Dead in the Doorway (House-Flipper Mystery #2)
A HOUSE WITH GOOD BONES. . .Whitney Whitaker has scored the perfect piece of real estate: a ramshackle white Colonial at the top of a hill with views of downtown Nashville. What more could a self-taught home-improvement maven and occasional house-flipper ask for? Ideally, the property of Whitney’s dreams would not have come with a dead body blocking the entrance to the foyer. But Whitney, always quick to take heavy-duty matters into her own hands, also happens to be a skilled amateur sleuth. So that helps.AND SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET.Who is this older woman—and how did her corpse end up at the bottom of the staircase of this locked, unoccupied house? That is what Whitney, along with the support of her wood-working cousin Buck, Detective Collin Flynn, and, of course, feline partner-in-crime Sawdust, intends to find out. Her friendly-neighbour investigation takes a sharp turn, however, when Whitney discovers that the house’s former owner was a gourmet baker whose secret recipe for peach pie was to die for—perhaps literally. Now it’s up to Whitney to learn the truth about what happened before she loses this killer real-estate deal . . . and the killer comes knocking at her door.

Dead in the Doorway (House-Flipper Mystery #2) Details

TitleDead in the Doorway (House-Flipper Mystery #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 31st, 2020
PublisherSt. Martin's Paperbacks
ISBN-139781250197450
Rating
GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery

Dead in the Doorway (House-Flipper Mystery #2) Review

  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    Dead in the Doorway by Diane Kelly is the second book in the cozy House-Flipper Mystery series. As with most cozy mysteries each of these books in the series could be read as a standalone if choosing to do so as the mystery within is fully solved during the book. There is of course some character development carried over book to book for those fans following in order from the beginning.In the House-Flipper Mystery series Whitney Whitaker has been working as a property manager to pay the bills Dead in the Doorway by Diane Kelly is the second book in the cozy House-Flipper Mystery series. As with most cozy mysteries each of these books in the series could be read as a standalone if choosing to do so as the mystery within is fully solved during the book. There is of course some character development carried over book to book for those fans following in order from the beginning.In the House-Flipper Mystery series Whitney Whitaker has been working as a property manager to pay the bills for a while now while living in her parents pool house with her cat, Sawdust. Real estate and renovating are really Whitney’s passions so whenever she gets the chance she’s diving into the house flipping business.This time around Whitney has obtained a ramshackle white Colonial with the help of a loan so she plans to move this flip quickly if she can. However, when coming over to inspect her new property Whitney has trouble opening the door only to find the body of one of the neighbors is blocking her new front door from opening so Whitney yet again finds herself with a murder mystery to solve.This series takes a couple of my favorite things, renovating real estate and kitty cats, and combines them together so how could I say no to reading this one? Being a little different than the normal cozy this series come with chapters from the point of view of Sawdust, Whitney’s kitty. While Whitney and the secondary characters are likable enough Sawdust’s POV just gives the story that extra twist of cuteness that I enjoyed. I found this to be another fun addition to the series and will definitely look forward to more.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/
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  • Natalia R
    January 1, 1970
    Whitney Whitaker is a property manager and carpenter in Nashville, Tennessee. She likes her job, but her real passion is flipping houses. In this second installment in the House-Flipper Mystery series, Whitney and her cousin have partnered to flip a ramshackle colonial-style house with views of downtown Nashville. When she arrives one morning, she is horrified to find a woman dead in the house. With an entire neighborhood of suspects, Whitney and Detective Collin Flynn, work together to catch Whitney Whitaker is a property manager and carpenter in Nashville, Tennessee. She likes her job, but her real passion is flipping houses. In this second installment in the House-Flipper Mystery series, Whitney and her cousin have partnered to flip a ramshackle colonial-style house with views of downtown Nashville. When she arrives one morning, she is horrified to find a woman dead in the house. With an entire neighborhood of suspects, Whitney and Detective Collin Flynn, work together to catch the killer.I found this book to be a delightful and humorous read. Whitney is a witty, smart, and likable main character. I loved the relationship between her and Buck, with its bickering and witty banter. Sawdust was adorable and reading the brief chapters from his perspective was fun and added to the story. I enjoyed spending time at Whitney's temporary neighborhood. The friendship between the ladies was wonderful and really gave me that small tight-knit community feeling that I love. I was really sad when I got to the end and realized that I will never get to meet the characters again. The mystery was well-crafted, with plenty of suspects to throw readers off the scent. This was a fun cozy mystery, and I eagerly await the third book.I received an ARC from St Martin's Press through NetGalley. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Kerrin Parris
