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At the annual Victorian Home and Garden Tour, Lighthouse Cove, California's premier contractor, Shannon Hammer, realizes that the competition is about to turn deadly.... Shannon is in high demand among rival homeowners, who will do anything to win Best in Show. One-upmanship and even espionage break out among neighbors, construction crews, decorators, and landscapers. Than At the annual Victorian Home and Garden Tour, Lighthouse Cove, California's premier contractor, Shannon Hammer, realizes that the competition is about to turn deadly.... Shannon is in high demand among rival homeowners, who will do anything to win Best in Show. One-upmanship and even espionage break out among neighbors, construction crews, decorators, and landscapers. Thanks to several new hires, Shannon is sure she can handle the extra load--until murder throws a wrench in the works. The small town's corrupt building inspector is found dead on one of Shannon's jobsites, and soon plenty of suspects are coming out of the woodwork. When another body is discovered, Shannon calls on her team of close friends and devilishly astute thriller writer Mac to help her nail down the details and build a case against the killer before the door shuts on someone else--for good.


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At the annual Victorian Home and Garden Tour, Lighthouse Cove, California's premier contractor, Shannon Hammer, realizes that the competition is about to turn deadly.... Shannon is in high demand among rival homeowners, who will do anything to win Best in Show. One-upmanship and even espionage break out among neighbors, construction crews, decorators, and landscapers. Than At the annual Victorian Home and Garden Tour, Lighthouse Cove, California's premier contractor, Shannon Hammer, realizes that the competition is about to turn deadly.... Shannon is in high demand among rival homeowners, who will do anything to win Best in Show. One-upmanship and even espionage break out among neighbors, construction crews, decorators, and landscapers. Thanks to several new hires, Shannon is sure she can handle the extra load--until murder throws a wrench in the works. The small town's corrupt building inspector is found dead on one of Shannon's jobsites, and soon plenty of suspects are coming out of the woodwork. When another body is discovered, Shannon calls on her team of close friends and devilishly astute thriller writer Mac to help her nail down the details and build a case against the killer before the door shuts on someone else--for good.

30 review for Eaves of Destruction

  1. 5 out of 5

    James

    Eaves of Destruction is the fifth book in the 'Fixer-Upper Mystery' cozy series by Kate Carlisle. In these books, Shannon, a ~30ish construction business owner, solves crimes as an amateur sleuth while helping renovate a wonderful seaside town in California. In this edition, the local town inspector causes trouble at several of her job sites and finds himself murdered in the neighbor's orangery (sun room / conservatory). Whodunit!?! Shannon is a fun protagonist. She pokes fun at herself but also Eaves of Destruction is the fifth book in the 'Fixer-Upper Mystery' cozy series by Kate Carlisle. In these books, Shannon, a ~30ish construction business owner, solves crimes as an amateur sleuth while helping renovate a wonderful seaside town in California. In this edition, the local town inspector causes trouble at several of her job sites and finds himself murdered in the neighbor's orangery (sun room / conservatory). Whodunit!?! Shannon is a fun protagonist. She pokes fun at herself but also knows when to be serious, just like the series itself. Obviously, if this many murders occurred in a small town, and the same person found the body all the time, she'd be locked up for some sort of charge to prevent anything else from happening! But this is a book, and there needs to be some level of recognition for that fine line of reality versus fiction. Of all the cozies I've read, this one is near the top of the list of those that manage that balance quite adeptly. The victim was mean and ruthless, he just invaded people's homes to inspect work even when it wasn't time or he didn't have permission to enter. The culprit was semi-believable, but I wish it had been someone else. The family we're focusing on is interesting, and I liked the addition of Amanda, a new contractor who helps save the day when too many jobs turn up. I liked that we saw more of Shannon's friends and their personal relationships with the men and/or families in their lives. I was glad to see the connection between the sheriff and Shannon turning into something much more easy-going. The ending was a little over-the-top, but it made me laugh and I enjoyed how it all came together. I have already ordered the next one in the series and will read it in early April. My goal is to be caught up as soon as possible because the seventh book comes out later this year. BTW, it was adapted into a TV series in case anyone is interested in watching it. Maybe then I can shift over to the author's other series.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Reading Eaves of Destruction it is so easy to see why this has become a Hallmark Channel success. Katie Carlisle has a wonderful series many of you will be familiar with, if not she writes the lovely cozy series called the Fixer-Upper Mysteries. This is book 5 in such an endearing cozy mystery! Main character Shannon is a craftsman builder and head of her family company. She and her company are sought after for their dedication and work ethic. Shannon has a wonderful personality and a great love Reading Eaves of Destruction it is so easy to see why this has become a Hallmark Channel success. Katie Carlisle has a wonderful series many of you will be familiar with, if not she writes the lovely cozy series called the Fixer-Upper Mysteries. This is book 5 in such an endearing cozy mystery! Main character Shannon is a craftsman builder and head of her family company. She and her company are sought after for their dedication and work ethic. Shannon has a wonderful personality and a great love interest in her author boy friend Mac, they also make a great sleuthing team. I enjoyed the story and mystery in Eaves of Destruction, a mystery that feels as though it was perfectly ripped from the headlines and story you are sure to love! This one is out now and a very good read.

