MYSTERY

This Old Homicide: A Fixer-Upper Mystery

Obsidian: NAL. 2015. 336p. ISBN 9780451469205. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780698153912. M
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When home contractor Shannon Hammer goes to check on her missing next-door neighbor, Jesse Hennessey, she finds him dead and his home in shambles. Gossip arises that Jesse may have found a diamond necklace from a sunken ship, but Shannon has her doubts. Jesse was always full of tall tales, including one that tells of a recent hot girlfriend. However, his death is ruled a homicide, and another murder convinces Shannon she will need to find the killer before anyone else ends up dead.
VERDICT Carlisle's second contractor cozy (after A High-End Finish) continues to please with its smart, humorous heroine and plot. Fans of Sarah Graves's "Home Repair Is Homicide" series will appreciate this title as a solid read-alike.

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