A Wrench in the Works (Fixer-Upper Mystery, #6)
Contractor Shannon Hammer has to dig through murder suspects in the latest Fixer-Upper Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Eaves of Destruction and Once Upon a Spine.Don't miss the Hallmark Movies & Mystery Originals starring Jewel, based on the Fixer-Upper Mystery series!Shannon Hammer's younger sister Chloe left Lighthouse Cove after high school to make it big in Hollywood. And she did it! For several years now, Chloe has been the co-host of a popular home repair show on the Do-It-Yourself Network. Now, after ten years, Chloe returns to Lighthouse Cove with her crew and co-host to film several shows featuring her sister Shannon, along with some special mini-segments on Victorian style and design.But Shannon realizes quickly that things are not exactly blissful in TV land. Her sister's handsome co-host is being stalked by someone who turns out to be his estranged wife, Erica--who also happens to be the executive producer of the show. Erica's got a knack for stirring up sticky situations and when she's found dead, Chloe and the entire crew are under suspicion.Shannon soon discovers the real reason why Chloe was so eager to move away from Lighthouse Cove all those years ago. Can Shannon figure out if that ten-year-old secret is connected to Erica's death? And can she track down the real killer before her beloved sister becomes the next victim?

A Wrench in the Works (Fixer-Upper Mystery, #6) Details

TitleA Wrench in the Works (Fixer-Upper Mystery, #6)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 6th, 2018
PublisherBerkley Books
ISBN-139780399586484
Rating
GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery, Fiction

A Wrench in the Works (Fixer-Upper Mystery, #6) Review

  • Darinda
    January 1, 1970
    Shannon Hammer's sister Chloe is back in town, and they're getting to work together. The sisters both work in home improvement. Shannon's specialty is Victorian houses and Chloe works on a home makeover show. Chloe's show is scheduled to renovate a house in her hometown of Lighthouse Cove, and Shannon is excited to help her sister work on a local Victorian house. Shannon is proud of her sister for doing so well with her show, but soon realizes not all is great in the entertainment business. For Shannon Hammer's sister Chloe is back in town, and they're getting to work together. The sisters both work in home improvement. Shannon's specialty is Victorian houses and Chloe works on a home makeover show. Chloe's show is scheduled to renovate a house in her hometown of Lighthouse Cove, and Shannon is excited to help her sister work on a local Victorian house. Shannon is proud of her sister for doing so well with her show, but soon realizes not all is great in the entertainment business. For one thing, the executive producer is a bit of a nightmare to work with. When the executive producer of the show is found dead, the crew, including Chloe, are all under suspicion. While in town, Chloe also reveals part of the reason she left town right after high school, and why she rarely visits. A wonderful light read. The characters are entertaining, though sometimes a little immature. Shannon and Chloe are both likable. It is refreshing to read a story where the sisters get along and there is not a lot of family drama. The mystery is well plotted. Good for fans of cozies. I have some of Kate Carlisle's books on my TBR, and I plan to read some of the earlier books in this series. This is the sixth book in the Fixer-Upper mystery series by Kate Carlisle. I haven't read the previous books in the series, but this one was easily read as a standalone. I don't think Chloe was in the previous books, so she was introduced in this one. A fun cozy mystery that combines home improvement and a television show. Delightful and charming.I received a free eARC of this book from Penguin's First to Read in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    I found A Wrench in the Works to be a fun and flirty murder mystery all based around a home improvement tv show. Marvelously executed, fantastic premise and completely engaging, Carlisle six book in the Fixer-Upper Mystery made me want to back read this series from the beginning. That being said, A Wrench in the Works also read well as a stand-a-lone. The cast of characters were delightful but Shannon steals the show. I received this ARC copy of A Wrench in the Works from Berkley Publishing Grou I found A Wrench in the Works to be a fun and flirty murder mystery all based around a home improvement tv show. Marvelously executed, fantastic premise and completely engaging, Carlisle six book in the Fixer-Upper Mystery made me want to back read this series from the beginning. That being said, A Wrench in the Works also read well as a stand-a-lone. The cast of characters were delightful but Shannon steals the show. I received this ARC copy of A Wrench in the Works from Berkley Publishing Group. This is my honest and voluntary review. A Wrench in the Works is set for publication Nov. 6, 2018.My Rating: 4 starsWritten by: Kate CarlisleSeries: A Fixer-Upper Mystery Sequence in Series: Book 6Mass Market Paperback: 304 pagesPublisher: Berkley Publication Date: November 6, 2018ISBN-10: 0399586482ISBN-13: 978-0399586484Genre: Suspense | MysteryAmazon: https://www.amazon.com/Wrench-Works-F...Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-wr...Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/a-wr...
