May 13, 2016

Book Review: Death at a Fixer-Upper

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In Sarah T. Hobart’s wickedly funny and fast-paced Home Sweet Home mystery series, small-town real estate agent Sam Turner discovers it’s bad for business when her clients keep dropping dead.

Newly armed with her real estate license, Sam Turner loves Arlinda, her quirky seaside hometown in Northern California. But life by the beach isn’t exactly a breeze: She and her teenage son, Max, are being evicted from their apartment, her long absent ex-husband unexpectedly resurfaces, and her possibly romantic relationship with sexy Chief of Police Bernie Aguilar is, well . . . complicated. All Sam wants is a quick and easy sale. What she gets instead is a killer headache—or three.

Sam’s trying to drum up interest in 13 Aster Lane, a rambling Victorian fixer-upper that’s more than a little neglected—and possibly haunted—so when a trio of offers arrive out of the blue, she can’t help thinking it’s too good to be true. But after a new client drops dead on the property, she fears she’s lost more than a commission. Before Sam’s out of house and home, she must unmask a killer targeting her clients, or the only property she’ll be moving will be plots—at the local cemetery.

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I don't tend to read cozy mysteries as I usually find that they get boring rather quickly.  Or so I thought.  I might have to change my stance as least as far as Ms. Hobart is concerned. Her writing has a quirky sense of fun to it that I could easily get used to. 

Sam is a real estate agent with a heart who shares her coffee with homeless man and drives a VW  van. She is in the process of buying her first home when everything starts to go haywire from her ex-husband showing up after years to her clients suddenly dying.  Oh and let's not forget her attraction to her sister's ex husband.

I really enjoyed DEATH AT A FIXER-UPPER.  The characters are well rounded, the plot is filled with action and the dialogue is witty.  I want to find myself an Arlinda to move too.  I do recommend that my readers who enjoy a mystery check out this book and author.

*** I received this book at no charge from the publisher and House Party in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.


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