Saturday, November 5, 2016

Deck the Hallways

Welcome everyone!  I hope all of you have been enjoying your Saturday. We are having a "cold front" in our area.  It is nice overnight when it dips into the 60s.  During the day it was in the low 80s with a nice breeze. The perfect opportunity to get some work done outside.  

Deck the Hallways by Kate Carlisle is the fourth book in A Fixer-Upper Mystery series.  Shannon Hammer is supervising the Forester House project for Holiday Homebuilders.  They are dividing the mansion into apartments for people in need. The house was donated by Lighthouse Cove Bank and Trust.  Many people are donating their time and services for this special project.  Unfortunately, they have a scrooge in their midst.  Peter Potter, representing the bank, insists on visiting the site every single day.  Mr. Potter is definitely on Santa’s naughty list for the way he manages to antagonize every single person he encounters.  Early one morning Shannon is unable to sleep and heads over to the job site.  Shannon wants to check the progress the butler’s pantry that is being turned into a kitchen.  The door will not budge.  She pushes on it and finds Mr. Potter on the other side with her father’s new axe in his neck.  Jack, Shannon’s father, had a very loud, public argument with Potter the day before.  Someone is trying to frame Jack.  Shannon sets out to find the Grinch that is trying to ruin her Christmas.  Shannon’s stocking is overflowing with trouble.  A troublesome volunteer, a plethora of Santa’s, missing tools, a parade to organize, stolen diamond charm, the return of her beau, and a baby!  Someone left a baby in Shannon’s truck.  Shannon needs to find the baby’s mother and a killer (and someone to take care of said baby).  Will she be able to wrap up her to do list by Christmas Eve?  Join Shannon and friends for some holiday hijinks in Deck the Hallways!

Deck the Hallways was an entertaining novel.  It has engaging characters, good writing and a beautiful setting of Lighthouse Cove, California. There is certainly a lot going on in this book, but the author makes it work.   I give Deck the Hallways 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it).  I just wish that more work had been put into the mystery.  It was obvious who would be killed (I think Peter Potter is nastier than Scrooge).  The killer’s identity was as obvious as a wrapped golf club sitting under the tree.  Deck the Hallways can be read alone.  Everything the reader needs to know (about the main characters and town) is provided in the book.  I look forward to visiting Shannon again in Lighthouse Cove in the next A Fixer-Upper Mystery novel.  The other books in A Fixer-Upper Mystery series are A High-End Finish, This Old Homicide, and Crowned and Moldering.  You can follow Kate Carlisle on Facebook and Amazon.

Thank you for stopping by and checking out my review.  I hope you enjoyed it (it was fun to write).  I going to go finish Deadly Dog Days by Jamie M. Blair and eat dinner. I will also be enjoying the new new Hallmark Christmas movie on tonight starring Jamie King (from Hart of Dixie).  May all of you have a fabulous night!  Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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