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A Wrench in the Works (Fixer-Upper Mysteries) MP3 CD – Unabridged, February 26, 2019
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Lights! Camera! Homicide!
Contractor Shannon Hammer has to dig through murder suspects in the latest Fixer-Upper Mystery from the New York Times best-selling author of Eaves of Destruction and Once upon a Spine.
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Shannon Hammer's younger sister, Chloe, left Lighthouse Cove after high school to make it big in Hollywood. And she did it! Chloe is the cohost of a popular home-repair show on the Home Builders Network. Now, after 10 years, she has returned to their quaint coastal hometown to film several shows featuring her sister, Shannon, along with some special mini-segments on Victorian style and design.
But Shannon quickly realizes that things are not exactly blissful in TV land. Bree, the executive producer of the show, has a knack for stirring up sticky situations, and when she's found dead, Chloe and the entire crew are under suspicion. Shannon, her thriller-writer boyfriend, Mac, and their crime-solving friends soon unearth the real reason Chloe left home.
Is that 10-year-old secret connected to Bree's death? And can Shannon track down the real killer before her beloved sister becomes the next victim?
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A native Californian, New York Times bestselling author Kate Carlisle worked in television for many years before turning to writing. A lifelong fascination with the art and craft of bookbinding led her to write the Bibliophile Mysteries featuring Brooklyn Wainwright, whose bookbinding and restoration skills invariably uncover old secrets, treachery, and murder. She is also the author of the Fixer-Upper Mysteries featuring small-town girl Shannon Hammer, a building contractor specializing in home restoration. The Fixer-Upper Mysteries are being brought to Hallmark Movies & Mysteries in a series starring Jewel and Colin Ferguson.
EILEEN STEVENS has performed at The Public Theater, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Theater for a New Audience. She lives in New York.
- Publisher : Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (February 26, 2019)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1978659253
- ISBN-13 : 978-1978659254
- Item Weight : 3.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.75 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,657,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in the United States on November 17, 2018
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Shannon Hammer tries her hand at reality T.V. and surprisingly makes for an enchanting home makeover host. Time to quit her side job as an amateur investigator in my opinion. While the Makeover Madness subplot was entertaining, the mystery featured in "A Wrench in the Works" is the weakest to-date in this series.
Shannon is so concerned about her sister Chloe (who stayed away from Lighthouse Cove for all these years because someone else stole film canisters and she felt bad--yes, this is the actual explanation she gives) that she forgets to have a brain throughout this entire book. I really like Shannon as a heroine in previous Fixer Upper books, so it was tough to read the endless passages of her hemming and hawing over the suspects. I thought author Kate Carlisle was setting readers up for an inventive, surprise villain at the end, but it is the most obvious suspect, which was a huge disappointment.
The only good thing to come out of this installment is Chloe's relationship with Eric Jensen. The hunky Chief has been ogled by the townsfolk for too long to honestly not have found a romantic interest by this point in the series. Their relationship is the only thing bringing a little steam to this book. Shannon and Mac's relationship continues to just exist. Shannon had more chemistry with a gorgeous T.V. carpenter named Deigo in two sentences than she and Mac have in the whole book. I like Mac, but everything he and Shannon do together just sounds too fake and cutesy. I picture them as a brother and sister duo, more than lovers.
I felt let down by this installment. Shannon is so focused on Chloe and the craft services table that she seems totally out of touch with the rest of the world. She doesn't even meet up with her friends until the second to last chapter of the book. And if you were hoping for some real sleuthing, you'll be disappointed. All of Shannon's investigating is done in her head with endless questions and thoughts. Author Kate Carlisle proves she's watched HGTV before and knows a bit about home renovation, but there were a few too many paragraphs about wood. It reads as an HGTV show script, rather than a mystery novel.
As much as I have loved Lighthouse Cove in the past, I'm not looking forward to returning. I will continue to read the series, to see what happens with Chloe and Eric, but I certainly won't be jumping at the bit to preorder the next book. There are plenty of other cozies in the world with clever plotlines that have shot to the top of my reading list over this series.
