I received this book for free from Berkley Prime Crime in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Deck the Hallways (Fixer-Upper Mystery #4) by Kate Carlisle
Series: Fixer-Upper Mystery #4
Published by Berkley on November 1st 2016
Number of Pages: 293
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Source: Berkley Prime Crime
Purchase: At Amazon
Someone's been slayed! If contractor Shannon Hammer can't nail the real culprit in the St. Nick of time, her dad will wind up in the clink...
Even at Christmastime, Shannon is more spackle than sparkle, which is why she leaps at the chance to transform a grand old Victorian mansion into ten charming apartments for homeless families. Filled with the spirit of the season, all of Lighthouse Cove turns out to help—including her best friends, a troupe of far-from-angelic Santa Claus impersonators, and her father, Jack.
But their merriment is soon dashed by a heated scuffle between Jack and the miserly president of the bank who’s backing the project. When the man is murdered, all eyes are on Jack, and visions of prison time dance in Shannon's head. Now, she needs to pull off a crime-solving miracle, before her father’s Christmas goose is cooked…
I knew who the baby was going to end up with, as well as who’s baby she was. It wasn’t anything necessarily super obvious about the mother, it was more of an “I bet the mom is x-character…” And it was really funny how all the baby things kept popping up in strange places.
There were a lot of different people who could have been the murderer. Usually when there are so many suspects, it feels either overwhelming or a bit annoying. But Mr. Potter was such a jerk it actually felt super realistic to have that many people hate him. I didn’t guess at all who the killer was, I had a few other people in my possibilities, but it worked well.
I love how well done the personalities are in this series. The characters are always fleshed out enough to feel real, without being too descriptive or boring.
Like the last book, I still don’t care for Mac as a boyfriend for Shannon. He was gone for most of the book, which helped make me like the book better since he wasn’t around to irk me. And the reason he was gone turned out to be fairly stupid in a way. Mostly because it would have been easy to fix if he had bothered to check into it.
Other than Mac, there wasn’t a single thing that I didn’t like about the book. If you like cozy mysteries with well-written characters that are easy to remember, and quirky side mysteries, you need to try this series.