Book Review: This Old Homicide by Kate Carlisle

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This Old Homicide (A Fixer-Upper Mystery, #2)This Old Homicide by Kate Carlisle

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This Old Homicide is the second book in Kate Carlisle’s ‘A Fixer-Upper Mystery’ series about a young female contractor named Shannon who took over her father’s construction business in California. Shannon finds her elderly neighbor, Jesse, dead when she checks on him in his house. At first, it seems like natural causes, but as the cops investigate the holes in the walls and clutter all about the place, they know someone burglarized the joint. Could Jesse have found an expensive piece of jewelry during a recent underwater dive? There had been a Spanish shipwreck in the area many years ago!

This series is built on the friendship of five woman who supporting one another through babysitting, construction, store operations, heartache, and a whole lot more. Although we focus on Shannon, it’s a wonderful group of people to get to know throughout this series. This is one of Carlisle’s strengths in terms of building characters. Each feels unique, as do the remainder of the supporting cast from Shannon’s ex-boyfriend to her petty high school friends who still like to torture her. She will waffle between the mysterious writer and the handsome cop, find plenty of new murders in each of the houses she repairs, and develop ties to a seaside town in need of tourists. All the makings of a fine series… and of the two I’ve read, I preferred the first one, but this had a strong mystery.

I look forward to picking up the third book next month once I can get through the ~10 blog tours I signed up for this quarter. That’s the goal… to get current on this series before the end of the year. Anyone else reading them? Then, I can watch the TV show based off of these books. That sounds like fun to me!

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22 thoughts on “Book Review: This Old Homicide by Kate Carlisle

    kathyscottage said:
    February 14, 2019 at 8:50 AM

    Nice review! Happy Valentine’s Day!

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    bettylouise31 said:
    February 14, 2019 at 10:30 AM

    I Kate Carlise is one I like to read. Bibliography series is one of favorite series. I see that I have several of her Fixer upper series. I have not read this one.

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    robertawrites235681907 said:
    February 14, 2019 at 1:04 PM

    I have not read this series, Jay. I don’t often read a series of books. It sounds good.

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    lghiggins said:
    February 14, 2019 at 5:44 PM

    This sounds like a promising series—especially the character development.

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    lghiggins said:
    February 15, 2019 at 9:25 AM

    😆 I probably did! 😉 It’s a phrase that is perfect for certain situations–like a response to your Academic Curveball!

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    The Cozy Pages said:
    February 15, 2019 at 8:20 PM

    10 blog tours? Go you! Lol.
    I have one of the Bibliophile Mystery books from this same author on my bookshelf. Hope to read it soon!

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    Aislynn d'Merricksson said:
    February 18, 2019 at 6:12 AM

    Reblogged this on The Biblioanthropologist.

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    carhicks said:
    February 22, 2019 at 7:35 PM

    I have heard good things about Kate Carlisle as an author, but have not read any of them. I will put them on my list of good authors to read when I get the time. 😁😆 Your review certainly makes me want to move them up on that list.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      February 23, 2019 at 7:10 AM

      The home repair aspects are really fun, and you will immediately like / connect with the cast. From there, it’s just about how good the stories are.


        carhicks said:
        February 23, 2019 at 6:17 PM

        I always enjoy a book much more when I can connect with the characters, so that is half the battle.

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