Title: A High-End Finish
Author: Kate Carlisle
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Series: A Fixer-Upper Mystery, Book 1
Publisher: Obsidian/Published by The Penguin Group
Format: paperback ARC
Source: Received for review from Publisher
Reviewed by: Marlene
Shannon Hammer is a woman with a great construction business, great friends, great home and a great town. Being one of few female contractors of restoring beautiful Victorian homes in the area it looks like she has it made but when she is falsely accused of murdering a man she recently went on a blind date with he life spirals downward and out of control. As soon as she is cleared of that murder another lands on her doorstep or more literally her driveway. Both men are locally hated and there is no lack of would be suspects. Except all the evidence points to Shannon and her pretty pink tools.
As she progresses on her own investigation of the the recent murders she is helped by her friends and all the gossips a small town could possibly handle. The police chief must constantly warn her to stay away and the newest resident of Lighthouse Cove, a famous writer, seems to be motivated by her current events to write his book and maybe spark a bit of a mystery himself. Shannon ends up facing her own assaults from the murderer and everywhere she turns she sees suspects and starts doubting people she's known all her life. Some have given her reason to and some just have ample motive.
I really loved Shannon, I could relate to her struggles to be independent and her dating past. Each of her friends seem to represent one I have in my own life as well. I found myself giggling at some of her thoughts, situations and conversations between friends, the friendships between the women were written well, even the ones that are her nemeses.
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