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In the seaside town of Lighthouse Cove in northern California, everyone knows the best man for the job is actually a woman - contractor Shannon Hammer. But while Shannon can do wonders with a power drill and a little elbow grease, she's about to discover that some problems aren't so easily fixed... Shannon's home-renovation and repair business is booming, but her love life needs work. On a blind date with real-estate agent Jerry Saxton, she has to whip out a pair of pliers to keep Jerry from getting too hands on. Shannon is happy to put her rotten date behind her, but when Jerry's found dead in a run-down Victorian home that she's been hired to restore, the town's attractive new police chief suspects that her threats may have laid the foundation for murder.
Determined to clear her name, Shannon conducts her own investigation - with the help of her four best friends, her eccentric father, a nosy neighbor or two, and a handsome crime writer who's just moved to town. But as they get closer to prying out the murderer's identity, Shannon is viciously attacked. Now she'll have to nail down the truth - or end up in permanent foreclosure....
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By Diana on 12-19-14
It was ok
This was a decent beginning to a new series. The lead character is a confident, and intelligent woman. However, her life is lacking "something" because she is not in a relationship. After going on an unsuccessful blind date and being accused of murder, her life improves because she now has two potential love interests. Oh, and she solves a murder. Like I said, this is a decent debut but typical.
41 of 42 people found this review helpful
By Kindle Customer on 03-23-16
This book isn't good enough to hold the interest of an adolescent female. The mystery is "unfair" and the attempts at "romance novel" are boring . The plot is shallow and the text is repetitive . So YUCK
52 of 54 people found this review helpful
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By IAN on 02-12-15
Home-renovation, pink tools and murder!
First in the Fixer-upper mystery series.
Read the paperback when it first came out. Now I have gone back and listened to the audiobook. Which is well narrated by Angela Starling.
Home-renovation and repair business is booming, in the seaside town of Lighthouse Cove in northern California. And aptly named Shannon Hammer is the best in the business.
When the body of a previous blind date, ends up dead on one of her work sites. Murdered with one of Shannon's signature pink work tools. Shannon becomes prime suspect. When a second murder happens, with another of Shannon's tools. She has to now clear her name, before the New Chief of Police arrests her for double murder.
With a good set of characters, in a well plotted and written mystery.
I loved and enjoyed this mystery the first time round, and it was even better listening to the narration from Angela Starling the second time.