
3. Research electricians to make sure the next one won’t light the house on fire.
4. Crack the case.

Dive into the ninth book of the Maternal Instincts Mysteries, a laugh-out-loud, page-turning clean cozy mystery series by USA Today Bestselling Author Diana Orgain.

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Lethal Lullaby: Book 10

Hush, little baby, don’t say a word. Killer’s gonna find you in Alcatraz.

Kate’s going to prison—Alcatraz, that is!

When her brother, Andrew, comes to San Francisco on a business trip, Kate takes some time off sleuthing to hang out with her family and tour the city’s best sites. She thinks the hardest part will be playing nice with her Instagram influencer sister-in-law. But then Andrew’s work rival winds up dead—and Kate, nearly seven months pregnant with twins, is trapped on Alcatraz with the killer.

The clock is ticking, and Kate’s to-do list is clear.
1.Escape Alcatraz.
2.Clear Andrew of murder.
3.Catch the real killer.
4.Find a restroom before the twins start playing kickball with her bladder.

Will Kate solve the case before it’s too late? And can the family rally together to save Andrew once Kate’s estranged father reappears on the scene?

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Cereal Killer: Book 11

They say nothing compares to striking gold… well, that person was never pregnant with twins and launching a PI business!
Join all the usual suspects in gold country as Kate and Vicente Domingo take a romp in his old town, Golden,…oh – and a dead body or two are sure to appear!

Can Kate solve her most dangerous case before the killer strikes again?

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Double Trouble: Book 12

The only thing harder than solving a murder…giving birth to twins…

Don’t miss Kate’s latest adventure and newest BUNDLES of Joy!

To Do:
1. Buy diapers (double as many as I think necessary).
2. Plan Laurie’s one-year birthday party.
3. Rest.
4. Do NOT get involved in another mystery…
5. Okay…solve said mystery before twins are born!


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A First Date with Death: Book 1



Reality TV meets murder in the first in a new mystery series from the USA Today Bestselling author of the Maternal Instincts Mysteries and co-author the New York Times bestselling Scrapbooking Mysteries.

When brokenhearted Georgia Thornton goes looking for romance on reality TV, she has nothing to lose—apart from a good man, a cash prize, and maybe her life…

What was Georgia thinking? Sure, some cad ditched her at the altar, but can she really find love on TV? Her best friend—and producer of the reality show Love or Money—thinks so. Ten men. Ten adventure-filled dates. What can go wrong? For starters, a faulty bungee cord that hurls Georgia’s first date into a tragic spiral off the Golden Gate Bridge.


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A Second Chance at Murder: Book 2


After Love or Money made them reality TV stars, former cop Georgia Thornton and her new boyfriend Scott were supposed to live happily ever after. Unfortunately as their fifteen minutes of fame came to an end, actual reality kicked in and their prize money quickly evaporated.

So Georgia and Scott agree to appear in a new program, pitting them against other teams in an athletic journey across the countryside of Spain for a chance to win $250,000. But the fierce competition turns frightening when Scott disappears during an overnight camping trip in the Pyrenees Mountains, leaving only his bloody wristwatch behind—and a woman’s dead body.

With the Spanish authorities ready to convict Scott, Georgia must find him and prove his innocence in an amazing race against crime…



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Third Time’s a Crime: Book 3



After two hit reality TV shows brought ex-detective Georgia Thornton into America’s living rooms, audiences can’t get enough of her quest for love and justice. Now producers have come up with an all-new show set in a haunted castle in Golden, California. Georgia and nine other contestants will need to solve the mystery of a young woman who disappeared at the castle in 1960.

Except there’s one rather substantial problem waiting for everyone when they arrive: a groundskeeper is found drowned at the bottom of the castle’s empty pool. Now Georgia and the other contestants will need to work together, because there’s a different sort of game afoot—and it’s not one they can afford to lose…



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4 Sleuths & A Bachelorette: A Killer Foursome Mystery – Book 1




Tonight is Babette Lang’s bachelorette party. Problem is, there’s no bachelorette, only an unusual group of disgruntled guests—a wannabe hand-model bartender, a chain-smoking talent agent, the bride-to-be’s cheapskate boss, plus the sloshed fiancé and his furious sisters.

It’s not a party until there’s a body!

When one of the guests drops dead, four women with a tendency for trouble join forces to catch a killer.

Valentine Beaumont ~ Boston sleuth and gutsy beautician
Kate Connolly ~ San Francisco part-time crime-solver and sleep-deprived new mom
Merry Wrath ~ Iowa ex-CIA operative turned Girl Scout leader
Franki Amato ~ New Orleans PI and victim of a serial-matchmaking Sicilian nonna

Will these sleuths untangle this double mystery and save the party? Or is it already too late?


