This Old Homicide – REVIEW

4 out of 5 stars

This Old Homicide book cover - Light house with attached house on a cliff in the background, broken white fence in the foreground

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Valentine’s Day is approaching, and while Shannon is delighted to be friends with not one but two handsome men, not everyone in town is feeling the love. After her elderly neighbor Jesse Hennessey fails to make his daily appearance at the local diner, Shannon swings by his place to check on him. Not only does she find Jesse dead—of an apparent heart attack—but she also realizes that his home has been ransacked.

Someone suggests that a thief was searching for a priceless necklace Jesse claimed to have retrieved from a capsized sailing ship, but Shannon doesn’t believe it. Everyone knows Jesse had a penchant for constructing tall tales—like the one about him having a hot new girlfriend. But his death is soon ruled a homicide, and shady suspects begin popping out of the woodwork. When another victim turns up dead, Shannon is convinced she must find the killer before someone else gets nailed…. (Source: Goodreads)

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This Old Homicide by Kate Carlisle is the second book in the Fixer-Upper Mystery series. I’m really enjoying the series. I’ve been a long-time fan of Ms. Carlisle’s Bibliophile series and her writing style in general. This series hasn’t disappointed either.

Ms. Carlisle brings us a batch of realistic, lovable characters, including Shannon, our heroine. So far, I’ve been able to at least guess on who the killer was. In the first book, I knew long before the end, but in this installment, I wasn’t ever completely sure until the end when the killer was revealed.

This book has a good balance of mystery solving versus relationship building between characters. The setting and plots are believable and enjoyable to read.

I’m looking forward to the next one in this series!

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