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Home for the Homicide
A Do-It-Yourself Mystery #7
Jennie Bentley

Berkley Prime Crime
Dec 3, 2013/ ISBN: 978-0-425-26049-4
Mystery / Amateur Sleuth / Cozy / Holiday: Christmas

Reviewed by Laura Hinds

Avery Baker and her husband, Derek, love their work as home renovators. In this seventh entry in the Do-It-Yourself Mystery series, set in Maine, they've bought a bungalow to restore. As usual, it doesn't take long for trouble to strike.

The bungalow had belonged to a pair of sisters who'd lived there for decades. While exploring the attic, Avery finds a crate, with the remains of one long dead baby inside. Avery is lead into exploring this old mystery, while keeping an eye over her shoulder for whoever wants this secret to remain a secret. That someone will do anything to get her off the case.

As I've noted in reviews of her previous books, Jennie Bentley is a smart author. Her attention to detail is so thorough that I never have to backtrack to figure out something I may have missed or become confused about. "Home for the Homicide" is a well-crafted mystery, featuring small- town coziness, an awesome cast of characters, and the bonus at the back of the book that features home renovation and design tips.

I was particularly interested on the tip about using solar lights. I think they'd look fabulous as holiday lighting since they come in different colors. Then I found a tip on making your own bookcase. If you are a "real" book reader and collector such as I am, you can never have enough bookcases!
I recommend this as a Christmas gift for the mystery reader in your life, and please note that it is also available as an e-book.

Reviewer's Note:
Reviewed 2013