  3. 5 out of 5

    LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts Lighthouse Cove is getting ready for the Victorian Home and Garden Tour and everyone wants to have a little work done in hopes of coming in 1st this year. No one wants to win more than Petsy Jorgensen. Her neighbor won last year so she is pulling out all the stops with some delicate work inside the house and adding an orangery onto the house as well. Petsy is a “difficult” client but Shannon feels the home is a real “gem” and she really wants this job. She has several works in Dollycas’s Thoughts Lighthouse Cove is getting ready for the Victorian Home and Garden Tour and everyone wants to have a little work done in hopes of coming in 1st this year. No one wants to win more than Petsy Jorgensen. Her neighbor won last year so she is pulling out all the stops with some delicate work inside the house and adding an orangery onto the house as well. Petsy is a “difficult” client but Shannon feels the home is a real “gem” and she really wants this job. She has several works in progress so he has hired a new carpenter to help with all the work the Home and Garden tour is bringing to her company, especially the detailed work for the Jorgensens. Work at all the sites is on schedule until the town’s building inspector is found dead at one of them. Joe Scully has been a thorn in Shannon’s side since she took over the construction business from her dad. He seemed to rub everyone in town the wrong way so building a case isn’t going to be easy. At least the police don’t think Shannon is a suspect. Still she teams up with her favorite thriller author Mac to see if together they can hammer out the details and close the case before more bodies start piling up on her jobsites. This was a story with many, many layers, taking us on quite a historic tour of our own. The Jorgensen house has been in the family forever so it is easy to understand why the current caretakers would want it to be a showplace. But Petsy Jorgensen is all about winning the prize. She was a mean woman and hard not only on Shannon and her crew but to her family as well. Shannon didn’t like it but took it and kept her mouth shut for the most part. The author has given Shannon much more patience and focus than I would ever have. That being said this evil character is so well written and fleshed out, as are her husband and daughter. I got very emotional over the way Petsy talked to and treated her daughter. I worked in construction for awhile so following Shannon around is extra fun for me. Her take on onlays and the work her carpenter did in the Jorgensen’s dining room was very interesting. For me, the building inspector was the perfect victim. Good ones are picky but corrupt ones like Joe Scully have no place in the building world, but sadly there are quite a few out there. While not a good idea in real life, having one killed in a fictional sense was pretty delightful. All my favorite characters from previous book have returned and I love the way Shannon’s dad and her uncle are celebrating their retirement. Shannon and Mac’s relationship is strong and their dialogues are very real. The do make a great sleuth team. Shannon’s interactions with her crew are also very true to life. As always the setting is divine, I love Victorian houses and all their little nooks and crannies and bonus spaces. I really enjoyed the mystery. It was pretty fast paced with some very clever twists. It was very well thought out and with a fantastic ending. I highly recommend the whole series!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)

    Shannon and her team have been called in by various homeowners to spruce up their houses before the annual Home and Garden competition, with one of them Shannon and one of her Foremen (Wade) are seriously wondering about actually turning down the work, Petsy Jorgenssen is snooty, short tempered and quite frankly rude! But with a new female carpenter/wood carver eager to have a go at repairing the damage to some walls they stick with it.   It would help if the local incompetent building Inspector Shannon and her team have been called in by various homeowners to spruce up their houses before the annual Home and Garden competition, with one of them Shannon and one of her Foremen (Wade) are seriously wondering about actually turning down the work, Petsy Jorgenssen is snooty, short tempered and quite frankly rude! But with a new female carpenter/wood carver eager to have a go at repairing the damage to some walls they stick with it.   It would help if the local incompetent building Inspector wasn't dogging Shannon's steps on every job (including one she has filed the permits for but not actually started!) but when he ends up dead Shannon and her friends end up trying to figure out why he was killed and whodunnit.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    The Victorian Home And Garden Show is a month away from and all the owners of the homes want a revocation on their home. Shannon Hammer is busy enough to hire another skilled carpenter to work on a repairing damaged eaves. The owner's wife caused a lot of trouble. Before long the body count started to climb. Shannon begins to explore the deaths and she will encounter jealousy, greed, blackmail, exchange babies, and evil before the answer becomes apparent. Shannon must work fast before her new hi The Victorian Home And Garden Show is a month away from and all the owners of the homes want a revocation on their home. Shannon Hammer is busy enough to hire another skilled carpenter to work on a repairing damaged eaves. The owner's wife caused a lot of trouble. Before long the body count started to climb. Shannon begins to explore the deaths and she will encounter jealousy, greed, blackmail, exchange babies, and evil before the answer becomes apparent. Shannon must work fast before her new hire loses her life. I highly recommend this book. Disclosure: I received a free copy from Berkeley Publishing through NetGalley for an honest review. I would like to thank them for this opportunity to read and review the book. The opinions expressed are my own.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Anastasia

    Eaves of Destruction by Kate Carlisle is book 5 in the Fixer Upper Mystery series. Construction contractor Shannon Hammer is busy with preparations for the annual Victorian Home and Garden Tour at Lighthouse Cove, when the body of the town's building inspector is found on one of her job sites. An interesting and enjoyable mystery focusing more on solving the murder and the building work not as overwhelming as in previous books. I loved the introduction of Amanda, a new contractor and hope to see Eaves of Destruction by Kate Carlisle is book 5 in the Fixer Upper Mystery series. Construction contractor Shannon Hammer is busy with preparations for the annual Victorian Home and Garden Tour at Lighthouse Cove, when the body of the town's building inspector is found on one of her job sites. An interesting and enjoyable mystery focusing more on solving the murder and the building work not as overwhelming as in previous books. I loved the introduction of Amanda, a new contractor and hope to see more of her. Mac and Shannon make a great crime solving team. A satisfying and well written mystery.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

