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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Lights! Camera! Homicide! 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.

Don't miss the Hallmark Movies & Mystery Originals starring Jewel, based on the Fixer-Upper Mystery series!

Shannon Hammer’s younger sister, Chloe, left Lighthouse Cove after high school to make it big in Hollywood. And she did it! Chloe is the cohost of a popular home repair show on the Home Builders Network. Now, after ten years, she has returned to their quaint coastal hometown to film several shows featuring her sister, Shannon, along with some special mini-segments on Victorian style and design.

But Shannon quickly realizes that things are not exactly blissful in TV land. Bree, the executive producer of the show, has a knack for stirring up sticky situations, and when she’s found dead, Chloe and the entire crew are under suspicion. Shannon, her thriller writer boyfriend, Mac, and their crime-solving friends soon unearth the real reason Chloe left home. Is that ten-year-old secret connected to Bree’s death? And can Shannon track down the real killer before her beloved sister becomes the next victim?

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An excellent whodunnit. Loved all the characters and the mystery.

Penguin First to read ARC. Rating: 3 of 5 stars. Her sister is back in town to shoot a top-rated home renovation t.v. show. Shannon is going to appear on the episode with her sister. But things go astray before too long. She and her sister find a dead body. Is her curse, finding dead bodies turning out to be a family curse? As the bodies start piling up, will the local police chief discover the murderer before either of the sisters end up dead? This is not a normal cozy mystery where the bodies die tastefully offstage.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading “A Wrench in the Works” by Kate Carlisle. It is a fun cozy mystery about home remodeling sisters Shannon and Chloe Hammer (and don’t you love their last name?) Cloe left home right after high school and is now the star of a remodeling show on TV. The show has chosen to return to her hometown of Lighthouse Cove, to select a Victorian home to remodel, allowing Chloe to work side-by-side with her sister Shannon. Add a murder, intrigue, love, and some quirky characters and you have a really fun read. I’ll definitely check out the other books in the Fixer-Upper book series. Thank you, First to Read, for the free galley in exchange for my honest review.

I would recommend this book for people who like fixer upper project shows. As for me I felt it was a tedious read. I didn't realize it was part of a series so it was hard to keep me interested.The main story concerns two sisters who I did not find interesting. I thought it would be promising based on the summary and I like to challenge myself with different genres. I did not finish the book. I would say it was good but not great.

Shannon Hammer's younger sister Chloe left Lighthouse Cove after high school to make it big in Hollywood. Now, Chloe is the co-host of a popular home repair show. She and her crew are returning to film in Lighthouse Cove, and Shannon will be taking part in the filming as they rehab a Victorian house in the city. But things are tense with the crew. Chloe’s co-host is at odds with the show’s executive producer, who happens to be his estranged wife, Erica. When Erica is found dead on the first morning of filming it makes for a very sticky situation. 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? I have a love/hate relationship with this series, and for A Wrench in the Works the needle is definitely turned to love. This is one of those books where you feel as if you are going down one path, and then the story takes a curve and you’re scratching your head. The scenes were they were filming the show, and talking about houses and how they are built and rescued, were great to read. Shannon has grown on me. At first, for reasons I never really figured out, I didn’t care for her. But with each book I find I like her, and this one reinforced that fact. I love her relationship with Mac, and hope at some point to see them get married. I also love watching her face down her high school nemesis. To me that sort of thing adds color to the story. I also through the addition of Chloe was entertaining. She is a strong character, and I hope to see more of her in future books. All in all, this series has built itself into one of my favorites. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next in Lighthouse Cove. I read a digital ARC of this book through Penguin’s First To Read program.

Thank you First To Read for giving me the opportunity to read an advanced copy of A Wrench in the Works by Kate Carlisle. Not realizing this was part of a series until I started reading it I was worried that I wouldn't be able to understand who all the characters were and what was going on in their lives. This was true to a certain extent but found that it was an easy book to read without the previous ones in the series. Shannon and Chloe are sisters who haven't seen each other in years. Chloe moved away to work on a TV show and she hasn't return until now when she is returning home to work with her sister on the series that is being taped in Lighthouse Cove. They are set to remodel an old Victorian house when a string of murders and also attempted murders take place, leaving the sisters to try and solve the murders on their own. I really did enjoy this book and hope to read more in the series.