    January 1, 1970
    With her trademarked wit, Diane Kelly delivers another fantastic cozy mystery with Dead in The Doorway: A House-Flipper Mystery (book 2). The book releases today (3/31/2020) so be sure to order your copy now. Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martins press for my advanced reader copy.Whitney Whitaker and her cousin, Buck, purchase a fixer-upper from two brothers whose mother recently died of a stroke. In exchange for a cheaper price, the brothers left a lot of their mother Lillians personal effects in With her trademarked wit, Diane Kelly delivers another fantastic cozy mystery with Dead in The Doorway: A House-Flipper Mystery (book 2). The book releases today (3/31/2020) so be sure to order your copy now. Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s press for my advanced reader copy.Whitney Whitaker and her cousin, Buck, purchase a fixer-upper from two brothers whose mother recently died of a stroke. In exchange for a cheaper price, the brothers left a lot of their mother Lillian’s personal effects in the home, including her many blue ribbons for her famous peach desserts. Unfortunately, Lillian’s recipe box does not contain any of her award-winning recipes.The home sits in a cul de sac on Songbird Circle, where most of the neighbors have become life-long friends. On demo day, Whitney arrives early only to find the front door is blocked. She enters through the garage and is shocked to find not only the dead body of Nelda Dolan, a neighbor, blocking the door but also the former owner’s grandson, Dakota Walsh, coming down the stairs. It turns out no one really liked Nelda, including her own husband and daughter.The plot has many possible suspects including Dakota and his father, Wayne; all of the neighbors in the cul de sac; a ride-share driver who seems to have a secret; an unknown burglar who breaks into one of the houses; and Nelda’s family. The big question is whether Nelda was killed for trying to take Lillian’s prized recipes from a secret hiding place that Whitney’s cat, Sawdust, was able to locate?With a murder threatening the resale value of the house, Whitney is determined to resolve the case as quickly as possible. There is a sweet storyline where Whitney and Buck give a second chance to a young man who needs some direction in his life.The novel has hints of two possible romances, first between Whitney and Detective Flynn and second, between Whitney’s roommate Collette and her cousin Buck. The story ends with Whitney and Buck looking at an old motel near downtown Nashville that is going up for a tax sale. I can’t wait for the third installment of the series to see what blossoms.If you would like to check out my Peach Almond Cookie Cobbler recipe that is "to die for", then go to http://booksandrecipes.com/recipe/pea...
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  • The Cozy Review
    January 1, 1970
    The long-awaited second book from Diane Kelly in the "House Flipper Mystery" series, Dead In The Doorway, is available at the end of March. This intriguing house renovation cozy published by St Martin's Press will leave readers itching to renovate and investigate the old broken down houses in their neighborhood. Whitney is a remarkable character in this enjoyable and entertaining cozy series. She is hard-working, dedicated, and mindful of the people around her, even strangers. The characters in The long-awaited second book from Diane Kelly in the "House Flipper Mystery" series, Dead In The Doorway, is available at the end of March. This intriguing house renovation cozy published by St Martin's Press will leave readers itching to renovate and investigate the old broken down houses in their neighborhood. Whitney is a remarkable character in this enjoyable and entertaining cozy series. She is hard-working, dedicated, and mindful of the people around her, even strangers. The characters in this series are exceedingly likable; readers will find at least one or more that they can relate with. The detective, Collin, is slowly becoming essential and hopefully will continue to be involved with Whitney. Sawdust, Whitney's beloved cat, steals the show more than once. I could read his thoughts all day and have a smile on my face the entire time. In this addition to the series, Whitney's dream house flip turns into a nightmare when she finds the body of a neighbor in the entryway. Skeletons come out of the closet as she and Sawdust investigate. The old woman wasn't well-liked by many, not her family or neighbors. She was bossy, rude and at times downright nasty to everyone around her. But no one deserves to be pushed down the stairs and left to die alone. It doesn't take long for Whitney to find the killer and figure out that sometimes motives, like people, are just plain crazy. Ms. Kelly is a dynamic writer. Her work is smooth, easy to read, and fills the reader with a sense of having been a part of a real mystery. Dead In The Doorway is a fantastic, fast-paced, enjoyable read that readers will not be able to put down. I highly recommend this cozy book and the series, as well as all of Diane's other mystery series. If readers want exciting reads and happy endings, they will love this book!
