First in a new series!
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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Shannon Hammer runs a home-renovation and home repair business. She took over the company after her father's heart attack. She's good at what she does and loves her seaside town of Lighthouse Cove. Her life changes when a blind date with Jerry Sexton goes horribly wrong and he assaults her. She threatens him. Then he's murdered and she finds the body. Now she's a suspect. Who's setting her up? I cared for Shannon. She's a feisty and a gutsy heroine. When her life is turned upside down, she gets down to business and tries to find the killer. Her meddling friends add their help. Her support group is fun and loving. I liked them. They are zany and crazy. Sherriff Eric Jensen may have been tough on her but he is attracted to Shannon. He captured my interest and I liked him. He's intelligent and caring. Author Mac Sullivan, a best selling novelist, is charismatic and charming and interested. Two attractive men who care about her. Wow! This a fast-moving and highly intriguing story that had me hooked. The careful plotting kept me guessing until the very end. The setting and the dialogue were perfect and added to the suspense. The narration of A High-End Finish was so well done that the characters came to life. Angela Starling did a wonderful job. I'm looking forward to the next book in this new series (A Fixer-Upper Mystery). Kate Carlisle has written a suspenseful cozy mystery that has a touch of romance.
This was a very enjoyable book. I love the female protagonist, who is a general contractor. I also love that she's not afraid to use pink tools. I appreciated the characters of Jennifer and Whitney - I've worked with people who never got out of high school no matter how old they were. Bottom line, I really enjoyed the book and hope Kate Carlisle continues this series.
A lover of cozy mysteries, contemporary romance and getting lost in the world of audiobooks
I am a cozy mystery enthusiast & this was a great listen & a great series to get into. The main character Shannon is so easy to love & it's exciting to follow her and try to solve this mystery step by step. I also liked it because you have clues the whole way that let you make a good guess about who the killer is. In some cozy mysteries they don't introduce you to the killer until the end they pull someone out of left field & it ends up being disappointing. This was a great listen & I can't wait to keep going!
Great story, characters, and narrator! Author hits the mark! I can't wait until next one! Hope next one is coming!
Good narration, door left open to future stories. Generally I like stories to end but authors today seem to like to write multiples with one ventral character. I'm trying to adjust.
I really enjoyed this audiobook. The storyline drew me in immediately, the characters are well developed, and the narrator does a great job distinguishing each of them. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
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.
Honestly, this book isn't worth anyone's time. I should have realized when the main character's last name was Hammer & she's a contractor.
No, I enjoy Sarah Graves immensely; this was a weak imitation!
It was as though she was reading a children's book.
This book was a complete waste of time!
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