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Cozy Prizes Friday: Staging Wars


If you are like me, you’ve been staring at those walls while social distancing and thinking. How can I make this place look better? Well, Grace Topping brings us the second book in her Laura Bishop Mystery Series: Staging Wars! Not only do you have a great mystery to solve, but she gives you tips on interior design. Read below to find out more and don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a print copy of Staging Wars!


About Staging Wars

Staging Wars (A Laura Bishop Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Publisher: Henery Press (April 28, 2020)

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.

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My Review: 4 Stars

Staging Wars is about the sometimes beautiful, sometimes treacherous world of home staging and interior design. Our amateur sleuth, Laura Bishop, is trying to solve a mystery and clear the name of a competing designer. I liked that the reader is thrown directly into a murder mystery in the first chapter. It was fun to watch the interactions between Laura and Detective Alex Spangler. I’m sure there will be more to come on that romantic plotline. The author has put tips on staging a home at the beginning of each chapter. Laura has a great cast of supporting characters, and I would highly recommend this book by Grace Topping. Staging Wars is the second book in the Laura Bishop series but can stand alone.

About Grace Topping

Grace Topping is a recovering technical writer and IT project manager, accustomed to writing lean, boring documents. Let loose to write fiction, she is now creating murder mysteries and killing off characters who remind her of some of the people she dealt with during her career. Fictional revenge is sweet. She’s using her experience helping friends stage their homes for sale as inspiration for her Laura Bishop mystery series. The series is about a woman starting a new career midlife as a home stager. The first book in the series, Staging is Murder, is a 2019 Agatha Award nominee for Best First Novel. Grace is the former vice president of the Chesapeake Chapter of Sisters in Crime, and a member of the SINC Guppies and Mystery Writers of America. She lives with her husband in Northern Virginia.

Author Links

Website – https://www.gracetopping.com

Twitter – https://twitter.com/gtoppingauthor

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/GraceToppingAuthor

GoodReads – https://www.goodreads.com/goodreadscomgracetopping

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/books/staging-wars-by-grace-topping


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