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Thursday, May 26, 2016

41) A High-End Finish by Kate Carlisle

The Blurb :

Shannon’s home-renovation and repair business is booming, but her love life needs work. On a blind date with real estate agent Jerry Saxton, she has to whip out a pair of pliers to keep Jerry from getting too hands on. Shannon is happy to put her rotten date behind her, but when Jerry’s found dead in a run-down Victorian home that she’s been hired to restore, the town’s attractive new police chief suspects that her threats may have laid the foundation for murder.

Determined to clear her name, Shannon conducts her own investigation—with the help of her four best friends, her eccentric father, a nosy neighbor or two, and a handsome crime writer who’s just moved to town. But as they get closer to prying out the murderer’s identity, Shannon is viciously attacked. Now she’ll have to nail down the truth—or end up in permanent foreclosure.…

My Thoughts :

Let's start off by saying I really liked this one.  I don't know what I liked about it but I really enjoyed listening to this one and I found myself listening to the book as often as I possibly could.  Which meant I finished it pretty quick too, an achievement because lately I haven't been having much luck with Audios.

This first in a series has been on my radar for a while and I believe I was gifted the Kindle version by someone and then it popped up really cheap for me on Audible (always check Audible prices if you have the Kindle version.  Sometimes the book is a lot cheaper than the original price if you buy both).   I decided the chances of me getting to the book were higher if I listened to it and so I snapped this up and started listening.

I really liked the setting, the characters were nice and the mystery was good.  The main character was very likable and I enjoyed her chatter and observations.  The narrator had a nice voice so that helped too.  I didn't really put things together until the end although I had my suspicions of who the murderer was.  It was a nice easy plot to follow even though there were a few too many characters to keep track of at times (Shannon's friends).

All in all I really enjoyed this one and already used an Audible credit and got the second book in the series.  This was a great cozy and I am looking forward to see what happens next and get to know the other characters and the location better.  Although I could do without the really bad Scottish accent and the cliche character it belongs to I am really excited about listening to more of this series.

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