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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of the Bibliophile Mysteries and A High-End Finish comes the second Fixer-Upper Mystery...

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...

©2015 Kathleen Beaver (P)2015 Audible Inc.

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Blah blah blah...gag...eye roll...

I just wanted a nice, cozy, fun little mystery to listen to on a rainy day... that is what was advertised, but instead I got:
Poorly written
Wordy
Adolescent
Whining
Cliche
I kept listening thinking it was going to get better. It didn’t.
Save your credit.

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Heroine not credible & narration painful

The heroine of this story was too insecure & lacked basic common sense. Female relationships were shallow & stereotypic, and the repeated gushing over "handsome men" was exasperating. The narrator's style contributed to the dinginess of the main character.

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Great Second Installment

This was a good listen, fun to follow along & overall enjoyable. Some parts were a little juvenile but I think that's what made it an easy listen. I loved the storyline about Emily's house weaved in, it added to the main storyline well & I always wanted to hear more about the ghost!

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This old homicide

This book was very elementary in dialogue, and the narrator sounded like a kindergarten teacher. The mystery was good, but too introspective with the good girl ...just didn't work for me.

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  • 04-25-17

Interesting from beginning to end!

I really enjoyed this mystery. It kept me trying to solve the mystery right until the unveiling of the murderer, and the wrapup was satisfying. Good read!

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A wonderful read from Kate Carlisle

Shannon Hammer is determined to prove that her good neighbor Jesse did not commit suicide, what she unravels keeps getting more and more complicated. Lighthouse Cove is a small, peaceful town, filled with friendly people, or is it. This story will keep you guessing.

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Fun Series!

I enjoyed the story and the narrator did a great job. I do wish the author would've fleshed out Emily's house restoration storyline a little more. It was very intriguing. Possibly a future book devoted to this storyline?

I agree with previous reviewers that the books should be read in order so the reader can follow Ms. Hammer's romantic interests properly. It's a fun series and I'm looking forward to the next Fixer-Upper Mystery.

I loved the shout-out to adopting shelter animals! ♡

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Performance is unlistenable

What did you like best about This Old Homicide? What did you like least?

Although the story is somewhat interesting, the performance is so awful that it's hard to listen and pay attention to anything but the terrible reading.

If you’ve listened to books by Kate Carlisle before, how does this one compare?

I've never listened to another Kate Carlisle book before.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Starling's over-deliberate, saccharine style is just deplorable. The only time I even kind of liked her was when she was imitating another character but even then her cadence was contrived. Ugh.

Do you think This Old Homicide needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I couldn't get past Chapter 5, so I'm not sure.

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Gets Better

I liked the first book but I really like where this series is going. So good. This book gave me all kinds of feels. The victim was someone you genuinely adored and was sad to see murdered. The sleuthing was done well and when you add in a treasure hunt it makes it that much more fun! I liked the story telling from the friends of Jesse and the family feel of this book. I would like to see the love triangle end soon, I tend to leave a series if they drag out to long. Overall I will continue with this series I'd like to see where it will go. I do enjoy this narrator a lot!

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Great characters

contractors, family-dynamics, family, friendship, small-town, amateur-sleuth, law-enforcement, romance, cozy-mystery, murder, murder-investigation, pets*****

The first dead man Shannon finds looks like natural causes. Except that the entire house has been tossed while there seemed to be nothing stolen that could be pawned for quick sale. Meanwhile she is rehabbing a friend's newly purchased Victorian and another friend's B&B complete with ghost. Great believable characters and good sleuthing.
I started to buy the earliest books in series because I liked the newest one so much, but the narrator's
overly dramatic, saccharine style makes me wish I had a good robot to read it to me.

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  • 04-28-17

A Fixer Upper Mystery

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The story was an enjoyable enough mystery based in a small town with the usual love triangles and simmering social tensions. There are the cute animal companions, the best friends and bits of town history that are trademarks of the genre. I think more could have been made of the ghost subplot or it could have been dropped altogether. It is possible this subplot was the author setting the scene for the next book. All in all it was a pleasant listen, though I found the story a little slow-moving at times, especially to start with, and some of the characters seemed less fully drawn than others.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration matched the pace of the story and was clear and concise but some of the accents felt ever so slightly off.

Could you see This Old Homicide being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

This book is similar in tone and format to the Aurora Teagarden mysteries which have been made into a TV series. A series inspired by this book could appeal to a similar audience.