Eaves of Destruction (Fixer-Upper Mystery Series #5)

Eaves of Destruction (Fixer-Upper Mystery Series #5)

by Kate Carlisle

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Eaves of Destruction (Fixer-Upper Mystery Series #5) by Kate Carlisle

Murder is on the to-do list when construction contractor Shannon Hammer looks for a killer in the fifth Fixer-Upper Mystery...

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At the annual Victorian Home and Garden Tour, Lighthouse Cove, California’s premier contractor, Shannon Hammer, realizes that the competition is about to turn deadly....
Shannon is in high demand among rival homeowners, who will do anything to win Best in Show. One-upmanship and even espionage break out among neighbors, construction crews, decorators, and landscapers. Thanks to several new hires, Shannon is sure she can handle the extra load—until murder throws a wrench in the works.
The small town’s corrupt building inspector is found dead on one of Shannon’s jobsites, and soon plenty of suspects are coming out of the woodwork. When another body is discovered, Shannon calls on her team of close friends and devilishly astute thriller writer Mac to help her nail down the details and build a case against the killer before the door shuts on someone else—for good.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399586460
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/07/2017
Series: Fixer-Upper Mystery Series , #5
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 53,253
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

A native Californian, New York Times bestselling author Kate Carlisle worked in television for many years before turning to writing. Inspired by the northern seaside towns of her native California, where Victorian mansions grace the craggy cliffs and historic lighthouses warn fishermen and smugglers alike, Kate was drawn to create the Fixer-Upper Mysteries, featuring small-town girl Shannon Hammer, a building contractor specializing in home restoration. Kate also writes the New York Times bestselling Bibliophile Mysteries featuring Brooklyn Wainwright.

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Chapter One

I really love my job. But I've got to admit, some days are better than others.

I've been working on construction sites since I was eight years old and my father started taking my sister, Chloe, and me to work with him. Our mom had died a month earlier and it just made sense for Chloe and me to hang out with Dad after school instead of going home to a big, sad, empty house.

Chloe and I had thrived around the construction workers, who took us under their wings. They bought us little pink tool belts and hard hats and showed us all kinds of cool stuff to make. The first time I used a stud finder, it was a revelation. And when one of Dad's brawny carpenters demonstrated the joys of the common socket wrench to me, I was seriously hooked. I soaked up everything the guys taught me, from laying tile to hanging drywall. And I knew what I wanted to do with my life.

Then, six years ago, Dad suffered a heart attack. Chloe had finally gotten her big break in Los Angeles and was working on a home-makeover TV show, so Dad asked me if I would be willing to take over Hammer Construction. I didn't have to think twice; I said yes. And ever since then, I'd been living the dream. Each day presented a new and exciting challenge.

But every once in a while, I would find a fly in my personal ointment, so to speak, and get a client who was, frankly, horrible. Petsy Jorgensen was one of those clients. She was the quintessential "client from hell." Having to work with Petsy was almost enough to make me wish I had become a barista. Or a brain surgeon. Or a hobo.

It was a glorious spring morning following weeks of rain. We had desperately needed the rain, of course, so nobody had complained too much. Still enough was enough, and all of this lovely sunshine was like a miracle. I had driven over to Cranberry Circle with my foreman, Wade Chambers, to talk to the homeowner about some work she wanted done to her beautiful Victorian home.

In a town where one Victorian mansion was more sumptuous and ornate than the next, the Jorgensen house was the pinnacle of elaborate, gracious excess. It stood at the end of the cul-de-sac on a large plot of land surrounded by several homes around the same age, and six newer Victorian-style homes that had been built with love by my father's company to blend in with the originals.

I took a lot of pride in those homes, and now that I was working on the most beautiful old Victorian in the circle, I wondered, could I get any luckier?

The Jorgensen house was a classic Queen Anne design, with a three-story tower to the left of the wide wraparound veranda, three chimneys, and multiple gables and dormer windows, all topped off by a lovely widow's walk that spread out from the top-floor tower across the pitched rooftop.

I couldn't wait to see the inside of this house.

