A Wrench in the Works by Kate Carlisle

A Wrench in the Works

Kate Carlisle

Shannon soon discovers the real reason why her sister was so eager to move away from Lighthouse Cove all those years ago. Can Shannon figure out if that ten-year-old secret is connected to a recent death of someone connected to her?

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Contractor Shannon Hammer has to dig through murder suspects in the latest Fixer-Upper Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Eaves of Destruction and Once Upon a Spine.

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Shannon Hammer's younger sister Chloe left Lighthouse Cove after high school to make it big in Hollywood. And she did it! For several years now, Chloe has been the co-host of a popular home repair show on the Do-It-Yourself Network. Now, after ten years, Chloe returns to Lighthouse Cove with her crew and co-host to film several shows featuring her sister Shannon, along with some special mini-segments on Victorian style and design.

But Shannon realizes quickly that things are not exactly blissful in TV land. Her sister's handsome co-host is being stalked by someone who turns out to be his estranged wife, Erica--who also happens to be the executive producer of the show. Erica's got a knack for stirring up sticky situations and when she's found dead, Chloe and the entire crew are under suspicion.

Shannon soon discovers the real reason why Chloe was so eager to move away from Lighthouse Cove all those years ago. Can Shannon figure out if that ten-year-old secret is connected to Erica's death? And can she track down the real killer before her beloved sister becomes the next victim?

Advance Galley Reviews

I was so excited to be able to read an advance copy of this book because I love the series and thuus book didn't disappoint! Great mystery, lots of suspects, and it was really nice to see the closeness between Shannon and Chloe. I hope to see Chloe in future books! Very entertaining! I highly recommend!

I have seen the Fixer-Upper movies on Hallmark but I have not read any of the books. This was a welcome surprise. If you are a fan of Murder, She Wrote or other cheesy murder mystery type shows/books, this book is a welcome surprise. There are likeable characters and the book had me guessing and trying to solve the crime the entire time. Excellent read! I read this book as a part of the Penguin First to Read Program in exchange for my honest review.

I read this book as part of the Penguin First to Read Program (Advance Copy). I have never read any of the books in this series, and I do not normally read books of this sort or watch the corresponding Hallmark Originals, either. This was a light, fluffy read. It was cutesy, a little on the predictable side, but painted a cozy small town picture that some people would probably love. As someone that does not normally read this sort of book, I couldn't help feeling like rolling my eyes at some of the details in the story. Lighthouse Cove? How quaint. A family that works in construction, last name Hammer? Eye roll. Strangely detailed descriptions of food and wait service at restaurants? Okay... I just couldn't really get into the story. It's not the author's fault. The book was well-written enough, and the characters were appropriate for the story. It's just not my cup of tea. I would totally recommend this to my mom or mother-in-law, both of whom love Hallmark shows/movies and cutesy mysteries and romances. I think they would love it. If you like this genre, you will probably enjoy this as well.

In Kate Carlisle's 6th book in the Fixer-Upper Mysteries, A Wrench In the Works, Shannon's little sister, Chloe, comes home to film an episode of her home makeover show. Filming for the episode nearly gets sidelined by a murder, or two. It was nice to see a sisterly relationship and interaction that wasn't competitive but loving and supportive. This is the first book in this series that I have read, but I don't really feel that it disrupted the story for me. The idea of sisters that are successful in a traditional male profession was intriguing and well written. I would recommend this book for those that enjoy reading cozy mysteries, but also for those that are looking for characters that are a little outside the box.

This was my first Fixer-upper mystery. I enjoyed it. The story was fast moving and it had likeable characters. I would recommend this book.

A Wrench in the Works, Kate Carlisle's 6th Fixer-Upper Mystery, brings Shannon Hammer's little sister, Chloe, and her home makeover reality show to Lighthouse Cove. After the show's producer is found brutally murdered on the first day of filming, Shannon has her hands full trying to protect her sister and also discover the killer. Another murder quickly follows the first, adding to the suspense and widening the suspect pool! As sparks were flying between Chloe and a resident of Lighthouse Cove, hopefully we'll see more of her in the future as the family dynamic between the sisters is a nice touch. The mystery was very well told, and the denouement perfectly tied everything together. A+++

Cute, breezy mystery. Likeable characters. First time reading Kate Carlisle but it won’t be the last. Only complaint was the ending was a little abrupt. Will definitely seek out her books. Nice quick read.

This was my first Fixer-Upper mystery, but definitely not my last. Loved getting to know the characters. Enjoyed learning about Victorian architecture and what goes into restoring those lovely Painted Ladies. Plot was a bit predictable, however, I enjoyed meeting Shannon, Mac and the rest of the Lighthouse Cove crew. A good read!

I am a hugh fan of Kate Carlisle and have read all of her Fixer-Upper mysteries as well as her Bibliophile mysteries. Her characters are unique, engaging, and funny and her mysteries, which always include a touch of romance, are intriguing. I have loved all her books and this one was no exception. Shannon's younger sister Chloe returns to her hometown, and once again Shannon discovers a body and must track down the killer before her sister becomes the next victim. Secrets are revealed and romance is in the air. I can't wait for the next one in this series as well as her Bibliophile series.