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Whitney Whitaker and her cousin Buck purchased a house in suburban Nashville through an estate, hoping to renovate and flip the house with a good profit for themselves. But their plans for a speedy demo are dashed when they find the next-door neighbor of the late owner dead at the bottom of the stairs. Just like the first in the series, Whitney decides to investigate while continuing the project--placing her again with Detective Flynn. Their interactions become closer and hint of a possible Whitney Whitaker and her cousin Buck purchased a house in suburban Nashville through an estate, hoping to renovate and flip the house with a good profit for themselves. But their plans for a speedy demo are dashed when they find the next-door neighbor of the late owner dead at the bottom of the stairs. Just like the first in the series, Whitney decides to investigate while continuing the project--placing her again with Detective Flynn. Their interactions become closer and hint of a possible romantic storyline. The suspects include a squatter grandson, the long-time neighborhood ladies card club and a mysterious ride-share driver but others also have a motive for murder.The book can easily be read as a standalone and the story moves at a comfortable pace. I read it in two sittings and didn't want to put it down. I really Whitney's character--someone who doesn't shy away from hard work, especially physical labor. The other shining star is her cat Sawdust, who makes a welcome return. I love that he has his own brief chapters, speaking from a cat's point-of-view. Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's for an ARC of this book. My review is voluntary.
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  • Kristina
    January 1, 1970
    Dead in the Doorway by Diane Kelly is the second book in A House-Flipper Mystery series. Dead in the Doorway can be read without having picked up Dead as a Doorknocker. However, I recommend reading the cute debut of this series. A House-Flipper Mystery series is similar to A Paw Enforcement series written by Diane Kelly with chapters from an animals point-of-view. Sawdust, Whitneys cat, is cute and smart, and I like reading about his perspective on things. I would like his chapters to have a wee Dead in the Doorway by Diane Kelly is the second book in A House-Flipper Mystery series. Dead in the Doorway can be read without having picked up Dead as a Doorknocker. However, I recommend reading the cute debut of this series. A House-Flipper Mystery series is similar to A Paw Enforcement series written by Diane Kelly with chapters from an animal’s point-of-view. Sawdust, Whitney’s cat, is cute and smart, and I like reading about his perspective on things. I would like his chapters to have a wee bit more humor (I love Brigit’s snarky comments from A Paw Enforcement series). I thought Dead in the Doorway contained good writing, steady pacing and friendly characters. Whitney Whitaker works as property manager as well as a carpenter (for her uncle’s carpentry business). Her true love, though, is flipping houses which she does with her cousin, Buck Whitaker. They are both hoping for a better experience after the murder that happened in their first slip that prevented them from selling it (Whitney and two roommates are currently living in it). Whitney arrives early on demo day to find a woman dead at the base of the stairs and the deceased owner’s grandson squatting in the house (that gets the blood pumping). At first blush, it appears the victim fell down the steps during the night. Unfortunately, Detective Collin Flynn soon informs Whitney that the victim did not fall on her own. Whitney, who was going to snoop anyway, is thrilled when Detective Flynn asks for her assistance. There are definite sparks flying between the detective and Whitney (and he is a cat lover too). The mystery had a handful of suspects along with misdirection. There are clues to aid a reader in solving the crime. I would have preferred more sleuthing and less speculation. There was too much conjecture for my liking (I ended up skimming through some of it because it was repetitive). My favorite line from Dead in the Doorway is courtesy of Detective Flynn when he said, “You again?” when he sees Whitney at the crime scene. I did enjoy reading Dead in the Doorway, and I will be reading the next A House-Flipper Mystery with Whitney, Buck, Detective Flynn and Sawdust. Dead in the Doorway is a purr-fect cozy mystery to cuddle up with in a comfy chair.