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  • Betty
    January 1, 1970
    I have read all the books by this author and like them very much. This book # 6 in the Fix-Up series and it does not disappoint. Shannon Hammer is very pleased her Chloe will be back as her Reality show and will film anepisode on one of the Victorian House that Shannon is working Chloe has become the star of the show. The producer of the show selected 2 houses to rehab and doesn't let the owner of the houses know which is selected so she can film their reactions for the show. Chloe and the produ I have read all the books by this author and like them very much. This book # 6 in the Fix-Up series and it does not disappoint. Shannon Hammer is very pleased her Chloe will be back as her Reality show and will film anepisode on one of the Victorian House that Shannon is working Chloe has become the star of the show. The producer of the show selected 2 houses to rehab and doesn't let the owner of the houses know which is selected so she can film their reactions for the show. Chloe and the producer have a shouting argument the day before the Producer is murder at the site Chile and she becomes a person of interest so Shannon works to clear her name. Several attempts are made to hurt or kill Chloe are made and Shannon fears that one of them will succeed. Will Shannon be able to save Chole's life. I highly recommend this book and series.Disclosure:_Many thanks to NetGalley and Berkley for a review copy. The opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Taryn
    January 1, 1970
    In this next book of the series we are introduced to Shannon's sister Chloe, who is coming to town to shoot her very popular DIY show and Shannon can't wait to catch up. Excited about having the chance to work with her sister in their chosen fields Shannon isn't sure how she'll do with actually being a part of the show. Shannon soon learns that things aren’t all they are cracked up to be when it comes to being on a hit show. There seems to be a lot of behind the scenes fighting and most of it is In this next book of the series we are introduced to Shannon's sister Chloe, who is coming to town to shoot her very popular DIY show and Shannon can't wait to catch up. Excited about having the chance to work with her sister in their chosen fields Shannon isn't sure how she'll do with actually being a part of the show. Shannon soon learns that things aren’t all they are cracked up to be when it comes to being on a hit show. There seems to be a lot of behind the scenes fighting and most of it is due to executive producer Erica. Erica enjoys firing people left and right and has no qualms about telling people what she thinks. She's the boss and wants everyone to know it. So its no surprise when Shannon and Chloe go to look over the house they will be working on and discover Erica dead. Who killed her and why? She seemed to have had plenty of enemies but who was angry enough to kill her. Shannon is worried because Erica and her sister didn't get along, she even fired her before they started taping. Shannon knows that she will have to do everything she can to keep her sister out of range of the police. When it looks like someone has it out for Chloe, Shannon is determined to uncover the truth and keep her sister out of harms way. This is such a terrific series filled with a great cast of characters and the lead one, Shannon, truly shines throughout the read. The premise is great and I love the strong women that the author portrays throughout the book. I can't wait to see what Shannon gets into next!I received an ARC of this book, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Monnie
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not a huge fan of cozy mysteries, but I warmed up to this one almost from the first page. By the time I finished, I was positively toasty!This is the sixth in the author's "Fixer-Upper" mystery series, and since I've not read any of the other five, I went in with a bit of trepidation. But at no time did I feel at the slightest disadvantage; this one stands on its own beautifully (although finishing it did make me wish I'd read the rest - yes, it's that good). The author does an outstanding j I'm not a huge fan of cozy mysteries, but I warmed up to this one almost from the first page. By the time I finished, I was positively toasty!This is the sixth in the author's "Fixer-Upper" mystery series, and since I've not read any of the other five, I went in with a bit of trepidation. But at no time did I feel at the slightest disadvantage; this one stands on its own beautifully (although finishing it did make me wish I'd read the rest - yes, it's that good). The author does an outstanding job of filling in background from the previous books - which should make series fans who may have forgotten a detail or two happy as well as those of us new to the game.Part of the reason I enjoyed this so much is because I saw a bit of myself in lead character Shannon Hammer, who BTW has the perfect last name for a building contractor, which she is. I, too, fondly remember childhood years following my father around as he pounded nails, screwed screws and tackled home remodeling projects (once in a while letting me help). Unlike Shannon and her younger TV-star sister Chloe, though, I forgot everything I ever learned from dear old dad once I left home for college.As this story begins, Chloe is returning home to Lighthouse Cove for the first time in a while, bringing with her the cast and crew of her very popular home improvement show. The intent is that Chloe and her co-star, Blake Bennett, will film their restoration of one of the elegant Victorian homes for which Lighthouse Cove is known. Included in the cast of characters is the show's particularly nasty producer - who "fires" cast and crew members with regularity, Chloe and her husband- the latter of whom just happens to be her husband.Because of Shannon's building expertise, she'll be working alongside her sister on the show. Just before starting to film the first segment in which one of two homes will be selected for a redo, the sisters go for an inside look at the one they're hoping will be chosen and find something that can't be repaired: A dead body. Someone, it seems, had it in for producer Bree. But who? After all, virtually no one involved in the production liked her, except possibly her husband.But the show must go on - and so it does, as does the investigation led by the local police chief, who seems to have put Chloe on his list of prime suspects. As filming begins, though, still another murder victim turns up and an extension ladder suddenly collapses with Chloe at the top. Clearly, someone's ratcheted up the action in Lighthouse Cove - and it's up to the police, with help from Shannon (who, for the record, has found several dead bodies over the course of the series), to identify the perpetrator before someone else bites the sawdust.I especially enjoyed the details involved in filming the TV show as well as the strong characters like Shannon, Chloe and Shannon's handsome, ex-Navy SEAL boyfriend, Mac Sullivan. One of my objections to cozies is the headstrong, overbearing females who can't keep their noses where they belong and run off willy-nilly despite protests and outright warnings from law enforcement. There's almost none of that here; Shannon respects the police chief (a childhood friend), is quite capable and always does her "thing," but she does it sensibly without alienating everyone around her. That alone, I hasten to add, makes me eager to read more in this series. Many thanks to the publisher, via NetGalley, for the opportunity to read and review an advance copy of this one.
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  • Toni (T.C.) LoTempio
    January 1, 1970
    Beleive it or not, this is the first book in this series that I've read! I've seen the Hallmark movies and enjoyed them, which prompted me to read this book when I got it for review. Now I'm going to pick up the other five LOL. Kate knows how to weave a good mystery, and the character development is good too.
