Death at a Fixer-Upper (Home Sweet Home)

deathatafixerAuthor: Sarah T. Hobart

Publisher: Alibi

Rating: 4 stars

Buy Links: Amazon

Type: Novel in Series

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Blurb: In Sarah T. Hobart’s wickedly funny and fast-paced Home Sweet Home mystery series, small-town real estate agent Sam Turner discovers it’s bad for business when her clients keep dropping dead.

Newly armed with her real estate license, Sam Turner loves Arlinda, her quirky seaside hometown in Northern California. But life by the beach isn’t exactly a breeze: She and her teenage son, Max, are being evicted from their apartment, her long-absent ex-husband unexpectedly resurfaces, and her possibly romantic relationship with sexy Chief of Police Bernie Aguilar is, well . . . complicated. All Sam wants is a quick and easy sale. What she gets instead is a killer headache—or three.

Sam’s trying to drum up interest in 13 Aster Lane, a rambling Victorian fixer-upper that’s more than a little neglected—and possibly haunted—so when a trio of offers arrive out of the blue, she can’t help thinking it’s too good to be true. But after a new client drops dead on the property, she fears she’s lost more than a commission. Before Sam’s out of house and home, she must unmask a killer targeting her clients, or the only property she’ll be moving will be plots—at the local cemetery.


Review: This was an interesting and unique mystery that I really enjoyed. The author did a great job of setting the stage with the organic loving, recycling community in small town California. I got a great picture of the place in my head and I especially loved the house that inadvertently played the crime scene.

Sam Turner is a less than successful real estate agent–but she’s just starting and has only had her license for five months. She’s working hard to support herself and her fifteen-year-old son, Max. Things are coming up roses lately for them–she’s gotten three hits on a new listing; they’re getting ready to move into their very own house, she’s excited that Max is participating in the upcoming Annual Kinetic Sculpture Race race for the first time, and her “relationship” with her sister Stacy’s ex-husband, Chief of Police Bernie Aguilar, might be stepping up.

But just like the listing on 13 Aster Lane, everything starts falling apart. First one body then another is found on the premises of the old estate, each of them formerly interested parties shown the property by guess who? Sam! As her chances to successfully sell the estate disappear, her chances for also ending up dead escalate. What’s a girl got to do to make a living in real estate around these parts?

The humor and environment in this story plot make it very different from any other mystery I’ve read.  While it may not feel completely finished, the arc arrives successfully at its end. I did love the ending, which will make me interested in continuing this series just to see what happens. Thanks for the read!

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