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Monday, February 2, 2015

Cozy Monday

This Old Homicide (Fixer-Upper Mystery #2) by Kate Carlisle (Obsidian mass-market paperback, 27 January 2015).

As usual, there's a lot going on in Shannon Hammer's life. Emily, one of her closest friends, has just purchased the old Rawley Mansion and has asked Shannon if her company can renovate it.  As a special favor for her friend, Shannon promises to make it liveable within a few months.

Meanwhile, Shannon is lieutenant to her oldest friend Jane, leader of the town's Festival Committee, which means that they're in the process of organizing the annual Valentine's Day Festival.  

Though in a rush to get to a committee meeting, she stops to check on her elderly next door neighbor, Jesse, whom she hasn't seen in a while. Shannon finds him dead, apparently due to a heart attack, but is surprised to see that his house is a complete mess, as though it's been searched.  

When it's determined that Jesse's death was a homicide, investigator's are at a loss for a motive. Jesse was known for his tall tales, but what if his stories about finding sunken treasure were true?

Shannon's not sure what she thinks, except that she must find out who killed her old friend.

It's great to see a female in a conventionally male profession as the protagonist of a traditional mystery.  Also wonderful is the fact that she has pink tools (so her staff doesn't take them by mistake), a circle of friends of both genders, and strong ties her hometown.  


The publisher has generously offered a copy of This Old Homicide to one of my readers.  Please comment below, including a VALID EMAIL ADDRESS, before midnight on February 9, 2015. Entries from the US only, please.

FTC Full Disclosure:  Many thanks to the publisher for providing me with a review copy of the book.























27 comments:

  1. Looking forward to reading this book!

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    1. Thanks for dropping by, Karen, but I can't enter you in the drawing without an email address.

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    2. Thank you, Karen! I hope you'll love THIS OLD HOMICIDE.

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  2. I enjoyed the first book in the series.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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    1. I think the second one is even better, Sandy! Thanks for dropping by!

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    2. Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed A HIGH-END FINISH, Sandy. You can read a free excerpt of THIS OLD HOMICIDE on my website, KateCarlisle.com.

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    3. Thank you so much, Marlyn!!! I'm really honored that you liked Fixer-Upper 2 even more than the first book. A HIGH-END FINISH was my first book to hit the #10 on the New York Times bestsellers list. I haven't heard yet about THIS OLD HOMICIDE because it's still too new... fingers crossed that other readers agree with you! ;)

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  3. I enjoyed the first book in the series and look forward to reading this. Thanks for the giveaway.
    dmskrug3 at hotmail dot com

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  4. Great book. Can't wait for the next one.
    cochrandcr at gmail dot com

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    1. Me, too, Daphne! Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. I would love to read this book—thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

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  6. This looks like a great read! I love the idea of a female fixing up old houses. There's a small town feel to it, which I love, along with bringing in Valentine's Day. Sounds fun and interesting!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Julie, but I can't enter you in the contest without your email address.

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    2. Oops! My email is: sharonbabyme@yahoo.com

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    3. Thank you, Julie! Yes, Lighthouse Cove has lots of small-town charm... and some of the nosy, quirky neighbors that go along with that small-town charm. ;) Hope you'll love THIS OLD HOMICIDE.

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  7. I just found the first book in this series at a library books sale. I think it sounds likes it's going to be a reat cozy series. I would love to win the second one. jmvarner50@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Joan, and good luck!

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    2. Oooh, fun find, Joan! Thank you for supporting your library.

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  8. I would love to win a copy of This Old Homicide. I am definitely adding it to my TBR list. Thank you for the chance. rachaelb2014 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  9. Kate's books are a favorite of mine so I am very excited about this new series. Its on my TBR list but I hope to have a chance to win to. itsacatslife17@yahoo.com

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  10. I would love to win a copy of your book!
    lraines78@gmail.com

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  11. Kate Carlisle always puts out an excellent read. I would be honored to win a copy of her book. robeader53@yahoo.com

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  12. This is a series I would like to try. Thank you for a chance to win a copy of This Old Homicide.

    twbooks(at)cox(dot)net.

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  13. I would like to read this.

    kaye.killgore@comcast.net

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