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...
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By Antonia on 28-04-17
A Fixer Upper Mystery
Is there anything you would change about this book?
The story was an enjoyable enough mystery based in a small town with the usual love triangles and simmering social tensions. There are the cute animal companions, the best friends and bits of town history that are trademarks of the genre. I think more could have been made of the ghost subplot or it could have been dropped altogether. It is possible this subplot was the author setting the scene for the next book. All in all it was a pleasant listen, though I found the story a little slow-moving at times, especially to start with, and some of the characters seemed less fully drawn than others.
Did the narration match the pace of the story?
The narration matched the pace of the story and was clear and concise but some of the accents felt ever so slightly off.
Could you see This Old Homicide being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?
This book is similar in tone and format to the Aurora Teagarden mysteries which have been made into a TV series. A series inspired by this book could appeal to a similar audience.
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By Christina on 01-08-15
Great Second Installment
This was a good listen, fun to follow along & overall enjoyable. Some parts were a little juvenile but I think that's what made it an easy listen. I loved the storyline about Emily's house weaved in, it added to the main storyline well & I always wanted to hear more about the ghost!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By nadalu on 03-06-15
Heroine not credible & narration painful
The heroine of this story was too insecure & lacked basic common sense. Female relationships were shallow & stereotypic, and the repeated gushing over "handsome men" was exasperating. The narrator's style contributed to the dinginess of the main character.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful