Friday 31 May 2019

Book ~ "Dead as a Door Knocker" (2019) Diane Kelly

From Goodreads ~ Meet Whitney Whitaker. A hopeless romantic when it comes to real estate, she knows what it takes to find - and flip - the home of one's dreams. A fixer-upper is like catnip to Whitney: she can't resist the challenge of turning an eyesore into a priceless work of art. So when one of her clients decides to liquidate a crumbling property, Whitney seizes the opportunity to purchase it for a song. But soon a curious incident of the cat in the night-time leads to a change in tune.

Sawdust is the name of Whitney's cat, of course. Whitney's passion for gut-renovation may be a mystery to him but one thing Sawdust knows for sure is this: Dead bodies don't belong in flower beds. So why is there one in this new, albeit old, house? Now it's up to Whitney, along with the help of hot-and-cold Nashville Police Detective Collin Flynn, to find the truth about what happened before the mortgage property forecloses and Whitney loses her investment ... and maybe her own life.

Whitney works for a property manager, in addition to working part-time with her uncle's construction company.  This helps because as a property manager because she's able to fix things for free or cheaply at the properties she manages.  She's currently living in a renovated shed in her parents' backyard to save money.  One of her clients offers to sell her one of his properties ... it needs a lot of repairs because the former tenants trashed the place.  This is Whitney's dream so and her construction worker cousin, Buck, agree to buy the house ... they'll fix it up and flip it.  No problem, right?

But then there is a fire that destroys part of the house.  And someone is found dead, buried in the flower bed and Whitney is a suspect.  And the neighbour next door is a busybody who won't tolerate any noise or disturbance.

I liked the writing style ... it was amusing at times.  It is written in first person perspective from Whitney's point of view and third person perspective from Sawdust's point of view (which is funny since it's written from the perspective of a cat).

I liked Whitney ... she's young and ambitious.  I liked other "likable" characters like Buck, Colette, Whitney's best friend, and Detective Flynn.

I've read many books by this author and I liked this one.  It's the first in the new House-Flipper series (this is the author's third series and I've read them all).

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