Home For Homicide by Jennie Bentley is the seventh book in the “Do-It-Yourself” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, December 2013
Avery Baker was a big city textile designer, until she inherited her aunt’s old Maine cottage and found her true calling—home renovation. But she never expected her latest job would come to such a bone-rattling dead end…
For Avery and her husband Derek, renovating the Craftsman Bungalow was like stepping back in time. The quaint old home was just as its original owners had left it—from the beautiful butler’s pantry to the surprisingly exquisite ribbon tile. But it’s the attic that yields the most heart-stopping surprise.
In a discreetly hidden antique crate, Avery finds a clue to a decades-old missing persons case. As Avery works on the house and delves deeper into the sinister story, it becomes clear that someone very crafty wants the Craftsman home’s secrets to stay that way!
This was a fun read with Avery trying to solve a decades-old mystery and prepare her house for the Christmas tour. Do they correlate, you betcha and I loved how both events played out with Avery being the as inquisitive as she’s ever been. The mystery was very intriguing because I had to know how it all came about and how it would end. It seemed likely who the suspects were, but the author did a great job with some surprising twists that I didn’t see coming. Nicely done. I’m glad that being married hasn’t dampened Avery’s ability to get involved in a murder mystery. Again, a great read and I can’t wait to see what exciting adventures Avery and Derek will get into next.