    EAVES OF DESTRUCTION is the fifth book in the Fixer-Upper series by Kate Carlisle. I’m really enjoying this series. Shannon Hammer is such a wonderful character. I love that although she is technically an amateur sleuth, she isn’t one of those who does stupid things in order for the story to work out. All of her actions are very organic and rational. In this book, there’s a lot of tension between homeowners. Shannon gets a job that involves working with a very rude client. She is also looking EAVES OF DESTRUCTION is the fifth book in the Fixer-Upper series by Kate Carlisle. I’m really enjoying this series. Shannon Hammer is such a wonderful character. I love that although she is technically an amateur sleuth, she isn’t one of those who does stupid things in order for the story to work out. All of her actions are very organic and rational. In this book, there’s a lot of tension between homeowners. Shannon gets a job that involves working with a very rude client. She is also looking to expand her team, so she does have a lot happening in her life. When a building inspector is found dead on one of her jobsites, she is looking at some serious problems if she wants to avoid the police. So once again, it’s up to her to discover what really happened. I am a big fan of Carlisle’s writing style. It has a bit of a small-town feel and all the details of a great do-it-yourself catalogue, but it doesn’t feel overwhelming either. I personally don’t have a huge interest in construction yet I can still find enjoyment in reading this series. So even if you think it might not be your cup of tea, I would suggest giving it a shot anyway. You may be surprised by how much you like it. This book does have a slower pace than some of the other books I’ve read by this author but I really didn’t mind because I enjoy being in Shannon’s head. She really is a character that I can stand by. She’s never too over the top and I also love her independence. Also, I know this is a strange thing to say, but I like how treats other people. She is just an all-around good girl. EAVES OF DESTRUCTION is filled with intrigue and mystery. I highly recommend Kate Carlisle for anyone who wants to read a good mystery.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Taryn

    Shannon has been asked to do work on a home that will be entered into the local Victorian Home and Garden Tour, the only problem is the home owner is rude and obnoxious. With all the work that needs to be done on other houses for the tour Shannon hires a young woman who enjoys working with wood and puts her to work immediately. When the local building inspector turns up dead everyone can understand why, not only is he corrupt but he was always showing up at unexpected times and making trouble. S Shannon has been asked to do work on a home that will be entered into the local Victorian Home and Garden Tour, the only problem is the home owner is rude and obnoxious. With all the work that needs to be done on other houses for the tour Shannon hires a young woman who enjoys working with wood and puts her to work immediately. When the local building inspector turns up dead everyone can understand why, not only is he corrupt but he was always showing up at unexpected times and making trouble. Shannon realizes she must find out who the killer is before someone else ends up dead, the only problem is that there are more suspects than answers. Having friends to help figure out just who the murderer is doesn't hurt though. Shannon feels guilty about leaving her new hire to deal with such an obnoxious client but the mystery needs to be solved and quick. Tag along with Shannon and try figure out whodunit, could it have been an ex-girl friend, an angry contractor, or a crime of passion? I find this series is a fun cozy read, filled with wonderful writing, great characters, and a plot that will keep you guessing. I'm excited to see what happens with Shannon next and what lovely old home she will be working on. I received an ARC of this book, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Laurel-Rain

    At the annual Victorian Home and Garden Tour, Lighthouse Cove, California’s premier contractor, Shannon Hammer, realizes that the competition is about to turn deadly....   Shannon is in high demand among rival homeowners, who will do anything to win Best in Show. One-upmanship and even espionage break out among neighbors, construction crews, decorators, and landscapers. Thanks to several new hires, Shannon is sure she can handle the extra load—until murder throws a wrench in the works.   The small At the annual Victorian Home and Garden Tour, Lighthouse Cove, California’s premier contractor, Shannon Hammer, realizes that the competition is about to turn deadly....   Shannon is in high demand among rival homeowners, who will do anything to win Best in Show. One-upmanship and even espionage break out among neighbors, construction crews, decorators, and landscapers. Thanks to several new hires, Shannon is sure she can handle the extra load—until murder throws a wrench in the works.   The small town’s corrupt building inspector is found dead on one of Shannon’s jobsites, and soon plenty of suspects are coming out of the woodwork. When another body is discovered, Shannon calls on her team of close friends and devilishly astute thriller writer Mac to help her nail down the details and build a case against the killer before the door shuts on someone else—for good. My Thoughts: In the beautiful little town of Lighthouse Cove, in Northern California, Shannon Hammer enjoys success with the construction company she inherited from her dad. Renovating beautiful Victorian houses is her specialty. She also seems to find a lot of dead bodies, and her tendency to try to solve the mysteries is a fun part of the story. I enjoyed her relationship with the mystery writer, Mac, and couldn’t help but love how she tried to solve another kind of mystery for her newest construction worker, Amanda Walsh. Some of the characters were clearly suspects just because of their horrific personalities, while others just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Watching Shannon and her crew do their jobs, in addition to helping find the killer, kept me turning the pages of Eaves of Destruction. I also enjoy the TV show based on the books. 4.5 stars.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    it was an okay read. I haven't figured out yet why I wasn't thrilled with it. generally I like Kate's writing very much. This one just felt like she didn't have much to say. Did like the new characters, the general premise, etc. just felt blah... it was an okay read. I haven't figured out yet why I wasn't thrilled with it. generally I like Kate's writing very much. This one just felt like she didn't have much to say. Did like the new characters, the general premise, etc. just felt blah...

