Home For the Homicide

Home For the Homicide

by Jennie Bentley

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In this Do-It-Yourself mystery series that's perfect for lovers of HGTV home renovation shows, a designer will attempt to put the finishing touches on a decades-old mystery.

Avery Baker was a big city textile designer, until she inherited her aunt’s old Maine cottage and found her true calling—home renovation. But she never expected her latest job would come to such a bone-rattling dead end...

For Avery and her husband Derek, renovating the Craftsman Bungalow was like stepping back in time. The quaint old home was just as its original owners had left it—from the beautiful butler’s pantry to the surprisingly exquisite ribbon tile. But it’s the attic that yields the most heart-stopping surprise.

In a discreetly hidden antique crate, Avery finds a clue to a decades-old missing persons case. As Avery works on the house and delves deeper into the sinister story, it becomes clear that someone very crafty wants the Craftsman home’s secrets to stay that way!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425260494
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/03/2013
Series: Do-It-Yourself Mystery Series , #7
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 402,002
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jennie Bentley is the national bestselling author of several Do-It-Yourself Mysteries, including Wall to Wall Dead and Flipped Out. 

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“An awesome crime-fighting duo...[a] fantastically appealing series.” —Mayhem and Magic

“Ingeniously plotted.”—The Tennessean


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Home for the Homicide 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
Jennie Bentley's seventh book in her Do-It-Yourself Mystery series, Home for the Homicide is part murder mystery, part home renovation, part Christmas decorating. Fans of the series will enjoy the tips and techniques in the back of the book as much as the story of the Greene sisters' home on North Street and what Avery finds in the attic. Bentley's attention to detail on everything from the wall paper to the Christmas decorations for Avery and Derek's home is spot on and readers will enjoy the festive seasonal atmosphere and a good whodunit. What I liked: This is a series that has always been heavy on the home renovation. I liked the fact that Bentley continues to go into a lot of detail about the renovations projects in this book, as well as, the details of the mystery. What makes this series so good is that readers can enjoy learning about home improvement while trying to put together the clues to the crime at the same time. I love the tips at the back of the book that the author always includes. I'm happy that Derek and Avery are finally able to settle down into their life as a married couple. There was a lot of tension that surrounded that part of the story that may be missing in this latest installment, but Bentley continues to develop other interesting ideas for Avery's personal life, and of course Derek's EX is never far away. The secondary characters are definitely a big plus for this series. I liked the Christmas theme and how Avery was decorating for the Christmas Tour of Homes, that's something I have always wanted to take part in myself. There are so many beautifully decorated homes that I would love to get to see. I thought it added a nice Christmas touch to the book and made me a little nostalgic for the time when I had the opportunity to enjoy decorating. What I didn't like: This one was a little light on the mystery aspect of the story. The main focus was obviously on the home renovation and the Christmas tour. Though the mystery of the infant bones in the attic was definitely intriguing I thought that the author should have spent a bit more time developing it. It was rather easy to figure out what had happened and who caused it early on in the novel. Readers will certainly pick it up a bit quicker than our protagonist Avery does. Bottom Line:  It was a good book about home renovation but probably not the author's best effort as far as the mystery goes. The potential was there, but it just didn't quite have the punch that some of the previous books in the series had. I wasn't disappointed, just not overly excited about how this one turned out. As always take it with a grain of salt and read it for yourself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i have love this serires from book 1. you connect with the characters right away. while this particular story doesn't dwell on the mystery aspect, it is a very good read. the characters come alive, and the planning they do for the annual christmas tour leaves the reader with many ideas to use for their own christmas decorating. avery, (tink to her husband) and derek have a home renovation business, and in the atttic avery finds a box with baby bones. the mystery evolves from there. i've read mysteries where there was no body and no murder, but the mystery kept you reading it right to the end. this is another of those stories. ms jennie has handled it well and given us a story to remember anad really enjoy. do yourself a favor and pick it up and read it. you will be glad you did.
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chefdt More than 1 year ago
Home For The Homicide is the #7th book in the A Do-It Yourself Mystery series. The elderly Greene sisters have had to move into an assisted care facility and Avery and Derek have bought their Craftsman bungalow to restore. While Derek is working on the plumbing, Avery begins to walk through the house to get ideas for decorating the rooms. She decides to check the attic, to make sure it is clear of the previous owners possessions. She finds a crate nestled against the chimney and when she opens it there are the bones of an infant in it. She soon learns that the sisters brother had gone missing when he was just a baby. One of the sisters, Mamie, is mentally challenged and soon goes missing from the care facility. She is soon found at her old home asleep, then the next time she goes missing, things don't turn out good for her. Even though Avery is quite busy with the house renovation, she is also busy getting her home ready for the Christmas Tour of Homes. But still, she wants to know how the bones got in the attic and who they might belong too. A few of the past characters make an appearance in this book. Of course Kate and Wayne, Kate being her best friend and Wayne the police chief. Derek folks are also are around to help with the search of information about the babies bones. Of course, Melissa, Derek ex is around to try and get Avery's "goat". A very interesting story and wonderful cast of characters. Looking forward to the next book. Home renovation tips and designs included.
GGW More than 1 year ago
Like other books in the series, you get plenty of home decorating/home renovation ideas as well as an intriguing mystery. This is one of my favorite series and I look forward to more of them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Avery and new husband Derek find 60 baby skeleton in house renovating. The mystery is who child is and what happened.