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This Old Homicide: 05/16/22

This Old Homicide

This Old Homicide by Kate Carlisle is the second book in the Fixer-Upper mystery series. Shannon Hammer finds her elderly neighbor dead in his home after it has obviously been ransacked. Rumor has it he had found treasure off the coast and now Shannon believes that's why he was killed.

When the treasure is found but not made public, someone continues to break into Jesse Hennessey's house. Shannon wants to protect his treasure, his house, and his daughter, while still managing to restore the homes she's been contracted to work on.

Like in her Bibliophile mystery series, Kate Carlisle takes liberties with the North Bay geography. As someone who lives close enough to know the area, I find these changes to be an unwanted distraction at times. The almost familiar, thus uncanny, landscape, makes this series read like a Murder She Wrote episode, where Fort Bragg was used as a stand-in for Cabot Cove, Maine.

Thinking, though, like Jessica Fletcher, is what it takes to solve this mystery. There's a wide cast of characters. The central question is who knew Jesse found the treasure and who has access to his home by unconventional means?

The third book is Crowned and Moldering (2015).

Four stars

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