  11. 5 out of 5

    Diane Houdeshell

    3.5 stars I usually enjoy this series, but in this book Shannon’s sleuthing was annoying. She seemed to spend more time trying to figure the mystery, than she did working. And the ending seemed a little abrupt and very far fetched.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Cochrill

    3.5 Good book, story line was a little weird. Also a little weird that the main character and her boyfriend enjoy and spend so much time talking about murder!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Under the Covers Book Blog

    EAVES OF DESTRUCTION is the fifth book in the Fixer-Upper series by Kate Carlisle. I’m really enjoying this series. Shannon Hammer is such a wonderful character. I love that although she is technically an amateur sleuth, she isn’t one of those who does stupid things in order for the story to work out. All of her actions are very organic and rational. In this book, there’s a lot of tension between homeowners. Shannon gets a job that involves working with a very rude client. She is also looking EAVES OF DESTRUCTION is the fifth book in the Fixer-Upper series by Kate Carlisle. I’m really enjoying this series. Shannon Hammer is such a wonderful character. I love that although she is technically an amateur sleuth, she isn’t one of those who does stupid things in order for the story to work out. All of her actions are very organic and rational. In this book, there’s a lot of tension between homeowners. Shannon gets a job that involves working with a very rude client. She is also looking to expand her team, so she does have a lot happening in her life. When a building inspector is found dead on one of her jobsites, she is looking at some serious problems if she wants to avoid the police. So once again, it’s up to her to discover what really happened. I am a big fan of Carlisle’s writing style. It has a bit of a small-town feel and all the details of a great do-it-yourself catalogue, but it doesn’t feel overwhelming either. I personally don’t have a huge interest in construction yet I can still find enjoyment in reading this series. So even if you think it might not be your cup of tea, I would suggest giving it a shot anyway. You may be surprised by how much you like it. This book does have a slower pace than some of the other books I’ve read by this author but I really didn’t mind because I enjoy being in Shannon’s head. She really is a character that I can stand by. She’s never too over the top and I also love her independence. Also, I know this is a strange thing to say, but I like how treats other people. She is just an all-around good girl. EAVES OF DESTRUCTION is filled with intrigue and mystery. I highly recommend Kate Carlisle for anyone who wants to read a good mystery. *ARC provided by publisher❤ ♡ Don't want to miss any of our posts? Subscribe to our blog by email! ♡ ❤

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Another great book in this mystery series that I love!!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Clare O'Beara

    A lot going on as usual in this mystery book about building and renovating. The location is wealthy California where Victorian-era homes are being judged for a contest with prestige attached. Sharon Hammer runs a renovation firm but every move is slowed down by the officious building inspector. Since he's the main disliked person in the tale it's not giving much away to say he ends up dead on one of the many work sites in town. Sometimes to keep tension in a series you need to keep the strong an A lot going on as usual in this mystery book about building and renovating. The location is wealthy California where Victorian-era homes are being judged for a contest with prestige attached. Sharon Hammer runs a renovation firm but every move is slowed down by the officious building inspector. Since he's the main disliked person in the tale it's not giving much away to say he ends up dead on one of the many work sites in town. Sometimes to keep tension in a series you need to keep the strong antagonist. The other characters are a variety of personalities but mostly doing their best to live their lives. Without someone whose role it is to get in the way, the stories have a danger of becoming soap operas. We'll see what happens in the next book, when presumably the town will have to replace the inspector. I enjoyed the details and personal backgrounds which include finding family, finding romance, finding identity. Again, if a strongly disliked person is dead, there is no great reason to find a killer, except to absolve the main character of blame. The background tales engage our emotions. I read an ARC from Net Galley. This is an unbiased review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Becky Burciaga

    I've been hooked on this series from the first book...each one since has just gotten better and better. I especially enjoy Shannon and her tenacity, in both her work and getting to the bottom of the current mystery she becomes immersed in...she definitely is a mystery magnet. The author has crafted characters who are so very real, their personalities tailored specifically to the part they play in each story, making them believable and multidimensional. Reoccurring characters are a joy to see as I've been hooked on this series from the first book...each one since has just gotten better and better. I especially enjoy Shannon and her tenacity, in both her work and getting to the bottom of the current mystery she becomes immersed in...she definitely is a mystery magnet. The author has crafted characters who are so very real, their personalities tailored specifically to the part they play in each story, making them believable and multidimensional. Reoccurring characters are a joy to see as they bring continuity to the series. I'm already looking forward to Shannon's involvement in the next mystery that befalls on her. This ARC book was complimentary, provided by the Publisher and NetGalley. I am voluntarily providing my honest review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Micky Cox

    Another excellent visit with Shannon, Mac and their group of friends/coworkers as they interact with each other, the customers they assist and of course with a dead body or two to keep things interesting. Excellent character development with personalities that make you want to be friends with the characters added to a well plotted story line with just enough twists to keep you interested and entertained! This is an excellent series and I can't wait to read the next one that comes out! Another excellent visit with Shannon, Mac and their group of friends/coworkers as they interact with each other, the customers they assist and of course with a dead body or two to keep things interesting. Excellent character development with personalities that make you want to be friends with the characters added to a well plotted story line with just enough twists to keep you interested and entertained! This is an excellent series and I can't wait to read the next one that comes out!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Michelle

    Great Googly Moogly, two terrific mysteries in a row tonight!! Wowsers. I like this series, but its been awhile since I read one - well I was sucked right back in and this one did NOT disappoint at all. Twists and turns and freak outs galore. Really good read!!!

