Spackled and Spooked (Do-It-Yourself Mystery Series #2)

Spackled and Spooked (Do-It-Yourself Mystery Series #2)

by Jennie Bentley

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Overview

A mystery surfaces behind the walls in the Do-It-Yourself series that's perfect for fans of HGTV's home renovation shows.

Avery Baker and her boyfriend, Derek Ellis, are flipping a seriously stigmatized house rumored to have ghosts. Soon they'll have even bigger problems-and this renovation project might haunt them forever.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425229132
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/04/2009
Series: Do-It-Yourself Mystery Series , #2
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 184,241
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 0.90(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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Spackled and Spooked (Do-It-Yourself Mystery Series #2) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
penandtome More than 1 year ago
Flipping a house finds Avery and Derek flipping out over murder. *** Anyone who does home repair expects some unexpected and unpleasant surprises during remodeling. Avery and Derek, co-partners and friends with benefits, were well aware that selling a house where a murder/suicide was committed a long time ago could be a sticking point when the renovation is completed. What they didn't expect was to find a skeleton in the crawl space or a new murder next door. It is a race between completing the renovation and finding the murderer before the murderer puts an end to the renovation and them. Spackled and Spooked in the second book in the "home-renovation and design tips" mystery series by author Jennie Bentley.
cjmaine More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this series, they were a fast and fun to read.
drebbles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Avery Baker and her boyfriend/business partner, Derek Ellis, know they are taking a big risk when they buy a house to flip and resell: a horrific murder/suicide happened there years ago, and the place is rumored to be haunted. Avery doesn't think she believes in ghosts, but she starts to wonder when she hears footsteps and there is no one there. However, Avery and Derek soon have even bigger problems when evidence of a more recent murder is uncovered. Avery wonders if they'll ever get the house fixed and sold or if the house will forever be associated with murder. "Spackled and Spooked" is a nicely done mystery - the second in Jenny Bentley's cozy mystery series. Although I haven't yet read the first one (Fatal Fixer-Upper (A Do-It-Yourself Mystery)), I never felt lost and quickly came to know and like the characters involved. While the idea behind the murders/suicide is a horrible one the book is mostly a cozy and it is never too gruesome. The premise of fixing up and flipping a house is a nice one, and author Bentley does a good job of showing how much work goes into such a project. I love Avery as a character, and I enjoyed Bentley's description of the clothes Avery was wearing (Avery was once a New York textile designer who likes funky clothes), and more than once I wished the book had illustrations. As for the mystery elements, there are several mysteries in this book - the solutions to some are easy to figure out; some are much harder. There is no surprise in the murder/suicide case but there are plenty of surprises in the more current case. Readers should easily figure out who the murder victim was but the identity of the killer is less evident until towards the end of the book (the scene where the killer is finally caught is particularly well done and did not go into cliché direction it first seemed to be heading). Readers will quickly figure out that one character isn't quite who they say they are but that adds some poignancy to the book. As for the ghostly footprints - the explanation makes a lot of sense but the ending of that storyline seems a bit rushed. All in all, while the mystery had some flaws it is generally a good one that will keep readers hooked. "Spackled and Spooked" is a good cozy mystery.
bemislibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Flipping a house finds Avery and Derek flipping out over murder.*** Anyone who does home repair expects some unexpected and unpleasant surprises during remodeling. Avery and Derek, co-partners and friends with benefits, were well aware that selling a house where a murder/suicide was committed a long time ago could be a sticking point when the renovation is completed. What they didn¿t expect was to find a skeleton in the crawl space or a new murder next door. It is a race between completing the renovation and finding the murderer before the murderer puts an end to the renovation and them. Spackled and Spooked in the second book in the ¿home-renovation and design tips¿ mystery series by author Jennie Bentley.
Squeex on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I bought this cozy because of the title. I really thought I was going to get a new-to-me paranormal cozy. I didn't...and that's okay. Good, in fact. Wee hint of ghosty activity, the rest is good ol' fashioned cozy mystery fun.Avery is a neat lead character, still has issues with taking on this house renovation in this tiny little town in Maine, when she could be back in exciting Manhattan creating her textile designs. The extra characters are filling and a good combination working with Avery on figuring out the mystery and keeping the story moving along. Home renovation tips in the back, cozy mystery with good characters and a good story to make you want to try them.Five flip this house beans.....
kcaroth1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another nice cozy in this series. Avery and her new handyman boyfriend, Derek, have purchased a house to renovate and resell. Unfortunately, it may be haunted from the murders that took place there almost 20 years ago, and it doesn't help that they have just found a skeleton in the crawl space.The mystery parts of the story weren't difficult to solve but I enjoyed the book because of the "localisms" of the Maine setting, the characters have a nice banter, and the renovation difficulties seem pretty accurate.Very enjoyable, and I look forward to the next installment.
cmscrapper More than 1 year ago
I just recently started this series because I enjoyed this author's other mystery series. Avery and Derek buy a "haunted" house to renovate and sell. Things don't always go so well when you do home renovation! I really like this series because Avery and Derek are a likable couple, and their friends and family make for a fun addition. This was a fast read and it kept my attention until the end. I look forward to reading the next book in this series.
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Gran6 More than 1 year ago
You need to definitely check out this series. Great fun!
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I felt like this book dragged in the beginning and then picked up at the end. I would still recommend it for cozy readers despite this.
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