Premeditated Mortar

by Carlisle, Kate

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Summary
Contractor Shannon Hammer gets tangled up in murder at a spooky old asylum in the latest Fixer-Upper Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Kate Carlisle. . . .Shannon Hammer is about to embark on one of the biggest projects of her career. Her best friend Jane Hennessey has purchased one wing of the Gables, formerly the old state insane asylum, located on a bucolic hillside two miles northeast of Lighthouse Cove. Jane plans to turn her section into a small luxury hotel complete with twenty ocean-view rooms, a spa, and a restaurant.Shannon is raring to get started on the enormous project and is shocked when a group of unruly protesters shows up at the groundbreaking ceremony and wreaks havoc. She's even more freaked-out when someone pushes her into a pit of bricks in a closed-off room of the asylum. Despite her close call, Shannon wants nothing more than to get back to work . . . until she finds a body not far from where she was pushed. Now Shannon is determined to get to the bottom of the goings-on at the Gables even if it kills her. . . .
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Construction-company owner Shannon Hammer is thrilled to be working with her best friend, Jane Hennessey, renovating one of the buildings of the Gables, formerly a hospital for the mentally ill, to turn it into a boutique hotel. Jane hopes to banish her unhappy memories by turning the building where her mother spent many sad days into a warm, happy place. At the groundbreaking, protesters chanting "burn it down" disrupt the proceedings, and then a murder stops all work on the project while the police investigate. With her boyfriend, best-selling thriller writer Mac Sullivan, Shannon tries to find the killer. Meanwhile, Shannon is worried about the status of her relationship with Mac as her friends move forward in their relationships. Framed by the details of a female contractor running a major project, and by interesting background on Victorian architecture, the engaging story is propelled by the large cast of well-drawn characters and is buffeted by numerous satisfying plot twists. Suggest this eighth in Carlisle's Fixer-Upper series to readers who enjoy Sarah Graves' Jacobia Tiptree home-repair mysteries."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Mystery
Fiction
Publisher Penguin Publishing Group2020
Language English
ISBN 9781984804426