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  • Janet
    January 1, 1970
    When it is snowy and cold outside (and my car is buried under 2ft of ❄ ), superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book and many more today. LOLI requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.Dead in the Doorway is the When it is snowy and cold outside (and my car is buried under 2ft of ❄️ ), superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. LOLI requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.Dead in the Doorway is the second in a delightful cosy series from Diane Kelly set in Nashville—where the real estate market is to die for.A HOUSE WITH GOOD BONES. . .Whitney Whitaker has scored the perfect piece of real estate: a ramshackle white Colonial at the top of a hill with views of downtown Nashville. What more could a self-taught home-improvement maven and occasional house-flipper ask for? Ideally, the property of Whitney’s dreams would not have come with a dead body blocking the entrance to the foyer. But Whitney, always quick to take heavy-duty matters into her own hands, also happens to be a skilled amateur sleuth. So that helps.AND SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET.Who is this older woman—and how did her corpse end up at the bottom of the staircase of this locked, unoccupied house? That is what Whitney, along with the support of her wood-working cousin Buck, Detective Collin Flynn, and, of course, feline partner-in-crime Sawdust, intends to find out. Her friendly-neighbour investigation takes a sharp turn, however, when Whitney discovers that the house’s former owner was a gourmet baker whose secret recipe for peach pie was to die for—perhaps literally. Now it’s up to Whitney to learn the truth about what happened before she loses this killer real-estate deal . . . and the killer comes knocking at her door.This is a cute little cosy mystery with no 50 shades of any colour. The characters are interesting and well written and the mystery was well crafted to not let you guess who was the killer. Whitney and Sawdust (love the cat's name) are interesting characters, to say the least, and their journey in the book was fun and spooky and I think I need to now go back and read the previous book in the series as this one was really good. And darn, do I want to live in the house, spookiness or not. (There was a certain very highly paid mystery Irish-American writer who I generally guessed who the killer was the moment that they are introduced! However, as she recently passed perhaps I can pass on this advice: it is the same with your daughter's books. ... lol) As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/etc. " on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it great Nashville HOT 🐔 🐔 🐔 🐔 
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  • Patty
    January 1, 1970
    Dead in the Doorway by Diane Kelly is the 2nd book in the House-Flipper Mystery series, and another good addition. Whitney Whitaker manages real estate properties and flips houses. When she tried to go into the new house, she can't get in because there is a dead women blocking the door. Who is this women? There are so many suspects, since the women was not well liked. Whitney is determined to find the killer and not lose her investment. I really enjoyed this book, it has a lot of action and Dead in the Doorway by Diane Kelly is the 2nd book in the House-Flipper Mystery series, and another good addition. Whitney Whitaker manages real estate properties and flips houses. When she tried to go into the new house, she can't get in because there is a dead women blocking the door. Who is this women? There are so many suspects, since the women was not well liked. Whitney is determined to find the killer and not lose her investment. I really enjoyed this book, it has a lot of action and suspects to sort through. I can't wait for the next book in the series. If you love cozy mysteries than I highly recommend this one. Ms. Kelly is no stranger to writing good books. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Mary Brown
    January 1, 1970
    Dead In The DoorwayHouse-Flipper Mystery, Book #2Diane Kelly5 Stars Synopsis:A HOUSE WITH GOOD BONES. . .Whitney Whitaker has scored the perfect piece of real estate: a ramshackle white Colonial at the top of a hill with views of downtown Nashville. What more could a self-taught home-improvement maven and occasional house-flipper ask for? Ideally, the property of Whitneys dreams would not have come with a dead body blocking the entrance to the foyer. But Whitney, always quick to take heavy-duty Dead In The DoorwayHouse-Flipper Mystery, Book #2Diane Kelly5 Stars Synopsis:A HOUSE WITH GOOD BONES. . .Whitney Whitaker has scored the perfect piece of real estate: a ramshackle white Colonial at the top of a hill with views of downtown Nashville. What more could a self-taught home-improvement maven and occasional house-flipper ask for? Ideally, the property of Whitney’s dreams would not have come with a dead body blocking the entrance to the foyer. But Whitney, always quick to take heavy-duty matters into her own hands, also happens to be a skilled amateur sleuth. So that helps.AND SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET.Who is this older woman—and how did her corpse end up at the bottom of the staircase of this locked, unoccupied house? That is what Whitney, along with the support of her wood-working cousin Buck, Detective Collin Flynn, and, of course, feline partner-in-crime Sawdust, intends to find out. Her friendly-neighbour investigation takes a sharp turn, however, when Whitney discovers that the house’s former owner was a gourmet baker whose secret recipe for peach pie was to die for—perhaps literally. Now it’s up to Whitney to learn the truth about what happened before she loses this killer real-estate deal . . . and the killer comes knocking at her door. (Goodreads)Review:The characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional. Whitney knows her way around a hammer and she and her cousin, Buck, are doing another house flip. But this one comes with a dead body, and if she and Buck are going to make a profit, she needs to catch the killer. With the help of Sawdust, her cat, she is going to find the murderer, even if it kills her. And it just might. I enjoyed the Sawdust chapters, seeing things from his perspective. The writing style flows smoothly and it defines the characters very clearly by their actions and words. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning. And the mystery was very well plotted and not easily solved. There were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider and I was not completely sure until the reveal at the end. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well written cozy mystery. The characters are engaging, the setting was inviting and the mystery was intriguing. I cannot wait for the next book in the series. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, St. Martin’s Press, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.