  19. 4 out of 5

    OpenBookSociety.com

    http://openbooksociety.com/article/ea... Eaves of Destruction Fixer-Upper Mystery, Book #5 By Kate Carlisle ISBN 9780399586460 Author Website: katecarlisle(.)com Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Jeanie Synopsis: Murder is on the to-do list when construction contractor Shannon Hammer looks for a killer in the fifth Fixer-Upper Mystery…. At the annual Victorian Home and Garden Tour, Lighthouse Cove, California’s premier contractor, Shannon Hammer, realizes that the competition is about to turn deadly…. Shanno http://openbooksociety.com/article/ea... Eaves of Destruction Fixer-Upper Mystery, Book #5 By Kate Carlisle ISBN 9780399586460 Author Website: katecarlisle(.)com Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Jeanie Synopsis: Murder is on the to-do list when construction contractor Shannon Hammer looks for a killer in the fifth Fixer-Upper Mystery…. At the annual Victorian Home and Garden Tour, Lighthouse Cove, California’s premier contractor, Shannon Hammer, realizes that the competition is about to turn deadly…. Shannon is in high demand among rival homeowners, who will do anything to win Best in Show. One-upmanship and even espionage break out among neighbors, construction crews, decorators, and landscapers. Thanks to several new hires, Shannon is sure she can handle the extra load–until murder throws a wrench in the works. The small town’s corrupt building inspector is found dead on one of Shannon’s jobsites, and soon plenty of suspects are coming out of the woodwork. When another body is discovered, Shannon calls on her team of close friends and devilishly astute thriller writer Mac to help her nail down the details and build a case against the killer before the door shuts on someone else–for good. (Goodreads) Review: This explosive new novel in the Fixer-Upper Mystery series pulled me in from the beginning of the action and kept my thoughts on it long after reading the final page. Most of the characters are familiar to those who have read earlier books in the series, yet a new reader can come up to speed with the charming folks in Lighthouse Cove, on the northern California coast. Shannon has been managing her father’s Hammer Construction for a few years, and loves making repairs or restoring the gorgeous, detailed Victorian homes in Lighthouse Cove. As the town prepares for its Home and Garden Tour, she and her crews are maxed out on work. A young woman inquires about work, and she is exactly the kind of person Shannon needs. Amanda is even-tempered, loves her work and has a kind heart toward people, and is very talented in trim carpentry and carving replacement details for homeowners. Victorian homes, both new and old, are on huge lots on Cranberry Circle, where Hammer Construction is doing work prior to the tour. One home belongs to the Jorgensen’s, Petsy and Matthew and their daughter, Lindsey. Petsy is one of the meanest people they have worked for, but her sharp tongue jabs at her family members as well as Shannon and her crew. Amanda is doing detail woodwork in the gorgeous home, and an orangerie (solarium) is being added. Another home is across the street, belonging to Joan and Stan Derry. There is a section of dry rot in their basement in urgent need of replacement. Shannon takes some time to look at the orangerie at Joan’s to see how it is constructed. Joe Scully is the building inspector who should have been retired years ago. He is rude, holds up inspections and delays construction schedules, is suspected of receiving bribes so people will pass inspection, and goes where he doesn’t belong – such as walking into the Derry’s home to “inspect” the work being done in the basement. The response he got was not positive, as it doesn’t require inspections, so they chased him out, blaming him for the dry rot as his son-in-law had done the original work. Stan even threatens to kill him…bad. It wasn’t long before Scully was found dead, murdered and lying in their orangerie. Amanda seems too good to be true! She proves to be a more than capable employee. Yet when Mr. Jorgensen shows Shannon and Amanda a portrait of one of his ancestors that Amanda looks exactly like, Amanda’s reaction leads Shannon to mull it over when she isn’t thinking about Scully. The author has a delightful cast of characters for the most part, very well-defined. She uses snappy dialog, steady action and reasoning to further the plot and round out the people. Shannon is my favorite, of course, and Amanda is probably a new favorite as well. One of the reasons I enjoy both the series and the ladies is due to the many years I did construction admin. Shannon is the kind of boss I would like to have had. The plot twists continually change the mysteries; some are gentle.and others pack a punch that is more like a head shot. Kate Carlyle has long been a favorite author of mine and in this novel she definitely raises the bar for future novels! She has given Shannon the best kind of boyfriend to match her penchant for finding murder and mayhem. Mac is a well-known mystery author, and they often discuss mysteries that are part of her and her friends’ daily life. I enjoy seeing the thought processes he uses in analyzing the situation. I also enjoy this novel having more than one mystery. I had figured out only a fraction of the mysteries and no motive, so was totally stunned at the full solutions! Suspense turned into horror while awaiting the final actions; it seemed like forever before I could draw a deep breath again. I was completely satisfied with how the novel ended, and highly recommend it!

