Audiobook Review - Mother's Day Out by Karen MacInerney

Mother's Day Out by Karen MacInerney
Narrated by Cris Dukehart
Series: The Margie Peterson Mysteries #1
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication Date: April, 15, 2014
Date Read: December 14, 2017
Length:  9 hours 17 minutes
Source: Kindle Prime
Margie Peterson is a typical stay-at-home mom until she trades dishes for detective work to become Austin's least-likely PI. Soon she's knee-deep in cheating husbands, transvestites, and trouble in a laugh-out-loud new mystery from award-winning author Karen MacInerney.

With a husband who works long hours trying to make partner and two rambunctious kids that are running her ragged, Margie Peterson is like any other worn-out suburban mom. When she decides to take a job as a PI for a seedy local detective agency, everything changes. It doesn't take long for Margie to get in over her head: Her first day on the job she totals her minivan, mistakenly enters a drag contest, and winds up in the bathroom with a dead transvestite. But when Margie finds her home number in the victim's phone, things really start to get interesting.
My Review

My feelings are pretty mixed about this one.  I really enjoyed the last book by Karen MacInerney that I read a few months ago so I decided to give this one a try when I saw it offered through Prime Reading on Amazon.  I had a moment while listening to this book that I considered not finishing it.  I decided to keep going and did find the second half more exciting.  I would say that this was an okay read in the end.

Margie has been a stay at home mom but she decides to go back to work to help make ends meet for her family.  Getting a job turns out to be more of a challenge than she expects until she gets a job with a local private investigator firm.  Now while her kids are at preschool, she is out doing surveillance and whatever is needed.  Everything seems to be going okay until she finds a murder victim while on the job.

There were a few moments that were humorous during the story but I often felt like the book was trying too hard to be funny.  There was never a time that I actually wanted to laugh out loud.  I may have actually groaned a time or two due to the forced humor which wasn't all that funny. 

I was also not a fan of Margie's husband.  From the very start of the story, I didn't care for the man.  As the book progressed and I realized that he was hiding a few things, I liked him even less.  What I really disliked was Margie's response to everything.  I couldn't understand why she wouldn't sit down and have a conversation with him instead of investigating everything.  Although, I must say that one of the things that kept me listening when I considered stopping was that I wanted to know what was going on with this man. 

I did have a little bit of an issue with how the transvestite characters were treated in this story.  The murder victim in this story is a transvestite and had an identity both as a man and a woman.  I didn't think that this was handled in the story with any sensitivity.   It almost seemed like it was supposed to be funny when the characters stumbled over which pronoun to use. 

There were several storylines going on during this book and I wondered how everything would eventually come together.  I did find the story to be a bit more exciting once some real action started happening.  I did think that some of the things that happened in this book to be a bit of a stretch and there was at least one "clue" that Margie suddenly remembers from the very beginning of the story seemingly out of nowhere.

This was the first time that I have had the chance to listen to Cris Dukehart narrate a book and I think she did a great job with it.  There were a lot of different voices that she used to really help bring the story to life.  She had a very pleasant reading voice and I wouldn't hesitate to listen to her work again in the future.

In the end, this was a book that had some good moments and some moments that weren't as great.  I thought it was okay but I probably won't be continuing with the series.  If you are wanting to try one of Karen MacInerney's cozy mysteries, I would recommend picking up Killer Jam instead.

About the Author

Critically acclaimed author Karen MacInerney also teaches writers' workshops and drives a mean carpool. Her book Murder on the Rocks was selected as an Agatha nominee for Best First Novel. When she's not writing or chauffeuring children, she loves to read, drink coffee, attempt unusual recipes, and hit the local hike-and-bike trail. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, two children, and a rabbit named Bunny, and escapes to Maine as often as possible.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter


  1. This book is new to me! I'd not heard of the author either. It doesn't sound like the type of story I'd enjoy at this stage of my life but maybe years from now. It's too bad you didn't like it more but I'm glad you didn't absolutely hate it! Wonderful review, Carole!

    Have a great week. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  2. Ah too bad it wasn't a bit more there. I think I'll pass

  3. Sorry it wasn't as good like the last book Carole :(

    Vanessa @ Blushing Geek

    1. I did like the other book that I read by this author a lot better.

  4. Hmm, I'm a humor-loving gal, but when it doesn't feel right with the story then it can get awkward fast. Bummer it was a so-so one b/c the premise sounds fun with a housewife turned detective.

    1. I had high hopes for it but ended up having quite a few issues.

  5. I will go for killer jam instead ;)

  6. Sounds some thing could have been handled a little differently. It's too bad too, it sounded like it had some potential to be a good one.

    1. I think some things that were supposed to be funny just felt uncomfortable to me.

  7. I listened to Killer Jam and really enjoyed that one. Think I'll stick to that series for now.

    1. I really wanted to continue with that series because of how much I enjoyed Killer Jam.

  8. This sounds interesting but I don't think it's my kind of story.


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