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Mortar and Murder (Do-It-Yourself Mystery Series #4)

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  • Posted August 5, 2013

    Highly Recommend

    I recommend this series highly!

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  • Posted October 15, 2011

    Handyman meets Sex Traders

    Floating bodies, missing women, mail order brides, not to mention hidden rooms, add obstacles to what was supposed to be a simple 225-year-old house-remodeling project on a remote island.

    The fourth book in her the Home-Renovation and Design Tips mystery series find Author Jennie Bentley mixing design tips and human trafficking. Remodeling an old worn down mansion on an island isn't easy when everything has to be hauled in by boat. When Avery and Derek find the first body floating, it's not long before the two are submerged in more than building supplies. This is a tale of lies, misinformation, deceit, and Russian women that could leave the latest fix-it-up project falling to pieces around them.

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  • Posted October 11, 2011

    Picturesque & Purposeful

    Avery Baker has just inherited her Aunt's cottage off the coast of Maine as well as a new found love for home renovation. But, when Avery and her boyfriend Derek find the bodies of two women floating in the sea near the island and a mysterious room in the house leads Avery to find more than just 'potential' hidden behind the walls of the centuries old home, Avery quickly realizes she is uncovering more than a mystery. She's discovering an island's deadly secrets.

    This cozy mystery novel was my introduction to the Avery Baker series and I must say I loved it! I really loved the backdrop of the novel and the history of the house and the island. I found it not only picturesque, but also very purposeful and intricately tied to the mystery itself. But, don't worry; this cozy still manages to deliver a gripping storyline.

    Reviewed by Catherine Peterson for Suspense Magazine

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  • Posted December 19, 2010

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    engaging coastal Maine amateur sleuth

    From Waterfield, Maine, Avery Baker and her significant other Derek Ellis sail to the remote Rowanberry Island to renovate their latest fixer-upper, a late eighteenth century Colonial owned by the latter. However, besides being unwelcome on the other side of the barrier island by the "KGB" like caretaker for the away in Florida thriller writer Gert Heyerdahl, they find the corpse of a woman in the water. They call the local police who quickly determine a homicide occurred.

    After warning Avery to stay out of harm's way (see Plaster and Poison), Waterfield Police Chief Wayne learns a paper the dead Jane Doe carried contained in Russian. The address of the Realty firm is owned by Avery and Derek. He wants to interview the previous owner Irina Rozhdestvensky and asks Avery to join him when he does though he cautions her not to investigate. Avery, having worked on mysteries before, agrees. Soon a second body is pulled from the water.

    Mortar and Murder is an engaging amateur sleuth whodunit as the former Manhattan designer "competes" with the police. The story line is lighthearted fun though readers will wonder why Avery felt an urge to investigate. Still readers cannot help but like her and Derek who make for a fun coastal Maine whodunit.

    Harriet Klausner

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