It isn’t until the entire crew arrives in town that Shannon meets the executive producer, Bree Bennett, wife of star Blake Bennett. Bree keeps the show running, making most of the important decisions and carrying them out. However, she has a nasty temper and is rude to most of her immediate staff as well as the stars and workers on the show. Bree routinely fires them, never meaning for the firing to stick, until she fires her husband Blake. The network has decided to start a new show without Blake and featuring Chloe and Sergio as soon as these segments are complete.
Chloe has recruited Shannon to be on the show while in town. They arrive at the Bloom house, a rundown but appealing, well-designed Victorian home, early on the first day of shooting. As they examine the house, they discover Bree’s dead body on the fireplace hearth. Shannon calls the police chief, Eric Jensen, who promptly arrives and cancels any shooting within the home. As Jensen processed the scene with his own crew, a search is made to find Blake Bennett. He is discovered drugged in his trailer where he slept the night before. Could he have killed Bree in his present state? How many other disgruntled employees could have done the deed?
The next day Shannon discovers another dead body on the porch of the mansion. The town’s rich kid, now an annoying adult, is actually the reason Chloe has stayed away so many years because of an incident in high school. Later, while filming some outdoor shots, Chloe falls from an extension ladder rigged to fail. Who would want Chloe dead?
This was a charming, very cozy mystery centering on Shannon and Chloe yet involving many other characters with distinct roles. The plot advanced smoothly with several twists to follow. The suspense ratchets up when Chloe becomes a target. There is speculation on which the villain is, townspeople or TV crew, as everyone discusses events, yet this is not excessive. The action keeps going without stalling on any one event or person.
A very delightful journey following our charismatic and compelling heroines in the sixth entry of the fixer-upper mystery series. I hope to visit with them again soon.
Great fun to read about the often mentioned but newly met sister Chloe. An interesting change of pace to see the two working together on a tv show reno instead of the more usual juggling act of Shannon’s construction company. Great mystery that has lots of twists and possible outcomes. My only teeny complaint is that we miss the usual crew and Shannon’s friends. Other than that small bit great read!
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Kurz nach ihrer Ankunft macht Shannon Chloe mit ihrem Freund Mac bekannt. Beim gemeinsamen Abendessen trifft Chloe plötzlich der Schlag, als ein ihr bekannter Mann das Restaurant betritt. Ihre Schwester will natürlich wissen, was los ist und nach einigem Drängen erzählt Chloe die ganze Geschichte. Richard Stoddard ist der Grund, warum sie sich so lange in ihrer Heimat nicht hat blicken lassen. Vor Jahren hat er sie erpresst und ihr gedroht ihre Familie zu ruinieren, sollte sie einen Diebstahl, den er begangen hat, an die Öffentlichkeit bringen. Jahrelang hat sie versucht das Unrecht, das Richard begangen hat, selbst wieder gerade in Ordnung zu bringen.
Am ersten Drehtag treffen Chloe und Shannon vor den meisten anderen Crewmitgliedern am Drehort ein und besichtigen schon einmal das Haus an dem sie gemeinsam arbeiten werden. Sie wollen sich einen Überblick verschaffen und die möglichen Projekte planen. Ihre Tour ist jedoch nur von kurzer Dauer, denn im Inneren des Hauses finden die zwei Frauen die Leiche der bei allen verhassten Produktionsleiterin Bree. Erst am Vortag hatte sich Chloe lautstark mit ihr gestritten, was ein Großteil der Crew mitbekommen hat. So gerät Chloe natürlich als erste ins Visier der Polizei und Shannon macht sich daran die Unschuld ihrer Schwester zu beweisen.
In A Wrench in the Works dauert es bis zur Hälfte des Buchs, bis der erste Mord geschieht. Das ist für einen Cozy Mystery eher ungewöhnlich, da so vergleichsweise wenig Zeit zur Aufklärung des Verbrechens bleibt. Bis zum Mord hat man die ganze Zeit über schon das Gefühl zu wissen, wer das erste Opfer sein wird und dass es dann viele Verdächtige geben wird. Das Buch erinnert ein wenig an einen Band aus Kate Carlisles anderer Cozy Mystery-Reihe Bibliophile Mysteries, The Book Stops Here, in dem die Hauptcharakterin ebenfalls Teil einer Fernsehsendung wird. Das Setting ist erneut sehr interessant und sorgt für Abwechslung. Mit Chloe wird ein neuer, unterhaltsamer Charakter eingeführt.