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  • Under the Covers Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Kate Carlisle returns with book six in the Fixer-Upper series. A WRENCH IN THE WORKS is another great installment to the series. This time, Shannon’s sister, Chloe, makes an appearance with her popular home repair show. It was the perfect way to bring her into the series. Super fun and a little dramatic, this book definitely brought something new I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Kate Carlisle returns with book six in the Fixer-Upper series. A WRENCH IN THE WORKS is another great installment to the series. This time, Shannon’s sister, Chloe, makes an appearance with her popular home repair show. It was the perfect way to bring her into the series. Super fun and a little dramatic, this book definitely brought something new to the series that was refreshing.But as always, there’s quite a bit of sketchy things that are happening in this book. With some stalking and other sticky situations, this book quickly heats up and soon, Shannon must solve the secret before the killer can strike again.Just to make sure everyone is on the right page here… I had someone comment that the books by this are not gory or funny. They’re not really supposed to be. They have their own charm that Carlisle puts into her writing but with Cozy Mysteries, it’s really more laid back and all about putting the clues together. You won’t find overt humor or the gory details in any of the author’s work so just be warned about that if you’re expecting something like that.Nevertheless, I really enjoyed this book. With excellent pacing and a fun, fresh character, this series really is one of my favorites from this author.*ARC provided by publisherReviewed by Ann❤ ♡ Don't want to miss any of our posts? Subscribe to our blog by email! ♡ ❤
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  • Minx -The Genre Minx Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    I love watching pretty much anything on the HGTV channel, so to find a cozy mystery with a plot surrounding the filming of a home improvement show was very exciting for me. A Wrench in the Works was a fun book to read because it felt like I part of the planning and filming of the typical T.V. shows I like to watch. I loved the attention to detail that drew me in with the show producer, filming crew, and stars of the show. Shannon learned firsthand all there was to know about filming a show and t I love watching pretty much anything on the HGTV channel, so to find a cozy mystery with a plot surrounding the filming of a home improvement show was very exciting for me. A Wrench in the Works was a fun book to read because it felt like I part of the planning and filming of the typical T.V. shows I like to watch. I loved the attention to detail that drew me in with the show producer, filming crew, and stars of the show. Shannon learned firsthand all there was to know about filming a show and that things weren’t always as smooth as it appears to the show’s audience. There is a lot to be said about personality conflicts in this story.Shannon was a great character and the bond between her and her sister, Chloe, was nice. It was great to feel Shannon’s enthusiasm for spending time with her sister and being a part of her sister’s DIY show. I was also glad that Chloe’s inner turmoil regarding her return to her hometown was discussed early on and that it blended in nicely with the mystery that took place. Shannon as a sleuth was convincing even with some over the top moments. Although, she can be kinda stupid at times, e.g.: there is a murderer on the loose and you investigate dark places by yourself, ha ha ha, but that is something typical in cozy mysteries. Overall, A Wrench in the Works was a fun read that kept my interest engaged from start to finish.This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Find this review and more at The Genre Minx Book Reviews
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  • Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
    January 1, 1970
    Kate Carlisle returns with book six in the Fixer-Upper series. A WRENCH IN THE WORKS is another great installment to the series. This time, Shannon’s sister, Chloe, makes an appearance with her popular home repair show. It was the perfect way to bring her into the series. Super fun and a little dramatic, this book definitely brought something new to the series that was refreshing.But as always, there’s quite a bit of sketchy things that are happening in this book. With some stalking and other Kate Carlisle returns with book six in the Fixer-Upper series. A WRENCH IN THE WORKS is another great installment to the series. This time, Shannon’s sister, Chloe, makes an appearance with her popular home repair show. It was the perfect way to bring her into the series. Super fun and a little dramatic, this book definitely brought something new to the series that was refreshing.But as always, there’s quite a bit of sketchy things that are happening in this book. With some stalking and other sticky situations, this book quickly heats up and soon, Shannon must solve the secret before the killer can strike again.Just to make sure everyone is on the right page here… I had someone comment that the books by this are not gory or funny. They’re not really supposed to be. They have their own charm that Carlisle puts into her writing but with Cozy Mysteries, it’s really more laid back and all about putting the clues together. You won’t find overt humor or the gory details in any of the author’s work so just be warned about that if you’re expecting something like that.Nevertheless, I really enjoyed this book. With excellent pacing and a fun, fresh character, this series really is one of my favorites from this author.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    Shannon Hammer's younger sister Chloe left Lighthouse Cove after high school to make it big in Hollywood. Now, Chloe is the co-host of a popular home repair show. She and her crew are returning to film in Lighthouse Cove, and Shannon will be taking part in the filming as they rehab a Victorian house in the city.But things are tense with the crew. Chloe’s co-host is at odds with the show’s executive producer, who happens to be his estranged wife, Erica. When Erica is found dead on the first morni Shannon Hammer's younger sister Chloe left Lighthouse Cove after high school to make it big in Hollywood. Now, Chloe is the co-host of a popular home repair show. She and her crew are returning to film in Lighthouse Cove, and Shannon will be taking part in the filming as they rehab a Victorian house in the city.But things are tense with the crew. Chloe’s co-host is at odds with the show’s executive producer, who happens to be his estranged wife, Erica. When Erica is found dead on the first morning of filming it makes for a very sticky situation.Shannon soon discovers the real reason why Chloe was so eager to move away from Lighthouse Cove all those years ago. Can Shannon figure out if that ten-year-old secret is connected to Erica's death? And can she track down the real killer before her beloved sister becomes the next victim?I have a love/hate relationship with this series, and for A Wrench in the Works the needle is definitely turned to love. This is one of those books where you feel as if you are going down one path, and then the story takes a curve and you’re scratching your head. The scenes were they were filming the show, and talking about houses and how they are built and rescued, were great to read.Shannon has grown on me. At first, for reasons I never really figured out, I didn’t care for her. But with each book I find I like her, and this one reinforced that fact. I love her relationship with Mac, and hope at some point to see them get married. I also love watching her face down her high school nemesis. To me that sort of thing adds color to the story.I also through the addition of Chloe was entertaining. She is a strong character, and I hope to see more of her in future books.All in all, this series has built itself into one of my favorites. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next in Lighthouse Cove.I read a digital ARC of this book through Penguin’s First To Read program.
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  • K.A. Davis
    January 1, 1970
    A WRENCH IN THE WORKS, the sixth book in the Fixer-Upper Mysteries by Kate Carlisle, is an entertaining addition to a delightful series! Protagonist Shannon Hammer’s sister, Chloe, is the co-star of Make-Over Madness on the Home Builders Network. Chloe has brought the show to Lighthouse Cove for a feature on Victorian houses (something Lighthouse Cove is famous for) and has talked Shannon into being on the program renovating a decrepit home. I loved the “behind-the-scenes” tricks on the do-it-yo A WRENCH IN THE WORKS, the sixth book in the Fixer-Upper Mysteries by Kate Carlisle, is an entertaining addition to a delightful series! Protagonist Shannon Hammer’s sister, Chloe, is the co-star of Make-Over Madness on the Home Builders Network. Chloe has brought the show to Lighthouse Cove for a feature on Victorian houses (something Lighthouse Cove is famous for) and has talked Shannon into being on the program renovating a decrepit home. I loved the “behind-the-scenes” tricks on the do-it-yourself home renovation television show and the author has cleverly woven her plot into the filming of the segments. The reader is also introduced to words and techniques used to restore the historical homes. I enjoyed learning about the various tools, Victorian styles, and repairs that are used without it detracting from the story.The book has everything you might think a reality tv program might have from a tyrannical producer to jealousy over stardom to flirtations to comradery between the staff. When the producer is found murdered, Chloe is immediately a suspect since she had been fired and was heard loudly arguing with the victim. Shannon wants to help but finds her sister has been harboring a long-time secret. It doesn’t help that Chloe had been on the wrong side of the law in her youth and has a strong mistrust of authority. Ms. Carlisle weaves in family relationships and I loved seeing Shannon and her sister learn to overcome the past and the secrets that kept them apart. This subplot adds an emotional depth to the story. There are enough suspects to keep it interesting and the pace of the plot moves quickly, keeping the storyline flowing. I had a hard time putting the book down when it was time to tend to other responsibilities and I found myself trying to find time to squeeze in ‘just one more chapter’. I am counting down the days until the next installment in the Fixer-Upper Mystery series! I was provided an advance copy via Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Kristina
    January 1, 1970
    A Wrench in the Works by Kate Carlisle takes us back to Lighthouse Cove. Shannon Hammer is looking forward to her sister, Chloe coming to town. Chloe is the co-star of Makeover Madness, a rehab and design show on the Home Builders Network. Chloe has not been home for five years and the family is looking forward to catching up with her. Chloe along with the crew from Makeover Madness are coming to town to do a feature on the Victorian homes in Lighthouse Cove. Shannon has helped locate properties A Wrench in the Works by Kate Carlisle takes us back to Lighthouse Cove. Shannon Hammer is looking forward to her sister, Chloe coming to town. Chloe is the co-star of Makeover Madness, a rehab and design show on the Home Builders Network. Chloe has not been home for five years and the family is looking forward to catching up with her. Chloe along with the crew from Makeover Madness are coming to town to do a feature on the Victorian homes in Lighthouse Cove. Shannon has helped locate properties to showcase, and she will be on the show as well helping rehab a Victorian home in need. Shannon quickly learns that television life is not glamorous and Chloe’s executive producer, Bree Bennett is a terror. The day before filming begins, Shannon overhears an argument between Bree and Chloe and notices an eavesdropper in the form of the slimy Richard Stoddard. The next morning, Chloe and Shannon arrive early at the Bloom house for the first day of filming. They are exploring the first floor to see what work needs to be accomplished when they find Bree leaning against the tiles on the fireplace. Chief Eric Jensen quickly arrives to take charge of the scene. With everyone on the crew a suspect, Shannon and Chloe begin chiseling away at the suspects in the hopes of exposing a killer.A Wrench in the Works is a lively cozy mystery with engaging characters, beautiful Victorian homes, a charming town, and a murder mystery. I thought the book was well-written and it gallops along at a snappy pace. Kate Carlisle has a writing style that allowed me to be drawn into the story. The dialogue is realistic, and the book has a good flow (I just kept reading until I finished). Shannon is a strong female character in an unusual occupation for a woman. I like her relationship with Mac (though he does seem a little too perfect). Shannon has a loving family and good friends. It was lovely to find out more about Chloe. She has a secret that has been bothering her for ten years which has kept her from coming home. There are sparks between Chloe and a certain police chief. I am curious to see what happens next with them. The mystery was intriguing with several suspects and misdirection. Cozy mystery sleuths, though, will have no problem identifying the killer. There are descriptions of beautiful Victorian homes in the book with their unique architectural details (I want to live in one). I can see why Shannon loves her job restoring these beauties. If you have not read the previous books in A Fixer-Upper Mystery series (or watched the movies), you will not be lost. I am giving A Wrench in the Works 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it). A Wrench in the Works is a peppy and warm cozy mystery. I look forward to returning to Lighthouse Cove in the next A Fixer-Upper Mystery.
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  • Robin Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    Please see all of my reviews on my blog at www.robinlovesreading.com.Sisters Shannon and Chloe Hammer are glad to be back together after Chloe left their hometown of Lighthouse Cove for Hollywood. Both of their lives are quite on track. They are both involved in home improvement and Chloe has a job on a home makeover show. Shannon is delighted that Chloe’s show is going to be doing a renovation of a house in Lighthouse Cove. The sisters are very much looking forward to working together. Plans go Please see all of my reviews on my blog at www.robinlovesreading.com.Sisters Shannon and Chloe Hammer are glad to be back together after Chloe left their hometown of Lighthouse Cove for Hollywood. Both of their lives are quite on track. They are both involved in home improvement and Chloe has a job on a home makeover show. Shannon is delighted that Chloe’s show is going to be doing a renovation of a house in Lighthouse Cove. The sisters are very much looking forward to working together. Plans go horribly awry for more than one reason. Before things even get off the ground, Chloe has something very important that she is reluctant to share with Shannon. Shannon and Chloe are excited to begin the project. The crew visits the house where the renovation is to take place. To their surprise and horror, Chloe discovers a dead body. The entire crew is under suspicion, including Chloe. Shannon makes it her aim to clear her sister’s name. After all, it has been a very busy year for Shannon as this is not the first dead body she’s come across. While identifying the murder is of top priority, Shannon realizes that Chloe is more than just a suspect, she may actually be in danger. This was a quick read and it was rather fun watching Shannon work hard at being an amateur detective. Although a horrible argument between Chloe and the murdered person was heard by herself and several others, Shannon is positive about her sister’s innocence. A Wrench in the Works is a delightful cozy mystery and the characters are fairly well rounded. Of course, Shannon is primary, as this story was delivered from her first-person perspective. There are a few twists and turns along the way. There were a couple of scenarios that didn’t appeal to me, but I still found this to be a quick and enjoyable read. When I requested this book, I was not aware that it is the sixth book in the Fixer Upper Mystery series. Despite not having read the previous stories, A Wrench in the Works did quite well as a standalone. I would love to not only read the previous titles in the series, but to check out Kate Carlisle’s backlist. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and think that she is an excellent author.Many thanks to Berkley Books and First to Read for this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion
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  • Wes
    January 1, 1970
    A Wrench in the Works is the sixth book in the Fixer-Upper Mystery series, but the first I've read for it. I normally don't start a series in the middle of it, but I received a free Advanced Reader Copy from the First to Read Program by Penguin Random House. What surprised me the most about it is that despite it being the sixth in a series, it reads extremely well as a stand-alone. I was never lost or confused, but reading how Shannon Hammer has a "knack" for finding dead bodies did entice and i A Wrench in the Works is the sixth book in the Fixer-Upper Mystery series, but the first I've read for it. I normally don't start a series in the middle of it, but I received a free Advanced Reader Copy from the First to Read Program by Penguin Random House. What surprised me the most about it is that despite it being the sixth in a series, it reads extremely well as a stand-alone. I was never lost or confused, but reading how Shannon Hammer has a "knack" for finding dead bodies did entice and intrigue me to want to read the rest of the series.This book was a great mystery read, and while I was leaning toward the correct suspect the entire time, the book doesn't easily give the killer's identity away and it really builds up the mystery as to who it is. There were maybe two or three scenes in the book before the mystery actually begins where I found the dialogue to be unnecessary and useless, and I didn't see the point for it because it was just mindless chatter that doesn't add anything to the story or characters or plot. But besides that, I really enjoyed and loved A Wrench in the Works. It definitely opened my eyes to see that a fixer-upper setting can be equally enjoyable and work just as well as other mystery sub-genres do.
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  • Samantha Pantenburg
    January 1, 1970
    I was provided an ARC from First to Read and Penguin Books for my honest review.This was my first Fixer-Upper mystery, but it won't be my last. Kate Carlisle did a wonderful job creating characters that are relateable and likeable. The plot moved along nicely and the mystery was just enough that it wasn't clear who the bad guy was. I did think the cat fighting between Shannon and Whitney was a bit ridiculous and kinda dumb for two grown women to do. There are definitely more mature ways to have I was provided an ARC from First to Read and Penguin Books for my honest review.This was my first Fixer-Upper mystery, but it won't be my last. Kate Carlisle did a wonderful job creating characters that are relateable and likeable. The plot moved along nicely and the mystery was just enough that it wasn't clear who the bad guy was. I did think the cat fighting between Shannon and Whitney was a bit ridiculous and kinda dumb for two grown women to do. There are definitely more mature ways to have shown their disdain for each other than to have them screaming at each other for all the world to see. I enjoyed the quick pace and cozy mystery feel of this book. I will definitely be reading more Fixer-Upper mysteries, as well as more from Kate Carlisle.
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  • Fred
    January 1, 1970
    A Wrench In The Works is the sixth book in the A Fixer-Upper Mystery series.Shannon Hammer is very excited as her sister, Chole, co-star of the reality TV show, Makeover Madness is coming home and will be filming the restoration one of the many Victorian homes in Lighthouse Cove. Shannon was asked to find two homes from which the producer of the show, Bree. On the first day of filming Shannon and Chole arrive early to do a walk-thru, but what they don’t expect to find is the dead body of Bree ly A Wrench In The Works is the sixth book in the A Fixer-Upper Mystery series.Shannon Hammer is very excited as her sister, Chole, co-star of the reality TV show, Makeover Madness is coming home and will be filming the restoration one of the many Victorian homes in Lighthouse Cove. Shannon was asked to find two homes from which the producer of the show, Bree. On the first day of filming Shannon and Chole arrive early to do a walk-thru, but what they don’t expect to find is the dead body of Bree lying by a fireplace hearth. The police arrive and begin their investigation when they go to look for Bree’s husband Blake, co-star of the show, to let him know of his wife passing and find him apparently having been drugged. As police chief, Eric Jensen, is returning to the house he has to break up a fight between Rolly Watkins, owner of the house that isn’t being made over and Richie Rich, who sold the Watkins’ the home and allegedly promised the house would be selected for restoration. The next day when Shannon arrives for work she finds the body of Richie Rich, dead on the front porch.Shannon had learned when Chole when she first arrived in town that Bree was not particularly well-liked. Bree’s method of management is my way or the highway. In fact, she had fired Chole as they were about to leave for Lighthouse Cove. In fact, she had also fired Blake a number of times. What with Chole having had a loud argument with Bree that was heard by several people, she becomes a person of interest.But then an extension ladder Chole is climbing on mysteriously collapses and she gets ill after having her make-up applied by her make-up person, Shannon knows she has to really apply herself to find the killer, to not only keep Chole from being charged but to also save her life. So with help of her boyfriend, Max Sullivan commit themselves to find the killerIt’s always nice to stop in Lighthouse Cover for a visit with Shannon, Robbie the Westie, and its nice residents. I have learned to count on a well-written and plotted story with an enjoyable and interesting cast of characters from Kate Carlisle and A Wrench In The Works is no exception. I am eagerly awaiting the next book in this exciting series.
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  • Micky Cox
    January 1, 1970
    Shannon's sister has come home to visit and brought her Hollywood TV crew with her to film her show. When a body shows up in the first house, things don't look good for her sister. Once again the series does not disappoint! Great characters with strong personalities and depth enhance a great multi-layered plot to keep you entertained and intrigued!