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Dying for Gold: A Gold Digger Mystery – Book 1




The first novel in the fun Gold Strike Mystery Series by USA Today Bestselling Author, Diana Orgain

In the historic town of Golden, not everything that glitters is gold…

Frannie Peterson is on the verge of getting everything she’s always wanted. A promotion at her beloved family’s souvenir shop, a proposal from the love of her life, and most importantly her mother’s approval.

All this in time to celebrate Living History day.

But….when the festival organizer is found murdered at her soon-to-be fiance’s apartment everything hangs in the balance.

Can Frannie find the murderer before he strikes again?


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Runaway Murder: A Murder on the Rails – Book 1




The second novel in the fun Gold Strike Mystery Series by USA Today Bestselling Author, Diana Orgain

In the historic town of Golden, not everything that glitters is gold…

Train aficionado, Jessica Peterson, may have found her dream job as the first female executive Chef of the Western Rails train. Problem is her ex-lover, is the Chief Conductor and he wants to turn the Summer BBQ Excursion into a Gourmet Champagne Brunch. Things turn contentious when online ticket sales double, thanks to Walter, the computer guru, and the results are in – it seems tourists are hankering for fancier feast.

Just when Jessica thinks she has a handle on her temperamental ex-lover and conductor, along with the hustle and bustle of her new job…

A body is found in the motorcar.

It’s the computer guru, Walter. While plenty of people have motive, some of the strangers on the train carry dark secrets. The burden of getting the train back to the station before another person falls victim is on Jessica’s shoulders.

Can she get everyone back safely, while figuring out whodunit?



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Murder at the Clocktower: A Golden Restoration – Book 1




Welcome to Golden…where murder and scandal run as deep as the gold mines…

The rising price of gold has brought a whole new boom to the small town of Golden now in desperate need of restoration. The downtown has to be updated, the historic museum rebuilt and the beloved Golden Miner statue restored.

Hope Wilson is the perfect candidate for updating the dilapidated clock tower, and even though she’s a golden girl at heart, the town holds painful memories. Her husband was killed in a tragic kayaking accident and her grief was so strong she fled town. Now, after circumnavigating the globe, she may be ready to take on this new assignment…if it weren’t that her re-buffed bitter high school sweetheart, Dustin Lyons, is now in charge of funding the restorations.

That. And there’s a body in the clock tower.

Can Hope manage to win Dustin over?

First, she’ll have to stop the crime spree in town, but she won’t get far without Dustin’s help. Together they’ll have to save the renovation project and stop a cold-hearted killer.


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Murder at Yappy Hour: Book 1



“[A] true winner.” Kirkus Reviews

Every Friday night in the idyllic seaside town of Pacific Cove, California, the Roundup Crew, a group of dog-friendly folks, have a spirited meet-up at their local wine bar. But when the owner, Rachel, leaves town on mysterious business―and her pet-unfriendly sister, Maggie, takes charge of the bar―things take a ruff turn. Not only does Maggie find a body sprawled on the floor, it’s accompanied by an incriminating letter with Rachel’s name on it. On impulse, she hides the letter from hunky detective, Officer Brad Brooks.

With Rachel as the prime suspect, Maggie sniffs out the scene on her own while getting to know the Roundup Crew and their four-legged besties. The Doggie Daiquiris and Muttgaritas are flowing, but it’s not long before another body turns up. Thanks to the Roundup Crew, Maggie’s new litter of friends will do anything to save the bar and solve the mystery. . .and maybe find a bit of puppy love in the process.


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Trigger Yappy: Book 2



Although still not quite a dog lover, Maggie Patterson meets with her new group of dog-loving friends for “Yappy Hour” every Friday night in the sleepy seaside town of Pacific Cove, CA. Both she and her sister Rachel have put the past murderous summer behind them, with Rachel even securing a headline feature for the Wine & Bark in the famous Doggie Day magazine. But when her sister comes down with a case of salmonella poisoning, Maggie is left to run the business in her absence. Even worse, Maggie overhears an argument between her friend Yolanda and Bonnie, who runs the Chic Chickie shop. Then poor Bonnie turns up dead.

With evidence pilling up against Yolanda, the Roundup Crew is desperate to find the real killer and convince Maggie to investigate. With the help of charming detective Officer Brad Brooks, Maggie finds that everyone has a motive, even some of her beloved Roundup Crew friends. Maggie must put her new job as a purser on hold while she tracks down a murderer. Will Maggie’s investigation kill her budding romance with Officer Brooks? Sometimes getting to the truth is not for the faint of bark…er…heart. Between running the bar, managing her love life, and solving a murder in time for the editorial spread, things are about to get a little hairy in this laugh-out-loud cozy mystery.



