FATAL FIXER-UPPER receives 4 1/2 stars from Romantic Times Book Reviews! Thank you, Page Traynor.

RT Rating: 4 ½ stars
Category: MYSTERY
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Published: November 2008
Type: Mystery (Amateur Sleuth)

While this is another in the themed mysteries that are not only extremely entertaining but lightly educational, the mystery is unusually strong. Home renovation and design tips are skillfully worked into the story, the characters are developed and sympathetic, and the setting is charming. The climax leads to a bang-up ending in which the intelligent heroine has to either save herself or lose all.
Summary: Avery Baker loses a boyfriend and then quits her job after inheriting her aunt’s Victorian cottage on the Maine coast. She decides to work on the cottage so she can sell it and gets local hunky handyman Derek Ellis to help her. Soon she doesn’t know whether the cottage or the man is more attractive, but when her house is broken into she wonders if he’s one of the bad guys. A missing professor, disappearing antiques and old secrets all combine for a first-rate mystery and a frightening surprise ending. (Berkley Prime Crime, Nov., 336 pp., $6.99)

—Page Traynor

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