For Sale By Killer

For Sale By Killer

by Catherine Bruns

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For Sale By Killer by Catherine Bruns

From USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bruns comes a delightfully deadly new Cindy York Mystery...

If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Words for Cindy York to live by. The struggling real estate agent, full-time mother, and part-time sleuth has been having a tough winter and is desperate for a juicy commission. When she stumbles across a quaint mansion that's "For Sale by Owner," she can hardly believe her luck. Percy Rodgers is anxious to move and immediately hires Cindy as his agent. But when she shares the exciting news with boss and best bud, Jacques Forte, he tells her that Mr. Rodgers neighborhood is a dangerous place to play, since the man just served 20 years for murdering his wife. Before Cindy can axe the deal, she stumbles over another dead body inside the house and is swept up in family drama, resentment, and decade old secrets that someone will kill to keep. If Cindy isn’t careful, this may end up being one deal that really is to die for.

Cindy York Mysteries:
Killer Transaction – book #1
Priced to Kill – book #2
For Sale By Killer – book #3

What critics are saying:
"Lock up your house before you begin Killer Transaction. You'll want no interruptions once you start this fast-paced tale of murder, family issues, and competitive real estate sales. A quick, enjoyable read!"
—Nancy J. Cohen, bestselling author of the Bad Hair Day Mysteries
"Catherine Bruns closes the deal with this fantastic cozy. I loved everything about this story from the characters to the plot, the setting and the pace. I cannot wait to see what adventures Cindy gets up to next. If you enjoy your cozy with strong heroines and interesting circumstances this is a must read."
—Night Owl Reviews, Top Pick!

"Ms. Bruns is an excellent writer—her style was definitely to get out of the way and let this reader enjoy the experience."
—The Kindle Book Review

Product Details

BN ID: 2940155157366
Publisher: Gemma
Publication date: 05/22/2018
Series: Cindy York Mysteries , #3
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 41,072
File size: 731 KB

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Catherine lives in Upstate New York with a male dominated household that consists of her very patient husband, three sons, and assorted cats and dogs. She has wanted to be a writer since the age of eight when she wrote her own version of Cinderella (fortunately Disney never sued). Catherine holds a B.A. in English and is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.

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For Sale By Killer 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Bernadette_Cinkoske 22 days ago
Fast paced, interesting mystery that sucked me in from page one! I liked Catherine Bruns writing style. I enjoyed a slightly older heroine with family and all that involves. This story has humor, well drawn characters, a great supporting cast, lots of clues and plot twists. I was well entertained. I highly recommend For Sale By Killer.
PoloMom5 10 months ago
This was a very entertaining book. It took me a while to figure out “who did it”. Normally I pick the killer within the first few chapters. This book kept me wondering for a while. The main character was interesting because of the pregnancy. It was definitely unexpected. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves good mysteries.
Suzy_MN 10 months ago
Great, unique story. I hadn't read the first two before this one, but it read well as a stand-alone book and gave just enough background to cover what had happened in the previous two stories. Fun characters (although I don't understand why Cindy doesn't have more girlfriends around) and a very captivating story that kept me guessing until the end.
KathleenC55 11 months ago
“For Sale by Killer” earns 5/5 Contracts…Killer Fun! I loved it! I am such a fan of Catherine Bruns’ Cookies & Chance Mystery, and her Cindy York Mystery series is just as compelling! Cindy York is a delightful character, entering the final month of her pregnancy, hoping to find the right property with the potential to make everyone rich…the seller, Forte Realty, and the soon to be six-member York family. Driving around the area she hopes to find a “For Sale by Owner” property with an owner who finds they need the professional help she can offer. Luck has her discovering just the gem she may need, a Victorian with great potential. However, after making an agreement with owner Percy Rodgers, she finds him to be a very unsuitable client, if not dangerous. He had recently been released from prison. His crime? Murdering his wife. When she finds Percy, himself a victim of murder, she dwells on his final words, “Vanessa. Loved her. I—I couldn't hurt her, not ever. Her killer—here. Had to shut me…up. Find them…please.” Cool! The set up was very intriguing and kept me on the edge of my seat with disgruntled family, in-law dynamics (with which I can identify), sibling antics, personal peril, and an “Oh, Wow!” final solution. Bruns has penned an engaging first-person narrative for this third book revisiting background without spoilers and weaving in humorous and thought-provoking dialogue. I've always said that Catherine uses “karma” well in her storytelling…bringing the hammer down on the bad guys whether as the victim or arrested as the perpetrator. Either way “karma” is a main force; although in Percy’s case, I wished for a different verdict. However, if you're going to reveal a secret not worthy of exposure, you run the risk of being silenced for good. I highly recommend this third book, and despite life has moved forward, starting with the third book is fine. But don't miss out some excellent entertainment with book 1 “Killer Transaction” and book two “Priced to Kill.”
Anonymous 12 months ago
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this mystery! It had murder with plenty of mayhem & kept me guessing until the end. The plot was original. The earlier books series are really good as well.
IrishEyes430 More than 1 year ago
I loved this latest addition to the Cindy York Mysteries. Although very pregnant, she finds an old Victorian house with a “Sale By Owner” sign. She is thrilled to get the owner to sign with her until she gets back to the office and finds out that the owner has recently been released from prison for murdering his wife. While returning to the house to get released from the contract she finds the owner near death. Of course she gets involved in investigating the murder along with trying to keep up with her home, husband, children, new baby and terrible mother-in-law. A terrific read!
Karen Thoma More than 1 year ago
I received this book for free to review. This is my truthful review. For Sale By Killer Review A good mystery with several twists. With the real estate market being in a slump, finding a “For Sale by Owner” sign in front of an older mansion seems like a dream come true for a very pregnant agent until she finds out who the house belongs to. Things only get worse when she finds his body and goes into premature labor. Will she become the next corpse while trying to find the killer?
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
This is a great book; this is the third book in the Cindy York series written by Catherine Bruns. This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. This book will keep you reading long into the night. If you are looking for a great book, then you need to read this book. I am looking forward to reading the next book by this great author. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader’s copy of this book. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
YvonneReviews More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in the Cindy York series. I must admit that I haven’t read the previous two, but it definitely didn’t matter to me. I didn’t feel as if I missed a beat in starting with the third book. If anything, it convinced me to read this author’s backlist. What a great, fast-paced read! I loved every minute of it. First, Cindy York is a great character. She’s strong, but is also sympathetic and sweet. She has a lot on her plate to deal with. For starters, she’s pregnant. She, also, has 9 year old twins and a teenager at home. She, also, works full time as a real estate agent. Yikes! That’s enough for any woman to have to deal with. While scouting the area for homes to sell, she discovers a mansion owned by Percy Rodgers up for sale. No one wants to take the listing since Percy is a recently released convicted killer. He was convicted of killing his wife. Cindy is ready to put this all behind her and take the listing anyway. When she gets cold feet about it, before she can get out of the deal, she finds Percy dead. Filled with all kinds of emotions, Cindy vows to find out who killed the man. Not to mention that she doesn’t believe he killed his wife and plans to solve that murder as well. In fact, she thinks both murders are connected. I love Cindy’s cohort Jacques Forte. He’s a great character for her to work with. I’d like to see more of her husband so I can get a better feel for him. I know I hated his mother. LOL What a witch. The author did a great job of making the reader hate the mother-in-law. I was truly shocked at how this all ended. I didn’t see the ending coming until just before Cindy did. Very well written and well plotted. I couldn’t put this one down. Although I don’t have to, I want to read the previous two books. This author has one me over with this one book. Loved it! FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
