Author: Kate Carlisle
Series: A Fixer-Upper Mystery #3
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Published: November 2015
Description: When Mac Sullivan—famous thriller writer and Shannon’s new beau—first moved to Lighthouse Cove, California, he bought the historic lighthouse mansion that the town is named after. Mac needs help cleaning up the place, and Shannon is more than happy to get her handywoman hands on the run-down Victorian.
But during demolition, a grisly discovery is made among the debris—the bones of a teenage girl who went missing fifteen years ago. Locals had always assumed Lily Brogan ran away from her difficult life, but it seems her troubles followed her to the grave. If Shannon has any chance of getting her renovation back on track, she’ll need to tackle the cold case. But with new suspects coming out of the woodwork every day, she’ll have to be careful to pry the right secrets and clues from the poor girl’s problematic past.
I started this series a few months back as part of my goal to dig into my rather large TBR pile. It has quickly become one of my favorite series and with each new book I am a bigger fan of Kate Carlisle. This is an entertaining series that is well written, has developed, full, well rounded characters and solid mysteries that keep the reader guessing until the killer's idnetity is revealed.
Once again we find Shannon in the wrong place at the wrong time discovering yet another dead body. This time, it turns out to be the body of Lily, the sister of one of her employees, that everyone thought had run off as a teenager years ago. The twist - her body shows up when Shannon and her crew start the renovations on Mac's lighthouse. I enjoy all of the characters in this series. I think they are all developed and fully rounded characters. Shannon is a strong, independent woman who can hold her own be it on the job site or solving a murder. The way the author writes there is still room for growth both personally and professionally for all of the characters so the reader won't get bored with them. These are what I like to call comfortable characters. You feel like you know them and each new book is just a peek into a point in time of their lives.
The mystery in this installment was nicely plotted. Because the murder had occurred years prior and the disappearance of Lily was not fully investigated this provides the new police chief Eric with a challenge because some possible suspects have left Lighthouse Cove. In this book, I liked the fact that Eric looked to Shannon for help because she had some insight into what was happening when Lilly disappeared. There are plenty of twists and turns that a reader comes to expect from mysteries written by this author. The clues were well placed throughout the story and while I had a suspect there was plenty of evidence to point to someone else. The killer's identity was revealed in a climactic ending that ties the story up nicely.
In sum, this is an entertaining story written by a talented author whose writing style will transport you to Lighthouse Cove where there are terrific characters and intriguing mysteries. I've already pre-ordered the next book in the series and I am looking forward to seeing what the author has in store next.