Monday, November 3, 2014

Book Review: A High End Finish

A High-End Finish: A Fixer-Upper MysteryAuthor: Kate Carlisle
Publication Date: November 4, 2014
Publisher: Signet
Series: A Fixer-Upper Mystery # 1


In the seaside town of Lighthouse Cove in northern California, everyone knows the best man for the job is actually a woman—contractor Shannon Hammer. But while Shannon can do wonders with a power drill and a little elbow grease, she’s about to discover that some problems aren’t so easily fixed....
Shannon’s home-renovation and repair business is booming, but her love life needs work. On a blind date with real estate agent Jerry Saxton, she has to whip out a pair of pliers to keep Jerry from getting too hands on. Shannon is happy to put her rotten date behind her, but when Jerry’s found dead in a run-down Victorian home that she’s been hired to restore, the town’s attractive new police chief suspects that her threats may have laid the foundation for murder.
Determined to clear her name, Shannon conducts her own investigation—with the help of her four best friends, her eccentric father, a nosy neighbor or two, and a handsome crime writer who’s just moved to town. But as they get closer to prying out the murderer’s identity, Shannon is viciously attacked. Now she’ll have to nail down the truth—or end up in permanent foreclosure.…

“You could’ve warned me that installing drywall would be hell on my manicure.”

I could go on and on about the joys of hanging drywall. No wonder I lived alone.

It was Jerry Saxton, my blind date from the other night. He was dead.

Shannon Hammer has recently taken over her family’s restoration business in a little town outside of San Francisco. Shannon is loving her new job until she discovers the dead body of a man that she was setup with on a blind date just days before his death. Shannon knows that she will not rest easy until she has found the killer and put the case to rest. She soon finds out that the deceased man has a long history of abusive relationships, so she knows the suspect list will be quite lengthy. Shannon has a full cast of funny, creative characters to help her along as she works to solve this mystery. Not to mention the fact that there might be a potential love triangle between Shannon and two hunks of Lighthouse Cove.

Lizzy and Jane, Shannon’s best friends, were one of my absolute favorite parts of this book. I love when the heroine has trusty sidekicks to accompany her. Lizzy and Jane are your usual chatty, hilarious secondary characters and act just like you would expect best friends to act. This series has so much room to build and grow as the series continues. The possible love triangle that I mentioned before is steamy and adds a bit of intrigue to the plot as well. This series is off to a great start!

***A free copy of this book was provided to me by the publishers at Signet in exchange for my honest review***


  1. Great review! This definitely sounds like my kind of mystery. Glad you enjoyed it!

  2. Sounds like an exciting read. Good review. Thanks for bringing this to my attention :)