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    Kate Carlisle writes a fun and quirky story. This is the first book in the Shannon Hammer series I have read. I received a galley of the book through firsttoread.com. The story moves quickly and Carlisle introduces us to the cast with just enough background so reading the previous 6 books isn’t necessary. Shannon is a home improvement diva who keeps finding dead bodies. Everyone is a suspect and some of the storyline is ridiculous, but when you want a light story with characters you will like, t Kate Carlisle writes a fun and quirky story. This is the first book in the Shannon Hammer series I have read. I received a galley of the book through firsttoread.com. The story moves quickly and Carlisle introduces us to the cast with just enough background so reading the previous 6 books isn’t necessary. Shannon is a home improvement diva who keeps finding dead bodies. Everyone is a suspect and some of the storyline is ridiculous, but when you want a light story with characters you will like, this series delivers.
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    A Wrench in the Works, Kate Carlisle's 6th Fixer-Upper Mystery, brings Shannon Hammer's little sister, Chloe, and her home makeover reality show to Lighthouse Cove. After the show's producer is found brutally murdered on the first day of filming, Shannon has her hands full trying to protect her sister and also discover the killer. Another murder quickly follows the first, adding to the suspense and widening the suspect pool! As sparks were flying between Chloe and a resident of Lighthouse Cove, A Wrench in the Works, Kate Carlisle's 6th Fixer-Upper Mystery, brings Shannon Hammer's little sister, Chloe, and her home makeover reality show to Lighthouse Cove. After the show's producer is found brutally murdered on the first day of filming, Shannon has her hands full trying to protect her sister and also discover the killer. Another murder quickly follows the first, adding to the suspense and widening the suspect pool! As sparks were flying between Chloe and a resident of Lighthouse Cove, hopefully we'll see more of her in the future as the family dynamic between the sisters is a nice touch. The mystery was very well told, and the denouement perfectly tied everything together. A+++
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  • Jeanie Jackson
    January 1, 1970
    Hollywood is coming to Lighthouse Cove and Shannon can not wait. Not only is the whole town excited about a television show being taped in their community but Shannon is going to be part of the show and her sister Chloe, the co-star of a popular renovation program, has been too busy is returning for the since she left shortly after highs school. The curse that has haunted Shannon for over a year seems to have spread to Chloe as the duo trip over bodies before taping even begins. The warmth of th Hollywood is coming to Lighthouse Cove and Shannon can not wait. Not only is the whole town excited about a television show being taped in their community but Shannon is going to be part of the show and her sister Chloe, the co-star of a popular renovation program, has been too busy is returning for the since she left shortly after highs school. The curse that has haunted Shannon for over a year seems to have spread to Chloe as the duo trip over bodies before taping even begins. The warmth of the Shannon’s friend, especially Max and Eric, and the every day details that Kate Carlisle so smoothing integrates into the story bring such a real life feel that it is easy to get pulled into the story even before the mystery grabs readers and holds us enrapt throughout the book. A Wrench in the Works is a must read for any fans of cozy or amateur sleuth mysteries.I was delighted to receive and ARC of A Wrench in the Works via NetGally and am delighted to share my love for this book with other book lovers.
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  • Kay Garrett
    January 1, 1970
    A WRENCH IN THE WORKS by Kate Carlisle is the sixth book in the A Fixer-Upper Mystery series.The story takes place in the hometown of sisters Shannon and Chloe Hammer – Lighthouse Cove. Shannon has always lived there, following her father’s footsteps in construction by becoming a building contractor specializing in Victorian home restoration. Chloe, although she left her hometown right after finishing school, is highly regarded in the construction business as well. She is the famous cohost for t A WRENCH IN THE WORKS by Kate Carlisle is the sixth book in the A Fixer-Upper Mystery series.The story takes place in the hometown of sisters Shannon and Chloe Hammer – Lighthouse Cove. Shannon has always lived there, following her father’s footsteps in construction by becoming a building contractor specializing in Victorian home restoration. Chloe, although she left her hometown right after finishing school, is highly regarded in the construction business as well. She is the famous cohost for the television show Makeover Madness on the Home Builders Network.It’s Makeover Madness that has Chloe returning to Lighthouse Cove to work with her sister to restore one of the local Victoria mansions – the Bloom home. She has missed coming home and is glad to see her family as well as to work with her sister. Plus it gives her a chance to face something from her past.The show will be a boost to the local economy by working with Jane Hennessey for housing, Emily Rose for catering, Gus Peratti (Emily’s husband) for chauffeuring, meals in restaurants and not to mention the tourism brought about by the shows airing of the restoration. So everyone is glad to see the trailers being set up and the people showing up for the production of the show.With the arrival of the staff, equipment and trailers, comes the realization that showbiz is not all fun and games. The producer, Bree Bennett, has the personality of a vixen who is always firing people, including her husband, Blake, the co-host in the show. Blake seems to be all words and no action when he appears to be a klutz. Diego Navarro is breathtakingly gorgeous and appears to be the one with the carpenter skills and physical strength for the show. Besides working well together and having a successful show, there is also conflict over power, jealousy, and a secret crush among the staff. When Bree is found dead on the first day of production, Chloe is the prime suspect. After all, she is the last to be heard having a major argument with Bree and she was the last one “fired” by Bree. Shannon is determined to clear her sister and find out who the real murderer is.After Chloe reveals to her sister, why she left 10 years ago and why she hasn’t been home much since, Shannon knows that clearing her sister will be even harder. Chloe feels a huge weight lifted, when she comes clean with the Connolly family and gets to confront Richard “Richie Rich” Stoddard knowing he has no hold on her any more. It doesn’t help that that confrontation was very public and very loud when Richie Rich comes up as the second murder victim. Now Shannon as two murders to clear her sister of.Add to the mix Shannon’s boyfriend Max – ex-Navy SEAL - helping her, Police Chief Eric Jenson on the scene and several attempts on Chloe’s life and a touch of romance makes this a page turner book that keeps you guessing and reassessing your suspects along the way. The characters in this book will have you feeling every emotion from angst, to laughter, to wow.A WRENCH IN THE WORKS can definitely be read as a standalone book. However, if this is your first book in the series, you will be running to grab the other books in the series.I highly recommend this book and this author to anyone that loves well written, entertaining, and exciting cozy mysteries!