"Hello. I'm Shannon Hammer," I said when a well-dressed woman opened the front door. "This is my foreman, Wade Chambers."

"It's about time you got here," the woman said, swinging the door open wider. I'd never met her before and now I knew why. We clearly didn't move in the same social circles-if her initial attitude toward us was any clue. She actually managed to look down her nose at us, which was a real feat, seeing as both Wade and I were taller than she was.

She was thin and beautiful in a Jackie Kennedy sort of way, with dark hair worn in a stylish bob and great taste in clothes. But she had hard blue eyes and frown lines that were starting to dig deeply enough into the sides of her mouth that you could someday plant corn there. "I'm Petsy Jorgensen."

I brushed aside her previous comment implying that we were late-in reality we were five minutes early for our appointment. Stepping into the surprisingly large two-storied foyer, I gazed around, taking in the artistry of the heavily carved newel post, the dark wood paneling, the polished handrail, and the unique spiral balusters that graced the wide staircase straight ahead. I blinked up at the dramatic crystal chandelier hanging from the center of an elaborately gilded ceiling rose and had to smile. This house was a gem.

"What a beautiful foyer," I said, admiring the scrollwork on the corbels that extended out from either side of the archway leading into the formal dining room to our left.

"Yes, yes, of course, but I'd prefer to cut the chitchat. I don't have time for it." She spoke in a clipped way that sounded very much like Queen to Peasant. "Follow me." She walked into the dining room and we trailed behind her.

If I hadn't already fallen in love with the house, I might have turned around and walked out. Life was too short to deal with deliberately rude people. I was good at first impressions, and while Petsy Jorgensen was "ice princess" beautiful, she was a socially incompetent, angry, impatient woman. I wondered whether it would be worth our time and energy to continue with the interview, but I decided to keep going for now. Maybe she was just having a bad morning.

Petsy strode toward the opposite wall and gestured down at the dark wood wainscoting that circled the large, elegant space. "Will you just look at this?"

I did as she asked and knelt down to get a closer look at the wainscoting. It was actually made up of individual wood panels fitted together, each about three feet tall by two feet wide. A lovely sculpted grapevine pattern, accentuated by birds and the occasional flower, wove itself across each panel. The carvings were wonderful. Some nineteenth-century craftsman had worked his butt off to create these beauties.

"It's a gorgeous room," Wade said.

"Very funny." Petsy scowled at him. "If you can't see that it's a disgusting mess, then I'm not sure you know what you're doing." She looked at me. "All I want to know is, can you fix it?"

Before I could answer, she jabbed her finger in my direction. "And don't lie to me. If you can't do it, I want to hear you say it, because I'll have to hire someone more capable immediately."

I took in a slow breath, let it out, and managed to smile at her. "I can guarantee you won't find anyone more capable than me and my team. But if you would prefer to make a change, now is the time to let us know."

She pressed her lips together in a tight frown. She didn't like being pushed. Funny, because I didn't, either. After a few long seconds, she nodded briefly and waved at the damaged walls. "Fine. Go ahead. Let me know what you think."

I nodded, satisfied that she knew where we stood. Deliberately taking my time, I walked to another panel section and hunched down to study the grapevine pattern more closely. My stomach dropped as I noticed all the tiny holes that had been drilled into the wood.

"Wormholes?" I whispered, and shivered involuntarily. I hated seeing the damage that woodworms could do to a beautiful piece of wood. But besides the wormholes, there were also large chunks of wood missing in the bas-relief images of the birds and grapevines. In some spots the grapes were cracked, and some leaves were completely gone. Several of the frolicking cherubs had fractured noses and a few birds were missing parts. Woodworms hadn't done that damage. It looked more like the work of some destructive humans. Had someone been playing bumper cars in here?

I could fix the carvings, but it would take time. The wormholes were more problematic. While plenty of people liked that worn, rustic look, there was always the possibility that the little buggers were still living in the wood. They would keep drilling, and eventually the entire wall of wainscoting would collapse.

I moved on to examine the next panel. It was just as bad. I checked a few more. Same problem. How had that happened?

