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.
Death at a Fixer Upper by Sarah T. Hobart
Series: A Home Sweet Home Mystery
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Release Date: 5/17/16
Page Count: 255
This is my first introduction to Sarah T. Hobart and the Home Sweet Home series. I admit I struggled through the first part of this book as it was slow-paced and there were a lot of characters to keep track of. But by the end, the book sped up right to the last page.The plot itself has twists and turns, but I did figure out the whodunit of the book, even before the actual murder happened. The element of the story I found most intriguing was the potentially haunted, fixer-upper, Victorian house for sale and it’s beautifully descriptive rose gardens. Overall, Death at a Fixer Upper is packed with wonderfully worded passages and some fun snarky dialogue!
Sarah T. Hobart is a northern California writer and real estate agent, and the author of the Home Sweet Home mystery series. While not among the region’s top home sellers, Ms. Hobart is distinguished by being the only agent known to have moved eleven cubic yards of dirt with just a shovel, a wheelbarrow, and a Snickers bar in order to get a property through appraisal. Writing as Muriel Wills, she penned “Good Bones” and “Like a House on Fire,” two mysteries featuring agent Sam Turner, before writing “Death at a Fixer-Upper.” She lives with two dogs, a rabbit, two incredible boys and an adorable husband in a majestic fixer-upper overlooking State Highway 101.
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