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  • Sara Hill
    January 1, 1970
    Dead in the Doorway by Diane Kelly is a cozy mystery that I could not put down. This mystery is purr-fect for people who love home renovation shows. Kellys writing style is straight forward, clear, and easy, yet she uses such unique phrases to describe emotions and movement during her story. The characters in this story are so tangible. They are already well developed in this first book. I can only see more layers being built in future books. Sawdust the cat was my favourite character. The Dead in the Doorway by Diane Kelly is a cozy mystery that I could not put down. This mystery is purr-fect for people who love home renovation shows. Kelly’s writing style is straight forward, clear, and easy, yet she uses such unique phrases to describe emotions and movement during her story. The characters in this story are so tangible. They are already well developed in this first book. I can only see more layers being built in future books. Sawdust the cat was my favourite character. The relationship between Sawdust and his owner Whitney is perfection. I enjoyed how Whitney takes Sawdust to work and has conversations with him. There are also chapters written from Sawdust’s point of view! His points of view are hilarious and heartwarming, and I wish there were a few more scattered throughout the story. With cats being such a curious animal, combining a cat’s point of view with mysteries is so clever! I enjoyed Whitney’s disposition, character, and work ethic. She is a fun protagonist to follow around throughout the story. I also cannot wait to see where her relationship goes with Detective Flynn. The story and mystery were very creative and well crafted. I did figure it out, but I did also keep questioning and changing my choice of murderer until the end. What I did not figure out was the motive. Kelly’s murder scenes are a little creepier than other cozy mysteries, but I like that. This is the first book in a new series by Diane Kelly. Kelly is a new authour to me, but she has become an auto buy authour. I cannot wait to read more by her and especially for the second book in this newest series. I cannot recommend this story enough! I received an electronic advanced reader copy from St. Martin’s Press through Net Galley. All opinions are 100% my own.
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  • Jan
    January 1, 1970
    I read the first three chapters in Cozy Case Files, A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Volume 8 and was hooked! The publisher's blurb is pretty good, but the quality of the story is much better. While there is a hint of romance, it certainly is not blatant enough to take anything away from the mystery but serves as a plot device to enhance the deduction process. Whatever. The important thing is that it is a good story with very little that is not realistic but not the kind of nastiness found in true crime. I read the first three chapters in Cozy Case Files, A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Volume 8 and was hooked! The publisher's blurb is pretty good, but the quality of the story is much better. While there is a hint of romance, it certainly is not blatant enough to take anything away from the mystery but serves as a plot device to enhance the deduction process. Whatever. The important thing is that it is a good story with very little that is not realistic but not the kind of nastiness found in true crime. I definitely loved it!I requested and received a free ebook copy from St. Martin's Press via NetGalley. Thank You!
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  • Rima Aiello
    January 1, 1970
    A renovation with another twist of murder. The most endearing part of this series so far is the humor that gets mixed in, it makes the characters seem real, even though they seem to stumble over dead bodies. Full of suspects, mystery, this is a perfect whodunit.
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  • Moondance
    January 1, 1970
    Knock-knock.Whitney is back again in the House Flippers series. She and cousin Buck have bought the house of a recently deceased woman that needs quite a bit of updating. The first day that Whitney goes to the house on her own she discovers the body of a neighbor and the grandson of the former owner. I really like the characters in this series! I love that Whitney is an independent, smart hard-working woman. Her cousin Buck is almost like a brother to her. Together they make a great team. Of Knock-knock.Whitney is back again in the House Flippers series. She and cousin Buck have bought the house of a recently deceased woman that needs quite a bit of updating. The first day that Whitney goes to the house on her own she discovers the body of a neighbor and the grandson of the former owner. I really like the characters in this series! I love that Whitney is an independent, smart hard-working woman. Her cousin Buck is almost like a brother to her. Together they make a great team. Of course Sawdust is a major character in my mind. I love that he gets his own chapters to relate how he sees things happening.The victim was not very well liked by her neighbors (or her family it seems). No one truly mourns her loss. The biggest question among all the survivors is where the late home owner left her famous peach pie recipe.Each of the neighbors comes under Whitney's suspicions as she works along side of detective Collin Flynn. Flynn is also making a few more overtures towards romance with Whitney that she doesn't quite pick up on until the end of the book.I enjoyed the thought process that went into the mystery and had several suspects along the way. I was a bit surprised at the actual culprit and felt rather sad for the person. Whitney and Buck both have open, giving hearts that allows them to reach out and help others. I like seeing that in a story.I really enjoy this series and look forward to reading more. in the meantime, I will catch up on some of the other series written by Diane Kelly.
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  • Nora-adrienne
    January 1, 1970
    I've enjoyed this second outing of House Flippers. The story and the characters keep me drawn into the action and the detail the author puts into the job our intrepid amateur snoop does just lets me fall into the story. It's almost like I had a window into that world.
