This Old Homicide

This Old Homicide

Kate Carlisle / Sep 30, 2020

This Old Homicide From the New York Times bestselling author of the Bibliophile Mysteries and A High End Finish comes the second Fixer Upper MysteryContractor and part time sleuth Shannon Hammer specializes in improvin

  • Title: This Old Homicide
  • Author: Kate Carlisle
  • ISBN: 9780451469205
  • Page: 353
  • Format: Paperback
  • From the New York Times bestselling author of the Bibliophile Mysteries and A High End Finish comes the second Fixer Upper MysteryContractor and part time sleuth Shannon Hammer specializes in improving the quirks and flaws of the Victorian homes in Lighthouse Cove, California The quirks and flaws of their residents are another story Valentine s Day is approaching,From the New York Times bestselling author of the Bibliophile Mysteries and A High End Finish comes the second Fixer Upper MysteryContractor and part time sleuth Shannon Hammer specializes in improving the quirks and flaws of the Victorian homes in Lighthouse Cove, California The quirks and flaws of their residents are another story Valentine s Day is approaching, and while Shannon is delighted to be friends with not one but two handsome men, not everyone in town is feeling the love After her elderly neighbor Jesse Hennessey fails to make his daily appearance at the local diner, Shannon swings by his place to check on him Not only does she find Jesse dead of an apparent heart attack but she also realizes that his home has been ransacked Someone suggests that a thief was searching for a priceless necklace Jesse claimed to have retrieved from a capsized sailing ship, but Shannon doesn t believe it Everyone knows Jesse had a penchant for constructing tall tales like the one about him having a hot new girlfriend But his death is soon ruled a homicide, and shady suspects begin popping out of the woodwork When another victim turns up dead, Shannon is convinced she must find the killer before someone else gets nailed.

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      • Kate Carlisle

        Golden Heart and Daphne du Maurier Award winning author Kate Carlisle spent over twenty years working in television production as an Associate Director for game and variety shows, including The Midnight Special, Solid Gold and The Gong Show She traveled the world as a Dating Game chaperone and performed strange acts of silliness on The Gong Show She also studied acting and singing, toiled in vineyards, collected books, joined a commune, sold fried chicken, modeled spring fashions and worked for a cruise ship line, but it was the year she spent in law school that finally drove her to begin writing fiction It seemed the safest way to kill off her professors Those professors are breathing easier now that Kate spends most of her time writing near the beach in Southern California where she lives with her perfect husband.A lifelong love of old books and an appreciation of the art of bookbinding led Kate to create the Bibliophile Mysteries, featuring rare book expert Brooklyn Wainwright, whose bookbinding and restoration skills invariably uncover old secrets, treachery and murder Kate is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers and Romance Writers of America She loves to drink good wine and watch other people cook.Despite the appearance of overnight success, Kate s dream of publication took many, many years to fulfill.


    1. I really enjoyed this story. Although I didn’t read the first book in this series, A HIGH-END FINSH, I never felt lost or like I was missing anythingIS OLD HOMICIDE was fast paced and entertaining. A good, tightly written mystery with plenty of suspects to make you wonder “whodunit”. Ms. Carlisle is a superb storyteller. Her descriptions of the quaint town of Lighthouse Cove, CA, and the beautiful Victorian homes it is known for, were very vivid and truly drew me in.My favorite part of thi [...]

    2. Really 4.5 stars, but I rounded up.I put off reading this book for so long, and I honestly don't know why. I had gotten the first chapter read and then set it down and never picked it back up about a year ago, so when I saw it at my local thrift store for a quarter I picked it up. I am so glad I did! This book was the perfect cozy; laid back, lots of clues and suspects, and a wonderful cast of characters.The characters were an absolute pleasure to read about. Shannon was funny, normal, and reali [...]

    3. I love Kate Carlisle's Bibliophile series. It's near the top of my list, but this series? Not so much. When I picked this one up off The Pile I didn't realize it was #2 in the series. I have #1, but now I don't think I'll read it. This has the dreaded "triangle" and that is a plot point that just ABSOLUTELY sets my teeth on edge. I HATE it!! It's a lazy way to tell a story and Ms. Carlisle is better than that. This wasn't a bad story, but Shannon seems a bit clueless to me. She tends to not want [...]

    4. I really need to trust my judgement more!! I was pretty sure I knew who the killer was [though not the why, not at first anyway], but dismissed it as WAY too easy. Yeah. I should listen to my gut; I read WAY too many cozies to not guess correctly once in awhile! LOLI am enjoying this series; I like Shannon and the group of friends that she has and would love to be friends with them as well. NOT crazy about the potential love triangle that may or may not be brewing, but I am hoping they nip THAT [...]