"Well?" she asked in a demanding tone, as though I'd taken too much time inspecting the wood. I hadn't taken more than a minute or two, but I supposed Mrs. Jorgensen was a busy gal.

"Yes, of course I can fix it," I said. I can fix anything, I thought. Even your stupid wormholes. But I again pasted a smile on my face, and added, "I'll be happy to do it."

"Good," she said. "Because I'm sick of looking at it."

"How did all this damage occur?" Wade asked.

She rolled her eyes. "My husband let his bratty little nephews loose in here a few years ago and they destroyed everything. I'm absolutely certain it's the reason we didn't win the grand prize last year."

First of all, unless the kids really had been playing bumper cars, I couldn't believe a couple of them could've caused this kind of wholesale damage. Maybe a nick or two here and there, but not all of this destruction. And those wormholes weren't caused by kids. So was Petsy just kidding us? Or was she lying about the source of the damage? I shook my head. Why would she lie about something like this?

Second, not that it mattered in the current scheme of things, but Petsy's husband, Matthew, was a good friend of my father and a really nice guy. Would he have allowed his nephews to tear this room apart? And while we were on the subject of Matthew, how in the world did he put up with his wife's crabby moods?

And third, the grand prize she was talking about was the large cash award given each year by the judges of the Lighthouse Cove Victorian Home and Garden Tour. There were dozens of lesser prizes given out as well. It was exciting to see how prestigious the annual tour had become, but now it seemed as if half the town was willing to sell their souls for one of those impressive awards.

Apparently Mrs. Jorgensen fell into that category.

I hunched down to take one last look at the woodwork. I wasn't about to call Mrs. Jorgensen a liar, but there was no way a couple of kids had wreaked all that damage.

I stood up and met Wade's gaze. I could tell he wasn't happy. In fact, he looked more than ready to blow off this job and I was pretty close to following him. But I rarely turned my back on a challenge, and there was Matthew Jorgensen and my father's friendship to consider. So in that moment, I doubled down on my decision and turned and faced Mrs. Jorgensen.

"I assume you also want to get rid of the wormholes," I said, pulling my tablet from my bag to take notes.

"What a ridiculous thing to say. Of course I do."

I thought of Dad and took a few deep breaths. "Fine. The wormholes will be easy enough to fix. But the missing pieces of the carvings will be more difficult and time-consuming."

Her eyes narrowed. "What do you mean, time-consuming? Can you do it or not?"

"I told you I can do the work, but it could take a while."

"You have four weeks."

I breathed in and out, hoping I could maintain my calm outer shell. "I understand you want it done before the Home and Garden Tour, but my team and I have other jobs we're working on this week. We'll have to start here next week."

"What? But that only gives me three weeks." She sighed. "All right, fine. But I insist you work for me exclusively."

"That's not going to happen," I said genially. "But as far as the time frame goes, I would suggest that rather than repairing each panel individually, which could take a month or longer, there's an alternative that I-"

"But I was promised-"

"Let me finish, please," I continued softly, trying to remain serene in the face of her impatience. "If you'd care to consider it, we can replace the panels with beautiful wood onlays in a similar style to your grapevine pattern. We would stain them the same rich color and you would never know the difference."

"Onlays? I don't like the sound of that."

"I can show you some beautiful pieces that would be perfect in this room. I've got a website you can look at to see if-"

"What do you mean, a website? What are wood onlays?"

"Let me show you." Turning my tablet around for her to see, I clicked onto Victorian Home Works, a website that displayed beautifully sculpted onlays in different sizes and patterns and designs in every type of wood imaginable. You could find almost anything and it was all very high quality. I skipped to a page showing hundreds of different pilasters, pediments, ceiling roses, cornices, corbels, and crown moldings.

I explained that this company specialized in both inlays-which were designs carved straight into wood-and onlays, which were pieces designed and carved separately and then applied to smooth wood or walls. There were scrolls and shell patterns with fancy flourishes; all sorts of fleur-de-lis patterns; roses with leafy froufrous; fan shapes and stylized pinecones. There were even carved bows with ribbons dangling off to the sides. And there were grapevines of every size and style. And all of these were offered in maple, cherry, and other hardwoods.