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  • Sue Em
    January 1, 1970
    Twisty cozy that kept me guessing as I was falling for Whitney Whitaker and her family and friends.Whitney and her cousin's house renovation project in Nasville hits a snag when she finds the body of an elderly woman blocking the front door. Solving the murder may be the only way to protect their investment. As she gets to know the ladies of Songbird Circle, she finds she likes them and respects their decades long friendship. Second in an excellent series. Thanks to netgalley and the publisher Twisty cozy that kept me guessing as I was falling for Whitney Whitaker and her family and friends.Whitney and her cousin's house renovation project in Nasville hits a snag when she finds the body of an elderly woman blocking the front door. Solving the murder may be the only way to protect their investment. As she gets to know the ladies of Songbird Circle, she finds she likes them and respects their decades long friendship. Second in an excellent series. Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • SarahSmith
    January 1, 1970
    Another hit for Diane Kelly! Whitney and her cousin Buck are house flippers. The day they are planning to start renovations in their flip Whitney finds the body of a neighbor, Mrs. Dolan, deceased inside the homes entryway. Was it an accident or foul play? And why was she in there? These are all questions Detective Collin Flynn is determined to answer. Since the deceased was generally disliked by all that knew her the list of potential murderers is very long. He enlists Whitneys help to uncover Another hit for Diane Kelly! Whitney and her cousin Buck are house flippers. The day they are planning to start renovations in their flip Whitney finds the body of a neighbor, Mrs. Dolan, deceased inside the home’s entryway. Was it an accident or foul play? And why was she in there? These are all questions Detective Collin Flynn is determined to answer. Since the deceased was generally disliked by all that knew her the list of potential murderers is very long. He enlists Whitney’s help to uncover if the murderer is one of the neighbors. This was a great cozy mystery with a hint of romance and lets not forget the awesome cat, Sawdust.
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  • Lady Galaxy
    January 1, 1970
    I liked this book so much better than the first book in the series. The characters seemed more developed and their actions made more sense. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
  • Toni
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 StarsThis is the second book in the House-Flipper mystery series by Diane Kelly.Can you imagine buying a property in order to flip it and when you get there for day one of work there is a dead body blocking the doorway? Disturbing. This turned out to be a great read. I had no idea what to expect since I hadnt read a Diane Kelly book before. I do have book one in this series, DEAD AS A DOOR KNOCKER in my paperback collection. Need to get to that one for sure!I am wondering who the main cast 4.5 StarsThis is the second book in the House-Flipper mystery series by Diane Kelly.Can you imagine buying a property in order to flip it and when you get there for day one of work there is a dead body blocking the doorway? Disturbing. This turned out to be a great read. I had no idea what to expect since I hadn’t read a Diane Kelly book before. I do have book one in this series, DEAD AS A DOOR KNOCKER in my paperback collection. Need to get to that one for sure!I am wondering who the main cast is as I ponder this review. Seems like in a story like this the setting could change from book to book and thus the cast would change as well. Besides Whitney and her cousin Buck, I assume Detective Flynn is a mainstay. I am not sure if this limited of a main cast would make it harder or easier for the author. It will make it totally interesting for the reader since we will never know what to expect when we pick up the next book.It was interesting getting Whithey’s take on everything. At times I felt like I was reading from a male POV since I am not used to women fawning so much over building things and doing renovations. Not sure why that baffled me considering how man DIY shows there are on tv right now. This is the perfect time for a series like this.Loved how we got to know so many people and how Whitney fit so easily into the new neighborhood. Not sure it would be that way in real life, but I loved the whole hometown feel of this book. Wonderful experience all around.If you love a good cozy mystery, definitely check this one out. You won’t be disappointed.I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.
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  • Donna
    January 1, 1970
    With this second book in the series this has become one of my favorite cozy mystery series. I love that the heroine has a non-traditional job and isnt close to perfect. This installment has a cul-de-sac full of suspects and a victim that wont be missed by any of them. I love the slowly growing relationship between Whitney and Colin and what looks to be a burgeoning relationship between Buck and Collette. As always Sawdust is too cute for words. I cant wait for the next installment. With this second book in the series this has become one of my favorite cozy mystery series. I love that the heroine has a non-traditional job and isn’t close to perfect. This installment has a cul-de-sac full of suspects and a victim that won’t be missed by any of them. I love the slowly growing relationship between Whitney and Colin and what looks to be a burgeoning relationship between Buck and Collette. As always Sawdust is too cute for words. I can’t wait for the next installment.
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  • Anita
    January 1, 1970
    This was an okay mystery for me. The main character was likeable and had an interesting job. Her relationship with the Detective was intriguing and I can't wait until they (hopefully) become a couple. The only thing that put me off was I felt the story was too long winded. I received an advanced reader's copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Kathleen
    January 1, 1970
    Love the cover. The cat is inviting you into the story. This is the second book in the House-Flipper mystery series by Diane Kelly. I like the authors Paw Enforcement series and thought Id give this one a try. I am so glad I did.The humor mixed in with the story made it an easy and entertaining read.Thank-you for allowing me to read this book. I was given an advanced e-copy of the book by Netgalley. I am not required to leave a positive review. Love the cover. The cat is inviting you into the story. This is the second book in the House-Flipper mystery series by Diane Kelly. I like the author’s Paw Enforcement series and thought I’d give this one a try. I am so glad I did.The humor mixed in with the story made it an easy and entertaining read.Thank-you for allowing me to read this book. I was given an advanced e-copy of the book by Netgalley. I am not required to leave a positive review.
