Fatal Flip: A Home Renovator Mystery by M. E. Bakos
About the Book
Cozy Mystery 1st in Series Cozy Cat Press
(October 27, 2017)
Paperback: 220 pages
ISBN-10: 194606341X ISBN-13: 978-1946063410
Digital ASIN: B077WRRMH6
Flipping houses can be fatal! When Katelyn finds a dead body in her first home renovation project, she seriously doubts her decision to “follow her bliss.” After getting fired from her steady job, her plan to flip houses takes a hit when she becomes a suspect. After all, possession is nine points of the law, isn’t it? Especially, when it’s a dead body.To keep herself in pizza, peanut butter, good coffee, and her stray cat, Boots, in kitty chow she takes survival jobs as a wine sample hostess and market researcher. Meanwhile, Sheriff Don is kind of hunky, and her ex-husband, Eddy (it’s complicated) is back in her life sleeping on her sofa. How’s a girl supposed to solve dead body mysteries, make a living, and find love?
For a first novel, this is a complicated story to pull off, with many loose ends to tangle together.
Poor Kate can not catch a break. Her car is on its last legs, when she decides not to give in to her bosses demands she becomes unemployed, and while this gives her time to follow her dreams and rehab houses, it doesn't equate that she has the money to do it. She is very good at her work, but has to sell one house before buying the next, AND it would be nice to have income to cover the usual expenses of living day to day.
A complication arises on the very first page when a body is found in Kate's rehab house. Even worse, there seem to be ties back to her former employer. This helps the local sheriff move Kate to the top of his suspect list.
This has the qualities one looks for in a cozy mystery, characters with distinct personalities, a small town or close community, a best friend who has the protagonist's back no matter what, and some gentle romance or personal interest. I wasn't immediately drawn to Kate and her friends, but the more I read, the more I wanted to understand how all the different angles would come together. The ending is quite dramatic and fast paced. This mystery gets solved and loose ends tied, yet we know there will be more adventures for Kate to come.
About the Author
M.E. Bakos has published several short stories in national women’s magazines. Her love of mysteries has led to writing cozies. Her first mystery short story, “Carpe Diem or Murder at the Carp Fest” appeared in the Festival of Crime, a SINC Anthology. Her second, “Perfect Storm . . . Perfect Murder” will be in Dark Side of the Loon, May 2018 also a SINC Anthology.
Her first cozy, FATAL FLIP, A Home Renovator Mystery has several home improvement tips for the reader.
Mary is a member of Twin Cities Sisters in Crime, the SINC Guppies Group, and an alumna of the University of Minnesota. She is a lifelong resident of Minnesota and resides in Minneapolis with her husband, Joe Sebesta, and their spoiled Morkie.
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