"As you can see, your choices are quite varied."

She shook her head in disbelief. "But these things are . . . why, they're . . . they're fake! I want someone who will actually come into my home and do the work. Someone who knows how to carve the designs into the wood. Why would I use this company and cheat myself?"

I was about to laugh-until I got a better look at her horrified expression. "Let me assure you that this is a perfectly acceptable way of creating the look you want. The pieces are manufactured in England."

I covertly rolled my eyes as I said the words. As if something coming from England made it more legitimate? But for some people, that fact made all the difference.

"Everyone in my industry uses these products," I added.

"Not in my house," she said, sniffing with contempt. "I was told you did custom woodwork. Is that true or not?"

"It's true," I said mildly, although I was getting fed up with her attitude. I could tell that Wade was fuming.

"Then that's what I want. I won't accept anything less. No cheating." I wouldn't have thought it possible, but her frown lines deepened.

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Eaves of Destruction 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous 27 days ago
I love all her books, good to read clean books and her mysteries always keep you guessing
Anonymous 10 months ago
I love these books! You don't find out who the killer is until the end.
ValerieL More than 1 year ago
Generally, when you think of a Home and Garden tour, murder is NOT the first thing that comes to mind, but we've got plenty of it in Lighthouse Cove this time around! It'll take serious sleuthing by Shannon, Mac, and their friends to find the culprit this time around. Villains abound where you least expect them. Well-written, interesting characters are what keep me reading a series and the characters in this series are great. I enjoy Shannon and Mac tremendously. Shannon's crew are also great. I'm looking forward to getting to know the newest member more as well. While I had wondered about the actual villain, I really didn't focus on them until closer to the end. There were plenty of red herrings in this book to keep you guessing on who the villain really was. However, the book still moved along at a decent pace and wasn't too slow, even with all those extra misleading clues. I can't wait for the next one in the series next year! I do recommend starting at the beginning of the series if you want to read the series. Each book can be read as a stand-alone but you'll understand the interpersonal dynamics a little better if you read from the beginning, starting with A High-End Finish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love these books. Kate does a wonderful job. The characters are great. Really like the books better than the movie.
ShelliKing More than 1 year ago
Shannon Hammer has a thorn in her side. He is intent on causing her as much irritation and aggravation as possible. If Shannon loses business in the process, so much the better. Just when Shannon is steeling herself for a showdown, he's found dead in a client's orangery. As she unravels the whodunnit with her boyfriend Mac, she is also trying to solve a mystery for a new friend. Shannon Hammer is a strong female protagonist with a partner who truly respects and admires her intellect. He treats her as an equal. Mac isn't there to coddle her or fix her problems. But he's right there in the thick of it helping her unravel her mysteries. Once again, Kate Carlisle knocks it out of the park. Can't wait for the next!!!
Guinnessgirl39 More than 1 year ago
I have to say that Kate Carlisle’s Fixer Upper Mysteries keep getting better and better. In Eaves of Destruction Shannon is preparing to fix up one of the classic Victorian houses to get it ready for the annual Home and Garden Tour. Petty Jorgensen will do anything to win Best in Show, but would she even stoop to murder? The thing I love most about Shannon Hammer is that she is strong and resilient. Even though she runs Hammer Construction, She believes in the concept of team work and is not afraid to do any job herself. She is also not afraid to ask for help, which just makes her stronger. Her loyalty to friends and family is commendable as well. In Eaves of Destruction, Shannon has to hire on another carpenter in a woman named Amanda, a woman with a secret. Amanda's secret is very complex and goes back to the history of the Jorgensen house. Now, there is no need to reveal the as it is an integral part of the story. Needless to say, you will want to read the whole book for the surprise ending. I forgot to mention there is a murder, or two, and the past come back to haunt the present and the threads of the knots start to unravel until one of the principal players meets their ultimate demise. I truly look forward to the next installment of the Fixer Upper Mysteries to see what Shannon, Mac and the rest of the gang are getting into next! You will not be disappointed when you read a book by Kate Carlisle!
