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In this irresistible cozy mystery from the USA Today best-selling author of The Book Club Murders, amateur sleuth Charley Carpenter fights to avenge a crime that hits far too close to home.
Mulbridge House stood, silent and decaying, deep in the woods at the heart of Oakwood, Ohio, long before the passing of Augusta Mulbridge. Yet suddenly everyone in town seems to have a stake in its fate: the greedy heirs, eager to tear it down for a tidy profit; the local preservationists, determined to maintain it as an historic site; and the angry neighbors, staunchly opposed to the construction of a modern subdivision. Even Charley Carpenter is forced to admit that her beloved shop, Old Hat Vintage Fashions, could use an infusion of the estate's treasures.
The clock is ticking. The wrecking ball is ready to swing. All that stands between Mulbridge House and oblivion is one final vote. That and murder...
The trouble begins when Charley walks into auctioneer Calvin Prescott's office to find her cherished family friend crumpled on the floor. Detective Marcus Trenault quickly connects his death to a string of increasingly violent burglaries plaguing Oakwood. But when Charley uncovers a link to a massive land swindle worth millions, not to mention a drug ring operating out of the manor's abandoned outbuildings, that theory crumbles faster than Mulbridge House. Now Charley's racing to catch a killer before everything falls apart.
©2017 Leslie Nagel (P)2017 Audible, Inc.
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By Liz on 10-15-17

A Letdown

This series was promising, that is after reading the first book. The second was a letdown. Too much fighting, manipulation, jealousy between the main characters. They had seemed so promising and likeable in the first book. And the profanity and mild sex weren’t really a good addition either. You had a good story otherwise. Implying sexual assault as a joke and the F-bombs were a turn-off. The mystery part of the story itself was intriguing and would have really kept my interest had it not been for the constant stupidity and anger between Charley and Marc. At least the lesser characters were more civilized. I truly hope the author doesn’t ruin the personalities of Dimitri/Frankie/and the rest in the third book - and bring back the likeable Charley and Marc

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By Judith on 09-12-17


Poor imitation of first book (which was reasonably good). Reworked plot but so strident as to be completely annoying. Couldn't even finish it. Never seen such a disfunctional relationship between two main characters. Couldn't care less about either of them and their constant screaming at each other.

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