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Fatal Fixer-Upper (Do-It-Yourself Mystery Series #1)
     

Fatal Fixer-Upper (Do-It-Yourself Mystery Series #1)

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by Jennie Bentley
 

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First in the new Do-It-Yourself mystery series!

Avery Baker was once a New York designer, but inheriting her aunt?s old Maine cottage has led her down a new career path?home renovation. Now, with help from hunky handyman Derek Ellis, Avery starts learning the ABCs of DIY. But when the designer-turned-renovator finds clues that lead to a missing professor, she

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First in the new Do-It-Yourself mystery series!

Avery Baker was once a New York designer, but inheriting her aunt?s old Maine cottage has led her down a new career path?home renovation. Now, with help from hunky handyman Derek Ellis, Avery starts learning the ABCs of DIY. But when the designer-turned-renovator finds clues that lead to a missing professor, she wonders if she can finish the house?without getting finished off in the process.

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Publishers Weekly

Like an ornate Victorian house, Bentley's debut mystery is built on a solid foundation but winds up laden with gewgaws and light on practical basics. New York textile designer Avery Marie Baker inherits a run-down New England manse from a reclusive aunt who died under mysterious circumstances. Avery "is little and cunning and pouts a lot," and she's about as bright as her boy friend's crowbar. She instantly suspects dislikable people of having a hand in her aunt's death, while completely missing blatant clues pointing to the killer. Avery soon winds up in predictable anticlimactic peril, waiting for buff handyman Derek Ellis to rescue her. The characters and the town are charming, but without any real suspense-except whether Avery can convince Derek to let her mosaic tile the kitchen counter-there's no substance to the mystery. (Nov.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425224571
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/04/2008
Series:
Do-It-Yourself Mystery Series , #1
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
282,021
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Fatal Fixer-Upper (Do-It-Yourself Mystery Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
Kasia_S More than 1 year ago
I will admit, yes I'm a sucker for super cute cozy mysteries; they envelop me in a world of "Who did it? Why? What's going on?" and they have a slightly old fashioned charm to them that regular fiction lacks. They usually revolve around small towns and nosy neighbors, random weird characters that make me giggle and of course the crime, figuring out who did it is quite delicious and fun and there's nothing better than turning into a Sherlock Holmes for the duration of the book.

This might be the author's first novel but it's really wonderful. Light and fun but whimsical and very smooth, it had enough charm to keep me glued to the pages until I finally finished it in unmentionably late hours of the evening ( actually not too long ago) and it made me crave for more of Avery, but for that I will have to wait till next spring.

When a textile designer living in New York finds out that her aunt in Maine is dying to spill some family secrets, she finally decides to take a trip but all is too late. The older Aunt Inga has passed away right before she arrives but lo and behold, the house is left in Avery's name alone with all of its possessions. At first she is heartbroken but later feels an air of uncertainty, someone wants her to stay away form the house and its furnishings and keeps meddling with the property. Is the place more valuable than she though and was the aunt's death an accident or cold blooded murder? It seems that everyone form her friends in Maine to relatives and other acquaintances seem suspicious, each possibly having a motive, not to mention the legends of missing furnishings belonging to Marie Antoinette, could her Aunts old fashioned stuff be mixed with priceless antiques? Read and find out and enjoy the crisp and refreshing new voice of Jennie Bentley, she's a sassy lady with tons of charm and talent. There are plenty of ex-boyfriends, meddling relatives, family secrets, cute potential love interests, suspicious and shady characters and tons of clues. The book was also a breeze to read, not something that I had to labor over (always a plus).

Lovely mystery with many twists and turns, I figured a part of it out ( by luck! ) but I simply loved the entire book and it had the perfect balance of mystery, even a tiny bit of romance ( nothing blah) and lots of clues and fund home renovating tips, cant wait for the next one!

- Kasia S.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nothing special. I thought it was expensive for an older digital read.
ethel55 More than 1 year ago
This was much more a real mystery than a cozy where the everyman detective stumbles over a body in the first couple chapters. Avery arrives in Maine to discover that her Great Aunt Inga has recently passed and she is the sole heir to Inga's rambling old home and belongings. Avery decides to fix up the house before trying to sell, and enlists the aid of recommended handyman Derek Ellis. Interesting tidbits about design and a historical rumor of Marie Antoinette's belongings landing in the area bring a lot of interesting detail to this book. There is a great small town vibe here, and really good secondary characters to round out the story.
CharlieGrace More than 1 year ago
This was a nice read. I'm not big on mushy love romance books but this one had just the right real life dream of Mr. Wonderful and falling in love slowly. The mystery is the ringer that gets me to buy but it is the plot and the expertise that keeps me buying. Avery is out there with her ideas of design but I can envision smaller scale of what she presents; which is where Derek reins Avery into period. Keep the cats involved!
Desilou More than 1 year ago
I truely enojoyed the characters as they seem life like and one can relate to them and their many miss-haps. The plot seems more original then other mystery books and the author has an easy style of writing. This is a fairly easy read but the book holds one's attention. I did not figure out "who did it" until close to the end. Good book for books clubs because it is not heavy duty and would be good on a snow/rain day.
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ereinhart_08034 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the charaters and the plot in this book...if you have read this 1st book, you will enjoy the rest of the books in the series. Beth from NJ
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cjmaine More than 1 year ago
Really enjoy this series, found it fun and a fast read.
Gran6 More than 1 year ago
this was a fun book to read! Grab a cup of tea and this book and curl up. You won't regret it!
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Love this book and have now read the entire series. I enjoyed this more than many of the others in this genre.
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A light, enjoyable whodunit read!
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Some how I thought there would be more cats... but still a fun and fast read.
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penandtome More than 1 year ago
Designer and Renovator peel back layers to expose a historic gem and not to mention a murderer. *** First entry in a new home-renovation and design-tips mystery series, author Jennie Bentley introduces Avery Baker, a designer from New York to Derek Ellis, a home repairman who is really handy with his hands. When Avery's mother encouraged her to find out what Inga Marie Morton, an aunt she only met once wanted, the last time she expected when she arrived in Maine was to find her aunt dead with her the sole beneficiary. Mixed in her ex-boss/ex-boyfriend, mysterious antiques stolen years ago with Derek's pushy ex-wife realtor who would like nothing more that to get Avery to sell the house at a steep discount, to the two resentful cousins who did not inherit and you get a home repair project that may never end. Unlike most renovation projects, Bentley employs a cast of strong characters, steps up the timeline and wraps up loose ends on time.