Death at a Fixer Upper
by Sarah T. Hobart

Death at a Fixer-Upper: A Home Sweet Home Mystery
Publisher: Alibi (May 17, 2016)

In Sarah T. Hobart’s wickedly funny and fast-paced Home Sweet Home mystery series, small-town real estate agent Sam Turner discovers it’s bad for business when her clients keep dropping dead.

Newly armed with her real estate license, Sam Turner loves Arlinda, her quirky seaside hometown in Northern California. But life by the beach isn’t exactly a breeze: She and her teenage son, Max, are being evicted from their apartment, her long absent ex-husband unexpectedly resurfaces, and her possibly romantic relationship with sexy Chief of Police Bernie Aguilar is, well . . . complicated. 
All Sam wants is a quick and easy sale. What she gets instead is a killer headache—or three.
Sam’s trying to drum up interest in 13 Aster Lane, a rambling Victorian fixer-upper that’s more than a little neglected—and possibly haunted—so when a trio of offers arrive out of the blue, she can’t help thinking it’s too good to be true. 
But after a new client drops dead on the property, she fears she’s lost more than a commission.
Before Sam’s out of house and home, she must unmask a killer targeting her clients, or the only property she’ll be moving will be plots—at the local cemetery.

Death at a Fixer-Upper is a sassy and sarcastic page turner that keeps you guessing until the end; full of fun and truly entangled complications tying past crimes and mysterious deaths to present situations. 

I felt a strong sense of naivety about protagonist Sam Turner. Novice real estate agent with a huge heart and even larger curiosity, Sam is slow to believe anything bad about people and puts others' needs before her own. Sam is on the cusp of good things finally happening yet nothing is solid or guaranteed.

Sandwiched between the immediate and unusual offers on 13 Astor Lane, "the house with bad karma," is the story of a local  strange and wonderful 3 day race  gaining in notoriety and popularity. This adds to the books layers of complications and provides an avenue for humor.

Both Sam's vintage VW bus and  the property of 13 Astor Lane  become as much characters as the unfortunate deceased. I enjoyed the diversity of characters and obstacles. At the books end I did feel there were unresolved issues which hopefully will be picked up in future books.

About The Author –
Sarah Hobart is a real estate agent and former newspaper reporter in Northern California,
where she lives with her husband and two children in a majestic fixer-upper
overlooking State Highway 101.
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