charleneC More than 1 year ago
loved this book as I love all of Kate Carlisle's books! Lots of twists and turns! Shannon has a knack for finding dead bodies and makes for an interesting story. I was still guessing all the way to the end! Wonderful cozy mystery! A must read!
bumblebee23 More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a cozy mystery Kate Carlisle is your author! I love both the Fixer-Upper Mystery series and the Bibliophile Mystery series! Kate has done it again with Eaves of Destruction! I was hooked from page one and she kept me guessing until everything was finally revealed. Everyone wants to win the Lighthouse Cove Victorian Home and Garden Tour, but what will people do to actually win....will they kill!?!? Shannon Hammer is coming across dead bodies again, and she may need some help from the handsome author in town, MacKintyre Sullivan (Mac). Shannon is on the job to fix some of these beautiful homes before the contest but family drama, new people in town, pushy building inspectors, and so much more come into play. Enjoy the mystery and awesome characters!!
BMarquart More than 1 year ago
This mystery starring Shannon Hammer and her crew is another thoroughly enjoyable read by Kate Carlisle. While hard at work on numerous home improvement projects, including several for homeowners who want to win the Lighthouse Cove Victorian Home and Garden Tour, Shannon hires newcomer Amanda as a carpenter. Turns out Amanda is in town in an attempt to locate her birth parents. Then, as luck would have it, the difficult building inspector is found dead in one of the homes her crew is working on and a guest is killed at her friend Jane’s Inn. Shannon and Mac’s theories about the birth parents and the murders are interesting and while it is fairly easy to figure out who the birth parents are, the murderer and the reasons behind it are not as simple. As a member of Kate's Raters, I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Beckysah More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this addition to the series. There were many twists and turns that kept you guessing throughout to figure out who did it. I liked the new characters in the story and got a good feel for what they are like. It makes one wonder how many stories and mysteries there are in each victorian home. Goes to show that no-one knows what others lives are like or the secrets they keep. Good story. Quick moving. Quick read.
bp124 More than 1 year ago
Kate Carlisle really knows how to keep you from getting anything done because you can't put the book down! Eaves of Destruction is the latest book in her Fixer-Upper series. There is a murder quite early in the book and then many twists and turns until we figure out who did it in the end. Shannon Hammer, the main character in all of these books, just happens to be the lucky person to come upon these dead characters. Oh, did I mention there was a second murder? Like I said, many twists and turns...You will not be disappointed when you read this book! You don't really have to read the books that are before this one in the series, but I'm sure you will once you read and enjoy this one. Thank you Kate Carlisle for the entertainment!
DianeD54 More than 1 year ago
Eaves of Destruction is another great “addition” (pun intended) to the Fixer-Upper Mystery series. The characters are great, and the plot is another that will get your mind thinking. It also seems there is a new character in Lighthouse Cove which I think is going to be fun. I look forward to the next book in this series.
Bronte63JS More than 1 year ago
Murder Lurks in the Old Victorians As Shannon Hammer’s friends are quick to point out, when murder is afoot, Shannon is not far behind. Eaves of Destruction by Kate Carlisle is the latest installment in the Fixer-Upper Mystery Series. Lighthouse Cove is gearing up for the annual Victorian Home and Garden Tour. The citizens are giving their homes a final spruce in hopes of securing the Best in Show Award. Some of Shannon’s clients prove to be more difficult than others. A nosy building inspector delivering roadblocks to construction at every turn are problematic for Shannon and her crew. Renovations come to a halt when not one, but two bodies are discovered, leaving officials to investigate these latest homicides. Are their murders related or is this merely a coincidence? Shannon, her construction crew and newcomer Amanda round out the list of suspects. Suspense as well as hints of the past coming to haunt current citizens make this cozy mystery a page-turner. Catching up with the citizens of Lighthouse Cove, the relationship between Shannon and Mac and solving a twisty mystery make Eaves of Destruction the ticket to a fast-paced read.
Saramarg More than 1 year ago