I received a free advanced copy of this book from First to Read in exchange for an honest review. This is my first experience with the Fixer-Upper Mystery series since I haven't read another book in the series or seen the tv show. I felt like I missed the character development of the previous stories. The plot was slow and the ending was very abrupt.

A cozy mystery! A quick read and keeps you reading to the end. I appreciated the opportunity to review this one.

It's the type of book which feels different when you read it, and along the line you ponder, where is this going? It's all resolved towards the very end, but for a seasoned and avid reader you may not get that far. This story will be enjoyed by those who love the home channel and the crime channel and are looking for something in between.

Take a ‘cozy mystery’ and give it a shot of adrenalin to amp it up a few notches and you have Kate Carlisle’s new book ‘A Wrench In the Works’. Carlisle’s books keep getting better and better. I love her characters as well as the houses she renovates. In her newest book, Construction Contractor Shannon Hammer and her sister, Chloe, team up to renovate an old home for a tv show. Aside from their shared interest in renovation old homes, they find themselves sharing another trait…they both seems to draw murderers to themselves.

I had not read others from this series, so the character development was not there. Maybe it was in previous books. I still enjoyed the book and was kept guessing on who the murderer was. Quick and easy read. Did start out slow, but I was able to get into the story and enjoyed it!

This is the first Fixer-Upper mystery I have read, although I have enjoyed the adaptation of these books on the Hallmark Channel. I actually think that the screen versions work better than (at least) this book, which moved extremely slowly with little to no plot or character development, and was then hastily resolved in the last twenty-five pages. The murder(s) were also fairly easy to solve given the extremely limited information provided. Unless fixing up Victorian houses is your thing, I would give this book a pass.

I really tried to read this but I just couldn't get into. It wouldn't hold my attention for more than a few pages and every time I went to pick back up, I'd have to start all over. It just wasn't a match.

Sisters Shannon and Chloe Hammer are glad to be back together after Chloe left their hometown of Lighthouse Cove for Hollywood. Both of their lives are quite on track. They are both involved in home improvement and Chloe has a job on a home makeover show. Shannon is delighted that Chloe’s show is going to be doing a renovation of a house in Lighthouse Cove. The sisters are very much looking forward to working together. Plans go horribly awry for more than one reason. Before things even get off the ground, Chloe has something very important that she is reluctant to share with Shannon. Shannon and Chloe are excited to begin the project. The crew visits the house where the renovation is to take place. To their surprise and horror, Chloe discovers a dead body. The entire crew is under suspicion, including Chloe. Shannon makes it her aim to clear her sister’s name. After all, it has been a very busy year for Shannon as this is not the first dead body she’s come across. While identifying the murder is of top priority, Shannon realizes that Chloe is more than just a suspect, she may actually be in danger. This was a quick read and it was rather fun watching Shannon work hard at being an amateur detective. Although a horrible argument between Chloe and the murdered person was heard by herself and several others, Shannon is positive about her sister’s innocence. A Wrench in the Works is a delightful cozy mystery and the characters are fairly well rounded. Of course, Shannon is primary, as this story was delivered from her first-person perspective. There are a few twists and turns along the way. There were a couple of scenarios that didn’t appeal to me, but I still found this to be a quick and enjoyable read. When I requested this book, I was not aware that it is the sixth book in the Fixer Upper Mystery series. Despite not having read the previous stories, A Wrench in the Works did quite well as a standalone. I would love to not only read the previous titles in the series, but to check out Kate Carlisle’s backlist. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and think that she is an excellent author. Many thanks to Berkley Books and First to Read for this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.

