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  • Mostly good

    contractors, law-enforcement, amateur-sleuth, family, friendship, cozy-mystery, small-town**** Take a derelict hospital for the insane abandoned in the 1970s, add in a great project to turn the extravagant building into several venues including a world class hotel and spa, then add in a protest group. And a weird former director. And a body or two. This is the first book in series that I've read but it worked OK as a stand alone. That whole high school drama thing was nutsy and pretty useless considering the ages of the characters, but it was still a good read. I requested and received a free ebook copy from Berkley Publishing Group via NetGalley.

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  • PREMEDITATED MORTAR by Kate Carlisle

    PREMEDITATED MORTAR by Kate Carlisle is the eighth book in the Fixer-Upper Mystery series. It is the well-crafted cozy mystery centered round contractor Shannon Hammer and her renovation of the Gables, formerly the old state insane asylum, located at the edge Lighthouse Cove. Shannon’s been contracted by, Jane Hennessey, her dear friend since first grade, to renovate the north wing of the Gables into the Hennessey Hotel complete with restaurant, bar and spa. They have worked together before when they restored Jane’s grandmother’s Victorian mansion into an elegant inn. Jane’s own mother was a resident of the Gables. She is determined to turn the place into something elegant, happy and fun to honor her mother and to help replace any lingering bad feelings about the place. With the success of her inn, she knows with Shannon’s expertise that it can be done. Going into it, they know this will be a lengthy project taking at least a year to complete. After explaining to her boyfriend, MacKintyre “Mac” Sulllivan - world-famous crime novelist and former Navy SEAL, about the history of Gables and showing him part of her new project, Mac is excited about taking Rachel Powers up on her offer of him becoming an investor in the Gables project. It also means that they would be talking about and sharing ideas on the project together, which thrills Shannon. With exploring the history of the Gables and Shannon’s foreboding of troubles during construction, it was still a shock to see protestors during the ground breaking ceremony. Looks like the police would be involved in this renovation from day one. With the finding of a brick wall sealing off part of the Gables, injuries inflicted upon Shannon from some unknown assailant and then the body of one of the protestors being found inside the Gables, was Shannon’s feelings of impending trouble coming true. Shannon is once again seen as the body magnet and is working to help the police so she can get back to her “normal” life of construction. Along the way, the relationship between Shannon and Mac, although smooth sailing and full of happiness, seems to be in a holding pattern making Shannon wondering whether there is a forever future in their path. Who was behind the construction of the brick wall and what were they trying to conceal? Was the person that pushed her down the partially removed brick wall the same person? How were the protestors connected to the Gables? Why were they opposed to renovation and wanted to burn it down? Why would Dr. Fairchild, the Gable’s last chief physician and psychiatrist at the Gables, call a press conference and how is she involved in all of the happenings? Who exactly was the person they found dead behind the brick wall, how did he get there and how was he connected to the Gables? Will some of Jane’s memories of the Gables help in finding some answers? Will the Scooby-Doo game Mac and Shannon play be what leads them to more suspects and clues? Will Ricky, one of the protestors, hold a lot of the clues including his connection to the Gables? When a second body is found, will they find it connected to the first one? Kate Carlisle writes a fabulous cozy mystery that will have your turning pages and playing the Scooby-Do game right along with Shannon and Mac while hoping for a happily ever after for this lovely couple. She manages to tease us with clues, puts our favorite contractor in danger and then protected by her hero, falling in love with some characters while feeling ill will towards others and leads us to a conclusion that is unexpected but makes totally perfect sense. PREMEDITATED MORTAR is the type of book you look forward to, soak it in with glee and you can’t wait to share it with friends when you give that little sigh of “well done” on the last page. Although part of a series, it can most assuredly be read as a standalone book. I must warn you that after reading this one, you will be wanting to read not only other books in this series, but any book written by this amazing author. I definitely give it PREMEDITATED MORTAR 5+ STARS and highly recommend it to cozy lovers, those that enjoy a fabulously well-written book, or enjoy a book that leaves you happy and excited for the next book by this author.

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  • Great Read

    Another great read from Kate Calisle that kept me guessing until the end. I love the characters from Lighthouse Cove who are relatiable and funny while finding bodies, solving murders, and still have time for relationships.

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  • This Novel is a Favorite!

    Premeditated Mortar by Kate Carlisle takes the reader back to Lighthouse Cove and the colorful cast of characters there. Shannon Hammer's best friend Jane is investing in one wing of the Gables, formerly a state mental asylum to renovate into a hotel, restaurant, and spa. Shannon's boyfriend, best-selling writer Mac Sullivan, is also an investor. The relationship between Shannon and Mac continues to grow. The book focuses on the history of the asylum and the way the patients were treated. I was thoroughly intrigued by this aspect of the novel. Of course, there are murders to solve and plenty of nail-biting, edge-of-your seat scenes to round out another excellent Fixer Upper Mystery.

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