  20. 4 out of 5

    K.A. Davis

    EAVES OF DESTRUCTION by Kate Carlisle is the fifth book in the Fixer-Upper Mystery series, but I’m embarrassed to say, the first one I’ve read. Now mind you, I have the first three books in the series sitting in my to-read stack and while I had good intentions of getting caught up this past summer, life got in the way. When Kate mentioned that she had developed a recipe to go with the book, I jumped at the chance to share it and read EAVES OF DESTRUCTION for my blog post. Based on her Bibliophil EAVES OF DESTRUCTION by Kate Carlisle is the fifth book in the Fixer-Upper Mystery series, but I’m embarrassed to say, the first one I’ve read. Now mind you, I have the first three books in the series sitting in my to-read stack and while I had good intentions of getting caught up this past summer, life got in the way. When Kate mentioned that she had developed a recipe to go with the book, I jumped at the chance to share it and read EAVES OF DESTRUCTION for my blog post. Based on her Bibliophile series (one of my favs!) I was sure that this new release would be easy to read as a stand-alone, and I was correct. I also knew that I would be entertained along with being motivated to get caught up on the other books in the series. Even though the Fixer-Upper Mysteries have been and are currently being made into movies for the Hallmark Mystery Channel, Kate provides vivid descriptions of both the setting and each scene which brings the reader fully into the story. I loved being allowed to “see” snippets of the protagonist, Shannon Hammer’s childhood while she trailed her father around construction sites outfitted in a pink hardhat and a pink tool belt. Now that Shannon is running her father’s company, Hammer Construction, and is a skilled carpenter herself, the author carefully provides enough details to make her projects fully realistic without detracting from the plot. I think it’s wonderful that a strong female protagonist is shown thriving in an industry that is dominated by men. It’s obvious that much research has gone in to the development of Shannon’s livelihood. The supporting characters are well-fleshed out and I loved the repartee between Shannon and her boyfriend, Mac. They make an adorable couple and are good at bouncing ideas off each other to solve the murder together. The mystery surrounding the murder of the detestable building inspector, who has made it his life’s mission to make Shannon miserable, is well constructed. The clues are judiciously plotted to keep the reader guessing. I thought I had a firm handle on what direction the story was headed only to be diverted somewhere else with a new suspect, a new clue, and a bombshell that totally caught me off-guard! And then the surprising reveal had me promising myself that I am going to start with the first book and catch up soon! I was provided an advance copy with the hopes I would review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Lighthouse Cove contractor Shannon Hammer is busy, busy, busy as homeowners prepare for the annual Victorian Home and Garden Tour. One of Shannon's employers is a woman not known for being nice. Shannon does her best to work with her, despite the woman's nasty temperament. Shannon also has a new employee that has a secret that makes Shannon wonder about her intentions. Things are heating up as the competition with spying and construction workers making sure their work is the best. But when the cit Lighthouse Cove contractor Shannon Hammer is busy, busy, busy as homeowners prepare for the annual Victorian Home and Garden Tour. One of Shannon's employers is a woman not known for being nice. Shannon does her best to work with her, despite the woman's nasty temperament. Shannon also has a new employee that has a secret that makes Shannon wonder about her intentions. Things are heating up as the competition with spying and construction workers making sure their work is the best. But when the city's building inspector is found dead on one of Shannon's jobsites, and soon plenty of suspects are coming out of the woodwork. When another body is discovered, Shannon calls on her team of close friends and devilishly astute thriller writer Mac to help her nail down the details and build a case against the killer before the door shuts on someone else--for good I have a love/hate relationship with this series. After the last one I almost swore off it, but I decided to give the next one a try, and I'm glad I did. This is, to me, the best book of the series. I loved the story within the story, and watching Shannon and Mac worth together made me smile. This book left me wanting to return to Lighthouse Cove.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    Shannon Hammer, a contractor and amateur detective, solves two murders in cozy Lighthouse Cove. It all starts when Shannon is hired to build an orangery and some repairs/upgrades to the Jorgensen house because Petsy Jorgensen wants to win Best in Show at the annual Victorian Home and Garden Tour. Shannon isn't enthusiastic about the job because Petsy is "a socially incompetent, angry, impatient woman," whom no one, especially her family, likes. To complicate matters, the town's corrupt building Shannon Hammer, a contractor and amateur detective, solves two murders in cozy Lighthouse Cove. It all starts when Shannon is hired to build an orangery and some repairs/upgrades to the Jorgensen house because Petsy Jorgensen wants to win Best in Show at the annual Victorian Home and Garden Tour. Shannon isn't enthusiastic about the job because Petsy is "a socially incompetent, angry, impatient woman," whom no one, especially her family, likes. To complicate matters, the town's corrupt building inspector, Joe Scully - possibly the only person more hated than Petsy Jorgensen - shows up to cause trouble not only at the Jorgensen house, but just about everywhere else that Shannon goes. Then Scully turns up dead with a chisel sticking out of him, and before long, there is a second murder. What is going on? This was a light, enjoyable read. The characters are likable and the story is leisurely with plenty of local color. It's like an updated "Murder She Wrote," but with the amateur detective a contractor instead of a writer. However, the killer was very easy to spot right away, and I just waited around for Shannon to figure it out. It never got tedious, though some plot points were a little hard to believe at times. I might read more by this author, but it will be for the atmosphere and not the slight mystery.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    i don't know how I missed the first four books in this series, Fixer-Upper Mystery Series but I will be reading them soon. I didn't have any problems at all picking up the cast of characters or the small town dynamics. A great murder mystery with a whole group of suspects to sort through. Shannon is a construction contractor who is busy preparing for Victorian Home and Garden Festival where the competition is cut throat and a contestant is willing to murder to win. Enjoyed this book and couldn't i don't know how I missed the first four books in this series, Fixer-Upper Mystery Series but I will be reading them soon. I didn't have any problems at all picking up the cast of characters or the small town dynamics. A great murder mystery with a whole group of suspects to sort through. Shannon is a construction contractor who is busy preparing for Victorian Home and Garden Festival where the competition is cut throat and a contestant is willing to murder to win. Enjoyed this book and couldn't lay it down.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Peggy R