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  • Ileana Renfroe
    January 1, 1970
    DescriptionDead in the Doorway is the second in a delightful cozy series from Diane Kelly set in Nashvillewhere the real estate market is to die for.A HOUSE WITH GOOD BONES. . .Whitney Whitaker has scored the perfect piece of real estate: a ramshackle white Colonial at the top of a hill with views of downtown Nashville. What more could a self-taught home-improvement maven and occasional house-flipper ask for? Ideally, the property of Whitneys dreams would not have come with a dead body blocking DescriptionDead in the Doorway is the second in a delightful cozy series from Diane Kelly set in Nashville—where the real estate market is to die for.A HOUSE WITH GOOD BONES. . .Whitney Whitaker has scored the perfect piece of real estate: a ramshackle white Colonial at the top of a hill with views of downtown Nashville. What more could a self-taught home-improvement maven and occasional house-flipper ask for? Ideally, the property of Whitney’s dreams would not have come with a dead body blocking the entrance to the foyer. But Whitney, always quick to take heavy-duty matters into her own hands, also happens to be a skilled amateur sleuth. So that helps.AND SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET.Who is this older woman—and how did her corpse end up at the bottom of the staircase of this locked, unoccupied house? That is what Whitney, along with the support of her wood-working cousin Buck, Detective Collin Flynn, and, of course, feline partner-in-crime Sawdust, intends to find out. Her friendly-neighbor investigation takes a sharp turn, however, when Whitney discovers that the house’s former owner was a gourmet baker whose secret recipe for peach pie was to die for—perhaps literally. Now it’s up to Whitney to learn the truth about what happened before she loses this killer real-estate deal . . . and the killer comes knocking at her door.My ReviewThank you St Martin's Press and Netgalley for this ARC - provided to me in exchange for my honest opinion. Well, let me tell you I LOVE this cozy mystery. The characters are well crafted and enjoyable and the humorous aspects from the novel make this a perfect fit. The novel starts off with Sawdust greeting cousin Buck as he just happen to show up just in time for lunch with Whitney and her two roommates. Whitney is excited to show Buck the new house she purchased hoping that in a few weeks they can flip the place for a profit. Of course things turn sour when the dead body of a woman is found inside the home. To make matters even more interesting Dakota the previous owner's grandson is squatting at the house. Definitely one of those books that keeps you guessing until the very end - very well done. I give this a 5 Star.
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  • Bobbie Kirkland
    January 1, 1970
    Through NetGalley, I received a free copy of DEAD IN THE DOORWAY (Book 2 of the House-Flipper Mysteries) by Diane Kelly in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to the generosity of her employers, Whitney Whitaker and her cousin Buck have the opportunity to remodel and flip a colonial style house with views of downtown Nashville. The house is plagued with uninvited guests, intruders who feel comfortable going in and out of the residence at will. When the broken corpse of one such intruder blocks Through NetGalley, I received a free copy of DEAD IN THE DOORWAY (Book 2 of the House-Flipper Mysteries) by Diane Kelly in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to the generosity of her employers, Whitney Whitaker and her cousin Buck have the opportunity to remodel and flip a colonial style house with views of downtown Nashville. The house is plagued with uninvited guests, intruders who feel comfortable going in and out of the residence at will. When the broken corpse of one such intruder blocks the inside foyer doorway, Whitney and her trusty feline, Sawdust, have to call the police. When Detective Collin Flynn and his partner respond to the call, Whitney worries that she’ll, again, be the star suspect. Freaking out over the prospect that this death will render this house unsellable, too, Whitney decides to find out all she can about the mystery corpse and the unusually unconcerned attitudes of the person’s family and friends.I was drawn to this book series because I am a fan of Diane Kelly’s Tara Holloway Series. I also like humorous books, cozy mysteries featuring adorable pets, and those with house renovation themes. I really liked this book and the first book in the series. I recommend this book and series.