Shannon Hammer's sister Chloe is back in town, and they're getting to work together. The sisters both work in home improvement. Shannon's specialty is Victorian houses and Chloe works on a home makeover show. Chloe's show is scheduled to renovate a house in her hometown of Lighthouse Cove, and Shannon is excited to help her sister work on a local Victorian house. Shannon is proud of her sister for doing so well with her show, but soon realizes not all is great in the entertainment business. For one thing, the executive producer is a bit of a nightmare to work with. When the executive producer of the show is found dead, the crew, including Chloe, are all under suspicion. While in town, Chloe also reveals part of the reason she left town right after high school, and why she rarely visits. A wonderful light read. The characters are entertaining, though sometimes a little immature. Shannon and Chloe are both likable. It is refreshing to read a story where the sisters get along and there is not a lot of family drama. The mystery is well plotted. Good for fans of cozies. I have some of Kate Carlisle's books on my TBR, and I plan to read some of the earlier books in this series. This is the sixth book in the Fixer-Upper mystery series by Kate Carlisle. I haven't read the previous books in the series, but this one was easily read as a standalone. I don't think Chloe was in the previous books, so she was introduced in this one. A fun cozy mystery that combines home improvement and a television show. Delightful and charming. I received a free eARC of this book from Penguin's First to Read in exchange for an honest review.

While this was my first book to read in the Fixer-Upper Mystery series, I knew the characters from the Hallmark movies. Even if I hadn't seen the movies, I wouldn't have felt lost reading the book - which is always great to find with these cozy mystery series. Shannon is a very likable character, as is her sister. It was a fun twist to have the HGTV-esque angle to the storyline. I do wish we had seen more of Mac, Shannon's boyfriend. Their relationship seemed rather shallow, just based on the content in this one book.

I really enjoyed this mysteryl Although the book is part of the Fixer-Upper Mystery series, I didn't feel as though I was missing anything. I would like to read the other books in the series. I especially liked the main character, Shannon. Her relationship with her sister reminded me very much of how my sister and I get along so it was very realistic to me. The pace of the book kept the book moving.

I enjoyed this fun and flirty mystery. It is a light read, which kept the pages turning quickly. I didn't realize that this is part of a series when I started reading it, but I didn't feel like I needed to have read the others to keep up with what was going on; there was just enough character explanaton so as to familiarize me with who the players are but not too much that would have annoyed me if I had already read the others. The main character, Shannon, is endearing and relatable. I may go back and read the others

I liked this cozy mystery. While it is part of a series, it read very well on its own. I liked Shannon, a contractor who seems to come upon murdered people way too often. She is following in her father's footsteps, having developed a love for building when she was young. An added dimension for this story was Shannon's sister, Chloe, a popular TV personality on a home fix it program. I really liked the relationship between the two, especially as the two work together as they are filmed for a show. But then Chloe's producer is found murdered and there are suspects galore. The mystery aspect of the novel was pretty good. There are some quirky characters in the novel and many of them are suspects. I had hoped Shannon would figure out the murderer but it was not meant to be. I recommend this novel to readers who like a cozy mystery with interesting characters. You'll find heartwarming relationships and a few heated arguments. You'll also learn quit a bit about exterior Victorian décor, such as spoon carving on wood panels. I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

A Wrench In The Works is the sixth book in the Fixer-Upper Mysteries Series, though it certainly reads easily as a stand-alone book. The story focuses on Shannon Hammer, a general contractor in the town on Lighthouse Cove, who has a penchant for coming across dead bodies & solving murders. When her sister Chloe comes to town to film episodes for the home fixer-upper show she co-hosts, the executive producer winds up dead in the House they are renovating for the show, and Shannon must help to clear her sisters name. Overall, A Wrench In The Works was a quick read, and one of the better of the “cozy mysteries” that I’ve read. Love how they portrayed a woman in the stereotypical man’s role in construction! Thanks to Penguin for providing me with an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

I loved this book. It grabbed me from the first page. Loved that I didn't figure out who did it till the end of the book. This is a great mystery book, I didn't want it to end.

I received an advance copy of this book from Penguin's First to Read program. I'm a fan of Kate Carlisle and enjoy both her Bibliophile and Fixer Upper mystery series. I've read all the books in the Fixer Upper series and enjoyed this one just as much as I did the others. I thought it was a fun salute to the series being picked up by Hallmark to do a tv angle for this book. The insider details (who's on a crew, the set list and schedule, how scenes are shot) added a fun, real-life dimension to the story. I found myself wondering, tho, why Shannon and Mac spend so little time together romantically. They're in love and he's hot -- how is she keeping her hands off him? ;) But with the exception of a few kisses and one night together, they really didn't have much dating time. That said, it was a fun read. Looking forward to the next installment.