JulesyJ More than 1 year ago
Cindy York is married with 3 kids and about to have her fourth child very soon. She is a real estate agent in upstate New York. Cindy stumbles upon a late 19th century Queen Anne Victorian mansion with a "For Sale by Owner" sign. She jumps at the opportunity to convince the owner, Percy Rodgers, to be his agent to sell his house. After signing the contract, little did Cindy know that she is representing a killer who murdered his wife 20 years ago. This is the third book in the Cindy York mysteries series. I hadn't read the first two books but For Sale By Killer stands on its own; you don't need to read the previous books to get a feel for the characters. This was one of the best cozies I've read in a while. There were a lot of passages where I burst out laughing. On the flip side, there were scary moments with one of the murder suspects. I love Cindy, her family, and her boss and good friend Jacques. There is also the dreaded mother-in-law from hell with the appropriate name of Helen. I am an avid reader of cozy mysteries but it seems like many must fit the cookie cutter mold: the antagonistic detective or sheriff, the amateur sleuth is struggling financially, and the protagonist goes back home due to a losing a job, being dumped by a significant other, or inherits a house or business when a relative passes away. This cozy was none of those! The author definitely thought outside the cozy box and it was so refreshing to read. I enjoyed For Sale By Killer so much that I've already gotten the first book in this Cindy York series and plan to get the second book very soon. I received an ARC from the publisher for purposes of an unbiased review.
fhwilson More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! Cindy is an amazing mother, wife, and friend who is unafraid to fight for the truth. I have not read the previous books in this series but I will now. I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did! I received an ARC from the publisher for purposes of an unbiased review.
MandaLuvsToRead More than 1 year ago
Another winner by Catherine Bruns! I can't decide if I like this series or her Cookies and Chance series the best. Either way, it was great to catch up with Cindy York and see how things were going since book#2. The mystery is a stand-alone, but I would recommend reading these in order because a lot happens in the lives of the main characters. Cindy is a relatable working mom who just happens to stumble across dead bodies from time to time and can't help but try to solve the crime, often to her own detriment. This time, it's the owner of the million dollar house she has listed, a man who just got out of prison for murdering his wife. As he's dying, he proclaims to Cindy that he didn't murder his wife and the killer is still at large. Plenty of suspects and drama, no gore. If you've been following this series, Cindy finally has a showdown with her mother-in-law, and it's great. Plenty to enjoy here.
Bonnie1800 More than 1 year ago
This is a great series. I received this book as an ARC. This third book finds Cindy stressed and 9 months pregnant. She is out looking for houses that she can market when she stumbles upon a mansion. She is greeted by the owner and he agrees to sell the house through the real estate company she works for. This is when things start to go amiss. It turns out that he just got out of jail on a murder charge, claiming innocence. When the entire family gets involved, he mysteriously winds up dead. Naturally, with her good luck, Cindy finds the body...and goes into labor. Now she is dealing with recovering from childbirth, her monster-in-law of a mother, 3 kids full of energy, a puppy a newborn and all that goes with day to day life. She gets drawn back into the sale of this mansion and the more she digs into it's history and into the mystery of who killed the owner, she puts her life is jeopardy. It all comes rushing to a twisty halt that you would not see coming.
ganderson523 More than 1 year ago
Cindy York is a real estate agent who is eight months pregnant with her fourth child at forty-four years old. Business has been slow with Forte Realty, the agency she works for, so she is driving around looking for a home for sale by owner. Maybe she can find someone who is interested in listing their home. When she finds a lovely old Victorian mansion needing some TLC, she is excited, especially when the owner, Percy Rodgers is happy to list it. Her bubble is burst when her boss Jacques tells her Percy just got out of prison for killing his wife. Percy isn't happy to hear that Cindy has to back out of listing his house and when Cindy and Jacques go back to get him to sign papers to release them from listing the house, they find Percy's throat slit-just as his wife's was slit when she was murdered. Percy has told Cindy that he didn't kill his wife and as he is dying, he asked her to find the killer. Cindy promptly went into labor and barely made it to the hospital. The house was set to go to a friend of Percy's grandmother, should anything happen to him. Eleanor Cassidy lives out of town and convinces Jacques and Cindy to list it. As they try to sell the house and have an open house, they are also trying to find out who might want Percy dead. Maybe the same killer killed his wife-maybe an old lover or one of his jealous and hateful siblings. Things get a little dangerous along the way. Maybe Eleanor. Who would benefit by his death? This was an entertaining mystery to try to figure out and I didn't. It was surprise whodunit for me. Cindy has a loving husband, Greg, a teenager daughter, a set of twin boys, baby girl and the worst mother in law ever. I received an ARC from Gemma Halliday Publishing. The opinions stated are my own.