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  • Sue Buck
    January 1, 1970
    Whitney Whitaker and her cat Sawdust are in the middle of another mystery in Dead in the Doorway by Diane Kelly. Whitney and her cousin, Buck find a house to flip and it comes with a dead body. On the first day of construction Whitney finds a body while trying to enter the house. Who is the dead woman and why is she in their house? While checking out the body and waiting for Detective Collin Flynn, Whitney find out there is a young man staying in her empty house. Was this an accident or murder? Whitney Whitaker and her cat Sawdust are in the middle of another mystery in Dead in the Doorway by Diane Kelly. Whitney and her cousin, Buck find a house to flip and it comes with a dead body. On the first day of construction Whitney finds a body while trying to enter the house. Who is the dead woman and why is she in their house? While checking out the body and waiting for Detective Collin Flynn, Whitney find out there is a young man staying in her empty house. Was this an accident or murder? Whitney needs to solve this mystery as soon as possible in order for them to be able to sell the house after renovation. This was a wonderful Cozy Mystery, kept me guessing end till the end of the story and Sawdust prospective was a humorous addition to the story. I happen to come across this new author while checking out NetGallery books. I was really impressed with Diane Kelly writing and will be getting her first book in this House-Flipping Mystery Series.
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  • Anna
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin's Publishing Group for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Ms. Kelly has written an absolutely delightful cozy mystery. The characters are fun and lovable. Whitney Whitaker and her cousin Buck are house flippers. They are renovating a Colonial in Nashville. When Whitney arrives one morning with her cat Sawdust, they find the body of a dead elderly lady. Whitney also finds a young man who apparently slept through the accident (or was it a Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin's Publishing Group for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Ms. Kelly has written an absolutely delightful cozy mystery. The characters are fun and lovable. Whitney Whitaker and her cousin Buck are house flippers. They are renovating a Colonial in Nashville. When Whitney arrives one morning with her cat Sawdust, they find the body of a dead elderly lady. Whitney also finds a young man who apparently slept through the accident (or was it a murder).As Whitney makes friends with their temporary neighbours while working on the flip-house, she wonders if she's making friends with a possible murderer.Even though this is book #2 in the series, the way it is written you can pick right up and not feel that you missed something and don't know the characters. It was actually quite difficult to put the book down as it was very entertaining. Looking forward to book #3!!
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  • Lisa Morin
    January 1, 1970
    Whitney and Sawdust are back with another adventure in Dead in the Doorway, by Diane Kelly.Flipping houses with her cousin Buck, Whitney once again finds herself involved in another police investigation.When Whitney discovers a dead body in their newly purchased fixer upper, she has no idea of the danger that's ahead of her.This is a fun cozy mystery, that had me guessing until the end. I kind of figured some things out, but I wasn't sure who the murderer actually was.I enjoyed the parts that Whitney and Sawdust are back with another adventure in Dead in the Doorway, by Diane Kelly.Flipping houses with her cousin Buck, Whitney once again finds herself involved in another police investigation.When Whitney discovers a dead body in their newly purchased fixer upper, she has no idea of the danger that's ahead of her.This is a fun cozy mystery, that had me guessing until the end. I kind of figured some things out, but I wasn't sure who the murderer actually was.I enjoyed the parts that were told from Sawdust's prospective, and they ending left me with a silly grin on my face.I'm looking forward to catching up with Buck & Whitney in the future,
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  • Linda Quick
    January 1, 1970
    This is a fun and entertaining novel that fans of the genre will enjoy. I loved the characters, especially Whitney - a woman trying to make it in a non-traditional job. She and her cousin have partnered to flip houses. Shortly after purchasing a new house, Whitney arrives one morning to find a dead body in the house. She calls in her favorite detective, Collin, and the two of them try to piece together what happened. I really like the way Whitney and Collin interact and am looking forward to how This is a fun and entertaining novel that fans of the genre will enjoy. I loved the characters, especially Whitney - a woman trying to make it in a non-traditional job. She and her cousin have partnered to flip houses. Shortly after purchasing a new house, Whitney arrives one morning to find a dead body in the house. She calls in her favorite detective, Collin, and the two of them try to piece together what happened. I really like the way Whitney and Collin interact and am looking forward to how their relationship develops in the future. If you enjoy a light mystery with a hint of romance, you will enjoy this one. Put this one on your TBR list.
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  • Carol
    January 1, 1970
    Sometimes I hesitate to read a book in a series I'm not familiar with. That wasn't the case here... I was perfectly comfortable jumping in on book 2. The mystery is well written and I really enjoyed the characters. I loved that they're house flippers. I'll look forward to more in this series.
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  • Louisa
    January 1, 1970
    Great sequel, loved spending more time with these characters and investigating this new mystery! And they have a new place to flip for the next book!
  • Jeanne
    January 1, 1970
    Fun as always. The characters are solid and humor in the dialogue make this an enjoyable read. Smart and interestingThank you netgalley and the publisher for this arc
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