    5. Dollycas’s ThoughtsKate Carlisle has constructed another awesome mystery in the second installment of the Fixer Upper Mysteries.Shannon Hammer is a very strong protagonist with job that keeps her on her toes managing several different construction work sites all at the same time. The life of a General Contractor means a lot of time traveling between sites, a heck of a lot of paperwork and a slew of phone calls but Shannon also has her own set of pink tools and she is not afraid to use them. My [...]

    6. The sound I made when this book was over was amusing really! The next one is needed now. This series is just so wonderful and every page is better and better. Jesse was so dear hearted and this book made my heart sad, but I grew more into Jane which I loved. The different stories with each of the characters is just so wonderful. I can't wait to read the next one! #itishammertime

    7. Enter the coastal community of Lighthouse Cove, Northern California. This is a warm and cozy place to live. In fact, most people remain there their whole life. The author casually introduced the reader to all its peaceful and pleasant surroundings. There were several supporting characters in the story, however, center stage belonged to Shannon Hammer. She owned and operated her own construction company. It's specialty was renovating fixer-uppers.Shannon's next door neighbor and long time friend [...]

    8. After Shannon's elderly neighbor Jesse dies in suspicious circumstances she and her best friend Jane investigate. It soon becomes apparent that the murder and a spate of burglaries all centre on priceless jewelled necklace that Jesse has hidden somewhere in the house. Shannon needs to catch the murderer before they turn their attention to her and her friends.There are some fairly rigid rules for cozy mysteries and you break them at your peril. So yeah, This Old Homicide pretty much follows the s [...]

    9. I wasn't as pleased with this story as much as the earlier one and her other series. I kept noticing all the repetition - telling the reader the same thing again and again and again. Generally it seemed more tedious of a tale, less interesting to want to read and characters that that didn't really connect. The main, Shannon, is still appealing but her friends and some of the others aren't really bringing much to the table. Best to relegate them to a single scene per book. There is a full palate [...]

    10. Rating: 4 out of 5 starsI liked being able to continue right on with the series. Again, I really enjoyed the light feel of the story and liked seeing the same characters again. This story also had more action than the first, both on the mystery front and the romance front. The pacing in the story was also better than the first, but still not perfect. That said, I did find myself being really intrigued at times. The small town feel of the story was still there from the first, but was expanded upo [...]

    11. This is my first time with this series. I saw that this was made into a television series on Hallmark Mystery channel and thought I'd give it a try. I am glad I did. I like the premise of Shannon Hammer owning and running her own house building/renovation contracting business. She inherited it from her father and she's doing a superb job. Her work on the houses and running the various crews fits in nicely with her life and the amateur sleuthing she does when her neighbor dies under mysterious ci [...]

    12. Shannon Hammer is great! Head of a construction company with her pink tools and pink hardhat, she is a friend to all but also somewhat of an adorable flake. She is just as comfortable ripping off shingles and pounding nails as she is stumbling over dead bodies. Enter the delicious Sherriff Eric and famous mystery writer Mac and the story begins to get real interesting. One wants to throw her in jail, the other wants to help her investigate. Both want to hang around her. This time the victim is h [...]

    13. Shannon Hammer runs her family construction business, and her friends all do something or other in quaint Lighthouse Cove, CA. Shannon finds her next door neighbor--uncle of her best friend Jane--dead, and also promises to rehab the haunted old Victorian another friend has just purchased. Then there's the local festival committee, which Shannon chairs, and which is plagued by the two high school mean girls who still hate Shannon for--what? being in high school with them? Add two hunky guys--one [...]

    14. I just really like this cozy little town of Lighthouse Cove and all the characters. Shannon has a fun job that I like to read about and great girl-friends. Eric and Mac sound perfect and I don't mind the love triangle so much (it's very light). In this one, I had an inkling who the killer was right away and it frustrated me to see them get around so easily! Shannon needs to stick with her guns and her strong suspicions and maybe she wouldn't end up in terrible situations. I liked this mystery wi [...]

    15. This was an enjoyable read with plenty of characters. I found it very interesting with a itty bitty touch of the paranormal. The main character is a building contractor and has a lot on her plate. When her next door neighbor is found deceased when she went to check on him she suspects it is not natural causes as everyone thinks. We have sunken treasure, good looking men, good girl friends to make this story roll on. We have the expected love interest triangle here also but it did not detract fro [...]

    16. This Old Homicide by Kate Carlisle is the second book in the Fixer- Upper Mystery series. Contractor Shannon Hammer finds the dead body of her neighbour and his house ransacked when checking up on him when he had not been seen for a few days. I enjoyed this mystery although it did seem a little drawn out with all the construction work going on. I found Whitney too stupid and nasty as a character to be believable and her juvenile behaviour spoilt the book. Otherwise a nice and relaxing cozy myste [...]