A Wrench in the Works is the 6th book in the Fixer-Upper Mystery Series. Shannon Hammer's younger sister, Chloe, returns to town to film a series of home repair shows. The return is spoiled by murders at a Victorian mansion. A fun cozy mystery with like-able, characters. The plot was solid, albeit predictable. It was not hard to guess who the murderer was, which was dissapointing. Thank you for the opportunity to read an advanced copy.

I enjoy this series. They are light reads but I like the characters and enjoy the details about the Victorian houses and the renovations. It makes this series different from the other cozy series that I read. It was also nice having Shannon’s sister involved.

Victorian homes, wine country, reality shows, underlying unrest. Add to this a couple of corpses and a long list of suspects and you have an enjoyable "cozy" mystery in store for you. This is the story of two sisters, one hard-working local girl done good and another, a TV celebrity who has a brilliant career ahead of her, IF she isn't found guilty of murder. The reader follows the crime-solving sister trying hard to clear her sibling of all charges while learning much about Victorian architecture. An enjoyable experience.

A Wrench in the Works Kate Carlisle This was a cozy book, easy to read and enjoyable. It was predictable, but well written

Having read this series in the past I was excited to get an advanced copy of the latest installment! Shannon Hammer is a building contractor who focuses on restoring and renovating Victorian homes in her small town of Lighthouse Cove. She also seems to have a nack for happening upon murder victims. In this book we get to meet her sister Chloe who co-hosts a television show about home renovation. Of course, someone gets murdered but Shannon is there to help out, along with her boyfriend Mac. This is a great cozy mystery to add to the collection. The movie series adapted from these books on the Hallmark Mystery channel is also great! I can't help but picture Jewel in the character of Shannon now!

I have read some of the other books in this series but really I prefer the Bibliophile series to this one. This is a light cozy mystery series and it is entertaining but just not my favorite. Also, it is somewhat annoying when the author has the characters go on and on about the number of murders in their little town. Let the readers suspend disbelief and just get on with the story.

This is the 6th book in the Fixer-Upper Mystery Series. Shannon Hammer's younger sister, Chloe, returns to Lighthouse Cove to film a series of home repair shows. Unfortunately the homecoming is spoiled by murders at the Victorian mansion that is being renovated. A "nice" mystery with likable characters and some home maintenance tips. Thanks to First to Read- Penguin Books USA for the free copy of this book.

I received a free copy of this book from Penguin First To Read I have not read this series previously, but love the author's other series. This was a fun cozy setting with a house makeover theme. Our heroine has found about 8 bodies so far and has an understanding group of friends and somewhat easy relationship with the local police so far. In this entry her sister is in town as the host of a cable makeover show and she will be working with her on a remodel and hosting. They dont see each other much as the younger sister left their small town with rare visits home. In this entry we find out exactly why. Of course because it is a cozy series bodies start dropping. I did not feel lost with keeping characters straight and enjoyed the pacing. The killer was okay but fairly obvious. Enjoyed and will be circling back to the previous entries.

This is a fun series. It does follow a formula so I can't read them without putting a few books in between. Because the formula is followed in this book it follows the same path as the others. That does not detract from my enjoyment of the story. These books are light, humorous, fun cozies. I enjoy reading them. This book was no exception.

An easy, delightful read. The Hammer sisters grew up learning the building contractor trade. Shannon owns her own business. Chloe is the star of a home remodeling show. Shannon has a knack for finding dead bodies. And now so does Chloe. It was easy to follow the plot and characters. I recommend the book.

This was a good read. Alot like Kate Carlisle’s Bibliophile series. The only difference is the setting and the characters. While I enjoy the books, you pretty much know the outline the story follows if you’ve read the other books in the series. They get kind of boring when you read them one after the other. It is much better if you read other books in between. I still enjoy reading the stories though. I will eventually go back and read the other books in the series.

Thank you to Penguin and ARC for this galley. I did not know it was part of a series, but it is easy to get into the book and know who is who which the author seamlessly and succinctly works into the story. So Shannon Hammer is a home improvement diva who just keeps finding dead bodies. Of course she must be involved in justice. Kate Carlisle writers a quirky, fun and slightly unbelievable story. I could live with the nonsense because it is a quick read and entertaining. Having read one Shannon Hammer book I am not sure I would continue the series unless I want something t very light.

This is the first book I’ve read in this series and I’ll be sure to go back and read the rest. I loved this book!! It was a quick and perfect light read. Loved all the characters...would love to live in this small town and be friends with Shannon and Chloe!!

It's a great story by a wonderful storyteller. This time around, we get to meet Shannon's sister, Chloe. A character I've been curious about since the first Fixer-Upper Mystery. If you're a fan of Kate Carlisle, this is a must-read.

A Wrench in the Works by Kate Carlisle. 4.5 stars It is time to have another visit with Shannon Hammer & friends. This time we will get to know the mystery little sister that has been mentioned but never seen. Chloe Hammer is the co-host of a popular home renovation reality show. She is coming home to film a series on Victorian restoration. The tv show will be using Shannon's business to do some of the work and aS a bonus, Shannon will be filming with her sister. But this is a mystery a the first dead body is related to the show. Then there are attempts on Chloe's life. How will Shannon fix this? Stay Tuned. I read this book in one sitting and raced to the end. I am looking forward to the next Fixer-Upper mystery. Thank you Penguin and Berkeley for this ARC


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