Eaves of Destruction is Kate Carlisle's fifth Fixer-Upper Mystery, and the series hasn't lost any momentum. This story has it all: a strong and likeable protagonist, contractor Shannon Hammer; her perfect match of a boyfriend, author Mac; two of the most obnoxious villains ever (do they get their comeuppance?); a truly convoluted mystery; gorgeous houses; and just enough insights into Shannon's business to want more. I, for one, can't wait to see where Shannon's next adventure will take us.
BrendaJErickson More than 1 year ago
What a great book! I loved it from start to finish. Shannon as usual can handle all the construction projects and a murder or two. Pick up this book and go on a wonderful ride.
MargoSue More than 1 year ago
Shannon's continuing adventures had a few new twists: an interesting competition, family secrets, familiar characters and some spicy new personalities. Once I started, I didn't want to put it down. As always, I learned a bit about construction which was a nice bonus. While parts of the story moved quickly, every now and then Shannon would be with Mac or some other character to analyze the events. For me this little plateaus gave me a chance to think about what was going on and what questions they weren't asking or answering. The story finished well, not a neat perfect bow but one that let the humanity of the character shine through
GHeins More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Kate Carlisle's "Eaves of Destruction" from start to finish. I enjoyed the introduction of what appears to be a new member of the construction team and the developing relationship with Mac. I like that their relationship is developing slowly and pleasantly. The mystery, or mysteries, were intriguing and made me think. This mystery did not have the usual solution, which made it very interesting. I would definitely recommend this book to mystery lovers!
ethel55 More than 1 year ago
The latest Fixer-Upper mystery was a swift read and very engrossing mystery as the story within took various twists. With the annual Victorian Home and Garden tour competition coming up in Lighthouse Cove, California, Shannon Hammer’s construction team is in high demand working on more than one project for the upcoming tour. And although the most unlikable character in the beginning of the book was not the body this time, the very annoying and unscrupulous building inspector Joe Scully was a good second choice. Shannon and Mac make a great team, both have varying points of view and attention to detail that make them helpful, rather than super annoying to local police. I really like how the series keeps progressing with the ongoing success of Hammer Construction. Shannon's business is growing and she is able to hire more people, including a very skilled female carpenter in this story. Lighthouse Cove seems like a great little community, murder notwithstanding, and the rich descriptions of these Victorian houses makes me wish I could see them in person.
ethel55 More than 1 year ago
The latest Fixer-Upper mystery was a swift read and very engrossing mystery as the story within took various twists. With the annual Victorian Home and Garden tour competition coming up in Lighthouse Cove, California, Shannon Hammer’s construction team is in high demand working on more than one project for the upcoming tour. And although the most unlikable character in the beginning of the book was not the body this time, the very annoying and unscrupulous building inspector Joe Scully was a good second choice. Shannon and Mac make a great team, both have varying points of view and attention to detail that make them helpful, rather than super annoying to local police. I really like how the series keeps progressing with the ongoing success of Hammer Construction. Shannon's business is growing and she is able to hire more people, including a very skilled female carpenter in this story. Lighthouse Cove seems like a great little community, murder notwithstanding, and the rich descriptions of these Victorian houses makes me wish I could see them in person.
emmabrace19 More than 1 year ago
Kate Carlisle's latest fixer-upper mystery was such a fun and fast read. The plot twists in Eaves of Destruction top all previous plotlines, and it was fun following Shannon & her new colleague Amanda through Victorian homes and seemingly endless mysteries as they prepare homes for Lighthouse Cove's annual home and garden tour. Whether you've been reading Carlisle's books all along or are looking for a cozy mystery for the fall and winter, Eaves of Destruction is a great choice. (I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.)