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A Witch Called Wanda: Book 1



Famous songwriter, Maeve O’Dare, left the drama of Hollywood – and a broken heart – behind, eager for a fresh start in the small town of Wisteria Pines. As if by magic, she makes a new friend of the local town gossip, lands the perfect spot for her new café, Listen: It’s old Fashioned, and a stray dog named Wanda adopts her right off the bat.

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I Wanda put a spell on you: Book 2



Maeve O’Dare’s fresh start in the small town of Wisteria Pines has gone to the dogs—one dog in particular that is. Wanda, the stray who adopted Maeve the first day she hit town, acts more human than canine and keeps distracting the former songwriter from her newly opened cafe, Listen: It’s Old Fashioned. After the mayor drops dead while eating at the cafe, and scandalous Hollywood tabloids suggest Maeve had something to do with her ex-boyfriend’s mysterious disappearance, Maeve finds herself at the top of the town’s suspect list.


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Brewing up Murder: Book 3



Murder is on the menu for fledgling witch, Maeve O’Dare, when she takes a road trip home to Hollywood with her magical dog, Wanda, and attends a party for a celebrity chef. Female dog Wanda, aka former actor Chuck Lowry, is under a curse by a very dangerous black magic witch. While in Hollywood at a party, the spell is reversed until the full moon, three days away, and he becomes a man again. Like a dog with a bone, he intends to tell Maeve the truth—that she’s the only one with the power to permanently lift the curse. Before he can, however, he’ll have to figure a way of jail!


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Murder as Sticky as Jam: Book 1


Mona Reilly is preparing for the grand opening of Jammin’ Honey, a local Jam and Honey shop, in the small town of Magnolia Falls. Her best friend, Vicki, supplies the shop with honey and homemade lotions, candles and royal jelly. While Mona is off taste testing the gluten-free catering, the shop mysteriously burns down. When a body is recovered from the fire, Vicki’s brother, incidentally the most handsome cop Mona has ever laid eyes on, is assigned to the case. Everyone in town has a motive, and it’s up to Mona to clean up this sticky situation.


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Murder as Sweet as Honey: Book 2


Come for the cozy, stay for the thrill of it

The next installment in a brand new series: Cooking up Murder Mystery
One messy honeypot…
Still trying to get their business afloat, Vicki Lawton and Mona Reilly, know that they need some quick cash to make ends meet. Selling their goods at the local Harvest Festival seems like the perfect plan—until the festivities turn deadly when the chairwoman’s stepfather is murdered.

After an attempt on her life, Vicki is determined to solve the crime. With the help of her web-footed friend, Vicki teams up with the crazy coupon clippers to crack the case wide open. As bodies start piling up and time runs out, it’s up to Vicki to uncover the truth. But will the sweet taste of honey turn bitter with a killer in town?


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Murder as Savory as Biscuits : Book 3


Now that he’s back from serving his country, all police officer, Leo Lawson wants is to ask out the sweetest jam-maker he’s ever known, Mona Reilly. And it’s finally time.

But when the budding couple enjoys a picnic at Magnolia Falls, they discover a dog in distress. As the dog leads them to a body, Leo knows that the dog is the key to getting the girl—and uncovering the murderer.

Despite the coupon clippers’ last attempt with tampering with official police business, they are once again on the case. Struggling, Leo is torn between finding the dog a home and letting the scruffy mutt use his charm to win over Mona. But one thing is certain: the dog knows more than he’s saying.

Will some savory biscuits uncover the truth?


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Diana Orgain was born in San Francisco, CA. As a child she loved Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew mysteries and dreamed of being a writer one day.
She went on to earn her B.A and M.F.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University with a minor in acting.
Diana Orgain is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Maternal Instincts Mystery Series: Bundle of Trouble, Motherhood is Murder, Formula for Murder, and Nursing a Grudge. She is the co-author of GILT TRIP in the NY Times Bestselling Scrapbooking Mystery Series by Laura Childs. Diana’s latest series FOR LOVE OR MONEY is available now.

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Praise for Diana Orgain

“Fantastic writing! Can’t get anything done here cause can’t stop reading!” —Maria Barnett
“…another great story full of surprises, extreme wit…readers will fall in love…” —Mary Lignor, Suspense Magazine
“Loved it! Daring, funny, and unforgettable…Dreamy men, romance, and a plot twists to the end.” —Nancy J. Parra, author of the Perfect Proposals Mysteries and the Baker’s Treat Mysteries
“Howlingly funny!” —Krista Davis, New York Times bestselling author of The Diva Steals a Chocolate Kiss
A delightful whodunit with plenty of twists and turns, quirky characters, and quirkier cocktails.”—Avery Aames, Agatha Award-Winning the Cheese Shop Mystery Series.