Review/Giveaway – This Old Homicide by Kate Carlisle

this old homicideThis Old Homicide:
A Fixer-Upper Mystery

2nd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting: California
An Obsidian Mystery (January 27, 2015)
An Imprint of New American Library
Published by The Penguin Group
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451469205


Contractor and part-time sleuth Shannon Hammer specializes in improving the quirks and flaws of the Victorian homes in Lighthouse Cove, California. The quirks and flaws of their residents are another story….

Valentine’s Day is approaching, and while Shannon is delighted to be friends with not one but two handsome men, not everyone in town is feeling the love. After her elderly neighbor Jesse Hennessey fails to make his daily appearance at the local diner, Shannon swings by his place to check on him. Not only does she find Jesse dead—of an apparent heart attack—but she also realizes that his home has been ransacked.

Someone suggests that a thief was searching for a priceless necklace Jesse claimed to have retrieved from a capsized sailing ship, but Shannon doesn’t believe it. Everyone knows Jesse had a penchant for constructing tall tales—like the one about him having a hot new girlfriend. But his death is soon ruled a homicide, and shady suspects begin popping out of the woodwork. When another victim turns up dead, Shannon is convinced she must find the killer before someone else gets nailed….

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Kate Carlisle has constructed another awesome mystery in the second installment of the Fixer Upper Mysteries.

Shannon Hammer is a very strong protagonist with job that keeps her on her toes managing several different construction work sites all at the same time. The life of a General Contractor means a lot of time traveling between sites, a heck of a lot of paperwork and a slew of phone calls but Shannon also has her own set of pink tools and she is not afraid to use them.   Mystery writer, Mac, has moved into one of the suites above Shannon’s garage and they are becoming a little more than chummy. Police Chief, Eric, is getting to know Shannon better too and doesn’t accuse her of murder this time, but he does try to tell her to keep her nose out of his investigation. This is a cozy mystery so you know that is not going to happen. Neighbor Jesse must have been quite a character with his tall and not so tall tales. Jesse was her best friend’s Uncle and she had known him much of her life and he has a special place in her heart and that just drives her to find out who killed him and why.

The author does any excellent job of storytelling. She drops a clue here and a clue there, hammers in a twist or two or three, and an extra little ghostly element along the way too, all to keep the reader guessing and fitting things together to solve the mystery right along with Shannon.

We also get vivid descriptions of the house being renovated and having worked in home construction and remodels I love those parts.

I guess it would be fair to say Kate Carlisle has nailed this story right on the head. I am looking forward to see what she has planned for the next Shannon Hammer project. I am sure she is already checking over the blueprints and getting the permits to bring us another wonderful mystery.

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30 thoughts on “Review/Giveaway – This Old Homicide by Kate Carlisle

  1. This Old Homicide sounds like an awesome cozy. I am looking forward to reading it. Thank you for the giveaway.

    1. LOL! Yes, my publisher brought them out just a couple months apart. More to enjoy, Deanna! And CROWNED AND MOLDERING (book 3 in the series) will be out in November.

  2. I love all of Kate Carlisle books and have read her for years!!!Have not read this series yet!!!!!

  3. Loved the first book in this series and can’t wait to read the newest one. Working my way through the bibliophile series now and it’s every bit as good. Thanks for introducing us to Kate.

    1. Thank you for your kind words, Susan. And yes, thank you so much to Dollycas for helping to spread the word about my books. Your support means the world to me!

  4. I loved the first book and I’m sure that I’ll love this one too. Thanks for the chance to win.

  5. Dollycas, thank you again for everything you do to spread the word about the cozy mysteries we all love! I really appreciate it. I hope everyone will love THIS OLD HOMICIDE as much as you did. <3 Mwah!

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