    This is the fifth book in this series and I look forward to each new release. Kate Carlisle crafts such wonderful stories with quaint settings, wonderful characters and mysteries that keep her readers on their toes. I look forward to each new trip back to Lighthouse Cove to catch up with Shannon and the rest of the characters to see what the author has in store form them. From the very first book I just fell in love with Shannon Hammer. I think part of it is because she is so different from me in This is the fifth book in this series and I look forward to each new release. Kate Carlisle crafts such wonderful stories with quaint settings, wonderful characters and mysteries that keep her readers on their toes. I look forward to each new trip back to Lighthouse Cove to catch up with Shannon and the rest of the characters to see what the author has in store form them. From the very first book I just fell in love with Shannon Hammer. I think part of it is because she is so different from me in terms of her profession and skills. Shannon is one of those characters I could see as a friend in real life. She is a great friend, thoughtful, and warm-hearted. She has a great group of friends who are supportive and caring. Their friendships have a warm authentic feel. Shannon's romance with Mac is progressing with a natural feel. I love the relationship between these two. The mystery is solid. The victims are not well liked so this give the author plenty of suspects to choose from with plausible and believable motives. There are some nicely done twists and turns that kept me engaged until the final reveal. I am a fan of this series and will be back for more. I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy provided to me by the publisher, Berkley, through Netgalley.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

    Generally, when you think of a Home and Garden tour, murder is NOT the first thing that comes to mind, but we've got plenty of it in Lighthouse Cove this time around! It'll take serious sleuthing by Shannon, Mac, and their friends to find the culprit this time around. Villains abound where you least expect them. Well-written, interesting characters are what keep me reading a series and the characters in this series are great. I enjoy Shannon and Mac tremendously. Shannon's crew are also great. I' Generally, when you think of a Home and Garden tour, murder is NOT the first thing that comes to mind, but we've got plenty of it in Lighthouse Cove this time around! It'll take serious sleuthing by Shannon, Mac, and their friends to find the culprit this time around. Villains abound where you least expect them. Well-written, interesting characters are what keep me reading a series and the characters in this series are great. I enjoy Shannon and Mac tremendously. Shannon's crew are also great. I'm looking forward to getting to know the newest member more as well. While I had wondered about the actual villain, I really didn't focus on them until closer to the end. There were plenty of red herrings in this book to keep you guessing on who the villain really was. However, the book still moved along at a decent pace and wasn't too slow, even with all those extra misleading clues. I can't wait for the next one in the series next year! I do recommend starting at the beginning of the series if you want to read the series. Each book can be read as a stand-alone but you'll understand the interpersonal dynamics a little better if you read from the beginning, starting with A High-End Finish.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Biljen

    This is an excellent book. It's well written and keeps ones attention. Everytime i thought the mystery was about to be exposed it would get more complex and kept me guessing. There were twists I just didn't see coming. I highly suggest this book. This is an excellent book. It's well written and keeps ones attention. Everytime i thought the mystery was about to be exposed it would get more complex and kept me guessing. There were twists I just didn't see coming. I highly suggest this book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    Eaves of Destruction by Kate Carlisle is the fifth book in A Fixer-Upper Mystery series. Shannon Hammer is busy running Hammer Construction in Lighthouse Cove, California. Many homeowners are hiring Hammer Construction to fix up their residences before the Lighthouse Cove Victorian Home and Garden Tour. Everyone wants to win Best in Show which comes with a large cash prize and this year they have a famous mystery author as the judge. Petsy Jorgensen is Shannon’s most difficult client and matters Eaves of Destruction by Kate Carlisle is the fifth book in A Fixer-Upper Mystery series. Shannon Hammer is busy running Hammer Construction in Lighthouse Cove, California. Many homeowners are hiring Hammer Construction to fix up their residences before the Lighthouse Cove Victorian Home and Garden Tour. Everyone wants to win Best in Show which comes with a large cash prize and this year they have a famous mystery author as the judge. Petsy Jorgensen is Shannon’s most difficult client and matters are not helped by the interference of Joe Scully, the building inspector (nepotism got him the job). Joe seems to have it out for Shannon, and he keeps popping up at her various job sites causing problems. Shannon arrives at the Jorgensen residence one morning and hears screaming coming from Joan Derry’s yard (across the street). Shannon takes off running and finds Joe Scully dead in the Derry orangery with a chisel sticking out of his stomach. Who disliked Joe enough to kill him? Shannon, with her natural curiosity, starts digging into Joe’s movements before his death. Soon, though, another death rocks the town. Shannon with help from mystery writer (and boyfriend), Mackintyre Sullivan set out to track down the killer before they strike again. Eaves of Destruction is well-written, has engaging characters, and a good pace. I am a fan of Shannon Hammer. She is a strong, intelligent female character in a male dominated industry. Shannon has a warm heart, a sense of humor, and loving friends and family. I also like the secondary characters such as Jane Hennessey (Shannon’s best friend) and Mackintyre Sullivan (Shannon’s love interest). The new carpenter, Amanda Walsh was a great addition to the story. I find that each book in A Fixer-Upper Mystery series is better than the prior one. The mystery was complex in design with a couple of promising suspects. I appreciated the author’s use of misdirection and the reason why the murders occurred. I loved the descriptions of the beautiful Victorian homes (I love Queen Anne Victorian homes) in Lighthouse Cove. The dialogue is engaging and realistic. There is just the right amount of humor in the story along with romance (it blends in with the story beautifully). Eaves of Destruction can be read alone, but I do recommend the other books in the series (you can also watch the movies).

