I liked this cozy mystery. While it is part of a series, it read very well on its own. I liked Shannon, a contractor who seems to come upon murdered people way too often. She is following in her father's footsteps, having developed a love for building when she was young. An added dimension for this story was Shannon's sister, Chloe, a popular TV personality on a home fix it program. I really liked the relationship between the two, especially as the two work together as they are filmed for a show. But then Chloe's producer is found murdered and there are suspects galore.
The mystery aspect of the novel was pretty good. There are some quirky characters in the novel and many of them are suspects. I had hoped Shannon would figure out the murderer but it was not meant to be.
I recommend this novel to readers who like a cozy mystery with interesting characters. You'll find heartwarming relationships and a few heated arguments. You'll also learn quit a bit about exterior Victorian décor, such as spoon carving on wood panels.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Kate Carlisle worked in television before she turned to writing about northern California where Victorian mansions sit on the cliffs. She has written the Fixer-Upper Mysteries and the Bibliophile Mysteries. You can find out more at http://katecarlisle.com/.
Berkley, 304 pages. This book releases November 6.
I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.