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  • Sandie Herron
    January 1, 1970
    Contractor Shannon Hammer is happy to welcome her contractor sister Chloe back home. It’s been ten years since she last lived in the family home in Lighthouse Cove. She left after high school to find her way in Hollywood, and she became one of the stars of the Home Builder’s Network show “Makeover Madness.” They want to film several episodes in Lighthouse Cove focusing on the Victorian architecture so prevalent in this historic town. Chloe co-stars with Blake Bennett, an older man with whom she Contractor Shannon Hammer is happy to welcome her contractor sister Chloe back home. It’s been ten years since she last lived in the family home in Lighthouse Cove. She left after high school to find her way in Hollywood, and she became one of the stars of the Home Builder’s Network show “Makeover Madness.” They want to film several episodes in Lighthouse Cove focusing on the Victorian architecture so prevalent in this historic town. Chloe co-stars with Blake Bennett, an older man with whom she has a terrific stage presence. They are complimented by a devoted crew headed by Sergio, a strong, handsome carpenter full of charm. It isn’t until the entire crew arrives in town that Shannon meets the executive producer, Bree Bennett, wife of star Blake Bennett. Bree keeps the show running, making most of the important decisions and carrying them out. However, she has a nasty temper and is rude to most of her immediate staff as well as the stars and workers on the show. Bree routinely fires them, never meaning for the firing to stick, until she fires her husband Blake. The network has decided to start a new show without Blake and featuring Chloe and Sergio as soon as these segments are complete.Chloe has recruited Shannon to be on the show while in town. They arrive at the Bloom house, a rundown but appealing, well-designed Victorian home, early on the first day of shooting. As they examine the house, they discover Bree’s dead body on the fireplace hearth. Shannon calls the police chief, Eric Jensen, who promptly arrives and cancels any shooting within the home. As Jensen processed the scene with his own crew, a search is made to find Blake Bennett. He is discovered drugged in his trailer where he slept the night before. Could he have killed Bree in his present state? How many other disgruntled employees could have done the deed?The next day Shannon discovers another dead body on the porch of the mansion. The town’s rich kid, now an annoying adult, is actually the reason Chloe has stayed away so many years because of an incident in high school. Later, while filming some outdoor shots, Chloe falls from an extension ladder rigged to fail. Who would want Chloe dead?This was a charming, very cozy mystery centering on Shannon and Chloe yet involving many other characters with distinct roles. The plot advanced smoothly with several twists to follow. The suspense ratchets up when Chloe becomes a target. There is speculation on which the villain is, townspeople or TV crew, as everyone discusses events, yet this is not excessive. The action keeps going without stalling on any one event or person. A very delightful journey following our charismatic and compelling heroines in the sixth entry of the fixer-upper mystery series. I hope to visit with them again soon.
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  • Kathy Martin
    January 1, 1970
    Contractor Shannon Hammer's sister Chloe has come to Lighthouse Cove to film some episodes for her popular home improvement show and wants to feature Shannon. Chloe was unhappy in town and left right after high school. Now Shannon finds out what happened to cause her to leave.Shannon also learns about the ins and outs of making a television show and all of the personality conflicts involved. Chloe's executive producer Bree is a toxic personality who delights in stirring things up. She also delig Contractor Shannon Hammer's sister Chloe has come to Lighthouse Cove to film some episodes for her popular home improvement show and wants to feature Shannon. Chloe was unhappy in town and left right after high school. Now Shannon finds out what happened to cause her to leave.Shannon also learns about the ins and outs of making a television show and all of the personality conflicts involved. Chloe's executive producer Bree is a toxic personality who delights in stirring things up. She also delights in firing her staff which the staff has learned to ignore.When Shannon and Chloe are looking over the property that they are going to rehab, they find Bree dead on the hearth of one of the fireplaces. They also find her husband, and Chloe's co-star, drugged in his trailer. Since Chloe had had a loud argument with Bree the day before, Shannon needs to put on her detective hat and find out who really killed Bree. Then when a man who had been using emotional blackmail on Chloe for years is also found dead in the house, Shannon's task becomes even harder. Shannon wonders if the deaths came from something in Chloe's past or whether they had to do with a possible new television show which will oust her old co-star and bring in a younger hunk to be her partner. I enjoyed the mystery and the information about Victorian houses. This is not the first book in the series but I had no trouble following what was happening. I would like to read earlier books to learn more about Shannon's previous cases and how her friends and boyfriend came into her life.
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  • Gail
    January 1, 1970
    Excitement in Lighthouse Cove! The fixer-upper mysteries are fantastic. A Wrench In The Works is the sixth in the series. All can be read as a stand alone with no confusion. Shannon Hammer is a fun, likeable heroine that keeps the plot moving along at a brisk pace. She is a hard working contractor that renovates the town's beautiful old Victorian homes. The descriptions of the intricate details inside and out of these homes is so well done I can visualize the beauty. This is a personal love of Excitement in Lighthouse Cove! The fixer-upper mysteries are fantastic. A Wrench In The Works is the sixth in the series. All can be read as a stand alone with no confusion. Shannon Hammer is a fun, likeable heroine that keeps the plot moving along at a brisk pace. She is a hard working contractor that renovates the town's beautiful old Victorian homes. The descriptions of the intricate details inside and out of these homes is so well done I can visualize the beauty. This is a personal love of mine ever since my husband and I renovated an old Victorian some years ago. The mystery of two murders associated with the renovations do keep us guessing as the suspects pile up. Shannon's relationship with thriller writer boyfriend Mac gives the series that bit of romance to keep our interest up waiting for more. This installment of the series brings Shannon's sister Chloe to town along with trouble. The sisters have a great relationship with funny, witty dialogue and a strong loyalty to each other. I hope to see more of Chloe in future books. A Wrench In The Works in a great book to curl up with over a relaxing weekend. I'm looking forward to more excitement in Lighthouse Cove in the future.Thank you to the author and publisher for an ARC allowing me to offer my personal, honest opinions.
