Monday, April 25, 2016

Book Review: Death of a Fixer Upper by Sara T. Hobart

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge,from Alibi Press/Random House via Netgalley, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it



The weekend is over, you can sigh now....

Though for some of you, you might be happy the weekend rehab on the house is at a stopping point so you can recover (LOL), or to think about all those houses for sale you looked at! So for you guys, this review is for you!

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

Death of a Fixer Upper cover

Synopsis:


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 is the first book of Sara's Home Sweet Home series that I have read and I will definitely be going back and reading the rest! They remind me of Marty Wingate's books- easy to read, light, funny (even if death is the subject matter at hand) and very true to real life. You feel like you know the characters- Sam could be your sister or best friend! Her relationship with her son is something most of us would acknowledge as being honest and true, as is her attraction to Bernie. Without giving too much away, this is a fun story, that is reminiscent of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None, but in a fun, realtor way! Her characters are delightful and the book is a super quick read, but not too short. You feel like you get a really solid book, that leaves you wanting to read the next chapter in Sam's episodic life! Don;t miss this one- and hint hint, it would eb a fun read to give Mom!



About the Author
Sarah T. Hobart is a northern California writer and real estate agent, and the author of the Home Sweet Home mystery series. While not among the region's top home sellers, Ms. Hobart is distinguished by being the only agent known to have moved eleven cubic yards of dirt with just a shovel, a wheelbarrow, and a Snickers bar in order to get a property through appraisal. She lives with two dogs, a rabbit, two incredible boys and an adorable husband in a majestic fixer-upper overlooking State Highway 101.Check out her webpage for more info!


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