    17. This is such a fun new series by Kate Carlisle. This is the second book and it was every bit as good as the first one. The characters are wonderful and the story is fantastic. Great job.

    18. "It's a monstrosity, isn't it?"Shannon discovers her neighbor, Jesse, dead in his home after not seeing him out and about for a few days. Shannon's friend, Jane is Jesse's uncle and Shannon feels terrible that she had not checked in on him recently. The death could be dismissed as natural causes if not for the destruction to Jesse's house that disturbs Shannon. Tall tales of sunken treasure may be the motive behind Jesse's murder. The list of suspects grows as Shannon and her friends look into t [...]

    19. An excellent sequel to the first Fixer Upper mystery - Shannon Hammer and her friends are very enjoyable and it's really fun getting to know them! I find myself enjoying Shannon's everyday life and relationships more than the actual mysteries themselves. This book boasted three people who are attacked/killed, which seemed a bit over the top for such a small town, but the ending of the mystery was surprising and kept me guessing. I've already purchased the whole series, so I'm eager to see what c [...]

    20. Jesse, Shannon's neighbor and Jane's uncle, is discovered in his home, dead of a supposed heart attack. But Shannon, who found the body, also notices the house appears to have been ransacked. She relays her suspicions to Eric, the hunky Chief of Police, and an investigation ensues. Turns out, Jesse was murdered. But who would have wanted the old guy dead? Maybe someone who wanted the priceless necklace he retrieved a few years earlier from a sunken ship. Attractive neighbor Mac and a few of Shan [...]

    21. Book 2 Mostly Used for Movie 1 Definitely, a case of Book is better than the movie. There was a lot that happened in Book 1 that should have been its own movie and there was a lot in Book 2 that was enjoyable and really added to what you know about Shannon and her friends and the mean girls who never seem to grow up. It brings in Althea, so if you watched the movie before you read this book, it takes care of all the questions and is a really good book. It would be okay to read first since it giv [...]

    22. Shannon is back at it again. She finds her neighbor Jesse dead in his house. She knows to stay out of it and is told to by Eric the chief of police. Plus she has her hands full with helping her best friend Jane, Jesse' neice, two big house projects, and trying not to strangle Whitney's neck.Ms. Carlisle did another fantastic job. Oh my gosh, the twists and turns had me for sure! I couldn't put it down for nothing. I had to find out who killed Jesse or if it was accidental. I loved Jane, Mac, Sha [...]

    23. Still enjoying the series but there is a lot of retelling of the same facts about characters/plot/etc. It seems the author is stretching it out to make it a full book when it could have been edited down and tightened up. And the main character seems to be interested in two men but NOTHING really happens with them. It doesn't feel realistic.I'll read the next one and see if things improve and then decide whether to continue.

    24. Just discovered this series and am really enjoying it. The relationship between the main character, Shannon, and the residents of her small town, her family and friends, and the two men in her life, is fun to read about and has the potential to go in numerous directions which I find fun.This is a fun and fast paced cozy mystery that I will be following, and I'll even try to get my hands on the tv series that has been based on it.

    25. This was a hard book to read for me. It was so boring that I would fall asleep after only a few pages, even in the middle of the day. After while I really didn't care anymore about any of the characters which is awful when reading because you want to care about or why bother reading. If you are a real fan of Kate Carlisle novels you might like it but if this is your first one by her put it back and try something else instead

    26. Shannon's long-time neighbor is murdered. She finds his body and realizes that she has to help her friend find out what happened to Jesse. Everyone thinks he died of natural causes, but Shannon is convinced he was murdered. Shannon is determined to find out the truth with the help of her friends.

    27. A nice cozy mystery - Shannon's next door neighbour is found deceased and his home was torn apart while he was dead. What was the villain looking for? A ship wreak treasure, a cast of old fogies, beautiful old homes in need of a little TLC and a GHOST; who could ask for more. I want more about the ghost! Its the only thread left undone, maybe we will learn more on this line in future stories.

    28. Another Winner!Shannon Hammer manages to get wrapped up in another murderous adventure in her wonderful small town with great characters who help her along the way to try and solve the latest case. This one involves her neighbor and the uncle of her best friend Jane. Kate Carlisle keeps you guessing right up to the end. Loved this book!

    29. Shannon once again showed that not only can she swing a mean hammer but she can solve crime and juggle two handsome men.Shannon once again showed that not only can she swing a mean hammer but she can solve crime and juggle two handsome men.

    30. Easy enough, quick read. No idea who was the murderer until it was revealed. Whitney & her side kick drive me crazy, only b/c it is so unbelievable that anyone would act that way. Otherwise, the characters are fine.

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