Plaster and Poison (Do-It-Yourself Mystery Series #3)

Plaster and Poison (Do-It-Yourself Mystery Series #3)

by Jennie Bentley

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Overview

In the third installment of the Do-It-Yourself mystery series, Avery Baker must refurbish her friend's reputation, in a mystery perfect for lovers of HGTV's renovation shows.


Ex-New York designer Avery Baker left the bustle of the big city to start her own home renovation business in Maine. But as she renovates an old carriage house on behalf of a soon-to-be wed friend, she stumbles across a lifeless body-a person known all too well by the blushing bride. The small town is abuzz with big suspicions, and Avery realizes she must unravel a matrimonial murder.

Home renovation and design tips included! 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425233450
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/02/2010
Series: Do-It-Yourself Mystery Series , #3
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 418,169
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jennie Bentley is the New York Times bestselling author of the Do-It-Yourself Mysteries. The Prime Crime home renovation series features textile designer Avery Baker and her handyman boyfriend, Derek Ellis, who renovate houses in Maine. She also writes under the name Jenna Bennett.

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Plaster and Poison 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
drebbles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Avery Baker and her boyfriend Derek Ellis are more than happy to renovate an old carriage house behind the Bed and Breakfast their friend Kate McGillicutty owns so Kate and police chief Wayne Rasmussen can live there after their marriage. Avery even finds a mini-mystery to solve ¿ someone carved a heart and the initials WE + ER on a wooden post in the carriage house and Avery wants to find out the story behind the carving. Unfortunately, Avery soon has a bigger mystery to solve when she and Derek stumble across a dead body and the murder victim turns out to be someone Kate knew all too well. Avery wants to find the killer before Kate¿s wedding plans are ruined.¿Plaster and Poison¿ is another good entry in Jennie Bentley¿s do-it-yourself mystery series (the first two books are Fatal Fixer-Upper and Spackled and Spooked). There are a lot of things I like about this series, starting with the characters. The book is written in the first person from Avery¿s point of view and she is an especially strong character as she is very talented but insecure at times, especially when it comes to Derek¿s ex-wife Melissa. Avery¿s worries about Melissa, as well as her interactions with Melissa, are some of the best parts of the book. Derek is another great character who has learned to follow his heart even if it means disappointing his family. The other characters are equally well done and complicated. Bentley does a great job with both mysteries (the initials and the murder), managing to find a common theme between the two (another strong point in this book is the dynamics in relationships in various families). The murder aspects are well written and plotted, with the right amount of tension, and readers will have fun trying to guess who the killer is. Without giving anything away, I will say this is one of the few times I cheered while reading a book when I found out who the killer was.¿Plaster and Poison¿ is another nice cozy mystery by Jennie Bentley and I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
NewsieQ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Every time Avery Baker and her beau/business partner Derek Ellis start rehabbing a house, they find a body in it. So it's no surprise (to readers, at least) that a body turns up in the carriage house they're renovating for their friend Kate. The victim turns out to be the father of Kate's daughter Shannon. This time out, neither Kate nor Derek are suspects, but Kate is. If they can't figure out who really did it, it could jeopardize the upcoming nuptials between Kate and the local police chief.In addition to solving that mystery, Avery wants to find out whose initials were carved into a beam of the carriage house, probably at the time it was built, early in the 20th Century. That involves learning a bit about local history and personalities.This is a charming series, one that I've enjoyed from the start. The plotting is smooth, and the romantic interludes aren't overdone -- I hate it when mysteries become romances! I particularly liked this third entry in the series because of its genealogical elements.Review based on publisher-provided copy.04/10/2010
bemislibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Add together In-laws, newlyweds to be, gold digging relatives and you get murder.*** Author Jennie Bentley once again mixes home repair and murder in the third book in her the ¿Home-Renovation and Design Tips¿ mystery series. Designer Avery Baker and home renovator Derek Ellis find surprises as they work to transform an old carriage house into a romantic home for soon-to-be newlywed friends, that is, if murder doesn¿t bring everything to a screeching halt first.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a heavy mystery but enought to be interesting
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cjmaine More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this series, it was a fun and fast read. Good story.
Gran6 More than 1 year ago
I recommend this series highly!
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susiq99 More than 1 year ago
lots of fun reading , Entertaining wanting more at the end :-)
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penandtome More than 1 year ago
Add together In-laws, newlyweds to be, gold digging relatives and you get murder. *** Author Jennie Bentley once again mixes home repair and murder in the third book in her the "Home-Renovation and Design Tips" mystery series. Designer Avery Baker and home renovator Derek Ellis find surprises as they work to transform an old carriage house into a romantic home for soon-to-be newlywed friends, that is, if murder doesn't bring everything to a screeching halt first.
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Cute and fun to read, enjoyed every chapter.
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