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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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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!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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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.
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • EM
  • 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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  • Stacy
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • 05-20-15

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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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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Enjoyable

This was an enjoyable book that was performed well. Honestly, this is my kind of mystery. It is light, mostly friendly, with a likeable main character.

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  • EnVee
  • JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, United States
  • 02-06-18

Deceptive acquaintances

New characters are coming out of the wood work trying to find a rumored valuable necklace found by Shannons neighbor,Mr.Jessy.Murder,mysterious lights shining through a house that’s supposed to be empty,alot of people who have motive to murder in order to get the necklace.A suspect unlikely for reasons that are obvious but show,you can’t judge a book by its cover.



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Entertaining Mystery Novel

held my attention. intriguing. multiple twists and turns. well written. narrator entertaining. a must read.

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  • AZ
  • 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.