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Lighthouse Cove is getting ready for the Victorian Home and Garden Tour and everyone wants to have a little work done in hopes of coming in 1st this year. No one wants to win more than Petsy Jorgensen. Her neighbor won last year so she is pulling out all the stops with some delicate work inside the house and adding an orangery onto the house as well. Petsy is a “difficult” client but Shannon feels the home is a real “gem” and she really wants this job. She has several works in progress so he has hired a new carpenter to help with all the work the Home and Garden tour is bringing to her company, especially the detailed work for the Jorgensens. Work at all the sites is on schedule until the town’s building inspector is found dead at one of them. Joe Scully has been a thorn in Shannon’s side since she took over the construction business from her dad. He seemed to rub everyone in town the wrong way so building a case isn’t going to be easy. At least the police don’t think Shannon is a suspect. Still she teams up with her favorite thriller author Mac to see if together they can hammer out the details and close the case before more bodies start piling up on her jobsites. This was a story with many, many layers, taking us on quite a historic tour of our own. The Jorgensen house has been in the family forever so it is easy to understand why the current caretakers would want it to be a showplace. But Petsy Jorgensen is all about winning the prize. She was a mean woman and hard not only on Shannon and her crew but to her family as well. Shannon didn’t like it but took it and kept her mouth shut for the most part. The author has given Shannon much more patience and focus than I would ever have. That being said this evil character is so well written and fleshed out, as are her husband and daughter. I got very emotional over the way Petsy talked to and treated her daughter. I worked in construction for awhile so following Shannon around is extra fun for me. Her take on onlays and the work her carpenter did in the Jorgensen’s dining room was very interesting. For me, the building inspector was the perfect victim. Good ones are picky but corrupt ones like Joe Scully have no place in the building world, but sadly there are quite a few out there. While not a good idea in real life, having one killed in a fictional sense was pretty delightful. All my favorite characters from previous book have returned and I love the way Shannon’s dad and her uncle are celebrating their retirement. Shannon and Mac’s relationship is strong and their dialogues are very real. The do make a great sleuth team. Shannon’s interactions with her crew are also very true to life. As always the setting is divine, I love Victorian houses and all their little nooks and crannies and bonus spaces. I really enjoyed the mystery. It was pretty fast paced with some very clever twists. It was very well thought out and with a fantastic ending. I highly recommend the whole series!
arkieclown More than 1 year ago
What is murder without some mystery and intrigue? I know that author Kate Carlisle fills the bill on all counts in her new book EAVES OF DESTRUCTION. This book has murder/mystery but also has a lot of twists and turns that will have second guessing who you think is the guilty culprit. The author skillfully takes your hand and walks you through each event and possible scenarios as you read each page making you anxious to turn the page. On top of the obvious, throw in characters that are great friends and co-workers, a little romantic interest, and a reminder that family isn’t always by blood or who raises you and you have a great book to read that you won’t want to put down. EVES OF DESTRUCTION could easier be read as a stand-alone book. However, it was great to see some familiar characters that I have learned to love along the way in this series. If this is your first book to read in this series, then EAVES OF DESTRUCTION will surely have you going back to read the rest of the Fixer-Upper Mysteries series. I highly recommend both EAVES O F DESTRUCTION and author Kate Carlisle. I can’t wait to read and anxiously await the release of her next book!
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Eaves of Destruction by Kate Carlisle is the fifth book in A Fixer-Upper Mystery series. Shannon Hammer is busy running Hammer Construction in Lighthouse Cove, California. Many homeowners are hiring Hammer Construction to fix up their residences before the Lighthouse Cove Victorian Home and Garden Tour. Everyone wants to win Best in Show which comes with a large cash prize and this year they have a famous mystery author as the judge. Petsy Jorgensen is Shannon’s most difficult client and matters are not helped by the interference of Joe Scully, the building inspector (nepotism got him the job). Joe seems to have it out for Shannon, and he keeps popping up at her various job sites causing problems. Shannon arrives at the Jorgensen residence one morning and hears screaming coming from Joan Derry’s yard (across the street). Shannon takes off running and finds Joe Scully dead in the Derry orangery with a chisel sticking out of his stomach. Who disliked Joe enough to kill him? Shannon, with her natural curiosity, starts digging into Joe’s movements before his death. Soon, though, another death rocks the town. Shannon with help from mystery