I received this book for free from Obsidian in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Crowned and Moldering (A Fixer-Upper Mystery, #3) by Kate Carlisle
Series: Fixer-Upper Mystery #3
Published by Obsidian on November 3rd 2015
Number of Pages: 336
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Purchase: At Amazon
When Mac Sullivan -- famous thriller writer and Shannon's new beau -- first moved to Lighthouse Cove, California, he bought the historic lighthouse mansion that is the town's namesake. Of course, Mac needs help returning the run-down place to it's former glory, and Shannon is more than happy to get her handywoman hands busy. But the renovation grinds to a halt after the remains of a missing young woman are found.
Fifteen years ago, locals assumed Lily Brogan had simply run away. Now Shannon knows she must pry the right secrets and clues from Lily's problematic past and bring the guilty to justice, before an old murder sparks a new killing...
I really liked Shannon as a character, and getting to learn about renovation and construction. The secrets the house held were also fun to read about. Shannon was my favorite kind of character. She had faults and strengths, was usually level-headed, but also curious and with a quick burning temper. She felt like a real person, not a caricature.
I wasn’t as attached to her possible-boyfriend Mac. He wasn’t a bad character, he just didn’t have a lot of depth. It’s possible since this is book 3, that he was described better in previous books. Maybe his personality was shown more in them as well. But mostly in this one we were constantly told and shown about how handsome he is. Or reminded that he is a thriller writer. There were a few cute moments between Mac and Shannon, but they just didn’t click for me as a couple.
Eric, the police chief on the other hand actually had some fun moments of witty banter with Shannon. And she was interested in him as well. But honestly, neither one of the possible romances clicked with me enough to root for them. The focus was more on the mystery, which is perfect and I loved that about the book! But if you’re going to dangle romance, especially if there’s a love triangle possibility, the male love interests need to be more fleshed out.
The mystery itself was exciting. An unexplained death from 15 years before, hidden in a house no one has lived in since long before that. Add in hidden rooms, a few more minor subplots, and some really interesting secondary characters and you have an almost perfect cozy mystery.