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Shot Through The Hearth
A Fixer-Upper Mystery #7
By Kate Carlisle

Berkley Prime Crime
October 29, 2019/ ISBN 978-1-9848-0439-6
Mystery / Cozy

Reviewed by Laura Hinds

Contractor Shannon Hammer has a new client. He’s a billionaire named Rafe Nash. Rafe has plans to repurpose the old Jenkins farm into a modernized property powered by the solar panels he had invented before he left the business in the hands of his long-time business partner, Dillon Charles.

Rafe’s pockets are so deep that money is no object. However, he wants the house entirely done in for the Future Global Survival Conference he will host in Lighthouse Cove in eight short months. An Ecosphere is also part of the job, and the logistics involved in building a concrete vertical garden tower are complicated. Rafe is not only a client to Shannon. He’s become a friend -- a friend engaged to Shannon’s dear friend, Marigold.

Shannon took the reins at Hammer Construction when her father retired five years ago. This was to be a very big job, but she’s confident that her crew can handle it. The work progresses as planned, and everything is good to go until Rafe’s former business partner shows up and intends to bully Rafe into coming back to their company.

At the start of the conference events, Shannon’s crew will be raising the new barn for everyone to see. As the momentum builds, a woman screams. Dillon Charles has been murdered and his body left under a pile of lumber. While many people disliked Dillon, Rafe becomes the prime suspect. Shannon’s sleuthing skills kick into high gear to clear Rafe’s name and find the real killer before anyone else is hurt. Will she solve the mystery in time?

I am always thrilled when there is a new Kate Carlisle book because I know I’m in for a treat. This series gets better and better. The relationships between Shannon and her father and Mac and her friends continue to deepen with each book. It is not an easy job to write a mystery series that stands out amidst so many others, but Kate Carlisle continues to excel at her craft.

Shot Through The Hearth is a great read that will grab your attention and keep you guessing. It’s fine as a standalone, but I think once you’ve read it you will want to read the previous books in the series. Fans of the series won’t be disappointed. This is another winner by the New York Times Best-Selling Author, who is one of my favorite contemporary mystery writers.

Reviews of previous titles in this series:

Crowned and Moldering
Deck the Hallways
Wrench in the Works

Reviewers Notes: Kate Carlisle also writes the Bibliophile Mysteries

Reviewed 2019