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jeanie

    I have long been a fan of this author, but this mystery raises the bar for the future - the best of this series. It is great to visit Lighthouse Cove and the delightful folks who live there. Shannon Hammer, her boyfriend and well-known mystery writer Mac, work together to solve a real poser of a mystery. Shannon now manages Hammer Construction, her father's company. She especially loves working on Victorian homes - both the originals and the contemporary ones her father built. With an upcoming ho I have long been a fan of this author, but this mystery raises the bar for the future - the best of this series. It is great to visit Lighthouse Cove and the delightful folks who live there. Shannon Hammer, her boyfriend and well-known mystery writer Mac, work together to solve a real poser of a mystery. Shannon now manages Hammer Construction, her father's company. She especially loves working on Victorian homes - both the originals and the contemporary ones her father built. With an upcoming home tour, there is even more business than usual. She hires a very talented woodworker, which frees her up to visit the jobsites and help where needed, but Amanda seems be a young lady of mystery. At least she is a dream come true for the company. The local construction inspector is disliked by most of the builders in town. It is suspected that he takes bribes to keep secrets, or to pass inspections, while delighting to hold up people's jobs. He is found murdered at one of the homes Shannon is working at. While she isn't going to miss him, she wouldn't have wished him dead. She wants to help take any suspicion from her clients and get a killer off the streets, but this time might prove to be one too many for Shannon. Being a woman-owned contracting company is still an anomaly in some of the good-old-boy networks. That is not a challenge faced by Shannon, either as a boss or a contractor, as her reputation for excellence and being fair precedes her. She surrounds herself with the best employees available, and it is a treat to meet her newest one, Amanda. The fact that they can work for one of the nastiest women in town speaks volumes. While I had an idea about one of the mysteries, there were others I couldn't begin to solve, much less find motives. The end is a huge surprise, a series of unexpected events. The characters, the contracting, and the handful of mysteries vying for attention make this a compelling read. The explosive action and surprises make it one of the best contemporary cozy mysteries of the season and not to be missed! Highly recommended! I received a copy of this from the publisher but was not obligated to provide a review; these opinions are my own.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Patty

    Eaves Of Destruction By Kate Carlisle What it's all about... So...we have Shannon Hammer...owner of a local construction company...and someone who just happens to have a reputation for finding murdered people. In this book she just happens to be at a house where a really awful irritating dishonest building inspector is found dead in an orangery...a greenhouse. He has a well made chisel stuck in his tummy! Yikes! Fortunately Shannon is not a suspect but some of the people she is associated with could Eaves Of Destruction By Kate Carlisle What it's all about... So...we have Shannon Hammer...owner of a local construction company...and someone who just happens to have a reputation for finding murdered people. In this book she just happens to be at a house where a really awful irritating dishonest building inspector is found dead in an orangery...a greenhouse. He has a well made chisel stuck in his tummy! Yikes! Fortunately Shannon is not a suspect but some of the people she is associated with could be! And...there are lots of potential suspects. Why I wanted to read it... This was my first venture into this series. I liked it but I didn’t connect with it as much as I have with other books within this genre. There was something missing for me. There was a lot of talking and cooking and lunching but not a lot of crime solving. It could be because I have not read any other books in this series. But...I am not certain I liked this enough to read more about these characters. What made me truly enjoy this book... I loved the descriptions of the homes that Shannon was working on. Petsy...a highly irritable home owner...provided some interesting moments. Why you should read it, too... I am sure that this book and this series has many followers. It was well written and enjoyable. But...for my personal tastes...it didn’t have enough “oomph.” I needed a little more excitement! “I received an advance reader’s copy from the publisher and NetGalley. I was under no obligation to read or review this but I wanted to.”

  30. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin Copp

    Another great one in the Shannon Hammer construction series. One of the reasons I love these books so much is that I feel like I'm there with them. I can picture the scene, the characters and I feel like I know them. Shannon and her crew are getting ready for the Home and Garden tour that comes through Lighthouse Cove. A particularly prickly home owner, Patsy wants Shannon to fix up some beautiful paneling in her home and install an orangery (greenhouse) which she ordered from London. Shannon ne Another great one in the Shannon Hammer construction series. One of the reasons I love these books so much is that I feel like I'm there with them. I can picture the scene, the characters and I feel like I know them. Shannon and her crew are getting ready for the Home and Garden tour that comes through Lighthouse Cove. A particularly prickly home owner, Patsy wants Shannon to fix up some beautiful paneling in her home and install an orangery (greenhouse) which she ordered from London. Shannon needs help and hires on a new to town woodworker named Amanda. It turns out Amanda may have other reasons for coming to Lighthouse Cove, and eventually admits to Shannon and Mac the true reason for her arrival. Shannon is trying to manage a whole bunch of jobs, so it doesn't help when the cranky and corrupt building inspector comes poking around, making things difficult for her. When she and Amanda find him dead, they start looking for answers. When another resident turns up dead, Shannon dials up the investigation. Amanda is a good new addition. I like how the story line is coming along for a few different characters.

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