Mortar and Murder (Do-It-Yourself Mystery Series #4) [NOOK Book]

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Avery Baker was once a New York textile designer, but inheriting her aunt's old Maine cottage has led her down a new career path-home renovation. Finding a property's hidden potential has rewards and challenges-especially when a mystery surfaces from behind the walls of a centuries-old house on an island that has more than its share of deadly secrets.


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

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Overview

Avery Baker was once a New York textile designer, but inheriting her aunt's old Maine cottage has led her down a new career path-home renovation. Finding a property's hidden potential has rewards and challenges-especially when a mystery surfaces from behind the walls of a centuries-old house on an island that has more than its share of deadly secrets.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101476789
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/4/2011
  • Series: Do-It-Yourself Mystery Series , #4
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 59,308
  • File size: 520 KB

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  • Posted January 2, 2011

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    A WONDERFUL WHODUNIT

    Avery and Derek are back and they are renovating a 225 year old Colonial on Rowanberry Island just off the coast of Maine. It is going to be a monumental renovation, but the sister house across the island shows what a great beauty it will be when complete.

    On their way to work one day, boating across the water, they find the body of a woman in the water, not far from the island. A few days later another woman is found floating close to the harbor. Then Avery finds a secret room in the house they are renovating. As Avery tries to stay out of the police investigation of the found bodies, she tries to keep busy learning the history of her house and the island. She learns about the island's long tradition of smuggling different things over the past 200+ years. It doesn't take her long to hammer out the details and find a connection between the dead women and the island history. As much as she wants to stay out of the case she finds herself trapped right in the middle of it.



    My first "I LOVED IT!!!!!" of 2011. Jennie Bentley writes another wonderful whodunit. This one takes on a current world problem and serves it up cozy style. We have come to love Avery and Derek and their love story too. All the other characters we love are back too, with the addition of an eccentric thriller writer who is as mysterious as his books. The house and the island are much more than the settings for the story, they are both integral to the plot and keys to solving the mystery. The home renovation tips and descriptions of Derek and Avery's work will be enjoyed by any do-it-yourselfer and are a true bonus to this fast paced story. A must read series and this latest edition is definitely the perfect story to start off the new year.


    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Berkley Prime Crime, a Division of Penguin Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted September 13, 2013

    Good read

    Really enjoyed this series, it was a fast and fun book.

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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.

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    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 August 14, 2011

    Very good mystery

    Kept me reading especially the nail biting end!

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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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