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  • Kaijsa
    January 1, 1970
    I like Kate Carlisle's other series, the Bibliophile mysteries, but was ready to ditch the Fixer Uppers after finding the fourth one really bad. But I decided to read this one for review to see if there was an improvement, and I was happily surprised to enjoy it. Shannon Hammer's sister, Chloe (I don't think I remember her having a sister), is in town to shoot her hit home renovation television show with one of Lighthouse Cove's old Victorians as the location under repair. Chloe has made herself I like Kate Carlisle's other series, the Bibliophile mysteries, but was ready to ditch the Fixer Uppers after finding the fourth one really bad. But I decided to read this one for review to see if there was an improvement, and I was happily surprised to enjoy it. Shannon Hammer's sister, Chloe (I don't think I remember her having a sister), is in town to shoot her hit home renovation television show with one of Lighthouse Cove's old Victorians as the location under repair. Chloe has made herself scarce since high school, which wasn't a happy time--this explanation was enough for me to explain why I don't think she existed earlier in the series. Of course, a body shows up on set and sets off the events of the story.This time we get more than one murder victim, which is kind of exciting, but the story is never really very tense and I figured out the killer pretty much right away. Still, the sister relationship was nice and that Shannon and Chloe aren't polar opposites like so many sets of siblings in stories like this. the action could have moved a bit faster, and Shannon really needs to be a bit smarter in her investigating if she's going to snoop around. If you like this kind of cosy mystery, you might like spending time in Lighthouse Cove. Just take my advice and skip book 4!I received a free ebook ARC from Berkley Publishing Group via NetGalley. This is my honest review.
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  • Joan
    January 1, 1970
    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 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. I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
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  • Diane Hernandez
    January 1, 1970
    Charming characters in a unique setting enliven A Wrench in the Works, the sixth Fixer-Upper Mystery.Sisters Shannon and Chloe grew up working in their dad’s construction company. Shannon took over her dad’s company when he retired. Chloe moved to Hollywood and stars in a fixer-upper show. Chloe decides to go back to her hometown to film a season of her show with the help of her sister’s construction team. When someone on the production is killed and Chloe is threatened, Shannon investigates.Des Charming characters in a unique setting enliven A Wrench in the Works, the sixth Fixer-Upper Mystery.Sisters Shannon and Chloe grew up working in their dad’s construction company. Shannon took over her dad’s company when he retired. Chloe moved to Hollywood and stars in a fixer-upper show. Chloe decides to go back to her hometown to film a season of her show with the help of her sister’s construction team. When someone on the production is killed and Chloe is threatened, Shannon investigates.Despite being part of a series, A Wrench in the Works works well as a stand-alone. The characters and their relationships are genuine. Setting the mystery behind the scenes on an HGTV-type show is innovative. I would have liked the puzzle to be slightly harder to solve. However, I am looking forward to the next book in the series.A Wrench in the Works is recommended to cozy readers looking for endearing characters in an unusual setting. 4 stars!Thanks to the publisher, Berkley Mystery, and NetGalley for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Nancy
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Penguin's First to Read program for a digital ARC of this book. I really enjoyed this mystery! Although the book is part of the Fixer-Upper Mystery series, I didn't feel as though I was missing anything. I would like to read the other books in the series. I especially liked the main character, Shannon. Her relationship with her sister reminded me very much of how my sister and I get along so it was very realistic to me. The pace of the book kept the book moving. Shannon's sister Chl Thank you to Penguin's First to Read program for a digital ARC of this book. I really enjoyed this mystery! Although the book is part of the Fixer-Upper Mystery series, I didn't feel as though I was missing anything. I would like to read the other books in the series. I especially liked the main character, Shannon. Her relationship with her sister reminded me very much of how my sister and I get along so it was very realistic to me. The pace of the book kept the book moving. Shannon's sister Chloe comes back home to film the fixer-upper show that she stars in. Shannon, who owns her own rehab company, is going to star in the show too. Unfortunately, Shannon and Chloe discover a dead body which leads to many questions and not very many answers. Shannon likes to poke around and try to solve the mystery, but ends up in more trouble. This is a cozy mystery if you are looking for something light to read.
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  • Cheryl
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked this story. The addition of Chloe, Shannon's sister, brightened and added warmth to the plot. As other reviewers have done an excellent job of giving the story's details, I would like to focus on my favorite scene. Both sisters along with Mac, Shannon's love interest, are out to dinner when a man walks into the restaurant causing Chloe to pale and gasp. Shannon soon finds out why Chloe really left town right after her high school graduation. Shannon was so supportive and comfortin I really liked this story. The addition of Chloe, Shannon's sister, brightened and added warmth to the plot. As other reviewers have done an excellent job of giving the story's details, I would like to focus on my favorite scene. Both sisters along with Mac, Shannon's love interest, are out to dinner when a man walks into the restaurant causing Chloe to pale and gasp. Shannon soon finds out why Chloe really left town right after her high school graduation. Shannon was so supportive and comforting it brought tears to my eyes. From this point on their relationship warmed and expanded.doneThis story moved right along easily from scene to scene and maintained a nice pace. The character development was excellent making want get to know most of them. I hope Chloe is included in future stories.
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  • Argum
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy of this book from Penguin First To ReadI have not read this series previously, but love the author's other series. This was a fun cozy setting with a house makeover theme. Our heroine has found about 8 bodies so far and has an understanding group of friends and somewhat easy relationship with the local police so far. In this entry her sister is in town as the host of a cable makeover show and she will be working with her on a remodel and hosting. They dont see each other m I received a free copy of this book from Penguin First To ReadI have not read this series previously, but love the author's other series. This was a fun cozy setting with a house makeover theme. Our heroine has found about 8 bodies so far and has an understanding group of friends and somewhat easy relationship with the local police so far. In this entry her sister is in town as the host of a cable makeover show and she will be working with her on a remodel and hosting. They dont see each other much as the younger sister left their small town with rare visits home. In this entry we find out exactly why. Of course because it is a cozy series bodies start dropping. I did not feel lost with keeping characters straight and enjoyed the pacing. The killer was okay but fairly obvious. Enjoyed and will be circling back to the previous entries.
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