Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Shot through the Hearth by Kate Carlisle

Shot Through the Hearth (A Fixer-Upper Mystery, #7)
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Shot Through the Hearth by Kate Carlisle has Shannon Hammer and her crew working on renovating Rafe Nash’s new Victorian farmhouse.  Rafe is a tech billionaire who has “retired” and relocated to Lighthouse Cove.  Rafe is unable to remain idle for long and creates the Marigold Foundation to fund eco-friendly projects.  He will be holding the first ever Future Global Survival Con in eight months on his new five hundred acre property.  Rafe has an extensive list of work for Hammer Construction that he needs done before the conference begins.  Eight months later the conference opens with a cocktail party at Rafe’s newly completed home.  Dillon Charles, Rafe’s old business partner, is the complete opposite of the congenial Rafe (in other words, a real slime ball) and he manages to offend several people.  The next morning, the barn raising has just begun when Shannon hears a woman screaming.  She runs over to find Dillon Charles dead.  Rafe rises to the top of the suspect list which has his fianc√©, Marigold distraught and, as Shannon’s friend is aware of her sleuthing reputation, Marigold asks Shannon to investigate.  Shannon has her work cut out for her considering the number of people that Dillon had managed to antagonize.  She needs to unearth the killer before the conference ends and all the suspects depart for home.   
Lancaster, PA. The Amish at a barn raising
Barn Raising
Shot Through the Hearth by Kate Carlisle is the seventh A Fixer-Upper Mystery. It can be read by those familiar with the series as well as newcomers.  I found Shot Through the Hearth to be a delightful cozy mystery.  Shannon Hammer is excited by the challenge of Rafe’s project.  He not only wants his Victorian farmhouse renovated, Rafe wishes a unique tower (the Ecosphere) to be constructed and for them to hold a barn raising.  It will be Shannon and her crews first barn.  Rafe also wants them to use green materials as well as unique eco-friendly gadgets.  The one downside is they only have eight months to complete Rafe’s list since he plans on holding the first Future Global Survival Con.  The conference begins and we are introduced to a quirky cast of characters.  There is Marcus Reedy with his special vine, Stephanie to Midge Andresen with her sandcastle worms.  Sketch Horn, an author, is also in attendance and Mac is not thrilled (wait until you meet him).  When Rafe’s old business partner, Dillon Charles is murdered, there are a host of suspects who could have killed the unpleasant man.  There are good clues and some unexpected revelations.  As the conference continues, there are a series of unfortunate events including another death.  Shannon with help from her boyfriend, Mac work to uncover the culprit.  I love the banter between Mac and Shannon.  They are a couple who are truly meant for each other.  I appreciate that Shannon and Mac share information with Eric Jensen, the chief of police.  The female readers will relish the character Niall Rose with his Scottish brogue and the descriptions of him wearing his kilt.   I laughed often while reading Shot Through the Hearth.  It is a humorous story that I was sorry to see end.  I especially enjoyed Shannon’s reaction to the smart mice (it was hilarious).  Shot Through the Hearth is told in the first person which I normally dislike, but it works for this series.  We get to see things from Shannon’s perspective which can be highly entertaining at times (like with the smart mice).  There is one scene at the end that had me in stitches.  I cannot wait to read the next installment in A Fixer-Upper Mystery series.   Shot Through the Hearth is a captivating cozy mystery with a barn building, flirtatious fauna, puzzling patents, malicious mushrooms, wacky worms and a dazzling detective duo.
Comprising two enormous plastic bubbles connected by ring-like hallway, the structure is completely devoid of interior supports. The effect is at once futuristic, playful, and marvelous.
Inflatable music venue (used something
similar for conference center in book)
Shot Through the Hearth is available through Amazon* (Amazon UK).  You can find a list of the other novels in A Fixer-Upper Mystery here.  Thank you for stopping by today.  I am curious as to how many of you listen to audiobooks?  I listen to audiobooks while I am driving because it helps me to concentrate (otherwise my mind tends to wander which is bad while driving).  I like checking out Audible to find a new book each month.  They even have audible escape (romances only).  How about you?  I am featuring A Very Mummy Holiday by Lynn Cahoon tomorrow.  It is A Tourist Trap Novella.  May you have a blissful day.  Take care and Happy Reading!

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