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    Fun and entertaining

    This is a fun and entertaining novel that fans of the genre will enjoy. I loved the characters, especially Whitney - a woman trying to make it in a non-traditional job. She and her cousin have partnered to flip houses. Shortly after purchasing a new house, Whitney arrives one morning to find a dead body in the house. She calls in her favorite detective, Collin, and the two of them try to piece together what happened. I really like the way Whitney and Collin interact and am looking forward to how their relationship develops in the future. If you enjoy a light mystery with a hint of romance, you will enjoy this one. Put this one on your TBR list.
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    Dead in the Doorway!

    This was an okay mystery for me. The main character was likeable and had an interesting job. Her relationship with the Detective was intriguing and I can't wait until they (hopefully) become a couple. The only thing that put me off was I felt the story was too long winded. I received an advanced reader's copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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    A delightful and humorous cozy!

    Whitney Whitaker is a property manager and carpenter in Nashville, Tennessee. She likes her job, but her real passion is flipping houses. In this second installment in the House-Flipper Mystery series, Whitney and her cousin have partnered to flip a ramshackle colonial-style house with views of downtown Nashville. When she arrives one morning, she is horrified to find a woman dead in the house. With an entire neighborhood of suspects, Whitney and Detective Collin Flynn, work together to catch the killer. I found this book to be a delightful and humorous read. Whitney is a witty, smart, and likable main character. I loved the relationship between her and Buck, with its bickering and witty banter. Sawdust was adorable and reading the brief chapters from his perspective was fun and added to the story. I enjoyed spending time at Whitney's temporary neighborhood. The friendship between the ladies was wonderful and really gave me that small tight-knit community feeling that I love. I was really sad when I got to the end and realized that I will never get to meet the characters again. The mystery was well-crafted, with plenty of suspects to throw readers off the scent. This was a fun cozy mystery, and I eagerly await the third book. I received an ARC from St Martin's Press through NetGalley. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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    The second A House-Flipper Mystery

    Dead in the Doorway by Diane Kelly is the second book in A House-Flipper Mystery series. Dead in the Doorway can be read without having picked up Dead as a Doorknocker. However, I recommend reading the cute debut of this series. A House-Flipper Mystery series is similar to A Paw Enforcement series written by Diane Kelly with chapters from an animal’s point-of-view. Sawdust, Whitney’s cat, is cute and smart, and I like reading about his perspective on things. I would like his chapters to have a wee bit more humor (I love Brigit’s snarky comments from A Paw Enforcement series). I thought Dead in the Doorway contained good writing, steady pacing and friendly characters. Whitney Whitaker works as property manager as well as a carpenter (for her uncle’s carpentry business). Her true love, though, is flipping houses which she does with her cousin, Buck Whitaker. They are both hoping for a better experience after the murder that happened in their first slip that prevented them from selling it (Whitney and two roommates are currently living in it). Whitney arrives early on demo day to find a woman dead at the base of the stairs and the deceased owner’s grandson squatting in the house (that gets the blood pumping). At first blush, it appears the victim fell down the steps during the night. Unfortunately, Detective Collin Flynn soon informs Whitney that the victim did not fall on her own. Whitney, who was going to snoop anyway, is thrilled when Detective Flynn asks for her assistance. There are definite sparks flying between the detective and Whitney (and he is a cat lover too). The mystery had a handful of suspects along with misdirection. There are clues to aid a reader in solving the crime. I would have preferred more sleuthing and less speculation. There was too much conjecture for my liking (I ended up skimming through some of it because it was repetitive). My favorite line from Dead in the Doorway is courtesy of Detective Flynn when he said, “You again?” when he sees Whitney at the crime scene. I did enjoy reading Dead in the Doorway, and I will be reading the next A House-Flipper Mystery with Whitney, Buck, Detective Flynn and Sawdust. Dead in the Doorway is a purr-fect cozy mystery to cuddle up with in a comfy chair.
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    I like this series.

    Through NetGalley, I received a free copy of DEAD IN THE DOORWAY (Book 2 of the House-Flipper Mysteries) by Diane Kelly in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to the generosity of her employers, Whitney Whitaker and her cousin Buck have the opportunity to remodel and flip a colonial style house with views of downtown Nashville. The house is plagued with uninvited guests, intruders who feel comfortable going in and out of the residence at will. When the broken corpse of one such intruder blocks the inside foyer doorway, Whitney and her trusty feline, Sawdust, have to call the police. When Detective Collin Flynn and his partner respond to the call, Whitney worries that she’ll, again, be the star suspect. Freaking out over the prospect that this death will render this house unsellable, too, Whitney decides to find out all she can about the mystery corpse and the unusually unconcerned attitudes of the person’s family and friends. I was drawn to this book series because I am a fan of Diane Kelly’s Tara Holloway Series. I also like humorous books, cozy mysteries featuring adorable pets, and those with house renovation themes. I really liked this book and the first book in the series. I recommend this book and series.
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