Wall-to-Wall Dead (Do-It-Yourself Mystery Series #6)

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Avery Baker never thought she’d leave Manhattan, until she inherited her aunt’s old Maine cottage and found her true calling—home renovation. But when Avery goes to work restoring a condominium, she discovers it’s another condo owner who’s been condemned... 

Avery and her partner, Derek, are fixing up a cute little condo in homey Waterfield, Maine, hoping for a quick turnaround and some extra money. It seems like a simple project—and Avery...

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Overview

Avery Baker never thought she’d leave Manhattan, until she inherited her aunt’s old Maine cottage and found her true calling—home renovation. But when Avery goes to work restoring a condominium, she discovers it’s another condo owner who’s been condemned... 

Avery and her partner, Derek, are fixing up a cute little condo in homey Waterfield, Maine, hoping for a quick turnaround and some extra money. It seems like a simple project—and Avery is looking forward to using her big-city experience with small spaces.

But they didn’t expect to have their every move watched by the resident busybody in the condo, Hilda Shaw, who loves snooping on everyone’s comings and goings. When the busybody becomes a dead body, Avery suspects foul play. Soon she’s doing some snooping of her own—and it seems everyone in the complex has a secret. Could one of them be worth killing for? Avery needs to work fast, before someone decides to fix her...for good.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425255568
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/4/2012
  • Series: Do-It-Yourself Mystery Series , #6
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 229,504
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennie Bentley

A career as a REALTOR® and professional renovator has given debut author Jennie Bentley plenty of fodder for her new series of Do-It-Yourself Home Renovation Mysteries. She has stumbled over dead bodies—those of birds, cockroaches, and the occasional rat; unearthed buried treasure—gorgeous tile floors hidden under ugly vinyl, pristine footed bathtubs covered over with drywall; and had personal experience with just how dangerous renovating a house can be—she and her husband have come close to killing each other on many occasions while renovating the eight houses the family has owned in the past eight years.

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  • Posted December 4, 2012

    This is the second book in this series that I have read. Althou

    This is the second book in this series that I have read. Although I enjoyed the first one, it was a struggle to finish this one. The author does not provide any explanation for the behavior of the main character other than by implication: she feels other people's business should be hers as well.. So, she proceeds to pry, poke and be unbelievably intrusive. As a result, she was annoying and obnoxious. Her behavior was very similar to the women who was murdered. I kept hoping someone would do her in and end my misery. Alas, it was not to be. The resolution was weak as well. At least if the author had done her in, it would have been a novel ending and not just a waste of time and money.

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  • Posted November 22, 2013

    highly recommend

    love the whole series!!!

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  • Posted August 5, 2013

    Good Series!

    I recommend this series highly!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Great mystery

    I hope there are more books in this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2013

    Another fun read

    This series is so much fun

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  • Posted September 28, 2012

    Another Terrific Book

    Love this series and this was another great one. Can't wait for the next.

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  • Posted September 6, 2012

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    Derek and Avery are fixing up a cute little condo in Waterfield,

    Derek and Avery are fixing up a cute little condo in Waterfield, Maine. It reminds Avery of her tiny apartment in Manhattan. She hopes to use some "tricks of the trade" that she has learned to make the small condo into a place with a more open feeling. It should be a quick job and a fast sale as the need the money as they wait for the right buyer to come along for the huge project they had just completed.

    The only drawback to the project is the little old lady in the downstairs condo. She watches every move every resident of the building makes from her perch in front of her window. Hilda loves to snoop and keep track of everything happening outside her window.

    When Hilda is missing from her window for a whole day Avery gets suspicious. She convinces Derek to break open the door so they can make sure she is all right. It is then they find that the busybody is now a dead body. While most people think she has died of natural causes Avery thinks there is more to the story. No one seems sad that Hilda is gone. Some residents are even happy. Maybe the old lady had some dirt on one of the residents, a secret they didn't want to get out. Could anyone have a secret worth killing for? Avery is determined to find out by doing a little snooping of her own.


    Checking in with Derek and Avery is like getting together with old friends. I love to see what they are up to and their projects never fail to spark some DIY ideas for around the house.

    Every small town and most apartment buildings have someone who could be called a busybody but Hilda is a busybody extraordinaire. In my synopsis I called her seat in front of her window her "perch", that is so fitting because she seemed to me like an ornery old bird. Too bad her snooping got her into so much trouble.

    Jennie Bentley is one of the master writers of the cozy mystery genre. She has created characters we care about and she has a plethora of ideas for having trouble find them. The stories are fun and full of suspects which keeps the reading guessing. This one fooled me right to the end.

    The setting in part of this book took us to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland, Maine. After reading about this wonderful building I had to find out if it was a real place. It is! Jennie's words had formed a picture in my mind. All I can say is her words took me there and the pictures confirmed that this cathedral really is an awesome place. The best books help us to escape and travel without ever leaving home. This one did that for me!! I know Waterfield is a fictional place but the author has painted it so clearly in our minds that we can escape there in each installment without any need to physical pictures. From Barnham College to Waterfield Inn. You can travel around Waterfield with ease and be drawn right into the lives of its residents from the seat of your cozy chair.

    Wall-to-Wall Dead is a wonderful cozy mystery and a perfect escape.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2012

    Jennie/bennt does it again

    Great another fantastic read

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