Saturday, September 10, 2016

This Old Homicide

Author:  Kate Carlisle
Series:  A Fixer Upper Mystery #2
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  NAL
Publication Date:  January 2015

Description:  Contractor and part-time sleuth Shannon Hammer specializes in improving the quirks and flaws of the Victorian homes in Lighthouse Cove, California. The quirks and flaws of their residents are another story.... 
Valentine’s Day is approaching, and while Shannon is delighted to be friends with not one but two handsome men, not everyone in town is feeling the love. After her elderly neighbor Jesse Hennessey fails to make his daily appearance at the local diner, Shannon swings by his place to check on him. Not only does she find Jesse dead—of an apparent heart attack—but she also realizes that his home has been ransacked.

Someone suggests that a thief was searching for a priceless necklace Jesse claimed to have retrieved from a capsized sailing ship, but Shannon doesn’t believe it. Everyone knows Jesse had a penchant for constructing tall tales—like the one about him having a hot new girlfriend. But his death is soon ruled a homicide, and shady suspects begin popping out of the woodwork. When another victim turns up dead, Shannon is convinced she must find the killer before someone else gets nailed.

My Review

This second book in the Fixer Upper Mystery series by Kate Carlisle was as enjoyable for me as the first book.  Ms.  Carlisle once again demonstrates her talent for crafting a well written mystery full of interesting fun characters and an intriguing mystery.

Shannon Hammer is a likable main character and I enjoy that she runs her own contracting business. What I find appealing with the characters is the friendship between Shannon, Jane, Lizzie, Emily and Marigold. They have a wonderful friendship that is tangible and feels genuine to me as a reader.  These women have intelligence and provide some wit to the story.  Especially with their former high school "mean girls" who just can't seem to grow up.  Ms. Carlisle also has a great descriptive writing style so the story flows and the reader can almost picture themselves walking through the town of Lighthouse Cove. There is a bit of a possible romantic dilemma for Shannon but I don't think I would call it a love triangle (yet).

She always knows how to craft a well plotted mystery that unfolds nicely over the course of the story.  Ms. Carlisle offered up plenty of suspects and provided the reader with many plausible theories of the crime, which gave me a challenge in trying to figure out the identity of Jesse's killer.  There were a few twists that surprised me and I the killer's identity was revealed in a climatic ending. 

I am looking forward to continuing with this series and will be back to for more.
   In fact, the third book in the series is in my TBR pile and I need to get through that one before book four is released in early November.

1 comment:

  1. A series I've missed. I'll have to check them out. Thanks for posting your review.