"A Wrench in the Works" is the sixth book in the Fixer-Upper Mystery series, but the first I've read for it. I normally don't start a series in the middle of it, but I received a free Avdanvec Reader Copy from the First to Read Program by Penguin Random House. What surprised me the most about it is that despite it being the sixth in a series, it reads extremely well as a stand-alone. I was never lost or confused, but reading how Shannon Hammer has a "knack" for finding dead bodies did entice and intrigue me to want to read the rest of the series. This book was a great mystery read, and while I was leaning toward the correct suspect the entire time, the book doesn't easily give the killer's identity away and it really builds up the mystery as to who it is. There were maybe two or three scenes in the book before the mystery actually begins where I found the dialogue to be unnecessary and useless, and I didn't see the point for it because it was just mindless chatter that doesn't add anything to the story or characters or plot. But besides that, I really enjoyed and loved "A Wrench in the Works." It definitely opened my eyes to see that a fixer-upper setting can be equally enjoyable and work just as well as other mystery sub-genres do.

This was my first Fixer-Upper Mystery and I loved it. The way it is written it is like you already knew the characters. The story flowed a long easy and I was not sure who the bad guy was until the lead character found out.I believe I have found another series to follow.

I really enjoyed reading “A Wrench in the Works.” I have not read any other fixer upper mysteries, but I found it was easy to get to know the characters and get into the story. I loved the special connection between the two lead sisters and their relationship is very beautifully incorporated into everything they do. I now plan to find some other fixer upper mysteries to read!

This was my first Fixer-Upper mystery, but it won't be my last. Kate Carlisle did a wonderful job creating characters that are relateable and likeable. The plot moved along nicely and the mystery was just enough that it wasn't clear who the bad guy was. I did think the cat fighting between Shannon and Whitney was a bit ridiculous and kinda dumb for two grown women to do. There are definitely more mature ways to have shown their disdain for each other than to have them screaming at each other for all the world to see. I enjoyed the quick pace and cozy mystery feel of this book. I will definitely be reading more Fixer-Upper mysteries, as well as more from Kate Carlisle.

This is part of a series of "fixer upper" cozy mysteries but the first I've read. It works reasonably well as a standalone although I wasn't clear on the relationship between Shannon, the main character, and her apparent love interest. The story focuses on two sisters who both have taken up aspects of their father's construction business: Shannon in house improvements and Chloe in a fixer upper TV series. When the series comes to their home town the sisters have the chance to catch up on 10 years apart as well as work together on a project. If this seems like a long intro it reflects how I felt during the read. I knew it was a murder mystery but it took a very long time to get to the actual killing. Thus, to me, the investigation and resolution seemed a little too forced and readily solved. I give the book 4/5 stars. The writing is solid and overall the story held my interest. I received a free, advance copy in return for an honest review.

Fast moving with likable characters. I enjoyed reading about what goes into filming a TV show This is the first book I've read in the series, which works fine as a stand-alone. I've added the first five books to my tbr list.

I had not previously read any of these Fixer Upper stories but I might just go back and read them. I confess, I do like cozy mysteries and this did not disappoint. Shannon's sister, Chloe, comes back to town to do some home improvement shows and ends up being involved in solving some murders. I think if I had read the previous series, I might have understood Shannon and Mac's relationship more as it kind of left me scratching my head about those two. Overall, though, an enjoyable read.

I really enjoyed this book. The characters and relationships were well written. These are people I would love to know or be neighbors with. I loved the humor and the twists with the mystery. I haven't read the rest of the series, but I will definitely be picking them up to read. Great as a stand-alone but I think I would enjoy reading them in order for the character development. Can't wait to read more by this author. Definitely 5 stars! I read this book as part of the Penguin First to Read for my honest review.

A Wrench in the Works is the first I have read of this series. It is a cozy mystery and I enjoyed it. The characters are interesting, but some need to be fleshed out a little. It was predictable as I figured out who dun it. The writing is easy to read and the characters a little cheesy sometimes, but it is a fast read. I see there have been movies on Hallmark from the series but have not seen them. Max, Shannon's boyfriend is one character who needs more dimension. And I think it needed a few more pages to wrap up everything more. Give it shot if you like cozy mysteries, it might be right down your alley!

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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