writer (and boyfriend), Mackintyre Sullivan set out to track down the killer before they strike again. Eaves of Destruction is well-written, has engaging characters, and a good pace. I am a fan of Shannon Hammer. She is a strong, intelligent female character in a male dominated industry. Shannon has a warm heart, a sense of humor, and loving friends and family. I also like the secondary characters such as Jane Hennessey (Shannon’s best friend) and Mackintyre Sullivan (Shannon’s love interest). The new carpenter, Amanda Walsh was a great addition to the story. I find that each book in A Fixer-Upper Mystery series is better than the prior one. The mystery was complex in design with a couple of promising suspects. I appreciated the author’s use of misdirection and the reason why the murders occurred. I loved the descriptions of the beautiful Victorian homes (I love Queen Anne Victorian homes) in Lighthouse Cove. The dialogue is engaging and realistic. There is just the right amount of humor in the story along with romance (it blends in with the story beautifully). Eaves of Destruction can be read alone, but I do recommend the other books in the series (you can also watch the movies).
chefdt More than 1 year ago
Eaves Of Destruction is the fifth book in the A Fixer- Upper Mystery series. It’s always enjoyable to stop in Lighthouse Cover and catching up with what Shannon Hammer has been up to since our last visit. Lighthouse Cove’s annual home and garden tour is only a couple weeks away when Shannon gets a call from Petsy Jorgensen asking her for an estimate for some work she needs to be completed before the tour. When she and Wade, her foreman, arrive Petsy is nothing but rude and condescending. Shannon is about ready to walk away from the job, but she decides to go ahead and do the work to show Petsy that she is the quality contractor that she is held out to be and completes jobs on schedule. She has hired a new carpenter, Amanda, after seeing a portfolio of her work and assigns her to the Jorgensen job. Hoping she is strong enough to deal with Petsey. A couple day into the job a neighbor, Mrs. Derry, who Shannon is also doing work for, is yelling for help saying that Joe Scully, a building inspector is dead in her orangery. Joe Scully was a thorn in the side of anyone that had to deal with him. He would make unnecessary inspection and he was also reportedly taking bribes. Shannon was sorry that he had been murdered, but a breathed a sigh of relief that she wouldn’t have to deal with him anymore. She saw he was stabbed with a chisel that looked similar to ones a couple of new hires used. Although Shannon isn’t suspected of being involved, she still wants to make sure none of the crew was, so with the help of her friends and author Mac Sullivan, she sets off on her own investigation. A second mystery involves her new hire, Amanda. Amanda wasn’t completely honest as to why she is in Lighthouse Cove when she was hired. Amanda, who was adopted, feels sure she has some ties to the Jorgensen home. All she has is a picture of when she was a baby and the picture was taken in front of their home. When being shown the home by Matthew Jorgensen, she notices a strong resemblance to one of his ancestors. So Shannon and Amanda try to collect information that will help Amanda to learn who her birth parents might be. This is another exciting and wonderfully told story with interesting and believable characters. As in the other books in series, Ms. Carlisle includes just the right amount talk about construction so that readers might have a better knowledge of what goes on behind the scene, without bogging the story. I love this series and will definitely be watching for the next book
TarynLee More than 1 year ago
Shannon has been asked to do work on a home that will be entered into the local Victorian Home and Garden Tour, the only problem is the home owner is rude and obnoxious. With all the work that needs to be done on other houses for the tour Shannon hires a young woman who enjoys working with wood and puts her to work immediately. When the local building inspector turns up dead everyone can understand why, not only is he corrupt but he was always showing up at unexpected times and making trouble. Shannon realizes she must find out who the killer is before someone else ends up dead, the only problem is that there are more suspects than answers. Having friends to help figure out just who the murderer is doesn't hurt though. Shannon feels guilty about leaving her new hire to deal with such an obnoxious client but the mystery needs to be solved and quick. Tag along with Shannon and try figure out whodunit, could it have been an ex-girl friend, an angry contractor, or a crime of passion? I find this series is a fun cozy read, filled with wonderful writing, great characters, and a plot that will keep you guessing. I'm excited to see what happens with Shannon next and what lovely old home she will be working on.